Posts Tagged ‘Apple’


Shawn and Louise Fury (not pictured) bought their first major products at the Apple store on the Upper West Side in New York City. Next they’ll figure out how to turn the product on.

For the longest time we avoided joining the Apple family. We computed on our Dells and called on our phones that possessed slightly below average intelligence. Then two years ago my wife finally got an iPhone. A few months ago she bought an iPad. On Tuesday afternoon, we took the next, inevitable step by venturing to the Apple store on the Upper West Side in Manhattan to purchase a Macbook Air. We entered a whole new world when we stepped through the glass doors and left with a whole new computer. We joined the 21st century, even if our technical skills are still somewhere in the 20th century.

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iWaste time

Posted: May 17, 2012 by terryvandrovec in Uncategorized
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I stepped into 2007 last week. Finally got an iPhone – and only because my employer encouraged (and paid for) it.

Oddly, I took a certain amount of satisfaction in holding out for so long, in part because I had convinced myself that the iPhone had become cool to the point of actually being uncool. Plus, it reminded me of a running joke from my childhood. We’d try to convince our cousins in California that the Dakotas were at least 50 years behind the West Coast in terms of technology like blenders and televisions. (more…)


Instagram helped TV make this busted old Ford look sort of cool.

Today, a reading from the book of I Don’t Get It …

Popular photo sharing app Instagram – long an Apple-only item – became available on Android devices for the first time this week. And just a couple days later it was sold to Facebook for $1 billion dollars. Yes, Dr. Evil, that’s billion with a B.

Well, backlash also starts with a B and that’s precisely what ensued – at least, assuming social media offers an at least semi-accurate read into people’s opinions. (And I’m not that it does, but that’s a gripe for another day.) A whole bunch of folks were upset that the hip Instagram was going to go mainstream, that their timelines would get clogged and even that the newcomers wouldn’t understand how to do correctly use it.

Wait. What? (more…)


Huge week on deck, and not because I’ve got a six-pack of basketball games to cover and – Valentine’s Day reminder, fellas – one wife to woo.

Rather, I’m getting a new smartphone, an iPhone 4S, to be exact. Hear me out before cracking wise about South Dakota being stuck in 2007 in terms of technology.

I’m not just switching phones, I’m switching operating systems. Again. And that has become a big deal for most of us in 2012. In fact, just the other day I was trying to decide where a move like this ranks in terms of important changes in the life of a young professional. It’s not as big as getting married/divorced or having a child, but  it’s probably no lower than third on the list of material acquisitions behind buying a new house and car. (more…)