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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

The folks at SoundSpectrum wanted us to take a look at their G-Force product for them, so I was the one who got to play with it. I always enjoy a new software app or utility that can do something different, so this interested me. G-Force […] Read more »

We all love our Macs, and most of the time, they love us back. But occasionally, programs start crashing, or the spinning-pinwheel-of-death becomes a common sight. In these situations, there are a few steps you can take to try and remedy the problem. Today, we will […] Read more »

O’Reilly’s MacDevCenter has two articles up which I think should be required reading, especially with the ongoing iTunes buzz. One is on video playing in iTunes and other is audio gadgets. Read more »

Do you remember, when you were a kid, about the rumors of an iTunes phone coming?

How about the mock ups, samples and photos smuggled out of shows and product launches?

Well, there’s even more evidence that Read more »

This morning, I got involved in a Macs vs. PCs argument on a listserve I belong to on the topic of viruses and security. There had been an email on the listserve that was spam, and some of the email variations were infected with a virus. […] Read more »

Running around in my head for ages has been the issue of network connectivity. You see, while I absolutely love my Powerbook, one of the most frustrating aspects of any laptop is that switch between desktop and laptop modes. When the laptop is on my desk, […] Read more »

I attended a cousin’s wedding last week. He asked me if I wouldn’t mind taking candid photos during the wedding. I being the closet photog, starved for scenery other than the sunsets from my front yard was more than happy to oblige him.

So morning of the wedding, I took my job very seriously. I started snapping away. Trying to get all angles, people, emotions and so on (ok, so that translates into angles that I’m not sure what I was shooting, eyes half open, food being chewed, etc, etc) I ended up with about 400 pictures by mid day. Read more »

First, President Bush was seen sporting an iPod on his bike, now Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II is using one. Reportedly, the 79-year-old sovereign has bought a six-gigabyte silver model for 169 pounds (255 euros, 310 dollars). Queen Elizabeth’s second son Prince Andrew, fourth in […] Read more »

I had this really long post written out talking about why Windows users theme their OS to look like OS X and the underlying meaning of it all when all I really wanted to do was post a link to this absolutely fantastic browser version of […] Read more »

It seemed like not too long ago that Adium was updated. Well, yet again, they have posted another update. You should download it if you haven’t already. Mostly bugfixes and other sorts of minor changes. Doesn’t seem to break anything … yet. Previous notes on Adium […] Read more »

Since Apple’s announcement to switch to x86, there has been an increase in talk about the possibility of Apple licensing OS X to other PC manufacturers. The discussion came to a head today, when Fortune published a story quoting Michael Dell, former Dell Computer CEO (current […] Read more »

For a month or so now, AOL and the Discovery Channel have been doing a little project on AOL’s site called the Greatest American. They’ve compiled a fairly big list to start from, with all sorts of people from the founding fathers to astronauts to – […] Read more »

So I’m generally not the type to promote giving money away to people for no real good reason…and I’m still not. But I, for whatever reason, found this to be somewhat amusing. A former NYC School of Visual Arts graduate (named Vinny) is in need of […] Read more »

x180 / james duncan davidson: Dear Steve is an open letter to Steve Jobs regarding the switch-over to Intel Hardware. James helps put me at ease by detailing some of his first-hand experiences of the ease and speed of porting apps over to the X86 framework. […] Read more »

A video has surfaced that supposedly shows the developer version of the x86 version of Tiger running on a Dell Laptop. It seems very clear to me that this is a hoax. Not only does the video neglect to provide the easiest proof — a clear […] Read more »

Great new site just launched – BuildYourOwnMac.com. Basically it’ll run you through the items you’ll need to build your own Intel based Macintosh in preparation for the official – or unnofficial – release of Tiger for X86. Should be a nice way to save a few […] Read more »

In the world of RSS readers for OS X, two pieces of software compete for the title of king. Both Newsfire and NetNewsWire have evangelistic user-bases, and both have their pro’s and con’s. I will be looking at these programs from a usability point of view. […] Read more »

Nokia is looking to leverage WebKit, the open-source project started by Apple based on Konqeror’s KHTML, in their next generation of mobile phones, the Series 60: “Apple is pleased to assist Nokia in creating their new Series 60 browser based on the same KHTML open source […] Read more »

It was my first WWDC ever. Rich was there too! I finally got around to learn a lot about Dashboard Widgets and Webkit. Apple Engineers are a passionate, dedicated and relentlessly-working bunch. If you’re into helping out the open-source community for the Greater Good, you might […] Read more »

MacDailyNews is reporting that the leaked copies of OS X Tiger for x86 will indeed run on standard PC hardware. This is not surprising, considering that this is a very early release, and Apple has no plans to make a profit off of this version. In […] Read more »

It’s a flashback to 1995. Macs were still using Power PC in the far future. I was still using Windows at home of all things. And TopXNotes must have been created around this time. It has all the classic signs of.. well.. clasic-isms. Now to be […] Read more »

This is slightly Off Topic, but a good little read. You’ll see the relevance at the end. It’s a comment from Slashdot, on the post titled, “Nerds Make Better Lovers”. You can read the comment at Slashdot, here, or below, as I’ve copied and pasted it. […] Read more »

Software Update will give you the lowdown, but for those as yet unaware, Security Update 2005-006 is now available for your enjoyment, incorporating fixes relating to: AFP (AppleTalk File Sharing) Server – buffer overflow; ACL-related issues Bluetooth – insufficient input checking – wrongly able to access […] Read more »

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding Apple’s move from PowerPC CPUs to Intel x86 ones, so in the interests of clarification: Mac OS X will run on my Dell No, it won’t. Somehow Apple will make sure that the operating system that makes the Mac special […] Read more »

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