Hacker Breaks into Mac at Security Conference

From IDG News Service
A hacker managed to break into a Mac and win a $10,000 prize as part of a contest started at the CanSecWest security conference here.

Initially, contestants were invited to try to access one of two Macs through a wireless access point while the Macs had no programs running. No attackers managed to do so, and so conference organizers allowed participants to try to get in through the browser by sending URLs via e-mail.

(Shawn's Comment: So when nobody could do what was originally asked, they made the "contest" easier)

Click here to read more "Hacker Breaks into Mac at Security Conference"

Apple Releases Mac OS X Security Patch Addressing 25 Issues

From MacObserver

Apple released Security Update 2007-004 for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and Mac OS X 10.4.9. The update addresses some 25 different issues for 19 different Mac OS X components. All of them are issues that would have potentially allowed either arbitrary code execution or a bad guy to gain access to your Mac with "escalated privileges."

Click here to read more "Apple Releases Mac OS X Security Patch Addressing 25 Issues"

Aperture Update Improves Performance

From Macworld
Apple released an update to its professional photography workflow application Aperture, bringing the most current version to 1.5.3. The update addresses issues related to overall reliability and performance, according to the company.

Click here to read more "Aperture Update Improves Performance"

Gartner: Apple's Q1 Sales Rise 30% in U.S.

From Computerworld
Apple hung on to 5 percent of the U.S. personal computer market the first quarter of this year, research firm Gartner said Thursday, fueled by another impressive jump in systems sold compared to a year ago.

Click here to read more "Gartner: Apple's Q1 Sales Rise 30% in U.S."

Apple seen having Upper Hand in Music Negotiations

From Reuters
When Apple Inc. sits for contract negotiations with the major record companies over the next month, it will probably seek further concessions from them on selling music without copy-protection software.

Click here to read more "Apple seen having Upper Hand in Music Negotiations"

Apple: A Romance

From Buzz Andersen
I will always look back very fondly on my time at Apple, and I'm forever indebted to the friends there who gave me my big chance, took me under their wing, and taught me so much. And who knows--as one of my bosses there was fond of saying: "The question's really not how long have you worked for Apple--it's how many times." I wouldn't be at all surprised to find myself back in the halls of 1 Infinite Loop someday.

Click here to read more "Apple: A Romance"

Griffin Technology AirDock Docking Station with Remote

From iLounge
We've known about it for a long while, and now it's finally shipping: Griffin's AirDock ($70) offers a stylish AV docking and charging option for 4G and 5G iPods, minis, and nanos, minus the physical size, on-TV menuing, and Internet radio functionality of its earlier TuneCenter dock.

Click here to read more "Griffin Technology AirDock Docking Station with Remote"

Microsoft Slams iPhone as "Irrelevant"

From ZDNet Australia
Apple's soon-to-be-launched iPhone will be irrelevant to business users...a senior executive with the software giant said this week.

(Shawn's Comment: At no point in the article does the MS rep actually call the iPhone "irrelevant". His criticisms are valid for business. Shame on ZDNet)

Click here to read more "Microsoft Slams iPhone as "Irrelevant"

iPhone on Target for End of June Launch, AT&T Says

From Reuters
The iPhone, Apple Inc.'s first mobile handset, is on schedule to hit the U.S. market at the end of June, a senior executive with AT&T Inc. said on Wednesday. "Our expectations are good. Our testing has been good," said AT&T Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson. "The iPhone is on target to launch in June."

Click here to read more "iPhone on Target for End of June Launch, AT&T Says"

Apple among Supporters of New Patent Reform Bill

From Macworld

Apple and a number of other companies have voiced their support for the Patent Reform Act of 2007. A bipartisan bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress, the proposed legislation calls for some fundamental changes to the way that patents are granted and the way they’re litigated in U.S. courts.

Click here to read more "Apple among Supporters of New Patent Reform Bill"

Archives for April 18th, 2007

Streamed Audio Only Archive - http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/YML070418s.mov (Open QuickTime, type Command-U and type in the address)

Our guests on Wednesday's show were:

- Adobe Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes

- Scott Simmons

- John Grzeskowiak, Radtech

- Peter Cohen, Macworld.com

- Lesa King, GraphicReporter.com

You can subscribe to Your Mac Life on the iTunes Music Store - just click here!

iTunes Store Offers "Great Albums" Sale

From Macworld
Apple has kicked of a “Great Albums” sale on the iTunes Store with over 100 music albums priced at $7.99. Apple has organized the albums by years—1920s-1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s-2000s.

Click here to read more "iTunes Store Offers "Great Albums" Sale"

BBC to Open Up Archive for Trial

From Macworld
The BBC's proposed iPlayer service, offering catch-up TV via the web and cable TV, would be re-engineered to work with Apple Macs and would eventually roll out to digital terrestrial TV (DTT) and set-top boxes.

Click here to read more "BBC to Open Up Archive for Trial"

Photoshop Sharpening Tips for Designers

From Macworld
Virtually every image you bring into Adobe Photoshop—whether it be a stock image or from a scanner or digital camera—will need at least a little bit of sharpening.

Click here to read more "Photoshop Sharpening Tips for Designers"

EyeTV 2.4 Update Adds Apple TV Support

From iLounge
Elgato Systems has released EyeTV 2.4, a free update to its EyeTV software which brings one-click video export for the Apple TV.

