Monthly Archives: March 2011

★ Apple Retail Store Charlestown – Lightspeed Workshop

On Wednesday night, March 30th, I’ll be doing a talk on our businesses experience with Xsilva’s Lightspeed point of sales system at the Charlestown Apple Retail Store.

I’ve been asked to present a case study on how we’re using Lightspeed at work, how long we’ve been using it for, our favourite Lightspeed features, etc.

Point of Sale (POS) on the Mac with Xsilva Lightspeed

Learn how you can use LightSpeed point-of-sale software to manage your business. Combining the innovation of the Mac with powerful business logic, LightSpeed is ideal for retail sales, inventory management, service sales and e-commerce. It provides a solid platform that scales from a single-store boutique to a multi-store operation.

If you own a small to medium business, and are considering moving to Mac OS X then you should reserve a spot as they’re expecting the workshop to fill up.

★ Apple Retail Store Charlestown – Lightspeed Workshop

On Wednesday night, March 30th, I’ll be doing a talk on our businesses experience with Xsilva’s Lightspeed point of sales system at the Charlestown Apple Retail Store.

I’ve been asked to present a case study on how we’re using Lightspeed at work, how long we’ve been using it for, our favourite Lightspeed features, etc.

Point of Sale (POS) on the Mac with Xsilva Lightspeed

Learn how you can use LightSpeed point-of-sale software to manage your business. Combining the innovation of the Mac with powerful business logic, LightSpeed is ideal for retail sales, inventory management, service sales and e-commerce. It provides a solid platform that scales from a single-store boutique to a multi-store operation.

If you own a small to medium business, and are considering moving to Mac OS X then you should reserve a spot as they’re expecting the workshop to fill up.

Apple Retail Store Charlestown – Lightspeed Workshop

On Wednesday night, March 30th, I’ll be doing a talk on our businesses experience with Xsilva’s Lightspeed point of sales system at the Charlestown Apple Retail Store.

I’ve been asked to present a case study on how we’re using Lightspeed at work, how long we’ve been using it for, our favourite Lightspeed features, etc.

Point of Sale (POS) on the Mac with Xsilva Lightspeed

Learn how you can use LightSpeed point-of-sale software to manage your business. Combining the innovation of the Mac with powerful business logic, LightSpeed is ideal for retail sales, inventory management, service sales and e-commerce. It provides a solid platform that scales from a single-store boutique to a multi-store operation.

If you own a small to medium business, and are considering moving to Mac OS X then you should reserve a spot as they’re expecting the workshop to fill up.

★ Apple iPad 2 demand in Australia

I’ve seen quite a few blogs and tweets from people saying that they were still able to pickup an iPad 2 on the weekend, where in the USA they were all but sold out on day 1. Of course the PC faithful have jumped aboard the “Apple’s not done anything new so why buy an iPad 2” bandwagon.

I disagree totally. I think Apple learnt a lesson on the total sell out and shipping dilemmas that were / are being experienced in the USA.

Instead of delivering all the iPad 2’s that were sold through the Apple Australia website I think Apple has held those shipments in favour of keeping the stock levels higher in their retail stores.

Where do you think Apple gets the best PR from, orders online by faceless people or the big queues that formed outside their retail stores not only on launch day but also on Saturday and Sunday?

Think about it, you have hundreds of people standing in line where news crews can get easy access to loads of opinion and hype, you have people walking out of the store with their new shiny iPad 2 in hand and a big grin on their face. Those pictures are worth millions, probably billions, to Apple sales. Other retailers, tech or otherwise, would kill for that PR.

★ Apple iPad 2 demand in Australia

I’ve seen quite a few blogs and tweets from people saying that they were still able to pickup an iPad 2 on the weekend, where in the USA they were all but sold out on day 1. Of course the PC faithful have jumped aboard the “Apple’s not done anything new so why buy an iPad 2” bandwagon.

I disagree totally. I think Apple learnt a lesson on the total sell out and shipping dilemmas that were / are being experienced in the USA.

Instead of delivering all the iPad 2’s that were sold through the Apple Australia website I think Apple has held those shipments in favour of keeping the stock levels higher in their retail stores.

Where do you think Apple gets the best PR from, orders online by faceless people or the big queues that formed outside their retail stores not only on launch day but also on Saturday and Sunday?

