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My First Mac

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/6/11 (2:21am)

My first Mac was a Quadra 840av. I got it maybe a year or two after I moved back from Europe. For the first 3 months all I could do was look at the machine because I didn't have enough money for a monitor. I could hear the thing rev up though.

Anyway, thanks Steve, for OSX!

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The End of Apple is Upon Us

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 5/26/11 (7:25pm)
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Here's a prediction: in ten years Apple as a computer company will cease to exist. I mean, when the 'top feature' of their system upgrade, the very first thing they show you, is nothing but a front-end to their online commercial "App Store" and when to erase all doubt as to your role in this transaction, they promote this as offering "endless possibilities for browsing and purchasing apps" -- this is hardly a sign of innovation*.

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Apple More Evil with Each Passing Day: App Store Edition

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/7/11 (11:29pm)

So Apple thinks it's okay to download and install commercial links to itself -- not just anywhere but on the taskbar no less, all under the guise of 'Software Updates'. If MS had done this back in the day, the Justice Department would've already been after their sorry a*ses by now.

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Is the New York Times in Love with Apple?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 6/27/10 (10:41pm)
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Is the New York Times in love with Apple? Or did they just not have anything better to write about this week? Here's the first screen of today's 'Technology Section' in their neat 'Skimmer' format (larger image here).

Of the 18 articles on the first screen, 7 are about either the iPhone, the iPad or a commentary on whether Apple's getting too big for its breeches.

And that's okay but maybe for the sake of accuracy they should rename the thing the "Half Apple Section"?

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Our Brave New Digital World

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/17/10 (8:47pm)

headstoneRIP_226x222.pngDoes the iPad mean the end of the (free) Web as we know it? Apparently this guy thinks so. Of course, this is hardly the first time that someone's pounced on the latest Gadget de Jour and built out from there a Brave New Digital World for the rest of us.

Then again:

  • Estimated sale of iPads for 2010: 4.3 million *
  • Estimated sale of netBooks for 2010: 44 million **

So we're supposed to ignore the larger number and assume that these clueless tens of millions are going to drop their open access devices packed with such wildly popular 'app stores' as 'Download.com' -- all in favor of a garden full of pay-walls?

Sounds like a tough sale to me.

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Is Steve Jobs a Role Model for Librarians?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/1/10 (8:08pm)

steve-jobs-ipad-apple-ap.jpg I'm hijacking the title of an editorial in the latest issue of Journal of Academic Librarianship because I believe it illustrates a problem rather than a solution to our approach as librarians to technology.

In the piece, the author describes two approaches to meeting user needs:

...[To] wait for someone to tell you what they want (which assumes they know their needs and the solution possibilities clearly) or to know your customer and the solution possibilities well enough to provide a useful solution that would likely never have occurred to them.

So which, according to the author, should we pick? Why the latter, of course, which the author calls "opportunity-driven" and characteristic of Steve Jobs:

As trained information specialists who are also dealing daily, upfront and personal, with the changing information environment, I believe we are particularly well positioned to develop the insights and perspectives that allow us to see opportunities and possibilities that are not as clear or as obvious to our patrons.

The obvious, almost classic problem with this approach is that it moves the focus from our users to ourselves and while that might make for applause lines at library confabs where we're basically talking to ourselves, it risks ending up with solutions more suited (surprise, surprise) to our own needs rather than to those of our poor 'benighted' users.

The fact is, the library doesn't exist in a vacuum. Sure, we're in the information business but so are a lot of others. When our users come to us, they don't want a "19th-century library" as the author jokes. They want everything online and easy to find -- just like they've come to expect on every other site that seeks to attract their business.

To do this, we don't have to reinvent the experience. We don't need Steve Jobs even if we could afford him. All we need is to do our homework, to keep the focus always on our users, seeing what they prefer and how they prefer to work, melding our own wares to their requirements. Our users have already told us what they want. It's in the usage statistics of the most popular websites. Now all we need are librarians smart enough and sharp enough to listen to what they're saying.

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The Digital Life

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/15/08 (3:23pm)

1. Try to install Adobe Captivate on my new Mac Mini. (I've got an important 'sceencast' that's got to be done pronto.)

But Captivate only runs on a PC.

2. Load Captivate on my old Dell Notebook.

But it's too much for my old Dell Notebook. The thing keeps crashing.

3. Load Apple's Boot Camp on my new Mac Mini. With Boot Camp, you can run both Mac and Windows!

But Boot Camp only runs with Windows XP Service Pack 2 ('SP2'). My copy of XP (from my old Dell Notebook) is older than that.

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Messing with Leopard

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/1/07 (1:01am)

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I upgraded my computer to Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) over Thanksgiving. I'm now getting used to some of the "over 300" improvements in the system.

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iPhone Frenzy Hits North Side of Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/29/07 (4:03pm)
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I was studiously trying to avoid any mention of the iPhone today. I'm at home putting the finishing touches on a site for work. Anyway, I ducked out for a chicken and baguette and what do I see? A line around the local AT&T/Cingular store with people waiting for the new contraption!

This is the North Side of Chicago. We're not even close to Downtown. Still there was a line starting at the front of the store and going around the corner into the alley (bottom photo). The guy at the head of the line said the phones were expected by 6pm.

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iPhoney -- Your Virtual iPhone for Free

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/23/07 (4:19pm)
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As a personal contribution to iPhone-mania, I'd like to present 'iPhoney' -- a software program (mac only) that gives you "pixel-accurate" views of how your site would look on a real iPhone (if you had one). This may be of slight consolation to those of you who'd rather have the unit itself but hey, iPhoney is free for the downloading!

Meanwhile in other mobile news, you can also try out your website in Operamini's new online Simulator.

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