The future, what do you mean? How can we be in the future?

For decades many of us have been in awe of the possibility of the future. Not that long ago the thought of carrying a single panel computer capable of presenting music, film, books, and games was nothing more than science fiction.

I live by the belief that if man can envisage it, people can create it.

Of course, there is the possibility of going too far, as is famously shown in Planet Of The Apes, circa 1968.

For now we can sit back and relax with a small and hopefully harmless portion of technology that seemingly has the effect of enhancing our lives.

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Toast 11

On March 9, 2011, in Features, First Look, by Mark Sealey
Toast 11 Titanium from Roxio

Toast 11 Titanium from Roxio

Roxio’s Toast began as a simple way to burn optical media, CDs then DVDs; it slowly became the preferred way to do so until Apple built more reliable such functionality into its operating systems. Then, for a number of its iterations, Toast somewhat lost its way; it failed to offer features compelling enough that all but the most demanding (and loyal) users to choose it over Apple’s way of doing things and that of a clutch of decent shareware apps which met most people’s needs. The last two versions of Toast, however, have changed things. Now Toast 11 Titanium introduces a number of new features; and it works in ways that make it once again stand out. Toast 11 includes (from its Extras menu) the other apps, Disc Cover 3 RE, DiscCatalogMaker RE, Get Backup 2 RE, Mac2TiVo and TiVo Transfer and a new version of Spin Doctor (formerly CD Spin Doctor), but not Streamer.

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Physician heal thyself

On February 12, 2011, in Apple, Apps, Features, Hard Drive, Mac mini, NAS, Network, Opinion, Video, Wireless, by Larry Grinnell
My hard drive crashed!

Web server. Head Crash. No Backup. Doh!

You’d think I’d learned my lesson about backing up critical data, but nope, not me. In an extreme case of overconfidence and hubris, I let a Mac mini that I had set up in my house as a web server for a genealogically oriented family association go without a full backup … for almost seven years! Yeah, yeah… I had planned on doing something when I had a little free time on my hands, but that time never came.

This server was running several specialized web applications, including the genealogy of the Grinnell family, configured in such a fashion that it is very difficult to start over from scratch. Oh, and did I mention the main membership database? Yup. Also gone. At least for that one, I think I’ve got a backup of that file somewhere, and because it’s membership renewal time, the membership chair had just made printouts of critical member information. Not that this should in anyway excuse what has happened.

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Yarrrgh! iOS 4.2 and Piracy be afoot!
MyMac Podcast 321

On November 29, 2010, in iPhone, by The MyMac Podcast

Download the show here, and subscribe in iTunes for free!
Guy and Gaz talk about why in this day of digital downloads, there still needs to be CD insertion based copy protection. Apple’s new iOS 4.2 gets a stern talking to and how piracy affects the cost of the software you buy and how you use it.

Roller Coaster Tycoon
Apple’s Game Center
Office (squared) HD

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Get Backup 2.2.5 – Review

On October 27, 2009, in Macintosh, Review, by Steve Hammond

Get backup 2.2.5

Company: Belight software
Price: $39,95 MSRP, with online discounts available

As its name imply, Get Backup is a backup program. But it also serves a dual role as a sync application. Basically, the interface is devised in two for those two purposes. There is an icon at the top right that looks like a two way arrow that can be used to go from one mode to the other. The window then “waves” throughout a 3D animation to reveal the second mode. Each options can also be reached via the application menu bar in the “Backup” menu or the “Synchronize” one. I will examine each one separately as they are very unalike in terms of options and usage.

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Toast 9 Titanium – Review

On November 26, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by Mark Sealey

Toast 9 Titanium
Company: Roxio

Price: Single license: $99.99
Upgrade from previous versions $79.99 after $20 mail-in rebate

Roxio’s Toast has long been the software of choice for reliable and flexible CD and DVD burning on Mac and PC. In recent years Roxio has slowly and steadily added features, generally made improvements to the working of the product and changed the interface of the software… it isn’t entirely Mac-like – not that it is in any way off-putting.

