Whoops!

On August 27, 2012, in Features, How-To, by Rich Lefko

Whoops.

Some of us who write reviews and articles here at MyMac like to think we’ve got this whole Mac computer, iPad, iPhone, iStuff thing pretty well nailed down, but the truth is many of us fly by the seat of our pants with this tech stuff.

For instance, I have been ripping the DVDs I own for quite a while now so I can play the content on my Apple TV. I was getting pretty smug about it. I’d tell people that watching DVDs at my house was a thing of the past. No more DVD boxes laying about from my kids. Nope, we just flip on the Apple TV and there it all is just waiting for you. Well, that was before last Friday.

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Life changes forever when you have a 3TB external FireWire 800 + USB2 AC powered  hard drive. You can backup and archive anything and everything. You’ll be glad you paid the extra $60 over the price of the puny 2TB GoFlex Desk for Mac sibling.

So far so good. Hard drives backed up? Check! iOS devices backed up? Check! Photo and music libraries’ redundant archives? Check! Plenty of additional storage capacity for future expansion and bloatware? Double check!

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Review – Drive Genius 3

On August 10, 2010, in Macintosh, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Drive Genius 3
Company: Prosoft

Price: $99.95
http://www.prosofteng.com

Nothing is ever perfect, nor do things work perfectly all the time. When things go wrong with your computer, sometimes it’s something very simple that will only take a few minutes or one or two steps to correct. Other times, you aren’t so lucky and that’s when you have to bring out the right tools to find out what’s wrong with your computer. On the Mac you have Disk Utility or you can utilize applications developed by other companies, such as Disk Warrior or Tech Tool. Among the latter is also Prosoft’s Drive Genius 3, another tool that you might want to consider adding to your utility toolbox to help you out when things go bad.

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MyMac.com Podcast 300: Milestones and Memories

On June 30, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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We finally get to our 300th show! It’s a trip through the past as Guy talks about the long strange journey that led him to the MyMac.com podcast. Congratulatory messages from a whole bunch of people and we announce the winners of the 300th Podcast Contest! We get our first two callers on the Skype number (703-436-9501) and Gaz talks about sharing apps and folders on multiple devices and iTunes accounts.

Links:
iPhotoManager

The 300th MyMac.com podcast is OVER! Stay tuned for possibly more contests in the future but if you didn’t enter , you already missed this one. Thanks again to our fantastic sponsors.

MacAlly
Smile on my Mac
ProSoft Engineering
JoeSoft
NoodleSoft
Reggie Ashworth
Boinx Software
St Claire Software
Westone

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MyMac Podcast 298 – Who the heck is Tom?

On June 17, 2010, in contest, Mac mini, Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Some talk about databases (ACK!) and feedback from Reb Bliefernich which leads into a discussion about iPhoto and managing your pictures. The contest for the 300th podcast is soon going to end! You’re running out of time to enter for some grate free stuff! This week we talk about Hazel for NoodleSoft and Fotomagico Pro 3 from Boinx Software. We also apologize to Tom Schmidt for going outside the box for that weird suggestion from last week. Lastly we have a bit of a chat about Apple’s new Mac Mini! Is it the greatest thing ever or is Apple sending mixed signals about their product lines?

Links:
iPhoto Buddy
iPhoto Library Manager

The 300th MyMac.com podcast is getting ever closer! You only have until June 25th to enter. Here are some of the prizes!

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Creating a catastrophe on a Mac, or any other kind of computer, really isn’t all that difficult. Sometimes you get curious and want to try something you have no business messing with, and in the process you press a key and suddenly your eyes narrow and your stomach constricts. It happens the moment you realize you should not have pressed that key because now you’ve fallen through a trap door from which there is no exit.

I’ve done this so many times over the years that I’ve grown philosophical about it. But what exactly does that mean? It means two things.

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MyMac Podcast 295 – Podcast Contest

On May 27, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Listener feedback and anecdotes about recording the 300th podcast contest commercial (we’ll put it out someday…the outakes that is). Gaz has some sound problems with his MacBook that required some major Googling and Time Machine to solve. Plus MacAlly’s Amptune, Smile on my Mac’s PDFpen, Westone’s True-Fit Earphones, Modulr, WiFi sync app, and much more. A MAJOR announcement and a new contest for the 300th MyMac.com podcast! Here are some of the prizes!

Links
MacAlly Amptune $69.99
Smile on my Mac PDFpen $49.95
ProSoft Engineering’s Drive Genius $99 and Data Rescue $99
JoeSoft’ Hear $49.95
NoodleSoft Hazel $21.95
Reggie Ashworth’s AppDelete $7.99
Boinx Software’s FotoMagico 3 Pro $149
St Claire Software’s Default Folder X $34.95
Westone’s Westone 1 True-Fit Earphones $139

Contact info: twitter.com/gazmaz and twitter.com/macparrot, guy@mymac.com, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501

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Drive Genius 2
Review

On July 21, 2008, in Review, by John Hamilton Farr

Drive Genius 2 (Version 2.0.3)
Company: Prosoft Engineering, Inc.

