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Today there were queues for the iPad for the lucky few that either managed to get one via the courier and the pre-order process from Apple, or went to the local Apple Store to buy direct from the shop.. The lucky gits were then confined in some quiet place for the rest of the day so they could enjoy the iPad without any molestation from lesser beings. No I am not jealous at all. Honest !!

Really pleased for the people that got the iPad today, the likes of Gazmaz who was getting itchy and antzy while waiting for the courier to arrive with the iPad. I am sure Gary will be telling his story on the podcasts that he takes part in.


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I have been struggling with internet all day today. First off I had no internet due the power being off yesterday from 5pm until about 10:30pm. The antenna on top of the hill didn’t get working again after the power came back so we had to wait until it was fixed and that was about 11am. I also tried to get the MiFi working – I got the MiFi a couple of weeks ago but I was waiting for the SIM to arrive from MasMovil. So I had the SIM and it took ages to get the Wifi end of things working but still no luck seeing as I had no 3G at the house for the SIM.

I still have to go out to a place where there is some 3G to test the MiFi properly. If I wasn’t so busy cleaning the house and doing that sort of things to be ready for a visitor that was due to arrive later in the day I would have been able to see if the Huawei miFi thingy would do what it is supposed to do. This is the MiFi that I was hacking into and jailbreaking a couple of weeks ago.


I did manage to get a bit of learning in with AppleScript and programming in general, won’t get much of that done for the rest of the weekend. Funny but I am sort of enjoying the programming even though it is super frustrating at times. Apart from the nitty gritty end of that I am thinking about possible applications to make. I am thinking about something in the education market for students and teachers. I would love to see technology being used to help people be the best they can be in a learning situation. I used to be a teacher and sometimes miss being one.

I never really considered it until today when I was listening to MacVoices, a podcast by Chuck Joiner (who incidentally is soon to be featured on the Mac 20 Questions Podcast) A guest of his was talking about screen sharing and telling of the many benefits. I thought I must give that a try.

I can see that if my Mom gets a Mac, and she has said that she is looking into it. I would be able to help her out with using screen sharing even when she is in England and I am here in Spain. Also I have some applications on my iMac that I might want to control from the Macbook either because I am too lazy to get off the sofa or if I am away somewhere else.
I will have to set the iMac to wake up when I contact it for the screenshare. Those applications would be the ones that I have bought for the iMac but are only licensed to work on one machine. I don’t like those licenses. If I have bought software I should be able to use on which ever of my computers, it can even be set so that they can’t be used on two computers at the same time. I have not yet worked out how to be in two places at the same time, so no worries there.

I suppose though that using screen sharing will be like being in two places at the same time allowing me to use an iMac paid application from my MacBook. Then when the iPad comes I could use an application on there to do the same. Now that makes the iPad even more useful.


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lives in the south of Spain and enjoys his cats and Harleys sharing his many Apple computers. Even his cats have their own web site, now that is definitely geeky. At least they have been spayed, thats’s the cats not the Harleys !! In his humble abode he has iPods coming out of his ears, in the bathroom, on the roof, probably in the bedroom also. You have to have music wherever you go.

Chris suspects that we mac users could be unofficial beta testers for many of the offerings from Apple. What do you think ??

As an instant message addict, he likes to use as well as a bit of iChat and of course some Skype for chatting and video. Brings in photos mostly through Adobe Lightroom. A bit of photoshop for tidying up. A huge fan of iMovie using it to do work to collate footage shot off a helmet cam while trekking around on a Quad bike. Sounds like fun ??

Chris is obsessive about backing up after falling foul to not having backed up things properly before. He has backups using SuperDuper and kept in a firesafe offsite. Drop box is used but not for making backups, he uses it for sharing files around. Chris even has an Amazon S3 account but would not consider using the cloud back up way as a primary back up strategy.

A favourite app is and I mentioned one I like called .

for having Tv on your Mac

Favourite iPhone Applications

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All used on a jailbroken iPhone and uses the maps book mark feature on it to know where the car is parked to be able to find it afterwards.