MyMac Podcast 198 – Clean Your Mac

On August 30, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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This week, Tim welcomes David Cohen, Bill Dudney, and Sam Levin to the podcast. First up, Bill talks about his new iPhone App, Code Breaker. We also look at the VC funding that seems to be trying to pour itself into the App market. Sam Levin returns with a party-theme Cool Mac Picks, and a new contest thanks to PosiMotion!Be sure to listen to win two ten-dollars iTunes gift cards! To wrap up the show, David and Tim look at all the negative publicity surrounding Apple over the last few weeks, MacSales RAM, and cleaning your Mac. A full and fun show, ready for your downloading pleasure!

MacSales Pick of the Week:
iMac RAM

Links from the show:
Code Breaker game
Voltaic Systems Solar backpacks
iZotope iDrum App for iPhone



iTrip AutoPilot

On August 29, 2008, in Review, by Rich Lefko

iTrip AutoPilot
Griffin Technology

Price: $99.00

Need an FM transmitter so you can play songs from your iPod through your car radio? How about one that charges your iPod AND transmits data to RDS (read on to discover what “RDS” is all about) enabled car radios. Look no further than the iTrip AutoPilot from Griffin Technology.

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Rage Sitemap Automator

On August 29, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by Rich Lefko

Rage Sitemap Automator
Company: Rage Software

Price: $29.95

Do you have a website? Have you been wondering why some of your web pages don’t show up in Google or other search engines? Or why less important site pages show up while the pages you think are more important do not? There is something you can do about that. You can use Rage Sitemap Automator (RSA) to create an XML sitemap and help the major search engines find your most important site content.

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MyMac Podcast 197 – The Dead Zone

On August 22, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Lee Givens returns after a month and a half hiatus to join Tim, Guy, and David for a lively discussion. Topics include Microsoft Office 08, Jerry Seinfeld pimping Windows with Bill Gates, and a ton more. Plus, Sam Levin joins in with a Cool Mac Picks, and we announce the two winners of our PosiMotion contest! Pick of the Week
11-Piece Portable Toolkit

Cool Mac Picks of the Week
Pangea Enigmo, $9.99 & Cro-Mag Rally, $5.99
Crazy Mouth $.99 (and free Lite version)

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MyMac Podcast Special Edition – TechSmith

On August 21, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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MyMac Podcast host Tim Robertson visits TechSmith, the company behind Camtasia Studio, SnagIt, UserVue,, and more. Interviews include President Bill Hamilton, Tony Dunckel, Dave McCollom, Dave Cheng, Troy Stein, and Amy Hagerstrom. This is a special episode of the podcast.

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DLO x 3 iPod Touch Case Reviews

On August 19, 2008, in Review, by John Nemerovski


Three iPod Touch Leather and Silicone Cases
Company: DLO Digital Lifestyle Outfitters

Hip Case Leather Folio
Cost: $30

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ShareCentral 2 – Review

On August 18, 2008, in Review, by Gil Poulsen

ShareCentral 2
Company: Kensington

Price: $59.95

Just as it was tough sharing your popcorn–or your favorite toy–when you were a kid, it’s often tough to share USB devices between multiple computers without constantly plugging and unplugging cables. Kensington’s ShareCentral™ series of devices aim to make sharing printers, hard drives, memory cards and virtually any other USB peripheral a tad less painful, by enabling one-button access to any connected device from any two Macs or PCs.

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MyMac Podcast 196 – Bronze Medal

On August 15, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Contest Time! Listen to the podcast this week for your chance to win iTunes Gift Cards, courtesy of PosiMotion. Sam Levin comes on with a new Cool Mac Picks, while Tim and Guy fight it out over whether Apple should be more compatible with Microsoft. Plus the weeks Mac news, and the launch of

MacSales Pick of the Week:
Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual-Drive USB 2.0 + USB 2.0 Powered Hub

Links from the show:
Smile On My Mac Textexpander
JBL on stage IIIp loudspeaker
Fun Friends iPhone, iPod animal covers pick; iLightr



Data Backup 3 vs. Time Machine 1

On August 13, 2008, in Opinion, by Neale Monks


Data Backup 3.0.5
Company: Prosoft Engineering

Price: $59.00

Time Machine 1.0
Company: Apple

Price: Comes with OS X 10.5

The value of good backup software cannot be overstated. In its latest iteration, the Mac OS comes with a built-in backup program called Time Machine that creates incremental backups on external drives. It is designed to operate in the background with little interaction from the user, and should the need arise to recover lost or damaged files, the Time Machine interface is intuitive and simple to navigate.

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Essentials Range Cases and Covers
Company: STM Bags

SLIP 15″ Laptop Sleeve – $40
Backpack RAIN COAT – $20
Flat Screen 20 inch Monitor MASK – $20

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Macspiration 114 – To Applecare or Not To Applecare

On August 12, 2008, in Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow


I have never been a fan of extended warranties. They always seem to get you in the end. However, the one extended warranty that I do buy and I do believe in is Applecare. Applecare is more than worth the money for any Mac you buy, and for most iPods (for iPods you have to weigh the cost of Applecare vs. the cost of a new iPod). This Macspiration is about Applecare for your Mac and why I am a believer.

