Garage Band Loops Contest Winner!

On February 27, 2004, in contest, by MyMac Administrator
Garage Band Loops Contest Winner Announced

The Garage Band Loops contest is over, and our winner is Click here!

The contest is over! Click this link to find out who won and listen to the top three songs as decided by our five panel judges.

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Halo (for Mac)
Review

On February 26, 2004, in Review, Video Games, by Tim Robertson

Halo
Company: MacSoft
Price: $49.99
http://www.macsoftgames.com/

It was over a year and a half ago now that I decided to support Microsoft and picked up an XBOX. The reason? I had to play Halo. And while you can say anything you like about Microsoft and the XBOX, Halo is one killer game. I finished the single player version in a few weeks, and have since played the player vs. player against friends that come to visit. (My own kids know better than to play me! HA!)

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eMedia Guitar Method, Vol. I
Review

On February 24, 2004, in Review, by Nate Eaton

eMedia Guitar Method, Vol. I
Company: eMedia
Price: $59.95 (US)
http://www.emediamusic.com

I’ve wanted to buy this software package since watching Peter Frampton lavish his praise for it on TV infomercials a few years ago. Frampton played with David Bowie for a while in the 80s, and I respect that. I’ve always respected just about any guitar player better than me. (Let’s just say I respect a lot of guitar players.) The Guitar Method product Frampton touted looked very good on the tube, too, but the positive reports by the test monkeys in the infomercial seemed all-too-familiar and sort of cheesy. Like most all infomercials the good side gets a hard sell but the glitches get nary a mention.

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FootTrack – Review

On February 23, 2004, in Review, by Chris Seibold

FootTrack
Company: T-Squared Software
Price: 39.95
http://www.foottrack.com/

Remember Ricky Fitts from American Beauty? You know, the guy who walked around filming bags blowing in the wind and had thousands of DV tapes in his bedroom? Probably not, still from the description you can imagine the trouble that guy is in if he wants to find a particular scene or a particular tape. With thousands of tapes to choose from how is he going to find the bit of footage he’s looking for? Well maybe if he had FootTrack life wouldn’t be so tricky (well for Ricky it would, his Dad being a nut job and all).

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Garage Band Loops Contest Ends!

On February 22, 2004, in contest, by MyMac Administrator

The Garage Band Loops Contest – Sponsored by MyMac.com & Other World Computing

 

The Loops contest is over! Who will win?

Our team of five judges are busy pouring over the more than 100 songs submitted, and will have found the winner sometime this week! Check back often to see who won, as well as HEAR who won when we post the QuickTime version of the winning song, and perhaps the two runners-up!

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Weekend Archive – How MyMac.com almost became eWorld!

On February 21, 2004, in Uncategorized, by MyMac Administrator

p>Did you know that MyMac.com almost became eWorld? Read the whirlwind story about one publishers quest to get a license from Apple, his run in with Steve Jobs, and the final act of turning MyMac.com into eWorld. From our April 1998 issue. Click here!

 

Mini Mac User

On February 20, 2004, in Opinion, by Beth Lock

Last weekend I spent a considerable number of hours with the grandbrats. The kids were moving to a new house and needed some free babytending. My three-and-a-half year old grandson Preston is a lively little lad. I don’t like parking him in front of the teevee for entertainment, but Nana’s house doesn’t have a lot of activities for little kids. After building blocks and coloring and digging holes in the backyard we were running out of things to do. Suddenly inspiration hit! “Wonder what’s on the internet for little kids?” I thought.

Isn’t the ‘net cool? I sat down, typed http://www.bobthebuilder.com into the browser and lo and behold up popped the website with a games section. I’m still using my graphite iBook with no mouse, just a trackpad, so we spent the first go around with me moving the mouse and him doing the clicking. We built a house and colored it. We laid pipe. We put Bob The Builder’s tools away. The games were age appropriate and instructional and fun.

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Last two days for Garage Band Loops Contest!

On February 20, 2004, in Uncategorized, by MyMac Administrator

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to send in your Garage Band Loops entry to the contest! So don’t delay, send them in today!

