The new model of software purchases

There has been a lot of talk about the iPad recently, as well as the new iPhone dev agreement.  I want to bring all of this into perspective… my perspective, that is.  This morning I read a hands on review of OmniGraffle for iPad, written on TUAW.  While I am not a high-level executive that might need to use OmniGraffle on a regular basis, I have had run-ins with the software from time to time on the Mac platform.   OmniGraffle was always one of those fun applications with which to play around, but the reality was simply that I had no reason to own it, but I did own it and OmniGroup’s other titles illegally.  OmniGroup also just announced that it would be releasing others of its software lineup on the iPad. (Macworld)

I want to discuss this item because I think if the iPad is to succeed, it needs to be able to do what Apple doesn’t want it to do: replace the laptop.  In order to do so, I think that all the major titles on the Mac Platform need to have counterparts on the iPad.  I would absolutely love to use an iMovie or Garageband on the iPad!  I am a collector by nature, though.  This came out in my college years as a voracity of downloading and using applications of which I had no necessary need.  As such, I owned” the entirety of the OmniGroup software suite.  I have since gone legit, but the point still stands.  I was able to, due to the openness of the Mac OS platform, gain access to these items and use them to my hearts content.  This last point is of course much to the chagrin of the developers of OmniGroup.

Meanwhile, the iPad now has each of these software titles and, due to the fact that I have changed for the better, I will not be pirating them just to have the ability to say I have them in my arsenal.  The iPad’s application download system is also much better laid out for the sake of security of applications.  I cannot as easily look up a serial number to unlock an iPad app; each app is registered to a specific user.  Of course, there are always ways around the system, but as I said before, I have gone legit.

So what does the iPad app ecosystem mean for my collector nature and my wallet?  It means that I would be a poor man if I in fact owned an iPad, but I come to the crossroads once again with the horrifying idea that I would in fact need yet another piece of machinery to sort out my life.  I would then have a desktop, laptop, iPad, and iPhone, not to mention my wife’s MacBook.  Yikes!


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The Challenges of 2020

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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.