Why Apple Support is number 1

On October 31, 2009, in Original Blog, by Rich Lefko

I’ve been having a problem with my Apple Bluetooth keyboard, or so I thought.
After I purchased my Mac Pro last month, I had problems when typing.
My keyboard would keep connecting and disconnecting with the internal bluetooth module. Sometimes, it acted like the keys were stuck. I’d type an “H” and get hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Other times it seemed my KB was possessed as it would just start typing characters other than the ones I had depressed.

This keyboard always worked fine with my G5 tower, but I have had it a while, so I wasn’t sure if the problem was my keyboard or the tower?
I obtained another BT KB from one of the good fellows here at MyMac and tried that.
Same problem?
This pointed to my one month old Mac Pro Tower as the problem…..time for AppleCare. (Yes, I know the tower is still under the initial 90 days warranty)

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MyMac Podcast 264 – Road Trip

On October 30, 2009, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast





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Road Trip! Guy and Tim pay a visit to Other World Computing’s new digs in Woodstock, Ill, and tell all about it. A stop at the Apple store to check out the new 27"-inch iMac, Magic Mouse, and Macbook. And we cover a lot of listener feedback.

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Review – PowerMail 6

On October 29, 2009, in Features, by Russ Walkowich

PowerMail 6
Company: CTM Development

Price: $49 US, $65 US with Spam Sieve included
http://www.ctmdev.com

For the first few years that I was using a Mac, I used Claris Emailer, versions 1 and 2, which quickly became my email program of choice. In 1998 when Apple lost interest in Emailer, I searched around for a replacement and found PowerMail 2.0.3 by CTM Development. PowerMail was the closest mail application that I found that brought out the best of Emailer and that has continued to be improved upon over the years. PowerMail 6 was released by CTM and I’ve been using it for the past few months as I have since 1998. I have emails that I imported into PowerMail that go back to 1995, all related to My Mac.

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U-Hip Pop case for iPhone 3GS/3G and iPod Touch
Company: UNIEA

Price: $29.95
http://www.uniea.com/

“Cases that hook onto your belt have long been considered ‘nerdy’,” asserts the promotional copy for the new UNIEA U-Hip Pop leather case for iPhone 3GS/3G and iPod Touch. Given that I, too, have long been considered “nerdy,” it would seem that the U-Hip Pop case and I are a match made in heaven.

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Get Backup 2.2.5 – Review

On October 27, 2009, in Macintosh, Review, by Steve Hammond

Get backup 2.2.5

Company: Belight software
Price: $39,95 MSRP, with online discounts available
http://www.belightsoft.com

As its name imply, Get Backup is a backup program. But it also serves a dual role as a sync application. Basically, the interface is devised in two for those two purposes. There is an icon at the top right that looks like a two way arrow that can be used to go from one mode to the other. The window then “waves” throughout a 3D animation to reveal the second mode. Each options can also be reached via the application menu bar in the “Backup” menu or the “Synchronize” one. I will examine each one separately as they are very unalike in terms of options and usage.

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mCup – Review

On October 27, 2009, in iPhone, Review, by Donny Yankellow

mCup
Macally
Price: $19.99
www.macally.com

Do you find yourself fumbling around while you drive to change what is playing on your iPod or iPhone? Do you need a holder for your iPhone while using GPS in the car? Are you like me and want a solution for your toddler to be able to watch videos on your iPod in the car? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Macally’s mCup is for you.

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Can an iPhone Replace a Laptop on Vacation?

On October 26, 2009, in Apps, iPhone, Opinion, by Elisa Pacelli

Recently, my husband and I flew across the country to the Napa Valley for a vacation. I don’t usually bring a laptop with me, even though most hotels have wi-fi in the rooms. Going through airport security is just not worth the hassle. As a result, I end up spending many hours going through email, updating podcasts on iTunes, and checking web sites when I get home. This time, however, I had an iPhone. Would that be enough to keep me up-to-date and lessen my computer catch-up time when I got home?

The answer is an overwhelming YES!

