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I should add we are not considering switching desk-bound office workers like myself to iPads for our work, just mobile workers.

If you're doing data entry and spreadsheets all day, a mouse and keyboard is still the best control device, and most of us in this office have two large 1080p monitors mounted on a stand for an extended work place.

At my workplace, everyone has a Windows computer on their desk, and the Outside Salesmen have always had Windows laptops.

As of yesterday, our Inside Sales Manager has been promoted so that he will be going outside, visiting customers more often, so he will get a portable computer for email, entering call reports, web browsing, and accessing our ERP system. He decided he would rather have a 4G iPad with a bluetooth keyboard, instead of a laptop. I completed a full review of the costs, and plusses and minuses as far as capability and convenience, for our company's owner. We came to the conclusion that of the activities he needed to do while traveling, most of them could be done at least as well using an iPad and keyboard. The one thing that will probably be a little less efficient is the creation of pricing spreadsheets, but even that will be do-able with the touch interface and keyboard.

The other outside salesmen, all of whom already have their Windows 8 Pro laptops, have already heard about this. Many have expressed that when they are eligible for an upgrade, they might want to get a 4G iPad instead of a new laptop. The Outside Sales Manager has an old laptop and needs a new one, and he's already eagerly asking for an iPad instead of an upgraded laptop.

The reason this is interesting to me is not because I'm an "Apple fanboy" and prefer to see my corporation spend money on Apple products. For 20 years, my job has been to test and recommend technology options, and to train people on the new devices they will use to do their job. The reason this change is interesting to me is that for the first time since the release of Droid and iPhone "smart phones," when everyone at the company who was eligible for one was eager and excited to be one of the first people to get an upgrade, now everyone who might be eligible for a company-paid computer is eager and excited to get an iPad instead of a laptop. They're acting like it's something COOL and FUN that they're excited to get, even if their laptop is already allowing them to get their work done.

As an IT Manager, it doesn't really make my job that much better or worse if an Outside Salesman uses a Windows laptop, or a Droid tablet, or an iPad. I do think it's interesting, though, when a professional salesmen is excited like a kid with a toy at the prospect of getting a new piece of technology with which to accomplish his work.

As a mac user like you are I can understand that you think apple is growing,  I am a windows users I see myself that more people is using windows,
Apple is losing users to android every day, their market share is going to android every day...

I didn't say Apple was the main reason Windows market share was shrinking. Please re-read my post. I said Windows was losing market share to Mac, Linux and especially tablets and smart phones.

You're simply wrong that more people are using Windows. It's not even close.

You can't make assertions about market share based on your own preferences, or a few people you know. Market share isn't about which you think other people should use. It's about the actual number of real people in the world using different devices.

At the current rate of change, within the next 10 years, Windows is likely to be used by only a tiny minority of technology users. I'm very curious to see what will happen, because my day job is as a corporate IT Manager.

Ubuntu Studio is a version of Ubuntu especially for audio production.

I've experimented with Linux at length, because I too like the philosophy of openness. Unfortunately, the result of this openness is that it's extremely hard to get anything done, and most of the really useful software is not available. I've given up trying to make it work for me. It's fun to experiment with. It has some of the benefits of Unix, with a few similarities to other GUI-based systems like Windows and Mac, but in my opinion it's not really a suitable operating system for anybody except programmers and people who work primarily in the command line.

You're right that Windows is still the biggest platform, but the situation is changing. Not only is Windows losing market share to Mac OS and Linux, but more significantly, many people who used to use a standard Windows PC now use a tablet or even a smart phone instead. I know many people who now use their table for most "computing" tasks, and only use their desktop computer rarely, for things like printing out big documents, or filing tax returns. For other things, they use portable touch-interface devices. The world of personal computing is changing.

You don't have to like Apple or use their products -- as we said we each get to use what we like -- but to dismiss their influence in the world of computing is silly. They are not only the largest computing company in the world, not only the biggest technology company in the world, but the biggest company of any kind, and still growing.

