Category Archives: Apple & Mac

Flickr on my AppleTV

Flickr on my AppleTV |Originally uploaded by mstephens7

The AppleTV update dropped today. There’s a lot of new features I’m trying out but I was immediately drawn to the inclusion of Flickr as one of the photo options. I added myself as a contact and suddenly my entire Flickr collection is available. In the photo, you’ll see my recent favorites scrolling by in classic Apple reflection on a slant way.

Checkout:

Searching for content

Search results for Loreena McKennit

Previewing a track for purchase.

Rent a Movie (with HD option)

And look at all the Stevie Nicks!

As I finish this post, I’m running a Flickr slide show on my TV of trips to England for ILI, set to music pulled from my iTunes library. The image quality is darn good and the transition smooth.

I’m fascinated to see what will happen with this type of delivery of content, the convergence of social networks from the web to the living room, and the adoption rate of these types of technologies. AV librarians, please stand by: what might these inroads do to your collections? Your space?

Read more about the update here at MacWorld. 

My new Macbook thanks me

My new Macbook thanks me

Originally uploaded by nengard


Nicole Engard got a new Mac for her job at LibLime! It reminded me that I’ve seen an increase of Mac laptops in my classroom. So, for Nicole and any other interested folks, don’t miss:

http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008/01/top-100-essential-mac-applications.html

100 essential Mac apps! Some are very useful, others are plain old fun, and a few I just couldn’t live without. Handbrake, anyone? :-)

Apple Store Customer Service

http://curtisrogers.blogspot.com/2008/01/apple-store-amazing-customer-service.html

Dr. Curtis Rogers just bought a MacBook (hooray!) and he describes the customer service at the Apple Store:

 I kept on looking for her to walk me to the back of the store to the check out counter but that was not the case. Another guy came up and while she went to grab my new MacBook, he checked my ID so I would get the State Government discount and with a handheld device, processed the sale.  I NEVER moved! He swiped my card right there, I signed his handheld device and was good to go.  What a great experience!!!  Why can’t libraries do this?  I know, the first answer is “lack of funds”, but there are some things that lack of funds has nothing to do with.  How about come out from behind the desk and do roving reference.  Ask patrons what they need help with. Take them to the shelves and show them areas to browse.  If you do have the funds, get handheld devices that let you browse your card catalog and the web so while roving, you can answer questions on the spot!  Go to an Apple store and take notes.  Make changes in how you do business and you’ll get more people to come into the library! 

High Tech Hotel: Mac as Media Hub

Hotel Macs

Anne Beaumont, Digital Systems Research Analyst, Office of eStrategy & Innovation
at the State Library of Victoria, Australia wrote to share this link:

http://www.silicon.com/retailandleisure/0,3800011842,39169123-2,00.htm

Every room in this UK hotel includes a Mac as media hub: Web, Music, DVD, etc. Nice!

However, read the comments for the other side of the story: I stayed in the City Inn a few weeks ago and thought it was great but was underwhelmed by the Mac. Internet access via the Mac was charged for and the menu interface is akin to that of a mobile phone. Similar sequences of menus to navigate through except displayed on a big screen. The Mac remote only has the option of menu scrolling, so you can’t even enter a channel number, very tedious. The visual potential of the Mac has been ignored in favour of over-simplfication.
However, it’s a good idea that will hopefully develop further..

Thanks Steve! Thanks Apple

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Thanks Steve!

Originally uploaded by mstephens7

I stayed up late last night watching much drama on the Apple support boards as outraged early adopters vented about the $200 price drop on the iPhone.

Over the course of an hour two or three domains went live in protest, hosting forums and collecting names for petitions. Apple board posters were kerfuffling back and forth with board managers who were deleting angry posts as fast as they would go up. It was fascinating and says a lot about the times we live in. Apple almost missed the Cluetrain on this one but now the company is making amends.

I am curious though if Apple hadn’t responded with a $100 credit how far this might have gone and how might it have damaged the company?

Libraries doing Cool Things with iPods 2

Pattyy Uttaro reports to TTW:

I’m waiting on an order of 5 iPod shuffles that we’re going to circ pre-loaded with recorded books. This summer, we’ll be circing iPods (want video, may settle for nano) from our new branch in a restored trolley depot on the Erie Canal. Those iPods will serve a couple purposes. Some will be pre-loaded with a recorded (or video) tour of our village that visitors can use to find things like good coffee, tasty food, parks, etc. Other iPods will be loaned to people traveling along the Erie Canal by boat or bike. They’ll get the iPod and a postage paid container to send it back in; I’ll get their credit card number so I can be assured those iPods come back. The branch will also be equipped with wireless Internet access and laptops that people can use in the building and outside on the deck or even in their boats as they are docked in town.

Patty’s Blog: http://ofldirector.blogspot.com

Is iTunes Spying on Me and Do I Care?

ITMS

http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/editors/2006/01/ministore/index.php?lsrc=mwrss

In this new version of iTunes, the main window displays the Ministore. When I lick on Fleetwood Mac’s “Goodbye Baby” it displays info about the CD the song is on, links to reviews and more offerings from FM and other similar bands that I might like.

This feature can easily be disabled but this irked some folks — their listening habits were being sent without their knowledge to Apple to make the correct info display in the Ministore. How many times have you listened to that same sad song, over and over again, in the deep dark, middle of the black ink night? Do you mind if Apple might know that? I really don’t mind.

Read the article above, because:

The good news is, Apple tells us that the information is not actually being collected. The data sent is used to update the MiniStore and then discarded. If you think about it, this makes sense—imagine the size of the data files they would accumulate with millions of users and what must be hundreds of millions of songs played each day. But Apple should tell us as much, so that we can all relax a bit about sharing our listening habits with Apple.