Checkbook Pro
App Review

On April 10, 2012, in Apps, Mac OS X, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Checkbook Pro
Splasm Software
Version reviewed: 2.3.1
License: US$24.95

When Mac OS X Lion 10.7 was introduced and some financial apps became incompatible with the Mac, users despaired because they could no longer access their financial files that stretched back over the years. This lapse caused many Mac users to abandon ship and seek shelter elsewhere. There are a number of alternatives ranging from simple, basic check registers to hugely complex packages that track your investments, annuities, net worth, real estate holdings, and brew espresso for you.

Attempting to sort through the many commercial, freeware, and shareware financial apps that are available is a daunting task. Will this one provide good year-end reports? Will that one categorize properly? Can I import my previous files? It’s a frustrating trial and error maze.

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Back In Time for iPhone

On April 9, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree

Back In Time
App Developer: LANDKA
Version Reviewed: 1.2
License: US$4.99 for iPhone

In November 2011, I reviewed the iPad version of Back In Time. It was one of the most informative and beautiful apps I have ever had the chance to review.

Back In Time delivers history like you have never seen before. By placing the history of everything in the known universe within a 24 hour period users are able to navigate through mere minutes in time that represent thousands of years of evolution.

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TechFan Podcast #72

On April 6, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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After the last show, Tim gets a PSVita for a first-look review. Then Windows Phone 7 is discussed, and the review of the Lumia 900 by The Verge is talked about. Finally, a new Trojan has appeared on the Mac, and what is one to do?

Lumia 900 Review via The Verge
Apple Releases iDVD for iPad
MyMac on FaceBook 

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BrokeGlass Cell Phone
MyMac Podcast #397

On April 5, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz is back and Guy is so happy he decided to break the glass on his iPhone. Well it wasn’t QUITE like that, but close. Lots of feedback this week from Twitter, FaceBook, and email where the GMen answer some questions about music in the Gazmaz home, the iOSification of the Mac, and what does it take to get your iPad on the big screen in meetings or training sessions. Oh, and yes, Guy changes the way he records the podcast…again. The 400th Podcast contest is almost at the close so hurry up and get your FaceBook Likes in before it’s too late.

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:

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What will we see in iOS 6?

On April 5, 2012, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Opinion, by Darrin Waggoner

With iOS 5.1 out now and WWDC coming up, most likely in June, we should start getting a picture of what will be coming in iOS 6.

Here are some of the features I would like to see:

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Google+ The Missing Manual
Book Review

On April 5, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Google+ The Missing Manual
Author: Kevin Purdy
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: $14.99 US print, $11.99 Ebook, $16.49 print and Ebook, $15.99 print CAN
ISBN 978-1-449-31187-2
211 pages

I’m one of those people who signed up for a Google+ account and then had no idea how to use it. Everyone who’s anyone uses social media these days, and I jumped on the bandwagon. It turns out I’m not the only one who’s confused when it comes to Google+.

Enter Google+ The Missing Manual by Kevin Purdy.

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On the State of Chinese Manufacturing Conditions

On April 4, 2012, in Apple, iPad, iPhone, Opinion, by Curt Blanchard

A big, dirty cloud of dust has been kicked up concerning Apple, manufacturing in China, and Chinese labor practices. Mike Daisey’s NPR misinformation in January helped fuel the fire. I feel compelled to chime in on this subject because as a product development specialist and designer, my career has been spent working directly inside factories in Europe and Asia. During the past couple of decades I’ve worked almost exclusively with manufacturers all over China.

It’s an amazing country that has experienced breathtakingly rapid growth. It was a third-world country only a short time ago, and now coastal cities very much first-world.

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Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual
Book Review

On April 4, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual
Author: Peter Meyers
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: $19.99 US print, $15.99 Ebook, $21.99 print and Ebook, $20.99 print CAN
ISBN: 978-1-449-31627-3
263 pages

The days of receiving a manual with a product are over. Some companies supply help by way of a PDF downloaded with an application. Others include a short Get Started guide that gives just the basics of the hardware. Amazon is no different with their Kindle devices, which is why Peter Meyers wrote Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual.

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Is the iPad 3rd Generation hot or not?

With three million units sold in the first weekend it is appropriate to call this iPad a hot one.

The term hot has a double meaning when it comes to the latest iPad. Many users have been claiming their device generate excessive heat. Some say it is hot enough that they dare use the term “too hot to touch”.

Whilst there is some merit in these experiences it also can be suggested that the problem is neither as bad nor as widespread as reports are indicating.

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WiebeTech RTX 220-QR
Price: Dependent on drive configuration – $499 with no drives

PCI Card Info: TeraCard PCI – 30310-0500-0002 (TCESO-2e)
Price: Provantage $81.50 – Available from many sources so shop around

Company: WiebeTech  – A Brand of CRU-Dataport

The WiebeTech brand has been around since the year 2000 making data storage products and offering forensic services to premier companies and governments across the globe.

Today we’ll be looking at one of Wiebetech’s many desktop RAID storage systems in their RTX line, the RTX 220-QR. This is a two bay RAID solution for your desktop that offers RAID 0 (Stripe) or RAID 1 (Mirror) options.

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Apple Releases iDVD for iPad

On April 1, 2012, in iDVD, iPad, by News

(April Fools Post)
With very little fanfare, Tim Cook (CEO of Apple Incorporated) and Jonathan Ives (Senior Vice President of Industrial design at Apple Incorporated) gathered with a few well-known tech press pundits at the George R. Moscone Elementary Auditorium to announce their latest software breakthrough for their signature mobile tablet, the iPad. A press release was given out for those in attendance along with a code to download the preview for the new iPad-only application.

Apple Completes iLife for the iPad With the Introduction of iDVD for the iPad

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