Stochastic Update, Reinstall Complete, Workshops

My Late-2008, Aluminum MacBook is back up and running with Lion, Aperture, and Office. After installation, everything is updated and running nicely. It’s too bad that Apple dropped support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. I had considered getting back to basics for this particular Mac model, but had I done so, I would not be able to receive any security update or run the most up-to-date Safari web browser.

While restoring files, I have taken some time to trim the fat so that I have a leaner, meaner installation.

Not much else to report besides dissertation writing.

Oh, I do have some new workshops designed for the spring semester digital composition workshops. I will post those soon here so that you can have a sneak peak.

That is all . . .

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!