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Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011
I'm sad today. Many of us knew this was coming with Steve's recent departure from day to day at Apple. It still doesn't prepare you for when the day comes. Steve Jobs said in his infamous commencement speech at Stanford University ... "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool...
5 Oct 2011
Update available for Microsoft Office OneNote for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iOS
Remember the new release of Microsoft Office OneNote for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iOS ? Benoit Barabe reminded me of the 1.0.1 update released which addresses the error 400 some users experienced. Still US only for now, but everyone who has 1.0 should get the free upgrade to 1.0.1. Tags: Apple...
27 Jan 2011
Now available: Microsoft Office OneNote for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iOS
**Free for a limited time** I love Microsoft Office OneNote on my Windows Phone 7 . I f I still used my iPhone 3GS, I could now get OneNote there, too: the team has released Microsoft OneNote for the iPhone. Follow the team blog (including outside the US availability) here. You can get Microsoft...
18 Jan 2011
Of interest: Daylight Saving Time Issues with Alarms on Apple iPhones
As I noted earlier today, It's Time To Fall Back An Hour in the US and Canada as Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday . I know of several customers who use Apple iPhones in their Windows environments and of note is an issue in Apple’s iOS that impacted their European customers recently… http://www.zdnet...
5 Nov 2010
Tips & Tricks: How to deauthorize Apple iTunes on all computers associated with your account
Yes, I use lots of different software, including applications from companies of all sizes, from WinZip to Scansoft, to popular applications from Adobe, Intuit, Microsoft (of course) and many more. And yes, I also use software from Apple. We own lots of different devices and systems in our home, and we...
2 Feb 2010
Best Buy Revisited: Buying a PC at retail isn't as bad as I first found
Over the weekend I twittered about a follow up visit to Best Buy. Given the volume of mail I received in response to my post on shopping trips to local Apple Store and my neighbouhood Best Buy (the good, the bad... you get the picture), I thought that it would be a good idea to revisit the store...
10 Sep 2008
My Labour Day Best Buy and Apple Store Customer Experiences
(Note 030609: A thanks to Rob Pegoraro's Tweet today . You should also read my follow up to this post, "Best Buy Revisited: Buying a PC at retail isn't as bad as I first found" . In this economy retail needs to shine. See more in my Apple Store experience post: http://tinyurl.com/c28vuf . ) I twittered...
2 Sep 2008
It's more than iPods and iTunes: BusinessWeek on Dell's effort to spur on the digital entertainment market
An old friend of mine, the irrepressible Tim Bucher , is in the news this week, as he's preparing to go toe to toe, so to speak, with Apple's supported ecosystem... "Now Bucher is again squaring off against his former company. He's spearheading an ambitious plan at Dell ( DELL ) to break Apple's dominant...
15 Aug 2008
Mac vs. PC laptops: Yeah, right, they're more than twice as much
A quick post to provide some pricing perspective on Windows vs. Mac PCs, as we look to the upcoming back to school sales. Last week, Joe Wilcox posted a piece on Microsoft Watch noting that the regarding pricing on Vista PCs "These Prices Are Insane!"... "Nearly half of retail Windows PCs now pack 3GB...
14 Aug 2008
Apple, Microsoft, Imagine Cup winners and lots of other news in the reading pile last week
A quick reading list as I post before leaving the office (yes, early today... we have a busy weekend and I was up until too late last night working on, well, work ;). On top of that, I'm a week behind in posting the reading list. I have to go home and set up a Dance Dance Revolution on Xbox360 for a...
8 Aug 2008
AllThingsD: Apple Extends iPhone Lines Additional 2 Hours
If you didn't get one at launch, like waiting in lines and are an early bird by nature, John Paczkowski of AllThingsD reports that Apple is extending iPhone lines at their stores for an additional two hours , opening at 8:00AM... "Great news for the Mac faithful iPhone covetous: iPhone availability is...
28 Jul 2008
The Times' Practical Mac guys and their cool iPhone apps
Echoing the Computerworld post of 11 cool new apps for the iPhone, and my stab at similar Windows Mobile apps , the venerable Seattle Times has an article by Jeff Carlson discussing iPhone applications in his practical Mac column . (As noted on the site, Carlson and Glenn Fleishman are responsible for...
