ScanSnap S1300i Scanner
Review

On September 27, 2012, in Review, Scanner, by Curt Blanchard

ScanSnap S1300i Scanner Review
Manufacturer: Fujitsu
MSRP: $295.00 (Street: $260.00)
ScanSnap

S1300i

Back at the dawn of personal computing, people began to talk about The Next Big Thing on the horizon—a paperless office. Computers would make our lives so simple that we would no longer need documents on paper. Decades later, this utopian state is still not a reality. Businesses deal with about as much paper as they always have. In our personal lives, we wrestle with ever increasing piles of invoices, correspondence, tax documents, and junk mail daily.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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FileMaker Pro 12 – The Missing Manual
Book Review

On September 26, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

FileMaker Pro 12—The Missing Manual
Authors: Susan Prosser and Stuart Gripman
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: $39.99 US, $41.99 CAN
924 pages
ISBN: 978-1-449-31628-0

FileMaker Pro 12 is a very powerful application. As such, it also commands a steep learning curve. I’m a huge proponent of using built-in Help files within an application, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. If you use FileMaker Pro 12 (FMP12), I highly suggest you pick up a copy of FileMaker Pro 12—The Missing Manual.

Authors Susan Prosser and Stuart Gripman, both FileMaker Certified Developers, have given readers a true manual to help with learning and mastering FMP12.

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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.

BX2 Backpack

Brenthaven

$179.95

The Brenthaven BX2 Backpack, a medium sized camera bag with padded shoulder straps and a chest strap, accompanied me on a trip to the California coast. I carried a DSLR with an 18-55mm lens on the camera body and two additional lenses, plus a 70-200mm telephoto and a 35mm, and had plenty of room to spare. In addition, a side zipper opened into a compartment for an iPad or 15″ laptop computer.

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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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Better sound? Oh Let it be!
MyMac Podcast #422

On September 25, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Guy is sick but doesn’t use that as an excuse as to why the podcast last week was so weird sounding. If you listen closely, you can actually hear Guy’s will to live leave him. Gaz keeps his ticker going with plist and daemon answers as well as a great tip! The GMen then go into their favorite and not so favorite features of iOS 6. Remember to use #livinginthenow in your next tweet because Guy thinks it’s funny.

Some Links:
Guy’s App Pick: LibreOffice for the Mac Free
Gaz’s App Pick: DoodleGeddon from 3Pockets also Free

 

MobiKEY Classic 2 Remote Access Device Review

On September 25, 2012, in Mac OS X, Macs at Work, Review, Security, by Larry Grinnell

MobiKEY Classic 2 (MC2)
Company: Route1
Price: $375 ($300/year subscription included)

IT managers have often struggled with making Macs work in the Enterprise. Apple hasn’t exactly made this easy with the elimination of their XServe line, but fortunately, at the operating system level, the tools are mostly there, or are readily available, to make a Mac a trusted member of a Windows-centric network. Of course Mac OS X supports Windows file systems, and can do basic connectivity. With open source (free) third-party software, they can even support the NTFS disk format. For years, the most important applications have been available for both platforms, and their file formats have been directly interchangeable; save the file on your Mac and open it on your Windows machine without the need for additional conversion utilities that may have been needed in the bad old days.

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About Larry Grinnell

Larry Grinnell has been a Mac user since before there were Macs, first being exposed to his brother-in-law's Apple Lisa 7/7 office system, in 1982 or 1983. After a nine year stint in the US Air Force, he took an electronics technician job at Motorola, Inc., where he stayed for almost 27 years. In that time, he held additional diverse positions from manufacturing engineering technician to technical writing to print production consultant to department webmaster. Currently, he's the sole technical writer for a small communications/electronics firm in Davie, FL. He is a member of the MyMac.com writing staff, and recently completed a two-year stint writing a weekly Macintosh and Apple-oriented column for the Palm Beach Business website (http://www.pbbusiness.com). In his copious free time, he does layout and prepress work for the Grinnell Family Association's quarterly newsletter, and runs their website at http://www.grinnellfamily.org. He also serves on the board of directors for the Palm Beach Phoenix Apple User Group. His next big assignment is to perform the editing, layout, and prepress work for an all new Grinnell family genealogy, which promises to be roughly 2,000 pages in size. Publication date is tentatively scheduled for 2015. He lives in Greenacres, FL. His cat Agnes grudgingly permits him to share her home with him.

