How to convert a POP Email Account to IMAP

Most email providers let you choose between two ways to get your messages. You can have a POP (Post Office Protocol) account that downloads all your messages to your Mac, iPhone or iPad. Or, you can have an IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) account that leaves some or all of your messages up on the mail server so you can access them from any device. For example, with a POP account, if you check email on your iPhone, the messages downloaded there will only be there; when you get back to your Mac, you won’t see them in your inbox. With IMAP, they’ll be on all your devices.

If you’ve been using a POP account, but have grown frustrated with inaccessible messages, you can usually convert your account to IMAP. Most hosting companies and providers offer both options. However, making this conversion requires that you take precautions so you don’t lose any messages. Here’s how to make the switch safely

What to Expect at Apple’s Event Tomorrow

Apple has an event tomorrow, and it will be the Biggest Consumer Technology News of 2012. It will likely remain the Biggest Consumer Technology News of 2012 until Apple's next event, which may then overtake it. Here's what to expect.

First and foremost, it will be universally acknowledged as Very Important.

How important? Here is an anecdote: A major player in the consumer electronics industry had an event planned on Wednesday morning at the same time as Apple's announcement. It was a chance for an intimate group of technology journalists to meet with a C-level executive, and to walk away at the end of the meeting with unreleased products to review.

Journalists love this kind of gathering because, above all else, we are dicks; the chance to hector a top executive at one of the world's largest companies for not being Apple, in an intimate setting, surrounded by your equally unimpressed peers, and then walk out the door with unreleased products to review is what we love to do.

Nonetheless, [Redacted] had to reschedule its event due to lack of interest.

Wacom Intuos5

Pros: Touch and pen interface, ExpressKeys HUD is useful and unintrusive, All tablet sizes feature wireless option, New design

Cons: Wireless option slightly clunkier than Bluetooth

Subscriptions to Your Mac Life

As mentioned on the Leap Day Edition of YML, we no longer have any advertisers on YML. That has nothing to do with Your Mac Life itself and everything to do with the fact that I suck at trying to sell advertising. It's just not a skill set I possess.

But, because Your Mac Life *is* my job/livelihood, I need to find a way for it to make money.

So, like a lot of other web sites, I've decided to go to a full Subscription Model. For the time being, the show remains free for all to listen - either live on Wednesday evenings or to the archives available on the web site or the iTunes Store. At some point in the future, "additional content" may be created specifically and only for subscribers but the show itself will likely always remain free to listen.

On the left hand side, you can see the buttons for subscriptions and donations. Subscriptions are automatic and can be for $2, $5, $10 and $15 per month (if you have an amount not mentioned you'd like me to include, just let me know). These amounts are withdrawn from your credit card or PayPal account each month until you stop the subscription. It's a "Fire and Forget" method of subscription. :)

There is also the "Donate" button you can use to send a one off amount of your choosing. It can be for a specific thing (we've had several pizzas and beers bought for the show hosts!) or it can be "just because". Any and all donations are appreciated.

I hope you find Your Mac Life entertaining. I hope we make you laugh on occasion, think on occasion and react on occasion. And I hope you find some value in what we do and choose to acknowledge that in this fashion. Even if you don't, we hope you'll keep listening!

Archives for February 29th, 2012

This week's show "Apple Event and a GripStand/Base Review"

Apple Event and a NewerTech GripStand/Base Review

This week on Your Mac Life: "Apple Event and a NewerTech GripStand/Base Review"

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Archives for February 22nd, 2012

This week's show ""Nightline's "iFactory" and Office for iPad""

"Nightline's "iFactory" and Office for iPad"

This week on Your Mac Life: "Nightline's "iFactory" and Office for iPad"

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Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

ABC News Nightline’s look inside Foxconn

Olloclip vs. iPro Lens review

There’s no question that the iPro Lens takes better pictures, and its handle gives it a leg up on videos, too. The Olloclip, on the other hand, comes in a much smaller, more convenient package that outshined the iPro when I was on the go. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

The Olloclip goes for $69, while the iPro Len System will set you back almost three times that, at $199. With that significant price difference in mind, it all comes down to priorities. If you’re looking to get the most out of your iPhone’s camera and don’t mind a bulkier package or steeper price, the iPro’s the way to go. But for casual users who’d like to spice up their phone’s camera without breaking the bank or toting around extra hardware, the Olloclip’s just fine.

Siri: The missing Mountain Lion Feature

I’m...a bit disappointed that Apple hasn’t yet announced any upcoming Mac support for another standout feature of its mobile platform—Siri.

Some posit that Apple’s hesitancy to deploy Siri on the Mac (or any device beisdes the iPhone 4S) may relate to microphone technology; I don’t buy it. I think Apple’s holding off on Siri integration either to motivate upgrades or to limit overall Siri adoption—the service is still in beta and occasionally suffers downtime.

But whatever the reason, I hope Apple changes its thinking quickly. I’m a fan of Siri on my iPhone, and I can imagine plenty of ways Siri could deliver awesomeness on the Mac.

Archives for February 15th, 2012

This week's show "Tim Cook and My Mac Life - Email"

Sly's Website of the Week - February 15th, 2012

USB Shot Glass and Power Hour Drinking Game, now that's a party in the making...and apparently a lawsuit in the making as well for musician Ali Spagnola, who's trying to defend her use of "Power Hour" against a lawsuit by combining & selling her CD with a Shot Glass & Drinking Game.

Her video is funny and cute and I have to admit, I'm tempted to send $30 bucks her way. ;-)

Check it out, including the story at Gizmodo, if you get the chance.

