Omnium Design is now a member of the Apple Consultants Network. In this new position, I look forward to listening and learning about your needs, then working with you as a “digital coach” to show you how to get more out of your Apple devices and computing life in general.
I’ve always been a tech agnostic; I work with both Windows and Apple machines; whatever tool is available to get the job done. But given a choice, I prefer Apple for two main reasons: 1) their hardware and software has a longer lifetime and 2) it takes fewer clicks to accomplish a given task. The machine gets out of the way so you can focus on your work.
From a blue-and-white G3, to a dual-processor G5 (still in service as a media server) to a MacBook Pro (now hotrodded with 8GB of memory and an SSD) Apple machines have been my “daily drivers” to work, create, and have fun.
I’ve been working in tech since the 1980s when I was a partner in a software company called Integrated Systems Design. On founding Omnium Records in 1991, direct tech work became part of the job running the label. But change is a constant, and with the establishment of OmniumDesign.com in 2009, technology consulting became more and more a focus of my work life.
I learned about the ACN from Paul Pash at a record show in 2013. Pash is a collector / dealer of rock’n’roll memorabilia, and also a Solutions Engineer for Apple in the Twin Cities. The conversation veered towards tech, and he suggested that I look into joining the network.
First step was to get certified as an Apple Support Professional. Without changing my day-to-day system, I was able to boot OSX Mavericks from an external hard drive, and work through all the exercises in the OSX Support Essentials 10.9 self-study book using that system. A couple of long road trips in the van, and I’d finished reading this comprehensive 800-plus page volume. Then I took (and passed) the certification test.(Exhales.)
As summer 2014 ends and the fall season starts, I am looking forward to meeting new people, listening to their needs, and helping them solve problems.
PS: As of September 2016, we are no longer ACN members.