Category: Macintosh

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LyricScraper: So Freakin’ Cool

If you’re on a Mac running OS X, go download Konfabulator, one of the great cool programs to emerge in a long time. It’s a framework for running widgets that can do just about anything: display the current weather, update stock quotes, or even play games. Konfabulator widgets appear on your desktop, and can show ...

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Finally, Shared iTunes Music

Here’s the setup, which has been on hold for many months: an iBook in the living room, hooked up to the stereo system; an old iMac in the basement, newly outfitted with a big hard disk that holds 5.5 GB of music; an AirPort wireless network to join them (plus my PowerBook upstairs, but that’s ...

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Large Laptops Article in Seattle Times

My first Seattle Times article appears in today’s issue: “The SUVs of the Laptop World Have Desktop-Sized Screens.” I looked at Apple’s 17-inch PowerBook G4 and Sony’s Vaio PCG-GRX770 to see if these massive laptops are actually too big for one’s lap. As a regular Mac user, the PowerBook was nice to use, though surprisingly ...

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Cool New Safari Feature

I’ve been using the beta version of Apple’s Safari Web browser since it was released at Macworld in January. The latest version has been out for less than a week, and I just found a nifty cool feature: group some favorite sites in a Bookmark Folder on the Bookmarks Bar (I have one for weblogs ...

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Shipping Overkill Award

You’ve probably ordered some small item over the Web that’s arrived in a box that’s way too big. Well, I think a recent laptop loaner from Sony trumps all. I understand that Sony wants to make sure its laptop returns in good condition, but geez… The funny thing is, the laptop box itself was flat ...

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Big PowerBook and Tom Bihn

I’m writing a short piece for the Seattle Times about large laptops, which enabled me to get a 17-inch PowerBook G4 from Apple on loan. It’s a beautiful machine, but man is it big. I got to play with the floor models on display at Macworld Expo in January, but you don’t get a sense ...

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Worm Hits Microsoft

Oh, I just can’t help it. The worm that’s been disrupting computer systems worldwide for the past few days by taking advantage of security holes in Microsoft’s SQL Server has hit Microsoft as well (NYTimes, free subscription required). The paradox was not lost on computer security experts. “Microsoft has been blaming the users, saying they ...

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iCurve

The UPS guy just delivered an iCurve, an aqueous-looking laptop stand. I used to connect my PowerBook to a 17-inch Apple Studio Display (the old blue CRT, not the gorgeous newer LCD), but after the monitor died and I bought a PowerBook G4 Titanium (with its 15-inch widescreen), I figured I didn’t need an external ...