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I was chatting with Josh the other day, on my 17″ Powerbook, propped up by bottled-water caps. If you’re a Powerbook or iBook owner, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the heat that results from using your computer on a flat, un-ventilated surface. Maybe you’ve even MacGyver’ed a solution […] Read more »

MacFixIt has some nice lists of things that appear to be broken in the initial Tiger release. Probably a good idea to check this out and see what’s gonna cause you pain for the first week or so until Apple gets a fix out via Software […] Read more »

New PowerMacs leaked at Amazon.com. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9749LL/A (Dual 2.7 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, 16x Dual Layer SuperDrive) Listed for under $3000.00 Read more »

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I’ve had the chance recently to play with You Control, which is a software application that is essentially a bundle of small utilities and apps that you may already have running on your system. The idea is that YC (as I’ll refer to You Control from here on out, to avoid any “Who’s on First” type nuances) runs all these things off a single engine, instead of multiple little things all starting and running individually. So what are you actually getting for $29.95 that the multiple free apps don’t offer – and is it worth it?

Back before Menu Calendar Clock, there was a great, tiny, free utility called Pth Clock. Basically it replaced the System Clock in the Menubar and upon hovering over it, the date was displayed. It was simple, but useful for my day to day needs. Well one day it was no longer available, but rather was consumed, upgraded, and offered for sale as part of You Control. There was a lot more there than I cared to use (and pay for) and so I went back to the System Clock (that is until I discovered Menu Calendar Clock – but that’s a story for another day). So my bias began against YC. Read more »

If you edit video, even for your school projects, you know all too well the wonders of DV and Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro is so good, it’s being used by many of the industry’s biggest pros. Of course, many have still held out, and […] Read more »

Apple’s iPhoto in Mac OS X 10.1 was the reason I finally bought a digital still camera in 2001. Since then I’ve taken quite a few gigabytes’ worth of pictures filled with fond memories. While the built-in integration between iPhoto and .Mac, as well as iPhoto’s ability to “export” photo web sites to directories were decent alternatives to share pictures, those methods remained however not very cost-effective and somehwat inconvenient.

In 2004, Flickr.com opened its doors to the world as yet another photo sharing web service. “Yet another?”, you may ask. Well, not quite. Flickr offered a radically new approach to photo sharing, for the first time introducing the concept of a “photo stream“. Read more »

If you’re anything like me, you constantly seem to find yourself drafting out very similar emails to people. Whether it’s “Thank you for your payment”, “Why haven’t you dispatched my eBay item yet” or a long, drawn out reply to someone explaining why you can’t open […] Read more »

Wireless, portable, optical, multi-button, and equipped with a scroll wheel, MacAlly’s BTMicro is the go-anywhere mouse for modern road warriors. Read more »

A couple more links on information about the Adobe and Macromedia integration. Read more »

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Window positioning can be a bit of a pain with X11 on OS X, so here’s some quick help on some settings that might be helpful. Read more »

I know what your thinking. Mind Mapping software; this has got to be cool. Well, your right. Just not in the way you think. Almost all educational institutions, when teaching students how to compose essays and articles, or how to organize their ideas, teach them to […] Read more »

The latest accessory to hit the world for Mac Mini owners is just what I’d be looking for if I had a Mini at my house. Gizmodo points to the miniMate (by MicroNet) which sits beneath the Mini, looks much like the Mini, and adds 3 […] Read more »

Reviewing the list of Tiger enhancements makes it fairly apparent that Konfabulator is not the only 3rd party application who’s functionality will be mimicked in the new version of OS X. Every piece of software (especially operating systems) ships with little holes in functionality that leave […] Read more »

It’s time to query the community of TAB readers. If you’re anything like me you’re thinking ahead 1 week, to Tiger. With that comes the nagging feeling that there will be some issues with broken 3rd party shareware apps scattered among my Applications folder. I’ve begun […] Read more »

It’s beyond me why the majority of car stereo systems (even newer ones) don’t have an auxiliary input. And if they do have one, they’re somehow “strategically” placed on the back of the unit inside your dash. It just seems to me that with the massive […] Read more »

A Marshall guitar rig can cost you upwards of $3000. What about a Marshall rig that mixes your guitar with thousands of your favorite tunes, runs off of a battery, weighs in at only a few ounces and fits in your shirt pocket? For a mere […] Read more »

I came to the conclusion long ago that people like to complain. As case in point, I relate a comment made recently by a retiring executive at my company: “There have been so many changes in my 34 years here. I remember when we first got a network setup and everyone was awe-struck by its capability and potential. Then a week later everyone was complaining about how slow it was…” We are just never satisfied. And so it goes with Apple’s iTunes Music Store.

