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Backups are something that in my experience, most don’t worry about until they’ve been caught without one. Luckily I guess I’m paranoid enough that I’ve never found myself in a situation without my important files appropriately backed-up. But I think we can always do a little […] Read more »

Digg points to a nice write-up of the things you can expect when switching to a Macintosh computer. The list is compiled from an Apple users of a few years, but the items on the list are observations that have been made in that time. It’s […] Read more »

Those of us long in the Apple Camp are familiar with the trend of Windows platform entities copying our friends in Cupertino. (And yes, I know, the copying goes both ways. Always has. Relax.) The one most will argue about – regardless the stance you take […] Read more »

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I endured the Oscars last night, mainly waiting for the ad for Apple’s iPhone. I did my normal 20-30 second skip ahead during commercials, looking for something Apple-esque as I skimmed. I went almost the entire show without seeing a commercial. It seemed odd. The first […] Read more »

If you don’t want to wait until June for the iPhone, CallWave gives you the ability (sort of) to have visual voicemail now. CallWave essentially replaces the standard voicemail service your cell carrier uses, in order to provide added functionality. Among the added functions is a […] Read more »

Apple’s iPod commercials always seem to be something of a phenomenon when they are released. I almost always end up loving the music that’s chosen for these commercials…Is it because it’s just plain good music? Or maybe it’s just because it’s associated with Apple products. I’d […] Read more »

Everyone’s getting in on the ‘news‘ that Apple will supposedly be refreshing their entire line-up of Macs in this next quarter. That’s an awful tall order of things to come. But sounds interesting enough. I’m especially down with the talk of a black iMac being released. […] Read more »

In case you hadn’t already heard. Honestly, I’m disappointed. I know, it’s just a name…We seem to have collectively gotten used to the term ‘MacBook’, so maybe the same will be true of iPhone. There was just so much conjecture over the past 18 months about […] Read more »

Recently, after Vista launched, I read one article about the way Vista installs over Windows XP. Microsoft took a different approach from the past and Vista actually copies its image onto the machine, and then goes through, weeding out the old operating system to make way […] Read more »

LifeHacker links an interesting utility (that’s new to me), called Home and Away. It’s sort of a Do Something When, but based on your Mac’s IP address. You can set drives to mount automatically when the address an address is detected, but you can also set […] Read more »

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We hear so much these days about writing apps that make it easier to focus by blanking everything else out. But what about apps that make digesting the written word a little easier? Most options are vertical-scrolling which takes little advantage of the prevalence of wide […] Read more »

With the slight exception of my Halo addiction, I’m really not much into playing video games (anymore). These days I’m more apt to play something along the lines of Minesweeper, or Zuma or something. But even those tend to hold my interest only so long… But […] Read more »

So unless you haven’t seen the light (and use a chat client such as Adium, for your Messenger chatting needs) quite yet, you may be interested to hear that Microsoft has released version 6.0.2 of it’s OS X chat client, Messenger. It’s nice that they’re keeping […] Read more »

I don’t typically like reporting on all the rumors that abound. So much of it is just fluff created for buzz that it’s borderline annoying. But my inner-geek always likes to hope… So what’s your favorite rumor of late? The most recent that sound interesting to […] Read more »

If you tinker in the Terminal (yeah I’m falling behind on weekly Unix tips, they’ll be back. Promise.) you may also be into Visor – from Blacktree – which we covered here. Apparently there is a bug in Visor that causes it to grow by a […] Read more »

A few weeks ago I covered Login Items and there was a little discussion that arose over better ways to launch some of those services. The discussion revolved mostly around the use of Overflow in place of clogging your startup process with tons of Login Items. […] Read more »

So last night as I awoke my MacBook from slumber, things seemed a tad off. The beach-ball of death played a prominent role, so I did a hard shut down. When I started back up, there was a strange sound coming from the Hard Drive, and […] Read more »

It seems to be the ongoing meme – Post a photo of your workspace. Just about every mac forum around the web has a thread devoted to it, flickr groups abound, even TUAW usually posts a rig of the week. We love showing off our Macs […] Read more »

MacApper has a nice rundown of 4 popular disc burning utilities for the OS X platform. They range from free options to $100, and impressions are given on each application. Useful review if you’re looking for a program to handle disc burning activities above what OS […] Read more »

