Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Parental Controls Tutorial

Parental Controls are built into Mac OS X at the operating system level, and greatly aid control of your system.

Parental Controls

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

InfoWorld on Android Multi-Touch In

InfoWorld posted this article (link) explaining that Android developers should NOT use the multi-touch capabilities of the Android operating system in their projects.

They cite developer complains about the rawness of the feature in Android 2.0, and the lack of support in prior versions of Android OS.

Nice description of the trees, but they miss the forest.

InfoWorld is correct to state that multi-touch will likely be fixed in a near-future release of Android OS.  But that won't cause developers to use it, when they know that every day users purchase new Android phones, and that those phones could be limited to a release without multi-touch, a release with buggy multi-touch, and a release with functional multi-touch.  Faced with this population, developers will just avoid multi-touch on Android.

Google of course hopes developers won't avoid Android altogether...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Blackberry users excited... about iPhone

iPhone users are happy with their phones.  Nine in ten would buy another tomorrow.  Android users, though fewer of them, are equally happy.  Nine in ten would buy another Android phone tomorrow.

Blackberry users?  Four in ten would buy an iPhone tomorrow, and nearly as many would buy an Android phone tomorrow.

Lots of details at the study, here or just read the summary, here.

97% of iPhone users would recommend an iPhone.  As would THIRTY percent of Blackberry users.  Ouch.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wet Phone? Blackberry? iPod?

I used this method successfully in 2004 or 2005.  I'd dropped my Blackberry in water, and rice dried it out overnight.

Friday, March 12, 2010

3G iPad Details Released

Apple has updated the iPad site to include details on the optional AT&T no-contract 3G data plans.

$14.99 for 250MB per month
$29.99 for unlimited

Sign up, monitor and manage this service right from your iPad.

iCalShare Makes Shared Calendars Easy

This week I found a great tool.  iCalShare allows you to maintain a shared calendar using Apple iCal (of course), Lotus Notes, Microsoft Outlook, Entourage, Google Calendar, Trumba, Zimbra, or just about any other on-line calendaring tool.

Anyone can search for calendars by keyword.  For example, I found a great NASCAR calendar and added it easily.  When the owner makes a change in the calendar, all subscribers receive the changes automatically.

Check it out,

Apple Store Down... For iPad preorders only, or...?

Should be back up at 7:30 Central for iPad preorders, do you think we will also see new MacBook Pros with processor updates?

Sunday, March 07, 2010

First iPad Television Ad

Click to Watch

Good stuff. This thing will sell more than the iPhone ever did.

"When do you think Verizon Wireless is going to get the iPhone?"

If I had an app for every time I've been asked "When do you think Verizon Wireless is going to get the iPhone?"... oh wait, I do!!!

Analysts state the obvious... it really doesn't matter.

From Cult of Mac "Apple will sell 35 million iPhones next year, with or without Verizon" and they have some good analysis to back up the projection.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Run Windows on a Mac?

Gizomodo compares the various solutions for Windows on OS X.  I happen to use VMware Fusion, and that very rarely.  

Thursday, March 04, 2010