I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

iBAM!

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.

8 responses

  1. WOW! thank you!
    I am not sure I can live up to the review, but I’ll do my best. I hon­estly appre­ci­ate it and though I can­’t play favor­ites with the giveaway, I do wish you the best of luck!
    I’ll be kick­ing it on GeekRi­ot (geekriot.tv) tonight if any­one wants to dial in. All are welcome!
    Once again, thank you for such a glow­ing review.
    Talk soon!
    Brent

  2. WOW! thank you!
    I am not sure I can live up to the review, but I’ll do my best. I hon­estly appre­ci­ate it and though I can­’t play favor­ites with the giveaway, I do wish you the best of luck!
    I’ll be kick­ing it on GeekRi­ot (geekriot.tv) tonight if any­one wants to dial in. All are welcome!
    Once again, thank you for such a glow­ing review.
    Talk soon!
    Brent

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