First, letʼs lay out the basics. A Mac comes with a one year warranty. Once the year is up you are on your own. Applecare extends that warranty to three years. It also stretches phone support from ninety days to three years. As an experiences user I typically donʼt use phone support, but I have taken computers in for warranty service. In fact that is where this story starts (and this is the short version).

Back in January I was having problems with my first generation Intel iMac. I took it to the Apple Store twice and they found nothing wrong with it. I then found a local Apple reseller/repair place. I took it there. Several trips later they replaced the motherboard, the DVD drive, and a cable connecting the drive to the computer. It seemed like the machine was working normally.

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Comic Boom – Review

On August 11, 2008, in Review, by Donny Yankellow


Comic Boom
Toon Boom Animation, Inc

Price: $19.99

The folks at Toon Boom are at it again. In January they released a kid friendly animation software called Flip Boom (review). Now, they have released another great program call Comic Boom for making comic strips.

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SlimBlade Bluetooth Presenter Mouse – Review

On August 11, 2008, in Mouse, Review, by Russ Walkowich

SlimBlade Bluetooth Presenter Mouse
Company: Kensington

Price: $49.99 USD

About two months ago, I had to sit and take another work related training class. The instructor was utilizing a laptop with a USB wired mouse to move her PowerPoint demonstration through each slide. She forgot she was wired to the laptop and began to move away while she talked. Thankfully, another fellow sufferer sitting through this class saw what was happening and was able to grab the laptop before it fell to the floor.

The old way of doing presentations by sitting near the laptop so you can scroll through the slides has long been overdue for a change. Yes, there have been wireless mice using a USB wireless dongle to do wireless presentations but they still used a USB port to do it. Kensington’s SlimBlade Bluetooth Presenter Mouse changes the old way of doing things. Open up the package, follow the simple instructions, sync your SlimBlade to your Mac or PC via Bluetooth and get to work.

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MyMac Podcast 195 – I Did Not Inhale

On August 8, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Bill Dudney returns to cohost this week along with the usual gang of Tim, David, Guy, and Sam. Not a lot of Mac news this week, but we look at the state of the AppStore and much more. Sam joins in with a new Cool Mac Picks, including iPhone apps and a cool backpack.

We would love to hear from you! Email

MacSales product of the week – Marshall – MXL.006 microphone

Links from the show
GalaFactory Software
SkullCandy Audio Link Pack
‘A Level’ from Posimotion
Chimps Ahoy!
Blackjack 21
Trism Puzzle Game
Trism YouTube links from David Cohen
Sam Levin

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IceCam2 – Review

On August 7, 2008, in Review, by Donny Yankellow


Company: Macally

Price: $39.99

Most Macs come with built-in iSight cameras nowadays. However, if you have a Mac Mini or a tower, you don’t get a camera. You are on your own to find one. The IceCam2 is an affordable solution to that missing piece of your computer. Even those with a built-in camera might want to give this one a look.

The IceCam2 is a huge improvement over the original IceCam. The IceCam2 rotates left to right and up and down. This makes it a very attractive option for those with built-in cameras that have a limit to how much they can be adjusted. Since my baby was born in March I have been doing a lot of video chatting. It is very difficult getting him into the picture by tilting the iMac screen or holding him up to the exact spot. The IceCam2 makes that A LOT easier. I just have to clip it right onto my iMac and aim at the baby.

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MotionX Poker – iPhone App Review

On August 6, 2008, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

MotionX Poker
Company: Fullpower Technologies, Inc.

Price: $4.99
iTunes URL

With so many poker games available in the iTunes App Store how do you know which one to buy? You read reviews like this one.

MotionX Poker is one of those poker games in the App Store. However, MotionX Poker is not your typical poker game. Think poker meets Yahtzee. You see, instead of using a deck of cards, you play with dice. You get three rolls of the dice to get the best hand possible to beat the dealer.

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Animation-ish – Review

On August 6, 2008, in Review, by Donny Yankellow


Price: $59.95

When I was in middle school and high school I was always looking for an animation program for my computer. I never found one. They were always to juvenile, or too advanced and expensive. If Animation-ish was around then, I would have found what I was looking for.

Animation-ish is a great new animation program for kids of all ages. It teaches the beginner how to animate and progress to a more complex animation, and it allows the more advanced user to make a complex animation in a user friendly environment.

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MAXPower 802.11n/g/b Wireless PCMCIA Laptop Cardbus Adapter

On August 5, 2008, in Review, by John Nemerovski


MAXPower 802.11n/g/b Wireless PCMCIA Laptop Cardbus Adapter
Company: NewerTech

Cost: $50

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i2i Stream – Review

On August 5, 2008, in Review, by John Nemerovski


i2i Stream
Company: Aerielle Technologies

Cost: $120 for two-pack

It’s not often my wife laughs out loud watching me review items for MyMac Magazine. It happened during the test drive of Aerielle Technologies’ i2i Stream audio transmitter/receiver two-pack.


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