And Then There Was A Fresh Year Again

by JustinLL on 4 January 2012

Now therefore be it resolved, or so it goes, as we meander through 2012.  In no particular order…

Read more books.  (41 is the record, 52 the amount to surpass.)
Walk more steps.  (Effortlessly conduces healthy thinking.)
Just dance. [“Y’all don’t really want us to stop”]
Listen to more music, across a broader range.  (It’s just better that way.)
Stay in the Knowledge Game. (Or get left behind.)
Love. [Eaiser than it looks.]
Smile more.  (Because it feels good.)
Provide even more unsolicited advice.  (You are not alone.)
Write letters to people that don’t exist.  [Oh, right.]
Snap more photos.  (It’s worth it.)
Play often!  (Helps with the smiling.)

Share the cheese and ignore the typos.

I am JustinLL



Going Apple (not quite) Fanboy — Week 4

by JustinLL on 29 July 2011

Many things are happening in my new world of Mac Mini.  Obviously I missed a post with all the excitement.  Or maybe I was just being lazy.  Whatever the case, here we are again.

Hardware Additions

  • 8GB of RAM —  Huge improvement over the 2GB, which shouldn’t surprise anyone.  It’s making the whole experience just that much more enjoyable because everything is smooth.  I never again want to see a desktop machine (and probably laptop machine) with less than 4GB.  It just doesn’t make sense.
  • Apple Magic Mouse — Had to do it.  The mouse is a crucial pointing device in my world.  The touchpad is still there, and I use it, but the mouse is a must.  Although, I’m still not a hundred percent sold on the Magic Mouse.  We’ll see how that goes.
  • Rechargable Batteriers and Charger — Kind of an obvious necessity seeing as how all my devices are wireless (keyboard, mouse, trackpad).

Software Upgrades

  • Lion OS — This came in week four, so I’m still getting used to it.  The immididate difference, which actually took me a second to realize was a feature of the OS, was the new natural scrolling.  (up is down and down is up…sort of ).  If you’ve used an app phone or a tablet, then you already get it.  It took me about 45 minutes to adapt to this setting on a desktop, and now I don’t even notice.  Although, going between the Mac and the Winbox is a bit interesting.

The Coolest Part

Apple GarageBand!  Not just the software, but that we’re now using it to make a weekly podcast.  We’ve recorded and aired one show so far, and hope to do a second one this weekend.  If you have a spare 30 minutes, check out The Pregnant Scholars.

Speaking of cool things, the new Macbook Airs were released this week.  Expect to own one of those in the next few months.



Going Apple (not quite) Fanboy — Week 2

July 15, 2011

Moved the mini to my primary machine, mostly. Can’t totally write-off the windows box until I’m willing to spring for a Mac version of M$ Office, but I don’t see that happening any time soon, seeing as how I don’t use Excel that often. (But just enough.) The Debian box is officially off the desk […]

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Going Apple (not quite) Fanboy — Week 1

July 8, 2011

Getting Started Installation, or boot up I suppose, was a breeze.  I really thought I was going to have problems doing a first boot without having a wired keyboard connected, but much to my pleasure, both the keyboard and trackpad connected via bluetooth hassle free, and I was on my way.  Blah blah blah, and […]

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Going Apple (not quite) Fanboy for a Year

July 1, 2011

The time has arrived, and it is now. I’ve been tempted for a while, but…it just never seemed right. (Sidenote: The last time I used a Mac was in college for an assembly programming course. My cousin forked out some cash and bought a used macbook thingy so we could do our homework away from […]

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Don’t Stand For Being Seated

May 22, 2009

It’s true, I can’t handle folks who speak from a seated position when presenting to an audience from what should be an authoritative stance.  If you have the stage, then you should control the stage and all the space that goes along with it.  I suppose this is a problem more for panel presentations where […]

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Don’t Write These Words

April 22, 2009

In my college-going days, one of my Software Engineering courses had a professor who put a sound deal of emphasis on the documentation side of programming — the written description of the solution to the problem our software was trying to solve. For a wannabe English minor with a focus in grammar like myself, his […]

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Verizon’s BlackBerry Storm More Of The Same, Sort Of

March 16, 2009

I have to start by admitting that I’m biased toward BlackBerry devices.  They call my name in the middle of the night, I’m sure it has something to do with the bright blinking light.  No, but seriously, I like BlackBerry for business purposes and I also like that all my Google uses come with apps […]

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