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Klix and CardRescue face off – Review

On October 26, 2009, in Photography, Review, by Sam Negri

Klix
Company: JoeSoft

Price: $29.99
http://www.prosofteng.com

CardRescue
Company: WinRecovery Software

Price: $39.95
http://www.cardrescue.com/

In the world of digital photography, there is life after death. Which is to say that if you’ve reformatted your memory card and erased all the photos stored on it, you can usually bring them back in just a few minutes using one of several software programs designed to do just that. More than once I’ve reformatted a camera’s card only to discover that I really wanted a couple of the images I had deleted. Until recently, I thought that gone meant gone. Two programs, Klix from JoeSoft, a division of Prosoft Engineering, and CardRescue from WinRecovery Software, proved me wrong.

Both programs will recover photos from any card reader or digital camera and all types of memory cards. Both are simple to use, but CardRescue has a major flaw that may drive you crazy if your card has a lot of images on it. When it recovers images, its preview window will only show you six photos at a time. You place a checkmark in the box under those you want to recover and move on to the next six. My memory card had approximately 300 photos on it, which would have required a lot of time, not to mention patience.

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MyMac Podcast 263 – New Macs and Reb Bliefernich

On October 23, 2009, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast



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Listener Invite continues this week with Reb Bliefernich. Topics include our discussion on Windows 7, a new podcast, changes to the App store, DropBox, ad dollars for product reviews, Tweetie 2, and much more. Plus an add-on, shorter ‘cast in which David and Tim look at all the big new product announcements from Apple this week.

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Photoshop.com Mobile – Review

On October 21, 2009, in Apps, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Sandro Cuccia

Photoshop.com Mobile
Company: Adobe Systems, Inc.

Price: Free.
http://mobile.photoshop.com/iphone/

IS IT PHOTOSHOP FOR THE IPHONE? NOT REALLY, BUT IT IS FREE!

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Otterbox Commuter and Otterbox Commuter TL iPhone Cases
Company: Otterbox

Price: Otterbox Commuter for iPhone 3G/3GS – $34.95 and Otterbox Commuter TL for iPhone 3G/3GS – $29.95
http://www.otterbox.com

An iPhone has a tough life. Getting shoved into someone’s front pockets all the time, getting tossed around on tabletops, sliding into and out of docks, and suffering the indignity of sweaty hands during intense game play are all going to take a toll on a sensitive piece of equipment. I threw chance to the wind and for a long time, I was a MyMac’er who rolled with his iPhone exposed and naked, susceptible to all the abuses of world around i

t.

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iWork ’09 – Keynote, Pages, and Numbers – Apple Training Series
Company: Peachpit Press

Price: $39.99 US $47.99 Canada
http://www.peachpit.com/

Are you using iWork? I use Keynote and Pages quite a bit and I am still getting familiar with Numbers. I find that I like them much better than the MS Office Apps. Remarkably, they don’t crash like the MS apps do.

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IDR350m Increased Dynamic Range Earphones with mic and tapLine™ control

Company: Scosche
Price: $54.99
http://www.scosche.com/

There are a lot of choices when it comes to earphones for your iPhone, iPod, or iPod Touch, so a company needs to do something just a little bit differently to get noticed, and the $49.95 IDR350m earphones from Scosche are worth a look.

I do not ask much from a set of earphones. They need to have good sound quality, play music fairly well, eliminate some outside noise, and be comfortable. Some might say they even need to look good. But that is about it. But these went a little further

So lets have a look at each of these requirements one at a time:

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Verbatim SDHC card, card reader, and Hard Drive – Review

On October 19, 2009, in Features, by John Nemerovski

32GB Premium SDHC card, Universal Card Reader, and 320GB FireWire 800/USB SureFire Portable Hard Drive
Company: Verbatim

Price: $100 online for 32GB SDHC card, under $30 online for Universal Card Reader, and under $120 online for 320GB SureFire Portable Hard Drive

Note: the SDHC card is also available in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB sizes, for correspondingly lower prices; and SureFire is also available with 250GB and 500GB capacity, with appropriate pricing. Verbatim’s helpful web site has detailed information, and you should begin your research at the company’s site.

