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I’ve just got to vent a little bit here. The ‘Intel Announcement’ has Mac loyalists, analysts, bloggers, etc, etc, all in a tizzy – and why exactly?? Let’s take a look at what this means on a basic level… I understand there will be growing pains. […] Read more »

Following on from an earlier post, it seems that Japan’s record companies’ phobia of digital music distribution (by foreign companies) has been overcome. Mostly, anyway. The Nikkei Shinbun is reporting that Apple is to launch its iTunes Music Store in Japan in early August, providing tracks […] Read more »

Steve Jobs, known for his suprises, dropped the Mother of All Surprises at the WWDC Keynote this morning: Macs will be running on Intel processors by WWDC 2007. In fact, he had a few running on Intel machines this morning for his demos, with more showing […] Read more »

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So Apple are moving to Intel x86 chips. I’m still rather reeling from the news. Being generally of a more cynical bent, I was inclined to go along with John Gruber’s various debunkings of the hype that so often precedes a WWDC. Shurely shome mishtake, I […] Read more »

As most of you probably noticed, the TAB server just about grinded to a halt. We had so many people all on the WWDC Live Coverage page all hitting “Refresh” over and over that it sent our server load through the roof. Shame on us for […] Read more »

i’m painstakingly dialed-up via my bluetooth cellphone over my earthlink dialup account, so i’m looking at bandwidth below 14.4. so be patient :) Rich and I are sitting next to eachother. He’s got spare batteries. He’s cool like that. Ok here we go: 10:02AM – music […] Read more »

Hey TAB readers. We’re still working on details to bring you up-to-the-minute live coverage from WWDC. In the meantime, we’ll have an iChat session open for any interested parties. So in iChat, you can go to FileGo To Chat and then enter TheAppleBlog and you’re in! […] Read more »

Sorry about the confusion, the Keynote is indeed at 10am Pacific Time. I had it previously written for 2pm Pacific Time. That got corrected too. hoi. It’s late. Must sleep. I hope Rich will be more lucid than I am haha. Read more »

At least two of us from The Apple Blog will be attending the conference and the Keynote by Steve Jobs at 2pm Pacific Time Monday. It is unclear at this time whether there’ll be any reliable WiFi access during the keynote itself. Even if there is, everybody will be on it trying to do exactly what we’ll be doing. We’ve got quite a few contingency plans in place so we’re reasonably optimistic. Read more »

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On the heels of confirmed rumors about Apple looking to Intel to power its future systems, Om Malik just posted a thought-provoking article on what could be Apple’s next moves, potential implications for Microsoft and the rest of the industry, all put in perspective of the deep dark mysteries that shroud Steve Jobs, the master puppeteer pulling the industry’s strategic strings. Read more »

Tired of seeing ole’ Jobs in blue jeans and a sweater? Well now you can play dress up with him. Dress him up like a pirate, biker, beach bum, knight, punk, pimp, and more. The Joy of Tech has created this killer flash app to allow […] Read more »

There isn’t a lick of Apple info in this post…nothing but good times here. I came across Gizoggle today and immediately thought of how dope TAB would be if it was all crunked out. So, I decided to take a post that wasn’t so fondly responded […] Read more »

The internet is abuzz, and if you haven’t taken note of the Mad As Hell Series over at Security Awareness for Ma, Pa and the Corporate Clueless go do so now. It’s the tale of a man who knows his way around computers, and has finally […] Read more »

Although some on these pages are not quite so happy with what is arguably Tiger’s strongest user-facing feature, for most, Spotlight has served at least some purpose and will no doubt find more favour in the months to come. And John Siracusa’s epic review of Tiger […] Read more »

To much of the general public, a computer is an enigmatic box, a semi-magical creation which is simultaneously a portal to a half decent encyclopaedia, countless reams of porn and a lot of free music, a free messaging service and a good way to send long, […] Read more »

A Close-Up of the Plasticsmith mini Skirt glo Plasticsmith have come into their own since the launch of the Mac Mini, developing accessories at an alarming rate, and offering some really original and funky ideas. These include a monitor stand to place your Mini underneath, a […] Read more »

Right now, if you need your VPN client to work, I’d recommend steering clear of Cisco’s recently-released 10.4 VPN client. When it works, it seems to work fine. When it’s not working, you have to uninstall and reinstall it to get it to work. However, if […] Read more »

