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Photographs by Elisa Pacelli.


The Big Yank Tank “Guy Serle” & A Geeky Lady “Vicki Stokes”.

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Seagate Wireless Plus Drive – Review

On January 31, 2013, in Apps, Hard Drive, iPad, iWork, Review, Wireless, by Curt Blanchard

Seagate Wireless Plus Drive
Manufacturer: Seagate Technology
Capacity: 1 TB
MSRP: $199.00
Wireless Plus Drive

iPads and other tablets have progressed to the point where, frequently, you can leave your laptop at home. The real limitation of these mobile devices is inadequate storage space to carry all of your files. Seagate’s Wireless Plus deftly solves this problem.


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HP Laserjet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw – Review

On January 31, 2013, in printer, Review, Scanner, by Vicki Stokes

HP Laserjet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw
Company: HP
Price: $449.99

Looking for a multifunction color laser jet printer for your home or small office? The HP LaserJet Pro 200 may put an end to your search. The printer features include wireless capability, touch screen access to business apps, as well as the ability to scan, fax, and copy. This is an AirPrint capable printer enabling printing from Apple iOS devices. The HP ePrint feature allows printing from any web connection by sending an email to the printer’s email address.



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3 Geeky Ladies Podcast – Macworld Expo Day 1 in San Fran!

On January 30, 2013, in Features, by Three Geeky Ladies

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Vicky and Elisa sit down after a long day and get ready for the pre-Macworld Expo 2013 parties!

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Off to My First Macworld

On January 30, 2013, in Features, Macworld Expo, by Elisa Pacelli

4:15AM-my alarm clock rings. It should be illegal to get up that early in the morning, but it’s a necessary evil to catch a 6:30AM flight from the east coast to San Francisco. My first Macworld. MY FIRST MACWORLD!!

My view at the airport

I never thought I’d get the chance to experience Macworld first hand. Each year I lived vicariously through blogs and tweets, always hoping that one day I’d be the one blogging and tweeting. That day has finally arrived.

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IN-N-OUT Burger (A Review)

On January 30, 2013, in Review, by Guy Serle

Everyone tired of hearing about my journey to San Francisco for the Macworld Expo yet? I know I’m tired of talking about it. So blaah, blah, blah long trip, snowy roads, attacked by a crazy feline, airport security, bumpy flight, taxicab, hotel. Are we good? Terrific. Let’s talk about something else. My craving for an In-and-Out burger instead.

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Jaksta Music Miner – Review

On January 30, 2013, in Features, by Curt Blanchard

Jaksta Music Miner
Developer: Jaksta Technologies Pty. Ltd.
Retail: $19.95
Jaksta Music Miner

Ever hear a song from an online streaming service that you like and want to learn more about? Perhaps buy the entire album as a result? If you have Jaksta Music Miner on your Mac, you can.

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Getting there is half the fun (not)

On January 29, 2013, in Macworld Expo, by Guy Serle

Contrary to popular belief, traveling is not fun. No matter what method you use, there are always hassles. Go by car? Traffic jams especially in the northeast corridor. Flying brings its own joys like dealing with the TSA and the potential for full body cavity searches (unless you’re into that kind of thing). You can probably go by train or bus, but that just takes too long. Trains can be fun, just not in the United States and buses aren’t any fun no matter where you live. In my case each year for the Macworld Expo I try to combine the worst of both worlds.

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Adobe Photoshop Touch – Review

On January 29, 2013, in Features, iPad, iPad mini, Photography, Review, by Peter Bird

Adobe Photoshop Touch
Company: Adobe

Compatible with: iPad 2nd generation, 3rd generation, 4th generation, and iPad mini
Requires: iOS 5 or later
Price: $9.99

BirdAdobePhotoshoptouchPhoto1Adobe is a company that you know if you’ve edited photos before. Adobe Photoshop Touch has been optimised to work with the iPad mini as well as already working with the regular iPad. Enjoying editing photos as I do I was very happy to have a look at Adobe Photoshop Touch and see what it can give to its users.

