The best way to run Windows on your Mac

Despite the Mac's recent gains in market share, Windows is still the dominant operating system, especially in businesses. That means there may be times when you need to run the Microsoft OS: perhaps there’s an application your company uses that’s only available for Windows, or you’re a web developer and you need to test your sites in a true native Windows web browser. Or maybe you want to play computer games that aren’t available for OS X. Whatever your reason for running Windows, there are a number of ways your Mac can do it for you.

The MacBook air turns Four Years Old Today

Four years ago today, Apple introduced the MacBook Air, then the world's thinnest notebook. It was Steve Jobs's last Macworld appearance and the next to last Macworld keynote for Apple.

The presentation is a classic Steve Jobs performance. The keynote has his usual smooth delivery, a genuine enthusiasm for the product, and a healthy dose of showmanship.

Archives for January 11th, 2012

This week's show "The iPhone's 5th Anniversary and CES"

Why You can Ignore CES: The Great Tablet Hype

The Consumer Electronics Show takes place every year in Las Vegas, and each year, everyone complains. There are so many vendors and announcements -- and yet when you look more closely, all you see is pointillist marketing nonsense. Does the show really have any larger significance for those interested in technology? Because it seems that if you ignore the news from the show, you don't seem any less wise down the line.

Well, here's a test case. Let's say you paid close attention last year to the tablets that were hyped at the show. How important have they turned out to be, one year on?

We broke down the trajectories of 17 tablets from CES 2011. In the final tally, I think you could say one is a qualified success (the Asus Eee Pad Transformer), one did OK (the Motorola XOOM), and several flopped (Dell Streak, RIM Playbook) or made no impact (Coby Kyrus, Cydle M7 Multipad, Naxa NID-7001). Nine never were heard from again.

The iPhone's 5th Anniversary and CES

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: The iPhone's 5th Anniversary and CES

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We Take for granted What has already been Invented


A lot of tech blogs have been linking to videos of Apple’s 2007 keynote, during which the iPhone was revealed. It’s worth watching it if you’ve time, not only to see one of the finest Steve Jobs keynotes (he was in great form that day), but also to remind yourself of just what happened in 2007.

Remember what smartphones were like in 2007, and how annoying and fiddly they were to use. It’s telling when you watch the various Jobs reveals; the audience gasps in astonishment and is genuinely thrilled by the iPhone’s various gestures, such as slide-to-unlock and pinch-zoom. This isn’t the usual ‘Steve said something so we must cheer’ that often went on at Apple events—this is genuine excitement at something new, something different, and something revolutionary.

Tablets: What Amazon and Apple know that all the CES tablet peddlers are still missing

Takeaway: Tablets are everywhere again at CES 2012, but none of them combine the two big reasons why Apple and Amazon tablets have succeeded.

...the problem with Android tablets isn’t a time or maturity issue. It’s that Google and all of its hardware partners are playing the wrong game and they haven’t realized it yet.

The iPhone: Five Years Later...

At this point, sadly, we’ve seen all the Steve Jobs presentations we’re ever going to see. As far as I’m concerned, the 2007 introduction of the iPhone is the definitive Steve Jobs presentation. It’s the one that people will reference for as long as Steve Jobs is remembered.

Catching up with Apple – This Year's CES Theme

CES hasn’t even started, but after sitting through various pre-show press conferences and meetings, one thing is clear: Apple is casting a very long shadow on this show. And many of the products I have seen have been various implementations of something Apple has already brought to market.

Sly's Website of the Week - January 4th, 2012

First, Happy New Year to all the listeners of Your Mac Life and welcome to a brand new year of Website of the Week.

Starting us off this year is a simple yet cool website of the week that slowly eases us back into the swing of things.

Remember musical chairs? Well how about Musical Squares.

Try spelling out your name (I did!) or not. Whatever pattern works for you. But fair warning, it can become addictive.

*Note our winner may see that it's not the same URL as was submitted....for some reason, the URL wasn't coming up for me at work so I had to find another site that hosted this. Same bat-game, different bat-channel. ;-)

Enjoy.

~Sly

Archives for January 4th, 2012

This week's show "The First Show of 2012!"

The First Show of 2012!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: The First Show of 2012!

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10 Good Minutes with Jim Dalrymple on Commenting

On today's The Loop, Jim Dalrymple posted a story called "Disagreements and comments". I found it interesting if only because I'm a big fan of a web site that has a well run commenting system.

Jim agreed to do 10 good minutes with his thoughts on commenting in general and on The Loop specifically.

Listen at the link below or, even better, Subscribe to "10 Good Minutes" on the iTunes store and get each episode delivered automagically!