Check out the rules here, and come back next week to find out who won!

The winner will be chosen before February 28th, 2004, and will receive courtesy of Other World Computing an OWC Neptune 120GB external Firewire 400 hard drive.

“GarageBand is a registered trademark of GarageBand.com, which is not affiliated with MyMac.com’s contest. If you’re looking for their ongoing song contest, visit http://www.garageband.com

 

Fun Photoshop Project #1

On February 18, 2004, in Features, by Tim Robertson

Fun Photoshop Project #1

There are times when using Photoshop is simply a chore, and there comes a time when you want to get a little creative with a fun project. Here is a simple one, which will only take a few hours at most, but will have make people sit up and notice.

With three kids, it seems that my digital camera gets quite the workout. Between my wife and I, we are always taking pictures of the kids. Now that our two oldest, Brittaney and Raechel, are older and responsible enough, we allow them to use the camera at times as well. (Kids LOVE the idea of taking pictures. Send them outside for a half-hour with a digital camera with orders to take “Neat and interesting pictures” and they will have a ball!)

On a recent shopping expedition, I purchased three black 8X10 picture frames with the idea of printing out one picture of each child on some high-gloss photo paper and hanging it on the wall. But I wanted these to be different, so here is what I did.

First, I selected three good headshots of each child, which you can see below:

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Custom-built NASCAR USB Hub!

On February 18, 2004, in How-To, by Tim Robertson

I enjoy building things, and ever since I first saw this, I wanted to build something along the same lines. My idea was to originally convert an Atari Joystick into a USB Hub. Then, while Christmas shopping in December, I noticed the die-cast; 1/16th NASCAR replicas, and thought that would make an even better USB Hub.

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THE MOUSE THAT ROARED

On February 16, 2004, in Opinion, by Roger Born

Growing up, Mickey Mouse was always the friendly little guy with all his friends in the comic books I read avidly. Up until I discovered Science Fiction, anyway. Harmless mouse. Harmless and happy cartoon characters (except maybe Donald Duck). I learned to read from those guys, and their book friends Dick and Jane. Childhood memories glow with a particular warmth, don’t they?

Even when I was grown, with kids of my own, like everyone else, I took my family to Disneyland, to ride the rides, see the shows, and to take pictures of my kids hugging that friendly mouse. We all bought and wore those mouse ears. Didn’t you?

All this was not that long ago, as I think about it. Sure, the year’s fly by, and the kids are grown now, with kids of their own. My grandkids all know about Mickey Mouse, and a few of his friends, but no one reads those comics anymore, and my grandkids will likely never get to Disneyland. They prefer Magic Mountain with the world’s biggest rides and roller coasters, or Waterworld. More likely, they get their thrills on their PCs and their game machines of choice.

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HP 7140 xi printer, scanner, copier, fax
Review

On February 16, 2004, in printer, Review, Scanner, by Beth Lock

p>HP 7140 xi printer, scanner, copier, fax

HP Officejet 7140xi Printer, Scanner, Copier, Fax
Company: Hewlett-Packard
Suggested Retail: $699.99

http://www.hp.com

Our old laser printer was becoming a financial burden due to the escalating costs of the toner, OPC belt, and yearly service contract. When the service contract came due in November of last year we started looking around for a more cost-effective printer. As I was researching different options, our FAX machine also quit working. My research then turned to the direction of all-in-one devices.

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Weekend Archive – The First NemoMemo

On February 14, 2004, in Features, by MyMac Administrator

Seven years ago and this still fit today:
“Are our precious Internet applications and browsers no more than castles of sand? We have become totally dependent on search engines, news readers, file seekers, bookmark managers, and dozens more. Every day a new one, “beta than ever,” is announced, and suddenly “old faithful” is in the trash.”

Read the FIRST Nemo Memo from July 1997

 

The Garageband Loops Contest! 8 days left!

