Sly's Website of the Week - July 27th, 2011

The Owl and the Pussycat - The Sequel. ;-)

The Perfect Friendship

Enjoy!

~ Sly

Apple Mail 5.0

Pros:
New layout optimized for widescreen displays, Improved conversation display, Upgraded search capabilities, Better integration with webmail and Exchange accounts

Cons:
Most innovations already available in other programs

Archives for July 27th, 2011

This week's show "A week with Lion"

A Week with Lion, "Broken" eReader Apps

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: A week with Lion, "Broken" eReader Apps

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.

5 Best Streaming Music Services

Whether you prefer free streaming at your computer, paid streaming on the go, or the ability to host your own music in the cloud, there are more streaming music services coming online now than ever before.

Here's a look at five of the most popular ones.

Hackinations: 5 really Good Lion Tweaks

Lion. We love the OS. We hate a few tiny details.

Here are five extremely handy Lion tweaks that can improve your day-to-day use. Enable each by typing the supplied commands into Terminal.

Why there's no grown-up Quicken for OS X Lion

If you're on a Mac, you might think Intuit has abandoned you. There's Quicken 2007 for the Mac, but nothing serious after that. And if you upgraded to OS X Lion, Quicken 2007 will no longer work on your Mac.

It's the most infamous of the applications that have been left behind by the latest version of the Mac operating system, which no longer runs apps written for the PowerPC architecture, as Quicken 2007 was. What's worse, if you upgrade to Lion, you won't be able to extricate your data from Quicken at all, as no other app can read its proprietary format.

How did Intuit end up screwing over loyal Mac Quicken users so thoroughly?

10.7: Create Your Own Recovery HD

This hint shows how to create your own Recovery HD (Disc or Flash Drive).

Mac OS X Lion includes a hidden Recovery HD. This is a small partition about 650MB in size which you can boot from by pressing down Option at startup. It includes a variety of utilities which can help you troubleshoot a Mac.

It can be very handy to have a bootable copy of your own on some other media incase you need to troubleshoot a Mac with a bad drive, or something has happened to the recovery partition, unlikely but possible.

Change Mac OS X 10.7 Lion iCal and Address Book Skins - Easy Method

I am not a fan of the new leather title bar in iCal on Lion... what were they thinking? Now all we need is a wood-effect dashboard for our cars and rotary-dial iPhones...

I created new images files to go inside iCal.app and AddressBook.app to give them an aluminum look like previous versions of OS X.

How Apple uses its Cash Hoard to its Advantage

Over the last few years, Apple has stockpiled cash in such huge amounts that investors often question Apple about its strategy of keeping so much money around. When asked about it, Steve Jobs and team always points out that the market is unstable and they need to have cash in place for good times and bad, as well as have money available for major acquisitions, as part of its growth strategy.

And even though this answer normally keeps its investors at bay, as Apple continues to grow its cash reserves, which currently sits somewhere around $70 billion, investors and media alike continue to tell Apple that perhaps it's time to release a dividend to shareholders. But Apple is steadfast about its position. An interesting post from an anonymous writer on Quora recently shared a fascinating view of why.

Interview with Steve Abernethy, CEO of SquareTrade

Depending on the product, many of us have differing opinions about gadget insurance and warranties, extended or otherwise.

One name that always pops up in the discussion is SquareTrade. Earlier this week, Steve Abernethy, CEO of SquareTrade, sat down to talk to Shawn about the company and the kinds of warranties they offer.

Click this link to listen to the interview directly but, even better, subscribe to Your Mac Life on iTunes and get all of our interviews downloaded automagically.

Archives for July 20th, 2011

This week's show "Lion and Buckets of Cash!"

Lion and Buckets of Cash!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Google+, Internet as a Right and the Death of Netflix?

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 on Net access as a Right

On last Wednesday's Your Mac Life show, we debated whether or not you had a "right" to internet access.

Listen at the link below or, even better, Subscribe to "10 Good Minutes" on the iTunes store and get each episode delivered automagically!

Western Digital's 3 TB MyBook Studio perfect for pre-Lion Backups

For Mac users looking for a relatively inexpensive external backup drive with FireWire 800 connectivity plenty of space, the Western Digital MyBook Studio 3 TB is just the ticket. If you only have USB 2.0 or just need a slow and steady backup drive, there are many other less expensive external drives. For example, Western Digital's WD Elements 3 TB USB-only drive can be purchased through Amazon for about $150; a tremendous bargain.