Think about it, you have hundreds of people standing in line where news crews can get easy access to loads of opinion and hype, you have people walking out of the store with their new shiny iPad 2 in hand and a big grin on their face. Those pictures are worth millions, probably billions, to Apple sales. Other retailers, tech or otherwise, would kill for that PR.

Apple iPad 2 demand in Australia

I’ve seen quite a few blogs and tweets from people saying that they were still able to pickup an iPad 2 on the weekend, where in the USA they were all but sold out on day 1. Of course the PC faithful have jumped aboard the “Apple’s not done anything new so why buy an iPad 2” bandwagon.

I disagree totally. I think Apple learnt a lesson on the total sell out and shipping dilemmas that were / are being experienced in the USA.

Instead of delivering all the iPad 2’s that were sold through the Apple Australia website I think Apple has held those shipments in favour of keeping the stock levels higher in their retail stores.

Where do you think Apple gets the best PR from, orders online by faceless people or the big queues that formed outside their retail stores not only on launch day but also on Saturday and Sunday?

Think about it, you have hundreds of people standing in line where news crews can get easy access to loads of opinion and hype, you have people walking out of the store with their new shiny iPad 2 in hand and a big grin on their face. Those pictures are worth millions, probably billions, to Apple sales. Other retailers, tech or otherwise, would kill for that PR.

★ Apple's bizarre iPad 2 delivery

On Friday I ordered an iPad 2 directly from Apple in the Apple Australia web store, not only did I order an iPad 2 I also ordered a black leather Smart Cover and the AV / HDMI adaptor. When I placed the order it was looking like it would be a 2 week delivery, and I figured Apple would ship the whole lot together.

Friday afternoon I received a shipping notice saying the the Smart Cover would be delivered this morning, and indeed it was.

Today I received an email saying that the AV / HDMI adaptor is shipping and that I will likely receive it tomorrow.

So by tomorrow midday I will have received everything except for the iPad 2 from this order.

Very strange shipping setup Apple.

★ Apple’s bizarre iPad 2 delivery

On Friday I ordered an iPad 2 directly from Apple in the Apple Australia web store, not only did I order an iPad 2 I also ordered a black leather Smart Cover and the AV / HDMI adaptor. When I placed the order it was looking like it would be a 2 week delivery, and I figured Apple would ship the whole lot together.

Friday afternoon I received a shipping notice saying the the Smart Cover would be delivered this morning, and indeed it was.

Today I received an email saying that the AV / HDMI adaptor is shipping and that I will likely receive it tomorrow.

So by tomorrow midday I will have received everything except for the iPad 2 from this order.

Very strange shipping setup Apple.

Apple’s bizarre iPad 2 delivery

On Friday I ordered an iPad 2 directly from Apple in the Apple Australia web store, not only did I order an iPad 2 I also ordered a black leather Smart Cover and the AV / HDMI adaptor. When I placed the order it was looking like it would be a 2 week delivery, and I figured Apple would ship the whole lot together.

Friday afternoon I received a shipping notice saying the the Smart Cover would be delivered this morning, and indeed it was.

Today I received an email saying that the AV / HDMI adaptor is shipping and that I will likely receive it tomorrow.

So by tomorrow midday I will have received everything except for the iPad 2 from this order.

Very strange shipping setup Apple.

Apple's bizarre iPad 2 delivery

On Friday I ordered an iPad 2 directly from Apple in the Apple Australia web store, not only did I order an iPad 2 I also ordered a black leather Smart Cover and the AV / HDMI adaptor. When I placed the order it was looking like it would be a 2 week delivery, and I figured Apple would ship the whole lot together.

Friday afternoon I received a shipping notice saying the the Smart Cover would be delivered this morning, and indeed it was.

Today I received an email saying that the AV / HDMI adaptor is shipping and that I will likely receive it tomorrow.

So by tomorrow midday I will have received everything except for the iPad 2 from this order.

Very strange shipping setup Apple.

★ iPad 2, I got lucky

Earlier today I resigned to not getting an iPad 2 today. I ordered one on Apple’s website and figured I would just wait out the quoted 2 week delivery period.

But…… On the way home from work I decided to chance my luck and swing by Domayne Kotara.

I got lucky.