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Where’s my Apple Remote – MyMac Podcast #440

On January 28, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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So no Guy as he’s still travelling to California, but wait is that James from on the other end of line?
James joins Gaz and they chat about all the normal stuff, also James tells us how he uses his Apple TV now he actually has a TV that can utilise the HDMI output. Gaz also briefly chats about the Apple results and the possible reasoning for the Stock share reduction, but is he panicking, no of course not.

Mark Sheppard’s Hub:
Dave Hamilton’s Mic review

Jame’s Pick: ATV Flash Back
Gaz’s Pick Flow
People’s Pick

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iPod Evolution – Book Review

On January 28, 2013, in Book Review, by Mark Greentree

iPod Evolution
Author: Timothy Chaten
Pricing: Pre-Order/Macworld iWorld Release Week US$7.99 ($9.99 afterwards)
273 pages
ISBN: 9780988824805

The iPod is an intriguing device. It was once the poster child of Cupertino, and whilst sales per annum are still extraordinarily strong, they are somewhat overshadowed by the iPhone and iPad. That doesn’t make the iPod or the history of the world’s favorite music player obsolete.

Timothy Chaten, author of iPod Evolution, believes the time is perfect for a book that takes a look at how the humble music player evolved and changed the way we listen to music. I agree with him.

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Patiently Trollish – TechFan Podcast #106

On January 25, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson is joined by Owen Rubin to discuss bad drivers, old cars and car accidents, patent trolls, and the danger to podcasting.

FX Photo Studio – Review

On January 25, 2013, in Apps, Features, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Photography, by Peter Bird

FX Photo Studio
Company: MacPhun LLC
Version: 2.6
Price: $8.85



I love taking photos. If I see something I like I take a picture. The problem is not all pictures turn out as you want so they need editing and that’s where FX Photo Studio comes in.

Once installed it has easy to follow instructions which is a good thing if you’re not used to editing photos. FX Photo Studio allows you to upload pictures from your computer as well as drag and drop them. It also keeps a record of the last picture you were working on when FX Photo Studio was last open.

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Photography and video books – Review

On January 24, 2013, in Book Review, by Steve Hammond

This review is about photography and video books that I had the chance to read recently. They cover various subjects that may be of interest to some of you.


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ENOUGH about Macworld Expo – MyMac Podcast #439

On January 23, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Is everyone sick of all the pre-Macworld Expo talk? OK, I have to admit that I’m not, but we decided it was time to talk about something else. And who better to go to that something else than Guy’s brother Larry Grinnell! He knows ALL the GMen’s buzzwords and phases and as it turns out is actually smarter than Guy (like that’s some big accomplishment).

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Painter Lite – Review

On January 22, 2013, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

Painter Lite
Company: Corel
Price: $69.00


For many years Corel released a “lite” or consumer version of its professional painting program Painter called Painter Essentials. Well, Painter Essentials is not more and it has been replaced with Painter Lite, and true to its name it is a “lite” version of Painter.

For those unfamiliar with the Painter line of software, Painter is Corel’s fantastic natural media paint programs. Simply put, you paint or draw with a media in the program and it acts and looks like it does in real life.

For those that have used Painter Essentials in the past you will notice two big differences. First, the interface has been changed to match that of the latest version of Painter, Painter 12. Second, the photo painting features and other activity features of Essentials are gone. Painter Lite is all about the painting and that is what it excels at.

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Parallels 8 Desktop for the Mac and iOS Application
Company: Parallels
Version: Desktop 8 for Mac 8.0.1, and Parallels iOS application 3.2.5
Requires: OSX 10.6.8 or later, and iOS 4.0 or later
Compatible with: iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5) and iPad 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, 4th Generation, iPad mini
Price: $79.99 Desktop, and $4.99 iOS Application (limited time price; normally $19.99)


I had heard a lot about running virtual machines for years but had never thought to do it. I would think, what’s the point? But then I got the chance to review Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and its iOS application companion. It was a new experience for me to use a technology I was not familiar with, which is rare, so I grabbed the chance with both hands.

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Crash Scene – TechFan Podcast #105

On January 18, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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David Cohen returns after his car accident to discuss just that. Tim and David then talk about a technology solution to Tim’s wife’s truck, some comments on iOS, and David’s son joins in for some quick iPad game talk.


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