Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A First for this blog...

Yes - it is true, this blog is coming to you from a Mac!  I am sure no one would have really thought that to be possible even a mere few months ago.  But it has happened!
Late this afternoon after I was done with work I headed out to the Apple Store at the Park Meadows Mall.  I had made an appointment for a 'personal shopper' - which was an Apple employee to help me find the right Mac for me.  I pretty much knew what I was going to get but there were a bunch of questions I had.
I got all of my questions answered very fast and everything looked pretty good.  Then the guy (Daniel) who was my 'personal shopper' started talking about the photo features that are built into the Mac iPhoto software.  Once he did that I was totally and completely sold!
Some of the most interesting features of the iPhoto software have to do with it's face recognition software.  You can identify a person in one of the photos with the software and then it will search your entire set of photos to find all pictures with that person.  It will then 'tag' the photos so that you can find every one with that person.  Talk about cool!
Another thing that is great about iPhoto is that it supports geotagging.  Everyone by now knows that I am a 100% total and complete GPS nut.  I do everything with my GPS.  (What's the plural form of GPS?  GPS'S? - I just don't know.)  iPhoto allows each photo to be 'tagged' with the latitude and longitude where the picture was taken.  For all those iPhone users out there I bet you didn't know this one...  Your iPhoto tags every photo it takes with the geographic coordinates where the picture was taken.  So if you take some pictures that you shouldn't people can track down where you took them!
I am absolutely positive it is going to take me days and weeks to figure out all the features of this thing.  I am sure I will probably only scratch the surface using those features, but it is very cool to have this new little toy!
This doesn't mean that PCs and Windows are forever banished from our home.  I still have hundreds upon hundreds of software titles that I have purchased for my PCs over the years.  So for at least the foreseeable future there will always be a PC in our house.
Besides for the purchase of the Mac, the day has been relatively uneventful.  Work was as is becoming the norm - very difficult.  But I guess that is a good thing as I should really have to work very hard to earn my pay - LOL!  Some how, some way, Lex managed to do some serious damage to his nose of all places.  I found him out on the back deck with a pool of blood right in front of him.  I really have no idea what he did.  It wasn't bad enough for me to have to take him to the vet, but I did have clean him up a little bit before I would let him in the house.
Zack is now down to 13 days of school left for the year.  Talk about a year that has flown by!  We had his last Cub Scout Pack meeting of the year tonight.  After that we went to the food court at Park Meadows and got some dinner.  All-in-all an OK kind of day.
We hope everyone is having a great week and is looking forward to the long weekend!
Thanks and peace to all! - J.

1 comment:

frank said...

the millheim household has been windows-free for 30 months now. no regrets. welcome to easy living