MyMac Podcast #483: Trying to do without

On November 18, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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All sorts of tech related problems that have nothing to do with Apple, but are funny so we talked about them. This show is about doing stuff without the normal hardware or software you may think of to do that stuff. Got it?

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Firefox browser
Chrome Browser
Bodega
Audacity free
Ardour free
Reaper $60 for individual license
Photoshop Elements from $79
Graphic Converter $40
PixelMator $30
Gimp free
Acorn $50
Art Text from $19.95
Roku from $59
VideoLAN’s VLMC free
Adobe’s Premiere Elements $99
HyperEngine-AV free

Guy’s App Pick: Want a quick fun distraction? Check out Doodle Bowling free
Gaz’s App Pick: Camtasia For Mac. Screen recording and video editing.
People’s Pick: From Mark Sheppard. Mark and Friends Wallpapers , for computer and devices. Browse, Download, Enjoy! 400+ pics and growing!

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MyMac Podcast 482 – Where is that EUREKA moment?

On November 14, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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New TVs, automobile accidents, HUGE watches that control scoreboards, and iCloud solutions make up quite a bit of this week’s show. The GMen also talk about what’s Cooking (oh so clever seque) over at Apple. Of course a lot of your comments as well along with a lot of Guy and Gaz nonsense. So buckle up, sit back, and enjoy the ride!

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Links:
Guy’s PickiMovie from Apple
Gaz’s App Mac app PickSnapheal
People’s Pick: Allister Jenks Fontastic iOS  and Rob Rait selects My Talking Pet app for iOS

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MyMac Podcast 481: Gaz is in the Air!

On November 5, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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If you prefer short, concise, well prepared and documented shows, you are gonna HATE this week’s episode. We badger Reggie Ashworth into joining us and that made for a longer than usual podcast. Gaz has a new iPad Air and Guy is VERY jealous (but trying hard not to show it so why he’s writing that in these show notes in the third person perspective is a mystery). Plus LOTS of feedback from our listeners and just the usual insanity of the GMen.

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Guy’s PickWordPress for creating websites
Gaz’s App PickPixelmater for doing stuff like Photoshop without the insane cost
Reggie’s Pick: His newsletter for letting you know about…his news

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MyMac Podcast 480: Mavericks the new OS…OK

On October 31, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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So much NEW stuff that Apple has released! So much recorded stuff the GMen can’t play for you! What do these things have in common? Not much really, but it seemed like hype sells and we wanted in on the action! Gaz likes certain things and Guy likes other certain things. Listen to find out who liked what and why.

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Guy’s Pick: The new Maps program really works well on the Mac. I needed directions to go pick up my son from a school function at an unknown area and it worked exactly as advertised. One button push to the phone in a much easier to navigate package!
Gaz’s App Pick:Not sure it’s available for people outside the UK but the BBC iPlayer and BBC’s iPlayer Radio. iPlayer (Video TV).
iPlayer Radio (& BBC Podcasts).
People’s Pick: From Erick Diaz Tweetbot 3.0, completely redesigned for iOS 7, with lots of nice features and a great new look. Only thing I don’t like is no iPad version yet. $2.99

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iFrogz Coda Forte Bluetooth Headphones with Mic
Company: ZAGG
Price: $99.99 USD

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With the dramatic increases in technology and the portability of the devices that we have come to depend upon in our daily lives, logic dictates that the capability to listen to music or to have a telephone conversation would also have to improve. Bluetooth headphones have quickly become a necessity for users as they don’t wish to be “tied” physically to their devices.

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Logitech UE Mobile Boombox – Review

On September 12, 2013, in Review, by Nick Rodriguez

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox
Company: Logitech
Price: $99.99

The mobile Bluetooth boombox product category is really popular as of late. I totally understand why. How awesome is it to be able to bring a small, portable device with you and get some great sound out of it to listen to some of your favorite tunes. No doubt the Jawbone Jambox is the king of this product category, but it is a bit pricy, and there is a ton of competition out there. Let take a look at what Logitech has to offer.

