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

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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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