Leisure Suit Rubin
TechFan Podcast #66

On February 17, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim sits down with Owen Rubin to discuss giving up caffeine, lending institutions not taking money, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and lastly Innovative Leisure. Unfortunately, outside matters take hold and we had to cut the last segment shorter than we had hoped. Look for Owen again soon on TechFan!

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Innovative Leisure

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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About Suzé Gilbert

Photographer,painter,printmaker, iPhone app addict, proud member of Mac nation. I blog at www.suzegilbert.wordpress.com

 

Gaz’s 32-inch Mac Mini
MyMac Podcast #390

On February 16, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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On this show, Gaz has to do a bit of an end-around since his daughter took his beloved Mac Mini away, so it’s off to the Mini Media server with it’s 32-inch HDTV. Some 1Password love from Guy (who FINALLY bought it after saying for who knows how long he was going to) for it’s web services, and the GMen talk about online Photo services, bee stings, running CAT6 cable, and Flipper?

The contest sponsors for the 400th episode of the MyMac Podcast are lining up and you guys are going to get some great stuff. Here’s what’s there so far:

Snapheal by MacPhun LLC
ALK Technologies Co-Pilot iOS GPS App
BusyMac’s BusyCal
Splasm Software’s AudioBook Builder and CheckBook Pro
ZeoBIT’s MacKeeper 2012
Boinx Software’s iStopMotion Pro, FotoMagico Pro, and BoinxTV
Publications International, Ltd. iCookBook

Just go to FaceBook and like the MyMac Podcast page and…that’s it! No other barrier to entry.

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Gems and Jewels Is A Real Dazzler

On February 15, 2012, in Apple, Apps, iPad, iPad 2, Review, by Mike Breed

Gems and Jewels eBook
Company: Touch Press

Price: $13.99 USD

If you’re a fan of Touch Press’s initial eBook offerings in the iTunes App Store, The Elements  and The Solar System, then you’ll appreciate their next contribution to the App Store, Gems and Jewels. As we saw with Touch Press’s first two eBooks, Gems and Jewels provides a sensory-loaded and informative experience in the world of gemstones, jewelry, and minerals.

Gems and Jewels is an interactive eBook that explores the impressive collection housed in the Grainger Hall of Gems in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. If you’re interested in mineralogy or jewelry, you won’t be disappointed.

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About Mike Breed

Writing for MyMac.com since August of 2009, Mike Breed is an Earth Science and Biology teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. He is currently acting as the Science Department Chairman in his school district as well. Mike has received numerous grants to incorporate Apple products into the laboratories and activities of his students, with the hopes of adding a new element of learning to the teaching of science in a demanding learning environment. A lifelong resident of Cortland, New York, Mike enjoys spending time with his family when not busy with his duties at school. An avid fan of the Macintosh platform, Mike also spends a great deal of time reading and working from his iPad and iPhone, where he is reading his way through the entire chronology of Star Wars novels. Mike is also passionate about fishing and enjoys spending time each weekend fishing with his father on the waters of central New York State’s Finger Lakes.

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Leading up to Macworld | iWorld 2012, reviews editor for MyMac.com, John “Nemo” Nemerovski contacted me with a sole purpose.

To collaborate like never before!

I was to find out that John had ideas far grander than simply remote editing and posting of articles and photographs. I love a challenge, and to be able to watch a master like John at work and assist in anyway possible is privilege.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

Mac OS Ken
TechFan Podcast #65

On February 12, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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With David out, Tim records and interview with Ken Ray of Mac OS Ken fame.
Links:
Mac OS Ken 

 

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Apple’s January 19th education event brings the iPad to the forefront as an educational tool to replace textbooks and classroom computers.  Apple is once again focusing on the K-12 education market, a market it dominated in the early 1980’s with the Apple II.  But is the iPad really the device Apple is focusing on here?  Or is there another device in Apple’s future that this event is paving the way for?  I think Apple needs a new device, I call the ePad.

