Have you eve seen a comedy about torturers? Did you know they are unionized? Have dating issues? Sore feet? Job advancement problems?
Neither did I until I watched "The Injectionist"...
Apple, which had quietly dropped “Star Trek: The Original Series” from its roster of iTunes downloadable programming, looks to have returned not only to iTunes the first season of this series but also a remastered version as well. This remastered version (which costs $56.99 as a season pass for the first season) has “dozens of new and higher-detailed visual effects” blended into the episodes.
Six months after it was announced, Apple TV is finally here, and of course, our testing is well underway. In order to canvas a variety of different televisions and possible usage models, iLounge’s editors have assembled a robust testing environment for our two Apple TV units: four computers, five HDTVs ranging in size and resolution, one widescreen non-HDTV, and audio receivers with and without optical audio inputs. Prior to our final review, we wanted to share some of our preliminary findings for those who are interested.
QuickerTek announced the availability of an IEEE 802.11n wireless networking upgrade kit for Apple’s Mac mini. The $180 kit enables Intel-based Mac minis to work at the faster wireless networking speeds allowed by Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Base Station and other devices that employ the draft networking specification.
The card offered by QuickerTek occupies the same slot as the factory card provided by Apple for the Mac mini. It’s backwards-compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g standards, and also includes an antenna — instructions for installation are included, along with the tools you need.
I *love* movie trailers. I can and have wasted a great deal of time watching them. But I *hate* when they give so much plot away.
A perfect example are the Spiderman 3 trailers.
The one on the Apple Trailer Page shows the story as we are pretty sure we know it so far. But the one on this page should have a huge "SPOILER ALERT" button on it because it gives away a *crucial* plot point!
Why do movie studios do that? I really get the feeling that there's no reason for me to go to the theater to see the movie now - I'll just wait for it to come out on DVD....
While thousands of people were enjoying their Apple TVs last night, we decided to take ours apart for some pictures and to upgrade the drive. Seriously, 40 GB is smaller than our iPod and we don't like to have to pick and choose what to sync. While there is little doubt that this will void our warranty, isn't it worth it?We decided to double the size of the HDD from 40 GB to 80 GB; we picked up a new 5400 RPM IDE laptop drive and went to town.
iPod accessory-maker Griffin Technology on Friday began shipping its popular iTrip FM transmitter for the second generation iPod nano.
The new iTrip has been redesigned to “fit the sleek lines” of the new iPod nano. The iTrip allows users to play their iPod music through the car stereo or home stereo system. Among its other features the iTrip has DistortionFree technology, which provides automatic volume adjustment for the cleanest possible sound.
Apple has Apple TV and, thanks to a fortuitously timed vacation by Macworld’s Editorial Director Jason Snell—fortuitously timed for me, that is—I’m the lucky soul who gets first crack at this set-top box. Over the next several days, I’ll take my first—and subsequent—cracks at exploring Apple TV’s many wonders. In this installment, we’ll look at the first out-of-the-box experience.
Apple confirmed that Sony will join the iTunes Store with several new television shows. "News Radio," "Till Death," the original animated "Spiderman," "Starsky and Hutch" and "Charlie's Angels" will all be available for purchase from the store. Sony joins some 60 other channels already available on the iTunes Store including NBC, CBS, ABC, A&E, Spike, Fox and TLC.
Ask a group of Photoshop users for the best method to convert a color image to grayscale and you’re likely to get a debate as long-winded as the QuarkXPress vs. Adobe InDesign argument. Heck, many of us can’t even agree on whether it’s grAyscale or grEyscale!
In 2005, I wrote about a conversion method used by fellow blogger, Jim Barthman. Looking back, that method seems almost obscene in its complexity compared to what I’m going to share with you today.
From PC World
Two environmental proposals will be on the agenda at this year's annual Apple shareholder meeting. Envirometal group, Greenpeace, is rallying support for the proposals, while Apple's Board of Directors is recommending shareholders vote against the proposals.
Greenpeace said they have 70 other groups supporting them as they publically urge former Vice President and current Apple Board member Al Gore to use his influence with the Board. According to Greenpeace, Apple's Board of Directors is due to send out a statement recommending that stockholders vote against two proposals that would strengthen Apple's environmental policies.
Greenpeace said that Apple's communication with shareholders calls these initiatives too "costly, time intensive and duplicative of existing [Apple] policies, initiatives and efforts," and the Board of Directors "unanimously" recommends that shareholders not support the resolution.
From Hawk Wings
You will find 140+ plugins, add-ons, scripts and helpful apps here.
From Ars Technica
There have been a lot of rumors lately from "unconfirmed" sources about Leopard's expected ship date.
Developers who work closely with Apple have been dying to tell the world how very, very wrong we all are. We have always maintained an air of skepticism regarding the early release speculations, but confirmation of these suspicions have been bombarding us lately. Our sources have told Ars that there is very little chance ("and that would be pushing it") for Leopard to ship in late April—that is, if Apple wants to ship with a halfway stable operating system.
Developers have not even entered into the constant seeding period. "We still have the same seed we got 2 weeks ago," we are told. "I'd say it's barely beta, not Final or Gold Master."
iTrix in the forums pointed me to the "Best Mac video i've ever seen by Setty Smooth.."
I wouldn't go that far but it's awfully funny in its funny awfulness. :)
Best Buy on Thursday retracted its previous claim that it had arranged to get deliveries of the Apple TV device two weeks ahead of every other electronics retailer except Apple's own stores.
