Blackberry or iPhone

I rarely post anything about technology anymore, which may seem odd for an IT guy. There’s just so many folks already doing that sort of thing, I just don’t feel that I can add much more to the conversation already taking place. And besides, I’m more into the management of technology these days and few wanna go down that road.

Admittedly I’m a skeptic when it comes to technology. I’ve listened to and experienced my share of sales pitches over the years. And I’ve witnessed countless “you don’t get it” facial expressions from sales folks, when myself or team punches holes in their Utopian like sales pitches. So it takes a lot to get me excited, but the new iPhone might just be one of those got-to-have gadgets.

Manjit Singh, CIO at Chiquita Brands International is quoted in last weeks Computerworld as saying,

I have nothing against iPhone. It’s great, but we’re a BlackBerry shop, and I don’t think iPhone brings anything new to the table. It has a great user experience, but that’s all.”

That’s all? Perhaps we’re different than other IT shops, all things considered, if I can deliver a better user experience for anywhere near the same money, count me in! In fact, that intangible value gained by providing users a choice of technology, Apple vs. PC, iPhone vs. BlackBerry (we’re already a BB shop too), etc,. is extremely appealing as long as the acquisition and support cost are manageable.

I don’t know, I’m still cautious, but the 2.0 version of the iPhone has caught my eye, when I couldn’t have cared less about its predecessor.

Apple’s advertisements are good for a person’s career

Perhaps you remember the introduction of the iPod Nano and the Freist song 1234 that went along with it…  we’ll she just performed that song on the Grammies.  And look at the MacAir…  New Soul by Yael Naim is the top rated song on iTunes.  And while Justin Long (the Mac guy) and John Hodgman (the PC) already had successful careers, their roles in the Get A Mac campaign haven’t hurt.

Parallels Coherence: slick stuff

I just love my Macbook Pro – I'm turning into a believer. Awesome performance, sexy package, and the ability to run several operating systems simultaneously via Parallels makes me far more productive than I ever thought possible. Now before you start telling me about VMware – yep, been there, done that for years. Personally, I was never satisfied with the performance of VMs on a Windows box and in my opinion it doesn't compare to a VM on OS X. And now with the addition of Parallels Coherence (I recently started using it) the almost seamless transition between OS that I already enjoyed truly feels seamless now with Coherence. Nothing particularly ground breaking in terms of new technology, but it's a refinement, polish, that you come to expect in OS X and now Parallels extends that expectation to the Windows VM of your choice. Awesome!

“Dad! How embarrassing!!!!”

After years of owning an iPod, I finally spent a few hours digging through cds and ripped a bunch of music onto the bloody thing.  Sam has a tournament with the Mud Dawgs in St. Louis this weekend, so I'll have a captive audience for the trip as Sheri and I jam to a bunch of ole '70s music freshly stored onto this wondrous piece of technology.

Cisco sues Apple over the iPhone

Wow, that didn't take long – maybe 24 hours. Years ago Radio Shack (Tandy Corp) sued Auto Shack (now Auto Zone) over the use of "Shack". If I remember correctly, Tandy successfully argued that the use of the word Shack by Auto Shack was causing confusion in the market – something along those lines. I don’t know about you, but when I think of i-anything, I think of Apple. Based on several years of Apple's using "i" in naming their products and promoting the company; looks to me like Cisco is trying to ride Apples wave. I wonder how this plays out for Apple – will the iPhone become the Apple Phone or will Apple fight this one out?

Update: Opps, according to USPTO looks like the trademark on the iphone was filed back in March of 1996. Here's Cisco's side.

Office 2003 on a mac – redo…

Well, it only lasted a day using CrossOver. Everything was fine at home, but once I got to work I quickly realized I was a more advanced user of Outlook and IE 6 than CrossOver could handle. No, I’m not bashing the product – CodeWeavers is very upfront about this not being a perfect technology, so I knew that going into it. I’ll give it another whirl in a few months or so. Anyway, Parallels is working wonderfully and I think it’ll be a far more efficient solution in the long run than boot camp.