Give Windows 8 a good home | Buy a Mac

Give Windows 8 a good home buy a Mac

Been using computers since 1990, started with DOS changed to windows. Windows 3.1 was an upgrade at that time, then came windows 95 the next big thing, dramatic changes in the way windows looked, changed to windows XP, Windows 7 and now Windows 8 and of course now we are moving towards Windows Blue 8.1. All this time was loyal to Windows and could get most of my stuff done. As an enthusiast I started using Ubuntu, Linux in 2006 and has since then used Ubuntu for all my web needs. The journey with Ubuntu, Linux started with Ubuntu 6.04. Ubuntu was a nice experience and wasted a number of my hours learning to dual boot it with windows, intention was to beat the virus menace present in windows. This helped keeping my Windows machines safe as most of my web activities were done in Ubuntu Linux. This also made me more savvy with different OS’s.

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In 2007 the iPhone came, it revolutionized the way we use a phone, for me personally it was everything I wanted my Tungsten E to do at that time. This was followed by the iPad. The iOS devices gave me some insights into the way the Apple ecosystem was integrated, and how easily a non-geek could use technology like a professional. I believe that was Steve Job’s motto too. Being intuitive.

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Now with my new interest or hobby if you want to call it so, which was making videos, I brought an  i7 windows Desktop, loved the machine for its processing power and I was able to make good videos, much better than the ones I used to make with movie maker on an older beaten up machine.

Reading all the reviews and enjoying the ease of use of iMovie on my iPad, and seeing how the movies made on the iPad looked; I had to explore the Mac line of computers. In spite of being a hard core Windows user, and having learned everything about using computers from the Windows environment decided to buy a Macbook Pro, only because my research told me I could dual boot my Mac with Windows using Bootcamp.

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The process of installing took some reading and then decided to go ahead with the dual boot, I wanted to test the computer before the 14 day return period was over, if things did not look good wanted to be on the safe side.

The installation went smoothly, initially trying to get things going was not very comfortable, the machine appeared sluggish, it was the time of getting used to. I had most of the windows functionality, the magic mouse was working, it was a little slow to start with. Did the updates, activated the products installed the software’s needed like Microsoft office, Markbook etc. Installed utilities like printers etc. and configured my desktop.

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What I find amazing is that now  my Windows 8 is now working and looking much better than on my windows desktop. The programs like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint start up in a breeze. The start page looks amazing. There is excellent fluidity when using the start menu functions. That’s when I realized Windows has a great home in a Macbook Pro. You will never regret if you make this change.

Macbook Pro Specs:

  • 2.9 GHz i7, 8 GB Ram, 750 GB Hard Drive.
  • 225 GB for Boot Camp and the rest for Mountain Lion

Welcome to the world of “Wintosh” Windows + MacIntosh

Here goes the Wintosh launch.

PS. Should warn you there are a lot of little things to be individually configured, probably will write about it some other time.

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Air Play for Presentation | iPad integration in Education |Apple TV

Mirror your iPad using Apple TV
Often when you are making a presentation or conducting a PD or even teaching you would require technologies that augment your presentations. Sometimes technologies get too complex and many a time does not integrate very well with the process. Quite a bit of time usually gets used up for setting up of these gadgets.

Newer technologies are emerging now, which can be used seamlessly for your day to day presentations. One of the most attractive and practical device I like is the iPad. The iPad in itself is an amazing piece of hardware which seamlessly integrates into your daily life. Now combine it with an Apple TV, it becomes a powerful device for presentations. The device can turn into either a white-board or a simple Power Point or Keynote Presenter.

When you wirelessly integrate this device by using the Air Play this is one of the most amazing tools any speaker, presenter or teacher can have in making their presentations more effective and even collaborative.

The playlist of videos below show how you can achieve this in a real environment and much more.

Mirror your iPad

How to mirror your ipad on to your TV or overhead projector.
My earlier post showed you how to mirror your iPad or iPhone 4S on a TV or Projector using a VGA cable or composite cable. Another neat way to do this is by using Apple TV. Once you have your apple TV set up you can double click the home button on your iPad, now you will see your app switcher, if you scroll over to your play button you will see your air play icon. Select it and it will give your two options one is iPad and the other is Air play. Select air play and you should now see  your iPad mirrored on your TV or projector. You need to be running iOS 5 or higher.

What do you need for this to work?
Hardware

  • Apple TV $99/-
  • Wireless router – your home network

The inputs on your apple tv are RJ45 for ethernet, HDMI, optical audio, USB and power. So you need a HDMI out from your iPad to connect to your apple TV.

Useful links

iPad in the classroom

Tech in education-for teachers
With the evolution of educational technology and blended learning becoming a method of the present in classroom teaching, it is quite pertinent to integrate the newer technologies into your teaching practice, quite often we get hooked on to the past as it is convenient to work with what we already know, change is difficult. However some of the technologies are quite user friendly and much easier to use than one expects. I am exploring ways of doing this, what intrigued me most was how quickly one can start up your iPad, and the time it takes to open your documents or applications is amazingly less, if you compare it to the time one takes to get your pc up and running, that would be a real long wait. This is big time for me, I dont want to loose class time, usually it takes quite some time as most of you know. This in itself a great convenience for me, as I can have my class in engagment mode right away. But to make all this possible these are some of the contraptions and apps that I have brought and installed.

For the iPad
Hardware
1. A VGA cable for overhead projection from apple $36.99
2. A composite cable for overhead projection with audio $ 79.99 “Can do without this”
3. A stylus $19.99 may be cheaper now
4. If you dont have a composite cable with audio you may need a separate audio system and appropriate output cable
5. Digital overhead projector or an LCD or LED TV

Software
1. ‘Dropbox‘ – Free
2. ‘Keynote’ – $9.99
3. ‘Pages’ – $9.99
4. ‘Note taker’ $4.99
5. ‘iBooks’ – Free
6. ‘Explain Everything’ $2.99 for screen casting – video can be exported to iPhotos and then edited using iMovies

With the above apps you can easily get going and your life could be a lot easy.

Use of hardware
1. The VGA cable makes it possible to mirror your iPad on an overhead projector or a TV which has a PC input or a composite input or a HDMI if you have the HDMI dongle for iPad. Once your projection system is up, you need the software for your lessons. Just plug the cable into your iPad and connect it into your projector.

Use of software and apps
2. I actually did not create any power points or documents on Key note or Pages, instead I have all my documents made in Microsoft office as word, or power point. What I have done is I created an account with dropbox and included all the documents that I want to be available on my iPad in it. Installed the dropbox app on my iPad and synced the files, those files that I wanted offline I made them my favourites, now this will be available all the time.

3. To open my power point I can show the slides directly as is on the overhead from ‘Dropbox’ or if I want to use it as a presentation I can import it into Keynote and save it as a Keynote file. Most of the animations do work right away all it takes is a couple of seconds. So now I have my powerpoint ready to use in Keynote no worries there. The slide show works amazingly.

4. Alternatively if you want to use your documents .doc or .xls or pdf’s there are two options one use the dropbox display as is or import the document into pages, numbers or notetaker if you could save your documents as pdf on your pc and sync it with drop box all your files can be opened in iBooks, this makes it a lot easy as there are no issues with formatting.

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5. I find “Explain Everything” better than “Educreations” for exporting documents and editing them in iMovies.

Overall with all these contraptions you actually spend less time for set up of your class with flexibility in the type of interactive media that you have at minimal cost. Trust me the iPad will go a long way in education in the coming years.