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Mac OS X: 11 Years Ago

Written by: Alex Curtis

Categories: Editorial

I love the Internet as an amazing tool for learning. Dale told us about students podcasting down-under. The Internet community encyclopedia, Wikipedia shows the value of collaborative education. And yes, even YouTube has worked to inform us with viral videos and user comments.

It was on YouTube that I found this 35 minute video. It’s a rare video of a young Steve Jobs giving a demo of the NeXTSTEP operating system.
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Organise your life – Yojimbo Style !

Written by: Dave Cryer

Categories: Reviews

Yojimbo screenshotWell, I never ever thought that I would move away from bookmarking hundreds of web pages to keep track of interesting items. But things in my everyday Mac life are about to change and it will be interesting to see if the changes are permanent. For a long time now, if I found something of interest on the Internet, I would bookmark it and try to put it into a meaningful category. More often than not into a bookmark folder called something like ‘interesting software’ or ‘to look at later’. I came to realize just this week that I hardly ever went back to these bookmarks, so I was probably wasting a lot of my time, which I could spend more creatively.

Enter Yojimbo, by Bare Bones Software, which I would like to describe myself as an ‘Electronic Scrapbook on Steroids’. Many people are pushing around a category of software called ‘GTD’ which stands for ‘Getting Things Done’, at this early stage Yojimbo does fit into this category, but seems to offer a whole lot more besides.
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Google Mac Blog

Written by: Chris Christensen

Categories: News

GoogleMacGoogle wants to know that they love you. Well… that’s not quite true, they want you to know that they love your Mac. Google has started an Official Google Mac Blog to reach out to Mac zealots users like us. The first post to this blog tells Mac Users:

If you sit down at your Mac, start up your browser, and search for “Google mission statement”, this is what you’ll see:

“Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

We’re pretty serious about that mission, including the “universally accessible” part. It means making products that everyone can use – including Mac users. We want to provide great products and services to the tens of millions of Mac users around the world, because it’s the right thing to do, and because Mac users inside and outside Google demand it. That’s why we’ve recruited some of the best, most passionate Mac people out there for a Mac Engineering team.

Google is also provding a page to download all of the fruit of their labors so far at Google Software Downloads for the Mac.

Note from editor: If you have not seen it yet and are at all into 3D modeling and stuff, be sure to checkout the FREE Google SketchUp application.

Stuff, Guts, and Video 002

Written by: James Alguire

Categories: Mac Pro

Contour ShuttlePROQuickly scrubbing through video clips to locate the precise portion of a clip to use in a project is a common event for video editors. Final Cut Pro offers several methods to scrub through video and there are useful USB devices that can aid in quickly locating that special scene.

The onscreen jog wheel and shuttle controls in the Canvas and Viewer windows are adequate, but the J-K-L keyboard commands are more efficient. J is backward playback, L is forward playback, and K stops playback. The more times the J or L keys are tapped the faster the video plays back. If the L key is tapped a few times to speed up forward playback, tapping the J key will slow down playback. The reverse is also true. If the J key is tapped to speed up reverse playback, tapping the L key will slow reverse playback down. Holding the K key down and then holding the L or J key down provides slow motion forward or reverse playback.

USB controllers, like the Contour ShuttlePRO V.2 ($110) or Contour ShuttleXpress ($60), from Contour Designs ( ), provide jog and shuttle controls (along with several user programmable buttons that can be configured for other Final Cut Pro functions) to help scrub through video in Final Cut Pro, but having a mouse with a scroll wheel will save you some cash. Simply move the cursor in Final Cut Pro over the Viewer or Canvas and roll the mouse’s scroll wheel up and down to scrub through the loaded video clips (if in the Viewer) or sequences (if in the Canvas). Even better is Apple’s new mighty mouse with it’s mini-trackball Scroll up and down to scrub through video in the Viewer and Canvas, and left and right to quickly scrub through the timeline on long projects.

Stay tuned!

MacCast 2006.10.18

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 162. Apple sees (RED) with new iPod Nano. Apple ships a few infected iPods. Apple purchases Silicon Color. Analyst claims 2 iPhones are in the works. Apple plans support for BluRay and HD-DVD? A fix for iPods that reboot after 1.2 firmware update. Find more music you iLike. Mac Bluetooth keyboard and mouse recommendations. “iPod tax” is wider spread than I knew. Converting WMA files for use in iTunes. How to remove old applications from OS X. A response to my .Mac and iTunes support rant. iCal alarms pop up in wrong place after 10.4.8 update. Followup on creating an enhanced podcast. The latest on the MacBook “RSS” repairs. smcFanControl app to adjust your MacBook (Pro) fan speed. ScreenCasts Online enhanced podcast tutorial and special offer for MacCast listeners.

