Apple’s Future – MyMac Podcast #445

On February 20, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy and Gaz are finally back together to record a podcast after a few weeks and shake some of the rust off. Guy HATES the way he sounds and this caused a delay since his fix actually made it worse (surprise). Then the GMen talk (and disagree) on where Apple’s future is going and whether or not the Mac will still be there to see it.

Links:
LineIn by Rogue Amobea FREE!
iMovie by Apple kinda free
XtraFinder by Tran Ky Nam Software FREE!

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Steve Jobs
TechFan #50

On October 7, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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TechFan 50 celebrates Steve Jobs with a large panel of contributors, including Tim Robertson, David Cohen, Guy Serle, GazMaz, David Biedney, Sam Levin, Rich Lefko, Steve Hammond, Antonio Gómez, Scott Willsey, and Mark Greentree.

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Review – Building A Web Site For Dummies

On July 2, 2010, in Book Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Building A Web Site For Dummies
by David A. Crowder
Wiley Publishing, Inc.
www.wiley.com
ISBN: 978-0-470-56093-8
$24.99 US / $29.99 CN / £17.99 UK
342 pages

Many people are familiar with HTML and CSS, and think that’s all you need to put together to make a pleasing web site. Others feel that by using an application such as RapidWeaver or Adobe Dreamweaver, most of the work is done for them. Sadly for these people, that’s not the case.

David A. Crowder’s latest book, Building A Web Site For Dummies, takes the reader through the steps involved to, well, build a web site. The book is divided into five sections:

  • Building Your First Web Site
  • Building Better Web Pages
  • Adding Frills and Fancy Stuff
  • Making Money
  • The Part of Tens

The first section assumes you are at least familiar with HTML. Not necessarily an expert, but have a basic understanding of HTML code. Crowder then moves on to advanced HTML, including tables and frames. Finally, he tackles the topic of choosing a domain name and host for your newly created web site.

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A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator for the iPhone
Review

On July 2, 2008, in Review, by Gil Poulsen

 

A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator for the iPhone
Company: A.D.A.M., Inc.

Price: Free
http://iphone.adam.com/

There’s no question that the Internet has become a valuable source of health information over the past few years. Sites like WebMD, Yahoo! Health, Google Health, and others attract over 60 million visitors each month. Now A.D.A.M. Inc., another online health information provider, has created an application that allows iPhone users to quickly and easily access data from their Health Encyclopedia using the iPhone’s touchscreen.

ADAM’s Symptom Navigator for the iPhone presents an image of the human body and prompts the visitor to tap the affected area of the body to receive a list of possible symptoms. For example, touching the abdominal area of the body image generates a menu of relevant symptoms including (but not limited to) pain, increased or decreased appetite, indigestion, nausea, and heartburn. Selecting a symptom guides the visitor through possible causes, options for home care, and whether a doctor should be consulted. Visitors can choose from a male or female body image—as well as a front or back view—to ensure that gender-specific symptoms, as well as those peculiar to any area of the body, can be addressed by the software.

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Skullcandy FMJ iPhone earbuds/microphone
Skullcandy, Inc

Price: $79.95
http://www.skullcandy.com

Skullcandy; now there’s a naming success. Skullcandy’s a little company that markets a wide selection of headphones, earbuds, and accessories. I’ve never had any trouble remembering this firm’s name! Skullcandy’s target audience is the skater/hiphop crowd, but don’t let that (or their too-cool-for-school website design) drive you away, even if you lean more to the fuddy-duddy side of the spectrum.

Skullcandy sent the Weeks Division of MyMac Labs review sample of their iPhone FMJ earbuds/microphone. FMJ stand for “Full Metal Jacket.” I wonder if the marketing people have seen the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film titled with this expression.

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PRIMA SELECT Premium Leather iPhone Flip Case
Company: Prima, Inc.

Price: $42.95
http://www.primacases.com

The Weeks Division of MyMac Labs get plenty of iPhone cases to review. Some are better than others. Unfortunately, Prima’s Premium Leather Flip case does not fall into the “better than others” category.

While our review case was nicely made of leather, with several slots for credit cards or licenses, Prime seems to have not understood what makes a useful iPhone case.

