At some point in his lengthy, three-part article at TechHive on why he switched from the iPhone to Android, Andy Ihnatko says, “This isn’t the story of why Android is Way Totally So Much Better Than iOS. This is the story of this one dude who switched phones. Andy Ihnatko moving to Android isn’t a pivotal moment in the history of mobile computing.” No, it’s not, but Andy’s piece is still an utterly rational, carefully presented, well argued, and nicely supported explanation of how Android is legitimate competition for the iPhone, even for serious users. That’s a good thing — strong competition is the rising tide that floats all seaworthy boats.follow link
Smarter Parental Controls
If you've been using the parental controls options in Mac OS X to lock your child out of using a particular computer late at night, but would like to employ a more clever technique to limit Internet access, turn to MAC address filtering on an Apple base station.
To do this, launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, and click Manual Setup. In the Access Control view, choose Time Access to turn on MAC filtering. You'll need to enter the MAC address of the particular computer, which (in 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard) you can find in the Network System Preferences pane: click AirPort in the adapter list, and click Advanced. The AirPort ID is the MAC address.
Andy Ihnatko Switches to Android
"The Galaxy S III's screen has roughly the same pixel density as the iPhone 5 (they're both greater than 300 ppi). . . A movie or video is large enough that I feel as though I'm seeing all of the rich HD detail I was meant to see."
You guys need to get away from those phone and visit a movie theater. Or maybe visit the Grand Canyon - the real one, not the virtual one.
I would also add that I don't want to run Android because I do not want to spend time worrying if something as critical to my life as my iPhone might have malware on it or if I should run anti-virus software, or if I need to manually manage running apps.
And I look at this as similar to the decision in the 80's over Mac versus DOS and in the 90s of Mac versus Win95/98. Do I want to work ON my computer, or do I want to get work DONE on my computer. Every time I have to tinker with something, that is time I'm not doing something productive. I spend enough time not being productive already.
In the end, reliability is less interesting to me than the productivity boost of using my system. Reliably unproductive is not a help, and I'm willing to tinker with my systems on occasion to boost my productivity when they are functioning properly.
But I am not willing to give up the reliability and security of iOS. So I will wait and hope that some of those things get added.
The other thing, of course, is that I do not want to buy many hundreds of dollars for Android that I already own for iOS. This may not be that much of an issue for Andy, but it is for me.