Using Mission Control (That is, Spaces) on Mac OS X Lion

One of the things that was a bit annoying at first about Mac OS X Lion is that Spaces and Expose were integrated into Mission Control. I like the changes overall, as it brings the best of both together in one place, but they also changed the location of some features I liked to use in Spaces.

In fact, they changed the location of these features so significantly that it is almost impossible to figure out on your own, without having to spend more than a few minutes (a critical usability problem, in my view).

I just found this article which outlines the changes made and how to access the old features in Spaces you may have liked but which aren’t immediately evident in Mission Control. Here it is in case it’s helpful to you as well.

November 14, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | Leave a Comment 

Deploying Cloud-Based Solutions with SharePoint 2010

Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Deploying Cloud-Based Solutions: Learn Ways to Increase Your Organization’s ROI Using Cloud Technology

A friend of mine in my small group just published this book with Microsoft Press. I’m impressed. Way to go, Phil!

For any out there in IT who work with SharePoint, this book looks like a helpful resource worth checking out.

November 8, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | Leave a Comment 

Should You Upgrade to the iPhone 4s?

I had the same initial reservations as Michael Hyatt: It seems like you get most of the advancements through the iOS5 software, and the iPhone 4 is already really great. Is it worth it to upgrade to the iPhone 4s?

After his daughter convinced him to give it a try, he upgraded — and is very glad he did. He gives a great summary of the three biggest benefits in upgrading, and has me convinced.

I should add that, with something like an iPhone, it is generally my policy to get every upgrade, because the increase in speed alone is usually worth it. It also helps keep you up to date on the advancements in technology, by experience rather than simply hearing second-hand. I think that is important for keeping our thinking up to date so that we can fully maximize technology for good.

But I was reluctant here, giving slightly higher priority to saving money than I usually do. As is typical, though, I’ve found that the intent to save money often ends up shooting you in the foot when the issue at stake is, as here, an investment in tools that exist to equip you in doing good. So, with this lesson reinforced once again, I will be getting the iPhone 4s.

October 24, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | 2 Comments 

Does Anyone Know a Good Way to Sync Bookmarks Between Firefox and Safari?

The reason I’m asking is because I use Firefox on my Mac, but want my bookmarks to be synced with my iPhone — and, at least until recently, the only way to do that was to sync them to Safari first. Then, Safari syncs them to your iPhone via Mobile Me.

I have traditionally used XMarks to accomplish this, but I’m having trouble with it and want to stop using it.

Does anyone know either (1) if there is now a way to sync bookmarks directly from Firefox to your iPhone/iPad or (2) if there is a better way to sync your bookmarks between Firefox and Safari on the Mac?

October 17, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | 8 Comments 

New iOS 5 Features

A great summary of some of the best new features coming to iOS 5.

September 27, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | Leave a Comment 

Businessweek on Google Plus

Worth a look.

July 24, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | Leave a Comment 

When Multitasking is Not a Good Idea

This is a guest post by my friend Andy Naselli. Andy is research manager for DA Carson and editor of the online theological journal Themelios. He has two (!) PhDs and blogs at andynaselli.com, which I highly recommend.

From Tim Challies, The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), 113, 117–18:

During a time of singing at a recent conference, I spotted a woman raising one hand in worship while sending a text message with the other one. We mix worship with our work and pleasure. Why are we surprised when we can only give partial attention to any one of them? . . .

One way we pursue the virtue of efficiency is by becoming multitaskers. If we are driven by efficiency, it is not enough that we work quickly; we must also work on many things simultaneously. Imitating our computers, we seek to switch seamlessly from one task to the next, from one priority to another. At our desks we work on our projects while chatting on instant messengers, sending off text messages, and glancing at our favorite blogs. Even in our entertainment we want to be able to do many things at once—to be able to watch television while sending a text message and checking in on our friends’ Facebook pages.

A rash of recent studies shows that multitasking is not a solution. In fact, studies show that multitasking is actually a misnomer. While we think we are multitasking, we are actually task switching, doing a little bit of one thing and then doing a little bit of another. Our brains just won’t allow us to perform two complex operations at the same time with the same skill. Quality necessarily suffers, as does depth. Not only that, but multitasking is not even very efficient. David E. Meyer, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan, found that “people who switch back and forth between two tasks, like exchanging e-mail and writing a report, may spend 50 percent more time on those tasks than if they work on them separately, completing one before starting the other.”

Meanwhile, if we surround ourselves by too many stimuli, we force our brains into a state of continuous partial attention, a state in which we keep tabs on everything without giving focused attention to anything. . . .

Whether through multitasking or through monitoring so many sources of input that we remain in continuous partial attention, we lose the ability to think in a sustained way. . . .

This is as true in worship as it is in the workplace. Efficiency is a dangerous mind-set to bring to our faith. We do not want to be efficient worshipers, driven by a desire to get more of God in a shorter amount of time. We do not want to be hurried worshipers who value speed over quality.

Related from Andy’s Blog and Themelios:

July 20, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | 1 Comment 

Apple Introduces iCloud

Here’s a good summary of iCloud from Mac Rumors. Apple also has a helpful overview on its site, of course.

June 7, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | Leave a Comment 

A Preview of iOS 5

Here’s a preview of iOS 5 from Engadget.

June 7, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | Leave a Comment 

Recommended iPad Resources

Andy Naselli has a helpful post where he shares the apps he uses for his iPad and how he organizes them. It is well worth checking out.

He also includes some my thoughts on organizing your iPad apps, which I sent him after he sent me an early draft of the post.

June 1, 2011 | Filed Under Technology | Leave a Comment 

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