Here are a few problems I discovered in the first five minutes of using the case:

1) The case itself is well made, using good quality leather.

2) The flip case has a snap to keep the cover closed. A snap is a better choice than a magnet, according to Prima, as iPhones and magnet don’t get along too well together. That’s nice, but the snap is on the -back- of the case, so it’s awkward to unsnap. Moreover, the snap needed an excessive amount of pressure to snap shut. The manufacturer says the snap should loosen up with time. I did not use the case enough to verify this.

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Flip Boom
Review

On January 3, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Flip Boom
Toon Boom Animation, Inc

Price: $29.99
http://kids.toonboom.com

System Requirements:
• PowerPC G5 (Minimum) or Intel Core™ processors (recommended)
• Mac OS X 10.4.x or later
• 512 MB Ram (Recommended), 256 MB (Minimum)
• 120 MB of available hard disk space

Are you looking for an inexpensive, traditional style, animation program for you? Are your kids interested in creating animated cartoons? Are you a teacher looking for a great animation program for your class? If so, Flip Boom, by Toon Boom Animation, Inc is worth looking into.

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Rick Sammon’s Canon EOS Digital Rebel Personal Training DVD
by Rick Sammon, Directed by David Leveen
Wiley Publishing, Inc.
http://www.wiley.com/compbooks
ISBN: 9780470180754
DVD
US: $19.99, CAN: $23.99

Rick Sammon is clearly a talented photographer, as evidenced by a liberal sprinkling of his work throughout this Photo Workshop DVD. He also is an energetic and talented communicator and teacher, qualities that most photographers, regardless of their picture making talent, often lack.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel Personal Training DVD seems to be aimed at first-time DSLR owners, and Rick certainly has far more than a few things to teach them. Much of the material is pretty universal, but the DVD is specifically aimed at owners of Canon’s Rebel XTi. As this is a best-selling entry-level camera at the moment, I suppose that it doesn’t limit the market for this instructional DVD too much, though owners of other DSLRs would benefit from most of the same material. This is definitely an upbeat video with a lot of good information for a beginning photographer.

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Digital Photography: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks, 3rd Edition
by Rob Sheppard

Wiley Publishing, Inc.
http://www.wiley.com
ISBN: 0470147660
221 pages, paper, full color
US: $19.99, CAN: $23.99, UK: £13.99

Like other excellent titles in Wiley’s Visual series, Rob Sheppard’s book on digital photography is well organized and makes extremely good use of photos to illustrate techniques described in the text. In some ways, the title of the book may do it a disservice: don’t think that you will only get 100 tips; there are tips and tricks lodged within the 100 labeled tips. Also, the book provides sound advice for taking better photos, be they digital or not.

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Three iPhone Cases Reviewed

On November 6, 2007, in Cases, iPhone, by David Weeks

U-Suit iPhone
Uniea

http://www.uniea.com
$30.00

zCover iSAglove for Apple iPhone
zCover, Inc.

http://www.zcover.com
$39.99

Speck ToughSkin for iPhone
Speck

http://www.speckproducts.com/products/toughskin/iphone/93
$29.95

The Weeks Division of MyMac.com Labs spent some quality time with three different iPhone cases. Here’s how they fared.

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Gefen Wireless 2.0 USB Extender
Review

On October 31, 2007, in Network, Review, Wireless, by David Weeks

Gefen Wireless 2.0 USB Extender (4 port)
Gefen, Inc.

www.gefen.com
US $399.00

Would you like to have your USB peripherals, especially shared printers, located away from different users’ computers?

If so, you should check out this accessory from Gefen, Inc., that allows up to four printers and other USB devices to be located away from your computers.

The Weeks Division of MyMac.com Labs had a chance to evaluate the new Gefen Wireless 2.0 USB Extender (4 port). Here’s what we found after using a review unit for several days.

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Drobo Storage Robot
Review

On October 16, 2007, in Hard Drive, Review, by David Cohen

Drobo Storage Robot
Company: Data Robotics, Inc.

Price: $499
http://www.drobo.com

MyMac.Com has reviewed different large multiple-disk storage products recently. They all share some common traits – multiple disks in an enclosure (USB or FireWire), looking like a large single volume, and some form of RAID technology applied.

RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, and is a server room technology for allowing disks to be pooled. There are different types of RAID implementation, with differing types of data protection and performance. The most common RAID used on two-drive multiple disk products are RAID 0 (disk striping) or RAID 1 (disk mirroring). John Foster of MacBreak Tech refers to these as “Scary RAID” and “Slightly less scary RAID”, which should tell you plenty about how useful these actually are. The fact is that these systems offer at best only slight data protection, and at worse less protection than a single disk USB drive. If something fails, you may lose all of your data, and the unit may need factory repair. You may also need a replacement drive of exactly the same make an size as any others in the unit – problematical if you have had it for more than six months.

So, the whole topic is a techy nightmare. What is needed is someone to bring an Apple-like user approach, that is centered on usability, functionality and simplicity. Enter from stage left the Data Robotics Drobo Storage Robot.

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MyMac Podcast
#50

On October 27, 2005, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Contest Time! We announce the Prosoft Drive Genius contest winners, plus give instructions for the NEW Macromedia Studio 8 contest! Enter now, contest closes at midnight, Monday October 31st!

This is our longest show ever at almost an hour and a half. We talk the latest in the Mac world, how we record our podcasts, and so much more.

Get the show
(RSS) Subscribe to our RSS feed via iPodder or other RSS newsreaders
(iTunes) Subscribe to our podcast via the iTunes Music Store and have each episode downloaded every week automatically
(MP3) Download the MP3 file directly here, or listen in your web browser.
(Vote) For our Podcast on Podcast Alley
(YaHoo) Check out our listing at Yahoo and vote for us

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InvisibleShield for iPod nano
Review

On October 11, 2005, in Cases, iPod Nano, Review, by David Cohen


InvisibleShield for iPod nano
Company: Protective Solutions, Inc.

Price: $19.95
http://www.theinvisibleshield.com

Impossibly small, impossibly fragile?
Have you been seduced yet? Have you been suckered by the fabled “reality distortion field”? I am, of course, talking about the latest, hottest iPod device from Apple – the tiny nano.

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Laptop Legs and Mac Feet
Review

On June 16, 2005, in Review, by Owen Rubin



Laptop Legs and Mac Feet
Company: LapWorks, Inc.

Price: $24.95 (currently on sale: $19.95)

http://www.laptopdesk.net/access-legsf.php

I own a newer PowerBook. And as anyone who owns a newer PowerBook (or any newer laptop) knows by now, it gets very HOT! Apple use to put extendable legs on the back of their PowerBooks, but not any more. Now they put these VERY tiny little feet on the bottom, which not only fall off all the time, but also raise the computer no more than 1/8th of an inch off the desk, if that! Sorry Apple, but that does not work to keep this thing cool. The same is true for my Dell Latitude; which also has small, useless feet on the bottom. I have tried putting all sorts of “thing” under the back edge of my PowerBook to raise it up a bit, just to let some cool air underneath, but sooner or later, the PowerBook slides off the “thing” and starts to heat up again, not to mention the aggravation of the computer falling to the desk while typing. I have also seen many inexpensive products that claim to lift the computer off the desk, but I usually ignore these things because so far, all the “laptop stands” I have tried just do not work well, are too bulky, take up too much space in my laptop bag, or are heavy.

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Liquid Ledger
Review

On March 17, 2003, in Review, by Chris Seibold

Liquid Ledger
OS X Only

Company: Modeless Software, Inc.
Price: $45.00
http://www.liquidledger.com

Sure the economy is a little sluggish of late and if you own stocks you probably don’t want to look at the bright red numbers scrolling across the bottom of CNBC. Economy aside, you still need to know what your dough is doing (unless you work off the simple accounting method that once ruled my life: cash in car ashtray=net worth). There are quite a few methods to keep an eye on your dough. These range from the very basic (a napkin) to the highly customizable (a personally designed spreadsheet/database) all the way to any of a number pre made solutions.

One of the pre-made solutions is Liquid Ledger. After using Liquid Ledger for a week I have decided that, for most folks, Liquid Ledger is a very good solution. You acquire Liquid Ledger via a simple download of 1.2 MB (even dial up users won’t balk at that). Installation is a fairly simple matter of drag and drop. The first thing you’ll notice when you fire Liquid Ledger up is, predictably, the interface.

