Setting Up Life in Seattle

Setting Up Life in Seattle

By Robert S. Donovan Today my new MacBook Air arrived putting the final touch on my new digital life here in Seattle. It’s always fun to set up a new computer and new digital gadgets. I haven’t owned my own computer in four years using my school issued laptop as my sole machine. So it’s great to get my hands on this new 13 inch MacBook Air and start to customize it. I went back and looked at the software that I started with in 2008 when I got my first Mac computer. Crazy to see what has changed and what has stayed the same.  So here’s my list of must have software…or is that browser ware? First Four Downloads: Chrome – Default Browser Chrome Canary – Allows you to sign into muptiple accounts. I use this for all my other gmail accounts  Firefox – Now my backup browser Opera – Second Backup browser App Downloads: 1Password: Love this to keep all my passwords safe and synced between all my devices using dropbox Dropbox: Because I live in the cloud Google Drive: See above Pages: Needed to open a document Chrome Browser Extensions: TweetDeck: Social Network Client Bitly URL Shortener: To share things on Twitter and Bookmark them direclty to Diigo Google+ Page Share: Allows me to share things on my Google+ Profile and Pages Diigo: My bookmarks Scribefire: Blog Post Editor that works inside Chrome, can’t blog without it.  Feedly: RSS Feed Newpaper Prismatic: RSS Feed Newspaper – new and trying out   Crazy to think that Pages is the only application I’ve downloaded that isn’t Internet based. Guess you know where I’m spending my time. I know I’ll download more but I’ve been working now for 7 hours and this is all I’ve used.   Samsung Galaxy S III I also purchased a new cell phone for coming back to the States. I bought my wife the HTC One X and I bought the Galaxy S III. I love both of these phones and my wife already knew how the HTC worked so liked sticking to that brand. We bought International unlocked versions (some habits are hard to break) and both phones work on the AT&T Network here in the States. But after talking with Tim Lauer I decided to try Straight Talk and there $45 Unlimited Talk, Text, Data plan…as I still hate contracts. So far I...

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New City, New School, New Computer

Well we made it to Bangkok without much of a fuss. Cats traveled well and we’re slowly settling into our new house in our new city. ISB is about 30 minutes outside of the city center making our view a little different from Shanghai. Shanghai Bangkok The view is not the only thing different. Last night’s low of 81F and today’s high of 90F just about did me in. The wife of course is loving it and we constantly fight over A/Cs being on or off. So today we compromised and bought a fan. Although we have situated our bed so the A/C is blowing directly on me and not on her. 🙂 The new house is bare as we await our shipment from Shanghai to arrive (a 20ft container) full of “beautiful carpets and furniture” (direct quote from wife). It was nice though to turn on my laptop and find out that ISB installed a wireless system in teacher housing over the summer. So every teacher has wireless in their house that runs off of the school’s network. Last night I found myself reading through blogs and e-mails and skipping over links that I knew were blocked…that is blocked in China. It was great when I clicked on an edublogs.org and a wordpress.com link and they both loaded. I have some retraining to do of my clicking fingers. 🙂 Lastly I went to school today and picked up my new school issued computer. Yep, a new Mac Book with 4GB of Ram. The last time I had a Mac was 9 years ago running 8.xx OS. I’ve been secretly wanting a Mac for the past couple of years so I’m looking forward to putting this thing through the test in the next couple of weeks. But first I need help from all you Mac users out there. What free software do I need? My first three are already on: FirefoxSkypeTwhirl (Firefox and Skype came preloaded from the school…we’ll work on Twhirl for next year 😉 ) So I’m busy tonight putting in all my Firefox extentions. The onces I can’t live without. But what I need from the community is the other great stuff that makes a Mac…well a Mac. What I’m looking for in particular at this moment: FTP client (free)Software that allows me to share my desktop via web cam But I’ll take anything that will...

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