Roger Born

On May 31, 2011, in Features, News, Opinion, by Tim Robertson

Part of the letter read: “On a person note: it has been, and continues to be, a great honor for me to both know you and provide the means to share your words with the world. No one knows how long we have on this small blue and white planet of ours, but as long as I live, your words will be available to anyone who wants to see/read them. Of that, you have my word. And, as always, my friendship.

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Xsample Chamber Ensemble
Winkler und Stahl GbR

Amselweg 6
32756 Detmold

Sound on Sound
Price: $738.33

Xsample Chamber Ensemble

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Blaring Feedback
MyMac Podcast #351

On May 26, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Boy we touched a nerve somewhere with TONS of feedback from the listeners! And we LOVE it! Guy makes mistakes and gets called on the carpet for it (don’t worry folks, he’s used to it). More iMac hard drive talk, Godzilla makes a special appearance, and we both agree on AppleCare (if by agree we mean Gaz says no thanks and Guy says yes). Apple tells LodSys to get stuffed and developers cheer (yea)! Lastly, the Apple Stores turn 10 and Apple celebrates with…more iPads?

We’re also running a contest for you creative types to write a bumper or commercial for the Podcast and win an iHub!

Fluid is back for a second try
Modern Conflict gets a good enough update that Guy recommends it…again

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Artboard Review

On May 26, 2011, in Review, by Donny Yankellow


Company: Mapdiva

Price: $19.99

As regular readers know, I am constantly on the lookout for affordable apps for the Mac that can be decent substitutes or replacements for what I call the “big” programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, Painter, etc). I have tried and reviewed many. Some are good and some are awful. Artboard is a vector drawing program available in the Mac App Store that I would definitely put in the good category.

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Scott thinks you should learn Japanese on your iOS device. John thinks you might need the Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock and the Thule TAS-115 15 inch Macbook Sleeve, and Suzé Gilbert details the ambitious iOS photography app PhotoForge2.

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Life changes forever when you have a 3TB external FireWire 800 + USB2 AC powered  hard drive. You can backup and archive anything and everything. You’ll be glad you paid the extra $60 over the price of the puny 2TB GoFlex Desk for Mac sibling.

So far so good. Hard drives backed up? Check! iOS devices backed up? Check! Photo and music libraries’ redundant archives? Check! Plenty of additional storage capacity for future expansion and bloatware? Double check!

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Drunken Halo’s Justin Bryce
TechFan #33

On May 24, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Justin Bryce joins Tim Robertson to chat about the state of video games! As the host of Drunken Halo, Justin talks about the process of podcasting, his take on the E3, and much more.

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Drunken Halo
Drunken JaT

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Web Design with HTML and CSS Digital Classroom
Authors: Jeremy Osborn, Jennifer Smith, and the AGI Creative Team
Company: Wiley Publishing
Price: $39.99 US, $47.99 CAN
284 pages
ISBN: 978-0-470-58360-9

If you’re in a hurry, and don’t have time to read this entire review, let me summarize it for you in four words:

I love this book!

However, if you have the time, continue reading to find out why this book is a must-have for anyone with even a passing interest in web design.

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The David Guy
TechFan #32

On May 20, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Mice, keyboards, and scanners, oh my. Tim and David discuss the lack of good keyboards, and what Tim has on his desk that may be the best keyboard ever made. Sick of changing batteries in your Magic Mouse? We have a solution for that as well. And how close are we really to a paperless office or home?

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Customizer 104/105
The Magic Charger for the Magic Mouse

Word 2011 for Mac

On May 20, 2011, in Features, Review, by Owen Rubin

Microsoft Word 2011 Macintosh (Version 14 if you are counting)
$149.99 for Home and Student version of Office
$279.99 for Business and IT Pros version of Office

For as long as I have been using both versions of Word, one for Mac and one for Windows (yes, I use a Windows computer too), I have often wondered if they truly came from the same company. While they can read and write compatible files (mostly), their user interfaces have always been quite different, making it difficult to go from one version to the other and remember where all the commands are. Additionally, the two programs would leapfrog each other in features, almost as if they were competing with each other to see which could outdo the other with their latest features. And Word 2008 for the Mac seemed to completely miss the boat when it came to using some of the newer and cooler interface design elements of Mac OSX, almost as if the designers had never seen such a system. With Word 2011 for the Mac (Intel Macs only), most of that has changed.

