Guy and Tim wrap up’s coverage of the 2011 Macworld Expo. In this last episode, Tim and Guy discuss the three days of Expo, the show on the main stage on Saturday, and at the very end snag an interview with Ted Landau, who was innocently walking by. Booth segments include Splashtop, Quick office, Ditto, Blue Microphones, Boom, Mophie, and Genieo.

Two iPhone Books Reviewed

On March 24, 2008, in Book Review, by David Weeks

How to Do Everything with Your iPhone
Jason Chen and Adam Pash

McGraw Hill Osborne
$24.99 US $28.95 CDN
ISBN 978-0-07-149790-9
296 pages


Take Control of Your iPhone v 1.01 ebook
Ted Landau
TidBITS Electronic Publishing
US $15.00 online purchases only
195 pages

Steve Jobs envisioned the Macintosh as a consumer device along the lines of a toaster; a computer that’s so easy to use it would require virtually no complex instructions. You don’t read the manual when you buy a toaster, right? Since 1984, the Mac has evolved to become a powerful and complex computing environment, and most people have to read the manual. A little bit, anyways.

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Total Leopard Superguide ebook

On February 6, 2008, in Book Review, by David Weeks

Total Leopard Superguide ebook
$12.95 downloadable ebook PDF
$15.00 PDF on CD-ROM via mail
$24.95 printed

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been out long enough for various help books to hit the stores. My current favorite tome is David Pogue’s Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual.

Various web sites have been filling cyberspace with Leopard hints, tips and tricks.

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Mac OS X Help Line, Panther Edition
Book Review

On October 28, 2004, in Book Review, by David Weeks

Mac OS X Help Line, Panther Edition
Ted Landau
Peachpit Press
ISBN 0321193873
US $39.99

MacFixit web site founder and author Ted Landau’s newest book, Mac OS X Help Line, Panther Edition, has joined the ranks of David Weeks’ favorite OS X books. Until now, I’ve recommended David Pogue’s OS X The Missing Manual for beginners and intermediate Mac users. The nod for best advanced/expert level book has gone to Mac OS X Unleashed, penned by John and William Ray.

I’ve got to add Mac OS X Help Line (Help Line for short) to the canon of best OS X books. The Ray brothers’ Unleashed is geared more toward the Unix-oriented sysadmin/expert user. In contrast, Landau’s Help Line is written for the sophisticated OS X end user; someone who doesn’t need the plumb the Uniy depths of OS X, yet needs detailed information on complex topics.

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Macworld Boston
Why You Should Be there!

On June 29, 2004, in Macworld Expo, Opinion, by Ilene Hoffman

Macworld Boston – Why You Should Be there!

Macworld Conference & Expo – just what does that name mean to you? Does it bring to mind fond memories of meeting new people and watching live product demonstrations in anticipation of winning some coveted new piece of software? Do you think fondly of meeting some person face-to-face whose articles, blogs or forum comments you’ve been reading for years?

If you’ve said no to these questions then you’ve missed attending the only one true Macintosh paradise. Think about it, where else in the real world have you ever been surrounded by the creative genius of thousands of people with the same interests as you? When you think of Macworld Conference & Expo your mind should focus on that magical Macintosh world of sound, sight, color and smells of thousands of people milling about a hall with one common passion.

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Mac OS X Disaster Relief
Book Review

On April 22, 2003, in Book Review, by David Weeks

Mac OS X Disaster Relief
Troubleshooting techniques to help fix it yourself

Ted Landau with Dan Frakes
Peachpit Press
ISBN 0-321-16847-X
684 pages
US 34.99 CA $54.99

I usually have a tall stack of books in the review pipeline, and new additions are added to the bottom of the pile. Sometimes it takes titles a while to surface, but when Ted Landau’s Mac OS X Disaster Relief arrived, it went promptly to the head of the pile.

When I began reading the actual troubleshooting sections, I began to worry.

“Did I make a mistake upgrading to Mac OS X?”

When I was half finished with the troubleshooting sections, I worried some more.

“Maybe I made a mistake owning a Macintosh.”

By the time I finished the book, I was really worried.

“Maybe I should just get rid of all my computers!”

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