Category: Macintosh

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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, ...

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My Seattle Times column on Apple-Intel

My Practical Mac column in the Seattle Times today takes an overview look at Apple’s decision to shift to Intel processors: What’s in store for Macs with Intel processor inside.

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I Heart Dealmac.com

Last week I had the opportunity to test out a Power Mac G5 system that included two (yes, two) Apple 30-inch Cinema HD displays. You can see a picture of them flanking my PowerBook here. It was an astounding array of over 8 million pixels, which I wrote about in my Seattle Times column. Since ...

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Tiger, Articles, and Sleep

Last week was a mix of all-out working and some rare relaxation, which is why I’m a week late in posting this: Glenn Fleishman and I reviewed Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for The Seattle Times, which includes a goofy picture of me (and, again, has only Glenn’s name on the byline for the online ...

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Morgan Stanley Web Rant

Like many people right now, I’m putting together my taxes. My wife and I have investments and a shared money market account through Morgan Stanley. I need some information from the money market account. Although we have lots of paper statements at home, I figured it was time I put all of it into Quicken, ...

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Teeny Mac mini

Received a Mac mini review unit from Apple today. The only spare monitor I had lying around is this old 17-inch Apple Studio Display CRT, which made for a nice “old vs. new” size comparison (click for larger picture). As minis start arriving to people who ordered them early, a lot of first-hand information has ...

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Macworld Coverage in Seattle Times

I’m at Macworld Expo this week, and wrote an article yesterday for the Seattle Times about the announcements made at the keynote: Apple goes “mini” with Mac, tiny iPod. It’s been a while since I’ve had to write an article on a short deadline (about 1.5 hours); my editor, who no doubt does this stuff ...