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MacBytes
Oct 30, 2008, 11:28 PM
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Category: Apple Hardware
Link: The iPhone. It's a phone. It's a web browser. It's a personal navigator. It's a game changer. Oh yeah, and it's pretty good for interplanetary photography. (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20081031002841)
Description:: An expert amateur astronomer in Arizona has captured a terrific photo of Jupiter and its Galilean moons with an Apple iPhone and a Meade catadioptric telescope.

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todd2000
Oct 30, 2008, 11:42 PM
What exactly is an "AMATEUR EXPERT?" Oxy Moron Much? :D

Jsfuller
Oct 31, 2008, 12:25 AM
i cant think of a better way to use my iPhone...

DMann
Oct 31, 2008, 03:12 AM
What exactly is an "AMATEUR EXPERT?" Oxy Moron Much? :D

Oxymorons aside, I'd much rather be referred to as an "Amateur Expert" than to be referred to as an "Expert Amateur."

cal6n
Oct 31, 2008, 04:00 AM
And I'd rather hang out with an "Amateur Expert" than a "Professional Ignoramus" any day. That's why I try to avoid the arts, humanities, economics and social-science departments as much as possible...

idea_hamster
Oct 31, 2008, 09:14 AM
What exactly is an "AMATEUR EXPERT?" Oxy Moron Much? :D

Amateur = not professional (i.e., doesn't get paid)
Expert = highly skilled (i.e., doesn't suck)

Bad Paper
Oct 31, 2008, 11:40 AM
Amateur = not professional (i.e., doesn't get paid)
Expert = highly skilled (i.e., doesn't suck)

came here to say this. An amateur expert is the opposite of a professional novice.

batchtaster
Nov 1, 2008, 03:55 AM
Most of the people on MR are "amateur experts" in the field of Apple and the Mac.

Unless your income-earning profession is directly related to the Mac (eg: supporting, developing), you're an amateur expert, amateur novice or somewhere in between.

"Amateur" can be used to refer to lack of skill, but when used with "expert" it implies its other meaning which relates to being a profession rather than a hobby, eg: a golfer turning pro doesn't necessarily mean their skill level changes, just that it's now their career.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/amateur
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/professional

RedTomato
Nov 1, 2008, 01:47 PM
I'm paid to support macs professionally and I support 4 staff (part time job as technical officer of a small company) but I still regard myself as very much an amateur.

There's many people here who know far more than me.