UltraDock v5
Nemo Memo

On May 15, 2012, in Adapter, Dock, Features, First Look, Hard Drive, Macintosh, Nemo Memo, Review, by John Nemerovski

WiebeTech UltraDock v5
Price: $249 U.S.

I have tested and used every WiebeTech bare drive dock going back to the original FireWire Drive Dock, released around the time Steve Wozniak stopped shaving. UltraDock v5 from CRU-DataPort, the parent company of WiebeTech, is the best drive dock ever, period. It has been years since v4 was released, and the long wait was worthwhile.

The premise and purpose of UltraDock v5 (abbreviated here as UDv5) is straightforward for a techie and completely bewildering to a normal person. When an internal hard drive, such as the one residing within your Macintosh or iOS device, is removed from the case of the source product, the exposed hard drive is often still usable even when the computer or iPod or iPhone or iPad has stopped working.

A technically savvy person in a Mac repair shop, or your cousin’s next door neighbor’s brother-in-law, typically can retrieve the crucial data from the exposed internal drive that is now external, if not by choice. Enter UDv5, center stage.

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Sandvox 2.5

On May 14, 2012, in Apps, Features, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Sandvox 2.5
Company: Karelia
Price $79.99 (can purchase on website or App Store, no difference in versions)
 App Store



Almost 6 years ago I reviewed Sandvox 1.0 for MyMac.com (http://www.mymac.com/2006/06/sandvox-review/), and I wasn’t to fond of it. I gave it a 2.5 out of 5. Fast forward to today and I am reviewing Sandvox 2.5. Was 1.5 versions newer enough to make me like it? Read on to find out.

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Adobe Creative Suite 6 Illustrator product manager Brenda Sutherland raves about the totally-new 25th anniversary edition of the drawing software, encouraging all users to enjoy its impressive speed and Creative Cloud access.

Please listen to this brief interview, for a total time of under five minutes.

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Privacy and Facebook
TechFan Podcast #76

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

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A much shorter episode this week as Guy Serle comes on to chat with Tim about FaceBook and privacy. A fun, interesting, and serious topic many people are having now.

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Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapters – First Look – Nemo Memo

Internet prices: $100 and $190 (approximately)

It’s not easy to test these innovative new Thunderbolt adapters from Seagate. I needed a compatible GoFlex portable hard drive with its removable USM cable module, and a GoFlex Desk hard drive with removable base, both of  which I have. I needed an Apple Thunderbolt cable, which I didn’t have. I needed a Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh, which I also don’t have.

Seagate provided our evaluation GoFlex Thunderbolt adapters. Then they sent a $50 Apple Thunderbolt cable. So far so good. A local retail establishment generously provided the latest 15 inch MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt port. One of my Mac tutorial clients agreed to let me use his new 13 inch MacBook Air. I was ready to proceed.

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Turkish Delight!
MyMac Podcast #402

On May 10, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy and Gaz back recording together but a few days early because Gaz has to go off to Turkey (OH the HORROR!). All kinds of drama happening (none of which did we actually put on the show because…well…it’s drama). Gaz finally moves to iCloud, you great listeners come through again with feedback, why is Popeye afraid of Bluto (not to worry, it all makes sense), and how many iPads can you steal at one time? A woman in Texas just needs to know. Also, replacing your laptop with an iPad can (but should it?) be done and in this first part of an ongoing series we tell you how. First up, keyboards.

Some Links

Guy’s App Pick: BRAINSSS by Lonely View Software $2.99
Gaz’s Pick: Die Turkey Die by ezone.com free

Turkey Travel Guide by Triposo free

People’s Pick: MLB at Bat free

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Adobe InDesign Creative Suite 6 Product Manager Kiyo Toma explains how the new version improves upon the old, and how it ties into Creative Cloud.

Please listen to both parts, for a total time of nine minutes.

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Apple Training Series: iMovie ’11
Ebook Review

On May 10, 2012, in iDVD, iMovie, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Apple Training Series: iMovie ’11
Author: Dion Scoppettuolo
Company: Peachpit
Price: $9.59 Ebook
250 pages
ISBN: 978-0-13-269759-0

If you’re like me, your knowledge of any version of iMovie is just enough to make a decent little movie. No frills or sophisticated editing, just a bit of “splicing and dicing” to create a finished product. I’ve always wanted to learn more about iMovie and how I can make my movies more interesting to watch. To that end, I read Apple Training Series: iMovie ’11 by Dion Scoppettuolo. You should, too.

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Nemo attends media event in San Jose, California. Photos with captions below. Interviews with Illustrator and InDesign CS6 Creative Suite product managers to follow.

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TechFan #75

On May 4, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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We owe Samsung an apology! And a firm finger-shaking Shame On YOU to RIM. In iOS new is RockBand, Robot Wants Kitty, and Lego Harry Potter Years 5 – 7. We wrap things up with the Kindle Fire. It all seems to be Mobile this week!

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While Guy’s Away, Gaz Will Play
MyMac Podcast #401

On May 2, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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While this is not podcast number 404 (the infamous webpage error), Guy was not able to join the podcast, but Gaz was ably joined by Scott Wilsey. We give the normal feedback and Scott has to deal with Gaz’s bad typing. They talk about how Gaz had his old negatives digitised and Scott mentions his problems with getting his podcast back into the iTunes store.

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People’s Pick: weekcalendar

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Learn MyMac
Episode 8

On May 2, 2012, in Learn My Mac, Tutorial, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Genius Playlists and Genius Mixes in iTunes

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Farmkill iOS Game

On May 2, 2012, in Game, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Review, by Mark Greentree

App Developer: Edible Entertainment Pty Ltd
Version Reviewed: 2.01
License: Free with in-app purchasing. Universal app compatible with iOS 3.1 or later.

You can lock the doors. You can bolt the windows. But can you survive the night?

The undead are at it again. This time terrorizing a local farming community.

You assume the role of a farmer who needs to plan strategic retaliation during the day for the coming night ahead. With you are two other survivors that you must protect.

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Picking the Winners
MyMac Podcast 400-5!

On May 1, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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OK, just a bit of fun and nonsense with Gaz and I picking the winners for the 400th podcast contest. This was actually recorded BEFORE the 400th podcast, but won’t come out until AFTER it does


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