Edirol R-09 Portable 24-bit MP3/WAV Stereo Handheld Recorder
Company: Edirol / Roland Corporation
Price: $400 US (modest discounts are available online)
http://www.rolandus.com

The Edirol R-09 portable recorder from Roland Corporation is almost perfect, and well worth its $400 price tag. Features and audio quality are impressive, with a little room for improvement discussed below.

R-09 has few competitors in this product category. During the next few years, MyMac.com predicts it will set the standard against which other portable recorders are judged, until a unit comes along with improved interface, better port access, and a lower price. Until then, if you are serious about audio-on-the-go, take a look and listen to R-09.

Roland is a full-service pro audio business. When you visit R-09′s website you can obtain or learn about useful support documents, software downloads, and dedicated accessories. Watch the demo videos and take the interactive tour! Web content on the product’s general information, features, and specification is too extensive to reprint. Here are a few essential attributes: great audio quality, full control over WAV or MP3 format/file size, lightweight and inconspicuous, enormous SD card capacity, thrifty AA battery usage, and versatile in/out ports.

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The Ladybug Cometh
Review

On January 31, 2008, in Dock, Review, Speakers, by Artie Alinikoff

Ladybug
Company: Vestalife

$110.00 Silver, Red
$125.00 Element Skateboards Limited Edition Designs
(Prices designated MSRP on www.vesta-life.com)
Prices at stores may vary and could be well below MSRP.

I gotta tell you right now I was sure I wasn’t going to like this. Too small. Gimmicky. Looks like all plastic. Bass woofer in the rear??? Ha! I wasn’t impressed, yet, with the fact that this product won the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award in November.

I went to Vestalife’s press conference at the Macworld show. Wayne Ludlum, Cofounder and CBO of Vestalife, spoke for a few minutes about the quality and the R&D that went into the product, the new Ladybug 2.1 speaker dock for iPod. I thought, “we’ll see.”

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Ped3 iPhone Stand
Review

On January 30, 2008, in iPhone, Stand, by Tim Robertson

Ped3
Company: Thought Out…

Price: $39.95
http://thoughtout.biz/PED3

I had meant to do a video review of the Ped3 iPhone rotating stand, but with a new baby and loud older kids, plus the holidays and Macworld expo, it seems it was not meant to be. But this product is too cool that I have to at least get a written review posted for it!

First, full disclosure. I know the guy who runs Thought Out, the company behind the Ped3. I have chatted with him often, and I have always wanted him to succeed. That being said, when it comes to reviewing a product, I put all that aside. I cannot let anything to stand in the way of honesty in my review, or any review at MyMac.com for that matter.

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HP Booth Visit – Photosmart A26 Photo Printer

On January 29, 2008, in Macworld Expo, Video, by The MyMac Podcast

Nemo and Owen at the HP booth checking out the Photosmart A26 Photo printer. Watch below in YouTube quality, or click here for the 17MB HD quality in QuickTime. Photographer is Jim Dicker.

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No SuperDrive, No Problem

On January 28, 2008, in Opinion, by Scott Spaziani

The year is 1997 and Steve Jobs has returned to Apple and the confusing Mac product line is in the process of being streamlined to a few simple options. Apple required a replacement for the Performa series; their consumer targeted computer line. In May of 1998 Apple announces the first in their new line of Consumer targeted Computers, and the iMac is born.

The iMac is what many consider the rebirth of Apple. The colorful all-in-one PC was a huge hit in the market and breathed new life into the company. The tan boxes Apple had been sporting for twenty years were gone and a new design element was introduced in the product line. There was one thing lacking from the iMac that most users believed was important, and I’m sure it caused many possible customers to turn away from Apple at the time. The iMac did not have a Floppy Drive.

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Stationery Pack (for Mail)
Review

On January 28, 2008, in Mail, Review, Stationery Pack, by Donny Yankellow

Stationery Pack (for Mail)
Company: equinux

Price: $29.95
www.equinux.com

Mac OSX Leopard introduced email templates to Mail. There are templates for sending photos, sending notes on stationary, and more. If the standard Leopard templates are not enough for your emailing thirst equinux’s Stationary Pack is for you. For $29.95 you get an additional 111 templates for your email. Yes, I said 111 times!

The templates in Stationary Pack fall into six categories: Business, Congratulations, Feelings, Invitation, Leisure, Sports (bonus points for the soccer template), and Vacation. The categories are divided into subcategories to help you find what you want. Some of these subcategories include Cats, Comic, Entertainment, and Food. The templates range from photo templates to templates that are stationary for sending notes outside the standard text email.

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Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual
Review

On January 28, 2008, in Book Review, by Russ Walkowich

Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual
David Pogue

Pogue Press/O’Reilly Associates
ISBN 0-596-52952-X
Price: US $34.99
(Check online sites for reduced pricing)
893 pages
http://missingmanuals.com/

David Pogue’s latest endeavor, Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual has built upon all of his previous versions and his experience in working with Macs. This is what should come in the box with your Mac. Everything you need to know or would like to know about Leopard is in this book.

