Sunday, March 20, 2011

Testing hiawathaturf

Test iPhone

- Posted from the rough

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

iTurf Apps New Website

iTurf Apps has moved! Come checkout the new site!

iTurf Apps

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Transition to iPad 2? This may help.

Lot's of sites are starting to compare the iPad to iPad 2. There are definitely some pros to switching, not sure if I will take the dive yet. Pretty happy with my first gen iPad. Below is a pretty detailed article from Macworld comparing the two.

What you need to know about iPad 2

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Apple Introduces JointVenture

I just got an email from Apple announcing something call "JointVenture". Looks like Apple is getting into actually helping businesses set up their Apple wears.

I think for years now Apple has always said they design hardware for consumers not for business. Times they must be a changing.

Looks like the JointVenture service starts at $499 when you buy a new Mac and supports up to 5 systems.

This is how the website describes JointVenture.

Joint Venture is a program designed to help you use Mac, iPhone, and iPad to improve the way your business runs. We’ll set up your new Apple products, train your employees to get the most out of them, and make sure everything stays working with dedicated support.

Here is a link to the main site.


- Posted from my iPad

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Evernote gets some great features in 4.0!

At the GIS show in Orlando this year, Bob and I demoed some great iphone and ipad apps for Superintendents and other turf managers. One particular was Evernote. Bob has done some reviews on this before and uses this app quite a bit. He sold me on it several months ago and seeing the updates available in 4.0 for the iphone/ipad, I will use it that much more.

Here is a video buy Evernote, highlighting some features in the new version.

Software Improvements for next iOS

What software improvements would you like to see in the next release of Apple's iOS? Take a look at this article and let us know what you would like to see. MacWorld released the article below with some very good ideas.

MacWorld - Software Improvements for next iOS

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

iWork from the Cloud

This week I spend many hours in airports and on planes due to mechanical issues and weather issues in the upper Midwest. So, I thought I would catch up on my magazines. While reading the February issue of the popular British mag MacUser(on my iPad) I came across this article. The article describes how to use, DropDav, a Mac and an iPad to sync wirelessly iWork docs and presentations.

I had seen the "Copy from WebDav" option in the iPad app versions of Numbers, Pages, and Keynote, but didn't really know what it was or how to use it. Now, after reading this article I know the whats and hows of using DropDav and a free DropBox account to sync my iWork docs, spreadsheets and presentations to my iPad. The lights goes on in head.

This is a really great way to keep my iWork life in sync with my iPad. Since I tend to like iWork better then MS Office this was a nice little find while swearing under my breath at my airlines for all the delays.

Take a moment to check out the article, it my be freeing.

Page 80 of MacUser
(Article from MacUser and writer Tom Gorham)

Apple Confirms March 2nd Media Event

Well, it is official. Apple has confirmed a March 2nd Media event! If Apple follows previous release patterns, this event should bring an iPad 2, new MacBook Pro's and most likely some software advances.

Follow @iturfapps for further updates!

Tips for Google Docs Power Users

Despite my jump to mobility via iPad, iPhone and Cloud services, I haven't been able to take the plunge to Google Docs. It is just my opinion, but it is similar to when the Macintosh first arrived. Although a fantastic and powerful computer, it was hard to work with others because of compatibility. In today's 24 hour work day, things need to be smooth and fast. With the cloud services that are available for mobile computing, I have stuck with Microsoft Office for wordprocessing and spreadsheet documents.

I have found more and more people moving to Google Docs. For those that are diehard fans of Google as I am of Apple, Google Docs is right up your alley. I think Google Docs has a lot of potential, just not a whole lot of people utilizing it yet. For those of you who do utilize Google Docs, here are 20 Power Tips.

Google Docs Secrets: 20 Power Tips

Superintendent Photographers

I have tried to get into photography, after all, we Superintendents provide the product and backdrop for some fabulous pictures. With two boys and other hobbies, I have only brought myself to buy a small digital camera, enough to document my career. For you Superintendents and hardcore photographers, the article below was written by Derrick Story from MacWorld.

