Archive for the ‘Macs in Research’ Category

Alright, we’re a little short of the month-long timeframe I had originally established. But having run the circuit of near-home use, some travel, conferences, etc. I think I’ve gotten close enough to have an answer – the late release of iOS 4.2 notwithstanding. So! Can the iPad be used as a laptop replacement: Short Answer: […]


As mentioned previously, I am currently in the process of a month-long “field test” of the Apple iPad as a laptop replacement. Not in the conventional sense of “I have a laptop, could the iPad serve as my primary computer” (although I suspect for many home users this could be true), but “With an iPad, […]


I’ve run into yet another round of hard drive issues. I’m pretty sure my hardware’s lifespan, rather than being measured in time until its processor can no longer compete, etc. can be entirely measured by the inevitable race between expanding content and the hard drive that content fills. Given, like most students, I use a […]


I’m a pretty die-hard Mac fan, when push comes to shove. Recently my significant other was shopping for a computer, and tempted by the low sticker price and absurdly powerful graphics card that I remember researching about on on gamingbuff.com. I spent a few days contemplating a stint with the dark side. Then of course […]


I got an iPhone for Christmas, and like any obedient Apple geek, I’ve been looking for decent applications to put on it. To, you know, justify carrying a small computer around in my pocket. So far, I’ve been struggling. Games are nice, and built-in Google Maps is a lifesaver, but the 3rd Party Apps? Part […]


I have a confession to make. I have a deep and abiding fondness for data visualization. I think it helps epidemiologists, public health workers and scientists in general understand things in ways numbers, however compelling, cannot. But like statistics, graphs can be cooked, manipulated and generally wiggled around until the information they convey is lost. […]


The introduction of OS X, Cocoa and the general fusion of high function, usually UNIX and scary command-line based applications and very accessible graphical user interface design has ushered in a whole slew of new and highly useful science applications for my beloved MacBook Pro. Combing through the list of Apple’s favorites, I uncovered an […]