iWork with iWork

September 27, 2007

iWork

Wow! It’s been almost one year since I switched from Windows to Mac.

One of the things you soon learn is that, if you play in the corporate space, you need Microsoft Office.    Quite simply without it you’ll just have headache after headache with formatting incompatibilies,  and the like.  Whilst I admire Open Office and NeoOffice (and I also like the likes of Google Docs & Spreadsheets) they simply can’t handle the “corporate” word document.  Especially if you’re having to deal with richly formatted documents.    I’ve found NeoOffice and OpenOffice slow and buggy as well.  Just not a good experience all up.

I’ve also held off purchasing Office for Mac, since it’s so unclear as to what Microsoft’s plans are with regard to this product.  So at present it’s Parallels desktop with a Windows XP virtual machine for the sole purpose of servicing MSOffice  (given I had a licensesalready!).  Parallels coherence mode simply rocks.

I’ve recently been trialling iWork08, and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised.  I’ve been working with a whole range of quite complex word, excel and powerpoint documents that have translated almost seamlessly – certainly without any issues that would turn me off the product (unlike NeoOffice and OpenOffice).

Keynote is the dogs b*ll*cks, and iWork08 is worth it just for that.  The presentations you can create are simply mindblowing – assuming you don’t adopt the death by powerpoint approach.

Numbers is okay – but omits one essential feature I use ALL the time in Excel – “freeze panes”.  WTF?

Pages is pretty good, and is a nice and pleasant alternative to word.  It feels nicer, and the commenting and track changes is mindblowing clear and simple.  Kinda what you would expect from Apple.

And then there is the price.  NZ109 for a single license, or NZ$138 for a family pack which I can install on my ever growing family of Macs.

Cheap as chips.

I’d urge you to at least try it.   Like me, you may be pleasantly surprised.

I’ve gotta try iLife08 next…

Lamb Chopped!

September 17, 2007

WoolworthsHaving two little children, you really learn to appreciate the benefits of supermarket internet shopping.  No waiting in checkout queues, no cleaning up after your loved ones destroy each aisle, no whinging for chocolate and sweeties (not that my little cherubs ever get up to that kind of mischief!!).  Gotta love it.   Sure, internet shopping is pain in the arse to get up and running to begin with (this is an issue in itself), but once you have your “base shop” in place, it’s relative plain sailing from there on in.

Or so I thought…

I ordered a shop the other day, and fancied a bit of lamb.  Imagine my surprise, then, when I got home to find a shelf and a half of my fridge fully dedicated to lamb!  Yes, I’d accidentally ordered 80 lamb cutlets instead of 10.  I’d ordered 8 x 10 pack of cutlets instead of what I thought was 8 lamb cutlets…  Doh!
Okay, so I’m a stupid oaf, but you would have thought that they would have put in place some checks to make sure that daft people like me don’t order silly things.  That’s not a difficult thing to do.  You know, just a simple “are really sure you want 80 lamb cutlets?” would suffice.   80 lamb cutlets is not “normal behaviour” is it?

This is not the first time (proving once again my oafness).  In the past, I’ve accidentally ordered 20 cigarette lighters!!  Yes, twenty!!  Don’t ask me how.  It just happened.

There must be a better online grocery experience…..

Lamb cutlets?  Lighters?  Barbeque round at my place anyone?

Feeling Phoney

September 7, 2007

PSPMy iPod earphones gave up the ghost the other day, and I could stand the crap sound no more.

So imagine my surprise when I plugged in my Sony PSP earphones and was treated to a super rich sound that I’d never experienced with the Apple earphones.  I wonder who makes the PSP earphones.

The only issue is that the length of the PSP earphones doesn’t even stretch to the iPod in the pocket scenario.  I’m not that tall!

Can anyone out there recommend a good pair of in-the-ear earphones that won’t cost me an arm and a leg?  I’ve heard that the Phitek stuff is pretty spectacular, but needs a triple armoured credit card!!