Turbo.264 HD

On October 17, 2011, in Apple, Apps, Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Turbo.264 HD
Company: Elgato
Version: 1.2
Requires: 512 MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, QuickTime 7.6 or later
Price: $49.99
Mac App Store link

Turbo.264 HD Software Edition is a simple application that can convert almost any type of video on your Mac to a high quality H.264 file in standard or HD format. The resulting video can be played on iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Sony PSP, or sent to YouTube.

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G-Drive Slim

On January 4, 2011, in Hard Drive, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

G-Drive Slim
Company: G-Technology by Hitachi
Price: $99.99 (a little less on Amazon)
Requires: Mac OS 10.5 or higher

Let’s be honest: the market is flooded with external hard drives at all capacities and prices. They’re all the same, right? Just pick one and you’re all set. Sorry, not that simple.

The main purpose of an external hard drive is to back up the data on your computer. Many of us have more than one backup on multiple external drives, therefore we need a drive that’s reliable. So, an important factor in choosing a drive is the reputation of the manufacturer.

Enter the G-Drive Slim by Hitachi.

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AppleCares, and so should you!

On August 26, 2010, in Apple, iPhone, Macintosh, Opinion, by Scott Willsey

One of the joys of buying consumer electronics is having to decide whether or not to purchase a warranty for your shiny new toy. Most warranties are fairly limited, expensive, and generally worth thinking about carefully before deciding to purchase. But not so with AppleCare. AppleCare is a no brainer. If you’re considering buying an Apple product, and you’re not planning on getting AppleCare, then Lucy, you have some ‘splainin to do.

Apple’s web site shows AppleCare options for Mac and Apple display, iPod and Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. What might not be obvious is that if you purchase AppleCare for your Mac, it will also cover things other than the Mac and an external Apple display, such as a Time Capsule or Airport Extreme. I’m not sure how Apple handles it if there’s any question about the other device being purchased at a different date than the Mac, but I have firsthand experience that they will honor it.

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Chad and Tim ramble on and on about Star Wars, Macs, iPads, Green Hornet, Harry Potter Lego Year 1-4, Red Dead Redemption, and much more than I can remember right now. Seriously, what did we talk about again? I dunno… Anyway, email us at either tim@mymac.com or chadperry@mymac.com. Okay? Do it now. NOW, DAMN IT! Please? No…okay, fine then! Sheesh…

Listen to the show right here in MP3 format!

Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard Ebook
Company: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.

Price: $15.00

Also available from this publisher:
“Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard” Ebook
Company: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00

The Take Control series of ebooks by TidBITS Publishing Inc. has always provided inexpensive books about Macintosh specific topics that are timely, comprehensive, and easy to understand. With the advent of Snow Leopard, Apple’s most recent version of its OS X operating system, TidBITS has added several Snow Leopard related titles to their lineup. Having just upgraded both of my own personal Macs to Snow Leopard, I was interested in seeing what I could learn from their title Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard by Matt Neuburg.

Please note that while I also reference Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard, also by TidBITS Publishing, this review is for Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard. only. However, both books are currently available, and purchasing both together might be a desirable option for someone planning on upgrading their Macs from Leopard to Snow Leopard.

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MyMac Podcast 173
The Kitchen Sink Show

On February 28, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Play MyMac 173, or subscribe in iTunes.

Last week, we interviewed Lee Givens from America Online. He was so much fun to talk to, Lee returns as a co-host this week with Tim, Owen, and David to chat about older Macs, AppleTV, headphones, iTunes passing Best Buy in music sales, the future of broadband, and much more. John Nemo returns with Part Two of his AppleCare Switcher interview. A good resolution? Listen to find out.

As always, we welcome your feedback! Email us at mymacpodcast@gmail.com or call our messaging number at 1-801-938-5559 so we can play you on the show.

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Old Macs Never Die

On October 28, 2004, in Opinion, by Roger Born

Its true. You can find a lot of them out here in Southern California.

Out here, where we are in the Mojave Desert, there are numerous small towns and villages among the mesas and foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. All of them congratulate themselves for their fortunate position, in the middle of the most beautiful land there is, and for being part of an economy that is far less expensive than down South in LALA land, or indeed, all the rest of California.

Older folks, and folks that can’t afford to live elsewhere, make the most of the inexpensive living conditions out here. Some even buy homes, which are priced way below the rest of the market in Southern California.

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