Macworld Expo / iWorld Day 3 – MyMac Podcast #443

On February 8, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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So the Macworld Expo ends for another year. Guy couldn’t find Julie Kuehl to podcast with so he did a short solo show in the press room. While we wish the fun times could go on forever, we’re all too tired to go another day.

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Elisa goes solo for this episode where she shares more interviews from Macworld/iWorld 2013. Again, please forgive the uneven audio, she’ll try to do better next time!

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Web Design with HTML and CSS Digital Classroom
Authors: Jeremy Osborn, Jennifer Smith, and the AGI Creative Team
Company: Wiley Publishing
Price: $39.99 US, $47.99 CAN
284 pages
ISBN: 978-0-470-58360-9

If you’re in a hurry, and don’t have time to read this entire review, let me summarize it for you in four words:

I love this book!

However, if you have the time, continue reading to find out why this book is a must-have for anyone with even a passing interest in web design.

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Cloud Computing Bible
Book Review

On January 31, 2011, in Book Review, by Elisa Pacelli


Cloud Computing Bible

by Barrie Sosinsky
www.wiley.com
$44.99 US, $53.99 CAN (under $30 on Amazon US)
496 pages

As technology advances, new buzzwords appear in the lexicon. Lately, we’ve been hearing more and more about “cloud computing.” If you use Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox, or web-based email, you’re using cloud computing. According to Wiktionary.org, cloud computing is, “Computing in which services and storage are provided over the Internet (or ‘cloud’).” Pretty simple, right? Maybe for us, as the user, but there are a lot of details that need to be worked out to create a cloud service.

This is where Cloud Computing Bible by Barrie Sosinsky comes in. If you’re looking for a book that explains how to use some of the cloud services mentioned above, stop here. This is not a how-to book on specific applications or services. If, however, you’re looking to create a cloud-based service, whether for public consumption or your own private company, then continue reading.

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iPhone 4 Portable Genius – Review

On October 26, 2010, in Book Review, iPhone, Review, by Russ Walkowich

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iPhone 4 Portable Genius
by Paul McFedries
Price: $25.00 US $30.00 CAN
Wiley Books
ISBN 9780470642054

When one purchases a new iPhone, there are always those questions that begin to pop up in one’s mind; like how do I do this or that, is it just like the iPhone 3, is it better than my previous phone? That’s when the poser of the questions needs to consider bringing in an outside source of information to answer those question, like iPhone 4 Portable Genius.

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Review-Social Media Marketing All-In-One For Dummies

On October 19, 2010, in Book Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Social Media Marketing All-In-One For Dummies
by Jan Zimmerman and Doug Sahlin
Wiley Publishing
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ISBN: 978-0-470-58468-2
818 pages
$29.99 US, $35.99 CN, £21.99 UK      

Almost everyone is now active in the social media arena. Who doesn’t have a Facebook page to keep in touch with family and friends? How often are you making your thoughts known 140 characters at a time on Twitter? Do you listen to podcasts on your favorite topics during your daily commute? Facebook, Twitter and podcasts are all forms of social media, but can they also be used for social media marketing?

In their book, Social Media Marketing All-In-One For Dummies, Jan Zimmerman and Doug Sahlin go into great detail about how to use social media to market your business or service. The tome is divided into eight books, each addressing a different aspect of social media.

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Review – Building A Web Site For Dummies

On July 2, 2010, in Book Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Building A Web Site For Dummies
by David A. Crowder
Wiley Publishing, Inc.
www.wiley.com
ISBN: 978-0-470-56093-8
$24.99 US / $29.99 CN / £17.99 UK
342 pages

Many people are familiar with HTML and CSS, and think that’s all you need to put together to make a pleasing web site. Others feel that by using an application such as RapidWeaver or Adobe Dreamweaver, most of the work is done for them. Sadly for these people, that’s not the case.

David A. Crowder’s latest book, Building A Web Site For Dummies, takes the reader through the steps involved to, well, build a web site. The book is divided into five sections:

  • Building Your First Web Site
  • Building Better Web Pages
  • Adding Frills and Fancy Stuff
  • Making Money
  • The Part of Tens

The first section assumes you are at least familiar with HTML. Not necessarily an expert, but have a basic understanding of HTML code. Crowder then moves on to advanced HTML, including tables and frames. Finally, he tackles the topic of choosing a domain name and host for your newly created web site.

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Small speakers don’t get any cooler than Ice from i.Sound. They are tiny, with a surprisingly robust audio. Power them via USB from your computer, or with a clever AC adapter

iVoice Pro
Company: MacAlly

Price: $50
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iVoiceIII
Company: MacAlly

Price: $40
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TuneTalk Stereo
Company: Belkin

Price: $70
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Rick Sammon’s Canon EOS Digital Rebel Personal Training DVD
by Rick Sammon, Directed by David Leveen
Wiley Publishing, Inc.
http://www.wiley.com/compbooks
ISBN: 9780470180754
DVD
US: $19.99, CAN: $23.99

Rick Sammon is clearly a talented photographer, as evidenced by a liberal sprinkling of his work throughout this Photo Workshop DVD. He also is an energetic and talented communicator and teacher, qualities that most photographers, regardless of their picture making talent, often lack.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel Personal Training DVD seems to be aimed at first-time DSLR owners, and Rick certainly has far more than a few things to teach them. Much of the material is pretty universal, but the DVD is specifically aimed at owners of Canon’s Rebel XTi. As this is a best-selling entry-level camera at the moment, I suppose that it doesn’t limit the market for this instructional DVD too much, though owners of other DSLRs would benefit from most of the same material. This is definitely an upbeat video with a lot of good information for a beginning photographer.

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Digital Photography: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks, 3rd Edition
by Rob Sheppard

Wiley Publishing, Inc.
http://www.wiley.com
ISBN: 0470147660
221 pages, paper, full color
US: $19.99, CAN: $23.99, UK: £13.99

Like other excellent titles in Wiley’s Visual series, Rob Sheppard’s book on digital photography is well organized and makes extremely good use of photos to illustrate techniques described in the text. In some ways, the title of the book may do it a disservice: don’t think that you will only get 100 tips; there are tips and tricks lodged within the 100 labeled tips. Also, the book provides sound advice for taking better photos, be they digital or not.

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