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At Macworld San Francisco in 2005, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s iWork package, including Pages and Keynote, offering consumer-level alternatives to the Microsoft Office staples Word and PowerPoint (though Pages is admittedly more for page layout than word processing). While the initial coverage spawned questions as to […] Read more »

It’s no wonder that Headdress comes complete with a feature set that will appear to most avid graphic designers out there, at least those who dabble in the web. After all, it was designed by Twinsparc, your prototypical two-man design firm. At first glance, Headdress may […] Read more »

Ambience chasers rejoice! Softskies, a new iTunes visualizer, is a new, powerful and highly customizable program that can generate an enormous variety of preset and user-specified atmospheric and cloud effects. While far from perfect, it does what it was designed to do pretty well, and should […] Read more »

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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 »

Well, Microsoft has said it themselves, Windows Vista (due out in about a month) will be a huge nightmare to support. On the official Vista development blog, Microsoft claims a study, conducted by IDC and commissioned by Microsoft, found that Vista will create 100,000 new jobs […] Read more »

Phill Ryu’s MacHeist has just hit the $50k mark for charity which means all of the nearly 5,000 people who have purchased the software bundle so far will now be getting a NewsFire license. If MacHeist users purchase enough to raise $100k for charity (25% of […] Read more »

Bryan Veloso shot me an IM this evening asking if I was aware of this particular issue his fiancé was having with her 5G 30GB iPod. I hadn’t heard of it and it seemed no Apple technicians had either. Which also seems to mean she can’t […] Read more »

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Bloomberg claims that Apple will be its own carrier for the upcoming iPhone. I think that if Bloomberg is right, it would be a really great thing for customers. Signing a contract with a wireless carrier today is a complete mess for the customer. There are […] Read more »

One thing I would love to see fixed in Leopard is dialog boxes where the choices don’t quite make sense. For example, when you set up a new Airport Base Station and forget to change the default password this is what you see: The two choices […] 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 »

John Gruber just made quite an interesting post/find on his site about how Microsoft has straight copied Apple’s Workgroup Manager Icon. Here’s a screenshot of Microsoft’s page with the icon: The page this is on is here (click the Buy Now button). Then check out the […] Read more »

RUMOUR: iPod Widescreen Does it make sense to buy ANYTHING from Apple this close to Macworld? External Hard Drives for iTunes and Backup Office Alternatives View from your Dashboard – What Widgets Do You Recommend? Who’s tired of the old “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” […] 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 »

I can’t actually verify this, but I’m willing to bet I was one of the first hundred people to download a track from iTunes. It was great and evil at the same time. Instantly I could legally download music, and instantly my wife put me on […] Read more »

BusinessWeek writer Arik Hesseldahl has a good story about the speculation and rumors related to the unannounced Apple iPhone in which he lists his Wish List for the iPhone. Music Downloads Sharing Music iTunes Ringtones Portable iApps Photos and Video Super Headphones Data Storage Support for […] 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 »

Looking for a delicious reason to buy some Mac applications? Look no farther, since fifteen third party Mac developers have are teaming up and giving 100% of their profits on a heaping helping of applications today to Child’s Play, a charity founded by the creators of […] Read more »

There are certainly quite a few different iPods out there now – Apple have come a very long way from the initial iPod with a whole family of devices today. I’m the proud owner of a 5g iPod video at the moment – I think it’s […] Read more »

Mac user Nancy Spoolman got an early Christmas present from her PC-using son, Corey: a handcrafted oak clock in the shape of Apple’s famous logo. Dubbed the ‘Macintock,’ an engraved plaque on the bottom reads “An apple a day keeps the viruses away.” “I think he’s […] Read more »

I rarely can find cool and innovative things that Microsoft pulls off, but geez…huge props on this. One of their new ad campaigns for Vista is Clearification. There’s so much cool content on the site. It’s really just a marvelous execution of an ad campaign. I […] 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 »

Mac 5:46 – “And behold, every Mac user shall perform system maintenance on a regular basis so that he may escape the wrath that is the occasional hard drive crash. If a hard drive crasheth and a backup is not available, I the Great Mac, shall […] Read more »

For about 8 months now I’ve been a proud owner of a Mac Mini thats sole purpose in life is to reside underneath my TV. Of course it functions as a media server, but it is a full blown mac after all so can do pretty […] Read more »

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Be sure to checkout the new The Apple Blog Store! Killer prices, super fast shipping, and more Apple stuff than you can shake a stick at! Merry Christmas! Read more »

Living as a Mac island in a sea of Windows machines at the office can sometimes be a challenge. Though Apple has made advances through simply enabling Mac OS X clients to attach to Windows networks, and mount shared file servers, third party devices are often […] 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 »

I love my Macbook Pro, it’s hands down the best laptop I’ve owned. It is aesthetically pleasing, it runs virtually any operating system, and causes me little grief. There is just one thing that’s annoying the crap out of me, and I’m putting a call to […] Read more »

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