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By way of something like a follow up to Chris’s earlier post, some of you may have seen that Slashdot ran this story titled “iTunes Might Lose Labels” the other day. Sensationalist headlines (as far as the tech press goes) are, of course, the norm over […] Read more »

The Opera browser is celebrating its 10 year anniversary today, and in celebration, is giving out free licenses for its advanced browser for free! Opera was the browser that got me away from IE when I was still on PC. The tabbed interface was so useful […] Read more »

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Developer David Watanabe has released a beta version of the 1.2 update to his popular RSS reader NewsFire. The update features a souped-up interface for feed groups, as well as advanced ad blocking. A full list of changes can be found here. Because this is a […] Read more »

SCIT For some reason or another, Apple has made the poor decision (in my opinion) to make the default format for screenshots PNG. In the past, if one wanted to change the default format, they would have to go into the terminal and change the format […] Read more »

Om Malik is weighing-in on the current challenges Jobs is facing with the music industry, trying to raise song prices on him: How can this geek be a better businessman than us, they say? Read Until iTunes came along, i might have bought a CD once […] Read more »

Google has decided to enter the IM and VoIP market with a new service called Google Talk. Based on the open standard Jabber protocol for instant messaging, with audio chat thrown in for good measure, Google Talk is a full-fledged IM client. Unfortunately, the current client […] Read more »

You don’t begin to think about how popular iTunes is until you see just how many people have taken it up for casual use. After I connected to the dorm network when I moved into my new school (transferring from one to another), I was poking […] Read more »

Boswell is a very data focused application that allows you store text, placing it in special ‘named’ notebooks, and to allow you to identify the text with different tags, making it easier to find and search for particular piece for information. For example, you might create a notebook for all of your email messages, but tag an individual message as relating to a specific project. You can also search for information and through a combination of the tags, notebook organization and full-text searching you can also create new notebooks and collections of information. Read more »

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Apple re-released its most recent security patch yesterday, fixing a problem that an earlier version caused. That earlier one seemed to work okay for me, and since I don’t have Mathematica, I didn’t notice anything wrong. But now that I’ve installed this supposed “fix”, I’m having […] Read more »

It’s been forever since I posted here, so I thought I would bring you nice folks a little something special. Today I bring you an interview with the creator of Jisho. Read on to the full article to learn about Jisho, and the diet coke swilling […] Read more »

The story of the Henrico County iBook sale (4-year-old used laptops for 50 bucks) is on the Internet, and everyone is a little disturbed…. because “insane mod scene” is putting it mildly. Slashdot linked to the text story of this news already, but they didn’t link […] Read more »

DTV is a new, free and open-source platform for internet television and video. An intuitive interface lets users subscribe to channels, watch video, and build a video library. Our publishing software lets you broadcast full-screen video to thousands of people at virtually no cost. The project is non-profit, free and open source, and built on open standards. A Windows version of DTV and a full website are well underway and will arrive in the next several weeks. Read more »

Apple engineers are some of the most imaginative and pioneering in the technology industry. But they missed the boat on the design of my 65W Powerbook G4 adapter. About one year after I bought my $3900 Powerbook, the power supply started to short out. Of course […] Read more »

I was able to stop by one of my local Apple Stores today and check out the Mighty Mouse. In the interest of fairness, I tried multiple mice, just incase one of them was a bad apple. Despite the fact that it was released over a […] Read more »

Apple has just released a graphics update for 15 and 17 inch 1.67 GHz PowerBooks. The update is intended to “improve graphics stability on some 1.67 GHz machines”. The update can be downloaded via Software Update. Read more »

inMotion iM3 iPod speakers by Altec Lansing Altec Lansing has been making speakers for decades. Years ago many of the bands I was in played through Altec Lansing PA speakers. The inMotion iM3 speakers are about 1/300th of the size of those old PA speakers, but […] Read more »

Back in June, I wrote that Apple was supposed to be bringing iTMS to Japan in August, but soon updated that post to note that according to an article in the Register, it was all rubbish. Apple Japan’s home page today Well it seems that it […] Read more »

Ever since I started using Mac portables, I have been using Raging Menace Software’s SideTrack. Just in case you are unfamiliar with this program, SideTrack is a replacement driver for the track-pad on either iBooks or PowerBooks which allows much greater control over what you can […] Read more »

iTunes 4.9 has changed my life. (Okay, not my ENTIRE life, but a large part of it). I’m totally digging these podcast things, and iTunes makes it easy and simple to download new episodes and sync them with my iPod. However, there are a few issues […] Read more »

Pretty much old news now, but in case you haven’t heard, Apple have announced new iBooks – all packing half a gig of RAM (a sweet addition), AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0, amongst other things – and new Mac minis, which also sport half a gig […] Read more »

I noticed the other day that Apple has released an update for the iMac G5 which regulates the sleep light so that it does not shine as brightly at night as it does during the day. Now, I don’t have an iMac, but I do have […] Read more »

Vienna is a newly announced news-reader for OS X. From the product page, it looks to have many of the same features as NetNewsWire or Newsfire, but Vienna is different in that it is totally free. Vienna is available for download as either a pre-compiled version, […] Read more »

Judging by the response to my Treo-related post, where the comments section is still fairly active six months later, there’s a fair number of Mac users who also are Treo 650 users (and almost all of us are trying to get internet connectivity on our favorite […] Read more »

Apple have yet to announce an Intel based machine beyond their Apple Transition Kit, which is simply a current G5 PowerMac case with an Intel motherboard and CPU in it. By looking at the CPUs in Intel’s range, and comparing current CPUs and computers, I’m going to take a look at what CPUs and functionality we might find in Apple’s new line-up. Read more »

Recently, I had an interest in a Powerbook – specifically, the 12 inch. I don’t particularly like the iBook, as I’ve had all of the commonly mentioned issues happen to my 700 MHz iBook G3. The logic board failures, the backlight cutouts, battery death, power cord […] Read more »

Om Malik just got the inside scoop from a sipphone.com executive of the growing success of The Gizmo Project, which has showed a very high adoption rate and enthusiasm from the Mac Community. It would appear Michael Robertson heeded the advice he had sent out to […] Read more »

10.4.2 Mac OS X Update is out. Check the Apple Menu –> Software Update … Update Info Security Updates Info Does anybody have upgrade thoughts/notes/caveats/warnings to share? I’ll try to install it later tonight. The mention of Dashboard widgets management enhancement caught my attention. Read more »

I saw this up on CNN today: Man charged with stealing Wi-Fi signal This had to happen eventually. I was particularly struck by this part of the story: Innocuous use of other people’s unsecured Wi-Fi networks is common. But experts say that illegal use often goes […] Read more »

I was recently in the market for a new LCD display to go along with my PowerBook. After searching around, I came across an amazing deal on a 17 inch Dell UltraSharp display. For $200 shipped, I could have a display for $50 less than I […] Read more »

This morning I chatted with my Grand-Ma’ (Mamie) who lives in France for about 50 minutes. It cost me around $2. Little did she know, our crystal-clear conversation was happening while I was doing the dishes, through a Motorola HS810 bluetooth headset connected to the powerbook […] Read more »

CNN has posted an atricle about Steve Jobs calling the father of a boy who was stabbed when some other kids told him to hand over his iPod. After killing him, they took tennis shoes, cell phone, and the iPod. Jobs talked with the father on […] Read more »

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