Notes from Taiwan, Overwhelmed by My Photos, Helped by the Apple App Store

I took over 1,900 pictures while Y and I were in Brunswick, Georgia and Taiwan over the holidays. I am beginning to go through them now using Apple’s Aperture software, which I purchased and downloaded through Apple’s new App Store for MacOS X, and I hope to post the best of the lot to Flickr soon.

The App Store (pictured above) for the desktop computing environment was the next logical step for Apple’s consolidation of digital delivery of programs and consumable media. The App Store delivers free and paid applications to a user’s desktop through its iTunes Store-like interface. Additionally, it automatically updates your purchased and installed programs. You can also install purchased apps on other computers that you own in your household by logging into the App Store app and re-downloading them for no additional charge.

As cool as I think the App Store is, it is distinguished by the absence of many apps by Microsoft and other big name publishers. I realize that they have only now launched the service, but I don’t know how many developers will want to sign on.

Furthermore, I don’t want to see the Apple desktop computing environment get locked into the App Store as their mobile computing environments on the iPhone and iPad have. Apple has used their muscle and capital-infused-morals to relegate who sells and what gets sold in their mobile App Store.

The App Store may hurt existing updating apps such as MacUpdate’s MacUpdate Desktop program.

If you don’t have the App Store, you can get automatically after you upgrade to MacOS X 10.6.6. You can see the App Store icon in the Dock on the lower left corner of this image of my Desktop:

Happy downloading!

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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