Journeyman Project Dispatches from the Life of Patrick Fowler: Christianity Explored


Mac vs PC

To those who know me, it's no secret that I dislike Mac computers for my own personal use. I find them too expensive, too restricted, and uncaring toward those who have older computers--limiting their upgrades and features to new features, new phones, and more money.

However, these arguments don't mean that I think everyone needs a PC. There are many who work best with a Mac, and who should pay the extra money for one. That's why I appreciate Lifehacker's best arguments reviews the advantages and disadvantages of both, fairly. Check it out here, or read the headlines from the article below:

Windows offers more software

Windows offers greater flexibility

Mac's have fewer viruses, require less maintenance

Both platforms work well for designers/video editors

Windows offers a better gaming experience

Neither OS is easier to learn




Windows Phone Mango is Here! (Officially)

A few months back, I upgraded my existing Windows Phone to the Beta release of the new, enhanced operating system. Last week, AT&T and Microsoft passed along the official version to me, as one of its customers. And I must say, I continue to love the features: custom ringtones, multitasking, better GPS, voice-to-text on everything, and specialized Favorite people lists. If you are up for an upgrade, or considering a switch, I've never looked back after leaving the iPhone behind, and I encourage you to do the same. Check out this video to see it for yourself.


Talking to my Windows Mango Phone

Getting tired of all those, "Don't txt and drive" advertisements? Well, now you can do it safely. Just listen to this conversation I had recently with my phone, via my bluetooth headset. I can now text and drive without ever looking at my phone:

WP: [music pauses]You have a text message from Stacy Fowler. You can say read it or ignore.
Me: Read it.
WP: “When will you be home?” You can say reply, call or I’m done.
Me: Reply.
WP: Say your message.
Me: “In about 20 minutes.”
WP: [The phone transcribes and repeats the message] You can say send, try again, or I’m done.
Me: Send. [music resumes]

My advice: try it for yourself!

Watch a video demonstration here:


Google, Email and Privacy

Here's a prime example of the ways Google fails to protect your privacy: they used the content of your emails to serve advertisements...check out this video ad by Microsoft to portray it in a more contemporary way. One more reason I am VERY hesitant to jump onto their bandwagon.

Other reasons:

They no longer discount for "religious" non-profits, just all the others...

Their platforms, like the Android, are notorious for unsafe applications...

They are always in some lawsuit over violation of personal privacy...


Computer Viruses Can Change the Wars…They Already Have.

What your about to see is a short video about how a single virus changed the face of nuclear energy in one of the more dangerous countries in the world, and potentially stopped the development of nuclear weapons in an area that would have allowed terrorists to gain access to them.

Do geeks have a role to play in warfare? Yes, they do.

Do viruses go beyond the annoying ones that mess up your personal computer? Yes, they do.

Do viruses go undetected and active on computers without your knowing? Yes, they do.

Do Mac's get viruses too? Yes, they do...and they are more easily corrupted than PC's. They are just not as big a target for virus creations (market share is not comparable to Microsoft).