For 6 weeks Derrick packed his new MacBook Air and Camera and traveled by land, air and sea. As he states in the article "And when the dust settled. I liked the Air more than ever."

Field Testing the MacBook Air for Photographers - Derrick Story, MacWorld


Yes, I have officially launched an iTurf Apps Twitter account (@iturfapps). I am still working on fine tuning exactly what will be provided by this twitter account. I will be personally tweeting from this account, but the majority of the tweets will be from some of the top technology bloggers discussing everything from new apps, new hardware/software to the tech rumor mill. Not all of the information will be about turf tech, but I can ensure you, most of the information can be integrated into both your professional and personal lives.

Bob and I continue to receive emails, tweets and other connections from people at the GIS show in Orlando. This is very exciting and we are glad to help everyone. We are working on a few upgrades to the blog and hopefully will have them live shortly.

Friday, February 18, 2011

iTurf Apps gets registered domain

iTurf Apps has really proven to be a blog people are looking for in the turfgrass industry. The Orlando GIS show was fantastic and the blog is getting a lot of questions about utilizing some new hardware purchased by users, after the show. Again, we are glad to help.

I wanted to protect the blog and also have plans to expand, so the first step was getting iTurf Apps it's own domain. This morning I registered Whether using the new address or old, you can still access the same great site.

I am in the very beginning stages of expanding this blog, but it is important it is done right. Look forward to our continued success.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sony Bloggie Software now on Mac!!

I previewed the Sony Bloggie for the GCSAA Test Drive Tech Lab during the GIS 2011 show in Orlando. During the review, the software that accompanies the Bloggie to allow the Bloggie to upload your tagged photos and videos to Social Media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, was only available for the PC. A few days ago, Sony released a Mac version.

During my review I utilized the new iPhoto, which works much like the Sony software only with much greater capabilities. iPhoto will connect directly to your Bloggie and when photos and videos are uploaded, the new features of iPhoto allow you to share your media across the same Social Media sites. As a loyal user to iPhoto, I don't see a need to utilize both the Sony bloggie software and iPhoto. If you are not wanting to shell out the cost for Apple's iLife suite, the Bloggie software for Bloggie owners is a great alternative.

Mac version of Bloggie Software

AT&T offering free 1000 rollover minutes

On the heals of the Verizon iPhone release, AT&T is doing everything they can to keep customers happy! I found this a few days ago and didn't believe it, but it works!! Simply text "yes" to 11113020 and you will receive a text back from AT&T confirming they are processing your free 1000 rollover minutes.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

AT&T vs Verizon iPhone...Apple's Comparison

It appears Apple snuck out a comparison chart last week of the difference between each companies iPhones. The biggest reason for needing changes is because each utilize a sufferer type of network. This is not just AT&T vs Verizon, it is GSM vs CDMA. A different radio is needed for each of these to work. Below is the link to the chart.

Apple Comparison of iPhones

Google Calendar and your iOS device

Although competitors, Apple and Google have been very cooperative and have not isolated each others consumer base when it comes to their services. In the past it wasn't the easiest to marry your Goolge service to your iOS device, but it has come a long way. If any of you utilize a Google account (contacts, email and calendar) below is an article from google that will help you integrate your google calendar with your iPhone or iPad. If you have any questions, feel free to comment.

One very important piece of information, if you utilize more than one google calendar, you must go the route of CalDAV and not Exchange. You can use one Exchange account for a calendar, but any other calendars must be setup via CalDAV.

Google Calendar setup via Exchange

Google Calendar setup via CalDAV

Golf Industry Show 2011 Orlando

I wanted to say thank you to all I met last week during the Orlando Golf Industry Show. Although I do have Analytics to track my blog traffic, I was taken back by the amount of Superintendents in the industry and who attended the GIS show that regularly follow the blog! Thank you! Wednesday night was fantastic and a big thank you to @JohnKaminski and @Aquatrols for getting our Tweetup together. I have heard some rumblings for the tweetup next year, could be trouble!!

