iPad iOS 5 vs Windows 8 Slate

Archives for September 14th, 2011

This week's show "Windows 8 Hype and 500 Days with the iPad"

Windows 8 Hype and 500 Days with the iPad

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Windows 8 Hype and 500 Days with the iPad

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The Best Disk Cloning App for Mac OS X

There are many ways to clone a drive on Mac OS X, but none quite as simple and effective as Carbon Copy Cloner. It's our top pick for disk cloning utilities because it gets the job done any which way you need, free of charge.

For Apple, China looms Large

Apple’s decision to make China top priority in its global expansion is proving increasingly prescient. The company’s four Chinese outlets are already among the most heavily trafficked Apple stores in the world. And they generate blockbuster sales and profits. For the first three quarters of fiscal 2011, Apple’s revenue in greater China topped out at $8.8 billion, a six-time multiple over a year earlier.

That’s incredible growth, and to hear tell from analysts, it’s really just the beginning.

Waiting for Thunderbolt - One Port to Rule them All

Since the late 1990s, USB has been the dominant PC connectivity technology for external devices. As anyone who remembers the era of parallel, serial, and PS/2 connectors can tell you, USB is a wonderful thing--whether you're talking about the original 1.1 standard, the now-pervasive 2.0 version, or the still-emerging 3.0 variant.

But what if there was a connectivity standard that was faster than the fastest version of USB? And what if it worked with even more types of devices, including displays? And what if it was even compatible with USB itself, through the use of an adapter?

It's no fantasy--it's Thunderbolt.

Archives for September 7th, 2011

This week's show "iPhone Anticipation and Our Picks of the Month!"

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Alfred

I’ve been using Alfred for many months. On the surface it’s an app launcher, and that’s how I use it most of the time. After assigning a hotkey combination (I chose Command-Space), its main window is only a tap away. From there, start typing the name of the app you’re after and hit Return to launch it.

But that’s just the beginning. Here are some of the other useful tasks Alfred performs for me.

Sly's Website of the Week - September 7th, 2011

All I needed to see were the words "Johnny Quest" and I knew this would be this week's Website of the Week. (Besides the Bugs Bunny Roadrunner Hour, JQ was my favourite cartoon as a kid growing up...I even the DVD box set now!) :-)

Jonny Quest Opening Titles from Roger D. Evans on Vimeo.

Hope you enjoy this stop-motion re-creation of the opening to Johnny Quest! (And if you don't...what the heck is the matter with ya?!?) ;-)

~ Sly

iPhone Anticipation and Our Picks of the Month!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: iPhone Anticipation and Our Picks of the Month!

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.

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Steve Jobs and the Eureka Myth

Steve Jobs's resignation from Apple has sparked plenty of commentary on his achievements, his personality, and his vision. He deserves the attention: This is a man who transformed the technology world and helped build Apple into what was, at least for a few hours earlier this month, the world's most valuable publicly traded company.

But the idea, so common in this week's media coverage, that Jobs was an inspired savant who succeeded by taking big risks on personal hunches, is way off the mark.

Review: Eight iPhone 4 Battery Cases

Compared to some of its competitors, the iPhone 4’s battery life is surprisingly good. But few of us would complain about squeezing a few more hours between recharges. And, of course, many iPhone 4s have been in use for over a year now, so their battery life is gradually getting shorter. In my quest to extend my phone's daily life, I tested eight iPhone 4 cases that include built-in batteries for powering the phone.

Archives for August 31st, 2011

This week's show "GOATs and CEO's"

GOATs and CEOs

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: GOATs and CEO's

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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Customized Core i7 Mac mini offers iMac like Performance

Want iMac-like performance, without having to buy an iMac? You can get such a machine from Apple if you customize the new Mac mini. Macworld Lab has tested a build-to-order (BTO) Mac mini, and the results in some of our tests are very close to that of a standard configuration 21.5-inch 2.5GHz Core i5 iMac.

The BTO Mac mini we tested doesn’t come cheap, however.

Interview with American Airlines Pilot Kent Wien

Last week, I spoke to longtime Your Mac Life listener and American Airlines pilot, Kent Wien about having and using iPads in the cockpit, what they replace and why it's a good thing.

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Why I'm not committing to Lion -- Yet

Allow me to provide a little insight into how stories with headlines like these generally work. The Author distends his or her minor objections to New Technology X to the point where said technology becomes something that anyone with a lick of sense approaches only with sterilized tongs and a throwing net. This is done, in part, so that The Reader can choose A Side and shake the nearest gardening implement in either support or fury.

In what I hope breaks from this mold, may I say—without vilifying Apple’s latest Mac OS release or those people who’ve chosen to embrace it—that Lion isn’t yet for me. At least not for the Macs I use for getting much of my work done. I spent many hours with the Lion betas and lived with the final Lion release on my MacBook Pro for a couple of weeks while traveling. I have to admit that I was relieved to return to my Mac Pro running Snow Leopard. And here’s why.

Ways to make Web Watching more like TV, less like a PC

Some folks watch movies, TV shows and videos from the Internet on their TVs by plugging in their computers, using ugly cables, keyboards, or mice that seem out of place in the living room. That PC-to-TV experience is more like using the computer than leaning back to enjoy TV.

