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David Sobotta, who was Apple’s national federal sales manager in 2002, writes for The Guardian What Jobs told me on the iPhone. It is an interesting article about how Steve Jobs and Apple think through the viability of a new product line. The article boils down […] Read more »

Yesterday I posted a (apparently well known to everyone but me) tip about quickly adding items to your Login process. There was a comment asking about what I could possibly have with 12+ items starting at Login. So I figured I’d answer that here today. When […] Read more »

My post the other day about GPS in Leopard (I’m hoping, ok?) received a comment asking why it would be advantageous for Apple hardware to come equipped with GPS. To be fair, maybe it’s more useful for the MacBook line, but I think there are uses […] Read more »

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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 »

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 »

Well our huge contest that ran the entire month of December has now come to an end. There was a FANTASTIC response and thank you everybody who got involved in the community! As a reminder, we’ll be announcing the 49 winners at exactly January 4, 2007 […] Read more »

I recently tried out the “Entertainment Dock 500” by Kensington. This device allows an iPod owner to connect their video/music player into a stereo or television to enjoy their media through speakers or on a bigger screen. That’s it in a nutshell. If you have an […] 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 »

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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 »

Product: Belkin TuneFM for iPod nano Price: $49.99 USD I was quite optimistic when I opened the Belkin TuneFM for the iPod nano. Boasting the “best-in-class audio performance,” I expected nothing but. The TuneFM nano is a sleek little tuner. It connects directly to the nano’s […] Read more »

Often, it’s the quiet utilities you use every day that speed your workflow. Without the bells and whistles of expensive commercial software packages, and lacking hoopla, they simply are there to help your Mac work better. Apple’s Preview application, which comes bundled with Mac OS X […] Read more »

In a bit of sensationalist journalism/blogism today, I see article titles like this: “Apple Stock Options Fallout Continues” What fallout? I don’t see Jobs getting into the Pope-mobile and heading to his plane to hide in Switzerland. I called my friends at Cupertino and lunch is […] 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 »

Wired News is summarizing 2006 as Steve Jobs’ Best Year Ever. Leander Kahney points out highlights for Apple from each month in 2006. It has been an incredible year, with highs like the Intel Macs, Boot Camp, and new iPods; and lows like the accounting scandal. […] 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 »

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 »

After sitting down after a wonderful day of family, feasts and fun, I checked my email. While it was downloading, I opened up my favorite time-waster game, MacIago. Imagine my surprise when Santa appeared superimposed on the board. Has anyone else stumbled across any other hidden […] Read more »

When Apple shocked the world by introducing the Bondi Blue iMac in 1998, the PC market was caught with its figurative pants down. The collective thought was that PCs were supposed to be a neutral beige, with laptops being black. It was that way because the […] Read more »

Hak.5, the excellent video podcast/Internet television show, normally covers hacking with Windows, Linux, and occasionally Macs. I contacted the good people over at Hak.5 to see if they would consider doing more Mac-based segments and found out that they are going to dive into more Mac […] Read more »

I hope everyone’s holidays have been full of family and fun! My wife and I are currently making the rounds here in the Dirty South (Mississippi). We initially were supposed to fly out of Denver but a small blizzard (ie. 6 feet of snow) cancelled that […] Read more »

My Powerbook’s hard drive was filling up. So I used the WhatSize tool to see which directories were using my disk space. I discovered that I could see how much disk space was being used by another user on the computer. My laptop has three users: […] 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 »

Apple has officially released Dashcode, an application for developing Dashboard Widgets. It’s in beta, but from what I can tell from using it, it seems to be pretty feature complete, and very stable. This application is really cool, I must say. It allows anyone, even someone […] Read more »

For years, the realm of personal finance on the Mac has been ripe for a small, independent kick-butt developer to come in and win everyone over. Anyone who is a mac fan and has ever launched Quicken can attest to that fact. And so, in 2003, […] Read more »

Dear Apple, Thank you. I had pretty much written off what happened as a silly mistake and although I didn’t feel very good about it, I had decided there wasn’t much I could do. You did the right thing, and proved to me again you are […] Read more »

iTunes 7 separates files into Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts and Audiobooks, whereas previously you could view all of your Library files in a single window and see what the total playtime and size was. In a comment on macosxhints.com, Doug Adams, who manages Doug’s AppleScripts […] Read more »

While noting the analyst prediction that more than 9 million Macs will be sold in 2007, Softpedia Editor Codrut Nistor uses some ‘fuzzy math.’ In January, the Mac will be exactly 24 years old. Named after the McIntosh Apple, the original Macintosh computer was released on […] Read more »

Jeff Croft recently published a short post advocating the rebirth of Flash ala the Javascript renaissance. You can read the comments to his original post if you want to hear a few good reasons why that probably won’t happen — at least not in such a […] Read more »

Soulver is a unique calculator application for the Mac. Instead of the standard Keypad/Pseudo LCD that most programs use, Soulver takes quite a different approach to number crunching. Using Soulver is pretty much a matter of typing out what you want to know. It accepts phrases […] 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 »

Top 10 lists have been blogged practically to death. But they’re not dead yet. No sir! Perhaps, however, in an effort to push their foot an inch or two closer to the proverbial grave, I’d like to offer a top 10 list of my own. This […] Read more »

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