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On my daily quest to look for Apple gear that I need but will ultimately end up not buying, I found this evening that Apple had redesigned the graphic leading to the Special Deals section of their online store – which was my tip off that […] Read more »

Quicksilver does an awful lot of things from the keyboard, but accessing windows that have been minimized isn’t typically in the cards. While some of you may choose to hide your application windows when not using them, I’m still of the camp that minimizes them – […] Read more »

This is by no means a new bit of software, but I’ve finally had a reason to use it, and I couldn’t be more blown away. Synergy (not to be confused with the iTunes control app by Wincent) is more or less a software-based KVM switch…except […] Read more »

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When I first read through this marketing program from Microsoft, I didn’t quite get it. The fact that Microsoft has a Mac Business Unit threw me there for a moment – why would they be touting Geniuses…? Then it dawned on me that it’s a seemingly […] Read more »

If you haven’t checked the new Microsoft webpage for Surface, you’re missing out. Yeah, it looks seriously cool – and curiously like some haptics-style interfaces we’ve seen bits and pieces of before… But riddle me this: Did Microsoft rush to release this incredible new way of […] Read more »

So you know the warm and fuzzy feeling you get all over when you’re in the Apple Store to actually make that Mac purchase? It’s as if nothing could bring you down from that geek-high. Then you get the Best Buy style protection plan sales pitch. […] Read more »

Scott Stevenson of the venerable Theocacao, CocoaBlogs and CocoaDevCentral was given the go ahead from Wil Shipley to devulge some teasers of the upcoming (in October, along with Leopard) Delicious Library 2. Delicious Library seems to be one of the elite applications for OS X that […] Read more »

About 6 months ago I covered the impending release of 10.4.9. I made the assumption that it would be the last update to 10.4 and that Leopard would be soon to follow… (As long as no one tells my wife, I’ll admit to being wrong on […] Read more »

Whether you’re mourning the news of Adobe EOL’ing FreeHand (in favor of Illustrator), or just in the market for a great vector graphics application, Freeverse is throwing you a nice, juicy bone. Until June 1st, you can use the coupon code, “freehand” to knock $30 off […] Read more »

Derik at MacUser has a very nicely written piece about the ability of MacBooks to handle 3GB or RAM. Apparently the Core 2 Duo based MacBooks (not to be confused with the first gen Core Duo MacBooks) are able to max out at 3 gigs of […] Read more »

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I’ve written at great length about using Metadata to keep track of your files, even going so far as an alternative to folder hierarchies. But amongst the barriers to entry is the difficulty in actually tagging those files and subsequently keeping track of those tags that […] Read more »

Yup, it is indeed Tuesday friends. And being Tuesday, we’re lucky to see the release of updated MacBooks from Apple. Now the base, $1099 MacBook comes in 2Ghz speed, while the Superdrive and Black versions both come in 2.16Ghz versions. All models come standard with 1GB […] Read more »

We knew it was coming, and now there’s evidence in the form of a patent that seems to confirm things. Future iPods – hopefully meaning the next generation to be released – will be rocking the full screen display with touch controls. Although it looks as […] Read more »

Apple has a new program available through their brick & mortar stores, called ‘one to one‘. For $99 a year, you can schedule sessions with an Apple Store employee – my guess is it’ll be a Creative, who teaches the general store classes – to assist […] Read more »

CrunchGear pointed to this the other day and I’ve been daydreaming about it since. The fact that it’s a tablet mock-up does not necessarily get me excited. The part I dig is the short description of how the design would function: It [the keyboard] stays in […] Read more »

I consider myself pretty savvy on the Mac. But as the saying goes, you learn something new every day, right? Enter OS X Hacker. A Trackpad setting in the System Preferences that I never paid any attention to before. Hold down your control key and push […] Read more »

With screencasts seeming to be all the rage – and having done a handful myself – I thought it might be useful to run down some of the high points of putting together a screencast that conveys a point in a clean and concise manner. It […] Read more »

TUAW posted a neat link about combining Quicksilver and YubNub for extremely customizable searches. I briefly played with this and found it to be pretty cool actually. Having not previously heard of YubNub, this was a learning experience for me. The highlight being that you can […] Read more »

Sign me up for 2 of these…Just wish my MacBook could handle them. Maybe my wallet too. So by stacking ram modules on top of one another, Samsung has developed faster, more reliable RAM chips. Really all I have to say – being a devoted OS […] Read more »

