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Editor: Tom Briant
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
On Nov 29, 2010, at 8:05 PM, Thomas Briant wrote:
I've got the cookies (one box of chocolate chip, one box of oatmeal raisin), Juice (2 jugs of Apple juice), and glasses (10 oz) from Costco. Receipt will go to Shirley with annotations.
The tequila on the receipt is strictly for me.
Hey! Share some of that with the rest of us! We could finally have a *real* Holiday party! :)
Looking forward to Ken's presentation.
Me too. Now, in all honesty I can present Hallmark Card Studio in about 10 minutes. Is there anything else anyone would like me to demo?
I want to get his opinion on the iPad vs every other tablet.
That's simple: there's the iPad, and then there is … every other tablet. No comparison.
So far the best the other tablets can say is that they're cheaper. In every respect.
Indeed. It's just like all the iPod knockoffs that came out a year or so after the original iPod was introduced. They got the form-factor thing down, but the one-thumb operation and super-transparent user interface thing? No one else figured that out. They still haven't. Ever tried to use a SanDisk MP3 player? Or a Zune? I have.
The OS is the key, and that's where iOS shines. Android is … OK … using an Android phone is like what the iPhone would've been like had it been designed in Soviet Russia of the 60s. It works, it's utilitarian, but that's about it.
As for Apple and Mac news, the Mac rides high. If you're gonna get an iPad, might as well have a Mac to go with it.
Ya sure, you betcha!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
A Holiday Message from MacValley’s Editor
Greetings to you reading this blog. If you haven’t visited us before, well, welcome.
This site is dedicated to everyone who has a Mac in their life and needs to know how to use it.
If you come to us from the Windows side of computing, welcome even more. Your editor works at a Windows machine 5 days a week and owns a personal Windows 7 box sitting to the right of him. So we won’t make your life more complicated by casting aspersions on Windows. I will make fun of Steve Ballmer and Steve Jobs from time to time, but NOT YOU, gentle reader.
I invite you to our holiday meeting this Wednesday, December 1st. We will have a great presentation by Ken Gruberman of Hallmark Card Studio for Macintosh.
We will have a question and answer session, as always. Come and ask questions.
We will have cookies and juice. These cookies and juice come from Costco, that cornucopia of holiday refreshments.
So come visit us Wednesday night. E-mail me if you have any questions. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask. We’re all idiots at something or other. Cooking and auto repair are my knowledge holes. Thank God for Jiffy Lube and Trader Joe’s!
Editor, MacValley Voice
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Hi Justin --
When you presented at MacValley last February (and a fine presentation it was) you talked about your Twitter page.Now both MacValley and I have Twitter pages (@macvalley and @cristaelb) and I am going through my usual learning curve.
I was wondering if I could ask you a very simple question. I am following 10 people, and I have 4 followers. And I can't remember how I got my followers to follow me.
I've read four books on Twitter, and I've tried Twitter 'Help', and I can't find a word on this, anywhere.
Can you help me?
I tend to get followers when I post about specific things. Many companies and people have constant twitter searches that when you post something about "iPad cases" for example, they will see it and maybe follow you. But who knows... it's mostly a crapshoot.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I’ve been President of MacValley for five years now, and like everybody on the Board, I’ve sweated my way through finding presenters, locating raffle prize donations -- Oops! -- I mean prizes for the prizedrawings. Getting our meetings up online -- thank heaven for Sprint phonecards. Getting our website up. And of course, getting our Blog page and our Twitter page up -- we’re still perspiring a little on this one.
But our November 3rd meeting showed me just why it’s so great being President of MacValley. First of all, we had a total of 45 people show up for the General Meeting. That hasn’t happened in a couple of years.
Not only that, six people were brand new visitors. And five people were returning former members of MacValley. Out of the eleven, we had two new people join MacValley, plus two of our returning members renewed their memberships.
How did these new people find out about us? One found out about us online. The others learned about us from active MacValley Members. It looks we’ve got some buzz going.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010