Now I’m not normally one for reviewing blogs or websites, but this is a little different. I have two motives behind this “review”. One, I’ve linked to this site a few times now, and I feel its worthy of a bit more coverage and I’m always happy to help people’s readership grow. Two, Brent has an iPod Shuffle and he’s giving it away!
So how did it all begin?
iBAM, or iboughtamac.com, starts with a need to make a PodCast followed by the death of a trusty PC laptop and a desire to help people who find themselves switching to the “light” side.
Now there are plenty of “switcher” blogs out there on the net, plenty of sites which cover what you need to know. So what sets this one apart?
The moment you set
foot eyes on it your welcomed to a nice chilled environment. Everything is cleanly laid out and nice and visisble and accessible (what do you expect from a Derek Punsalan design?). You’ll find the content presented to you cleanly and honestly, a good example of how the design matches the tone of the writing. It’s basically a very nice site to move around.
What I like about the content, which is the real meat fo any blog, is the manner in which things are spoken about. Whilst initially the items covered are those discoveries of a new Mac user, the tone of the posts doesn’t treat you like an idiot, as some guide blogs do. It’s very up front and honest, presenting the facts as you need them and written in a way which present Brent’s opinions on the topic without really influencing the subject. Very refreshing.
As far as guides go, at the moment the posts are still covering the things you begin to discover and learn about OS X and its apps near the beginning of your experience. But one thing I seem to get from them, is that Brent is quite savvy about this and before to long I expect to find some little app I haven’t discovered having been a Mac user for over 2 years now. What he does cover though is covered well, whether its harnessing the power of iPhoto, setting the parental controls in iTunes or making and organising screenshots what you need to know is all there and easily understandable.
It’s a site I’ve been tracking for sometime now, and a site I will continue to track for a while yet. I certainly recommend it if you have recently switched or know someone who has and needs a growing and steadily updated resource.