Ars points out that if you’ve been rocking the CS3 beta of Photoshop, a simple Drag/Drop uninstall or copy of the Full version over top may not do the trick. Adobe offers a script that you should run before installing the official (not-free) version on your […] Read more »

Short of being a network geek, you probably haven’t ever considered toying with the DNS settings in yout Network Preference Pane. But OpenDNS has given everyone a reason to take another look. DNS stands for Domain Name System, and it’s employed all over our beloved Internets. […] Read more »

I got there at little after 7:15am and was greeted by this line. Then the Apple Laptops came out – great wireless signal from the store apparently. Then the Apple Team came out Whooping and Cheering. And then the party began. This was my first Apple […] Read more »

So almost a year ago to the day (ok, off by a week), I posted an early screencast which showed the setup I use for Quicksilver. The intent then – as it is now – was to show all of you exactly which items are check-marked […] Read more »

It seems my screencasts garner much interest in the rest of my system’s bling, if you will. So a quick rundown to answer some of the questions left in the comments of the Pimp Your Quicksilver screencast from last week. WALLPAPER I find my Desktop wallpaper […] Read more »

In case your Software Update hasn’t notified you already, there’s a Security Update waiting for your attention. It addresses a pretty long list of security concerns within OS X. If you’d like to go and install it now – not a bad idea – then go […] Read more »

I’ve got a lot of friends who have recently purchased their first Macs. I’m always more than happy to help them get up and running and answer questions whenever they have them – I mean, I do that here for you people and I don’t even […] Read more »

I went ahead and closed the comments on the Joost Invites post. Thanks for all the responses – I really wish I had more than 3 to pass along at this time, as the choices were difficult. I got some good laughs out of your efforts […] Read more »

By now I’m sure most of you have heard about Joost. It’s Tv on your mac with nothing more than an internet connection. I’ve been playing with the closed beta for a couple of weeks now and it’s got a lot going for it. Maybe not […] Read more »

I’ve discussed in the past, the use of OverFlow for replacing my Login Items within OS X. Some people really don’t like to load up their Login Items, leaving OverFlow as a nice alternative for launching those essential apps whenever they’re needed. Several people voiced their […] Read more »

If you’ve chosen Google Reader as your RSS ‘app’ then this little tidbit may be pretty interesting to you. Jon Hicks has been laboring over a sweet skin for Google Reader, making it look (and function) much more OS X-like. Read his post on it here, […] Read more »

Is it just me, or is the latest ad from Apple – Stuffed – a little hypocritical? I mean, if I’m not mistaken my MacBook came with a demo of Office and 1 or 2 other things that I don’t remember now, since removing them the […] Read more »

This is a note aimed more toward the Colorado-based TAB readers. This Saturday the 21st of April marks the opening of an Apple store at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colorado. Being that it’s just minutes from my home, I don’t think an Apple store […] Read more »

1. Where did the Big Robot name come from? Pete: Big Robot is actually my middle name. Ryan: Yeah, we thought the company would have that personal feel to it if we used something close to us for the name, so we went with Pete’s middle […] Read more »

The color labels that OS X provides for users seem to be a veritable Swiss Army Knife. If you don’t currently use them you’re probably not going to believe me on that last statement. But the more I play with them, the more I realize they […] Read more »

Erica at TUAW has a really excellent tip for ‘righting’ video clips that have been shot in the wrong orientation. This is something I was glad to find a year or so back after my wife had accidentally shot a few video clips with out digital […] Read more »

As I’ve been known to do, I take requests, and this screencast is an example of that practice. The question has been asked several times in the past about the look of my Quicksilver interface. There’s no special Quicksilver Foo that I’ve applied, as always, it’s […] Read more »

I’ve done several screencasts here on The Apple Blog – and have many more planned. Lately I’ve been taking in many other screencasts around the web and have noticed a huge variation in how people execute them. Some have very professional editing and eye candy, while […] Read more »

I’ve done a post like this before, but it’s fairly old at this point in time so here we go again. One of the best ways to find great new software for your system is by checking out what other people are running on their Macs. […] Read more »

I’ve mentioned Mark/Space before as providing a great product in Missing Sync, which allows me to easily connect my Windows Mobile-based BlackJack with my MacBook. They also offer Palm and now BlackBerry software as well. I’ve been quite pleased with Missing Sync, though really only use […] Read more »

There’s been much discussion lately about how to store all those crazy text strings that we get in order to license our software purchases. A cottage industry has popped-up just to service this growing need as we continue to expand our Applications folder day after day. […] Read more »

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