No, ASIO is just a Windows thing to overcome problems in the built-in Windows audio handling components. ASIO fixes a problem in Windows that doesn't exist in Mac OSX.

It's OK if you hate Mac OS and don't want to use it. Some Mac users treat it like a religion, and want to convince Windows and Linux people that they're WRONG WRONG WRONG. I'm not like that. I think people should use the tools that work for them, and help them accomplish the work (or play) that they want to accomplish.

Ten years ago, 97% of people used Windows for everything. Many people hated it, but felt stuck. Now there are many options. You can use Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Droid, iOS. This is much better -- nobody's stuck any more.

No problem - I know many Windows users assume the same thing "ASIO means better sound" is true on Mac too. This is one of the things I like about the Mac, though I realize you can still get very good results and do professional work on a Windows computer, with some extra setup or configuration.

This is why it's just simpler for me to use iTunes for everything. It's so easy to stick a CD in the drive and rip it to my preferred format, and maybe drag files to a new playlist. Even though I have a huge library, it's surprising how often I find items I want to listen to, which I have on CD but not in my iTunes library. Just yesterday I ripped several Kraftwerk CDs and Wolfgang Press's Bird Wood Cage.

Even on Mac I think the difference in audio quality with asio is still quite big though.. the soun quality on windows 8 is really good, but asio is more professional audio protocol I would recommend to use it at all times when possible.

Personally I would not imagine to listen to music in non asio drivers especially not if oyu use an expensive interface/converter that does not make sense at all. the Asio drivers will open up the full potential.

ASIO is a third-party work-around to bypass the poor-quality (particularly with regard to latency, but also sound quality) audio processing components available in Windows by default. It seems everyone agrees ASIO is necessary to get the best audio performance and quality out of your Windows computer.

Mac OSX uses Core Audio, which is built into the OSX operating system. Professional audio engineers around the world are satisfied with the quality and performance of Core Audio. Any recording, mixing or mastering studio that uses Mac computers is using Core Audio components.

The idea that ASIO is better on Windows default audio setup, therefore ASIO must be better than Mac OS default audio setup, is simply not true. At best, ASIO allows a Windows computer to function at a level equivalent to what Mac OSX Core Audio can do by default. To get the best audio performance out of a Mac, it's not necessary (or recommended) to change Core Audio.

I guess that's one benefit I find with the Mac, which is that you don't need to worry about things like DirectX drivers (if that's even a real thing any more), ASIO, and so on. The only problem I ever run into is manufacturers failing to update their drivers to compatibility with the latest OSX, for example I've had instances of hard crashing with the old drivers for my Presonus Firestudio on my new iMac. When I disconnect the device and uninstall the drivers, no more freeze-ups. It's apparently a widespread issue with drivers for all Presonus firewire interfaces on OSX 10.9 or Mavericks.

It isn't too inconvenient for me at the moment because my old Mac Pro is sitting at the next desk over, so I just connect the Firestudio to that, and use a different USB audio interface for getting audio out of the iMac.

I think the sound quality of iTunes for playback is very good, but I'm using it to play back 320k MP3 files, so I'm not being as fussy as some people about absolute perfection here.

I understand some people who don't like to have their music in a library format, but it's the only way to have playlists, and I find playlists very convenient. I have iTunes managing a very large library, and it's not slow at all. Of course, the library is so large that it's not extremely convenient to scroll through the complete track listing. I mostly select playlists, or search for artists or albums.

Foobar is kind of a nifty stand-alone player, but I use iTunes because I have a huge library with many playlists, and it's very convenient to be able to play it from any computer (Mac or PC or iPad or iPod or iPhone) in the house.

People complain about iTunes messing up their library, but if you keep your library consolidated and don't do anything bizarre with metadata, it works perfectly well. I leave iTunes running on my studio Mac Pro 24/7, and play tracks & playlists from it from all over the place.

