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Macworld Expo Wrap Up!

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This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Macworld Expo Wrap Up!"

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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.

The Boys and an Apple Reseller from the Dominican Republic!

We sat down with our good friends - Aaron Adams, Bill Campo and Steve Mielnicki - to get their thoughts on Expo in general and the future from their perspectives.

We also bumped in to a really interesting guy - Victor Prieto from PuntoMac in Santo Domingo - and had a great talk about being a Mac reseller in the Dominican Republic.

Click here to listen to Aaron Adams, Bill Campo and Steve Mielnicki!

Click here to listen to Victor Prieto from PuntoMac!

Paul Kent, Microvision, Eye-Fi and Hoodman!

As usual, we found some more cool companies to talk to on the second day of Macworld Expo!

We had a great exclusive interview with Paul Kent, the VP of Macworld Expo. Paul and his (great) team have a lot of challenges going forward but they are ready to deal with them and make next year's Expo as successful as this year's.

Click here to listen to the interview with Paul Kent!

We also talked with Lou Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing for HoodmanUSA about his company's offerings for for photographers.

Click here to listen to the interview with HoodmanUSA!

Had a great time talking to the Chief Executive Officer of Eye.Fi, makers of one of favorite products, the Eye-Fi Card.

Click here to listen to the interview with Eye-Fi!

Last up, we have a glimpse into the future of projectors. We spoke to Matt Carmean, Product manager for Microvision's Show WX projector that plugs into your iPhone!

Click here to listen to the interview with Microvision!

1st Day and MacBlast Pictures

1st day on the show floor is usually spent scoping things out - where particular vendors are, where are the cool things happening, the unusual, the interesting.

Lesa spent her first day in sessions teaching and talking about photoshop, Shawn spent it doing interviews and walking the show floor and Sly went shopping. :)

It's important you take it easy and pace yourself at an Expo!

You can't do too much on the first day:

And you have to keep yourself well hydrated at all times:

Click here to see more pictures from the 1st Day and the MacBlast Party!

Nikon, Iomega and Livescribe!

After the keynote, YML headed out on to the show floor to see what cool companies and product we could find!

We chatted with Nikon's Senior Technical Manager Lindsay Silverman, the very debonair COO of Iomega Tom Kampler and Livescribe's Senior Product Line Manager Maureen Keating. Livescribe won the "YML Best of Show Award - Hardware" for their *very* cool Pulse SmartPen!

Click here to listen to the interview with Nikon

Click here to listen to the interview with Iomega

Click here to listen to the interview with Livescribe

And So it Begins!

Monday was the first day of Macworld Expo and we were hopping as usual!

We started off with a great trip down to Cupertino to go shopping at the Apple Company Store. New Grandpa George Canellis splurged the most, buying new baby clothes emblazoned with the Apple logo. Dave Martin of Apple was wonderful in helping us arrange a yummy buffet at BJ's restaurant across the street and bus trippers walked away with prizes like an iPod nan, a copy of Office 2008 for the Mac and even "YML Rocks Expo" Party tickets!

Then we met our media obligations by attending first the Showstoppers media event and then the Macworld Media Party. After that, it was off to the Jade bar to hang out with our friends from SmileOnMyMac and, as if all that weren't enough, we wandered over to the Tempest bar to catch up with Moltz, Gruber, Breen, Kafasis, Cheng, et al!

There's not a chance we can keep this pace up all week.....

Click here to see more pics from our Monday!

The Faces of 4th St Bar and Grill

With Sunday being the day before the official Macworld Expo activities start, it's always nice to relax and get ready for the exciting week ahead.

A bunch of folks got together at the 4th St Bar and Deli in the "big" Marriott on Sunday to watch some football, have some beers, renew old acquaintances and make new ones!

Saturday in San Francisco

On Saturday, Shawn and Sly walked around the (very) touristy area of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco - taking pictures of sea lions, blimps and boats!

YML's Top Stories

MacSpeech sends us to Expo, it's Lesa's favorite time of the year, Griffin Presents the YML Rocks Expo Party, there's a Bus Trip to the Apple Company Store in Cupertino and we've got details for the Official Hotel of YML!

In San Francisco!

We arrived in San Francisco this morning after a wonderful First Class flight from JFK and, while out running some errands, found ourselves in the middle of a peaceful protest march!

So I got out the Nikon D3 on loan from LensProToGo and started playing photojournalist.

Party Ticket Winners from SmileOnMyMac.com!

Congratulations to:

Furthest travelled from outside North America: Michael House, Tokyo, Japan

Furthest travelled from inside North America: George Canellis, Bellport, NY

Random draw winners:
TJ Ferreira
Michelle Grajales
Paul Trentham
Terry Swensen
Devon Goss
Dan Neal

See you at Macworld Expo next week!

Happy Holidays from YML!

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This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Happy Holidays from YML!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
http://www.macosg.com/group/yml.html

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov

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.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.

Are 99 Cent Apps Bad & is this the End of Macworld Expo?

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This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Are 99 Cent Apps Bad & is this the End of Macworld Expo?"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
http://www.macosg.com/group/yml.html

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov

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.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.

MacSpeech sends YML to Expo!

The nice folks who make MacSpeech's Dictate, the premier speech recognition solution for the Macintosh, are sending Your Mac Life to Macworld Expo!

MacSpeech Dictate provides a whole new way to interact with your Mac. Instead of typing, use your voice to input text; rather than clicking your mouse, just speak commands. With MacSpeech Dictate, it's easy. We were very impressed with how well it worked in our testing a couple of months ago and are extremely happy to welcome MacSpeech as the Trip Sponsor for "YML @ Macworld Expo!"

Of course, MacSpeech will be at Expo - their booth is in the South Hall, #1025. They won many Best of Show Awards (including YML's!) at last year's Expo for the first version of Dictate and will be demoing it throughout the 4 days of Macworld Expo. So head over to their booth, say hi, get a demo of Dictate and say thanks for sponsoring YML!

The Making of a Missing Manual

It's official, Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual is on the presses as I type! I'm also happy to announce that O'Reilly Media has graciously extended a 40% savings to Graphic Reporter readers who buy the book straight from O'Reilly (the discount will beat Amazon's price). It applies to both the printed version and the eBook, and you'll find the link a little further below. The book should be on the shelves by Dec. 29, 2008, which means it will be in O'Reilly's booth at Macworld Expo. Yay!

Admittedly, you could use the darn book as a doorstop--it's comprehensive and weighs in at 800+ pages, plus there are a few bonus appendices available at the book's Missing Manual web site. As I was going through the printed manuscript and filling in page references, I just couldn't believe all those words came out of, well, my fingers!

The book is written for beginners and advanced users alike, whether you're using CS3 or CS4. In the true Missing Manual tradition, this book spells out every concept and technique in great detail, and you'll know if it's something specific to CS4.

TidBITS Holiday Gift Guide & the Original Macworld Cover!

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This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "TidBITS Holiday Gift Guide & the Original Macworld Cover!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live 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.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.

CoMUG's December 11th MUG Meeting features Lesa!

We are very pleased to announce a special guest presenter for our December 11th meeting: iStockphoto evangelist Lesa Snider King. Don't miss what promises to be a very entertaining and enlightening session. Her talk is sponsored by iStockphoto.

An image really is worth a thousand words! In this presentation you’ll learn where to get some of the most amazing (and affordable) stock imagery you’ve ever seen, and how to use it in conjunction with your own photos to create unique pieces of graphic art. You’ll learn partial color effects, artistic edge treatments, creative collages, and more!

Lesa is the evangelist for iStockphoto and author of the upcoming book “Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual,” from O’Reilly. All who attend will receive $10 in iStockphoto money & coupons for her book.

YML "Rocks Expo" Party - Thursday, January 8, 2009!!

January is fast approaching and that means Your Mac Life is furiously planning its presence at Macworld Conference & Expo 2009 in San Francisco, which includes the YML “Rocks Expo” Party!


