Archives for May 16th, 2012

This week's show "More Movies, More Mac Tips and Lots of Rumors!"

CrashPlan CrashPlan+

Pros: Customizable membership plans, Desktop and iOS app work seamlessly together, Multiple ways to restore your data

Cons: Size limit when restoring files from Web Restore, Initial backup can be slow.

How to Surf safely with a VPN-for-Hire

“When your data passes through a public network—such as the Wi-Fi at the coffee shop or airport—it is at risk.” I’ve been writing variations on that sentence for 10 years now, and I expect I’ll be writing it for many more. That’s because it’s easy to snoop on such networks, and the data on them isn’t safeguarded against those prying eyes. You have to take action to keep your data safe. Fortunately, doing so doesn’t have to be hard.

You could encrypt networked data one service at a time, by securing your email sessions or configuring your Twitter and Facebook accounts to use HTTPS. (Actually, I recommend both steps regardless of whatever other security measures you take.) But that means adjusting settings in lots of different apps, one at a time. There’s a more comprehensive solution: a virtual private network (VPN).

Hands-on with 5 Antivirus Apps for the Mac

So Mac invulnerability to malware is a myth, at least according to security researchers from Kaspersky Lab. And although such a blunt statement may be a blow to the ego of some Mac users, it remains true. Security researchers from all walks have long argued that it was only a matter of time before the Mac became popular enough that virus, malware, and spyware makers would come calling, and the recent Flashback scare has only served as a reminder that overconfidence precedes carelessness. Especially when it comes to technology.

Is it time to begin installing antivirus software on our Macs? We leave that up to you to decide for yourself, but given the spike in questions we've been receiving about which antivirus software is the best, we thought we'd take a look at a handful of the most well-known apps out there for Mac users. Your mileage may vary, but here are our impressions of five different antivirus packages after installing and using each one. In no particular order:

Archives for May 9th, 2012

This week's show "Summer Movies, Mac Tips and Lots of FOYML!"

Ink-onomics: Can You save Money by spending more on Your Printer?

Buying the inkjet printer or inkjet MFP (multifunction printer) that is best suited to your budget should be simple. It's not--and the complication is the ink. Replenishing this vital fluid costs much more over time than the printer itself costs initially, yet unwary buyers often overlook that expense. To find the most economical printer over the long haul, you need to pay attention to ink-onomics--how much your printer's inks cost and how much ink you'll use.

The first law of ink-onomics: The cheaper the printer, the more expensive its inks. We've tracked the prices of 56 inkjet MFPs over the past two years, and the average cost per page for inks destined for a cheap printer (which we define as one costing less than $200) has consistently been higher than that for an expensive printer (one costing $200 or more).

But does that mean you should avoid cheap printers like the plague?

Summer Movies, Mac Tips and Lots of FOYML!

This week on Your Mac Life: "Summer Movies, Mac Tips and Lots of FOYML!

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.

Interview with Ensley Eikenburg of Frommer's Travel Guides

Frommer's is an acknowledged expert in the field of travel guides. They are now taking their expertise and creating stunning "Day by Day" guides for the iPad and iPhone that will be essentials for travelers at every level.

We had a wonderful chat with Ensley Eikenburg, Associate Publisher, Frommer's Travel Guides, about the guides, what you'll find in them and how you can get the most out of your travel experience.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Sly's Website of the Week - May 2nd, 2012

Let's face it, I'm going to be useless on today's show after my incredible week off that first started in Portland, visiting Shawn, Michel, Hannamarie and seeing Bill (getting to meet Scotty!), Ian (and his lovely wife Darci) and 2nd Mom (and Mr. 2nd Mom), getting a new iPad (can you say BEAUTIFUL?!?), not to mention the incredible week of Springsteen shows I had, culminating in being elbows on stage at the center catwalk, front row with my favourite musician a mere 20 feet away (and closer at times) for LA Night 2.