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Seagate Central Shared Storage Device – Review

On September 10, 2013, in NAS, Review, by Larry Grinnell

Seagate Central Shared Storage Device
Manufacturer: Seagate
MSRP: $169 (2 TB), $229 (4 TB), available at discount pricing online.
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As reported on this site in some of my reviews over the last few years, I’m a huge fan of NAS (Network Attached Storage) technology. At present, I own a large RAID 5 NAS, with a slave unit to back up the first unit. Why? I have this much storage to support my media server. All my movies, TV shows, music, etc., are stored on my NAS, and its manufacturer keeps adding interesting new tools to keep their devices up to date, such as cloud support (the buzzword du jour), making it easy to connect to my NAS from anywhere in the world.

central-right-500pxBut wait a minute! This review is all about the Seagate® Central. For under $170.00 for the 2 TB model and under $230.00 for the 4 TB model, it’s competitive with any number of NAS devices. One thing they don’t have, however, is the killer brand of Seagate. Seagate has been around for a long time, because they make superior products and because they’re quick to innovate with appropriate new technology, and they back their products up. My experiences with Seagate go back to my first office PC (sorry, Mac users…) that had a Seagate ST-225 20 megabyte (yes, megabyte) hard drive. It was built like a tank and never failed me. But I digress…

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Powerocks Magic Cube Universal 6000mAh Extended Battery
Manufacturer: Powerocks
MSRP: $74.99, Amazon $50.48 (purple)
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Power on the Go — Peace of Mind in a sack!

Our inventory of battery operated, USB charged, personal devices grows longer and longer. This situation translates into a greater likelihood of finding one of these running out of power at a critical moment. This could prevent you from keeping the kids entertained on a long trip or from getting that message from your spouse to pick up a gallon of milk on the way home from work.

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Antec 4 Port USB Charging Station – Review

On August 9, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Antec 4 Port USB Charging Station
Company: Antec Mobile Products
Price: $29.99 on We Love Macs. Available soon on Amazon.

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Many of us have multiple electronic devices that need daily charging: iPhone, iPad, Kindle, spare batteries, and the like. Who wants to have these devices charging in different areas of the house? The Antec 4 Port USB Charging Station solves this dilemma nicely.

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MyMac Podcast 468..I mean 467: Uncle GMen’s Holiday Camp!

On July 24, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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OK, we said 468 a bunch of times but it’s really 467. Blame it on the heat, us being tired, really ANYWHERE other than us personally. Lot’s of good stuff in this show. We go over the tech we bring on holiday, switching to a new ISP, when NOT to use PhotoStream, and much, much more!

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Guy’s App Pick: Tiny Troopers by Chillango. $2.99
Gaz’s App Pick: VideoStar FREE!
People’s Pick: Levelator picked by Dorothy Yamamoto. It’s from The Conversations Network

 

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MyMac Podcast 465: Playing Devil’s Advocate

On July 9, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy are back on the job and this show proves it. So much craziness it almost can’t be contained. Guy doesn’t want to hear about the iWatch, but is interested in a possible less expensive iPhone. Gaz thinks he’s nuts but no real big change there. Out great G+ Community people gives us lots to work with too and of course all the usual of what you might expect from a G&G MyMac Postcast.

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Guy’s App Pick: MPEG Steamclip from Squared 5 software.
Gaz’s App Pick: iStopmotion3 for the Mac
People’s Pick: From Karl Madden we get Photoful from Photosocial LLC, an albums & instant camera roll organization

Apotop Wi-Reader DW09 – Review

On July 8, 2013, in Features, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Apotop Wi-Reader DW09
Company: Carry Technology
Price: $79.99 on newegg.com. Curiously, not available on Carry Technology web site, or anywhere else I could find.
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The Apotop Wi-Reader DW09 is a portable wireless reader/router that can help with iDevice storage capacity. It uses either USB flash drives or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards in FAT/FAT32/NFTS/exFAT file formats to transfer data to and from iPads or iPhones. No computer is needed. Think of it as your own personal storage cloud.

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iCookbook – App Review

On May 15, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

iCookbook
Company: Publications International, Ltd.
Version: 3.1
Price: $4.99
Requires: iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch 3rd generation and above, iPad, iOS 4.3 or later.

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In March 2013 I reviewed the CrockPot Recipes App and was very pleased with the variety of recipes. The developers of the CrockPot Recipes App have another fabulous cooking app that contains recipes for crock pot, oven, and grill, simply named iCookbook.

