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The Great Divide Part 1

The Great Divide Part 1
by Gary Woods

I've been standing back lately and trying to figure out where the computing world is going and particularly Apple Corporation after Steve Jobs has left the stage. I think we're at a kind of cross roads so hopefully you won't mind my roaming around in the recesses of my mind and giving you a little history of where I'm at currently.

Before I go and write something that will jeopardize my Media Credentials at the next Mac World Convention let me say I love everything Apple has been doing. After a long and circuitous route through the computing world highlighted by time with the Apple IIe, the Commodore 64, the Atari and a long stay in Microsoft land I've come once again to rest in the bosom of Apple back where I started. Everywhere I look in my house there are Apple products. 3 iMacs, a 21.5" a 24" and a 27", a first generation Intel MacBook, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones a 2nd generation iPod, plus a 2nd generation iPod Touch and finally an iPad Nano. I justify all those purchases by saying I'm trying to help my stock but I really love them all and even if we didn't have the stock I would have bought them.

Okay, so enough of hardware, now to the software. After many years as a beta tester I generally wait until the point 1 version of anything. I stand firmly in the camp of, "let somebody else work out the problems." That said, on the very first day of the release of Lion Mac OSX 10.7 the 3 iMacs and the MacBook were all roaring like crazy. I did my due diligence and backed everything up using Carbon Copy Cloner and Time Machine prior to my leap into the Lion's mouth but those backups weren't needed because everything worked swimmingly.

My jump into Lion was driven, dare I say necessitated by iCloud. I'd been using Mobile Me for over a year and loved all that synchronization and Mobile Me was definitely slated for the rubbish heap. But, even though I implemented Lion on the first day I waited to flip the switch on iCloud until November 2011. Hey, all those contacts and calendars are just my business so why worry? Once again the transition to iCloud worked wonderfully well even including Outlook 2010 running in Parallels with Windows 7 on one of my iMacs. Now, all the iMacs, the MacBook, the iPads & iPhones were synchronized. Any appointment or contact entered in one device was entered in all of them.

I also had iCloud set up to synchronize all the iWork documents from Keynote, Pages and Numbers as well as all our notes, reminders and Safari Bookmarks. Then, for good measure iTunes Match called to me and I implemented it making our entire music library available on all the devices.

Next week I'll push on into my move into the Mountain Lion, OSX 10.8. If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc.