Apple makes a move back to the Mac”

The MacBook Air has never been the most up-to-date computer. The first iteration of the Air was a low powered, tiny computer that was only useful to those referred to as Road Warriors.” The computer was also ahead of it’s time due to it’s need for a standard configuration that included a solid state drive, instead of a normal hard disk drive. Unfortunately, even though the standard configuration now includes solid state storage, the MacBook Air is not really all that different in what it offers to general consumers, while it lacks the software that could differentiate it from the crowded netbook arena.

Steve Jobs and crew held a press conference on Wednesday morning at their campus in Cupertino, California to discuss the state of the Mac. A few interesting metrics and ninety minutes later, the world was introduced to an updated version of Apple’s iLife software suite, a forthcoming operating system revision, codenamed Lion (Mac OS X 10.7), and the new Macbook Air. Each of these new ventures had two things in common, however: the iPad and iOS. Apple has made it clear over the last year that iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad are the future of computing, so why not port the best features from these successes over to the desktop counterpart? Lion, along with the improvements made to the Air, would make that possible.

Here’s the dilemma: Lion will not be available until the summer of next year and the MacBook Air’s new improvements are moot due to that fact. The Air will be stronger and more versatile, in particular the new 11.6″ model, when the power of the iOS ecosystem can be harnessed. The features in Lion that can make this happen? Full screen apps, Launchpad, and Mission Control. Full screen apps and Mission Control are the two that Apple focused on when discussing the new OS due to the fact that they work hand in hand. Full screen apps provide a new idea of how applications should be laid out on a computer, which allows the user to focus on one application at a time, much like iOS. Mission Control allows the user of these full screen apps to quickly and effectively switch between apps and windows with a zoomed out view that also incorporates some of Apple’s other, older technologies: Dashboard, Expose, and Spaces.

While Snow Leopard is a great OS, it will not allow the MacBook Air to thrive since the new features of Lion will be taking advantage of the idea of a smaller-screened Mac. The main gripes I have heard about netbooks and the worry of much of the technology community is the screen will be cramped and unusable for the majority of tasks. Also, the pricing is more competitive on the 13″ Air. The question ends up being whether now is a good time to buy or wait for the release of Lion and the true birth of the ultimate portable Mac.


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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.