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Here in The Apple Blog community, there was a mention about the power of using some of the scripts that are accessible through Quicksilver. So I put together a quick screencast showing how to make sure those options are enabled and what some of the more […] Read more »

After TUAW posted about Leopard only applications the other day, Scott Stevens (of Thoecacao and CocoaBlogs, and CocoaDevCentral) addresses the issue from a developer perspective. You may want to check the TUAW post first, and then go back to Scott’s explanation of things for a full-world […] Read more »

An eagle-eyed Digg’er points out that the Keynote at next week’s MacWorld Expo will be 2 hours long. Typically it runs a little more than an hour, but not this year kids. We get a solid 120 minutes of his Steveness telling us about all the […] Read more »

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While catching up on my News Feeds, I came to my friend Weldon’s blog and his excitement about GPS support for Macs. It reminded me of a post from earlier in 2006 about Spotlight. The portion of note is the idea of incorporating GPS in Macs, […] Read more »

Generally when adding a program to the list of items that starts when you log in to your Mac, you have to go through the Accounts item in System Preferences. Or some programs will give the options in their own prefs. Either way, it can be […] Read more »

Well, the new year – and another work week – has begun. I trust everyone had a fun and safe series of holidays, but it’s time to get back to business. There’s a whole new year ahead, and that of course means plenty of new resolutions, […] Read more »

Lately I’ve been trying to weed out the over-grown garden that is my del.icio.us account. Going back to some of the original things I posted (from 2004!) I found one in particular that I thought may be of use to some of the readers of The […] Read more »

MacAppADay – in my estimation – gave away some decent software for free throughout the month of December. I found some apps that I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise, and this was really the ultimate goal for the developers. So it worked out pretty well for […] Read more »

My Father in Law has been telling me about Crossover (from Codeweavers) for a couple months now. I haven’t had the opportunity to check it out until last night when I downloaded it for the first time. Apparently it’s a good time, as I saw today […] Read more »

As has been reported in a few places, iTunes seemed to be a hot item destination this Holiday season. The iTunes Store got hit pretty heavily from what was presumably a load of gift cards and new iPod users looking for songs to stock up on. […] Read more »

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I’m not a huge – read: knowledgeable – user of Apple’s Mail program. I use it minimally but haven’t dug too deep into its nooks and crannies. So I’m reaching out to the readers of The Apple Blog for some assistance. I have 3 accounts setup […] Read more »

I believe 2007 will be yet another exciting year for fans of Apple. Undoubtedly we’ll see a handful of new hardware specs announced that will set our mouths-a-salivating, and our wallets-a-weeping. I’m guessing the iPod roll-out schedule will stay on par with 2006 (so what’s that, […] Read more »

Apple’s been riding high for so long, they had to be knocked-down a peg sooner or later. News from Forbes is that some former Execs from Apple may have forged documents that would effect the stock options pay-out. While Apple is cooperating with the SEC, Steve […] Read more »

A few weeks ago I mentioned my reservations about Xslimmer, which I got for free from the MacAppADay promotion. Several people chimed-in with the same fears, so I definitely was not alone in my paranoia. But I backed my system up, launched Xslimmer, and dove in […] Read more »

Have you ever been in an audio chat (whether with iChat, or Skype, etc, etc) and had the speaker output from your mac picked-up by the built-in mic? Those who haven’t taken the plunge to get an external microphone, or headset are sure to be all […] Read more »

It’s been 3 months since Apple updated OS X.4, and now there’s news that 10.4.9 is about to be seeded to developers. Obviously this will be the last update to Apple’s operating system before Leopard drops sometime in 2007. So what can be read from this? […] Read more »

I’ve had this article from Computer World sitting in my READ Bookmark folder for a few days. I finally got around to it, and there’s a few items I feel the need to comment upon. They’ve written-up “15 Things Apple Should Change in Mac OS X”, […] Read more »

Got a quick tip for Quicksilver users who also may dabble in the Terminal. If you go to the Plugins portion of the Quicksilver Preferences, there’s a plugin you can install called “Command Line Tool”. Install that, and relaunch Quicksilver if it asks you to. Now […] Read more »

Microsoft’s “iPod Killer”, the Zune is the topic of many a conversation lately. While it doesn’t initially appear to be a huge threat to Apple’s iPod, it’s no time for Apple to rest on its laurels. Amongst the endless rumors surrounding Apple’s products, there’s the widescreen […] Read more »

I was reading a list on CrunchGear a couple days ago about “The Eight Ways The Tech Industry Tries To Screw Us”. Apple’s name appeared once, but I think they fit into a couple other spots as well. At number 2, the obvious item was DRM. […] Read more »

