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MacMania 10: We're On A Boat

Posted 05/04/2010 by jean

I'm lucky again have the chance to join the MacMania cruise. With over 100 Mac geeks taking part in a full schedule of conference sessions, it's an incredible opportunity to learn more about using our favorite computer, share tips, make new friends and catch up with old ones. It's also nice to hang out with folks who are using SmileOnMyMac software and show off some of the new features in TextExpander. We left New York harbor Sunday evening en route to Bermuda. We have two nights and one day at sea, before getting to our destination. Being geeks, we are not hanging out at the pool or the casino; no, we're happy that we have a full day of conference sessions. The faculty includes Jason Snell of Macworld, David Pogue of The New York Times, Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times, Derrick Story of The Digital Story, Rich Siegel of BareBones Software,  and Sal Soghoian of Apple. I am focusing on improving my photography skills and learn more about my new camera. I just picked up a new Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 compact, thanks to the helpful recommendation of John F. Braun of the Mac Geek Gab. I wanted something small but powerful, and this fits the bill. Derrick Story, photographer and teacher extraordinaire, gave an all-morning seminar on High Impact Photography, showing us how some simple strategies can result in extraordinary photos. Jason Snell helped decrypt the mysteries of video on Apple devices.  And David Pogue did a session on digital cameras--how to choose one and how to use it. Extra fun: I was seated next to one of my favorite writers, Andy Ihnatko, at dinner. If you are familiar with his writing or his appearances on MacBreak Weekly, you'll have an idea of how entertaining the evening was. (If you're interested in the writing process, I highly recommend listening to Dan Benjamin's interview with Andy on The Pipeline Podcast.) After dinner, I sat in with Pat Fauquet of Dr. Mac Consulting while she participated in a session of the MacJury with Chuck Joiner. It was quite fun to do a podcast from a boat. The topic was the iPad 3G. We were able to be online in a five-person Skype chat for over an hour. The wonder of modern satellite internet! PS. Congratulations to Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software on the release of Mars Edit 3, the very software used to create this post. I've got the beta version, and will download the final version as soon as I have regular internet access again! Photos: leaving New York; Derrick Story's photography seminar; Andy Ihnatko and me; Pat Fauquet on The Mac Jury; Pat and me.



Looks like a great time on the ship. I bought the
Panasonic Lumix ZS3 and it’s very nice. it’s a
little slow to start zooming right after you
turn it on, but otherwise the pics are great.
The HD video looks fantastic.

Posted by Jonathan C  on  05/04/2010  at  08:35 AM

Once again Jean I find myself living vicariously through your exciting life. grin
Have fun and say hello to all for me.

Posted by Tim Verpoorten  on  05/04/2010  at  09:19 AM

Woah - it’s like Macworld at sea. I gotta get invited to one of these. Podcaster meetup perhaps? smile

Posted by Katie  on  05/04/2010  at  01:09 PM

Pat Fauquet is my sister, and she has been negligent in posting, so thanks for pic of her. I went with her on her first macmania cruise, but now it seems that Ron is always up for it. Wonder why

Posted by Sandra Poppers  on  05/06/2010  at  01:30 PM

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