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The HandStand iPad Case

On May 19, 2011, in Cases, iPad, Review, Tablet, by Mike Breed

The HandStand iPad Case
Company: Hub International, LLC
Price: $49.95 USD for all models

There are times when I wish I had another hand when working with my iPad. Let’s face it, it’s pretty tough to multitask while trying to hold onto an electronic device that cost upwards of $500. I have no desire to risk breaking it. Hub International may have the answer to the problem of how to hold your iPad securely while trying to grab a cup of coffee or do other work while holding onto your iPad. The HandStand is an novel idea in iPad cases that becomes an extension of your arm as you work.

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On May 19, 2011, in Review, Video, by Donny Yankellow

Company: Elgato
Price: $199.95 (US)

I have been a long time user and fan of EyeTV. In fact, we don’t have a true DVR in our house. EyeTV is our DVR. I currently use the EyeTV Hybrid with the EyeTV software, and when I was presented with the opportunity to try the EyeTV HD I jumped at it.

Let me take a step back for those who don’t know what EyeTV is. EyeTV is software for your Mac that basically, with the proper hardware, turns your Mac into a TV and/or DVR. Recordings can then be viewed through EyeTV, transferred to iTunes for your AppleTV or iOS device, and even watched anywhere in the world through the EyeTV app. Through the software you have a program guide, can schedule recordings, and even edit the recordings to trim out commercials or unwanted sections. The program is also integrated with Roxio Toast for burning your recordings to disc.

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Fans of iMacs or iMac Fans?
MyMac Podcast #350

On May 18, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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This is a very anti-establishment show this time around as it seems Microsoft was probably listening last week as we criticized them and as a result, Skype was behaving very badly! They probably won’t be pleased with THIS show either as Guy goes through hell trying to get a product license for his LEGALLY purchased copy of Windows 7. No matter, lots of great stuff with an iChat chat, John Nemo’s Wife loves animals, and one of Gaz’s hard drive enclosures takes a dirt nap. Guy is very angry (SO angry!) with LodSys, the latest patent troll that takes a novel approach at getting money from Apple buy suing iOS developers and frankly we aren’t very pleased with Apple either as doing something as simple as a hard drive swap spins your fans to the max.

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Jason Kube is our WINNER in the LogMeIn Ignition iOS app giveaway!! Congratulations Jason!! John Nemo talks to special guest Jackie Richards about upcoming book and Adobe Design. Suzé reviews Camera + for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. And finally, John Nemo returns with more reviews, this time of Just Mobile Xtand and Joby GorillaPod Original. Scott babbles slightly, but does everyone a favor by primarily letting everyone else do the talking.

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Class On Demand Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5
Instructor: Sue Jenkins
Price: $99.99US



When Adobe updated Photoshop to CS5 in 2010, a plethora of books, DVD’s, free web tutorials, and online video lessons became available to help users achieve quick proficiency with the application. One of the companies that offer online video tutorials is Class On Demand. Class On Demand is an Illinois-based publisher that specializes in online and video training for a variety of media and software. Class On Demand Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5 is offered as an online class or a DVD. I used the online class rather than the DVD for this review.

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TechFan #31

On May 13, 2011, in Pocket Sized Podcast, Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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James Tillapaugh joins Tim and David in a chat about the Google I.O. event, Skype and Microsoft, and much more. Don’t mind the echo!


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Dan Wood from Karelia Software comes on with the GMen and they have a great chat about Karelia’s SandVox version 2 which was just released. Dan generously offers a 20% discount for the whole month of May for MyMac Podcast listeners! Just type in “MyMac” in the adjustment section on the payment page. Tim asks for gas at a battery powered car maker. Skype has a Mac-only Malware Exploit AND gets bought by Microsoft. Seems like a match made in heaven. Lastly, we make fun of Steve Balmer…because we can.

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We have a contest entry for the LogMeIn Ignition Giveaway!! And Suzé is back, and reviews the news reading app Zite. John Nemerovski reviews iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Second Edition from O’Reilly Media, and the Macbook Air Travel Express from SFBags. And Peter and Scott continue the topic of reading on the iPad, covering books and news reading apps this time.

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Do you know the way to San Jose?
TechFan #30

On May 8, 2011, in TechFan, by David Cohen

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This week, David is not on business on California, so muses aloud about the real nature of tech privacy and the balance between story and gameplay in the videogame industry.

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A Whole Lot of Nothing
MyMac Podcast #348

On May 5, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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For a show that started off with Guy desperately trying to find a topic, they sure talked a lot. Some email and Twitter questions are up first, followed by a long discussion about Apple’s new shiny iMacs (Oh that quad-core goodness!) and another on how iMovie for iOS is NOT the only game in town.

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