If You’re in IT Learn to Use a Mac

I am a computer programmer by trade and a long time computer user. I’ve had a Macintosh Performa 405, a Compaq Presario, a poorly build hand made computer, a Macbook Pro, a Dell Vostro 1000 laptop, a better built custom computer, a toshiba touchscreen tablet pc, 2 kinds of iphone and a sony vaio that I am writing on now. I’ve administrated several linux servers remotely and run both red hat and ubuntu on home computers (deciding finally it’s not worth the work to run linux at home). Suffice it to say I’ve used a lot of computers.

In using dozens of different computers over the years I’ve noticed one thing, they are all computers. All of them do the same things. You can write documents, connect to networks, install programs, print, and browse the internet. None of this is particularly hard to figure out on a Mac but across the board I have seen IT departments that flatly give up when asked to do any of them using a non-windows computer.

10 years ago you could get away with acting like macs were a foriegn language and not supporting them but not today. Apple is the biggest company IN THE WORLD. It actually just beat oil in that competition. Every company is vying to get iPads pointed at their website or app and every consumer is either using or wishing they could afford a mac.

I know it’s easy to administrate for a group of windows pcs over a network but when it’s time to do your job it doesn’t matter what’s easy it matters what needs to get done. Figure macs out and be ready to work on them or someone else will and your value will fade away.

Another Touch Screen Phone

The HTC Rhyme just came out for Verizon. It seems to be a good phone and HTC is a good company but honestly who cares?

It’s another Android phone with a big hi res touch screen and cameras and an LED light and a cool interface. It has all the features of an iPhone which has all the features of a Droid which has all the features of an Evo. Nothing matters anymore. Continue reading

Beale Street

When you talk about Beale Street do your friends say things like “Uuugh, why would anyone want to go there?” Do you say those things? I don’t understand it.

Beale Street is fun. It’s really fun! There is live music all the time. For free anyone can walk down the street and hear 2 to 7 live musicians that are all really good playing blues and rock and roll all day. Want a beer? Walk in any direction and you’ll probably bump into a counter where you can buy a large beer to drink and carry around with you place to place. Hungry? Despite what most memphians seem to believe there is really good food on Beale too. Mrs Pollys may have the best chicken and waffles in town, Johnny G’s is true good New Orleans creole food, Dyers burgers was featured on the food network for their long tradition of greasy burgers.

There’s even goats! Two live goats have a pen in the Silky O’Sullivans courtyard. Can we put this to rest memphis? I know it’s crazy on a friday or saturday night but that’s like hating the grocery store because you only go there at 5pm on weekdays. There are also a lot of tourists down there… why not meet some and expand your horizons? That’s all. I love Memphis and I love downtown so I had to say something about it. Thanks for reading and have a good day.

Been a While

It’s been a while since I wrote anything. The last post on programming languages was a bit difficult and the break was nice. I’m always open to topics people are interested in learning about and you can submit them via comments here. I have been more active lately exercising and doing parkour. In fact my group got an article in the paper for doing parkour in Memphis. I’m pretty happy with it and its done a lot of good for letting people know parkour is available here.

I’m also running a lot to get ready for Luv Mud, a dirt and obstacle 5k race. I’m really bad at running so I’m doing a lot of it. I want to be competitive but that may be unrealistic. I guess that’s all for now. I’ll be working on another tech article soon, till then stay happy.