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MyMac Podcast 262 – Ted Landau

On October 16, 2009, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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This week, one of the pioneering Mac writers in the world, Ted Landau, joins us for a lively discussion. Also on the show for the first time is MyMac.com writer Tom Schmidt. Plus we talk to the two winners of the iFrogz EarPollution DJ Style headphones contest!

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Surge Laptop Back Pack – Review

On October 15, 2009, in Features, by John Nemerovski

Surge Laptop Back Pack

Company: The North Face
Price: Under $100 online
http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/surge_2.html

When my brother in law told me “You MUST get this pack to review, Nemo,” I was skeptical. As I get older, wheeled back packs are getting more use than are strap-only packs and cases. Why is North Face making a low-price laptop computer day pack in the first place?

Among the many computer packs we have reviewed at MyMac during the previous ten years, the ones that remain highest in my opinion and usage are manufactured by Brenthaven and Skullcandy, with several runners-up. An outstanding pack needs to have solid construction, plenty of spaces and compartments, sensational comfort, and reliable protection for electronic cargo. The North Face knows something about at least three of those four traits.

While I was waiting for the demo Surge pack, I did a little Internet research. There were too many raves and five-star ratings for this product. Nothing in the world deserves consistent high-fives. Was something fishy going on?

As soon as the review pack arrived, I unloaded what seemed like a thousand pounds of assorted junk from Crumpler’s heavy-duty Hairy Hoard padded laptop briefcase that I had been using for over a year. How could everything fit with equal protection into the slim Surge pack? Didn’t I at least need a sleeve to encase my precious 15-inch MacBook Pro?

Everything fits, with room to spare, plus there are dedicated exterior elastic pockets for water bottles, snacks, or portable hard drives. The three top-zippered drop-in compartments now contain a staggering quantity of Nemogear, and my computer slides vertically into a fourth zippered space.

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DataTale TQ-M12H – Review

On October 14, 2009, in Features, by John Nemerovski

DataTale TQ-M12H

Company: Oyen Digital
Price: $90
http://oyendigital.com/hard-drives/store/TQM12H.html

Get a handle on this unusual drive dock! I mean, you affix a brushed aluminum handle to an internal SATA full size 3.5 inch hard drive. This handle is a guide as you insert your drive into a custom powered bay that connects to your Macintosh via FireWire 800/400/USB/eSATA. All necessary cables are provided, colored white.

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Win a FREE Hard Drive on Twitter! – Update!

On October 13, 2009, in contest, by MyMac Administrator

We have changed things up! We are going to switch to a WEEKLY giveaway for a month rather than bi-weekly!

With all the software, photos, music, and videos we seem to need every day on our Macintosh computers, we all need more hard drive space! Here is your chance to win a 320GB miniG Firewire Hard Drive!

The rules are very simple:
Using Twitter, simply tweet this:

Twitter Contest @MyMac Win a free miniG Firewire HD from Transintl.com! Just RT this post. Details http://tiny.cc/kOqq2

Simple, no?

Why are we doing this? Well, MyMac.com loves our sponsors, of course, and Transintl.com are good people who we want to help bring awareness to. It really is as simple as that!

(And they are supplying the drives, so there is no money coming out of our pockets!)

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Photosmart C4780 Printer/Scanner/Copier – Review

On October 13, 2009, in Macintosh, printer, Review, by John Nemerovski

Photosmart C4780 Printer/Scanner/Copier
Company: HP

Price: under $100 online
hp.com/

Most consumers won’t do a thorough evaluation of every aspect of their multifunction inkjet printer (MFP). If the darn thing prints reliably, makes a decent scan, and copies documents without too much fuss, people will be more concerned about the eventual cost of replacement ink than the details of software and hardware associated with a modern sophisticated device. HP developed this printer for home users to accomplish everyday printing needs.

For less than a hundred dollars U.S., you can purchase this sleek, black MFP from HP that prints beautifully, scans efficiently, and copies with enhanced options available. This unit is similar or identical to the “free” printers offered to Apple store customers who purchase a new computer. The Photosmart C4780 is one of the latest in a long family tree of multifunction HP machines dating back many years, beginning with the 1200 series, I believe.

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