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Ever since I started using Mac portables, I have been using Raging Menace Software’s SideTrack. Just in case you are unfamiliar with this program, SideTrack is a replacement driver for the track-pad on either iBooks or PowerBooks which allows much greater control over what you can […] Read more »

iTunes 4.9 has changed my life. (Okay, not my ENTIRE life, but a large part of it). I’m totally digging these podcast things, and iTunes makes it easy and simple to download new episodes and sync them with my iPod. However, there are a few issues […] Read more »

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Pretty much old news now, but in case you haven’t heard, Apple have announced new iBooks – all packing half a gig of RAM (a sweet addition), AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0, amongst other things – and new Mac minis, which also sport half a gig […] Read more »

Go check out LifeHacker for a cool idea on discovering new audio/video content. The gist of it goes like this: In iTunes, subscribe to a custom feed. Make that custom feed a RSS URI from that points only to the media you want to grab. […] Read more »

I noticed the other day that Apple has released an update for the iMac G5 which regulates the sleep light so that it does not shine as brightly at night as it does during the day. Now, I don’t have an iMac, but I do have […] Read more »

So by now you’ve all heard, right? Yahoo! bought Konfabulator. They’ll be offering it for free (refunds to those who paid for Version 2.0) to anyone who wants it. And yes, OS X development has been confirmed to continue. So what’s the angle here? Yahoo is […] Read more »

Original Post/Problem here. Well good news! I finally figured out the trick. The solution is not as I would have expected from Apple – based on the way everything else syncs with the iPod – but that’s ok. “Think Different”, right? So after you’ve downloaded photos […] Read more »

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Vienna is a newly announced news-reader for OS X. From the product page, it looks to have many of the same features as NetNewsWire or Newsfire, but Vienna is different in that it is totally free. Vienna is available for download as either a pre-compiled version, […] Read more »

Do you have a color iPod? How about the optional Camera Connector? Well then maybe you can help me out. Did Apple really drop the ball this badly? Sorry, I’ll let everyone in on the problem here. You see, I just recently got myself a shiny […] Read more »

Judging by the response to my Treo-related post, where the comments section is still fairly active six months later, there’s a fair number of Mac users who also are Treo 650 users (and almost all of us are trying to get internet connectivity on our favorite […] Read more »

Apple have yet to announce an Intel based machine beyond their Apple Transition Kit, which is simply a current G5 PowerMac case with an Intel motherboard and CPU in it. By looking at the CPUs in Intel’s range, and comparing current CPUs and computers, I’m going to take a look at what CPUs and functionality we might find in Apple’s new line-up. Read more »

Recently, I had an interest in a Powerbook – specifically, the 12 inch. I don’t particularly like the iBook, as I’ve had all of the commonly mentioned issues happen to my 700 MHz iBook G3. The logic board failures, the backlight cutouts, battery death, power cord […] Read more »

So the last time that Apple did their iTunes giveaway, a friend of mine won one of the click wheel iPods. So today I went through the 100k winners to see if there was anyone local to me who won. Turns out there were 4 or […] Read more »

“I forget it’s not part of OS X…” I’ve read the same sentiment about Quicksilver many many times, and it’s a testament to how great it really is. But to me, Quicksilver IS OS X. The things that Quicksilver (QS from here on out) enables users to do on OS X are the things that drop Windows users’ jaws. A while back I wrote Quicksilver Changes Everything as an introduction and tutorial of this incredible app. Today I aim to reintroduce QS and address the Spotlight argument. Soon to follow I’ll give a few more walk throughs of cool QS powers.

