Golf Apps on Apple Watch

One of the reasons I purchased my Apple Watch was to be able to use it on the golf course.  I anted an easy way of being able to see distances from where I was standing to the hole.  I am not a good enough golfer to need to know with absolute accuracy as a laser finder would tell me but roughly (within a few metres) was required  To date I have been using a Neo golf unit which I have mapped for my local course and also some Apps on my iPhone.

The main App I have been using on my iPhone is Golfshot.  I purchased this App some time ago after playing with quite a number of golf Apps.  I also purchased it before it was a subscription based application so I am somewhere in-between the free version they offer and the subscription service features they offer..  I have found it extremely useful and user friendly.  It is not as accurate as a Laser finder but it’s accuracy has been more than sufficient for me.  It has been great to go to new courses and have the ability to get distances.  Yes, I have to walk up to my ball and pull my phone out to get distances but that was never too much of a hassle.  If you leave your phone in your bag or have it attached to your cart you obviously need to have the cart next to your ball.   Continue reading

Apple Watch – Should I buy one?

Apple Watch - Milanese LoopWell the Apple Watch was released in September 2014 and since then I have read about it as well as listening to many podcasts and recordings about it.  Not all have been good or even recommended it as a purchase.  To date I have resisted the urge of a serial fiddler to buy one.  That resistance in part has been price, quite expensive in Australia with prices from $429 (38mm Sport model) upward.  The model that grabbed my attention was the 42mm Stainless Steel model with the Milanese Loop.  It comes with a staggering RRP of $1029.  Way too much.

My other concerns with the watch is – what would I use it for.  Does it have a purpose for a person who is retired?  Was it designed for the working person to keep track of their life?  Does it have any relevance to a person in a country location?  Wow, is it just a yuppy toy – a status symbol of the new age?  Are the feature sets built into the watch, especially Apple Pay, just American centric options making the watch less than valuable or even useless in regional Australia.  Heck I own a number of watches that I wear and they all tell me the time.

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Remember The Past

In speaking with my father we often reflect on the past.  Discuss how our society evolved.  Speak about what the people of the time were speaking about when things occurred.  What becomes apparent when speaking with our elders is how history is now reported.  It is not necessarily how they saw it.  It does not come from their perspective of why things occurred, why they were fought for.  What was important.  What they made sacrifices for.

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Social Commentary or News Reporting

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The recent siege in Sydney was an event that many will say will change Australia forever. For me it was a sad event with not only the death and psychological damage of innocent people but the confirmed death of factual reporting of events by commercial media within Australia. I could also add to this the loss of common sense by all media outlets regarding a significant criminal incident.

As events unfolded yesterday I took to the couch and began channel surfing. Moving from one channel to another. I became disenchanted with how this incident was being reported on every channel. I took to social media posting comments an unusual occurrence for me. I then going back to see if things had changed with how this incident was being reported.

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Essential Packing – Apple TV

imgresI know, I know you go away and the last thing that should be on your agenda is TV but, I do love my TV and the current show I was watching was at an interesting point.  So what do you do when you go away and can’t watch your shows.  What happens when you are not wanting to stay out partying all night.  In steps the Apple TV travel pack.

My Apple TV travel pack consists of 3 bits of kit.  Obviously an Apple TV, an airport express and my iPhone.  Also included are the power cables, a short Cat 5e cable (10cm), power cables, double adapter and a HDMI cable.

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Thailand 2014

IMG_0504Well another great fortnight in on Phuket, Thailand.

Arrived just in time for Songkran (Thai New Year).  It is a great time to visit and the activities can go from the very active and ridiculous to the more quiet  celebrations.  We knew very well that Songkran involves a lot of water and chalk/powder and fortunately were expecting it – beware the uninitiated.  This year we were in the Patong Beach area and it was full on water pistols, buckets or whatever people could get their hands on – to hold, transport and throw water.  I don’t think you could get any wetter.  Bangala Road was hectic with more half drowned people than I have seen in a long time.

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MacBook Pro as a Desktop – Initial Observations

Without doubt the MacBook Pro is a very competent and powerful piece of kit.  Yes it can do everything I believe you need from a computer and I am almost convinced that it could be a realistic replacement for the desktop – ALMOST.

Processing power – I can see no difference.  It has enough grunt to do whatever you need.  I can see no difference from my Quad Core iMac.  Does it all easily. Continue reading

MacBook Pro – Mid 2012 Purchased

Well as I though the 2.3GHz model was far easier to find than the 2.6GHz model.  So I have an i7 Quad Core 2.3GHz model, 4GB Ram, 500 GB spindle drive, 1 Thunderbolt 1 port, 2 USB 3 ports, Ethernet port and 1 Apple display port for an external monitor.

Not quite to my specs, as I wanted to be able to run two external monitors but there are some ways around that issue.  I could run a Thunderbolt monitor but I don’t have any of those and they are way too expensive anyway.  I am not so sure they will ever come down to the price point of traditional monitors.  So at this time I am looking at using a USB Display Link adapter to run the second monitor.

As I said not quite to my specs but at a price point where I can afford to do some fiddling around with it to see if it is possible to replace a desktop unit with a laptop.   I have now packed the iMac away while I begin to use the laptop.  Hopefully it will only come out for wiping of the hard drives before I on sell it (or the laptop).

Time to buy some bits and upgrade the Pro.