Superautomatic Coffee Makers

I’ve recently begun reading the Interesting Thing of the Day, a fantastic weblog written by my friend Joe Kissell. ITotD isn’t a daily link to a Web page; Joe finds something interesting, explains why it’s interesting, and gives some background on it. Absolutely required reading, and I’m ashamed that I haven’t been reading it longer. ...


Coffee Boosts Stamina

A little coffee before your ride or workout can increase your stamina, according to an article at the BBC: <a title=" BBC NEWS | Health | Coffee ‘boosts exercise stamina'” href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3122319.stm”>Coffee ‘boosts exercise stamina’. That’s probably why I can get from Herkimer Coffee to the office so quickly on my bike! (It could also be ...


Install iDVD 3 from iLife disc (non-SuperDrive)

Thanks to “pmiles” on Apple’s iDVD discussion boards, who posted the following steps to install iDVD 3 on a non-SuperDrive Mac from the iLife installer disc: 1. Insert the iLife DVD 2. Highlight the iLife Installer 3. Select Show Original from the File menu 4. Open the Packages folder 5. Double-click the iDVD.pkg 6. This ...


Surefire Wake-Up Technique

I now know that nothing can wake me from a deep sleep quite as effectively as my wife sitting up in bed at 4 a.m. and saying, “Do you smell smoke?” In about three seconds I was pacing the house, sniffing the air, trying to figure out where the smell was coming from. Fortunately, it ...


Starbucks Power Minutia

How nitpicky can a blog entry be? I’m at a Starbucks in Bellevue, WA, the one adjacent to Barnes & Noble on 106th Ave. If you’re planning to be here, note that not all of the power outlets work… specifically, the very convenient one by the door. The outlet on the floor near the coffee ...


iDVD 3.0.1 on Non-Superdrive Macs!

When Apple released its iDVD 3.0.1 Update recently, they quietly added a potentially very cool feature: any G4 or G5-based Mac can use iDVD 3! (Of course, you can’t burn a DVD, but you can at least work on a project, then copy the project to a Mac with a Superdrive.) Previously, you had to ...


Cycling Sportsmanship

Excellent article in the L.A. Times about sportsmanship in cycling, especially the Tour de France: In Cycling, Winning With Honor Means Everything . It’s wonderful to see that this type of behavior still exists.


Palm Article in Seattle Times

The Seattle Times ran an article I wrote about wireless Palm handhelds. I looked at the Palm Tungsten W, a device that uses the GSM/GPRS cellular network for Internet access (and can also be used as a phone), and the Palm Tungsten C, which gets its wireless access using Wi-Fi (802.11b) networking.


See Me at Bellevue Square Apple Store

I’m giving a “Meet the Expert” presentation at the Apple Store Bellevue Square in Bellevue, WA, talking about iMovie 3, digital video, and other stuff related to my book iMovie 3 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide. Stop by at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, July 19, and say hi!


Virtix Zoom and Pan 3.0

Before Apple introduced the Ken Burns Effect in iMovie 3, companies like Virtix were creating plug-ins that achieved the same pan and zoom effects. Now, Virtix has released Virtix Zoom & Pan Filters – Version 3.0, which works on all flavors of iMovie 2 and later (including iMovie 2 under Mac OS 9), supports high-resolution ...

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