They only had a handful of iPad 2’s and fortunately they weren’t all accounted for. And because I’ve bought plenty of gear there already and they had all my details in their system I was actually the 1st person to buy one at 5:00:45….though the receipt actually says 5:01

I ended up grabbing a 32GB, 3G + Wifi, in black of course. I also picked up the black leather Smart Cover and the Digital AV Adaptor, which I figure will come in handy with my talk next week at the Apple Store in Charlestown.

My new precious is currently syncing so I can’t share any further thoughts at this stage….though it is lighter than the previous model and ‘feels’ better in the hand.

Anyway, I’m off to play.

★ iPad 2, I got lucky

Earlier today I resigned to not getting an iPad 2 today. I ordered one on Apple’s website and figured I would just wait out the quoted 2 week delivery period.

But…… On the way home from work I decided to chance my luck and swing by Domayne Kotara.

I got lucky.

They only had a handful of iPad 2’s and fortunately they weren’t all accounted for. And because I’ve bought plenty of gear there already and they had all my details in their system I was actually the 1st person to buy one at 5:00:45….though the receipt actually says 5:01

I ended up grabbing a 32GB, 3G + Wifi, in black of course. I also picked up the black leather Smart Cover and the Digital AV Adaptor, which I figure will come in handy with my talk next week at the Apple Store in Charlestown.

My new precious is currently syncing so I can’t share any further thoughts at this stage….though it is lighter than the previous model and ‘feels’ better in the hand.

Anyway, I’m off to play.

iPad 2, I got lucky

Earlier today I resigned to not getting an iPad 2 today. I ordered one on Apple’s website and figured I would just wait out the quoted 2 week delivery period.

But…… On the way home from work I decided to chance my luck and swing by Domayne Kotara.

I got lucky.

They only had a handful of iPad 2’s and fortunately they weren’t all accounted for. And because I’ve bought plenty of gear there already and they had all my details in their system I was actually the 1st person to buy one at 5:00:45….though the receipt actually says 5:01

I ended up grabbing a 32GB, 3G + Wifi, in black of course. I also picked up the black leather Smart Cover and the Digital AV Adaptor, which I figure will come in handy with my talk next week at the Apple Store in Charlestown.

My new precious is currently syncing so I can’t share any further thoughts at this stage….though it is lighter than the previous model and ‘feels’ better in the hand.

Anyway, I’m off to play.

★ App Review: WorldCard Mobile

So the guys who make WorldCard Mobile approached me seeking a review of their iPhone app, and you know I love me an iPhone app or 200 so I said yes figuring it would be an easy review……but it hasn’t been.

Now you’re probably assuming by the above that I mean it’s not a good app, well you’d be wrong, so very very wrong.

It’s an awesome app!

Basically WorldCard Mobile is an application that allows you to take a photo of a business card and through the magic of rock solid coding it gleans information off of the photo of the business card and populates a whole bunch of fields, ie. name, phone number, email address, company name, etc.

I loaded in over 100 cards in a 30 minute time frame and it got everything right, seriously there was no way I was expecting that sort of result.

Once you have your cards in WorldCard Mobile you can do the obvious things like email your contact, call their phone number, open their website, etc. which is the beauty of applications that make proper use of the varying API’s that Apple make available in iOS.

If you attend conferences, meetings, business networking events, etc. regularly where swapping business cards is the staple way to meet someone then WorldCard Mobile is the application for you……assuming you have an iPhone, but who doesn’t these days.

You can throw card after card at WorldCard Mobile and not waste time in Address Book or whatever CRM you use typing in all these new contacts. That’s a big win in my book, there’s nothing worse than the day after a conference. Grahhhh I hate data entry.

My biggest gripe with the app, which is a fairly trite one, is that I wish the icon looked a little cooler. Apart from that it would be also be cool if the cards / contacts could be saved into Address Book or if WorldCard Mobile teamed up with some of the CRM’s like Daylite or Salesforce, or maybe licensed their OCR technology to them.

Apart from those little things, which could be pretty easily be overcome, this is a rock solid application.

Go buy WorldCard Mobile if you spend any time in the corporate world.

★ App Review: WorldCard Mobile

So the guys who make WorldCard Mobile approached me seeking a review of their iPhone app, and you know I love me an iPhone app or 200 so I said yes figuring it would be an easy review……but it hasn’t been.

Now you’re probably assuming by the above that I mean it’s not a good app, well you’d be wrong, so very very wrong.