Still can't get the stupid-assed grin off my face. ;-)

I haven't even thought of Website of the Week or looked at entries, so I'm picking my own - you can get a glimpse of what my view was through my friend Joanne's video that she shot of Springsteen and Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine and The Nightwatchman) singing The Ghost of Tom Joad. What Morello does with a guitar should really be illegal. LOL (I was dead center of Springsteen.)

My recap of my Springsteen week focusing on that incredible LA Night 2 show and experience is also below in case you're interested (photos included):

http://slymarton.wordpress.com/

Still on a contact high. :-) See ya tonight!

Switch your iWeb Site to a Mac Friendly Web Host

With the demise of MobileMe, many Mac users are looking for new homes for their websites, particularly those created in iWeb. Deciding among the thousands of hosting companies can be bewildering. Don’t panic. Here are a few tips to help you choose a new provider and move your sites to their new home.

Archives for May 2nd, 2012

This week's show "Taxes, Frommer's and Travel!"

Taxes, Frommer's and Travel!

This week on Your Mac Life: "WWDC, Apple Earnings and "Insanely Simple"!

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.

Lab Tested: The new iPad 2 and old iPad 2

As reported by sites like AnandTech, the folks at Chipworks discovered that Apple is using a different production process for its A5 processors. The company switched from using Samsung Semiconductor’s 45nm process to Samsung’s 32nm process, reducing the size of the chip by 41 percent.

The smaller size could mean better performance or lower power consumption. To see if we could find any measurable performance differences between the two versions of the iPad 2, we purchased a brand new model and ran our standard set of tests on them.

In our performance tests, we found the two iPad 2s to be nearly as identical as their outside appearances.

Apple and Taxes: What the New York Times Missed

As the person who six years ago this month revealed in BusinessWeek that Apple had incorporated in Nevada where the corporate tax rate is zero, I found the New York Times account by Charles Duhigg and David Kocieniewski of the many financial tricks that Apple employs to minimize its tax exposure fascinating. Who couldn’t love phrases like “Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich” to describe arcane accounting and legal tricks?

But the implication the story leaves you with that Apple is somehow doing society a disservice by not paying its fair share of corporate taxes is simply wrong on many levels.

Interview with Anne Geddes about "My First Five Years"

While you may not be familair with her name, you are certainly familiar with her iconic photography of babies in unusual yet compelling situations. She has a new Mac app out called "My First Five Years" and she was kind enough to spend some time talking about it and her photography with with YML this week.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Ken Segall, author of "Insanely Simple"

As an ad agency creative director, Ken Segall was a key player in Apple’s resurrection. He helped create marketing campaigns such as "Think Different" and was the guy who "named the iMac".

His new book, Insanely Simple, "explains the ten elements of Simplicity that drive Apple’s success, illustrating each with previously untold stories. It takes you inside Steve Jobs’s world to show you how he enforced the rules of Simplicity—sometimes with humor, sometimes with brutality, but always with amazing success."

He was kind enough to spend an extended period of time with YML this week. Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Archives for April 25th, 2012

This week's show "WWDC, Apple Earnings and "Insanely Simple"!"

Why Apple is Winning: Innovation, Opportunity and Execution

Apple is building one of the most stunning financial runs in the history of corporate America, as Tuesday’s blowout showing affirmed. The company says it’s sold over 365 million digital devices over the last five years — 50 million last quarter alone — and is currently averaging nearly $4 billion in monthly profit. It has amassed $110 billion in cash. Most insanely, this could just be the beginning: Apple is exceedingly well-positioned to take advantage of several major trends in the new digital economy.

Thanks to a combination of anticipation and luck, Apple — which nearly went bankrupt before the last tech boom — is poised for even greater heights if it can continue to out-think, out-innovate and out-execute its competitors. Here are three major forces buoying Apple’s growth and pushing the company forward.

