Category: Macintosh


At Macworld Expo S.F.

After coasting through a relaxing holiday season, I’m now in San Francisco for Macworld Expo. The weather here is lovely, compared to an impending big snowstorm in Seattle. Are you going to the show? I’m doing a presentation on Graduating from iMovie to Final Cut Express as part of the Users Conference, Wednesday from 11:00 ...


iChat Sounds

Tired of “bloop” and “boit”? You can assign any sound file to actions in iChat, such as when a buddy logs in or someone invites you to chat. Pixelhaus has made a collection of Matrix-themed sounds available today, which are pretty good. The other sets for Wild West and LV426 (Alien) are also done well. ...


Finally – 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook

Just ordered a new 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook G4. Perhaps coincidentallly, my current 15-inch PB (400 MHz) acted up during a deadline earlier today; it knew I was going to order a new machine if they were announced. I’ve got it working now, and I’m hoping that my reassurances that it would stay in the family ...


Favorite screenshot of the day

Andy Inhatko writes about using iChat AV, and includes the best computer screenshot I’ve seen in a while.


Article on Free WiFi

My officemate Glenn Fleishman wrote a good piece for the Seattle Times about coffeeshops, restaurants, and hotels that are discovering the advantages of offering free wireless Internet access (WiFi). By coincidence, I was at Herkimer Coffee the day he interviewed the owner, so I can count myself as one of the three laptop users mentioned ...


Puzzling Architecture

Architecture can be so vague… I wonder what this future store could possibly be? (Taken on Chicago’s “Miracle Mile” section of Michigan St.; click for larger image.)


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...