If you've read any kind of tech news in the last few
days, you might've noticed that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is out. I wasn't
going to upgrade for a while, but then it launched and I did. So I've
been using Lion for a few days now, and I thought I'd join the endless
ranks of people on the Internet talking about Apple's latest big cat.
I'm not really going to be much competition for the real tech writers,
so if you want to learn nearly everything about Lion, I recommend making
a pot of tea and sitting down to John Siracusa's latest tome.
Otherwise, read on to see what I think of the new features.
An iPad in San Francisco
So, I've been in San Francisco apartment-hunting for the past
couple of days (I found a place!), and the only computers I brought with
me are my iPad and my iPhone. It occurred to me that this might be a
useful basis for a review, so enjoy. As a reminder, I have the 64GB
model with 3G and WiFi.
In brief, I am extremely satisfied. I have been using the iPad to browse
Craigslist, listen to music, keep up with my e-mail (including a
community-l thread that made me long for the upcoming threaded mail
view), and so on. It …
The universe smiles on me today: on the day that I finish all of my work for
my undergraduate degree, my new iPad 3G appears. It's currently doing its
initial sync (photo "optimization" takes ruddy forever, and I'm only
synchronizing 3000 photos). For the time being, here are my unboxing
The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
So, I've been mulling over this post for a
couple of weeks, ever since I bought the new Decemberists album,
“The Hazards of Love”. I suppose you could label it something of an
"indie rock opera". But, after a couple of weeks with it, I personally
would label it "The Best Album of 2009". The plot is a bit bizarre,
about a woman Margaret, her forest-spirit lover William, the Queen of
the forest, and a murderous rake, and it's a bit of a far-out story. The
idea of having an album that isn't just a collection of singles is bit …
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
So, I picked up a copy of Andrew Bird's new album Noble Beast today.
Yes, I know that today is January 18th and it's not released until
January 20th. That's why this post isn't going to be published for two
Anyhow, the album is excellent. Everything you know and love from Bird's
previous releases is here, but more polished. Some things that I thought
particularly stood out:
- The instrumental beginning of Effigy. And the double-stopping
soloing in the middle. Really, the whole song.
- Unfolding Fans. Makes me think of Brian Wilson, but in a more
iPhone 3G: Real-World Use
I've now had my iPhone 3G for four days, and I've had a chance to use it
in some real-world scenarios.
The App Store is, unequivocally, the most important feature of iPhone OS
2.0. Exchange support is nice, yes, and there are lots of little tweaks.
But the App Store is what makes the iPhone attractive to me, more of a
computer instead of a silly smartphone. I've been using a few apps
pretty solidly for the past few days: Twitterific (a Twitter
client), Exposure (a Flickr client), and the official Facebook
client. All of these are well-written …