MC Brown seemed to ignite the wrath of a number of our readers, but I wish to offer the dissenting opinion: yes, Tiger will be very useful. Maybe it’s not so exciting for your average user, but the potential for the future should make them leap […] Read more »

I’m upgrading my 1GHz PowerBook with a faster, bigger, hard drive. It was surprisingly easy, but it’ll take a while for me to determine how much faster it is. Read more »

I just got off the phone with a vendor who’s been chasing me ever since WWDC 2004 to use their product. (I haven’t found the time to evaluate it, honest) and in the course of the conversation, I asked if I’d be seeing them at WWDC […] Read more »

If you follow the 43Folders websites (Site, Google Group, Wiki) you’re no doubt familiar with Getting Things Done (GTD). I’ve not read the book myself (but Josh is!) but know that a system of tagging to-do items with a @ prefix is one of the cornerstones. […] Read more »

Okay everyone, I want to know what all of the Mac users out there think – drawers or no drawers? Drawers are those panels that slide out of a larger window in some Mac OS 10 apps. For instance, Mail has one in Panther that shows […] Read more »

I’m starting my preparations to head to this year’s WWDC and as part of that, I’m working on my list of stuff to jam into the Brenthaven backpack. Since I’m going to be hauling this across the country, as well as through a week’s worth of […] Read more »

Slashdot is pointing at a terrific write-up detailing the speed gains in running a Mac Mini off of an external Firewire drive instead of the relatively slow notebook sized hard drive it has inside. The idea makes great sense, and being a desktop computer (even though […] Read more »

For those of you who love the giddy feeling of a shiny new point release, the first update to Tiger is now available via your local Software Update. Apple’s Support page will give you the lowdown, which includes improvements relating to Mail 2.0 and the Address […] Read more »

While Spotlight is definitely cool, it doesn’t quite fit my workflow. Quicksilver remains the supreme app on my Tiger installation. At a glance these tools may seem similar – even potential competitors – but in the end they’re VERY different tools. Alas this is a discussion/argument for another day. Let’s set that aside and move on to the point of this post.

Spotlight has made itself a little home in my workflow by including Spotlight Comments. If you’re unaware, Spotlight Comments are a new section in each file or folder’s Get Info screen. You can add your own information to each item indexed on your system for additional Spotlight specificity.

For me, Spotlight Comments represent a way to tag my files a la Flickr,, etc. This is immensely more useful for me than the default full text indexing that Spotlight offers. I want a narrow result set most of the time. Adding tags that make sense to me accomplishes this nicely.

But there’s a problem. I’m lazy. I don’t want to have to click each file, CMD I to Get Info, enter my Spotlight Comments for that file, close the window, and move to the next file. That’s like 5-10 seconds of mouse movement and typing and, well, I’m tired just thinking about it. Enter my faithful sidekick, Quicksilver. (Hi-Ho Quicksilver!) Read more »

I haven’t upgraded to Tiger yet. I plan to. But my software and systems are running great right now and I’m being productive. I do lots of different digital things on my Mac to make a living. I don’t focus heavily on any one area so […] Read more »

I received an email from Charles Pazos this past weekend asking how to set up Mail to check your GMail account. Here you go, Charles. From Google’s help page : —– Open Apple Mail. Click ‘Mail,’ and select ‘Preferences…’ Open the ‘Accounts’ tab, and click the […] Read more »

By way of follow up to my earlier post, the news comes that the District Court of Florida has sided with Apple in TigerDirect’s suit against the company for use of the name ‘Tiger’ to market the latest iteration of the Mac OS X operating system. […] Read more »

A couple semesters ago, I took a college Visual Basic class. It wasn’t bad – your typical programming course, and I’ve had my fair share of those. I liked VB.Net, because it was easy, and had a nice, clean object-oriented syntax. Basically, you type stuff to […] Read more »

I’ve installed 10.4 on both my work desktop (regular 10.4) and my home server (10.4 Server), and have had them both running for the past week. I also upgraded my laptop, and wound up going back to 10.3.9. Here are my impressions and what I learned […] Read more »

Raise your hand if you watched MTV last night at 7:30 to catch the XBOX 360 unveiling. I Tivo’d it and watched it later on. Wow. This is looking ridiculously incredible. Some quick specs go like this: IBM PowerPC based CPU with three cores at 3.2 […] Read more »

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