Price: $99.00
http://www.prosofteng.com/

Prosoft bills Drive Genius as “THE industry standard disk utility for the Mac platform.” That’s a big claim, so I thought I’d have a look at the latest Leopard-compatible version, Drive Genius 2, to see if I could improve the performance of my 1.83 GHz MacBook. Short answer? Yes! Long answer? Read on…

OVERVIEW:
I sometimes tutor Mac users and offer help when things go wrong. Most problems I encounter are simply due to lack of knowledge, not hardware issues. I’ve also found over the years that average users hardly have a clue when it comes to disk maintenance. Most of them get by just fine, thanks to Apple engineering and the general level of component quality. That could change, though, as more and more people fill up their hard drives with digital media files.

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MyMac Podcast #166
Macworld Expo Day 3 David Pogue and Sinbad

On January 18, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Our longest podcast of the week is one of our best yet. Tim and Nemo look at the days event, and talk about some of the booths and events of the day. Nemo interviews New York Times technology writer David Pogue, while Tim does an on the spot interview with Sinbad. (yes, we know the audio is bad for the Sinbad interview, but what the heck.) More Apple Quiz from the Prosoft Engineering, and Guy and Nemo pay some Booth visits.

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MyMac Podcast 165
Macworld Expo 2008 Day Two

On January 16, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Booth recordings at EA Games, Music Wizard, Notion Music, and some Apple Trivia from the Prosoft Engineering Booth. A ton of fun, plus Larry, Guy, and Tim from the hotel room talking about some of the days activities. And what’s this about a NEW AOL Macintosh client? Really?



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Filemaker Pro / Bento
EA
Music Wizard
Notion Music
AOL
Office 08
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Data Backup 3.0
Review

On October 18, 2007, in Macintosh, Review, by Larry Grinnell


Data Backup 3.0
Company: Prosoft Engineering

Price: $59.00 (US)
http://www.prosoftengineering.com

Everyone hates doing backups. I know I do. Like most utility software packages, products like this are ignored until it is too late, and your precious data is gone. It’s funny how diligent I was at work (I suppose my job being at stake had something to do with it…), yet I almost never backed up anything at home. I’ve been playing the odds for a lot of years, and have so far been pretty lucky.

The reality is that because nothing has happened, you get lulled into a false sense of security. When it finally does happen (drive crash, deleted a vital file, etc.), the cries of anguish are deafening. Again, it’s never happened to me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t at the most inopportune moment possible, because that’s how these things go. That’s why I urge all of you out there in internetland to get yourself some backup software and one of those amazingly cheap external hard drives. There has never been a better time to buy one of these USB 2.0 packages of storage goodness. When you can by a 500 gigabyte drive (that’s half a terabyte!) for under $125.00, and 120 giggers for around 50 bucks, there’s absolutely no reason in the world not to embark on a solid backup plan right this very minute. Can’t afford an external drive even at these prices? Most of your Macs probably have a CD and maybe even a DVD burner. A CD burner can put up to 700 megabytes on a disk, and a DVD burner, around 4.5 gigabytes (almost 9 GB on the double-layer disks). You know, these nice internal and external hard drives are coming down in price for a reason–they’re built more cheaply, and are likely to fail more unpredictably than drives of the past. It might last 20 years, or it might go out in a blaze of glory tomorrow.

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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.

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Drive Genius 1.01
Review

On March 11, 2005, in Review, by David Weeks

Drive Genius 1.01
Prosoft Engineering

http://www.prosofteng.com
$99.00 single user license

Prosoft Engineering’s Drive Genius (DG for short) is the latest entry in the drive maintenance and repair field. Drive Genius joins Alsoft’s Disk Warrior, and Micromat’s TechTool 4.

Let’s see what DG has to offer, and how well it works.

The product datasheet shows that DG has a veritable laundry list of functions. Here’s a list of the more important features:

DG comes on a bootable CD. New OS versions generally require an updated CD. This is true of all drive repair products that allow booting off the CD.

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Nemo’s first personal demonstration following Tuesday’s keynote address was by Serge Kamen of Intego. Their suite of security and backup applications is impressive and very affordable. Serge was calm in spite of chaos surging all around us. He walked me through major features and attractive interface in each component program. Intego appears to be attacking Symantec with full frontal assault. It will be a pleasure to audition such innovative new products.

Nemo rating: VERY FAVORABLE

Prosoft Engineering held an official press conference in quiet room 270, which felt a thousand miles from the Expo floor. Greg Brewer explained (and Nemo agrees wholeheartedly) that YOUR DATA IS CRUCIAL, much more so than computer hardware or software. Prosoft introduces Data Rescue, Data Recycler, and Data Backup, giving competition to Dantz, Symantec, and other utility developers.

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