Think Tank My 2nd Brain Briefcase (Macbook 13″)

Think Tank Photo Price: $129.75 US,  £99.00 UK Think Tank My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13 is unashamedly a briefcase and designed as a working

About Simon Parnell

Co-host of the Essential Apple Podcast alongside Mark Chappell who lives in the far West of Wales, while I make my abode deep in the East of Suffolk.

Father, Husband, Mac Lover, DTP & Prepress Professional, Geek, Cook, Drinker of Wines, Beers & Spirits.

I am British, and now the “wrong” side of 50 years old, I am married and have 3 children.

I started working in a design studio in the early 80’s back in the days of Cow Gum, Rotring Pens and Scalpels. I moved on to using Macs in about 1989 (way back when 40MB Hard Drives were BIG and 8MB RAM was a top end spec, System 6.0.3 was the cutting edge and the IIcx I worked on set me back about £5000… eek!).

Since then I have worked on pretty much every generation of Macintosh and every Mac OS Apple have released. I have done design and pre-press work with a wide variety of “DTP” applications old, new, well known and obscure. I have a fascination with finding cheaper alternatives to the “big guns” so DTP can be accessible to everybody!

For the last 15+ years I have worked in a small print works close to my home doing design and pre-press work.

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STM Drifter Medium Laptop Backpack – Review

STM Drifter Medium Laptop Backpack Company: STM Price: $139.95 MSRP It seems that the backpack is now becoming the favorite means of carrying one’s

About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Kanex SimpleDock 3-port USB 3.0 Hub, Gigabit Ethernet and Charging Station Review

Kanex SimpleDock Company: Kanex Price: $119.95 USD Nowadays most Mac users are looking to make their life run more smoothly and faster when they

About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Staad Laptop BackPack – Quick Review & Comment

Staad Backpack Company: Waterfield Designs Price $329 The Staad Backpack is an attractive case for hauling around a 15-inch laptop, a tablet, and related gear.

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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Think Tank Sling-o-Matic 10 and Airport Takeoff Rolling Camera Bag – Review

Think Tank Photo — Two Very Different Recommended Camera Bags Sling-o-Matic 10 Sling Camera Bag Price: $137.75   Airport Takeoff Rolling Camera Bag Price:

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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Esoterism tesseract Mobile Device Station – Review

tesseract Mobile Device Station Esoterism Price: $79.00 The tesseract Mobile Device Station consists of two heavy duty aluminum cubes with slots that enable this

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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House of Marley Exodus On-Ear Headphones
User Report Review

Exodus On-Ear Headphones with 3-Button Apple Control and Microphone — User Report The House of Marley Price: $100 to $150 online (This link is

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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2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Techies
Nemo Memo

Nemo’s 2012 Holiday MyMac Gift Guide for Techies Backup and archive. Daily. No exceptions. If you are reading this and you are not fully

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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An Average* User Upgrades to Mountain Lion
User Report

By occasional contributor to MyMac.com, Susan Klement I’m not what you would call a power user of my MacBook but I’m always intrigued by

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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LapDawg X4 Laptop Table Review

Manufacturer: LapDawg MSRP: $89.00 LapDawg The LapDawg X4 is a lot more than just a laptop table. It’s a bed tray, an iPad tray,

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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Eco Portabile Grande Laptop Bag and Eco Pad-iPad Sleeve
Video Review

Elisa Pacelli reviews the Eco Portabile Grande Laptop Bag and Eco Pad-iPad Sleeve for MyMac.com About Elisa PacelliElisa is a wife, mother to 3

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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Genius Ring Presenter
Review

Developer: Genius OS Support: Mac OSX 10.6+, WIndows 7/Vista/XP Price: US$69.99 The Ring Presenter is a clever wireless, multi-function, five button mouse and laser pointer,

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’m a member of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Directors Advisory Board and chair their Kuiper Circle Community Outreach Committee. I am also an Ambassador with the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission and a docent with the Planetary Science Institute. I’ve been a Mac user since 2007 and currently I am the Members Advocate with the Tucson Macintosh User Group (TMUG). I also manage the TMUG and Kuiper Circle Facebook pages.

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Macworld Expo 2012 – Day 3: Half Full or Half Empty?

Wednesday morning marked another fine breakfast at, yes, you guessed it, Mel’s Diner. It’s good, wholesome (fattening) food, well-prepared, and reasonably priced. What more

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.

In 2013, one of his photographs was published in the New York Times.

He just finished editing, layout, and prepress work for an all new Grinnell family genealogy, which promises to be roughly 2,800 pages in size. Publication date is tentatively scheduled for late 2015 or early 2016.

Larry collects jazz guitar recordings, and is currently trying, for the fifth time, to learn to play the guitar.

He lives in Greenacres, FL.

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Techsafe Cable Lock System
Review

Techsafe Cable Lock System Griffin Price: $29.99 U.S.   It was a great relief to find that the Techsafe Cable Lock System performs exactly

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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Zippy BT500 and LuxePad Bluetooth Keyboards
Review

  Does Size Matter? Zippy BT500 Bluetooth Mini Keyboard AZEND Price: $38 on the Internet LuxePad Bluetooth Keyboard Genius Price: $60 on the Internet

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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OS X Lion Support Essentials
Book Review

OS X Lion Support Essentials (Apple Pro Training Series) by Kevin White Peachpit Press ISBN-10: 0-321-77507-4 ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77507-8 Price: $64.99 Lion (Mac OS 10.7)

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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