Computer Nerds

There’s been a long-held notion that I’m a nerd. Especially when it comes to computers. Natural, I guess, seeing as that’s how I make my living. Julie often says that I’m “nerding out” when I’ve got one or more laptop lids open, doing my thing. Appropriate I guess.

Abigail and Grace have long lamented the fact that they don’t have their “own” laptops so that they can go out on the interwebs as they please. When reminded that they cost about $1000, Grace went off pouting, while Abby proudly exclaimed that she’s going to start saving. If that doesn’t perfectly demonstrate the 2 sisters, I don’t know what does.

Both girls like to play “Spawn of Satan,” . . . errr . . . I mean Webkinz whenever they can. It all starts innocently enough. You buy these cute, cuddly little animals that the new owner can adopt. But then you need to register them online. And then you need to give them clothes. And bathe them. And entertain them. And buy expensive jeans for them. And ground them. And so on. They just can’t understand why we don’t simply give them the password to the computer so that they can do as they please. Turning into a computer nerd is one reason. Another is . . . well . . . the interwebs.

We found this by the computer a couple of weeks ago:

Abby's sneaky note!

You certainly can’t blame them for trying.

Apple has some cool new products

I know, I’m a geek. So just ignore this post if you’re looking for the fun, family stuff. I’ve been listening to the Keynote speech at MacWorld. That’s usually where they announce all of their new products. Last year was the Intel chip, so you could run Windows on your Mac. This year, it’s the Apple TV, the iPhone, and everything related. I think Apple has relegated Microsoft’s Vista launch to a complete afterthought. Even though I work with Microsoft products everyday, I’m 10x more excited about what Apple is doing.

The Apple TV lets you stream your videos that you put on iTunes to your TV. That includes movies that you would get off of iTunes, fancy DVD movies Julie creates, etc. It also includes any sort of slideshow or whatever you create in iPhoto. Really cool stuff. The first compelling reason for me to get an HDTV. Well, that and the analogs will be obsolete soon.

The even cooler product is the iPhone that’s been anticipated for a while. Truly a cool thing. I’ve never been much of a phone fan. You won’t find me typing into a Blackberry or whatever. But this one is different. They partnered with Cingular. Some think that’s a bad thing, but I don’t know enough about phones and service providers to comment. All I know is that it looks cool. Someday . . .

You can get all the nerdy details here and here.