The DRM (Digital Rights Management) used by iTMS is at the center of the complaints from iTunes users – in fact DRM is the bane of all digital music purchasers, regardless of the clearinghouse of choice. If I buy a song from iTMS, don’t I own it? When I own something, can’t I do as I please with it? Can’t I play it on whatever device I want, burn a backup copy, use it in a home movie or slide show, or turn around and sell it if I decide I don’t want to own it any longer? Well, no, not in this day it seems. Read more »

Kottke points to a article that points to some comments on Slashdot – yeah I know, it’s kinda like the telephone game huh? – by someone who represents them self as an Apple employee, and who makes some very interesting comments about where Apple wants to […] Read more »

I love my iPod. I mean I really love my iPod. It’s my little music machine and you better believe I’m not giving it up anytime soon. Unfortunately though, my little iPod is a bit fragile. Within an hour of purchasing mine, it had little tiny […] Read more »

SingStar consists of a couple of microphones which connect into your Playstation 2. You then sing along to some popular songs, and it scores you based on how good you sound. The technology behind it is very clever, as is the quality of the software and […] Read more »

In a move that will horrify some and bring joy to others, Adobe have agreed to buy Macromedia for a straight stock swap of $3.4 Billion. Read more »

The best utilities work well when they’re needed, and stay out of sight the rest of the time. So it is with Stuffit Deluxe 9 from Allume. In fact, I almost forgot about the new Stuffit version after I installed it to review. But there’s more there than meets the eye – that is, if you look for it. Read more »

Apple have released the final operating system upgrade to Panther before Tiger hits the shelves. It weighs in at a 51.3mb download, and is available now through Software Update. If you prefer, you could also download the Delta Update Installer to your hard drive to install […] Read more »

I had been waiting for the inevitable moment when Microsoft apologist and brown-noser extraordinare Paul Thurrott would come out with a diatribe on Tiger, and credit goes to Slashdot‘s front page for bringing it to my attention. Thurrott has done this for each release since 10.1 […] Read more »

While I’m sure iPodLounge will be all over this in the weeks ahead, here’s a quick glimpse of the iPod DJ Mixer. Looks super cool. I’m no DJ, but I could have fun with that I’m sure. Hat-tip Gizmodo Read more »

Japan’s Mainichi Shinbun (English edition here) is today reporting that Apple hopes to launch its incredibly successful iTunes Music Store in Japan this year, according to statements made by Apple Japan President Yoshiaki Sakito on Tuesday 12th. The article, a partial English translation of which is […] Read more »

Something pretty significant occurred a couple days ago when Tiger was officially given a release date. Did you notice? Apple.com shed some of its lighter skin for shiny black, wherever Tiger was present. Honestly, when was the last time Apple.com really changed in a significant way? […] Read more »

In what is fast becoming a quite incredible farce, BBC News‘s Technology section reports that the Associated Press, together with 8 US newspapers, has filed a court brief in support of the “bloggers” Apple is currently suing for dissemination of trade secrets, on the basis that […] Read more »

It was only after I’d said that I’d review The Little App Factory’s Connoisseur that the realisation struck me – what use would a student have for a recipe manager? Baked beans and spaghetti Bolognese are the stuff of student diets, not walnut shortbread and creamy […] Read more »

A few weeks ago I looked at Download Wizard. At about the same time, Josh pointed out to me Speed Download 3, another download wizard in pretty much the vein as Download Wizard. Speed Download 3 is a more mature product, and it has a few tricks up its sleeve that might make it more practical for some, but it’s also a more complex product, and the complexities might not appeal to all. Read more »

In my opinion, pinball can be likened to the huge range of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. There are a countless number of variations on what is always essentially the same basic recipe. With this classic arcade game, the simple essentials are always the same. Take […] Read more »

Want to emulate an environment on your Mac? Want to emulate a platform on which to run Linux, BSD? VirtualPC or the some of the free software alternatives are great. Assuming what you want to run is an x86 based version. But what if you want to run OS X? or the PowerPC version of Darwin, Linux or BSD? Read more »

inding a good comfortable keyboard and mouse is probably the most important decision you’ll ever make. It doesn’t matter what computer you use, the keyboard and mouse will be your interface to the system. The choice gets even more difficult if you want a keyboard that works with multiple platforms through a KVM switch; it needs to be multi-platform compatible, as well as intelligent so that it doesn’t do weird things when you switch platforms. Read more »

While no one would argue against the windows platform’s dominant market share, Om Malik points out that throwing a significant bone out to our thriving Mac Community just might go a long way spreading a “buzz” about a product. Read more »

Apple goes to a number of industry trade shows every year and one of them is FOSE, the US government’s computer trade show. If you work for the US government and you have a ID to prove it, or if you’re a government contractor with $50, […] Read more »

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