Category: Macintosh


RealNetworks Selling Songs to Be Played on iPods

Here’s an interesting article from the New York Times: RealNetworks Plans to Sell Songs to Be Played on iPods. What’s interesting is that a key piece of information isn’t being reported, but the PR spin clearly is. The article states: Tomorrow, without Apple’s authorization, RealNetworks will start to give away software that will allow people ...


Another Reason for Using a Mac

I know, I’ve always been a dedicated Mac head and on occasion have lambasted Windows. Usually it’s about ease-of-use issues, since I find Windows to be maddeningly obscure in how it does some things. However, the last couple of years are revealing that it’s not the ease of use that’s making people consider Macs, it’s ...


A Slew of Macworld Articles by Me

In January and February I wrote five articles for Macworld magazine, which all ended up in the same issue (May-04). Now it looks as if four of the five are online: iMovie 4 Review iDVD 4 Review Laudable Laptop Stands Final Cut Express 2 ReviewNote that Apple’s recent Final Cut Express 2.0.3 Update fixes the ...


Best Times for Apple Store Appearances?

I may do an appearance at the local Apple Store – University Village in April, so I’m wondering: when’s the best time to do it? Weekdays? Weekends? Midmorning? Midafternoon?


NYTimes on iPod Earbud Fashion

The New York Times ran an interesting iPod-related article in its Fashion & Style section: The World at Ears’ Length (free subscription required). iPods are so popular in New York that people are walking around like zombies, tuning each other out. What I find interesting is the fact that Apple’s designers scored yet another home ...


Why Apple Stores Are Working

I’m writing about Final Cut Express 2 and ran into a problem importing footage from my camcorder. However, I couldn’t tell if the problem was caused by my equipment (a Canon ZR20 and PowerBook G4) or the software, and I don’t have another camera available to test. What to do? I headed down to my ...


iMovie to FCE Session

I gave my first conference session at Macworld Expo last week, on moving from iMovie to Final Cut Express. (For those who attended: you can download the session notes, a 3 MB PDF file; a few hours after I posted the file on Wednesday, our Web server went south in a bad way, so my ...


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 ...