Mac OS X Lion and Use Cases

From Andy Ihnatko’s review of Lion:

Of course you should upgrade to Lion. It’s the ultimate no-brainer. Columnists like me enjoy the woolgathering parts of the review where we talk about infrastructure and UI endemics and then lie back on the sofa and speculate about what all of this could mean for the future. It’s fun and it nicely pads out our word count.

Apple OS X 10.7 Lion roars with futuristic, and maddening, upgrades

The quote above is basically what every review states about Mac OS X Lion: It is inexpensive, has its ups and downs, and is ready for your computer right now, so why not… Go get it!” Some even provide direct links to the Mac App Store download. What I find interesting is that every review has a different idea regarding what new features are good or bad.

The use cases for each new feature will be different for different people, which means Ihnatko will like fullscreen apps but hate the scrolling changes, while Shawn Blanc and Ben Brooks will love (or get used to) the new scrolling style and find no use case in their workflows fullscreen apps (at least for now).

Sidenote: I also love reading more comprehensive reviews, including under-the-hood changes, so I will link to John Siracusas review for good measure, which is, as always, a marathon review instead of a sprint. Personally, I prefer reading about technical underpinnings and what actual use feels like, something at which Siracusa has always been terrific, instead of a hodgepodge listing of all the new features, but I digress.

In the technology world we deal with these differences in user preference everyday, including instances where a user spends five minutes doing something with the mouse that would take two seconds with the keyboard (this is true of keyboard shortcuts, in general). This is especially true in the Windows world, where there is a lack of UI simplification that can cause technologists and support specialists to weep quietly in server room corners. With Lion, my hope would be that the simplifications can draw the normal user into better workflows and more efficient use overall no matter what the feature that gets them there.


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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.