Many of you may know that myself and Bob Porter, fellow Superintendent, conducted an iphone/ipad talk at the Tech booth during GIS. Following the presentation, several people continued conversations with us and exchanged information. I personally gave some other talks on utilizing iPhoto and iMovie as well as conducted a Q&A on integrating some of the fantastic tools we have available to us now. I too, had several follow up conversations and exchanged contact information. Well, the emails and phone calls have started coming in, and we are glad to help. I will begin posting some answers to some common questions as well as posting some information I fell appropriate, for any of you after the show that ran out and got an iphone or ipad.

Again, thank you all for following and it was great meeting some of you!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dolly Drive- Cloud Storage for Time Machine

I was scanning thru all the new Apple, iPad, iPhone wears from Macworld 2011and came across a article about Dolly Drive. After seeing the words "Cloud Storage for Time Machine" I had to read on.

Dolly Drive was debuted at Macworld 2011.  This service offers Cloud Storage backup for MacOSx Time Machine.  Dolly Drive was designed for and is exclusive to Time machine.  The software takes over the management of Time Machine backups.  Dolly Drive one ups the current Time Machine software by providing an Inclusion Assistant to help you decide what files are to be backed up.

In addition Dolly Drive can also create a bootable clone of your hard drive to an external hard drive.  This clone is not stored on the cloud.  So, while having the cloud back up you now also can  have a bootable drive in case of an emergency.

The service is also secure.  Their website states  "By default Dolly Drive authenticates your sessions starting with your credentials. The Dolly Drive app also encrypts all data from the moment you use the app."

Data Transmission over secure tunnel.
Dolly Drive transmits all data through a secure Tunnel. In simple terms, your data travels from your computer through a virtual “tunnel” across the internet to Dolly Drive’s cloud centers. The data is scrambled during transmission, ensuring that it cannot be viewed or accessed by outside eyes. The entire data transfer is completely safe, so you can feel free to relax when you see Dolly in action. Your data is being sent as safely as possible. (taken from DollyDrive site)
In a couple days I am traveling for 2wks.  I will be attending GIS 2011 and then on to my parents for a week.  So, I thought I would try the service out.  I installed the Doll Drive app on my 2010 MacBook Air.  It took about 20min or so to perform the backup.  I currently have about 60GB on my Air hard drive.  It took about the same time to create the clone drive.  I am going to try the service for at least a month and see how it works,

This service seemed like a perfect fit for any traveler and/or MacBook user.  The freedom to not really have to carry an external hard drive and plug it in for a Time Machine backup.  I use a couple flash drives for extra storage, so I don't want to carry around a hard drive.  Now anytime I am connected to the internet Dolly Drive can be backing me up. 

Here are the costs

Quick Start

Not sure how much storage you need? 250 gigabytes is perfect for getting started and having plenty of room to grow. Plus we add 5 GBs each month free - the equivalent of 1200 new songs. (Trust us, that's a lot of storage!). For most people, this will keep you plenty covered.

$10 per month      250Gb + Reward

Custom Choice
Know exactly how much you need? Choose exactly how much storage you know you need.  Add on later if you want.  With 5 GB reward every month, your digital life might get bigger, but your monthly cost shouldn't.

$5.00 per month      50GB + Reward
$7.50 per month      100GB + Reward

Friday, February 4, 2011

Update GIS 2011 iPhone App

If you haven't downloaded the GIS 2011 iPhone App....DO IT NOW! The beauty of this app is that every time you open the app, it will update itself. This morning I opened the app for the first time in about a week and there were plenty of fantastic updates.