Apparently that was a bit of an exaggeration, Best Buy spokesman Jeff Dudash said Thursday. To be clear: Best Buy will still be getting an initial shipment of 3,000 Apple TVs that will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, March 27, he said, but he wouldn't say whether Best Buy will have the device for any exclusive period of time.
Best Buy is now deferring to Apple on retail shipment strategies for its latest product. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said he is looking into the matter, so stay tuned.
Our friends at RadTech are offering a 15% off discount to all of our listeners on all of their products!
Just go to their web site, select from among their great products and enter this code:
YMLRTS07 (that's zero-seven)
during checkout. Thanks to RadTech and thanks to you guys for supporting us by supporting them!
Sure there's that new gadget that's supposed to debut any second--what is it again? Apple Radio? Banana TV? Something like that--but why fork out three hundred clams when you could attach your Mac Mini directly to your TV and watch your iVideos without any further fuss or muss? Think about it. Full connectivity, full compatibility--Xvid, DivX, whatever format pleases your fancy. Here's a quick how-to.
Sitting discreetly in Utilities folder (nestled nearly unnoticed amid your applications) is one of the most powerful tools ever created for the Mac. It is simple and elegant, yet can be intimidating (if not terrifying) and has the power to cure some of your computer’s most puzzling ills.
In OS X on the Mac, the command line lets you speak directly with Unix, the venerable operating system that lies at the core of every post-Classic Macintosh. Some of the more advanced tutorials and columns in Macinstruct will be showing you some tips and tricks for using the command line interface on OS X. Here, we’re just going to show you a few ways to get there and give you a chance to try a few safe (look-but-don’t-touch) commands.
When the AppleTV arrives at homes across the country this week, certain podcasters will no doubt see some increased traffic. Apple has created this showcase of free AppleTV-friendly video podcasts.
Apple has officially kicked off its Apple TV publicity campaign, providing review hardware to friendly members of the press and enabling selected journalists to publish early reviews. The goal: to try and build enough positive buzz to sustain the newest member of the Apple family despite some mainstream skepticism about its prospects for success.
To provide a bit of balance for all the hype you’re likely to hear over the next several days, we bring you this: a list of the top ten reasons you might not need Apple TV, at least yet.
Media conversion utility VisualHub has been updated adding support for Apple TV conversions. According to the developer, high definition video can be converted for the Apple TV up to 10 times faster than QuickTime Pro. On a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo, a 2-hour 720p movie can be converted in about 5 hours. Obviously, the faster your system, the better performance you will see. The utility also does full resolution encodes of DVDs. VisualHub 1.2.3 is a free update to registered users and costs $23.32 for new users.
After issuing a report earlier this week stating that Apple’s unit notebook shipments had dropped seven percent, DisplaySearch on Wednesday said that number was incorrect due to a miscalculation.
John Jacobs, Director of Notebook PC Market Research for DisplaySearch, told Macworld that the actual unit volume for Apple’s notebooks dropped two percent from the third quarter of 2006 to the fourth quarter of 2006, representing 17,000 notebooks in all.
Notebook market share only dropped 7/10 of one percent for that same period.
On last night's show, I talked about how to draw lines of all kinds. This includes lines with arrow heads, lines without, and all manner of circles. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!
Also, if you're in San Francisco, send an email to sly [at] yourmaclifeshow [dot] com. We'll be there from March 29 to April 1. Whee! We can't wait.
Streamed Audio Only Archive - http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/YML070321s.mov (Open QuickTime, type Command-U and type in the address)
Streamed Video Archive - THERE WAS NO VIDEO OF THIS WEEK'S SHOW
Our guests on Wednesday's show were:
By popular demand, Aaron has turned on the new Your Mac Life Forums. Bookmark this page, post away and let us know what you think and what topics you'd like to see.
Today, Former Vice President Al Gore received options on 10,000 shares of Apple Inc. The options were a part of his stock option plan as an Apple Director. In a filing with the SEC, Apple said that the options had an exercise price of $91.13.
Best Buy said today that the just-released Apple TV will be available in all 822 of its U.S. stores starting Tuesday. That's two weeks ahead of all other retailers that are not named the Apple Store.
Granted, the set-top box will be available in limited supply at first. The initial shipment will be 3,000 units, which spread across more than 800 stores means there will be about five Apple TVs available at each store for the MSRP of $299. This is the first time Best Buy is selling Apple products besides iPods and computers.
T3’s ear to the ground hears the rumbling of Leopard approaching next month. Eight-core Mac Pros and the final unveiling of Leopard. That’s what’s in store at next month’s NAB event, according to our well-placed source. Our man with his finger on Cupertino’s pulse says Leopard’s tracking for an April release, and is now all but confirmed for the NAB event.
Apple has sent out invitations to the Las Vegas showcase, titled simply "Lights, Camera, Apple,” setting the stage for its next-gen operating system to finally be unveiled.
(Shawn's Comment: First thing - why would I listen to a gadget magazine about when Apple's next OS will ship? And secondly, why is everyone missing the point? NAB is a *professional* show - if anything, Apple will show off *professional* apps. That's what "Lights, Camera, Apple” is all about, you doorknobs)
A very silly catapult game – based on Monty Python’s Spamalot!
It took me forever to get a handle on it, and even then I still suck at it. ;-)
p.s. Apparently if you actually purchase SPAM, you can use the codes on cans of SPAM to get extra or secret games. Now there's an incentive to eat SPAM....NOT! ;-)