I like Western Digital's attention to the Mac market, and this drive is a perfect example of the meld of form and function that Mac users love.

10 Good Minutes on Netflix

Last week, Netflix made significant changes to its model, doubling the price for some customers. Outrage understandably ensued.

Two out of the three YML hosts use Netflix. Tune in to this episode to find who who doesn't and whether the other two will be joining him and what their thoughts are on the Netflix changes and what your options are.

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iPad Power: How to Print

Among other things, the iPad is a great way to save paper: It lets you carry around all kinds of digital documents that you might otherwise have had to print.

But from time to time you may still need to print data that’s on your iPad—business documents that you created in Pages and Numbers, for example, or driving directions to hand someone who’s not packing silicon. Printing from the iPad can be easy if your needs are modest, but even if you require extensive printing control, there is, as they say, an app for that.

10 Good Minutes on Google+

There's been a lot of talk about the new service from Google called Google+. Now that Ian, Shawn and Bill have had some time to play with it, they talk about what it is and, more importantly, what it isn't.

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First look: Spotify

Spotify, the popular-in-Europe music subscription service has arrived in the U.S.

The service is available in three flavors—free (you can listen to a limited number of hours of music per month), Unlimited ($5 a month with unlimited listening), and Premium ($10 a month with unlimited listening, higher bit rate tracks, and support for downloads and mobile listening).

I’ve had experience with the current crop of domestic streaming services—Napster, Rhapsody, Mog, and Rdio—and have now browsed through Spotify. Here’s what I’ve found while using a Premium plan.

Archives for July 13th, 2011

This week's show "Google+, Internet as a Right and the Death of Netflix?"

Sly's Website of the Week - July 13th, 2011

This was originally and supposedly meant for an online dating service video, which has since been turned into one of those annoying little songs that you will have in your head forever.

If I have to suffer, than EVERYBODY suffers! :-)

~ Sly

Google+, Internet as a Right and the Death of Netflix?

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by TabGrip, Smile, Circus Ponies and PowerMax: Google+, Internet as a Right and the Death of Netflix?

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 on Lion

Bill, Shawn and Ian discuss how they are preparing for Lion and throw out their predictions of when it will become available on the Mac App Store.

How to clone Your Mac Hard Drive with Carbon Copy Cloner

If you're swapping out your hard drive for a new one, the best thing to do is clone the old one first. Cloning a drive simply creates an exact sector-to-sector backup copy of your drive's contents from one single point in time. It's a perfect image of the original, including all OS files. So when you swap out your old drive for the new one, you don't have to tweak or reset anything.

For cloning a hard drive on a Mac, I highly recommend a free utility called Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC). Here's how to use CCC to clone a hard drive on your Mac.

10 Good Minutes on Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' authorized autobiography received a new (and better) title this past week so we spent some time on YML talking about Jobs, the book and our individual meetings with him.

Quicken won't Run on Lion - Here's 10 Mac Finance Apps that Will

OS X Lion isn't out yet, but it could be hitting the Mac App Store as soon as next week. For many Mac users, the decision on whether or not to upgrade to Lion is boiling down to one incompatible app -- Quicken for Mac. We've been hearing from our readers for several weeks that Quicken is the sticking point.

Why not take this time to move away from Quicken altogether? Here are suggestions for other apps that will take your existing financial data into the world of Lion.

Create a bootable Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Flash Drive

Apple has announced that with the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the operating system will be available only via download from the Mac App Store. Past versions of the Mac OS X operating system have always been available for purchase on a bootable DVD and with some systems like the MacBook Air, they’ve been included on a bootable USB drive.

To create your own bootable USB device using your own flash drive (note that the device must be at least 4GB or larger), follow these instructions.

Interview with Brian Lemelman, President and CEO of Third Rail Mobility

Always on the look out for cool tech and gadgets, we heard from Mike Rose of TUAW about a very interesting backup battery for the iPhone 4.

A few phone calls later and Your Mac Life was talking to Brian Lemelman, President and CEO of Third Rail Mobility.

Brian talked about the company and their very interesting "Third Rail System". We hope you enjoy the interview. You can even win your very own Third Rail System by answering this trivia question: "When was Third Rail Mobility founded?" Send your answer in the subject line of an email to "contest at yourmaclifeshow dot com".

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