10.3 Reasons Why You Need to Buy Two eMacs. Today.

On September 30, 2004, in Opinion, by John Nemerovski

Gazing ahead, it’s all one-piece new iMacs, which are mostly unknown and untouched. Looking over your shoulder, a mountain of eMacs awaits your next purchase. How about a two-for-one deal? (Info on both is handy at http://www.store.apple.com).

Let’s do the math. Basic eMacs cost $800 each. Add AppleCare service plans and shipping or tax and the price is a cool thousand bucks per computer. Throw in extra memory and your grand total for two shiny new eMacs cruises into the $2200 range. That’s a lot of money, but you’re getting a lot of computer(s).

What’s up, Nemo, you ask. Is that Arizona sun finally frying your bald head into incoherence? Perhaps, but let’s work through our “10.3 reasons” list.

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Thoughts on the website VidLit and interview with site creator Liz Dubelman.

To best view VidLit a broadband connection, and the latest version of Flash is recommended.

“Daddy, read me a story.” When I was a little girl, the very best thing that could happen in my life was for my daddy to take me on his lap, open a Little Golden Book, and read a story to me. He was a master at giving voice to the different characters. I could follow the simple pictures in the accompanying book or close my eyes and let the tale, as daddy read it, create the pictures in my own mind’s eye.

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The REAL 20th Anniversary Macintosh

On September 20, 2004, in iMac, by Tim Robertson

In May of 1997, Apple Computer Inc. released a dream machine, the 20th Anniversary Macintosh. The name, however, was a bit of a misnomer. 1997 was not a celebration of twenty years of the Macintosh, but rather the twenty-year anniversary of Apple Computers. Apple was formed in 1977, and to celebrate, Apple released a machine with a machine with a $7,500 price tag. Ouch!

The machine, while impressive for its day, is not even capable of running Mac OS X today. However, it still holds a special place for true Mac aficionados, including this writer! (On a side note, I have been chasing them on eBay for the past two years, trying to pick up a working model on the cheap. So far, no such luck.)

What did the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM from here on out) sport that made it so noteworthy? First, it was an all-in-one machine built around a 250Mhz 603e PPC Motorola microprocessor, and a 12.1” LCD flat screen monitor, typically found in the PowerBooks of the day. What’s more, it shipped with a great sounding speaker system (two speakers and a bass unit) made specifically for Apple from Bose.

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Apple’s Little iTunes Pricing Problem in Europe

On September 17, 2004, in Opinion, by Neale Monks

The first Apple iTunes Music Store opened in
April 2003 and only serviced the United States,
but was followed in June 2004 by three European
stores, one each for France, Germany, and the United
Kingdom. The iTunes Music Store catalogue has grown
from 200,000 songs to one with over a million, primarily
because music publishers have learned to trust the
safeguards Apple has created to prevent widespread
copying of music bought from the iTunes Music Store,
protecting their copyright and expanding their sources
of income. According to Apple, the iTunes Music
Store commands a 70%
of the legal music download
This places it far ahead of similar services
offered by companies such as Real and Napster. No
small part of Apple’s success with the iTunes
Music Store has been its integration with the easy
to use iTunes music playing software and the best-selling
iPod MP3 player, by far the best device of its type
on the market.

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Shareware: A Few Cool Applications You May Like

On September 15, 2004, in Opinion, by Tim Robertson

It has been years since I last wrote about Shareware here at MyMac.com. That is unfortunate, because one of the main reasons I started MyMac almost a decade ago was to inform people about Shareware programs worth downloading. Of course, things change, and I don’t download very much Shareware (or Freeware, the more cost effective cousin to Shareware) any longer, but there are a few programs out there I have downloaded and paid for which I think you may enjoy.

First up, iTunesCool. This is an AppleScript for (duh!) iTunes. What does it do? It will retrieve cover art (artwork) of your iTunes music for you from the internet. It will also export said artwork, delete artwork, and export your iTunes library to HTML. It works well, costs a whopping $6.00 (Which you can pay via PayPal, which I love to use for this type of purpose) and is updated often enough to quash the occasional bug. You can download and try it by visiting iTunesCool creator Sandme Studio at http://www.sandme.info

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Toast Titanium 6 With JAM

On September 13, 2004, in Review, by Owen Rubin

Is That Toast Burning?
Toast Titanium 6 With JAM.
Company: Roxio
(Winner of the 2004 Macworld Best of Show awards)
Price: $169.95 retail
Upgrade from Toast 6 Titanium: $89.95
JAM 6 Only: $89.95

Years ago, if you said Macintosh and Toast in the same breath, I would think of Berkeley Systems Flying Toasters screen savers.

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9/11/2001 Retrospect: Another Day, and Another Day, and Another Day in Paradise

Tim’s story of 9/11 made me recall my days around that time as well. Given that we are all remembering that day, I would like to tell of my experience of the time around 9/11, a not so ordinary tale. And mine was very different from Tim’s, because I did not know of the disaster until LONG after it happened, and then it effected my wife and I in a number of strange ways for many days

My wife and I were in Maui, Hawaii on vacation the week leading up to 9/11/2001. We were scheduled to fly out the afternoon of the 11th on a United flight back to San Francisco. Being on vacation, we did not turn on the TV set or listen to the radio the whole time we were there. It was Hawaii after all, and we did things outside.