Quickly, QS is an Application Launcher. Whoop-dee-doo, right? Right! Because beyond the Launcher capabilities, it allows you to handle files, folders, manipulate just about any data on your system, interface with a multitude of OS X apps, and so on. Swiss Army Knife has got nothing on Quicksilver. Read more »

Check out the Side by Side comparison of an old Powerbook Duo 230 and a new 12″ Powerbook G4 here. hat tip I had a duo 230 my freshman year of college. Ah, memories… Not really. Wow, didn’t do much on it back then. Wish I […] Read more »

Om Malik just got the inside scoop from a executive of the growing success of The Gizmo Project, which has showed a very high adoption rate and enthusiasm from the Mac Community. It would appear Michael Robertson heeded the advice he had sent out to […] Read more »

At Macworld Boston this week, a new service called Etch-A-Mac was debuted. “Wait, does that company do what I think they do?” you might ask. And yes, they do. This company has just launched their new laser-based personalization service which uses a CO2 laser to etch […] Read more »

Just a quick heads-up in case you haven’t noticed yourself… If you’re running the Saft plugin for Safari, it WILL break Safari following the update to 10.4.2. Opening Safari will pop up a window telling you that Saft isn’t supported in the current Safari version and […] Read more »

10.4.2 Mac OS X Update is out. Check the Apple Menu –> Software Update … Update Info Security Updates Info Does anybody have upgrade thoughts/notes/caveats/warnings to share? I’ll try to install it later tonight. The mention of Dashboard widgets management enhancement caught my attention. Read more »

I saw this up on CNN today: Man charged with stealing Wi-Fi signal This had to happen eventually. I was particularly struck by this part of the story: Innocuous use of other people’s unsecured Wi-Fi networks is common. But experts say that illegal use often goes […] Read more »

I was recently in the market for a new LCD display to go along with my PowerBook. After searching around, I came across an amazing deal on a 17 inch Dell UltraSharp display. For $200 shipped, I could have a display for $50 less than I […] Read more »

This morning I chatted with my Grand-Ma’ (Mamie) who lives in France for about 50 minutes. It cost me around $2. Little did she know, our crystal-clear conversation was happening while I was doing the dishes, through a Motorola HS810 bluetooth headset connected to the powerbook […] Read more »

In our first installment of our weekly “Download This App” we bring you an app that makes Dashboard what it should have been from the start. Mesa Dynamic’s Amnesty allows you to run widgets as if they were their own stand alone app. Why is this […] Read more »

CNN has posted an atricle about Steve Jobs calling the father of a boy who was stabbed when some other kids told him to hand over his iPod. After killing him, they took tennis shoes, cell phone, and the iPod. Jobs talked with the father on […] Read more »

I’ve moved my own blog over to using the Blojsom-based weblog server that is now included with Mac OS X Server 10.4 so that I could try it out and see what’s in there, and what’s not that I’d like to be in there. First off, […] Read more »

The SIP protocol, by its open nature, enables various providers to interoperate and compete for your loyalty, so you might shop for SIP services the exact same way you’ll shop for e-mail services. This open protocol also enables every industrious Software Author in the World to build best-of-breed real-time communications tools. These tools are coming. For all platforms. Mac. Linux. Windows. Developers are working around the clock to be the first-to-market with the next Skype-killer, in a race to earn your loyalty. Read more »

Alien Skin Software has long been one of the coolest software companies out there. I’ve always loved their plug ins for not only how cool they are, but how useful they are as well. The two smokin’ plugs I’m covering today are Eye Candy 5-Nature and […] Read more »

Just a little note about the new Podcasts feature in iTunes: it’s really cool. For a while now, I’ve been listening to Leo Laporte’s KFI Radio Podcast, so it really interested me when I found that I could plug in his podcast link into iTunes, and […] Read more »

There’s an interesting survey over at MacWorld where they interviewed some people about their thoughts on the PowerPC to Intel switch, the effects on sales, what the new machines will be like, and how well the migration will go. Read more »

With iTunes 4.9, you can now browse and subscribe to podcasts from within the iTunes Music Store. Podcasts are frequently updated radio-style shows downloadable over the Internet. You can also transfer podcasts to iPod, for listening on the go. iTunes 4.9 weighs in at a 9.9mb […] Read more »

It’s already been all over the usual news outlets, but just in case you had missed it, here’s a quickie to remind you of Google’s Beta Video Upload Program. While it had been out for quite a few months with a Windows uploader program, they more […] Read more »

Macs, as we all know, are the best thing for video editing. But what about TV watching and TiVo-like tasks? Before I used a Mac, my Windows computer had an ATI All-in-Wonder Pro PCI video card with 8MB of VRAM. (Remember when that was something cool?) […] Read more »

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