 

 

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About Darrin Waggoner

Darrin is a long time Apple user, dating back to 1979 when his father purchased an Apple ][+ to help run his printing pre-press business. In 1984 the business purchased their first of many Macs, an original 128k model. Darrin has been a software developer for over 20 years and is currently a Software Development Manager at his day job. But he is still involved in the family business, Fleet Graphics in Dayton, Ohio (www.fleetgraphicsinc.com), which is now focused on wide-format and digital printing. He is also a registered iOS developer and has an app he created for Fleet Graphics published in the iTunes App Store.

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Review Vienna Instruments PRO 2 Review

On February 10, 2012, in Audio, Music, Review, by Mark Sealey

Vienna Symphonic LIbrary
North American distributors:
ILIO

Vienna Instruments Pro 2

VI Pro 2

When we looked at Vienna Solo Strings a few months ago, mention was made of the ways in which its audio samples can be controlled… parameters changed; presets configured and saved; sound properties experimented with, and so on. By default VSL’s bundled Vienna Instruments usually handles such control; you are referred to that review for this context..

If you want greater flexibility and more features, though, VSL also has the very reasonably-priced Vienna Instruments PRO, the recently-released version 2 of which is examined here.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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Speedliter’s Handbook  –  Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites
By Syl Arena
Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-71105-2
391 pages
US $49.99, CAN $59.99
GUEST REVIEWED BY: José Merino

 

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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.

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It’s the Chiroptophobia Show
MyMac Podcast #389

On February 9, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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You’ll have to listen to find out what Chiroptophobia is, but the why they called the show that is still a mystery. Maybe they have a fear of naming things (no that would be Nomatophobia).The big 400th Podcast is coming up and Gaz and Guy can’t WAIT to give you people stuff for being so wonderful about listening to the show! However they seem to be able to make you wait until the 400th podcast actually happens. So far they have three companies willing to pony up some great prizes including BusyCal from BusyMac Software, the Co-Pilot iOS app from ALK Technologies , and MacKeeper 2012 from ZeoBIT Software. Then they go over a big list (but not a conclusive list) of the software they like on their Macs and why.

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Fuego’s River Adventure
iPad 2 App Review

On February 9, 2012, in Apps, iPad 2, Review, by Mark Greentree

Fuego’s River Adventure
App Developer: Crimson Apps – Omri Argaman
Version Reviewed: 1.2
License: US$0.99 on iPad 2 only. Requires iOS 4 or later.

If you are looking for a game with a difference on iOS then Fuego’s River Adventure may just the solution.

There are no pesky onscreen controls to deal with. So how do you play this game?

Like the Xbox Kinect, the game utilizes the in-built camera in the iPad 2. The camera picks up your body movements in order to interact with the game and control Fuego.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

Plateaus and Canyons — Impressions of the American Southwest
By Bruce Barnbaum
Rocky Nook
ISBN: 978-1-933952-8, 220 pages
Price: US $44.95, CAN $45.95

The Colorado Plateau, where Bruce Barnbaum made many photos over a period of roughly 30 years, is a place where water, silt, wind, and time have created a landscape of swirling sandstone cliffs, nearly impenetrable slot canyons, and a vast expanse of sage colored hills. People in the Western United States know the area as the Four Corners region because it’s the place where Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado meet.

Photography enthusiasts know Barnbaum mainly for his artistic black and white pictures. This is his first published book of color images, most of them shot with film. These photos, technically superior though they may be, revisit terrain that has been well traveled by photographers and artists since the turn of the 20th century.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

Just Mobile Gum Max Power Pack

On February 8, 2012, in Battery Packs, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Review, by Guy Serle
Just Mobile Gum Max Power Pack
$$105-120 (depending on retailer)

 

Writing reviews for good products is easy…usually. However when writing about a battery pack capable of recharging an iPad like the Just|Mobile Gum Max Power Pack, the hardest part may be draining your iPad enough to need 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.

