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Thu, December 10th, 2009 by Graves and Allen

NEW ISSUE OF TECHNOLOGY eREPORT

I thought you might be interested in knowing that the ABA GP Solo Division has released the newest issue of the Technology eReport.  You can read it on line or get your own copy at

http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/ereport/2009/vol8/num4/.

This issue has the following contents:

FEATURES

Is Your Website OK Today? » Attracting clients and making favorable impressions.

SaaS Security: Can You Trust Your Data in the Cloud? » How to pick the right SaaS provider, come rain or shine.

Setting Up a Web-Based Virtual Law Office » Practical and ethical considerations to address when moving online.

COLUMNS

MacNotes » Snow Leopard: snow job, or great new OS?

SurvivingEmail » Email sig files, social networks, and getting seen.

Sites for Sore Eyes » Where to go to learn about Windows 7.

TechNotes » Is Skype all hype, or is it a helpful tool?

ProductNotes » Casio EX-FC100 camera, Novatel MiFi 2200 USB modem, Google Wave, and PBworks.

DivisionNotes » Midyear Meeting events and an upcoming teleconference.

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Wed, November 4th, 2009 by Graves and Allen

On Installing SNOW LEOPARD

Snow Leopard is an upgrade to Leopard and you need to take your computer to that OS first to upgrade to Snow Leopard.  Although Snow Leopard only costs $29 for a single license, if you don’t already have Leopard on our computer, you have to purchase a copy of Leopard if you want to use it.  The OS also requires a Mac with an Intel processor.

Image courtesy of Apple, Inc.

Image courtesy of Apple, Inc.

It will probably take some time before you see the benefit of the most significant enhancement for the new OS- its support of 64-bit software.  Once vendors start producing 64-bit code for programs, you should see a marked improvement in processing speed.  Until then, not so much.  Apple has announced that it has converted its key system applications to 64-bit, so you will see a speed jump there right off the bat.

We are moving from two to four core processor computers.  Snow Leopard takes advantage of the new multi-core processors.  Intel produces several multi-core processors. Apple has had multiple core processors available in its Mac Pro line for some time.  Apple recently announced that it would ship a 27” quad-core processor iMac in November 2009.

Moving to a quad core-processor and code written for a 64 bit OS/processor combination will generate substantial speed improvements for the system.  I have discussed some of the new features of Snow Leopard in a review that I wrote for the November issue of the Technology eReport, you will be able to find that review on the ABA’s GPSolo Division web site in the near future.  Apple has devoted a section of its web site to Snow Leopard and its features.  You may want to take some time to look through the web site to help you decide whether you want to upgrade.  You can find the information at: http://www.apple.com/macosx/.

I installed Snow Leopard over existing Leopard installations on two different generations of iMacs, a MacBook, a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro.  Each of the installations went smoothly and fairly quickly.  Once I completed the installation current versions of my programs worked just as they had before the installation.  Some older programs had problems, but Snow Leopard compatible updates e released within the last month solved most of those issues.  If you upgrade to Snow Leopard, I strongly recommend that you check out your existing software and make sure that you have the most current versions of the programs you need.  If you do that you should have no significant problems from the new OS.

My overall reaction to the new OS is that it provides a good tune-up for the Leopard OS and justifies the $29 price tag.  I plan on getting a quad-core iMac and expect that I will see a very significant performance improvement at that time.  I will write about it after I have had the chance to use it for a while.

Copyright 2009, Jeffrey Allen, all rights reserved.

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Wed, June 10th, 2009 by Graves and Allen

Apple’s New Stuff… SDC Is the New Mac World!

OK, folks, you heard it here first. Apple’s SDC (Software Developers’ Conference) is Apple’s new MacWorld. For years Apple timed its new product announcements to come out at MacWorld. Since MacWorld takes place in January, that meant Apple missed the holiday season with its new announcements. Since Apple would not want to stack updates up so that it release some for the holiday season and held enough back for a significant showing at MacWorld, in reality, upgrades and new product announcements for the holiday season came out much earlier in the year, causing them to lose some luster by the time the holiday buying frenzy kicked into full gear. By opting out of MacWorld, Apple freed itself from that schedule.

Surprisingly, Apple chose its SDC as the venue to announce a number of new products. One would reasonably expect Apple to announce software products at its SDC; the hardware announcements came as something of a surprise. Be that as it may, the Apple fan club will now look to the SDC as the timing point for the release of new products.

On the software side, Apple gave us more information about OS 3.0 for the iPhone. Everyone knew Apple was going to release it in June, but most of us did not know when. We know now it will come out on June 17, 2009. As was the case with the last major update, the new system will cost iPhone owners nothing and iPod Touch owners $9.95. Look for it on a computer screen near you next week.

Apple’s web site gives detailed information about many of the new features that the new OS will bring to the iPhone; check it out at www.apple.com.

Also of note, the new Mac OS X v.10.6 (known as Snow Leopard) will come out around September at the most reasonable price of $29 ($49 for the family pack). Those of you who have been around for a while will recognize that as a substantial price reduction from prior iterations of the OS.

On the hardware side, Apple announced the release of a new MacBook Pro in 13”, and 17” screen sizes. That you get more computer for less money is not a surprise as that trend has applied for many years. The new computers follow the MacBook Air model of locking the battery up so that users cannot simply buy a second, keep it charged and pop it into place when they need it. While users may choose to void their warranty by opening the case and installing a replacement battery themselves, that is not the same thing as being able to change the battery on the fly. The good news is that Apple promises a usable battery life substantially longer per charge, so the inability to exchange batteries will not prove so debilitating as it otherwise might. Still it introduces a new and unnecessary level of inconvenience for the user in order to allow Apple to make more money by requiring users to bring their laptops in for a battery replacement.

Photo courtesy of Apple, Inc.

The other big hardware news relates to the new iteration of the iPhone 3G S (the “S” supposedly stands for “Speed”) as the 3G S is reputed to be the fastest iPhone yet.

Most notably, the new iPhones come with 8, 16 or 32 GB memories. After discounts for new and renewal subscribers to AT&T, the iPhones cost $99 for 8GB, $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB. If you bought the last iteration of the iPhone and are not yet eligible for an upgrade, you get to pay several hundred dollars more as a reward for your continuing loyalty to AT&T. The 32GB iPhone 3G S costs $499 without the discount.

Photographs Courtesy of Apple, Inc.

Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Allen.  All rights reserved.

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