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




Sad Truth: One dies…millions cry. Millions die…no one cries.

Saw this picture, and had to share it. It's not entirely true, but it reminded me how the news tends to skew our perspective too much...

Steve Jobs died, and his life did contribute a lot to our society. But how should God's perspective challenge our reception of his death vs. our reception of the deaths of millions who never had a chance to contribute?


Mac users going PC

Yeah, I know. Right now you’re thinking…”Here goes Patrick. Up on his soapbox again.”

I just have to tell you that I’ve been holding onto the article that prompted this post for about two months…hoping I could put the thought aside. But it’s not going to happen. I can’t love the Mac, I really can’t. And I’m not alone.

Finally, it’s time to introduce you to some friends who think its time for all those Mac users to give up their shiny, soon to be out-of-date, overpriced toys. Please welcome…

Natania, who switched back to PC this past fall for reasons of price, upgradeability, and gaming.

Joe, who did some intense price comparison, bought a Sony laptop instead of a Macbook, and loves Windows 7. Also have a look at his article on sales comparisions for Mac and Windows machines here.

David has written extensively on the simplicity of Windows 7 features over Mac. I like this one on backing up files. Search his blog for yourself.


Tech Hack of the Year: Running Google’s Android on My Apple iPhone

Getting a new tech toy for me is like opening a whole new world. This past week has been one of those "new world" experiences for me, as I explore the land of the jail broken iPhone, and as I boot Google's Android OS on it as well--double bonus fun!

Jailbreaking the iPhone sounds malicious, I know, but the FCC said earlier this year that it was legal and appropriate for those who purchase phones to be able to manipulate their software. It allowed me to start using some of the features of the iPhone that were only available to those who had the "latest and greatest" (and paid way too much money for their) iPhone: like multitasking and home screen wallpaper. Check out this blog that is all about jailbreaking for yourself, and contains an article on the legality of the task too! (popup window)

After Jailbreaking the phone, I followed 5 more easy steps to install iDroid on my phone, a customized version of Android created to work on the iPhone. While the programming still needs some work to ensure that power saving, messaging and camera functions work appropriately, and Google is still in the process of allowing this OS to access its Android store, I am now able to boot my phone into Google's OS and enjoy the features of this amazing operating system as well! Read the Lifehacker article by clicking here. (opens in a popup window)

I particularly like the graphic they chose for their customized OS:

What's next? Well, I have high hopes that someone will create another iWin7 version to run on my iPhone too!


Another Reason to Hate Apple…

The reasons to dislike Apple keep piling up...and I must vent them out again!

Reason #1 - Everything is Apple's way or no way!

Today I moved a few videos onto my iPhone. Which ones you ask? Well, I don't get a choice. It's all videos, or the latest 5 videos. What if I want my wedding from 6 years ago, and a video from last week? No can do. Can't you guys just put a darn check box on the videos page? Why does this have to be so hard?!

Need a backup battery for your MacBook or iPhone or iPod? Sorry...there no longer removable. You have to attach some bulky ugly accessory.

Reason #2 - Everything is expensive!

Today I tried to connect a video cable to my iPhone to play back video on the television...yes, the cable was made for the iPhone, but guess what, it didn't work. Turns out Apple's latest software update for the iPhone disables any cables not made/licensed by Apple. Can't buy a $3 cable off of ebay...gotta pay $50 for an official Apple accessory.

Hate hate hate hate hate.

Does anyone else feel the way I do?

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