The Obsession that drives Apple's Success

Ken Segall worked closely with Steve Jobs as ad agency creative director for NeXT and Apple. He was a member of the team that created Apple’s legendary Think different campaign, and he’s responsible for that little “i” that’s a part of Apple’s most popular products. Segall has also served as creative director for IBM, Intel, Dell, and BMW. He blogs about technology and marketing at kensegall.com/blog,

I spoke to Ken about his new book, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success, which comes out this Thursday. He talked about the impact Apple has had on our lives, what inspired the famous “Think Different” campaign, and more.

WWDC, Apple Earnings and "Insanely Simple"!

This week on Your Mac Life: "WWDC, Apple Earnings and "Insanely Simple"!

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.

Seven Instagram alternatives for iOS

Instagram users unsure about a Facebook future have plenty of options, especially on the iOS platform. Several iOS apps promised mobility, social features, and filters and effects of their own. Consider these apps as possible ways to fill the Instagram void.

How to determine if a Flash Update Notification is Legitimate

Adobe Flash Player and Reader are some of the most popular Web plug-ins, and as a result malware developers commonly use them as a disguise for their programs. The recent Flashback malware is one example of this, where it originally was released as a fake update to Adobe Flash, and thereby confused a number of Mac users who installed it thinking it was a legitimate update they needed.

In order to notify Flash and Reader users of available updates, Adobe's software will display a notice regarding the availability of the new software; however, if you see such a notice then how will you know the update is legitimate or an attempt to install malware?

Ian Schray of WellRedApps on DropKey

Regular YML listeners know that one of our co-hosts, Ian Schray, is also one of the founders of WellRedApps. You also know he's been teasing us with an announcement for months now. Well, it's finally here.

Today, WellRedApps announced DropKey - a new utility for Mac OS X Lion that allows users to quickly and easily encrypt sensitive documents. Ian and Shawn talked about what Public-Key Cryptography is and how you can use DropKey to take advantage of it.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Sly's Website of the Week - April 18th, 2012

Our winner this week said he'd win if Shawn was picking WotW this week. Well Shawn doesn't pick WotW winners, now does he?!? I'll show you!

Um...ya. Okay, so I enjoy mindless penguin websites too. ;-)

Mindless Penguin Cursor Fun

:-)

~ Sly

Rumors and "Modern Antiques"

This week on Your Mac Life: "Rumors and "Modern Antiques""

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.

Archives for April 18th, 2012

This week's show "Rumors and "Modern Antiques""

Why Apple should launch a Smaller iPad

There are numerous reasons put forward against Apple launching a smaller iPad. For one thing, Steve Jobs didn't like the idea, saying that the 10in form factor was the "minimum" required for tablet apps.

"The 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps. Seven-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad," he said back in October 2010.

But Jobs' comments, made more than 18 months ago, shouldn't be considered the definitive word on the subject. Just because it didn't make sense then doesn't mean that it doesn't make sense to launch an iPad mini now.

FileMaker Pro 12

Pros: Enhanced design capabilities. Embed multimedia files in databases. New script styles. Over 40 new themes. Great charting improvements.

Cons: Existing databases upgraded to new format with no user control. Clients on legacy version can't connect to new database format.

Why e-books cost so much

Here's something that tends to get lost in the debate over e-book prices: Paper doesn't cost very much.

There's a perception among consumers that an e-book should cost very little or next to nothing because there is no paper, printing, and shipping involved.

But in fact, for a new best-selling hardcover, all of the costs associated with print, from the printing to the shipping to the distribution to the warehousing to returns, amount to a mere few dollars per copy, depending on the size of the print run.
The vast majority of a publisher's costs come from expenses that still exist in an e-book world: Author advances, design, marketing, publicity, office space, and staff.

You can therefore imagine the fear that e-book prices instill in publishing executives' hearts. They're only saving a few dollars per copy in the switch to the e-book world, but the prices of books were slashed more than half: from $24.99 to $9.99 and even lower.

That begins to explain why publishers are trying to keep e-book prices high. But it doesn't tell the whole story.

Archives for April 11th, 2012

This week's show "Instagram, the DOJ sues Apple and Tim Cook at the D Conference"