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September 30, 2012  7:18 PM

Apple Leadership

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, the last several posts are centered around the Apple company and their products. They have made amazing progress under Jobs. The new CEO Tim Cook hasn’t been at the helm very long. His metal in the big chair of Apple leadership hasn’t been tested. If the iPhone 5 launch is any sign of things to come then the future is looking bumpy.

Jobs was a wild card but demanded quality at every turn. That is one of the defining factors of Apple products is that no matter what they made (with a few exceptions like MobilbeMe) their products were very high quality. Can Tim Cook pull off the same sort of quality and innovation without Jobs? Let’s hope so for their sake? It would be a shame to see the company collapse after their all-star come back.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

September 30, 2012  7:17 PM

Apple Sales Minus Tablets

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, Apple has been dominating the tablet market. There are other tablets but the iPad has become the de facto standard in tablets. While that may change drastically with the Windows 8 tablet it is currently the case. While the tablet sales numbers are interesting I am more curious about the Mac notebook sales numbers that have taken a huge jump in the last while.

If you look at the article below from Computer World it shows the that the sale of Mac computers seem to have jumped drastically. This looks to me like iPad sales are driving Mac notebook sales. If that is the case then what is the absorption rate of these Macs into the enterprise? If the trend toward Apple products continues such as the iPad will that drive more notebook sales? It looks like that might be the case but we will see.

Apple enterprise sales of Macs, iPads to jump 58% this year

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9223318/Apple_enterprise_sales_of_Macs_iPads_to_jump_58_this_year

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


September 30, 2012  7:16 PM

Apple Ecosystem

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, Apple has released a couple of new iterations of their products this year. There wasn’t anything revolutionary in any of their announcements but rather solid upgrades to their current product lines. The Apple ecosystem is stronger than ever. And due to the recent upgrades their market share will continue to grow into the coming year.

Their ecosystem is well formed, tightly integrated and easy for the average consumer to use. Moving from your computer to your iPad/iPhone has never been simpler with the iCloud technology that keeps everything sync’ed. Many people claim that the Apple ecosystem is trap that you willing pay in to and then once you are there you regret your investment. Others argue that it is a tightly woven system of integration that allows you greater simplicity, stability and integration.

Personally I was surprised by how well they ecosystem worked. Each piece of the puzzle that you add increases the effectiveness of all of the remaining pieces. AirPlay to the AppleTV from your iPhone works amazingly well. The integration with iTunes is slick and well done. It look forward to seeing the ecosystem deepen with the Apple products.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


September 30, 2012  7:16 PM

AppleTV

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, recently I purchased an AppleTV. The purchase was for a device that would be a central point for all of my media that would cover the shortcomings of the PS3 and Xbox360, that I already have. While there are software elements that I could use in order to cover the these areas it was nice to have one device that could seamlessly tie together my podcasts, music, video, pictures, Netflix account and radio stations on a device that does HD video better than my Xbox or PS3.

The AppleTV does have a few areas that I don’t particularly appreciate. For example, it doesn’t play AVI files. That is very annoying but not a deal breaker. Also, you have to tie it to your home computer which has be to be turned on in order to access your iTunes library. While none of these are deal breakers they are pretty annoying. Annoyances aside, for anyone thinking of purchasing an AppleTV it is a great buy.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


September 30, 2012  7:15 PM

iPhone 5

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, the iPhone 5 has been out on the market for a while now. There are a tons of reviews of the product. Some like it some hate it. Some think that only Apple fanboys or slaves would buy it. The iPhone was revolutionary when it came out. It has made massive strives in the years that it has been on the market and each new iteration has raised the bar for all of other smartphones on the market.

There have been several issues with the iPhone’s recent release but were they crippling? The 2 million plus people that had their pre-orders in weren’t cancelling in droves. The issues, although shouted from the rooftops, didn’t quell the demand for the iPhone 5 as the lines around the block indicated in the days that followed the launch.

There may be better smartphones on the market but how much better are they? At what point does the small number of features really make a difference? This is that time. While the iPhone 5 might not be the most cutting edge technology anymore it still leads the pack in a few areas and the ones where it doesn’t win in clearly aren’t deal breakers … yet.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


September 15, 2012  10:16 AM

5 Tech Quotes… about Computer Problems

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all,

We all love to hate computer errors or issues, so here are a few quotes to make those frustrating moments a bit more entertaining:

1. Supercomputer: what it sounded like before you bought it. – Unknown
2. Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. – CP Snow
3. Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window. – Steve Wozniak
4. Database: the information you lose when your memory crashes. – Dave Barry
5. Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. – Jeff Raskin

Let me know if you have any of your own favourites.

Til next time,
TechStop (JW)


September 5, 2012  9:12 AM

Need another email address but not another email box?

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all,

If you ever need an additional email address just to sign up for something or activate an additional Twitter account, you don’t need to get another email box… at least if you have Gmail.

With a Gmail account, you’re automatically given a googlemail.com account, so if your email is myname@gmail.com, this means you automatically already have myname@googlemail.com.

Need even more options? Gmail doesn’t recognize periods in email addresses, so you can also splice up all the letters before the @ with periods. Using the example email address above, you could input my.name@gmail.com, myna.me@gmail.com, mynam.e@googlemail.com and so on! And they will all go straight to your regular old Gmail inbox.

Til next time,
TechStop (JW)


August 31, 2012  9:24 PM

CCIE FlashCards – Pre-Madec

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all,

The CCIE certification isn’t straightforward. There are many many small details that you have to memorize that you didn’t even know were important. Previously I had blogged about a tool for your iPhone (link below) that will allow you to create flashcards of your own. That tool is still worthwhile because you can basically take your notes and convert those into flashcards that you can use on the go.

What about pre-made flashcards though? The CCIE is a fairly specialized certification that the majority of people don’t even strive to attain. Recently I found a very good source for pre-made CCIE flashcards (link below). The flashcards are some of the best written flashcards for the CCIE program that I have found. The questions are clearly written and the explanations contain an explanation with examples where possible, check it out.

iPhone CCIE FlashCard App

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ccie-flashcards/id541439696?mt=8

Previous Blog about Flash Card App

http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/techstop/flash-card-app/

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


August 29, 2012  9:26 PM

Obama and Reddit

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all,

Social media is big in the current age of the Internet. It is a very direct way for people that don’t directly deal with the people lives that they have great influence in. The president of the United States recently did a AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit (link below).

Despite that the site didn’t stand up for long against the onslaught of people trying to either read or contribute to the page it was a great step in the right direction. Having a way to connect with these people is incredibly powerful and obviously popular. Congrats Mr. President Reddit was apparently happy to see and hopefully this encourages more of these types of interactions.

Reddit Web Link

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/z1c9z/i_am_barack_obama_president_of_the_united_states/

NyTimes Article

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/president-obama-will-take-questions-from-the-internet-on-reddit/

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


August 29, 2012  9:02 PM

CCIE Study Tools

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all,

The CCIE study program is more like a marathon than a sprint. I know of a precious few people that were able to get the CCIE in less than 4 months. The typical timeline for completion is between 8 and 12 months. How long does it take? How many hours of study a week and what resources should I use are the types of basic questions that can get hard to answer by generic Google searching. Below are some of the places that I use for starting information about the CCIE.

- So Much Information: Part One — http://blog.ipexpert.com/2008/11/21/so-much-information-part-one/
- CertCollection Message Board — http://certcollection.org/forum/forum/395-ccie-routing-switching-ultimate/
- OnlineStudyList Message Board — http://onlinestudylist.com/

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


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