A few days ago we heard that the reincarnation of Handbrake – the DVD ripping software with the Pineapple Cocktail icon – was released in Beta status, as MediaFork. It’s a Universal Binary and about as easy as it gets for ripping DVDs into backups or […] Read more »

Just a week ago the internet exploded with talk about the open letter Steve Jobs wrote, supporting DRM-free digital downloads. Clearly this is the way most consumers would like to see things go, as the debates over this technology have been bitter to say the least. […] Read more »

It’s not much of a secret that I am taken with the possibilities that Multitouch technology offers. The iPhone will be a great push in that direction, but I really can’t wait to see stuff more like this, hopefully coming from Apple. I guess the catch […] Read more »

After months of dragging her feet, my younger sister finally ponied-up and bought a MacBook. She’s an exceptional piano player and has a Digital Yamaha Piano that she plays. I sent her the USB/Midi cable she’ll need to marry the two pieces together and allow her […] Read more »

There have been several instances in months past about people hacking OS X to run on run-of-the-mill beige-box pc hardware. So we know it can be done. Last week the news was released that Parallels (the de facto leader in virtualization on the OS X platform) […] Read more »

Apple released the announcement today that they’re adding Lionsgate Films to the iTunes store. This brings some great new choices in movie downloads from iTunes, including the likes of T2 and Reservoir Dogs. A decent announcement for a Monday morning. Think we’ll hear anything new and […] Read more »

If you’re the type who has trouble keeping your Desktop organized, then my friend, I may have the solution for you. Hazel comes in the form of a preference pane for your System Preferences, and helps you to easily setup fairly powerful workflows to perform on […] Read more »

Sounds like Apple may finally be moving the big boy iPod line (those with video capabilities) to flash-based storage. The move isn’t altogether unexpected, as the nano line has already had the flash treatment. Flash-based storage solutions provide greater durability, and radically improved battery life. The […] Read more »

This one goes out to all my fellow notebook users out there. As iTunes expands to offer more and more downloadable content, the size of the (ever poorly named) Music folder on your hard drive will continue to envelope your free space. My Music folder is […] Read more »

Peter Baer Galvin has cobbled together a huge list of useful applications for the OS X platform. The best part it seems, is his commitment to keeping it updated as people comment on the thread, or apps go away, or whatever. So chances are, if you’re […] Read more »

You may have heard already that Apple released a new ‘Get a Mac Ad’ that targets Vista’s ‘security’ features. It’s funny in a sad sort of way. As a bona-fide Apple fan boy, you are probably required to give it a watch. But what I really […] Read more »

With the big news that Apple and the Beatles have come to an agreement, a new era may be dawning for Apple’s iPod and Music Distribution methods. Infinite Loop/Ars Technica tags a recent Wired article with their own idea on the concepts. Because of the previous […] Read more »

The date for the World Wide Developer’s Conference is set. Leopard should be a pretty front and center topic this year, as pretty much all of us expect Apple to stick to a first half of 2007 release of the product. Having not yet heard anything […] Read more »

The Joy of Tech brings us yet another great commentary on the world that surrounds us. And by ‘us’, I of course mean computer geeks. And by computer geeks, I mean those of us who follow the silliness that has abounded lately with the release of […] Read more »

Back in December I voiced my feelings on the need for the iPod interface to see some upgrades. Not only were many of the generated comments in agreement with me, but several had also been hoping for the same enhancements I wrote about. Well the Keynote […] Read more »

Ok, so Apple Corps (the Beatles’ Music company) and Apple Inc have worked things out and no lawsuits remain on that subject. After Steve demo’d the iPhone with some Beatles music in last month’s Keynote, I would have expected the Beatles collection to be popping up […] Read more »

This week I’m covering the Abracadabra plugin for Quicksilver. It brings you the ability to create Triggers in Quicksilver, which can be activated by mouse gestures, rather than the stale, last century keystroke. Ok, so there’s nothing really wrong with Keystrokes, just sensationalizing… So go ahead […] Read more »

This week I want to share a simple tip that will only take a moment – and essentially no syntax to memorize! I’d like to tell you about Unix’ Man Pages, or rather, the manual built into the OS. You can gain insight into how to […] Read more »

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