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An Irish band, the Rend Collective Experiment, presents How great is our God—on the iPhone!

What next??

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Friday fragments—29.01.10

Vindaloo against Violence

Melbourne has been the scene of violence (sometimes fatal) against Indian people in recent times; it seems that some of these attacks have been racially motivated. Understandably, the Indian community and the Indian nation are very concerned indeed. Mia Northrop has suggested Vindaloo against Violence as a way to show support to the Indian community; simply eat at your local Indian restaurant. It is now spreading to other Australian cities and to other parts of the world. Sounds like a great reason to get a group together!

It’s good to read Peter Cosgrove’s Australia Day address in conjunction with this story. He speaks of the ‘sunshine and shade’ of this nation.


Haiti continues to suffer; Collin Hansen looks at the question of theodicy. And have a read of what Debra Dean Murphy says about the suffering God.

Episcopal Cafe outlines the three ‘Rs’ of disasters: Rescue, Recovery, Relief. Very helpful.

I am in awe of the ethic of sharing that exists among the hungry of Haiti.

The scale of the disaster in in Haiti has been due to crippling levels of debt which have inhibited the infrastructure of that country. The World Council of Churches is calling for the debt to be cancelled.

The Colbert Report

I for one am very happy that The Colbert Report has come to ABC 2. If you don’t know anything about Stephen Colbert, have a look here at his best Apple moments, in the light of the iPad release.

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Take one, and lie down?—Apple’s new tablet

The iPad can do many things…

(But it’s not a sanitary napkin!)

For some reviews:

Apple Insider is pretty comprehensive
Here’s the best, and the worst about the iPad

For the record, I’m not promising I won’t want one… Just not sure why yet.

UPDATE: Looks like Australia won’t have iPads till around the middle of the year. Lots of time to think up why I’d ‘need’ one…

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“There’s no evidence that people want to use these things…”

San Francisco Examiner, John C. Dvorak, 19 Feb. 1984

The nature of the personal computer is simply not fully understood by companies like Apple (or anyone else for that matter). Apple makes the arrogant assumption of thinking that it knows what you want and need. It, unfortunately, leaves the “why” out of the equation — as in “why would I want this?” The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I dont want one of these new fangled devices.

I saw this in Daring Fireball (original article here), and it’s so ironic…

I’m using a new Apple Magic Mouse to write this, and I’m loving it… I want (and now have!) one of these new-fangled devices…

John C. Dvorak should ask me!

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Windoze 7 party …

I’m hearing that Windows 7 is going to be a good system. (Well, much better than Vista…!) Though it does sound like the upgrade process might be hard for some.

Whatever, Windows 7 had better be an improvement on the party ideas in this video. (But if you’re having one, feel free to invite me, what the heck!)

btw, I’m enjoying Snow Leopard so far!

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I like Macs

I was at a two-day meeting of the Working Group on Worship last week, sinusitis just starting to wane, when my MacBook Pro died. Logic board failure. I was out of warranty and hadn’t got AppleCare. The cost of fixing it was prohibitive.

And, I was on the penultimate draft of my PhD thesis which disappeared into the black hole that is now my old computer. Was I worried? Not at all.

I’d been backing up in Time Machine, and there is an Apple Store at Robina, 90 km away. So I made an appointment with the genius bar and trudged down. (Almost falling asleep at the wheel at one point, because I wasn’t 100%…)

Of course, that’s where I got the news it was only repairable at a prohibitive price, so I… had to… get a new MacBook Pro. (That was the worst-case scenario!)

At home, I switched it on, hooked up my external hard drive, and within 30 minutes I had everything on the new machine. Including the thesis, as though nothing had happened. I will soon be submitting it.

Now, I have AppleCare for peace of mind. And once I’ve submitted, I’ll upgrade to Snow Leopard. Not till then though!

One more thing: I found a lovely word processor the other day called Pagehand. It’s clean, uses an editable form of pdf as its file format, and looks like it’s been designed by someone who knows what writing is about.

The author of the software actually writes back when you suggest improvements. It’s at the 1.0 stage, and a bit buggy, but nothing that stops me with everyday stuff. It’s a pleasure to use, and worth the price (20% off at the moment). And I don’t have shares!

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To change the world, get the right system

President Obama’s people in the White House are ‘miffed’ at the clunky old PCs they have inherited from the previous regime, with six-year old versions of Microsoft and few laptops. Obama’s team are used to working with Macs. Some people are hoping they’ll refurbish the White House’s technology the same way! See here and here.

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