Click here to read more "EyeTV 2.4 Update Adds Apple TV Support"

ArtRage 2

From Macworld

Once upon a time the Mac market was littered with paint programs—CE Software’s Amazing Paint, Microfrontier’s Color It!, Delta Tao’s Color MacCheese, MECC’s Easy Color Paint, Apple’s MacPaint, Electronic Arts’ Studio/32, Aldus’ SuperPaint, and Deneba’s UltraPaint, to name more than a few. Look now and what do you find? High-end applications such as Adobe’s Photoshop and Corel’s Painter. Where’s a dabbler (with a dabbler’s budget) to turn?

Ambient Design’s ArtRage 2.2 ($20), that’s where.

Click here to read more "ArtRage 2"

Sly's Website of the Week - April 18, 2007

To quote our winner this week: "Aww... look at the cute bunny. Poke his belly. Uh, oh. It only gets worse from there. Brace yourself."

Save the Bunny, Save the World



New Guide: Getting Started in Lightroom

From John Nack
"Getting Started in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom" is available as a free PDF download.

Click here to read more "New Guide: Getting Started in Lightroom"

Sling, Apple Discuss Streaming Music to iPhone

Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Apple about his company's ambition to stream iTunes music and video to the upcoming iPhone. It's unclear, however, what Apple thinks of the plan.

Click here to read more "Sling, Apple Discuss Streaming Music to iPhone"


Do you have an urge to waste time at work? Bloons may be the answer. :)

SimpleMovieX 3 Adds Native Format Editing, Chapters

From Macworld
Aero Quartet has released SimpleMoviex version 3, an updated version of their Mac OS X movie editor. A demo is available, and it costs $30 to download. Billed as a replacement for Apple’s QuickTime Pro software, SimpleMovieX is designed to enable users of digital video on the Mac to edit their content.

Click here to read more "SimpleMovieX 3 Adds Native Format Editing, Chapters"

Mouse Jiggler Keeps Mac from Sleeping

From Macworld
WiebeTech introduced Mouse Jiggler, a USB device designed to keep a computer from entering sleep or screensaver mode. It costs $29.95.

(Shawn's Comment: Or use this free app called Jiggler that does the same thing.)

Click here to read more "Mouse Jiggler Keeps Mac from Sleeping"

Four Apple Pundits You should never Read

From AppleMatters
If you are a long-time Apple user then you have probably heard of the four pundits below. They have written reams of bad advice, poor comparisons, unclear analysis, insane predictions, and general crap. But if you are relatively new to the world of Apple then you might mistakenly assume that these guys actually know what they’re talking about. Rest assured, they don’t.

Click here to read more "Four Apple Pundits You should never Read"

Apple, Cisco try to make iPhones Compatible

From Bloomberg News
Cisco Systems Inc. and Apple Inc., each of which has a device called the iPhone, are exploring a half-dozen ways their products can work together, Cisco Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo said.

Click here to read more "Apple, Cisco try to make iPhones Compatible"

Photoshop, Radtech & Final Cut Studio 2

(If you're getting last weeks show you might want to click on Quicktime Preferences in your Quicktime Menu, click on browser, and then click on Empty Download Cache (or uncheck the "Save Movies" in disk cache")

Photoshop, Radtech & Final Cut Studio 2
April 18th, 2007
Westport, CT

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Griffin Technology, The MacBU, RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Photoshop, Radtech & Final Cut Studio 2"

No video this evening but you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:

You can also join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show - on the World Without Borders site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.netmug.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.

Why I'll never get Divorced...

Besides the obvious reasons, there's this.

Here is my cute little wife:

Not only is that a gun in her hand (a "Glock G22C, .40 cal compensated, semi-auto pistol...it's right in there. I can get it for you if you'd like...") but the guy standing next to her isn't her date:

He's there because she was attending the "semi-annual Glock Sport Shooting Foundation Match where, from 25 yards, I put three bullets in the same hole..."


Lying Airlines...

Lesa was caught up in the "big storm" that went through the New England/New York area this past weekend. She was flying in from Dallas and was delayed on the ground while they waited for the weather to clear a bit at La Guardia in NYC. She tells me to go online and check on the departure time of her flight out of Dallas so I would know when to head into NYC to pick her up.

Here is what the American Airlines web site showed regarding her flight:

Note the "actual" departure time AA has for that flight - 11:43pm or only three minutes late.

That's great - except I was on the phone with Lesa at that time and the flight didn't actually leave for another 90 mins.

What's Wrong with this Story?

The NYPD are on the scene in downtown Brooklyn at 22nd Street near the Gowanus Canal. They are confirming that they have a 15 foot pilot whale stuck in an enclosed area, and in distress. They are attempting to free it.

Click here to read more "Whale in Brooklyn waters?!!"

(Shawn's Comment: WTF is the "NYC Jewish News" covering a whale story in Brooklyn!? )

Clean-up Script for CS3 Mac Betas Available

From John Nack
Adobe has posted a clean-up script for Mac that will remove vestiges of the Photoshop CS3 public beta as well as other pre-release apps. It's important to run this script (and not just throw the app folder into the trash!), and/or to use the application uninstaller, before installing the shipping version of CS3 apps.

Click here to read more "Clean-up Script for CS3 Mac Betas Available"

Analyst on iPhone: Expect Rebate

From iLounge
Shaw Wu of American Technology Research has issued a new report detailing a number of iPhone developments that he expects to happen during the device’s launch. First, Wu said his sources believe AT&T will offer a rebate of $50-$150 to iPhone purchasers.

Click here to read more "Analyst on iPhone: Expect Rebate"