Once again, the great folks at Griffin Technology have thrown their hat into the ring, joining us as Headline Sponsors for the 2009 YML "Rocks Expo" Party.

Along with our friends at Griffin, other party sponsors include:
Smile on My Mac
Radtech
Circus Ponies
Mackenzies Chocolates
Mariner Software
Brenthaven
Family Eye Care Group
Company Stuff

Coloring between the Lines and Safe Holiday Shopping!

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This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Coloring between the Lines and Safe Holiday Shopping!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
http://www.macosg.com/group/yml.html

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov

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.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.

Your Mac Life back Home and Live Tonight!

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This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Your Mac Life back Home and Live Tonight!"

Live Video is on Your Mac Life thanks to MacOSG.com! You can watch the show live at this URL:
http://www.macosg.com/group/yml.html

Or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:
http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov

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.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.

Macworld 2009: YML Returns to Apple Company Store in Cupertino!

After a one year hiatus, Your Mac Life is returning to Cupertino. Well, ok…we’re planning on returning to Cupertino with our listeners to shop til we drop in the Company Store at Apple Headquarters.

As you may know, Apple logo wear is at times harder to get then a top designer label, but we’re going to make it possible for a few listeners to do just that.

Date: Monday, January 5, 2009
Cost $20 - $30 per person depending on numbers.

We will need at least 20-25 people to make this trip happen. If you’re interested, please email Sly at slyatyourmaclifeshow.com with the number of people in your party. Spots on the bus will be on a first come first served basis. Money for transportation costs and lunch will be collected during the trip down to Cupertino.

Do you have what it takes to break the record of over $700 spent at the Apple Company Store? If so, then this trip is for you. Hope you can make it!

Click here to read all the details on how you can join YML at Apple Headquarters to shop in the Apple Company Store!

~ Sly

Your Mac Life in Italy!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "Your Mac Life in Italy!"

Tonight's Your Mac Life Show is tape delayed - Your Mac Life is in Firenze (Florence), Italy!

Shawn and Lesa have embarked on a Grand Tour of the Mediterranean - first spending a couple of days relaxing in Rome, then on a cruise ship out of Genoa, Italy for MacMania 8 and now 12 more days in the picturesque Umbrian and Tuscan region of Central Italy.

That makes doing a live show difficult so we've pre-recorded a bunch of segments.

On tonight's show, we talk to ILovePhotos.com's CEO Lorenz Sell, author of the "Little Digital Video" book, Michael Rubin, CEO of TechRestore.com Shannon Jean and his manager of their service department, Chet Mallory. We also take some time to talk to a wonderful bartender of a cool little Irish pub in Florence, Rodrigo of the Lion's Fountain Pub in the Piazza Silvermini.

Mac Mania: Cruising toward Home

As I write this, we are on the penultimate day of the MacMania 8 Mediterranean cruise - five countries and eight ports of call in ten days.

This was my first MacMania Cruise and my first time on a cruise ship so I had little information to go on as to how this would all come together - and, for the most part, it has gone about as well as can be expected.

Best of MacMania 8 Pictures!

We've taken over two thousand pictures and uploaded over 600 more to our Flickr site. Here is a "Best of MacMania 8" representative set of the best 60 or so shots for your viewing pleasure.

MacMania8: At Sea at Last!

Going on your first cruise is exciting, fun, scary, challenging, frustrating, aggravating… And sometimes, all of that within moments of each other.

We boarded the ship (and what a ship it is - almost 300 meters or 320 yards long, 86 thousand tons with 900 crew members, 12 decks and a top speed of 22 knots or more than 25 mph and built in Helsinki, Finland in 2000) on Wednesday. According to several MacMania veterans, the boarding process on this particular ship took much longer (4 hours) and was much more disorganized than previous cruises on the Holland America line.

