I have been using a Chromebook for my main machine for about 6 months. In this time I have ‘installed’ many Chrome extensions and even more Chrome apps but not actually installed any separate application software and on the whole, got general day to day, computing I have not missed any software in particular.

I have just setup a Mac mini in my office so I was interested to see what software I installed when I had a blank machine especially after not using much software except a browser:

What have I installed on the Mac mini so far:

Google Chrome – of course my first install was the best browser in the world and once I logged in with my Google account it installed all my extensions and apps
Kindle – not sure why, not planning on reading many books from my monitor but I was interested to see what functionality there was on the software and see what it showed for book notes
Logitech Webcam software

A wordpress iPhone app has now been released to what appears to be mixed reviews. I am testing this by posting from the middle of cannock chase so if this us successful then I will be happy with the app because this would me very difficult to do over the web over a slow connection.

The photo insert option does not appear clear but I think it will post it at the bottom of this post. Hopefully it will show the view from where I am sitting.

Links and video added after initial post from iphone:



Finally with the release of the iPhone 2.0 software the much discussed App Store was open for business. If Friendfeed and Twitter are anything to go by the release did not go smoothly for everyone (iBrick jokes were common).

It took me a few attempts with the obviously overworked Apple server (have they not heard of amazon scalable web services) to update my iPhone but once done I could add apps from iTunes or direct from the iPhone. Before today I had a short list of what I wanted. Which were:

  1. ebay client
  2. WordPress app (for blogging)
  3. RSS reader
  4. Todo list (I really wanted a client for Remember the milk)
  5. Delicious app – not sure how it would work
  6. Twitter app

I have not done too badly although I have not found the ebay app yet, no Delicious app and no Remember the Milk app (there us a web app). At least the WordPress app should be here soon.

The apps I have installed are

  1. Twitterrific – great free (with sponsorship) Twitter client
  2. NetNewsWire RSS reader – Looks interesting
  3. ereader client very slick
  4. Facebook client
  5. Paypal
  6. Phonesaber – a must for all iphone owners

I am amazed with the number of games that are availble although it has always been an area neglected by Apple. Monkeyball looks great and also Crash Bandikoot.

Super Monkey Ball on the iPhone! (iPhone SDK)

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart Iphone

The one area which I will follow with some interest is business
applications. With the iPhone now supporting Exchange Server I expect
that many units will be shipped to business users. No surprise to see
Salesforce getting an app on there straight away but I was surprised to
see an Oracle app on there. Hopefully we will see many more business
applications on there in the new future.