Mr. Pogue has broken this manual down into six basic sections; The Mac OS X Desktop, Programs in Mac OS X, Components of Mac OS X, The Technologies of Mac OS X, Mac OS Online and the final section, the Appendixes, four of them, plus he even throws in a Master Mac OS X keystroke list. To give you an idea of just what he covers in the book, here is a quick breakdown.

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MyMac Podcast – 168
Cool Mac Picks and Post Expo

On January 25, 2008, in Macworld Expo, Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


Download the show here, via iTunes, or listen above

New weekly cohost David Cohen makes his regular debut, and Sam Levin helps us kick off the show with his Cool Mac Picks from the Macworld Expo.


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Links from the show:
Prosoft Engineering
Sam’s Picks
Chestnut Hill Sound George
Cambridge SoundWorks i765
Gizmobies Pocketable iPod Protection
Logitech Squeezebox Duet
Keyspan TuneView for iPod
Presentation Remote Pro
Plasq’s Skitch & ComicLife

 

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Automator For Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Book Review

On January 24, 2008, in Book Review, by Bakari Chavanu

Automator For Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
by Ben Waldie
Peachpit Press
www.peachpit.com
ISBN: 978-0-321-53935-9
US $29.999 CN $32.99 UK £21.99

I’ve written in the past two years at least three separate how-to articles (here here and here about Apple’s automation creation program, Automator. Since the program was introduced with Tiger, I’ve always looked for ways it can help me automate certain mundane tasks on my computer. Each morning, for example, I can come to my computer with five of my most frequented Web site feeds opened and ready for me to peruse. Thanks to an Automator workflow initiated by a daily iCal launch, I don’t have to individually pull up those same Web sites each day in order to view them. Automator and iCal do the work for me. I have about eight other workflows like this that I use on a consistent basis.

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John Nemo and photographer Jim Dicker visited the Kensington booth during the Macworld Expo. Check out the video of the LiquidAUX Bluetooth Car Kit in glorious HD video format.

 

Wacom Intuos3 Tablet
Review

On January 23, 2008, in Review, Tablet, by Donny Yankellow


Wacom Intuos3 Tablet
Company:
Wacom
$229.00-$749.95
www.wacom.com

Recently I reviewed, and loved, the Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet. For those that want a more professional tablet, the Intuos is the model you want. I’ve been using the Graphire line of tablets for years and never new what I was missing until I tried the Intuos tablet.

The Intuos is available in several different sizes and models. There are three different Special Edition models which are available in three sizes starting at 6×8, followed by 6×11, and finally the 9×12. The Special Edition models come with a second pen, more pen nibs, and it has a nice looking black casing. I tried the standard model which ranges in sizes starting at 4×6 and going up to 12×19.

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FastMac Dual 1.4 GHz G4 AGP processor upgrade
Review

On January 23, 2008, in G4, Review, by Guy Serle


Dual 1.4 GHz G4 AGP processor upgrade

Company: FastMac
Price: $419.95
Fastmac.com

Why upgrade an older computer? Especially one that’s over 4-5 years old? Why not just get a new Mac and keep up with the Jones? I’ll tell you why. Macs are expensive. Especially if you’re talking about replacing one older tower with another. The price for a new Mac Pro without any bells and whistles is $2200. That’s bare minimum and adding anything like hard drives (which you’ll need new ones of as all new towers are using SATA instead of ATA) memory, wireless (yes the Mac Pro does not come with an Airport 802.11x card), etc, is going to drive the price up even more. You can certainly go cheaper than that. You can get an iMac or a Mac Mini for less, but if you’re used to the expansion option you have with a tower, remember that you’ll be forced to go to all external devices (which take up more room AND cost more as well) with either one of those choices. If you have options for upgrading your processor, and the cost does not exceed around 25% of the cost for a new machine, it can be more than worth it to extend the life of your current computer for a few years.

If you’re computer is REALLY old, say before the advent of the G3, then it just won’t be worth putting any real money into it. Bite the bullet, get either an Intel Mac or at least a G4 PPC Mac (and then upgrade it!) and join the ranks of the OS X family. On to the review.

First off, I owe Mike Lowdermilk of FastMac an apology for how long it took me to write this review. I met with him and expressed an interest in getting a dual 1.4 GHz G4 processor upgrade kit from FastMac LAST Macworld and we played telephone/email tag for a few months and it finally showed up in April just in time for a medical crisis to hit the family. After that one thing leads to another and here we are in December with no review written yet, Certain members of the MyMac family (cough…Nemo…cough) started to remind me that the 2008 Macworld was coming up and any promised unfinished reviews needed to be completed.

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iPod Touch–Wi-Fi Mobile Platform?