20 Jul 2008
Safari: an update on managing Apple Software Update items
In an update to my post No Safari option for me on Apple Software Update , thanks (as always) to Microsoft MVP Blake Handler for this update. Dan Cunningham documented how to disable this update .... Offered as an FYI, YMMV, as modifying the registry (if you don't know what you're doing) may not be wise...
19 Apr 2008
No Safari option for me on Apple Software Update
It's a busy season, and it's taken a toll on my ability to post this week. But a canceled meeting and I pop up my head for lunch as well as a look at the RSS feed for news... So, it's interesting to note the news today: looks like the mood changed at Apple related to Safari (pushed to customers without...
18 Apr 2008
Microsoft vs. Apple: Who patches zero-day vulnerabilities faster? The Swiss chime in with an answer
So, the controversy is nothing new, and nearly as old as the as Apple 1984 commercial . I've posted previously at Mac and PC Security and noted that -- no matter what connected platform you use -- there's no immunity from security vulnerabilities . And there is certainly no shortage of news on Macintosh...
2 Apr 2008
Zunes as seen by a child: "They're a type of iPod... just bigger"
Out of the mouths of babes, or in this case our soon-to-be seven year old son. Over dinner I asked... CJ, what's a Zune? [he uses a 30GB model for music and videos] CJ: "Zune is a type of iPod, but it's bigger." How is the Zune different from the iPod? "The Zune is big, and the iPod is small." Which...
15 Feb 2008
Your questions: how does the AT&T 8525 PPC phone compare to the Apple iPhone?
A quick post as I run off to lunch... a question I received yesterday from a friend as I was doing mail on my 8525... "What's the difference between the AT&T 8525 [aka HTC Wizard] and the new iPhone?" Let's point the wayback machine to June, 2007, and Tom Yager's Infoworld blog posting , as AT&T...
28 Aug 2007
New Apple iMac cabling, PC cable messes and solutions, part two
A number of people have left some great comments on the blog re: my post on how Apple compares the simplicity of their iMac vs. the cable mess associated with a Windows PC . And again, the standard disclaimer: I own PCs, Macs and other various computer systems, some off and some on the home network....
21 Aug 2007
The Apple iMac vs. Windows PC cable mess: what's real?
There is an amusing image on Apple's web site that compares the cable mess that apparently doesn't burden the new Apple imac as compared with the Dell XPS 410 . OK, for a second, dispell belief. The Mac has a single cable coming from it, assuming that there is no wired Ethernet connection or...
18 Aug 2007
Seth Godin (briefly) on the 'it' retailer: The Apple Store
Seth Godin writes yesterday about his recent trip to the Soho Apple Store and how it is really, an "it" store. This is my paraphrase of the 'it' girl : Apple Stores have become the young, hip retailer, famed for the good presentation, charm of their staff and customer magnetism. "Here's an update...
14 Aug 2007
The queue for the iPhone started... but who has time to stand in line for four days?
This post has nothing to do with customer and partner satisfaction at Microsoft... but the news that will undoubtedly be hitting the airwaves and the web as we near the release of Apple's iPhone. I saw that Caroline McCarthy said on the Cnet Crave blog tonite that the queue for the iPhone outside...
26 Jun 2007
Link: Guy Kawasaki on Customer Service
Around 20 years ago, I almost went to work for Guy when he ran Acius/4D, largely on the recommendation of the popular Mac community on CompuServe (75435,446 ;). I know, I know... databases are just not me. But I was drawn to the evangelism, of course. ;) Now you can get a quick list of Guy's...
22 Jun 2007
Post report: Vista limits choices, when others say we have too many
I read this morning in the Washington Post that Vista Limits Choices (or so Alan Sipress and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum report), as well as in this related article in the Post on Vista from Michael Liedtke. "Internet search leader Google Inc. is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft...
12 Jun 2007
Links & clips: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs at D5 this week
Ina Fried on CNET has a story and links to the D5 conference Wednesday night discussion with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Jim Glass from the Dynamics CRM team has also posted a link to the Bill and Steve D5 Conference discussion on the CRM blog. "This week they have released a set of videos with...
31 May 2007
Bill and Steve (Jobs) together at D5: will we see an Apple TV Ad brought to life?
In case you missed the news, eWeek's Joe Wilcox asked " What Would You Ask Bill and Steve? " referring to next week's Wall Street Journal All Things Digital - D5 Conference May 29-31 in Southern California, "where Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Apple CEO Steve Jobs together will answer questions on...
25 May 2007
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