Saturday, April 30, 2005

A Tiny Introduction to Apple's New Tiger OS X

Along with the introduction of my new Blog, I am also
experiencing a new level of computing courtesy of Apple's new "Tiger"
branded OS X. I got the shiny box yesterday (Friday, 29 April) and
installed it immediately when I got home. I decided to do the
"Upgrade" method, as I was unsure which method might work best. I am
a Windows pro, but a Mac newbie; and in the Windows world, if you get
a new OS, it's always best to do a "clean install" as to prevent
instability and performance hits. With Tiger, the upgrade method has
appeared to work well! The system is stable, and all the new
features are working flawlessly. I am very excited about this OS. I
can't offer an in-depth review at this point, simply my initial
impression.

Everything looks pretty much the same, but there are some slick
enhancements overall, and I can say that Spotlight will
"evolutionize" computing. I am using it naturally to find files,
folders, and the like. It works so fast, and has instant results. I
use Yahoo Desktop Search on my WinBox, but I actually never really
use it on a day to day basis. I'm not sure if that's because the
method of browsing around by folder/subfolder is so ingrained in my
computing habits, or because Yahoo Desktop is one ugly program (GUI
wise). The underlying engine is fine...don't get me wrong, it will
find a ton of stuff on your machine, I just don't enjoy using it.
Spotlight is gorgeous and looks great - the slick integration with
the OS is top notch. I just don't think 3rd party apps can match it!

Dashboard is fun to use as well, although I am not sure yet how
much I will use it. It is great for displaying info such as weather
time and other little tid-bits, and the interface is again, slick as
snot! I already have a module installed for posting to my fresh
shiny new blog on whim! It's exciting how these extensions will
continue to format the web of information in chewable chunks, and
perhaps I will find a place to use Dashboard to catch those nuggets
on a regular basis.

I have already been won-over by Panther, and Tiger takes "leaps
and bounds" towards a greater level of computing. Windows, eat your
heart out!

Goals, Aspirations, and things left Unsaid

It's not often that I decide to actually do something, much less something of any consequence. So I find myself sitting here pondering the reason for starting my own blog and saying to myself, "why actually take the time to do this?". Problem is, I often love the idea of things when they first crop up into my head, but in the end, ideas are worthless if they never turn into actions. In this age of all things digital, it's becoming easier and easier to detach from any form of interaction, and watch it all steam by...but it's also supposed to be easier to plug in, get connected, and share in a community of thought. Blogs seem to be a nice way to get content out there in a virtual journal. I used to keep one back in college...pecking away with my old school Palm 3 and then early Ipaq to store away thoughts and ideas that appeared to have worth beyond the current moment. It's been a while since I have kept any sort of journal, professionally or personally, so I figure, since I still think I have thoughts and ideas worth more than passing attention, why not try to store them in the ether of the entangled web?

So with that, I plan to start TWO blogs. That's right...a double dose of me on the web! One for personal journaling, the other for more professional projects. One will contain junk, the other a much more calculated approach to the world around me. I never expect many people to read either, but the practice both shall provide me, along with the storage of thoughts that would otherwise fall out of my overstuffed brained to be forever forgotten, is worth its weight in whatever precious metal you choose. Someday, I may actually use one as a collection of my ability (or lack thereof) to write - a skill seemingly forgotten by most my peers. My goal is to be insightful, thoughtful, well spoken, pithy, and most of all, FUNNY. There is nothing more enjoyable than to look at life with a heavy dose of humor. God gave us laughter for good purpose, I intend to wield it with purpose. Stand back people...