No Details are still available for Product Apple is possibly Planning or Making

According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, there are still no details available about a revolutionary new product that Apple has long been rumoured to be working on, which might be an upgrade to the Apple TV, an actual television with Apple TV integrated, or something else entirely, perhaps.

Apple executives have reportedly met with media company executives, with the intention of getting industry support for whatever bold new initiative is possibly coming out of Cupertino, although they might have just been getting together for a meal, or some coffee.

A Good Smartphone comes but once a Year

Take a look at Apple's phone releases versus HTC's since the start of 2010, plotted over time...

Archives for December 21st, 2011

This week's show "The Last Show of 2011!"

The Last Show of 2011!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: The Last Show of 2011!

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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Santa and Siri

Archives for December 14th, 2011

This week's show "2nd Biggest Apple Story this Year and Listener Emails"

Your Mac Life is *NOT* live this evening - Ian and Bill had Holiday commitments so Shawn flew solo this show!

We'll be back with the live show next Wednesday.

Sly's Website of the Week - December 14th, 2011

The information on You-Tube says it all:

After lots of time away last year (214 days) -- planned for 7 week deployment exercise with other nations

Diverted to Libya and further operations

Back 9 Dec after 7½ months away - 225 days with 176 at sea

400 people onboard (at peak during the amphibious exercises just under 900 onboard but approx 650 during Op Ellamy)
Steamed just over 40,000 miles
Burned approx 6,000 tonnes of fuel
Operated 16 different type of aircraft off the deck

Realities of deploying:

15 babies born while the ship has been away (fathers did get home to see mum and baby)
5 people were sent home so they didn't miss their own weddings.
1 sailor whose son's third birthday is on homecoming. Family meeting ship

Ships company have missed:

Summer holidays.
Children's exam results
Children finishing school and starting university
The Padre missed his daughter's graduation.

The ship's company made a Christmas DVD when they heard they would be home for Christmas.

That's what Christmas is all about...glad they're going home. Nice job, HMS Ocean!

I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!

Happy Holidays!
~ Sly

Archives for December 7th, 2011

This week's show ""How Do I?" and the Anti-Gift Guide!"

"How Do I?" and the Anti-Gift Guide!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: "How Do I?" and the Anti-Gift Guide!

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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Preview of Productive Macs - a New Productivity Bundle for Mac

Unlike most Mac bundles that lack focus, Productive Macs is focused on productivity. We have hand-picked 8 premium productivity applications and bundled them together, available just for $39.99 - at an 85% discount from their original price!

The applications in Productive Macs bundle will help Mac users to greatly enhance their productivity. The included applications are best in their class and are widely known throughout the Mac user community:

Fantastical - The calendar you'll actually enjoy using
NoteBook - Powerful note taking and organizing
Default Folder X - Save your files effortlessly and open your folders instantly
Cashculator - The most productive way to track your finances
Home Inventory - Your stuff at your fingertips
BusyCal - The easy way to share your calendars and more.
LaunchBar - Everything on your Mac, few keystrokes away!
Tags - Manage your files in a way far superior to folders

The Productive Macs bundle will be launched on December 5th and run until December 19th.

Archives for November 30th, 2011

This week's show "YML's Holiday Gift Guide!"

Sly's Website of the Week - November 30th, 2011

As one with nary an artistic bone in her body, this blew me away. (A very cool "tribute" to Steve Jobs.)

(Aaron Kizer paints Steve Jobs with Nonstop AKA Marquese in Owensboro, Kentucky at the 11th Hour Live Music and Arts Show. www.kizerarts.com)

Enjoy!

YML's Holiday Gift Guide!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: YML's Holiday Gift Guide!

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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Amazon Black Friday Sale!

You shouldn't have to stand in a long line to get a great deal. We're searching for the best Black Friday deals everywhere--including Black Friday deals other stores are planning--so we can meet or beat their prices and bring them to you even earlier. These limited-supply deals will go quickly, but we'll add new ones throughout the day, every day, so you can skip the long lines and still save a bundle.

Archives for November 23rd, 2011

This week's show "Christmas Shopping and Apple #1 in 2013?"

Christmas Shopping and Apple #1 in 2013?

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Christmas Shopping and Apple #1 in 2013?

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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How OS X Lion helps keep Your Files Safe

On the left is the current document and the ones on the right are previous versions saved on your hard drive
Thanks to Lion, lost work could become a thing of the past. Barring the failure of your Mac's hard drive, you need no longer worry about losing work if the app in question crashes.

This is because OS X Lion has two clever systems built into it: Auto Save and Versions. Provided you're using an app that has support for these two features built in, your Mac automatically saves what you do as you go along.

We're going to take a look at how these two systems work so that you can make the most of them.