~ Sly

Tim Cook and My Mac Life - Email

This week on Your Mac Life: Tim Cook and My Mac Life - Email

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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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How to deal with Twitter Overload

We've all been there. First you start following a couple people on Twitter. What's the harm in following a couple more? Next thing you know, tweets are flying by faster than you can say "hashtag," and now you're backed into a #corner. It's natural to go on an unfollowing spree in cases like this. Why not? Those friends who use Twitter like a chat room probably won't notice, and if they do, you could just blame a Twitter fail whale. But the truth is, you don't have to. Instead, turn to plentiful apps, options, and tools to gracefully manage Twitter and keep tabs on as many accounts as you want.

Olympus Pen E-P3

Pros:
Excellent overall performance, Good still and video image quality, Built-in flash, Full complement of manual and auto controls, OLED Semi-touchscreen

Cons:
Pricey, Confusing menu system beyond the basics, Weak flash output, Only 3 frames per second continuous shooting

Archives for February 8th, 2012

This week's show "Super Bowl Commercials and Twitter Clients"

Super Bowl Commercials and Twitter Clients

This week on Your Mac Life: Super Bowl Commercials and Twitter Clients

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com and available on your desktop, iPhone and iPad! You can watch the show live from anywhere at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

YML Interview with Sacramento County Coroner Greg Wyatt

There are two types of coroners - the TV kind and the real world kind. The TV ones are more celebrated but the real world kind are more interesting.

YML was lucky enough to talk to Sacramento County Coroner Greg Wyatt, fresh off his session at the 2012 Macworld. Greg talked about what a coroner does, the technology they have available and how he uses Macs and iPads in his his job.

And you'll be happy to hear that even though he may have a creepy job, he's a fun and engaging interview subject.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Archives for February 1st, 2012

This week's show "Macworld|iWorld and Johnson vs Browett"

Sly's Website of the Week - February 1st, 2012

Proof that some REALLY bad songs made it to #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.

5 Seconds of Every #1 Billboard Hot 100 Hit From 1993-2011

Macworld|iWorld and Johnson vs Browett

This week on Your Mac Life: Macworld|iWorld and Johnson vs Browett

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com and available on your desktop, iPhone and iPad! You can watch the show live from anywhere at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

YML Interview with Photographer Clark Little

Photography is a passion here at Your Mac Life and we always enjoy talking about it with experts. Clark Little is not only an expert, he's a one of a kind photographer.

Little is not only lucky enough to be a Mac user living in Hawaii but also a surfer who has found a remarkable photographic niche - shorebreak photography.

Clark talks to YML about the shooting, the gear, the computers and the software e uses to create his amazing images.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Johan-Till Broer of Garmin

Regular show listeners know we are huge Garmin fans at Your Mac Life. The company is showing off a variety of iOS apps at this year's Macworld|iWorld and we had a chance to talk to Johan-Till Broer of Garmin.

Johan told us not only about Garmin's fitness apps but also about the improvements and additions to their well known navigation apps - some of them might surprise you!

And, just for the length of the show, Garmin is offering $10 off the Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA, North America, and onDemand apps and all their NAVIGON apps. They've also reduced the prices of their North American turn-by-turn navigation apps by $10 during Macworld.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Patrick O'Neill, CEO of olloclip

DSLRs are great but bulky and cumbersome. The iPhone is a wonderful camera phone but you often find yourself wishing for some of the features and abilities of a DSLR. olloclip to the rescue!

The olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone 4/4S that includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one small, convenient package that easily fits in your pocket. I spoke to Patrick O'Neill, CEO of olloclip, about the product and even "convinced" him to give Macworld|iWorld showgoers a Show Special! You're welcome. :)

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Jason Palmer of Epson

Projectors have come a long way since they were too big to carry and needed a team of A/V geeks to operate.

Epson has been a leader in projection technology for both business and home and their latest model, the MegaPlex MG-850HD, carries on the tradition. We spoke to Epson's Senior Marketing Manager for Home Theater, Jason Palmer, about the features of the new model and found out they will be torture testing it in the Moscone Center for the rest of the week.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Paul Scandariato, Doxie Go + Wi-Fi

Scanning has always been a tedious process but the folks at Doxie are trying to make it easier and even fun.

We spoke to Paul Scandariato, Vie President of Marketing for the Doxie Go + Wi-Fi scanner just announced at the 2012 Macworld|iWorld. It's available now on the show floor and they even have special pricing for you those lucky enough to be at the Moscone Center. But, buy it fast - I predict they won't last long!

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Apple Earnings and Macworld|iWorld

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Apple Earnings and Macworld|iWorld!

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com and available on your desktop, iPhone and iPad! You can watch the show live from anywhere at this URL:
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Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
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You can also join the Chat Room that runs during the live show - on the Live Video Feed itself or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Christa Taylor about Sort Shots and Photo Folder

Ahead of Macworld|iWorld, we've done some interviews with companies who will be on the show floor. First up is Christa Taylor who talks to us about to apps for your iOS devices - Sort Shots and Photo Folder.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Does it make sense for the Apple TV to become a DVR too?

This week, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent that appears to address the possibility of the Apple TV gaining DVR capabilities. This would mean, in a DVR user's fantasy world, that the Apple TV would gain the ability to look up TV listings and allow the user to choose which shows to record that are coming over broadcast or cable. The specific patent in question is more related to the organization of episodic TV shows, but it does describe menu items that would "correspond to television shows that have either been recorded from a broadcast or purchased from a content provider."

It's that line that has spurred Apple watchers to speculate that Apple may, in fact, add DVR capabilities to the Apple TV sometime in the near future. But aside from the fact that many concepts patented by Apple never see the light of day, we wondered: does it even make sense at this point in time to consider adding this feature?