Archives for September 28th, 2011

This week's show "Apple Event and Obsolete Tech"

Apple Event and Obsolete Tech

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Apple Event and Obsolete Tech

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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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.

Unlike: Why Facebook Integration is actually Antisocial

Facebook really changed things up last week. Oh sure, it's as disrespectful of my privacy as ever, but now it's enlisted the entire web to help. So I'm done with anything that requires a Facebook login.

Facebook made some big changes in terms of how things look and work, but its inexorable drive to drag us all into publicly sharing everything from everywhere with everyone all the time remained consistent. The most noticeable new features that reflect that are Timeline and Ticker. Ticker delivers real-time updates of your friends' actions, while Timeline archives everything you've ever done on Facebook. But the big change, the true assault to your privacy, is under the hood: Open Graph.

Facebook's New Timeline Layout: A Getting Started Guide

Facebook’s new profile layout, Timeline, promises to turn your Facebook account into an online scrapbook where you can highlight important moments in your life and resurface past Facebook activity.

Facebook and Spotify Drop the other Shoe

Recently, Facebook announced a new music service that incorporates streaming music services with such partners as Spotify, Rhapsody, Mog, Rdio, iHeartRadio, and Slacker. The idea is that when Facebook members listen to music from one of these services, they can elect to share a constantly updating playlist of tracks they’re playing. Those “friends” who have access to the same music service can then also play this music simply by clicking on a link to the track.

I commented on what this might mean in "Facebook and the Future of Music". One vital piece of information missing at the time was that, in at least one case we now know of, Facebook membership is a requirement to belong to the service. That service is Spotify.

Video Monkey

Convert, encode and tag videos with metadata at the same time

Pros: Can convert video and add metadata; offers Apple presets
Cons: Confusing, plain interface

Apple and Google's differences in the Cloud

The ability to have all your ‘stuff’ on every device you use, automatically and without you having to even think about it, is the kind of thing that gets arch-geeks like me staring wistfully into space with a gentle sigh. And that’s what Apple’s iCloud, which is now available to developers and is due to launch some time in the autumn alongside iOS 5, is designed to do.

You might think that this is something that only the technically inclined care about, but I disagree; I’ve started to believe that iCloud is going to be a huge, game-changing experience for anyone with an iPad or iPhone, and especially for the kind of person who currently doesn’t think they need it.

Disable Saved Application States

OS X Lion offers a checkbox to disable saved application states. However, many applications do not seem to care about that checkbox (e.g. Terminal). The easiest way to prevent applications from writing away saved states is exactly that: don't let them write to the saved application states folder.

Sly's Website of the Week - September 21st, 2011

Without a doubt one of the ugliest websites purporting to provide superior web, audio, video creative services I've ever seen.

Superior Web Solutions my arse. :-)

Don't give up with the "fancy" flash opening pages...skip 'em if you have to get to the main page. Horrific! LOL

~ Sly

p.s. I did get to use the word "purporting" though. That makes me smile. :-)

Archives for September 21st, 2011

This week's show "NetFlix and iPhone 5 on Oct 4th?"

NetFlix and iPhone 5 on Oct 4th?

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: NetFlix and iPhone 5 on Oct 4th?

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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10 Good Minutes on 500 Days with the iPad

It's been around 500 days since the original iPad went on sale. Is it still a used/useful device? Bill and Shawn discuss.

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Follow-up to finding a Replacement for Quicken

In “Finding a Replacement for Quicken” (5 August 2011), we presented some of the questions that you should ask yourself about the features and capabilities that you need in a personal finance package to replace Quicken 2007 (and earlier) now that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion has made that software obsolete. In addition, we asked you to add to our list of questions in the comment section for that article. Many of you did just that, and we bundled your questions and ours into an email message that we sent to the 17 developers of the possible Quicken replacement packages that we listed in the article.

Eight of the developers responded, and we have collated their responses.

10 Good Minutes on Window 8 Hype

Last week, Microsoft announced a very interesting next version OS - Windows 8. It's still over a year way from being an actual shipping product but you wouldn't know that from the hype already surrounding it.

Bill and Shawn took some time to talk about the Hype and how Microsoft announces things as comared to Apple's method.

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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

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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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:
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.

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:
http://yml.macosg.com

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.

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.