1998: Mac or PC? 2009: Mac or PC?

Buried deep in John Gruber’s treatise, Microsoft’s Long, Slow Decline is a gem about change. In comparing the late 1990s and the dot com boom with the current state of affairs (Apple and the Mac growing, Microsoft and Windows shrinking), Gruber uncovers the heart of the matter. It’s... Read More »

Top 10 iPhone annoyances

Apple’s iPhone is rapidly proving itself as the handheld computer that’s also a cell phone. Here’s a Top 10 list of mostly minor annoyances from Macworld. Numero uno on the list is, you guessed it, AT&T: As iPhone users outside the United States begin to enjoy tethering and multimedia... Read More »

Show me the Mac movie with iShowU

Every now and then a Mac utility comes along that seems better than the utilities that came before. For about 10 years I was a great fan of, and purchaser of, Ambrosia’s SnapzProX, a great utility to record anything on your Mac’s screen. Is there anything better? Yes.Yesteryear I don’t... Read More »

Is the music on your iPod legal or illegal?

I came across a poll we conducted for Mac360 back in the summer of 2004. The questions were basic. How many songs are on your iPod? And, are they legal or illegal? Over 3,600 respondents later and the results continue to be the same.How many songs? Times change. Music changes. I used to buy CDs. Today... Read More »

How big is your MacBook hard disk?

Western Digital became the first hard disk drive manufacturer to ship a one terabyte drive. $250 gets you the Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch SATA disk. The 750 gigabyte version is $190. Features of the Scorpio Blue line include WhisperDrive technology, which WD says makes the drive operate more quietly; ShockGuard,... Read More »

More on Twitter Clients

Good overview from Rixstep of the four best Twitter clients for Mac users, including my current favorites, Tweetie and Twitterific (both Mac and iPhone). Canary, TweetDeck, Tweetie, and Twitterrific manage your tweets and followers in different ways. Different strokes for different folks, right? Or,... Read More »

Monitor your Mac with ‘Big Brother’ software

Have you ever wondered who is using your Mac when you’re not around? Add a little Big Brother software to your Mac and find out. Most Macs have a built-in iSight camera which can be set up as a kind of personal NannyCam (not the kind that follows Fran Drescher) to track who gets on your Mac and... Read More »

Why Apple needs Microsoft’s Laptop Hunter TV ads

One of the core tenets of marketing is product differentiation. Apple differentiates the Mac from PCs running Microsoft’s Windows in many ways, as evidenced for years in the famous Get a Mac television and internet commercials. Macs are described as easier to use, not troubled by viruses, and so... Read More »

Kissing $300 goodbye and loving it

Back in the year 2000 I bought my first version of Apple’s Final Cut Pro video and audio editing suite. The latest version is FC Studio 3 features Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5, DVD Studio Pro 4. The upgrade is $299. FC Studio is a stunning value. Add a... Read More »

Flaming iPod complaints

Out of the hundreds of millions of iPods sold, how many have burst into flames? Apple has worked feverishly to suppress an 800-page document by the Consumer Product Safety Commission which detailed iPod overheating problems. ArsTechnica: It’s unclear whether the 800 pages are comprehensive or... Read More »

Put a little SeaMonkey in your Mac

There was a time, back in the day, when Netscape was the browser for Mac users. The Netscape Communicator browser was really an all-in-one suite of tools. Browser, email, news groups, address book, HTML editor, calendar and more. If you’re nostalgic for the days when real men used the internet,... Read More »

The death of a 20th century dinosaur

John Gruber on the growing trend of newspapers which charge for access to the news on their websites. The question these companies should be asking is, “How do we keep reporting and publishing good content?” Instead, though, they’re asking “How do we keep making enough money... Read More »

GraphicDesignerToolbox: Thinking Different

I collect graphics utilities on my Mac. I run everything from Photoshop CS4 to GraphicConverter, and a couple of dozen utilities in between. This mixed bag of tools does everything from color matching to image manipulation to one trick ponies which capture pixel color. GraphicDesignerToolbox is an interesting... Read More »

Mac Sales: Up, or Down? Yes.

John Paczkowski points out the lies, damned lies, and statistics regarding Mac sales. They’re up. And they’re down. It all depends on who you talk to. The top two market research firms gave strikingly different numbers for Mac shipments in the spring quarter. From All Things D: So what are... Read More »

Live, real time, subway directions on your iPhone

YouTube link to a video of absolutely the coolest, if not a bit impractical, way to view subway directions on your iPhone. From acrossair and coming soon to the iPhone App Store.... Read More »

Galaga, circa 1981, lives in the iPhone App Store

My favorite blast from the arcade games of the past lives again in the iPhone’s App Store. Galaga remix is a decent recreation of the original, plus a 21st century version, perfect for wasting time and enjoying it the process. Macworld’s review: Galaga was the sequel to Galaxian—a... Read More »

What Goes Around department

Wall Street tech analyst Henry Blodget bought an iPhone after stepping into an Apple Store for the first time. Fake Steve summarizes the experience: You’ve never been in an Apple store before? Are you [censored] kidding me? A guy who runs a tech blog, and who used to be a Wall Street analyst covering... Read More »

The phone company’s app store

Apple’s iTunes Store set the gold standard for online purchases of music, TV shows, movies. With the addition of the popular App Store, Apple has attracted 100,000 developers who offer 65,000 apps, games, utilities; customers have responded with over 1.5-billion downloads. Now, Verizon wants in... Read More »

Microsoft Office to go online—for free

Without question this is Microsoft’s response to Google’s new and free operating system, Google Chrome OS, which will work with Google’s free online applications. Jon Fortt in Fortune: One could argue that the software giant is late to the giveaway party. Folks like Google, Zoho and... Read More »

Mac vs. Windows PC

Generally speaking, choice is good. Mac vs. Windows PC is a choice. Macs don’t require malware protection, usually work better, last longer, and have higher resale value. PCs seem to require constant, nagging maintenance. From AnythingTips: When you are trying to decide on which computer is best... Read More »