New music, Coversation Piece by Superbeing

Promos from The MedicCast and the God’s Mac Podcast

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A Switcher’s Monologue and Introduction

Written by: John Fiore

Categories: Editorial

Seeing as this is my first article for I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is John and I’m an 18 year old Photographer and Journalist from South Jersey. I’ve grown up using both PCs and Macs, yet always used a PC as my main machine. I have been using, taking apart, breaking, and fixing computers since the Windows 3.1 days, but over the next few months I plan on making a full transition to the Apple hardware.

I have always loved Macs but because of certain software that is only available on Windows, gaming, and cost I have always used PCs at home. With Apple’s recent transition to the x86 platform and offering users the ability to run Windows, those reasons are no longer holding myself and others back from making the switch. Not to mention the major improvements going from OS 9 (what I used) to OS X being a very attractive aspect of the switch.
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Archos 504 – 4.3 inches of Multimedia Goodness

Written by: Dave Cryer

Categories: Reviews

archos_504-dvrstation2-copy.jpgWill the Archos tempt me away from my beloved iPod? I must admit, to say it was interesting is an understatement, with some very nice experiences along the way. On test was the 160Gb version of the Archos 504, yes, you read that right, 160Gb of storage.

The unit sports a 4.3 inch widescreen, capable of displaying 16 million colours. The screen is nice and bright, evenly lit and offers adjustable brightness levels. My only minor complaint was that there were not enough levels to choose from. Staying with the screen, it is very glossy, so you do get some reflections, but adjusting the angle is not a problem. The size of the actual unit is a little bulky feeling, not as pocketable as a 5th generation iPod, mainly because the size that the hard drive adds to the unit, but also due to the weight. Build quality was spot on, with a very nice brushed metal finish.
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Mini-widgets for system stat geeks

Written by: scottmc

Categories: Cool Stuff, Podcast

iSlayer‘s donation-supported “iStat” is a bit like Mr. Scott’s console on the Starship Enterprise: it shows at a glance where you have–and don’t have–the power. iStat can be run as both a widget and as a standalone applet, and provides robust reporting on CPU, memory, disk, network and wireless bandwidth, OS/X uptime, and battery life. It sports an attractive console presentation—indeed the elegant design of the widgets is really the important feature here–and each application can be customized to suit your specific tastes in obsessive-compulsive system monitoring.

iStat 2.0 main screen

iSlayer has just issued a minor update to the iStat applets, but has also introduced new dashboard-style gauges for each individual statistical category (they call them “mini-widgets”) for those who wish to drop a quick speedometer-like gauge on their desktop. Each widget can look like a speedometer or be tamed to look more like a breakout of the overall iStat text-on-an-attractive-box look and feel. You can mix and match with the mini widgets to find a suitable layout and choose only the stats that you find meaningful.
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iPod Nano. It keeps going and going…

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Reviews

You have all probably heard about the new iPod Nanos from Apple. Well Steve jobs claimed in the Showtime Special Event that they were suppose to get an astonishing 24 hours of battery life.
Well any company out there claims that their batteries last forever. Consumers just take an educated guess on how long the battery will really last.

I recently purchased a new 8GB iPod Nano. I was very impressed with the battery life on it. I listened to if for a few hours and the battery bar continued to stay full! Well I was ready a post on a forum somewhere talking about the battery life of a new Nano, and it got me thinking… “How long does the battery actually last?”
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i-deck compact – Get That iPod Pumping

Written by: Dave Cryer

Categories: Reviews

ideck-compact-1-web.jpgHaving an iPod is something I have been lucky enough to be party to from the second generation release onwards, so I have enjoyed the simplicity in design, the superb interface, the usefulness and the power for many years. I use my iPod every day for music and podcasts mainly, but the odd video crops up every now and again.

About a year ago I invested in two separate speaker systems for my iPod in quick succession, the first I will not name, the second by Logitech was good and I still have it now. So it was with much excitement that I had the opportunity to review the ‘i-deck compact’, not only because it promised to be a step up from what I had been used to, but also because it is manufactured by Monitor Audio, who just happen to also make the home cinema speakers that I have now enjoyed in my lounge for the last two years.
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