Under the "More" tab at the bottom, they have added "Local Places" This gives a categorical list of entertainment and food from Steakhouses to Comedy Clubs! GREAT addition!

Under the same menu (More), they have also listed "Downloads". You will have the ability to download information from vendors during the trade show directly from your phone. These docs will go to your downloads folder. No more carrying around 10lbs worth of paper.

One other great feature is the "Friends" section. This seems to work somewhat similar to Twitter/Bump combined. When you meet a fellow colleague, open this app to the "Friends" portion and hit the plus button. When doing so a menu will slide from the bottom. Select "Request a Code" This will provide you with a 6 digit pin to give to your colleague. You can now follow what your "friend" is doing during the show.

The Maps section is also slowly adding new features as well.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Quickoffice Teases Additional Document Sharing Services for iPad

Quickoffice Teases Additional Document Sharing Services For iPad
The Quickoffice development team has been hard at work over the past couple of months, especially on the iPad version of Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, and it looks as if that will continue throughout 2011. During our recent trip to Macworld, the team was able to show off some of the new document sharing services that they will be adding to Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad.
As its name alludes, Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite isn’t just about document editing and creation. Sure, it supports a wide variety of document formats, but where it really sets itself apart from the pack is with its ‘Connect’ partners. The app already allows you to save and share your documents through a variety of cloud services, like, Google Docs, Huddle, MobileMe, Dropbox, and SugarSync, but the company is looking to expand their lineup even further.
The next update to Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad will feature integration with real-time collaboration services, offering a new way to quickly share important documents with your coworkers. The new services will include Scribd, SlideShare, and Docstoc. You will be able to upload files to these new services using a simple drag and drop system, just like you are already able to with the current set of cloud-based services.
The update will hopefully be available in the near future, and we will be sure to let you know when it hits the App Store.
Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad is available in the App Store for $14.99.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac Free Trial

Have you hesitated moving to Office 2011 for Mac, well now you can download a FREE 30 day trial. FYI, I took the plunge and it is a much better version. Finally absolute seamless integration of Mac and Windows!

Microsoft Office 2011 Free Trial

Thursday, January 20, 2011

IPad case for the Golf Superintendent

This is the Otterbox Defender iPad Case.

Those of you familiar with Otterbox products know about the quality and built of these cases. For those that don't know, let me enlighten you a little.

Otterbox cases are made to be durable and get beat up. I think they are the ideal case for golf course environment. I often hear from fellow superintendents, "I have thought about getting an iPad, but I will end up destroying it".

Enter the Otterbox case. I have been using this case since it first came out. I used it all last summer to protect my iPad on the golf course with no worries. This case provides added protection against bumps, shock, drop and dust intrusion.

Cost $49.99
Here are the features:

*Three Layers of protection

*Access to all the buttons and ports via silicone plugs

*Clear membrane protects Apple logo

*Clip on, multi directional shield with built in, fold-out stand

*Removable dock door


*Clear protective membrane(screen shield) on touch screen

*High-quality polycarbonate shell

*Durable silicone skin

I have found the best pricing at Amazon.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Video for GIS

This post is in video for GIS 2011. See you there!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, January 14, 2011

Incase Travel Kit Plus

This is the Incase Travel Kit Plus. It is designed for the iPad. It includes a plastic viewing stand. There is internal storage for a bluetooth keyboard such as the one from Apple. Also, storage for cables, headphones, chargers, etc.

iOS 4.3 coming soon? is a preview

About 48 hours ago, Apple released to devs, iOS 4.3 Beta. Below is a video with a demonstration of some of the new features. Initial look is very exciting as it appears we are working towards eliminating the home button. Watch the video and you will see what I am talking about.

Also, Bob Porter(@hiawathaturf) one of our contributors of this blog, has an Apple Dev account. So far he has posted one tweet about his experience with 4.3. Keep an eye out for possibly more.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flipboard for iPad

"Flipboard is everything you care about in one place. It's your magazine. It's your Flipboard"

Flipboard is a great way to put all the news, blogs, twitter, facebook in one fantastic place. I have been using Flipboard almost since it's release. I am really liking this app. I used to read things like USA Today, ABC News, CNN, Engadget, etc all in different place and apps.

