Category: Macintosh

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John Gruber Eviscerates Mac FUD Article

I saw the article yesterday splashed on front pages of news outlets, “Viruses Catch Up to the Mac,” and knew immediately that it was uninformed FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt). Not only because I follow the Macintosh world, where, in fact, viruses have not caught up to the Mac, but because it starts out with ...

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Apple Just Saved Me $1000

The public beta of Boot Camp has been out for a day now, and for the most part I’ve viewed it as an interesting development, but nothing that impacts me directly. I’m still using an aluminum PowerBook G4/1.25 GHz as my main machine, so I don’t even have an Intel-powered Mac to test Boot Camp ...

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A Look at Tech Publishing

If you’re interested in seeing a bit behind the curtain of publishing technology books, read this interesting article by David Heinemeier Hansson: Shaking up tech publishing (Loud Thinking), which talks about self-publishing and electronic publishing. Equally interesting is publisher Tim O’Reilly‘s notes in the comments (scroll down the page to find them), which compactly outlines ...

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Plastic over Bits

I’ve fallen hard for the instant-gratification of buying music from the iTunes Music Store. A few days ago I noticed that José González was in the catalog; his song “Heartbeats” is featured in the Sony Bravia commercial that I blogged about in October on my iMovie Visual QuickStart Guide blog. I decided to buy the ...

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Subscribe to My Photocast

Part of the new features in iLife ’06 is photocasting, an easy way to share photos online from iPhoto 6. I’ve created a Jeff’s Pretty Photos photocast at http://photocast.mac.com/jeffc/iPhoto/jeff’s-pretty-photos/index.rss. If you own iPhoto 6, this should come up in the program itself; if not, you can view it using an RSS reader. However, it appears ...

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Where to Find Me at Macworld Expo

I’m headed to next week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco, where I’ll be giving four presentations: Wednesday, 11-Jan-05, 11:00 am: Graduate from iMovie to Final Cut Express Wednesday, 11-Jan-05, 2:00 pm: Peachpit Press booth (#1507), talking about plug-ins and add-ons that make iMovie even better Thursday, 12-Jan-05, 3:00 pm: Intro to Desktop Movie Making (a ...

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External Modem: It’s 1993 Again!

Part of the fine print of Apple’s announcement yesterday of the new iMac G5 is that it no longer includes a built-in modem. Instead, you can buy a USB modem for $50. So let’s recap: way back when, you’d spend $200-$300 on an external modem, a big metal box with blinky lights that let you ...

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I Heart iMovie at InformIT

I wrote an article for InformIT, which is now online: I Heart iMovie: Why Apple’s iMovie HD Beats Windows XP Movie Maker 2. Two weeks and six full MiniDV tapes later, I sat down at my PowerBook G4 and fired up a little application that I’d previously launched only once: iMovie. In less than two ...

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Remote Control column in Seattle Times

My latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times talks about how I was able to get Timbuktu Pro working on my mother-in-law’s Mac so that I can control it remotely: Remote control makes tech support easy. Patty would have to describe to me what she saw onscreen, reading every error message or menu list ...

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My Final Cut Express HD review at Macworld.com

Macworld.com has just published my review of Final Cut Express HD. It’s a good revision, though less compelling for people who already use Final Cut Express and don’t plan on working in HDV. But I was happy to see that the iMovie support has improved: Final Cut Express HD also features improved iMovie project import, ...