Apples2Oranges – App Review

On February 10, 2009, in Review, by Gil Poulsen


Company: Ilium Software

Price: $4.99

Sure, the iPhone can make fart noises, via over 30 different apps, or even display Big Words on its tiny 3.5” screen. But now, thanks to Ilium Software’s Apples2Oranges, you can literally accomplish the impossible on your iPhone/iPod Touch. Yes, you can actually compare apples to oranges—without being reprimanded by your third-grade math teacher.

How did the folks at Ilium work this latter-day miracle? Basically, they created what I would classify as a unit converter on steroids. While standard converters simply allow one to determine, say, how much the U.S. dollar is worth in Euros, or how many miles one needs to run to finish a 10-kilometer race, Apples2Oranges (A2O) takes the conversion process one step further by allowing you to complete two conversions simultaneously, in order to determine calorie count, price, nutritional value, and numerous other parameters.

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Mophie Hard Case Plus for iPod Touch – Review

On February 9, 2009, in Review, Video, by Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko reviews the Mophie Hard Case Plus for iPod Touch. You can download and watch a better version in MP4 format at this link. (52.mb size)

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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website ( his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at

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MyMac Podcast 226 – Dom Sagolla

On February 6, 2009, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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iPhone developer Dom Sagolla joins us this week to talk about his company, Dollar App, growing up with computers and MIT, and the creation and future of Big Words. Sam Levin returns with an all-new Cool Mac Picks, and David and Tim announce the winners of the Speck Products and Joesoft – Prosoft Engineering contest!

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This show sponsored by Other World Computing

Links from the show:
Big Words
Speck Products
Prosoft Engineering
Western Digital 500GB My Passport for Mac

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Big Book of Apple Hacks – Review

On February 5, 2009, in Book Review, by David Weeks

Big Book of Apple Hacks
Chris Seibold

O’Reilly Media
640 pages
US $34.99 CAN $34.99
ISBN 978-0596529826

Are you in the market for a real, honest-to-goodness Macintosh hacks book?

Accept no imitators! Unlike some of the competition’s books (are you listening, Scott Kelby?) that are mostly a rehash of help files, Chris Seibold’s Big Book of Apple Hacks is a bona fide collection of hacks, advanced hints, and tips.

Seibold’s 640 page tome (BBoAH, for short) falls just short of boat-anchor category, so it’s still manageable for easy chair, or (my favorite) bathtub reading. I spent many happy hours perusing it.

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T-Tech Adventure Wheeled Carry-On Backpack – Review

On February 5, 2009, in Review, by John Nemerovski


Company: Tumi

T-Tech Adventure Wheeled Carry-On Backpack, Style 5772R (Red)
Price: $295.00

Alpha Neoprene Medium Laptop Cover, Style 26155
Price: $75

From the moment I departed home until I collapsed upon return a week later, Tumi’s exceptional Wheeled Backpack accompanied me. On every stairway, sidewalk, escalator, airplane, train, monorail, bus, and automobile, this amazing rolling rucksack was a champion.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.


Teens in Tech Conference, San Francisco

On February 4, 2009, in Opinion, by Owen Rubin


On Saturday, January 31, 2009, I attended the Teens in Tech conference. This was a gathering of very smart, entrepreneurial young men and women, mostly in their teens, and their chance to meet with others in the tech industries. Attended by well over 100 people of what appeared to be a great mix of young and old, and hosted by Microsoft in San Francisco, this was an great chance to hear what the next generation of tech wizards had to say about the state of tech, and where they believe it is going.

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About Owen Rubin

Owen Rubin was one of the first people to program arcade video games for Atari a long time ago, and designed arcade video games for almost 15 years. He later joined Apple where he worked on both hardware and software projects, and was the key player on the MacLC, bootable CD, several pieces of Mac system software, as well as a contributor to many other CPU projects. He later worked for Pacific Bell to lead the design of services for the first commercial broadband system in the US, and then went on to be the lead researcher of broadband for Paul Allen's Interval Research. Since then, he has been an executive at a number of startups in security and semiconductors, and is currently the CTO of Edison Labs, a startup focusing on helping commercial clients write and develop mobile apps, especially for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.


Verbatim Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse – Review

On February 4, 2009, in Review, by Russ Walkowich

Verbatim Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse
Company: Verbatim

Price: $39.99

I’ve been using Verbatim products, primarily their recording media, for many years. I’d always found their products to be reliable and priced well. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Verbatim also produces other items, such as the Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse. Most people still have had a tendency to use a USB mouse, plugging a wireless receiver into one of the USB ports. Well, when you’re using a MacBook, having only two ports can be a bit of a hindrance.

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Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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On February 3, 2009, in Opinion, by Artie Alinikoff


Our intrepid reviewer, Owen Rubin, reviewed these fine Rickshaw bags on 10-30-08:. His incisive review and great photos are a must for those needing a quality messenger-style bag.

At the MWSF ’09 show Owen introduced me to Mark Dwight, owner and designer of these pragmatic and stunning bags. At the time I was carrying my MacBook around in a smallish backpack, along with MacWorld materials, and running out of room. Owen said, “come with me. I know exactly what you need.”

I was introduced to and immediately taken by Mark’s openness and interest in my thoughts on his product. He told me that most of the designs came from customer responses to other bags he designed, and the bags just kept getting better and better.

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Acer 22-inch Monitor – Review

On February 2, 2009, in Review, by Guy Serle


V223-WBD 22-inch LCD Computer Monitor
Company: Acer

Price: Varies, around $170
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Hardware Requirements: Any Macintosh with a VGA or DVI (or mini-DVI with adapter) port

What! An Acer product sullying the site with its PC foulness? Yes, this is a review for an Acer product. When a product that works with a Mac is a great value, then we should not automatically dismiss it just because it doesn’t have an Apple logo or that its parentage is from a company that competes in many of the same markets that Apple does. It should be judged by its merits not by who makes it.

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About Guy Serle

Guy is a long-time Mac user (since 1987) and insists on inflicting his opinions on technology even when others around him wishes he wouldn't. He's married and the father of two sons. He used to take Tae Kwon Do until the shame of being beaten up by teenagers became too great. He now gets his fix for personal humiliation each week as the co-host of the MyMac Podcast with GazMaz


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