It’s an awesome app!

Basically WorldCard Mobile is an application that allows you to take a photo of a business card and through the magic of rock solid coding it gleans information off of the photo of the business card and populates a whole bunch of fields, ie. name, phone number, email address, company name, etc.

I loaded in over 100 cards in a 30 minute time frame and it got everything right, seriously there was no way I was expecting that sort of result.

Once you have your cards in WorldCard Mobile you can do the obvious things like email your contact, call their phone number, open their website, etc. which is the beauty of applications that make proper use of the varying API’s that Apple make available in iOS.

If you attend conferences, meetings, business networking events, etc. regularly where swapping business cards is the staple way to meet someone then WorldCard Mobile is the application for you……assuming you have an iPhone, but who doesn’t these days.

You can throw card after card at WorldCard Mobile and not waste time in Address Book or whatever CRM you use typing in all these new contacts. That’s a big win in my book, there’s nothing worse than the day after a conference. Grahhhh I hate data entry.

My biggest gripe with the app, which is a fairly trite one, is that I wish the icon looked a little cooler. Apart from that it would be also be cool if the cards / contacts could be saved into Address Book or if WorldCard Mobile teamed up with some of the CRM’s like Daylite or Salesforce, or maybe licensed their OCR technology to them.

Apart from those little things, which could be pretty easily be overcome, this is a rock solid application.

Go buy WorldCard Mobile if you spend any time in the corporate world.

★ GORUCK GR1

I finally cracked and bought a GORUCK GR1, it arrived a couple of days ago and so far I’m stoked.

Size wise it’s a little bigger than I was expecting, not that that is a problem as I needed something with a bigger ‘cargo bay’ for my overnight trips.

The GR1 is definitely sturdier and tougher than I was expecting, and that’s definitely a good thing.

Anyway after I’ve had a chance to use the bag for a week or so, and have done an overnighter with it, I’ll post my thoughts and a photo or two..

★ GORUCK GR1

I finally cracked and bought a GORUCK GR1, it arrived a couple of days ago and so far I’m stoked.

Size wise it’s a little bigger than I was expecting, not that that is a problem as I needed something with a bigger ‘cargo bay’ for my overnight trips.

The GR1 is definitely sturdier and tougher than I was expecting, and that’s definitely a good thing.

Anyway after I’ve had a chance to use the bag for a week or so, and have done an overnighter with it, I’ll post my thoughts and a photo or two..

★ iPad 2, coming this Friday

According to a press release from Apple overnight they’re still on track to release the iPad 2 in Australia this Friday, 25th March at 5pm.

We still don’t have official pricing information, but based on what we’ve seen in the US to date, I think that the iPad 2 will cost the same as the current iPad.

I’m wondering whether we’ll see the sort of lines they had in the US earlier this month, there were people lining up 2-3 days before the 5 pm Friday release time. I guess we might see some lines forming first thing Friday morning, but I’ll be surprised if they start forming much earlier than that.

And for those of you wondering, yes I’ll be buying an iPad 2 however I won’t be lining up.

★ iPad 2, coming this Friday

According to a press release from Apple overnight they’re still on track to release the iPad 2 in Australia this Friday, 25th March at 5pm.

We still don’t have official pricing information, but based on what we’ve seen in the US to date, I think that the iPad 2 will cost the same as the current iPad.

I’m wondering whether we’ll see the sort of lines they had in the US earlier this month, there were people lining up 2-3 days before the 5 pm Friday release time. I guess we might see some lines forming first thing Friday morning, but I’ll be surprised if they start forming much earlier than that.

And for those of you wondering, yes I’ll be buying an iPad 2 however I won’t be lining up.

iPad 2, coming this Friday

According to a press release from Apple overnight they’re still on track to release the iPad 2 in Australia this Friday, 25th March at 5pm.

We still don’t have official pricing information, but based on what we’ve seen in the US to date, I think that the iPad 2 will cost the same as the current iPad.

I’m wondering whether we’ll see the sort of lines they had in the US earlier this month, there were people lining up 2-3 days before the 5 pm Friday release time. I guess we might see some lines forming first thing Friday morning, but I’ll be surprised if they start forming much earlier than that.

And for those of you wondering, yes I’ll be buying an iPad 2 however I won’t be lining up.