TechFan #182 – Been Too Long

On October 17, 2014, in TechFan Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Tim and David discuss the news from the Apple event this week, including the release of Yosemite, a new iMac and Mac mini, iPads, and much more. Plus, Tim has a new blog!

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Kinesis Keyboard – Review

On January 7, 2013, in Keyboard, Review, by Julie Kuehl

Kinesis Freestyle 2 Ergonomic Keyboard 
Company: Kinesis Corporation
Version: Freestyle2
Compatible with: Macs; separate version available for Windows
Requires: USB port, Mac OS X 10.4 or later for full functionality
Price: $109.00 for keyboard, $40.00 for VIP3 Accessory Kit

The Kinesis Freestyle2 keyboard is an ergonomic split keyboard that works flawlessly with Macs. It takes absolutely nothing more than plugging it in to set it up. If your brain and hands can wrap themselves around having a split keyboard, this one is wonderful.

Kinesis Freestyle2 keyboard flat with separated sections

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WWDC 2012 Keynote Recap

On June 20, 2012, in Features, by Darrin Waggoner

Apple kicked off last week’s annual developer conference with the company’s customary keynote address. Here is my take on the WWDC presentation’s content.

I think the majority of the Apple rumor crowd was caught off guard by the MacBook announcements. The consensus seemed to be that all MacBooks from the Air up to the 15″ MacBook Pro would be receiving Retina Displays.

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SkySafari 3 Pro
iOS App Review

On June 13, 2012, in iMac, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac OS X, Review, Tablet, by David M. Acklam

SkySafari 3 Pro
App Developer: Southern Stars
Version 3.5.1
License: US$59.99 (SkySafari Plus US$14.99, SkySafari 3 US$2.99) Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires IOS 4.0 or later.


As an amateur astronomer and a volunteer public observatory telescope operator, I regularly use astronomy related programs and applications. I have reviewed several of the iOS applications here on

Southern Stars makes SkySafari for Mac OS X, and SkySafari 3 for iOS. It is available in three different performance and cost options: the basic, the Plus, and the Pro version. About a year ago I purchased the SkySafari Plus for my iMac through the Apple App Store. The performance and capabilities of this program on my iMac are excellent.

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Leading up to Macworld | iWorld 2012, reviews editor for, John “Nemo” Nemerovski contacted me with a sole purpose.

To collaborate like never before!

I was to find out that John had ideas far grander than simply remote editing and posting of articles and photographs. I love a challenge, and to be able to watch a master like John at work and assist in anyway possible is privilege.

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Blaring Feedback
MyMac Podcast #351

On May 26, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Boy we touched a nerve somewhere with TONS of feedback from the listeners! And we LOVE it! Guy makes mistakes and gets called on the carpet for it (don’t worry folks, he’s used to it). More iMac hard drive talk, Godzilla makes a special appearance, and we both agree on AppleCare (if by agree we mean Gaz says no thanks and Guy says yes). Apple tells LodSys to get stuffed and developers cheer (yea)! Lastly, the Apple Stores turn 10 and Apple celebrates with…more iPads?

We’re also running a contest for you creative types to write a bumper or commercial for the Podcast and win an iHub!

Fluid is back for a second try
Modern Conflict gets a good enough update that Guy recommends it…again

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Photoshop CS5 SCOOTS with 8 GB of RAM!

On January 20, 2011, in Review, by John Hamilton Farr

Photoshop CS5 Extended
Company: Adobe
Price: $999 upgrade $349 (education pricing also available)

I promised you an update to my earlier Photoshop CS5 review, and this is it! No, I don’t have a single bit of empirical evidence, but I do have 8 GB of RAM in my 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo 24-inch iMac, hah!

With at least 8 gigabytes of memory, Photoshop CS5 runs 64-bit native on Mac OS X. What this means to you is that you just bolted a belt-driven supercharger to the top of that V-8: windows open and close with a snap, commands execute nearly instantaneously, and you’ll kick yourself for not upgrading the RAM earlier. But if you do upgrade, at least on the iMac, be aware of a treacherous gap in Apple’s (and everybody else’s) RAM installation instructions…

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Listener Invite John Blagden
MyMac Podcast 320

On November 17, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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A long and winding show across the universe of Mac Topics. John Blagden joins the G-Men and gives us quite a lesson on what Mac Pros want from their hardware, ESPECIALLY the now-canceled XServe. Gaz seeks and finds some help for his MacBook and Guy has grown to hate his current iMac for NOT running GarageBand properly. The Beatles are now on iTunes and after all this time, how big a deal is it really?


Contact info: Want to be on the show as a listener invite? It’s more fun than tanks and helicopters!! Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz and Guy on Twitter, and, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback.

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Here’s Why iOS Will Replace The Desktop OS

On September 9, 2010, in Features, by Donny Yankellow

I’ve read articles and heard podcasts where people talk about iOS becoming or replacing OSX on the desktop Macs. I’ve also read the rumors about a touchscreen iMac. I have always thought this concept was ridiculous, until earlier tonight.

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Cool New Mac Gear!

On July 27, 2010, in Features, News, by News

Apple announced some new gear today: new iMac models, new Mac Pro’s, and something really different, the Magic Trackpad. What do you think? Anything you want? Anything you don’t like? Does the Magic Trackpad interest you? Share your thoughts!