Here’s one for the GTD’ers out there. It’s sort of an ‘Oldie but Goodie’. Notational Velocity is a couple years old, and has received no attention seemingly since it was released on the world. Yet it’s a strong application that I have yet to have crash […] Read more »

I just got home and saw the email from Adobe – Tomorrow, Friday December 15th, Adobe will release a public beta of Photoshop CS3. That’s right, Intel-based Mac users, if you’re currently running CS2, you’ll be able to test the Universal beta out. This can’t come […] Read more »

So way, way back I predicted Apple would bring back Black hardware. It began with the Nanos, and then the MacBooks were made available in similar style. Funny thing about the MacBooks is that the black version costs more than the white. The specs are slightly […] Read more »

I have a confession to make. I’m back-up challenged. See, I backup my system like a good boy, and generally run it about every 2 weeks. But I never really understand exactly what my backup tool – SuperDuper! – is doing based on whichever settings I […] Read more »

Here’s another one. Apparently riled some HP execs in a meeting on Wall Street. Nice. “That notebook you’ve got there is a challenge to us.” Guess the friendly days of HP selling iPods are long passed. I’ve been tracking the growing popularity of Macs in the […] Read more »

How do you watch your television shows? After reading this post at Theocacao recently, I started thinking about my television intake. Having a couple young kids, I don’t watch anything live anymore. Thank goodness for DVRs! But Scott and those who have commented on his post […] Read more »

I’ve gotten into using the Google’s office web apps lately – consisting of a word processor and a spreadsheet design tool. They’re pretty full-featured and easy to work with. The great part about them is the ease with which you can collaborate with anyone, anywhere. Plus, […] Read more »

If you’ve been following along with MacHeist for the past few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly gotten some decent free software, as well as a bit of a mental work out. (If you didn’t just read the others’ problem solving work.) Well along the way you’ve also been […] Read more »

If you’ve been following MacAppADay as I have, you’ve already seen that today’s freebie is Xslimmer. I had no idea this app existed previous to this (MAAD seems to be doing it’s job in that respect) or even what it did. Maybe I’m behind the times. […] Read more »

The Mac web has covered Parallels ad nauseum. I think we’re agreed on that. Yet I’m here today to give my thoughts on how this program functions in a business setting. The back story is that I’m a Cisco Network guy. I do a lot of […] Read more »

I’ve got a friend who teaches at a University. He told me they’re talking about getting Macs for the department, with the intent of creating podcasts that their classes can download for notes and such. But he wasn’t sure what the best setup may be for […] Read more »

The other day I pontificated about Mac software marketing. The short of it was, I’m into it. Well then I caught wind of this similarly-themed post from MacUser. Pat takes an angle which I hadn’t considered before. It seems he’s of the mind to hold off […] Read more »

JoyofTech is my regular stop for inside-jokes for the Mac crowd. The Onion is just plain funny. Yesterday however the Onion got into the Apple fun and poked some fun at the North Korea’s ban of iPods, not to mention a jab at the Zune. Good […] Read more »

Gruber points to this awesome note-taking program for Quicktime, and I’m floored that I haven’t heard of it sooner (it was released back in Mid September). Apparently the cool folks at dvcreators.net have created and freely released QT Movie NoteTaker to the world. On OS X […] Read more »

MyDreamApp, MacHeist, MacZOT!, MacAppADay – these are all recent or current marketing plans that have originated in the world of Macintosh software. With the exception of MacZOT! (which follows something of a Woot plan of attack, offering one smokin deal a day) these ideas are all […] Read more »

As Q1 2007 is rushing towards us, so are hopes that we’ll soon see a release of Apple’s OS 10.5 – or Leopard. We’ve seen Spaces and Time Machine and Core Animation at the OS level of enhancements. We’ve been told that some features were being […] Read more »

A while back I enjoyed making a bunch of the mini iPhoto Books for family members as holiday gifts. The size was fun and portable, good for the grandparents to show off and all that. They were relatively cheap, and in typical Apple fashion, easy to […] Read more »

Amongst some discussions in the TAB Forums (get involved and possibly win some tasty prizes!) was a request for a listing of Quicksilver screencasts from around the web. Seemed like a good idea to me. You can obviously find a handful here at The Apple Blog, […] Read more »

This is more of a ‘show me yours’ type of post. Course first then, I should show you mine. While del.icio.us and ma.gnolia.com and other similar social bookmarking services become more and more integrated into our browsers, I continue to keep certain bookmarks locally, in a […] Read more »

This isn’t exactly a full review, as much as it is huge Kudos to Mark/Space for their killer software, Missing Sync. All the cell phones I’ve owned have been good enough to connect with my Macs right out of the box. Bluetooth on, and BOOM! Good […] Read more »

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