Category: Macintosh

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Voicemail QuickStart Guide

  Apple TV Pr0n    Originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson. My wonderful copyeditor on my current book project made a funny side comment in email asking if I could explain her cell phone company some day in the same way that I describe how to do things in my books (embarrassingly, that page hasn’t been ...

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My Apple TV Review at Seattle Times

Instead of a regular Practical Mac column this week, I reviewed the Apple TV: Computer, television learning to get along. Despite my few reservations, the Apple TV is compelling because Apple has done the living room right. The quality of the experience stands out the most, supported by the overall polish and attention to detail ...

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I Finally Made CARS

No, not the Pixar movie. I’m “quoted” in an article at Crazy Apple Rumors Site: According to a report by Radar Online, Apple has decided to drop Justin Long, the actor who plays the Mac in the “I’m a Mac” ad campaign. The news left the Macintosh community stunned. It then left it in denial. ...

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Beating the Laptop Heat

The US has been pretty hot the last couple of weeks, and it shows in a trio of Mac articles that appeared recently with similar themes (and which were written independently of each other): My latest Seattle Times Practical Mac column, Keep your Mac cool this summer, talks about keeping your laptop cool, as well ...

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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 ...