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A couple semesters ago, I took a college Visual Basic class. It wasn’t bad – your typical programming course, and I’ve had my fair share of those. I liked VB.Net, because it was easy, and had a nice, clean object-oriented syntax. Basically, you type stuff to […] Read more »

I’ve installed 10.4 on both my work desktop (regular 10.4) and my home server (10.4 Server), and have had them both running for the past week. I also upgraded my laptop, and wound up going back to 10.3.9. Here are my impressions and what I learned […] Read more »

With this week’s release of iTunes 4.8, the possibility of an iTunes Movie Store edges just a little closer, with tantalising scraps of evidence suggesting if not an explicit precursor to full scale digital film distribution then at least a dabbling in the waters at the […] Read more »

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You may remember from a while back the emergence of a piece of software called CherryOS, from a company called Maui X-Stream, which claimed to provide PowerPC emulation on x86 machines at decent speed, so that all the Windows-using wannabes can use Mac OS X without […] Read more »

How good is a product review that sells the product before it is even written? That’s what happened to me. I told a pal of mine from Philly that I was reviewing the Etymotic Research 6isolator Earphones. He flies on business about 120,000 miles per year […] Read more »

The very popular open source instant messaging client for the Mac, known as Adium or “Adium X”, has been brought up to 0.8, very close to its final release. If you don’t already have it, jump over to, and download it. It’s free, by the […] Read more »

Support for RSS in Firefox, then Safari, are mostly encouraging developments to slowly further bring RSS into the mainstream. Both browsers are implementing the concept of “Live Bookmarks”. Bookmarking a site now offers us the ability to not only save its location, but also become aware of its changes and store its updates on our own computer for future consumption. The question remains whether or not said content will actually be consumed by the end-user. Read more »

The Grand Theft Auto series of games for PS2 and PC were extremely popular, and heck, they still are, with more sequels and spinoffs than the “Law and Order” TV series. It figures that someone else would make something similar. In comes “True Crime: Streets of […] Read more »

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Unless you just got an e-mail address recently, you’ve had to deal with what we in the industry refer to as a “metric crapload” of spam. By some accounts, spam now accounts for some 80 percent of all e-mail traffic. How can you stop the flood […] Read more »

Via Slashdot comes the news from AppleInsider that Apple is being sued by crappy mail order company, TigerDirect for infringing its trademarks because of the naming of Apple’s new OS, which is to go on sale tomorrow. The report gloomily conjectures that “if the court grants […] Read more »

The Mac has always done a pretty good job of dealing with different languages, ever since the advent of WorldScript in System 7.1, way back in 1992, which, to look at it now, was groundbreaking, especially when you consider that in the PC world, it wasn’t […] Read more »

I’ve been an audio professional for 20+ years. Since the early 90’s I’ve done hundreds of audio transfers to CD. Back in 1993 I was charging $100 per CD with no mastering or editing at all. Back then I had a digidesign system in my old […] Read more »

If you edit video, even for your school projects, you know all too well the wonders of DV and Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro is so good, it’s being used by many of the industry’s biggest pros. Of course, many have still held out, and […] Read more »

Apple’s iPhoto in Mac OS X 10.1 was the reason I finally bought a digital still camera in 2001. Since then I’ve taken quite a few gigabytes’ worth of pictures filled with fond memories. While the built-in integration between iPhoto and .Mac, as well as iPhoto’s ability to “export” photo web sites to directories were decent alternatives to share pictures, those methods remained however not very cost-effective and somehwat inconvenient.

