And now there’s AppleScript

Just discovered AppleScript. Wow – that’s a weird language and programming environment.

Looks like it probably has lots of potential, but it’s gonna take me a while to wrap my head around.

On first impressions, it seems like an odd match for Mac OS. Doesn’t seem like a “UNIXy” sort of tool.

Open to New Technology Ideas and Solutions – Apple Included

This is going to be a somewhat personal post.

You may know me as “that guy who thinks the World would be a better place if Mac did not exist.”

Indeed, recently I posted a tweet:

I am grudgingly adding Apple hardware to my technology hoard. But that’s only because they finally have hardware worth buying. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The truth is, I am a “Windows guy.” This blog is mostly about Windows-based technology and solutions. That’s just the way I grew up. While I have worked a good amount in Linux, I never had the opportunity to work much on a Mac or other Apple system. Eventually the lack of opportunity turned into a practical acceptance of “you just can’t learn how to use everything well.”

I decided that Windows users, jobs, projects, and challenges were enough to fill the rest of my lifetime. Why bother with starting the learning curve over again by trying to double-specialize in Mac?

But that is changing for me. One piece of Apple hardware I now find so compelling that I readily recommend it – the iPad. It’s a great tablet, and I have been waiting a long time for special-use devices like tablets to become readily available.

It’s not the right choice for everyone. For example my own recently acquired tablet is an Android-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1. It just meshes better with my own personal application needs. But my wife and mom both got an iPad, because it was a better match for them.

And my conservative technology self tends to move very slowly when it comes to adding new breeds of the stuff. Always better to work with tech that you know well, until new and unfamiliar gives you a compelling reason to switch! Apple just gave this Windows guy a reason.

Seven Gadget Gift Ideas for Securing Your iPhone

Note: The following is meant to be funny. (None of this stuff exists, as far as I know..)

If you’ve got an iPhone, you’ve got a coveted electronic device. And while you could use something like MobileMe to protect your data, you are probably more interested in keeping a hold of the device itself, or at least making it useless to anyone who might decide to thieve it.

Here are a few ideas for physically securing your phone. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • iCuff – A plastic handcuff that attaches you to your phone to prevent theft or loss. Comes in designer colors. Easily removed with a scissor for sleeping.
  • iGrenade – This is an addon to the iCuff. This accessory adds a pin mechanism to the device. The snatcher won’t get far before POOF – there will be iTunes everywhere!
  • iDecoy – This gadget is a “decoy” iPhone which you carry around and flaunt for all to see, using it to make calls, send email, and browse the web while your REAL iPhone stays securely in your pocket. Or better, securely in your home. (True security aficionados will of course store their real iPhone in their DECOY iHome.)
  • iLion – This gadget will eat anyone who steals your phone. Not for the faint-of-heart.
  • iDontCare – This gadget will cause you not to care about the loss of your phone. Often purchased together with theย iWantedAnUpgradeAnyway.
  • iMaple – This accessory skin will slowly exude maple syrup all over your phone, making it sticky enough so that it’s hard to get out of your hand. (And who’d want to grab that icky thing anyway?)
  • iFart – This gadget won’t get your phone back for you, but will make it smell bad enough so that the darned thief can’t enjoy it either. Careful – this one is a real power drain.

What about you? Have a great suggestion for how to keep your phone from going off wandering to satisfy someone else’s mobile needs?