Category: Macintosh

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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 ...

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At Macworld Expo

I’m in San Francisco for Macworld Expo, so I don’t know how often I’ll be posting. The joke here is that I don’t post often enough to really get away with saying that, but I wanted to say it anyway.

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Schneier’s Security Advice

Crypto and security expert Bruce Schneier offers a good list of suggestions to improve one’s Internet security. Most of these are Windows-specific (don’t use Internet Explorer, don’t open joke emails or other forwarded material with attachments, etc.), but it’s a good list for Mac and Linux users, too.

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Take Control of Recording with GarageBand

I mentioned that I was editing three Take Control ebooks, and now the third has just hit: Jeff Tolbert’s Take Control of Recording with GarageBand. I’m not a musician (though I’ve recently started to take up the guitar), but I can see how someone with desire and $10 can make professional-sounding recordings using GarageBand and ...

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Take Control of Mac OS X Backups

I’m thrilled to announce that Joe Kissell’s latest ebook Take Control of Mac OS X Backups has just been released! I was the editor for this title, my first in the Take Control series. I’m particularly fond of this subject, because I’ve been there, done that: a few years ago I suffered a catastrophic hard ...

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I’m Now a Newspaper Columnist!

Hooray! Saturday marked my first appearance as a regular columnist for The Seattle Times: Regular change of passwords keeps sneaky crackers guessing. My colleague Glenn Fleishman has been the Practical Mac columnist, and when he took some time off to become a new daddy, I filled in for a few weeks. (Notice that the Times’ ...

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The Tech-Support Generation

Newsweek has a great article by Brad Stone about how many people are headed home for Thanksgiving… to fix their parents’ computers: The Tech-Support Generation. I know, you can’t lump everyone into that category, but I suspect it’s true more often than not. And it points to the reality that computers are still difficult to ...

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My iMac G5 Review in Seattle Times

My colleague Glenn Fleishman and his wife recently had a baby, so I’ve been writing his Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times. The latest is a hands-on review of the iMac G5: "User-friendly iMac G5 keeps it simple". Here are links to the previous three I’ve written: "DVD led to digital shake-up" (Seattle Times, ...

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Iconfactory Halloween Icons

Fall is my favorite season, and it also heralds the fun work of The Iconfactory, which replaces its interface with a Halloween-inspired scheme every October. I use many of their icons (holiday and otherwise) on my Mac because they’re well-designed and add character. And I absolutely love the little factory GIF animation at the top ...