Mac Kung Fu – Book Review

On May 22, 2013, in Book Review, Mac OS X, by Julie Kuehl

Mac Kung Fu, Second Edition – Over 400 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for Apple OS X

Author: Keir Thomas
Publisher: The Pragmatic Bookshelf
Price: US $39 (print) | US $26 (ebook)
424 pages
ISBN: 978-1-93778-507-9

Mac Kung Fu is a collection of hundreds of little things that can make a big difference in the way your Mac works. I’m always surprised when someone stumbles across features that I’ve known for years but are new to them. Mac Kung Fu is full of that kind of stuff. While you may be aware of some of these tips, I doubt many besides the author will know all of these.

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About Julie Kuehl

Julie Kuehl is an IT Communication Specialist by day. Currently she is focused on becoming a total nerd by publishing podcasts, writing blogs and reviews, and learning web design/development. Podcasts she hosts include SciFi Tech Talk and Apptastic Reviews. More info can be found at

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Did you ever listen to a podcast that you thought was going to go one way but went in another? This one goes in a third, fourth, and possibly tenth direction before never actually settling down. Will Green of the brilliant BritishMac Podcast joins the GMen in a very long, but never drags (not even for a minute) podcast and they talk about…well it’s kinda hard to describe. Go and listen.

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Guy’s App Pick: Artboard by Mapdiva $29.99
Gaz’s App Pick: Gaz likes System Preferences built into Mac OS X
People’s Pick: Steve McShane likes Flipboard by Flipboard Inc FREE!

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Mac and iOS Maintenance
Three Geeky Ladies Episode 6

On August 6, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Three Geeky Ladies

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The Ladies talk about ways they keep their Macs and iOS devices running clean, and Vicki tells us what she likes and dislikes about Mountain Lion. Sorry for the scratchy noises-the Skype gods were against us during recording!

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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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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 enjoy sharing our night sky as an amateur astronomer and volunteer with the Project ASTRO program. I'm a member of the UA 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.

An Open Letter To the Board of Directors of Apple Computer

On December 28, 2001, in Opinion, by Bob McCormick

Good day Gentlemen,

I am writing to express my extraordinary dissatisfaction upon learning that one of my Macintosh computers will not be fully supported by OS X. I own a PowerBook G3, Bronze Keyboard. I purchased this computer in 1999 for the singular purpose of being able to make the transition to OS X. When this product was introduced, it was with the understanding that it would be a supported product for running Mac OS X. Now I have learned that video development in OSX for this PowerBook and many other supported Macintosh computers is no longer being planned. (Please see Apple Care Knowledge Base article, 106154.)

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The Birth of Oh! Ess Ten

On March 26, 2001, in Opinion, by Beth Lock

As gestations go, this one was the lengthiest in the history of the Macintosh world. 15 months from the announcement of conception, to birth. I was in the audience at MacWorld San Francisco 2000 when the proud daddy, Steve Jobs, announced that we would soon have another little OS to feed in the near future. With the help of a giant screen, he showed us ultrasound pictures of what the little rascal would look like. And because almost everyone loves babies, the crowd oohed and ahhed at the child’s anticipated future antics.

It was a difficult pregnancy. The first projected release date was aborted and genetic code sent to all the wannabe developers to see what the problem was with the DNA. “Four arms! Six legs! No, no, let’s give it twelve eyes!” and the scientists were at it again…forming this love child from fantasies of one mighty superman Operating System that would be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap RAM hungry applications with a single bound.

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The Stripes are Off

On August 1, 1998, in Opinion, by Brian Koponen

Apple Computer has taken the six colorful stripes (horizontal bands) off their famous logo; quite a bold statement. It shows Apple is changing. They are stripping the excess to become the leanest, meanest computer company around. Apple has simplified their product line, there software future, and made everyone think different.

The iMac

In a series of recent announcements, Apple launched new computers and a new operating system strategy. The first announcement was the unleashing of the iMac. This semi-transparent, glowing orb of a computer is quite a deviance from the typical concept of what one should be. Truly an incident where “seeing is believing.” Even the power cord is translucent!

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