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Jump into the Mosh(er) pit – MyMac Podcast #453

On April 17, 2013, in Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Listener Craig Mosher joins the GMen in a discussion of hardware and software for audio because if ANYONE needed advice for audio it’s the GMen. Guy gets a bunch of new SoundBoard clips and makes everyone pay dearly for it. Also if you ever wanted to know what goes on between the segments for this podcast, THIS is the show you want to listen to.

Some links
To contact Craig about any audio work in the New York region
craigmosher@gmail.com
crownaudioproductions@gmail.com
crownaudioproductions.com

More Stuff:
Apple script to switch to the login screen: do shell script “/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\\ Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/CGSession -suspend”
Terminal command to always show both system and user Library folders:
“chflags nohidden ~/Library/”

Links:
Guy’s App Pick: FastScript by Red Sweater Software Free for up to 10 scripts only $15 if you need more
Gaz’s App Pick: DM1 – The Drum Machine By Fingerlab $4.99 (£2.99)
Also available on the iPad also $4.99 (£2.99)
Also available on the iPhone also $1.99 (£1.49)
Craig’s App Pick: DJ by Algoriddem Software
Alfred by Running with Crayons Ltd
People’s Pick: From Clive Hammond it’s iDropcopy!

 

xPrint Server – Review

On April 15, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

xPrint Server Home Edition
Company: Lantronix
Works with: Macs and Windows computers, iOS devices
Price: $99.99

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My HP printer is almost five years old. I am of the philosophy, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I have it plugged into my Airport Extreme so everyone in the family can print wirelessly from this printer if they don’t want to use their own printers. However, printing from iOS is another story; more on that later. Seeing a problem to be solved, the good folks at Lantronix came up with an elegant solution: the xPrint Server.

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iPhone: The Missing Manual, 6th edition
Company: O’Reilly Media
Author: David Pogue
Price: $24.99

 

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As an iPhone user I long ago got used to not having a manual with the iPhone. But I’m not your average user, and have had iPhones since the 3GS. But some people really need help with learning about their iPhones, and how to use them. So I was interested to see how the iPhone: The Missing Manual, 6th edition would succeed.

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KitCam – Review

On April 4, 2013, in Camera, iOS, iPhone, Review, by Peter Bird

KitCam
Company: Ghostbird Software
Version: 1.4
Compatible with: iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5), iPod Touch 3rd generation, 4th generation, and 5th generation
Requires: iOS 5.1 or later
Price: $1.99

 

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The Traveler – Review

On April 2, 2013, in iPhone, iPod, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

The Traveler
Company: Insanely Great Products
Price: $10
Works with: iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S, and most smooth-backed devices

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More and more people are using their phones as their GPS devices. It’s difficult—and in many places, illegal—to use your phone while driving. The best solution is to mount your phone on the windshield where it’s easy to see and hear your route directions. The Traveler by Insanely Great Products fits the bill nicely.

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Crock-Pot Recipes App – Review

On March 28, 2013, in Apps, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Crock-Pot Recipes App
Company: iCookbook.com
Version: 1.0.1
Price: $3.99
Requires: iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch 3rd generation and above, iPad, iOS 4.3 or later.

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In my house, when the smoke alarm goes off it means Mom cooked and dinner’s ready. Translation: I’m a lousy cook. But making dinner is a necessary evil. I can use the crock pot but I only have two recipes. We can’t live on beef stew and pulled pork for the rest of our lives, so I needed more crock pot recipes. Crock-Pot Recipes App to the rescue.

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Embrace iPhone Bumper – Review

On March 12, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Embrace iPhone Bumper
Company: Esoterism
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
Price: $89

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Elisa’s note: Vicki Stokes and I were each given an Embrace iPhone Bumper at Macworld 2013 to review. Mine is for iPhone 4S, and Vicki’s is for her iPhone 5. Since the only difference is based on the phone size, we’re combining our review.

Elisa: There were many vendors at Macworld/iWorld 2013 displaying their iPhone cases. For most, it was pretty much more of the same: customized cases with photos on the back, simple bumpers, and cases made with bright and neon colors. At this point, an iPhone case needs to be quite different in order to get noticed.

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