Hi Jim - I agree with Seren. Don't start from a "workflow" - just start making sounds, and tweaking and adjusting, until you come up with something you like. I'm usually not able to articulate my workflow until after I'm finished.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help me find good cider
« on: January 01, 2014, 04:17:25 PM »
I've seen Crispin in a lot of the stores. "Dark" is something I can be flexible about, but I have no interest in sweet, juicy ciders, so "dry" is a must. I'll add this Crispin Brut to my list. Thanks, Bill.

One of my Facebook friends pointed out that in SE Portland, there's a store called Bushwhacker that sells nothing but fancy ciders! Good old Portland...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help me find good cider
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:51:55 PM »
Thanks, Immersion. I'm not sure I've seen that here, but I'll look for it.

I posted the same question on Facebook and received many quick replies. This leads me to believe my Facebook friends are more accomplished alcoholics than my Hypnos Forum friends. ;)

Recommendations I received there include Ace Joker and Woodchuck.

Tonight I'm sampling Spire Dark & Dry draft cider. It's not quite as dry as the name implies, but better than most I've tried. Still a little "light" for my tastes. Not quite cider nirvana.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help me find good cider
« on: December 31, 2013, 04:36:33 PM »
I haven't tried that one, but I'm open to the suggestion. I'll check it out.

Generally I'm not a huge cider fan, compared to my interest in craft beer and bourbon and Scotch, but sometimes I crave a good, dark, earthy cider. I figure there are so many clever folk visiting this forum, somebody will have ideas.

Everything and Nothing / Help me find good cider
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:43:57 PM »
I enjoy a good hard cider, but it seems the recent boom in popularity of cider has resulted in more "candy" ciders -- light and very sweet, with more in common with a Zima or a Bartles & James wine cooler than the dark, dry cider I enjoy.

Some of the craft breweries are offering cider now, but I'm leery of proceeding without recommendations. I don't want to spend $7 on a bottle of cider only to find it's sweet "alco-pop..."

Any recommendations?

Everything and Nothing / Christmas wishes from Mike & Lena
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:05:12 AM »
We wish everybody a great Christmas, and hope you all enjoy the rest of your holiday season. We've both been sick a lot lately (like everybody else around here, it seems), but we're fighting back and looking forward to a great 2014.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year 2014
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:03:44 AM »
Thanks, dreamin4ever. Here's to a great year coming up.

Just picked this up yesterday, and tried it last night. Very nice!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: December 24, 2013, 10:44:11 AM »
I recently finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and I'm most of the way through the second book in the series, A Wise Man's Fear. These are part of the Kingkiller Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy you've probably heard of if you're interested in the genre. Rothfuss has been referred to as a young George R.R. Martin. I'm not sure that comparison is apt, in that Rothfuss's writing has a very different tone than Martin's, but it makes sense in that Rothfuss's stories, like Martin's, stand apart from the cookie-cutter similarity of so much epic fantasy.

These follow the story of the multi-talented Kvothe, who would seem capable of succeeding at anything he attempted, except that his own ego and stubbornness often cause him trouble, from childhood to the university and into the world. At the beginning of the story, Kvothe has been discovered living in hiding under a different name by a scribe who wishes to write down his true story. Kvothe tells the tale in his own voice, and this comprises most of the novels, with brief interludes back in the tavern where Kvothe is posing as proprietor. It's interesting to keep revisiting the present, getting perspective on what Kvothe has been through and how it ended up for him in the present.

I'd recommend these books for anyone interested in sensitive and well-written fantasy with more emphasis on academia, books and storytelling than combat and war. Five years passed between the first book and the second, so we're not likely to see the third book until 2015 or 2016.

Oh, and... Highland Park. I've always heard good things about it, but the name doesn't really seem exotic or Scottish to me. "Highland Park" sounds like an affluent suburb of Los Angeles or something!

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