 

Piezo
Video Review

On February 8, 2012, in Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Piezo
Company: Rogue Amoeba
Price: $9.99 US
Version: 1.1.1
Requires: Mac OSX 10.6.0 or higher
Mac App Store link


About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Visual QuickStart Guide: iCloud
Author: Tom Negrino
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Price: US $24.99
195 pages
ISBN-10: 0-321-81410-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-81410-4

 

When Lion and iOS 5 were released, I timidly stepped into the Apple iCloud experience and began using some of its offerings. Although I still do not use all of the iCloud features, what I have chosen to enable has been through my own trial and error approach. For those of you that have not yet ventured into the iCloud, the iCloud: Visual QuickStart Guide will definitely allow this to happen with ease.

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About David Acklam

I'm a retired professional engineer actively involved in community outreach working with our local educators to help engage our youth in the sciences and mathematics. I enjoy sharing our night sky as an amateur astronomer and volunteer with the Project ASTRO program, the Flandrau Science Center, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Kuiper Circle and as a docent with the Planetary Science Institute. I've been a Mac user since 2007.

The Twitter Book, Second Edition
Book Review

On February 7, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Twitter Book, Second Edition
Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein

Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Print ISBN: 978-0-596-80281-3 | ISBN 10: 0-596-80281-1
EBook ISBN: 978-0-596-80410-7 | ISBN 10: 0-596-80410-5
Price: eBook: US$15.99 | Print: US$19.99

How complex could Twitter be? After all the service condenses messages into 140 characters!

Twitter is one social network service that you shouldn’t judge solely by its outwards appearance. It is incredibly versatile.

The Twitter Book, Second Edition will take you deeper into the inner workings of Twitter than you ever thought was possible.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

Mac OS X Lion, The Missing Manual
Book Review

On February 6, 2012, in Book Review, Mac OS X, by Sam Negri

Mac OS X Lion, The Missing Manual
By David Pogue
O’Reilly Media
ISBN: 978-1-449-39749-4
US $34.99, CDN $36.99
909 pages

David Pogue’s latest “missing manual” has much in common with the many other “how-to” computer books he’s produced. Like the others, it is written in plain English, it’s readable, at times mildly entertaining, plus comprehensive and marginally useful to the novice user.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Leggo my Eggo
TechFan Podcast #64

On February 3, 2012, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David discuss the hotest topic of the year: is an Eggo a Waffle? Plus, thoughts and stories from Macworld Expo, IT departments distain for Mac users, and upgrading DropBox.

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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(With thanks to Tony Bennett, who sang at the 2009 Macworld Expo to conclude the final Apple keynote address.)

This week’s Macworld|iWorld Expo was my tenth one, all of them for MyMac. I got a real stinker of a cold at the end of day one, Thursday, that put me on the disabled list for the duration of the 2012 conference. Nemo not happy.

Our other attending staff covered my appointments. Super thanks to them.

I was a solo act for most days of the first few years at previous Macworld January events. I ran around the enormous showroom floors in Moscone’s South and North halls like a maniac, then dashed back to the press room to submit my articles and photos. Later, after dinner with San Francisco relatives, I would stay up late planning the next day’s version of what I had just done.

Using the first-in-last-out method, I was the earliest early bird and the latest night owl in the bowels of Moscone press room every morning and night.

Three photos in this Nemo Memo are from those pre-2012 Macworld Expos


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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.

The Return of the GMen
MyMac Podcast #388

On February 3, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy and Gaz finally get back together after the Macworld Expo and go over all the major events as seen through the eyes of Guy (No guarantees about accuracy). Gaz in withdrawal does about a billion other podcasts. There was a lot of listener feedback which they only kinda half-answer (they’ll get back to it, promise!). A longer show because Guy doesn’t when to stop TALKING!

Links:
TwistedWave audio editor for iOS $9.99
1password password Manage $49.99

The Music:
Narkaor – Souviens-Toi

Contact info: Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz and Guy on Twitter, guy@mymac.com and gaz@mymac.com, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback. Also don’t forget our FaceBook Page!

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