So this week, I decided to try out three inexpensive set-top boxes that aim to make this process easier and neater. They are the $100 Roku 2 XS, the $99 second-generation Apple TV and the $199 Boxee Box from D-Link.

Of the three, I’d recommend Apple TV primarily for people who frequently use iTunes, or who own an iPad or iPhone. I’d recommend Roku for people who aren’t hooked on the Apple world and crave simplicity, variety and a low entry price. I’d only recommend the Boxee Box for techies because of its complexity.

Steve Jobs as Apple’s CEO: a Retrospective in Products

It’s hard to believe, but Steve Jobs has only been Apple’s CEO for the last 13 of the company’s 35 years in operation.

During that time, he’s been responsible for a number of new products that have transformed entire industries around them — and he’s managed to do it several times over. Now that Jobs is stepping aside and leaving the role to Tim Cook, we thought we’d look back at Steve’s tenure as CEO through the lens of those products, which stand as testament to one of the most remarkable stories in American business history. Join us, won’t you?

Five Ways Apple will never be the Same without Jobs as CEO

Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO will inevitably put Apple’s future at risk. You’re going to read a lot of articles in the coming days where people are going to tell you all of the reasons that Apple is going to be fine and that the legacy of Steve Jobs will be enough to sustain the company for decades, and that Apple will be like Disney after Walt Disney’s departure. Here’s the bottom line — there’s simply no scenario in which Apple can be better without Steve Jobs as CEO than they were with him there.

Here are five big questions that Apple will have to face without Jobs involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. None of them have good answers, and that’s why Apple will be hard-pressed to continue its unbroken run of successes as Jobs exits the front of the stage.

Ruminations on Apple’s Second ‘Post-Jobs’ Era

The resignation of Steve Jobs yesterday as CEO of Apple may not have been surprising, but it was still a shock. Entire industries are reeling today, trying to make sense of what it will all mean to them. From computer manufacturers to mobile phone makers to entertainment executives, Jobs departure has high-level, closed-door meetings happening in boardrooms all over the world.

The short truth is that Apple will not change much in the next few years, mostly because it will be running more or less the same way it has for the last few.

Steve Jobs’s Resignation Letter to Apple

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know.

Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

Sly's Website of the Week - August 24th, 2011

If you're at all familiar with Tom Waits you might understand this mashup of him and Sesame Street's Cookie Monster.

Here's Cookie Monster's rendition of Waits' "God's Away On Business".

Not much more to say other than some people really do have too much time on their hands. ;-)

~ Sly

Archives for August 24th, 2011

This week's show "Steve Jobs Resigns from Apple"

HP affecting Apple and the Best Mac of All Time!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: HP affecting Apple and the Best Mac of All Time!

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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Interview with Brent Simmons of Sepia Labs about Glassboard

Glassboard is an interesting new (and free!) app from Brent Simmons of Sepia Labs. Glassboard is for sharing privately with groups. Kind of like being socially private...or privately social. Tune in to hear Brent talking about the app and how to use it.

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Subtle Irritations in Lion

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, has been, by all accounts, a sales success, with over one million copies downloaded on its first day of release and undoubtedly millions more since. These stellar sales results do not necessarily reflect a perfect product, but merely one that has been much discussed and long anticipated. Just as with the initial releases of 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard, 10.4 Tiger, and all the other big cat releases, this one has its share of minor changes from previous versions that irritate and baffle, plus new bugs that confound and confuse.

Don’t misunderstand the point of this article. Our goal is to call out subtle aspects of Lion that feel as though they’re making us — and many other long-time Mac users — less productive on our Macs. Our hope is that Apple will revisit the discussions that resulted in these changes to Lion and reevaluate how they affect not just usability for new customers, but productivity for loyal Mac users who live and die by their Macs. And, for those who might have felt that using Lion seemed awkward but couldn’t quite identify the issues, perhaps our descriptions will let you figure out how to adjust your workflow to compensate.

Here are some of the minor cosmetic and operational changes that have irked us.

Tablets aren't the "Third Device" I'd hoped For...

Hang tight just a second -- let me preface all of this with a quick reminder that I'm speaking on a personal level, and I'm absolutely certain that slates have a place in this world somewhere. We could go back and forth for hours with use-case scenarios (and the same could be done with cars, time machines or your luxury good of choice), but this isn't about proving that a tablet can do one or two things; it's about the limitations and awkwardness of using one that no one seems to talk about.

After years of watching the masses fawn over the iPad (and every other PC maker scramble to come out with something that serves a similar purpose), I still can't ever imagine myself investing in one, let alone actually using one in place of a smartphone or laptop.

Why Do People Buy iPads?

That’s the question asked by Christopher Phin at Tap! Magazine. Phin’s basic answer boils down to this:
People buy iPads both specifically because they can see where it’s going to fit into their home or office lives, and because they’re understandably drawn to a shiny slab of Apple gorgeousness – from where the useful, practical, productive bit often follows.

I can certainly see that logic. He is not saying that iPads are useless, but that often people just don’t know what the hell they are going to use them for when the get them — but they just want one because they look so damned neat.