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Wacom Bamboo Stylus Pocket Review

On September 19, 2012, in iPad, iPhone, iPod, Review, by Donny Yankellow
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Bamboo Stylus pocket
Company: Wacom
Price: $34.95

Just like case for your iOS devices there are a growing number of styluses in the market too. A company really needs to do something different to set its stylus apart from the pack. With the pocket Wacom has done just that. They took one of the best styluses on the market and made it better.

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

Angry Bloggers
MyMac Podcast #421

On September 19, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Gaz goes to the enemy camp but for a good reason while Guy tries (ye again) to figure out why Skype recording sucks and how to make it better (you can’t apparently). Then they talk about the new things released by Apple (you may have heard something about it) and why some people seem to have a Lightning bug up their neithers.

Some Links:
Guy’s App Pick: The Box app for iOS free
Gaz’s App Pick: Absolute Player

People’s Pick: From Gary Apter it’s CHIRP!

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Food and Wine 3 Geeky Ladies Episode 9

On September 19, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Three Geeky Ladies


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The Ladies talk about their favorite Food and Wine apps. Suze´ loves the French and Italian recipes, Vicki is the resident wine connoisseur, and Elisa, well, her cooking skills are questionable.

Shameless self promotion: MyMac.com writer Donny Yankellow has a new book in the iTunes book store: Looking For A DinosaurOn sale for $.99 until Sept 21. Preschool-grade 2. Need iBooks 1.2 or later to read.

Elisa’s son Shane Pacelli has a Kindle ebook available now. The Teacher That Didn’t Teach $.99. Cover by Donny Yankellow.

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OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual
Review

On September 18, 2012, in Apple, Book Review, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Review, by Curt Blanchard

OS X Mountain Lion: the Missing Manual
Publisher: O’Reilly Media

Author: David Pogue
MSRP: $36.99 (Street price: $19.00)
ISBN: 978-1449-33027-9
Mountain Lion: the Missing Manual

Many years ago, David Pogue was present at Macworld Expo in Boston when an attendee opened a new software box. The guy was seriously disappointed that all he got for his money was a CD. This turned out to be Pogue’s Eureka! moment. It was also the birth of the Missing Manual series that now numbers over 150 books by a diverse group of knowledgable authors. As he says in his latest book, “It’s a good thing you’ve got a book about OS X in your hands, because the only user manual you get with it is the Help menu.”

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

Consume
iOS App Review

On September 17, 2012, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mark Greentree


Consume

App Developer: Bjango
Version Reviewed: 2.12
License: US$2.99

 

Consume is an iOS app that allows users to measure the consumption of various online services such as, but not restricted to, mobile data and voice minute allocations.

Whilst iOS does offer an internal method to monitor the data throughput of your device, it is limited because it does not check with the provider. Therefore, users are required to manually reset the internal data monitoring at the end of the monthly bill cycle.

To access, and reset, this default area, without consume, you need to navigate to Settings > General > Usage > Cellular Usage > Reset Statistics. In the same area you will be able to view your current sent and received data usage.

Consume offers a better solution and has become my app of choice when viewing my current voice and data communication usage.

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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.

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Crossfade LP2 Over-the-Ear Headphones
Company: V-Moda

Price: $199

I received the V-Moda LP2 Over the Ear Headphones for review and my first impression when I saw the box was, “Wow, these are quality headphones!”

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BatMac
TechFan Podcast #93

On September 14, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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BatMac is no more. Listen to the harrowing story of a MacBook Pro’s last few minutes of life. Tim’s iPhone also attempts a swan dive in an Ikea parking lot to put the Zero Chroma Teatro-S case to the test. Plus, Tim and David look at the iPhone 5 and all-new iPod Nano.

