Sunday, April 30, 2006

Working it out

It's been a busy week for me! Between longer work days and toying with the new Mac, the blog seems to have fallen out a bit. As mentioned, another problem has been losing the composition tool that I used to use (w.bloggar) on the PC. I realized some time in the middle of the week that I could use blogger's "publish by e-mail" feature, and, what's more, that I could send post in via G-mail. That means all my work could be done in one application. It also offers spell check and online backup of my posts. Very nice. Also, it was probably an obvious solution to many people long before I figured it out. Because I've been so busy, I've just now gotten around to trying it out. And since my wife is making diner and not DVDs at the moment, it's carpe diem time. But what to write? I spent yesterday afternoon going over the documentation related to my new work chores with the goal of finding variances between what I really do, and what I'm scheduled to do. I found anomalies, both big and small, and will be submitting my findings tomorrow. After that it'll be out of my hands for a while. Wish me luck on this. I need at least some of these things to be approved and I'd really rather the process not be dragged out. On the Mac score, I'm getting around alright but still a newbie. I checked out David Pogue's Missing Mannual for OS X but found that to be slow going. Not because it was hard, but because it was a bit boring. My wife kindly got me Leo LaPorte's Guide to OS X and that it much better. You might know Leo if you have Tech TV. He does Call for Help, a TV show about computers that seems to be always on, and always interesting. Pogue might have fared better if I had his "Switch to OS X" instead. I'm still getting acquainted with the Finder for the most part. I really want to know about cool stuff like Spotlight, iPhoto, Airport, and so on, but I'll walk before I run. I am enjoying the machine a lot. The monitor and the "quartz" technology makes reading off this thing considerably more pleasant. Really, I had no idea what I was missing. I think a machine like this would be great for my Dad, who I have been tutoring on computer use for the past year. A one button mouse and files that are easy to find would make his life a lot easier, and .Mac has potential for sharing. I just wish it wasn't so pricey. So, that's me. If this post is successful, there will likely be more to come.

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