In 2004, opened its doors to the world as yet another photo sharing web service. “Yet another?”, you may ask. Well, not quite. Flickr offered a radically new approach to photo sharing, for the first time introducing the concept of a “photo stream“. Read more »

Wireless, portable, optical, multi-button, and equipped with a scroll wheel, MacAlly’s BTMicro is the go-anywhere mouse for modern road warriors. Read more »

A couple more links on information about the Adobe and Macromedia integration. Read more »

Window positioning can be a bit of a pain with X11 on OS X, so here’s some quick help on some settings that might be helpful. Read more »

I know what your thinking. Mind Mapping software; this has got to be cool. Well, your right. Just not in the way you think. Almost all educational institutions, when teaching students how to compose essays and articles, or how to organize their ideas, teach them to […] Read more »

A Marshall guitar rig can cost you upwards of $3000. What about a Marshall rig that mixes your guitar with thousands of your favorite tunes, runs off of a battery, weighs in at only a few ounces and fits in your shirt pocket? For a mere […] Read more »

In a move that will horrify some and bring joy to others, Adobe have agreed to buy Macromedia for a straight stock swap of $3.4 Billion. Read more »

I had been waiting for the inevitable moment when Microsoft apologist and brown-noser extraordinare Paul Thurrott would come out with a diatribe on Tiger, and credit goes to Slashdot‘s front page for bringing it to my attention. Thurrott has done this for each release since 10.1 […] Read more »

Japan’s Mainichi Shinbun (English edition here) is today reporting that Apple hopes to launch its incredibly successful iTunes Music Store in Japan this year, according to statements made by Apple Japan President Yoshiaki Sakito on Tuesday 12th. The article, a partial English translation of which is […] Read more »

In what is fast becoming a quite incredible farce, BBC News‘s Technology section reports that the Associated Press, together with 8 US newspapers, has filed a court brief in support of the “bloggers” Apple is currently suing for dissemination of trade secrets, on the basis that […] Read more »

It was only after I’d said that I’d review The Little App Factory’s Connoisseur that the realisation struck me – what use would a student have for a recipe manager? Baked beans and spaghetti Bolognese are the stuff of student diets, not walnut shortbread and creamy […] Read more »

A few weeks ago I looked at Download Wizard. At about the same time, Josh pointed out to me Speed Download 3, another download wizard in pretty much the vein as Download Wizard. Speed Download 3 is a more mature product, and it has a few tricks up its sleeve that might make it more practical for some, but it’s also a more complex product, and the complexities might not appeal to all. Read more »

Want to emulate an environment on your Mac? Want to emulate a platform on which to run Linux, BSD? VirtualPC or the some of the free software alternatives are great. Assuming what you want to run is an x86 based version. But what if you want to run OS X? or the PowerPC version of Darwin, Linux or BSD? Read more »

inding a good comfortable keyboard and mouse is probably the most important decision you’ll ever make. It doesn’t matter what computer you use, the keyboard and mouse will be your interface to the system. The choice gets even more difficult if you want a keyboard that works with multiple platforms through a KVM switch; it needs to be multi-platform compatible, as well as intelligent so that it doesn’t do weird things when you switch platforms. Read more »

While no one would argue against the windows platform’s dominant market share, Om Malik points out that throwing a significant bone out to our thriving Mac Community just might go a long way spreading a “buzz” about a product. Read more »

Apple goes to a number of industry trade shows every year and one of them is FOSE, the US government’s computer trade show. If you work for the US government and you have a ID to prove it, or if you’re a government contractor with $50, […] Read more »

Sources have revealed that Apple Legal has been in contact with The Apple Blog following this morning’s revelation of iHome and iNote, demanding that they remove all images and specifications of the aforementioned devices. Reaction to the news has been mixed, but most of the blog’s […] Read more »

Following in the footsteps of the release of System 7.5.3 for free in January 1999, Apple has decided to give away Mac OS 9.0 operating system for free since it’s been replaced by Mac OS X, and not used by OS X’s Classic (Mac OS 9.2.2 […] Read more »

I’ve finished reading over a new eBook by author David Hill: “Cocoa Game Programming Workshop”. This book takes readers through the steps to make a simple 2D game with Cocoa on Mac OS X with XCode. Beginning with the assumption that the reader has already been […] Read more »

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