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The Five Dollar Fix

On December 30, 2009, in Opinion, by Sam Negri

Sometimes the obvious is elusive.

The optical drive in my three-year-old iMac has been doing strange things for several months. I spent an inordinate amount of time pursuing complicated and aggravating remedies before I discovered the $5 solution.

Here are some of the symptoms that were driving me nuts. Using my iMac’s SuperDrive, I would burn a playlist from iTunes. Sometimes I would get a message saying the burn failed because of a “medium” error, or something like that. I was thrilled that the problem was only “medium,” but what in heaven’s name could that mean? Our cryptic friends in Cupertino could have added something to the error message saying what a medium error might be but Geez, think of all the energy that would have required.

I searched around on the Internet and found a dozen different explanations and suggested remedies. The more I looked, the darker the hole became. I soon felt like I’d left Earth’s gravity behind and seemed to be spinning in concentric circles. The suggestions ranged from updating the drive’s firmware to employing incantations. I thought, this is crazy; it can’t be that complicated.

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Kanex Mini DisplayPort Adapter To HDMI 1080p Video w/ Digital Audio
Company: Kanex, Inc.

Price: $69.99

Apple’s incorporation of the Mini DisplayPort in its newer computers has produced big changes for people who wish to send video and audio-out signals from the Macs to drive their HD televisions with an HDMI signal. Currently, the Unibody MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iMac all use Mini DisplayPort.

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No SuperDrive, No Problem

On January 28, 2008, in Opinion, by Scott Spaziani

The year is 1997 and Steve Jobs has returned to Apple and the confusing Mac product line is in the process of being streamlined to a few simple options. Apple required a replacement for the Performa series; their consumer targeted computer line. In May of 1998 Apple announces the first in their new line of Consumer targeted Computers, and the iMac is born.

The iMac is what many consider the rebirth of Apple. The colorful all-in-one PC was a huge hit in the market and breathed new life into the company. The tan boxes Apple had been sporting for twenty years were gone and a new design element was introduced in the product line. There was one thing lacking from the iMac that most users believed was important, and I’m sure it caused many possible customers to turn away from Apple at the time. The iMac did not have a Floppy Drive.

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Inside the new iMac

On September 7, 2004, in iMac, Opinion, by Roger Born

The new G5 iMac is something new in many ways. First of all, there has never been a Mac that only appears as a monitor and keyboard on your desk. This isn’t just a new Macintosh. It’s one that’s super thin and beautifully made. This will be very seductive to those prospective customers who see it for the first time.

Apple hit another home run here, folks. Don’t believe me? Look at Apple’s next quarter’s profits come December. It will be their most profitable quarter ever. Apple is going to sell tons of these new iMacs. (Wasn’t I right about the sales of those mini iPods too?)

Just listen to Phil Schiller’s part of the Keynote about the new iMac: “Just like the iPod redefined portable digital music players, the new iMac G5 redefines what users expect from a consumer desktop, …a lot of people will be wondering ‘where did the computer go?'”

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No More iMacs?

On July 2, 2004, in Opinion, by Roger Born

(Xanadu News) Apple Computer Inc. announced on Thursday plans for a next-generation iMac desktop computer, but said it won’t ship until September, missing its original internal schedule.

The company also said it has stopped taking orders for the current iMac, sales of which have slowed in recent quarter, and didn’t give details about the forthcoming iMac replacement.

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Photo: The Originial iMac

By the mid 1990s, Apple was in trouble. It was losing money and market share. Apple computers were expensive compared to generic beige-box PCs, not by a little, but by a lot. Windows 95 made IBM-compatible PCs truly easy to use for the first time, making it increasingly difficult for consumers to understand why they should pay more for an Apple computer when they could get everything they wanted in a PC costing half as much. If there was a “Macintosh advantage” a succession of uninspiring corporate officers had been unable to get that message out, and Microsoft aggressively pushed their Windows operating system in the key home and office markets.

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Nemo in California
July, 2002

On July 8, 2002, in Nemo Memo, by John Nemerovski

Using subjective journal format, I hope to be able to provide commentary on this year’s annual trip to California. Barbara and I house sit in foggy San Francisco for relatives who escape to sunny Marin County, across the bay to the north. Here is the opening report.


I finished my last review for a few days ahead of schedule, allowing me to do comprehensive archiving and backing up of all the precious data on each of Barbara and my iMacs. I burned CDs of our most important files and folders, using a Wiebe MicroGB combo FireWire/USB portable drive for temporary storage.

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Exclusive – The Next Generation iMac Exposed!

On April 1, 2001, in Opinion, by Ralph J Luciani

Thanks to mole operative (iDeep Throat) in Apple Computer’s Cupertino Campus comes this startling information on the major revamping of Apple’s consumer products as well as the dramatic shift in their marketing and design philosophy.

Apple has apparently learned some lessons from the many iMac ripoffs. The computer company that revolutionized the industry is set to save millions of megabucks by curtailing both innovative technology and cutting edge industrial design. Sure it will be bland and less colourful but it appears it is the only way to draw large numbers of Wintel customers who fear radical change and creative design.

Currently in the final stages of the design criteria, the following models are being set for prime time. It is not clear if they will be released to the public at July’s MWNY or MWSF 2002. For this exercise we will concentrate our focus on the box design only. Gone is the rounded watermelon look replaced by a sleek more angular case.

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