Category: Macintosh


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 ...


My Final Cut Express HD review at 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, ...


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.


I Heart

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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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.