(Add to that the seeming European inability to stand in line and not push, shove and butt their way in front of you makes patience and calm an exercise that would make Buddha kick a puppy…)

But once on board and in our lovely cabin at the rear of the ship (we’ve had great views all cruise!), we discovered the wonders of life on board - ridiculously happy and friendly crew, a clean and attractive ship with plenty of facilities (several places to eat, at least half a dozen bars, 2 pools and hot tubs, a gym and, yes - even a shuffleboard court) and a whole bunch of fellow Mac users!

We’ve had very good weather in each city so far (5 ports of call to this point with 3 more to go) even though there have been some spectacular thunderstorms in the evenings while we are at sea. 60 minutes before our fascinating tour of the ruins of Pompeii we had torrential rains that threatened to force us to cancel the excursion but the weather cleared and I think I got some really nice photos of it and Italy in general.

Wow....just.....Wow...

At a certain point in your life, your mind can't be blown. You've been there, done that and bought the t-shirt.

Luckily, yesterday at the Great Pyramids at Giza, I proved that I'm nowhere near that point.

We've all seen the Pyramids and the Sphinx - on TV, movies and in pictures - but nothing, and I do mean *nothing*, can prepare you for seeing them yourself.

Their scale is greater than anything you can imagine. Not just their size - there are bigger, taller buildings - but their history, the culture, the *reason* for them being there is absolutely incredible.

Part of it is Egypt and Cairo itself - while the Egyptians are a "progressive" people, they are sill relatively poor by Western standards and to see their standard of living is a surprise to us. Although, if it hadn't rained much in your hometown for three centuries, it would be as dirty as Cairo too!

The pyramids are covered....in vendors who are hawking various goods and services. You can ride an incredibly stinky camel for "only" 20 Euros or buy a 10 cent Sphinx head for only 5 Euros. And, if you say no, they'll ask again...and again....and again...

But let none of that ruin your enjoyment of one of the most amazing sites and places in the world. They are not the "Pyramids at Giza" - they are truly the "Great (Spectacular, Amazing, Awe-Inspiring, Incredible...) Pyramids at Giza.

I hope you enjoy the pictures but, keep in mind, the Pyramids are not being done justice by my puny digital efforts. Go and see them for yourself.

Click here to see the pictures from our visit to the Pyramids.

Pyramid Cam!

Check this out - someone has set up a camera pointed at the Great Pyramids of Giza! Watch tomorrow (Sunday) and see if you can spot us. :)

If it's Sunday, those must be the Pyramids!

We're not there yet but....

Had our "orientation session" for our trip to the *4,500 year old* Great Pyramids of Giza if the guide is right, it's going to be an "adventure" - in both the positive and negative sense.

First thing he said was, "Forget all notions of personal hygiene"....Oh oh....

Your Mac Life in Naples, Messina and Pompeii!

Words can barely express this trip - excitement, nervousness, anger, resentment, fun, scary, challenging, frustrating, aggravating...

But the pictures and places so far have been worth it!

We set sail from Genoa/Savona and headed to Naples where Shawn got to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Unfortunately, Lesa stayed on board to work on the Photoshop CS4 Missing Manual - how's *that* for dedication?

After Naples, the ship sailed to Messina, Sicily. We both stayed on board to work - how's *that* for dedication? :(

The ship is now (1am Ship Time on Friday night/Saturday morning) approx 1/4 of the way to Alexandria, Egypt where Lesa will be forced on a bus to go see the Great Pyramids of Giza - Missing Manual deadline or no Missing Manual deadline...

We are slowly (Dear God - is it ever *slowly*) uploading pics to our Flickr site - our apologies for the chaotic order of the pics but the Net access on board the ship is *very* spotty and often times out. :(

Good News, Bad News

While we were told that we would have "internet access" on board the ship, the Powers That Be weren't exactly clear on how that was defined.

Turns out, "internet access" on board a ship means the Web - no FTP, no POP email, no iChat, no IMAP, no IRC, no....Show... :(

The show is done - if you have an Audible.com account it should show up in your Audible account very soon.

But if you want to listen to the streamed archive, you'll have to wait until the cruise ship decides whether or not to turn those services on. Our apologies for the inconvenience.