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My Day – 9/11/01

On September 11, 2004, in Opinion, by Tim Robertson

My day 9/11/01

It was three years ago, and I was an Information Technology Manager for a good company. My wife, Julie, was also working there at the time, as she was between jobs and had agreed to help out the company by filling in for the pregnant receptionist.

Four or five of us went outside for a smoke break in the morning. At this point, it was just like every other day, nothing remarkable. As was the custom, we either bitched about our jobs while hitting the cancer sticks, or making jokes about other people. Occasionally, we would get into politics, but I don’t remember now what the topic of conversation was that morning.

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The New G5 iMac: A Reality Check

On September 10, 2004, in iMac, Opinion, by Neale Monks

A few days ago Joe Carson weighed in with his
of the new iMac. Joe is as demanding
and ornery a consumer as you would hope to meet,
and for any product to be get a thumbs up from him
is no small achievement. The iMac looks good, and
clearly fits in neatly with the iPod and the new
Apple displays; it’s hard to imagine that Apple
won’t be updating the look of the PowerBooks and
G5 PowerMacs as well. But though it looks good,
I’m not sure that the new iMac is perfect, and in
some ways it is as compromised as the original Bondi
Blue iMac

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Review: Kensington Wireless Optical Desktop for Mac

On September 9, 2004, in Keyboard, Macintosh, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Kensington Wireless Optical Desktop for Mac
Model 65354
Company: Kensington Technology Group
Price: $79.99

I’ve never really been happy with a wired keyboard and mouse, no matter what Mac I use. It just feels too restraining and if I want to move a keyboard, the connecting cable is too short and I can’t do it. And whenever I’ve used a wired mouse, when I go to move the mouse, the cable always seems to find something to snag itself on or cause me to reposition myself or fight with the mouse. So when I got the chance to work with the Kensington Wireless Optical Desktop system; keyboard, mouse and RF receiver that also serves as a recharger for the NIMH AA batteries that are included, I took it.

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Book Bytes – Which Garage Band book is best for you?

On September 9, 2004, in Review, by John Nemerovski

This comparison is tricky, but fun, because each of the five new Garage Band books being examined is well-researched and written, but they are very different from one another. We recently gave our highest rating to Apple Training Series — Garage Band: Create and Record Music on a Mac, so these latest entries have serious competition in our “best for you” appraisal.

We’ll concentrate on comparing the authors’ units on recording real instruments and voices, because that’s what I understand best.

I suggest you glance through all the following reviews before heading to your favorite online or local bookseller. Here are the contenders, entered in descending order, by retail price:

The Original earPod
Book Review

On September 9, 2004, in Review, by Abraham Amchin

The Original earPod™
Company: AudioOutfitters, LLC
Price: $11.99

Every iPod user who actually carries the iPod around in his/her pocket knows that the earbuds’ cable is a hassle. You have to stow it in some way that keeps it from flopping around in your pocket, or it tangles and ties knows in itself. Not the kind of thing you want to be dealing with when you step onto the treadmill at the gym.

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iMac – Incredible Value or Overpriced Sucker Bet?

On September 7, 2004, in Opinion, by Chris Seibold

When Apple introduces a new product people are going to complain and their number one complaint is going to be cost. Like heat flowing from a hotter body to a colder one the whining is inevitable. Of course this time it seems particularly bad, it feels as though my computer is parked behind a constantly revving 747. The best way to whine is with your dollars: if you think it is too expensive then don’t buy one. Well that’s not good enough, you gotta bitch right?

Of course you do and the number one gripe is why does a $1,500 computer include such a crappy graphics card? A fine argument, I’m down with you cause, you know, iLife relies heavily on the GPU.. What? It doesn’t? In that case I definitely agree because you need a 9800 or better to run Motion, andWhat? If you’re a Motion user you’re a G5 owner? Well of course you need that super awesome video card for games Now just shut your whining pie hole for half a second. If you’re really into games don’t you have a PC you built yourself. Or an Xbox? Geeze the gaming specs for video cards change so fast that unless you have a spring-loaded AGP slot you can’t keep up. So keep the game grievances to yourself. I know similarly priced all in one PC’s have way better graphics card, just look at the Sony VAIO W. The Sony features a high-end integrated graphics chip that uses your system memory. Sure the VIAO costs way more but.. What’s that? Integrated video sucks? Well never mind then.

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Inside the new iMac

On September 7, 2004, in iMac, Opinion, by Roger Born

The new G5 iMac is something new in many ways. First of all, there has never been a Mac that only appears as a monitor and keyboard on your desk. This isn’t just a new Macintosh. It’s one that’s super thin and beautifully made. This will be very seductive to those prospective customers who see it for the first time.

Apple hit another home run here, folks. Don’t believe me? Look at Apple’s next quarter’s profits come December. It will be their most profitable quarter ever. Apple is going to sell tons of these new iMacs. (Wasn’t I right about the sales of those mini iPods too?)

Just listen to Phil Schiller’s part of the Keynote about the new iMac: “Just like the iPod redefined portable digital music players, the new iMac G5 redefines what users expect from a consumer desktop, …a lot of people will be wondering ‘where did the computer go?'”

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