(For those new to the column, Forward Migration is our term for companies moving from Wintel machines to Macs — or at least adding or increasing the number of Macs they use. A Forward Migration Kit is an overview of Mac OS products for a particular occupation, such as photography, optometry, etc.)
This week we have three short migration stories to share with you.
The folks at Smooth Jazz are obviously Mac fans. In preparing a portfolio of jazz-related pics, they used a Mac.
An online note from Bob James, a jazz pianist and digital artist, notes: “The images in this collection were created, not in a light-filled studio, with paints, watercolors, crayons, chalk or pencils. The easel was a Macintosh laptop computer, the canvas was a digital drawing tablet, and the studio was anywhere I happened to be when inspiration came; frequently during spare time on my concert tours. Whether it was in the back of the tour bus, the tray table of a plane, backstage dressing room, or a hotel room, my palette came from the application software, and the subject matter ranged from my musician comrades with whom I spend a large percentage of my time, recording and performing concerts here in the U.S., Europe and in Japan, to photographs, scans of old newspaper clippings and video still frames. Once the raw material (sketches) had been assembled they were altered and manipulated, utilizing the endless variety of choices the computer makes available.” (Thanks to MacCentral reader Robert Castendyk for the heads-up on this item.)
Also, an article about Fuel injection makes superbikes faster with less work for mechanics at the AMA SuperBike Web site shows a Titanium PowerBook G4 being used by modern superbikers.
The author of the article, Evan Williams, related how that today, with the exception of Kawasaki, every manufacturer in Superbike racing has gone digital and electronic fuel injection helps racers “rip through the turns and blast down the straights at racetracks across the country.”
The so-called 3-D engine mapping simply rocks, according to team personnel, delivering just the right amount of air, fuel and spark at just the right time without a lot of hassle,” Williams said. Obviously, PowerBooks help ’em rock. (Thanks to Herod Lowery for alerting us to this one.)
Finally, an Apple education article talks about popularity of Macs at Mounds Park Academy, a private school in St. Paul, MN, that serves approximately 700 students in grades K-12.
The school bought 60 iBooks with AirPort Wireless Cards for upper school faculty in the spring of 2000, and another 240 for upper school students in the fall of 2001.
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