Now Toast 9 Titanium (releases 9.02, 9.03 and the current 9.04 were used to prepare this review) has added several new functions which keep pace with developments in optical media technology. By and large the product can still be recommended as the market leader in its field. There are other apps – not least Apple’s iDVD – which will allow sophisticated management and burning of CDs and DVDs. But Toast’s multiplicity of features sets it apart.

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iH24D Deluxe Table AM/FM iPod Speaker
Company: iHome

Price: $49.99

There is a place for high-end quality audio. There is also a place for inexpensive audio. Somewhere in the middle there is a sweet spot for most iPod music lovers, and the iHome iH24D Deluxe speaker fits right there.

Looking at pictures online at, I knew the iHome iH24D was a small unit, but just how small was not apparently clear until I set it up with an iPod connected to it. This is a very small, but surprisingly robust, speaker. It looks like an older Boston Acoustic shelf speaker I owned back in the early 1990’s, but turned on its side.

The look of the iHome iH24D is the most appealing aspect. While not great audio quality, for the price and what it is, it is more than adequate for a small room, or sitting on an office shelf. The woodgrain compliments the black front grill and control knobs well. This is one iPod speaker that does not look cheap or inexpensive.

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Macspiration 102
iPhoto CD Automator Action

On October 31, 2007, in Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

I recently blogged about a missing feature from iPhoto which lets you burn a CD of photos that is not in iPhoto format, but instead a CD of JPG images that any computer can read and that you could take to the store for developing in a photo machine. Right after I posted that blog, I discovered a way to create an Automator action to do this for you.

I am not an Automator expert. In fact, this might be the second time I’ve used Automator. However, the process to create this Automator application is a piece of cake. Follow the steps in the movie below:

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Macspiration 45 – 10 Frugal Tips

On July 25, 2006, in Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

This week I decided to make a list of ways to use your computer to put some money in your pocket, keep some money in your pocket, or just ways to spend your well earned cash more wisely. I guess it depends on how you look at it.

1. Don’t throw away your old OS CDs. Either keep those OS9 and old OSX CDs for emergencies or for your friend’s emergencies, or sell them on eBay. You can get upwards of $30 for your 10.3 installation set, and OS9 is really popular.

2. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: When shopping for a new computer, check Apple’s refurbished products. You can find great deals, and the money you save can go towards Applecare, more memory, a printer, an iPod or whatever. My favorite thing about an Apple refurbished product (besides the price) is that it comes with a 1 year warranty. This is the same warranty you would get with a new product.

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Macspiration – Importing Audio CD’s into iTunes

On December 5, 2005, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

You have been loading your iTunes library with music from the iTunes Music Store, but you have a huge collection of CD’s you want on your computer (for your iPod, to listen to through the computer, etc.). Well, by using iTunes you can easily accomplish this task.

First thing you need to do is open iTunes, and insert an audio CD into your CD drive. This does not have to be a music CD. It can be an audio book, a comedian, etc. If you are connected to the Internet when you insert the CD iTunes will identify the CD and all of the tracks. If you are not connected to the Internet, you can get the same results by going to the Advanced menu and choosing “Get CD Track Names” when connected.

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Three Things a Switcher Should Know

On September 13, 2005, in Macspiration, Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

When I heard Publisher’s Tim Robertson announce on the weekly podcast that he was looking for someone to write a “How to” column for I thought, “I can do that.” At work and at home I am the person everyone calls when they have a problem or need help with their Macs. I figured I could put something together that made sense. So, a few emails and a phone call later, here I am starting my first article.

When I was trying to figure out what to write about for these articles, I decided to go with what I help people do on their Macs every day, and just turn those experiences into articles. Within the last month several people at the school where I teach have become “Switchers” and are using Macs for the first time. When I set up their computers I gave them a quick crash course on the Mac. A perfect topic for my first article.

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Dear Readers:

June is here! Finally, warm summer months! All the hard work in the fall, planting bulbs, fertilizing the lawn, and the never-ending weeding is paying off… give me a couple of years gardening and some time to grow the plants, and I will have a little showplace, if I do say so myself!

I just hope all of you are enjoying your late spring/early summer as much as me.

I have to thank the following folks for keeping me on the straight and narrow: Jose Coba, Jeff Kalmes, and Buzz Buzzell.

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