Sunday, January 31, 2010

Stephen Fry on the iPad

Stephen Fry was at the Apple announcement and got to play with a real iPad for a while.  Here are a few bits from his long blog post:

No YouTube film, no promotional video, no keynote address, no list of features can even hint at the extraordinary feeling you get from actually using and interacting with one of these magical objects. You know how everyone who has ever done Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? always says, "It's not the same when you're actually here. So different from when you're sitting at home watching." You know how often you've heard that? Well, you'll hear the same from anyone who's handled an iPad. The moment you experience it in your hands, you know this is class. This is a different order of experience. The speed, the responsiveness, the smooth glide of it, the richness and detail of the display, the heft in your hand, the rightness of the actions and gestures that you employ, untutored and instinctively, it's not just a scaled up iPhone or a scaled-down multitouch enhanced laptop – it is a whole new kind of device. And it will change so much. Newspapers, magazines, literature, academic textbooks, brochures, fliers and pamphlets are going to be transformed (poor Kindle). Specific dedicated apps and enhancements will amaze us. You will see characters in movies use the iPad. Jack Bauer will want to return for another season of 24 just so he can download schematics and track vehicles on it. James Bond will have one. Jason Bourne will have one. Some character, in a Tron-like way, might even be trapped in one.

You may or may not be in the queue for an iPad in March, April, May or June. Or you may decide to stay your hand for version 2.0 or 3.0. But believe me the iPad is here to stay and nothing will be quite the same again. You should know, however, that plenty of industry commentators disagree with me. They have pronounced themselves less enthralled. It is perfectly possible I will be proved wrong about its enduring, game-changing place in the landscape and that people will gleefully rub my nose in this blog in two year's time. I'm certainly not wrong about how soul-scorchingly beautiful it is to use though. And that, for me, is enough.

Read the whole thing:

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mac Vintage

For news about our new Macintosh Users Group, known as Mac Vintage, please follow this link:

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Hacker News links for Clojure info

Corie Hayes

North Augusta Today profiled MV resident, Corrine Hayes, and her volunteer work with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

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Earl Sasser

North Augusta Today profiled MV resident, Earl Sasser, and his work on the census:

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Artist Bill Bova

North Augusta Today profiled MV resident, Bill Bova, as their Artist of the Month:

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Link from

Thank you to the editor of the for linking to our web site from their Church Listings page.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Autodoc for Clojure

Autodoc is a system for generating HTML documentation for Clojure projects.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Couverjure: Clojure bridge to ObjC

Couverjure is an attempt at building a direct bridge between Clojure and Objective-C. Demo quality; not ready for production use.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

SQLJet - Pure Java SQLite

SQLJet is an independent pure Java implementation of a popular SQLite database management system. SQLJet is a software library that provides API that enables Java application to read and modify SQLite databases.
SQLJet does not support SQL queries; there is an API to work with the database on a lower level.

This might be easier to use from Clojure than having to use a JDBC driver and making sure the SQLite binaries are installed.  However, not having SQL queries is a significant drawback for some applications.

By the way, this sounds like a good JDBC driver for SQLite:

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Clojure: C interop lib using JNA

Parish Directory

Jennifer Murphy will be in the Family Life Center on Sunday, January 17th and January 24th following Mass to take snapshots of our members for the new Parish Directory. You can also contribute a recent photo if you wish.

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Ministries and Directors

RCIAA/CCD - Tony & Cindy Longobardo
Music - Karen Ward
Altar Servers - Steve Czaikoswki
Pastoral Care (Hospital, Homebound, Bereavement) - Connie Wight
Lectors - Bob Benarick
Women's Group - Amy Wilhelm
Extraordinary Ministers - Patti Williams
Youth Minister - Caroline Bland
Ushers/Greeters - Hugh Bland, Gerald Glanton
Bulletin - Jennifer Murphy, John Wight
Building/Events Coordinator - Tim and Beth Worth
Web site - Steve Miner

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Ladies Club

Ladies Club meetings at St. Mary's is on the second Tuesday of each month. The month of January meeting will be on the 12th at the Family Life Center at 7:00pm and will be a soup and sandwich meeting for the ladies. All Ladies are invited to attend and enjoy the evening. We have many projects to plan for the winter months.

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