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Links LS
Review

On July 1, 1998, in Game, Review, by Adam Karneboge

Links LS
Company: Access Software, Inc.
Estimated Price: $44.95
http://www.accesssoftware.com

Links LS Picture 1

I have long been a fan of golf simulators for the personal
computer. Links Pro for Macintosh, from Access Software was my golf simulator of choice for a long time. There was simply nothing better, that is, until Links LS came around. Links LS is unmatched by any golf simulator today. The amount of work that has been put into this game is amazing. It is by far the closest you can get to the real thing.

It’s your choice
The thing that makes Links LS so good is that it is so customizable. It lets you pick what you want, when you want, and specify how you want it. You could easily spend 15 minutes fine tuning the game and the course to your preference before you even start the first hole–that’s how detailed this game really is.

After you select “play golf,” you can choose between 5 types of golf: “Stroke” (your normal round of golf); “Best Ball” (teams play for the fewest number of strokes or to win the most holes); “Match” (to win the most holes); your classic “Skins” game (the player who has the lowest score on the hole wins); and finally, “Practice”, which is exactly what the name says.

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Review
TechTool Pro 2.0

On June 2, 1998, in Review, by Adam Karneboge

TechTool Pro 2.0
Company: MicroMat Computer Systems, Inc.
Estimated Price: $99.99
http://www.micromat.com

TechTool Pro 2 Picture

It’s not very often that a really good diagnostic utility comes
around, and until TechTool Pro 2, Norton Utilities was my choice for fixing problems with my Macintosh. I had TechTool Pro 1.0, but it didn’t do much more than diagnose my problems, which wasn’t a huge help to me. However, that has all changed with TechTool Pro 2. TechTool Pro 2 is my new utility of choice, and it leaves Norton Utilities with much to be desired.

Testing, and then some…
TechTool Pro 2 can test any, and I mean, any component of your Macintosh. From your ADB port to your ZIP drive and everything in between, TechTool Pro 2 will test it, and if problems are found, will either fix them or give you “advice” on how to fix them.

The real beauty of TechTool Pro 2 is that it can correct many of the problems it finds. It will repair a multitude of disk problems that can affect B-Trees, Master Directory Blocks, Extents, File Allocation Blocks and many other file related problems. And TechTool Pro 2 is the only utility currently available that will correctly diagnose and repair Mac OS Extended (HFS+) formatted hard disks.

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StuffIt Deluxe 4.5
Review

On April 4, 1998, in Review, by Adam Karneboge

StuffIt Deluxe 4.5
Company: Aladdin Systems, Inc.
Estimated Price: $79.95
http://www.aladdinsys.com

Stuffit Picture

Aladdin Systems’ StuffIt Deluxe, and its siblings,
StuffIt Lite, StuffIt Expander, and Drop Stuff with
Expander Enhancer have become the industry
standard for Macintosh compression. And with every upgrade, you wonder what the Aladdin developers have up their sleeves that could possibly make the StuffIt Family better. This upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe is no exception. Aladdin has done it again–they have released a very worthwhile upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe that everyone should buy.

Support for 8
Probably the best feature of StuffIt Deluxe 4.5 is that it is compatible with Mac OS 8. Previously, the StuffIt Browser and Magic Menu were incompatible with Mac OS 8, but that’s been fixed and a few enhancements have also been made to StuffIt’s Finder Integration. Which leads me to…

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VP-2M-PCI & VP-4M-PCI
Review

On February 6, 1998, in Review, by Adam Karneboge

VP-2M-PCI & VP-4M-PCI
Company: Micro Conversions, Inc.
Estimated Price: $149.99/$199.99
http://www.microconversions.com

 

I consider the purchase of a graphics card to be a significant investment in my computer, so it was something that I was not about to take lightly. I searched many months for the best price-to-performance value, and I believe that I found it in the VP-2M-PCI and VP-4M-PCI graphics cards from Micro Conversions.

Made to Fit
Since my computer is a 6400, I knew that I had two 6.88 inch PCI slots. My computer did not have the standard 12 inch slots, so I knew I needed to find a card that would fit in my computer.

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