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!

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:
http://yml.macosg.com

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/yml-audio-only

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.

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:
http://yml.macosg.com

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/yml-audio-only

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.

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:
http://yml.macosg.com

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/yml-audio-only

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.

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:
http://yml.macosg.com

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/yml-audio-only

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.

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:
http://yml.macosg.com

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/yml-audio-only

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.

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.

What I Learned Building the Apple Store

When I announced that I was leaving Apple to take the reins as CEO of J.C. Penney this month, the business press (and lots of others) began speculating about whether I could replicate the Apple Store's success in such a dramatically different retail setting.

One of the most common comments I heard was that the Apple Store succeeded because it carried Apple products and catered to the brand's famously passionate customers. Well, yes, Apple products do pull people into stores. But you don't need to stock iPads to create an irresistible retail environment. You have to create a store that's more than a store to people.

What is iCloud?

Click image to enlarge Via: Infographic World

How to uninstall Adobe Flash

Join the movement. The fastest growing segment of the internet is mobile and Adobe has said mobile Flash development has been terminated. Thereupon, if Flash isn’t mobile, it’s not long for the desktop either — make it happen faster, starting with your Mac.

It’s a pretty straight forward proposition: If you uninstall Flash, your Mac will use less memory, be more stable and more secure. You will also lose a small portion of the internet (mostly advertising), but the math and weight of history are against Flash.

5 Ways to create and send Holiday Photo Cards

The holidays are fast approaching and so is the pressure to send out your annual greeting cards to update family and friends about your fabulous life and beautiful children. We looked at five of the best, most user-friendly options that make it easy to design and send photo cards. Starting with the Apple programs you already have on your Mac or iOS device, and ending with sites you may not be familiar with, here's a walk through a veritable winter wonderland of photo card-making options.

Sly's Website of the Week - November 16th, 2011

About two weeks ago one of our (Vancouver’s) local tv news stations was broadcasting the winning ticket from a hospital charity lottery – I believe the grand prize gave the winner the opportunity to choose between a $2.5 Million dollar house in a suburb of Vancouver called Langley, or a cash prize of approximately $1.7 Million. Well, it turns out that the winning ticket belonged to one of the sports anchors of that very same station. It was funny to watch and naturally it made its way onto YouTube, and ultimately here as a website of the week.

The really good thing about all this, is that Barry’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was about 4 and underwent a year of chemotherapy treatments, thankfully resulting in a successful recovery, so they always made it a point to support the hospital in any way they could, including buying its charity lottery tickets every year. The news even made its way to Ellen Degeneres, who invited Barry and his boss Squire Barnes to appear on her show (it aired just this Monday, Nov 14th). ;-)

Here's how it all unfolded:

Archives for November 16th, 2011

This week's show "Kindle vs iPad and iTunes Match!"

Kindle vs iPad and iTunes Match!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Kindle vs iPad and iTunes Match!

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:
http://yml.macosg.com

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/yml-audio-only

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.

Understanding the Debate over Apple’s Mac App Store Sandbox

Sandboxing was very much in the news last week. I tripped over a half-dozen articles on the topic without even searching.

No, I’m not talking about play areas for toddlers. I’m talking about an OS X feature that Apple will require all apps sold in the Mac App Store to implement. At its core, sandboxing is a security enhancement.

End to Mobile Development bodes Ill for Flash

After years of recriminations and conspiracy theories, a lengthy saga has finally come to an end—and I’m not talking about Lost or One Life to Live. Adobe on Wednesday announced that it would no longer develop Flash for mobile platforms.

“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores,” wrote Danny Winokur, Adobe’s vice president and general manager of interactive development in a blog post. “We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.”