Links:
iPhone 5
iPod Nano
Zero Chroma Teatro-S

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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If you haven’t heard it on some of the Spotlight Network podcasts, or you don’t follow me or other MyMac writers on twitter, or just saw it in another source; I recently self published a children’s book called “Looking for a Dinosaur” to the iBookstore and Lulu.com. I thought it might be interesting for you, the MyMac reader to read about how I did it- since the book was illustrated and created entirely on a Mac and the iPad.

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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iLuv Fit Active Earphones
Review

On September 13, 2012, in Earphones, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

iLuv Fit Active Earphones
Company: iLuv
Price: $49.99
Model: iEP415
Works with: iPod, iPhone, iPad, plus most other smartphones and MP3 players

Earphones are a very personal choice. What works for one person may not work for another. That said, if you’re in the earphones market, especially if you wear them during exercise or other activities, take a look at iLuv Fit Active Earphones.

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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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iLuv Mo’Beats Speaker
Review

On September 12, 2012, in Audio, Bluetooth, Review, Speakers, Stand, Wireless, by Curt Blanchard

Mo’Beats Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker Stand
Manufacturer: iLuv

Model: iSP245SIL
MSRP: $99.00 (Street: $86.00)
Link: iLuv Mo’Beats Speaker Stand

The Mo’Beats Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker Stand is an elegant 9-1/2″ bar of extruded, anodized aluminum containing a 40mm speaker at each end with the electronics protected deep inside. It pairs with iPhones and iPads via Bluetooth so the sound from them is transmitted wirelessly to the Mo’Beats unit.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

Just How Old Do Parrots Get?
MyMac Podcast #420

On September 11, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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It’s Guy’s birthday and he’ll podcast if he wants to, but Skype seems to think it’s a bad idea. Yep another Skype sucks and we hate it kind of show. We still had fun though making fun of Microsoft and wondering just how long has it been since most of the Mac line had been updated. Gaz gives a great tip and to the surprise of no one Guy hadn’t heard of it before. Most be his old age kicking in.

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Guy’s App Pick: Linein from Rogue Amoeba FREE!
Gaz’s App Pick: Menutab for FaceBook and Social for FaceBook
People’s Pick: Book Creator for the iPad. $4.99 from Red Jumper Studio
Apple’s Pages $19.99 from the Mac App Store

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Scottevest Chloe Hoodie
Review

On September 11, 2012, in Clothing, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Scottevest Chloe Hoodie
Scottevest
$90.00

The Scottevest Chloe Hoodie is a lightweight and stylish multi-pocketed hooded jacket, designed for women. The multiple pockets are capable of holding many items, freeing the wearer to leave her purse at home. The $90 price may be a bit high, however the functionality and innovative design may justify the cost.

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About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

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Nomad 7 Portable Solar Panel
Goal Zero
$100

 

Gum Thumb-Sized Battery Backup
Just Mobile
$50

 

How much will you pay to have power to your portable devices, everywhere and anywhere? If the answer is “Not very much,” you have never been stuck someplace with a dead gadget battery in a crucial situation.

I’m fortunate to live in Tucson, Arizona, where it is sunny almost every day of the year, when it comes to using solar-powered chargers and batteries. If you live in a gloomy place should you stop reading now and turn on more lights? No. Keep reading.

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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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Guest review by José Merino
Glooko Logbook and Meter Sync Cable
Price: $39.95

Keep your sweet spot under control with Glooko

If you don’t have a relative or someone close to you with diabetes, let me paint a picture for you.

Diabetes kills more than 230,000 people annually out of more than 28 million Americans living with the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. That is an alarming 8.3% of the US population. Minorities are disproportionately affected. To make things worse, seven million Americans have diabetes and don’t know it yet.

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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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Elite Dialog
TechFan Podcast #92

On September 7, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David discuss the Nokia PR disaster from this week, the new Kindle’s from Amazon, SamSung, Activision Anthology, Grant Theft Auto San Andreas, Elite, StarCraft 2, and much more.

Links:
Elite Developer
Elite Wikipedia Page

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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