On January 23, 2008, in Opinion, Original Blog, by Rich Lefko

“During its quarterly conference call Tuesday, Apple outlined a new vision for the iPod touch, saying it hopes the product will mark the beginning of the first true “Wi-Fi mobile platform” rather than continue to exist solely as a high-end extension of its digital media player business.

Echoed multiple times during the question and answer session of the call, the vision hinges around the expandability of the touch-screen player to offer more than just music, photo, and video playback.

“We believe one of the iPod [touch's] future directions is to become the first mainstream Wi-Fi mobile platform, running all kinds of mobile applications,” company executives said.”

Of course, I’m not sure what a “Wi-Fi moble platform” really is?
I was going to buy a Touch now that it has most all of the apps I was waiting for.

However, after reading that blurb above…I may wait.

What do you think Apple is up to?

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MYOB AccountEdge – Accounting Software for Macintosh
Company: MYOB

www.myob-us.com
Price: $299.00

I have been a regular user of AccountEdge since September of 1999, having switched when intuit could not guarantee a Y2K patch for QuickBooks Pro. Since MYOB has a new version of the software, I thought this would be a good time to take a look at what other accounting programs for Macintosh were being offered. I was surprised to see three other robust programs available. Reading the specs though I could see they were designed for smaller businesses such as sole proprietorships, or specific types of businesses (i.e., retail), or individuals. The two big players on the market for small to medium businesses are still QuickBooks Pro and MYOB AccountEdge (or Peachtree, if you are running an Intel Mac.) I know that MYOB maintains a commitment to continue to develop for the Macintosh platform. This is not necessarily so for Intuit and definitely not for Peachtree. And, Intuit recently had some major issues with user data being lost. http://db.tidbits.com/article/9378.

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Timeline 2.0
Review

On January 22, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Timeline 2.0
Company: BeeDocuments

Price: $40
http://www.beedocuments.com

Creating an illustrated timeline on your computer, or even by hand, can be a very time consuming process. Timeline, by Bee Documents is a program that aims to simplify this process and save you a lot of time. Timeline 2.0 is Leopard (10.5) only, and it takes advantage of Quick Look and spotlight.

If you use iWorks, opening Timeline will look very familiar. When you open the program you are presented with a quick-start window where you can choose a color theme from your timeline and a source. There are eight color schemes to choose from, or you can create your own.

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Bamboo Fun
Review

On January 22, 2008, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

Bamboo Fun
Company: Wacom

$99 for small and $199 for medium
www.wacom.com

When I think drawing tablets, I think Wacom. I have been using the Graphire series of tablets for many years. This past fall Wacom replaced the Graphire tablet line with the Bamboo Fun line of tablets. (The Graphire BT, or Bluetooth, is still made). Before trying the Bamboo Fun tablet I expected the same user experience in a different package. I was wrong.

The Bamboo Fun has improved on the Graphire tablet line, and made it better. It is available in black, silver, white and blue. The 512 levels of pressure sensitivity allow for a drawing experience with the tablet is more natural and smooth. The pressure sensitivity is much better allowing for a better drawing experience. The drawing area itself is proportional to a widescreen format. I have also noticed the Bamboo Fun is a lot light then the Graphire tablets.

In addition to the drawing experience the tablet has four programable buttons, and a touch ring. The touch ring is really cool- or should I say fun? The touch resembles an iPod click wheel, and scrolling your finger around the wheel zooms in and out of an image in Photoshop, Painter, or whatever program you are working in There are also two buttons on the ring for scrolling up and down a page.

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MyMac Podcast #167
End Of Macworld Expo 08

On January 19, 2008, in Macworld Expo, Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Download the show here, listen above, or in iTunes

MyMac ends our week of Macworld Expo podcasting coverage with a bang. Booth visits, a get together with the remaining staff members, and we are still meeting new people at the end of the show. Hope you enjoy our last episode from Macworld Expo 08.


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Links from the show:
Prosoft Engineering

 

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MyMac Podcast #166
Macworld Expo Day 3 David Pogue and Sinbad

On January 18, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Our longest podcast of the week is one of our best yet. Tim and Nemo look at the days event, and talk about some of the booths and events of the day. Nemo interviews New York Times technology writer David Pogue, while Tim does an on the spot interview with Sinbad. (yes, we know the audio is bad for the Sinbad interview, but what the heck.) More Apple Quiz from the Prosoft Engineering, and Guy and Nemo pay some Booth visits.

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Links from the show:
Prosoft Engineering

 

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Owen Rubin got some hands-on time with the new MacBook Air. (No audio in this video). Check it out!

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VIDEO – Day One At The Hotel

On January 17, 2008, in Macworld Expo, Video, by Tim Robertson

What to do on the first day of the Macworld Expo in a hotel room? Grab a video camera and pay a surprise visit to your fellow writers!

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