On February 13, 2004, in contest, by MyMac Administrator

Ah, the sweet sound of music! That was the idea behind our GarageBand Loops contest. That and to give all those lucky people who have the software a reason to play with it, and have a little fun. Even better, by sending in your very own masterpieces, you have the chance to win an external 120GB FireWire hard drive from Other World Computing.

There have been a few bumps on the road along the way, and I want to thank both Larry O’Connor at Other World Computing, as well as Patrick R. Koppula, COO & President of GarageBand.com and Ali Partovi, CEO, Garageband.com.

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MYOB AccountEdge 2004 – Review

On February 12, 2004, in Review, by Beth Lock

MYOB AccountEdge 2004
Company: MYOB US, Inc
Price: $299.00 (US)
Network Licenses $99.00

http://www.myob.com/us

“I love this stuff,” Tom Nash told me during the WebEx demo of the newly released AccountEdge 2004 from MYOB. Tom is the Product Manager for MYOB. He was creating a report using the updated Reports feature of AccountEdge 2004 on his computer. I was on the other end of a phone line, with his desktop active in my browser. What a great way to demo a product!

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ComboDock FireWire 800/400/USB2 Bridge Solution – Review

On February 12, 2004, in Review, by John Nemerovski

ComboDock FireWire 800/400/USB2 Bridge Solution
Company: WiebeTech
Price: $170 US
http://www.wiebetech.com

First thing I did upon receiving this one-of-a-kind product is look back at our comments on its predecessor . Please take five minutes to read the middle review from 1/6/03 and become familiar with the approach WiebeTech is taking to bare-drive docking.

All the technical glitches and uncertainties David Weeks and I encountered in our 2003 drive dock reviews have been addressed with simplicity and success in Wiebe’s new ComboDock. Connectors attach without any hesitation, and ample printed documentation is provided so newcomers to the process won’t sweat waterfalls over their exposed hardware.

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RetroPad USB NES Controller – Review and Interview

On February 11, 2004, in Review, by Tim Robertson

RetroPad USB NES Controller
Company: RetroZone
Price: $25.00 US

My first home video game system was, not surprisingly, an Atari 2600. I loved that machine, and while PacMan for the 2600 was possibly the worse port of a video game ever, it was what I sat up dreaming about before Christmas day. My love of video games continued, and by the mid-1980’s, it was for the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES. What I really liked about the NES, besides the better and more colorful graphics, was the controller. The NES game pad was a huge improvement over the cruddy joystick that shipped with the Atari units before it.

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Olympus Stylus 400 – Review

On February 10, 2004, in Camera, Review, by Tim Robertson

Olympus Stylus 400
Company: Olympus Corporation
Price: $399 US
http://www.olympus.com

I remember seeing the television commercial for the Olympus Stylus camera in which water cascades down a tropic scene, gently splashing the Stylus camera with water. The message, of course, is that the Stylus is weather proof, up to a point, of course. And while I did want to test that out, my main review criteria is the same as it always is when reviewing a digital camera; ease of use, quality of picture, quality of the camera itself, and all the other little things that go into the decision to purchase a camera or not.

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Steve Consilvio

On February 8, 2004, in Features, by MyMac Administrator

Just a quick note to let all our readers that they can continue to follow Steve Consilvio’s writing on his own website, http://www.behappyandfree.com. MyMac.com would like to wish Steve all the success in his writing in the future.

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HP PSC 2410 Photosmart All-In-One Print/Scan/Copy/Fax Machine
Company:
Hewlett-Packard Company
Price: $300 US
http://www.hp.com

In the interest of sanity (mine) I’m dividing into two parts our review of this exceptional multifunction device. First review will cover PSC 2410’s primary purpose: printing, scanning, and copying. Second segment will address memory card features, faxing, and bundled productivity/creativity software.

USB setup and software installation are smooth, placing HP’s “Photo and Imaging Director” software onto the computer. You’ll figure out how to do basic print/scan/copy tasks quickly if you’re familiar with them from previous equipment and software. I did my best not to use the printed manual at first, without any catastrophes, but I missed out on many less than obvious features.

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