Now all of those sources are wonderfully funneling into one app. Including all your Google Reader, rss feeds, Flickr and blogs you follow.

I am currently following:
USA Today
Fox News
Tech crunch
Nat Geo
All Things Digital

Here is a screen shot of my Flipboard. Love this app.
Check it out! Available in the iTunes app store.

- Posted from my iPad

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

iPhone to Verizon

iPhone will be available on the Verizon CDMA network. Preorders start 2/3 and available 2/10. Same functions as AT&T with added Mobile MiFi capabilities. Same price point as AT&T.

Only issue with CDMA revA network is the inability to use voice and data at the same time. If on CDMA revB no issue.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mac App Store NOW Open!

The Mac App Store is open for Business as of today. Available for down load on Snow Leopard OS. Features 1000 Free and Paid Apps.

- Posted from my iPad

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Toshiba Announces Android Tablet

Today, Toshiba announced the release (in the coming months) their version of the iPad. The Android tablet will run an updated version of Android version 3.

Press Release

YouTube video of Android Tablet

Incorporate your iPad into your work day!

I remember when the first iPhone was released, I had to have one. I have to admit, the first release with limited capabilities as a business device had me holding off for almost a year. Only when I hear about iPhone 2.0 software release, did I jump on the bandwagon. We have come a long way since June of 2007 and it won't be long before my MacBook Pro stays at home and I am traveling completely mobile with just an iPhone and iPad.

Many companies/developers released office suites for the iPhone, but the iPad was a game changer. The iPads just being larger made many of these apps more of a reality to the business user. I remember first trying to incorporate Docs to Go on my iPhone 3G, I tried to hard infact. It got to the point, I was just wasting time, not saving it. Many of my tech friends have gone almost completely mobile, utilizing only iPads and iPhones, some of them are fellow Superintendents. Yesterday, twitter created Jack Dorsey was quoted saying this “90% of my computing is now on the iPad (with a keyboard dock),” Dorsey said on Twitter. “And I love it.”

Below is an article from Macworld discussing the many office suites available for the iPad. They discuss the positives and negatives as well as some of the services like Dropbox that make these suites sweeter!

Office Suites for iPad

Tips for Excel 2011 for Mac

I was excited to finally get my hands on Office 2011. I had tried the new office on the windows side of my Mac, but Windows 7 is such a dog, was just too slow! I haven't had the opportunity to really dig into Excel, but one very important new edition, it's actually a returning feature is Macros or Visual Basics. In Office 2008 for Mac, these were eliminated and caused me much frustration. Dealing with as many Excel sheets as I do in a given day, not being able to use the sheet as it was intended, because I wasn't able to use Macros was frustrating. So I am glad to see they are back.

I follow MacWorld hints and the other day a tips and tricks was released for Excel 2011. They posted 3 tips, one of which I think would really be useful for Superintendents. The use of Sparklines. Sparklines gives you the ability to insert a small line graph into a cell which will show the trends. This would be great to use in budgets to show how certain expense lines or labor trend during the year. This could also be used to show irrigation usage, fert trends, the list can go on. From my experience, being able to show something visually like this really helps to get a point across. Below is a picture of a Sparkline example as well as the article from MacWorld.

Three great tips for Excel 2011 for Mac

2011 CES

The 2011 CES show in Vegas seemed to really kick into high gear yesterday as Twitterverse was going nuts. I have heard about some good things out there, mainly just accessories at this point. Just saw this morning that a possible leak of a new line of Sony Cameras will bring a Sony Bloggie 3D.

If I hear of anything mind blowing, I will post. Check out Twitter and many of the tech bloggers for a play by play of the week.

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