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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Syncplicity for Mac now Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.macworld.com/article/138...yncplicity.html

"Looking for a good way of having your files accessible on multiple computers? MobileMe's an option, but if you're not looking for all the other bells and whistles (web pages, email accounts, etc.), there's now another player in the mix: Syncplicity."

This was in private beta for Mac but is now being made available. Like Dropbox, Syncplicity offers free file storage, sharing and syncing online. They give you 2GB free storage initially, and you can upgrade to more for a price. They also put an interesting twist to the referral bounty I've seen other companies use. Refer friends and each time they sign up for the service, they give you 2GB, up to total of 6GB. This is Intel-only and requires that you be running OS X version 10.5.


Updates Available for Numbers, Pages and Keynote

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

http://macdailynews.com/index.php/w...comments/19966/

"Apple has released Numbers Update 1.0.3, Pages Update 3.0.3, and Keynote Update 4.0.4, each of which address general compatibility issues."

The updates are available as of February 2nd at Apple.


Monday, February 2, 2009

What's on Your Menu Bar?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

Every computer user, Mac or Windows, has a certain amount of stuff in their menu bar or tray that makes them cringe when they see it all. Mine is shown above with each icon explained below (from left to right):

Mailplane: My G-Mail client.

Dropbox: Essential file syncing utility.

Skitch: Best screen capture util on earth.

QuickSilver: If you aren't at least using it to watch apps, you're really missing out.

TextExpander: I mainly use it to fill in my bio on feature articles here!

Drobo Dashboard: Health status of my Drobo.

Evernote: Note and file syncing.

Logmein: I don't know why I have this installed on my MBP since I'm rarely without it, but so be it.

iSync: The only thing I really use MobileMe for.

SoundSource: Let's me set my recording inputs and outputs really easily.

Displays: Just the Displays System Preference.

Time Machine: Wouldn't have a Mac without it. Time Machine goes straight to my Drobo.

Bluetooth: Connects up my keyboard and Mighty Mouse

Airport: WiFi Status

Sound Volume: Obvious.

Clock: More obvious.

Spotlight: Yep, I use the hell out of it. I don't know why people hate it so much.

Okay. Now it's your turn. Get into the discussion and share your cluttered overfilled overextended menu bar with the rest of us. Maybe we'll all learn about some great new app or utility from you!


Friday, January 30, 2009

Mac Switcher Bundle Sale Extended

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti..._to_march_31st/

"SmileOnMyMac, Agile Web Solutions, ManyTricks and ScreenCastsOnline have extended their Mac Switcher Bundle offer to March 31st. The Bundle packages three apps aimed at those Switching from Windows to the Mac, along with ten video tutorials for setting up and using your Mac, all for US $49.95."

It looks like a pretty good bundle. I have used 1Password for a long time, and have found it worth every penny of the $39.95 USD that it cost me. I have also heard good things about TextExpander, so if you don't have any of these it might be worth checking out.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nvidia Update 2009 for Unibody Macs & MacBook Air

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 12:00 PM

http://support.apple.com/downloads/...ics_Update_2009

"This update improves cursor movement when using the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter with the Mini DisplayPort enabled MacBook Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro. It also improves playback of HD video running on systems with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or GeForce 9600M graphics."

I only had one issue with my Mini DisplayPort, and it was if I had my Dell monitor plugged in, the computer would freeze on awakening from sleep mode. This update seems to have repaired the issue, though, so even if it does nothing else for me, I'm happy. The download is available from Software Update so go grab it.


The Obligatory "Mac Security" Post

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/117188

"Security firm Intego said that just 20,000 machines had been infected as of January 21 but that the risk of ongoing infection was "serious, and users may face extremely serious consequences" if they are stricken with the malware. Mac users are suggested to use common sense -- that is, don't try to download and installed pirated software -- and to update any antivirus definitions immediately. If you're a Mac user and aren't using security software, well, this might be a good time to start."

I have so had it with these "Macs are vulnerable" stories. Let's be blunt about something: if every Windows worm, virus, and exploit got the press that every isolated Mac issue got, we'd be hearing nothing but Windows infection stories. Instead, the tech press jumps all over these stories as proof, somehow, that Windows and OS X are somehow equal. They're not. They never were. They never will be. For all the talk about how Apple gets a pass on its security for OS X, every single exploit is considered front page news worthy of days of multiple stories. The impression given is that "we both have viruses, so we're equally insecure." That's simply ridiculous.

Particularly riling was this dopey comment from a dope reader of Christopher's column:

"I'm almost happy. Maybe it'll take attention off of Windows...."

Really? Will it? Let's analyze this trojan. You have to seek out a pirated copy of Apple Software, download it, then run what you've downloaded from a questionable source. At the same time you have to be logged in as an administrator (a no-no to begin with) for the install to happen. In other words, along every step of the way you have to interact with the process using, at best, bad computing practices, to get this "infection" on your Mac.

Compare that to a certain other operating system and then let's also open up a dictionary and look at the word equal.

I guess I shouldn't be this annoyed. The fact that every single tiny exploit in OSX (whether it's in the OS, in an application, or requires a user to throw caution to the wind and do something stupid) gets all over the tech news outlets while flaws in Windows are generally just perceived as de rigeur to using a Windows computer is proof that there really just isn't some massive security problem for the Mac, nor is this looming threat that we've been hearing about with every single iteration of OS X as pressing as it was made out to be. For the last 8 years, we've heard that one day it would all be over as far as Apple's security. At the current rate of infection, we'll have a full-blown security problem on our hands by 2043.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Quick Search on Mac? Google says Yes!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

I really like what Google comes up with most of the time, and this is no different. This is a handy search tool when you need a quick search done on the web or on your computer (Google lists all the files it can search for here). Granted, this is developer preview beta so it isn't working completely the way it's supposed to (at least on my machine) but it is pretty slick and the UI is very Mac-like. The tool is perfect for those times when you just want to do a quick search without having to pull up a browser. It is very similar to the iPhone Google application, with less functionality (ie no voice search), but it is very useful nonetheless. Read more...


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