“Leo doesn’t have a definitive answer for the PC vs Mac question, but he generally says, “Windows for business, Macs for home.” Unless you’re a PC gamer, or have specific Windows software you have to run, a Mac is almost always a better choice for content creation, email, web surfing, and all the other things home users do. And there are no viruses or spyware on the Mac to worry about!
- Leo Laporte”— Contact : LOL: The Life of Leo
Apple Announces Updates to the MacBook and MacBook Pro
Apple just announced NEW laptops yesterday…updates to the MacBook and MacBook Pro. Improvements on power, speed, design, etc. Just wish I had another $2k-3k to drop on a laptop. I am enjoying my new Mac Pro though… :)
Ready to upgrade from your CRT video production monitor to a LCD? Panasonic’s 17-inch native 720p HD monitor may be for you, if you can bear the $5K price! Despite it’s cost, it has many features that may woo video editors to jump on this anyway. Read More…
An impending end to a format war over next-generation DVDs boosted shares in both victorious Sony, in the Blu-ray corner, and Toshiba, in the losing HD DVD camp, on Monday as consumers cheered an end to confusion over which discs will carry high-definition movies. Read More…
Blogging Expertise is a small business devoted to helping you get the most out of blogging, whether you’re an individual or represent a small business. Its owner, Sarah Lewis, is passionate about blogging. If she has it her way, you will be too. Here is our interview with Sarah. Read More…
…Schorr bridled a bit when I asked him Wednesday about some people’s fears that Apple isn’t committed to Aperture. “Releasing a new version is as big a commitment as you can demonstrate,” he said. “This is not a maintenance release. It takes quite a bit of engineering resources. Apple’s commitment is unmistakable.
Apple today introduced Aperture 2, the next major release of its groundbreaking photo editing and management software. Featuring an improved interface, faster browsing, and enhanced image processing, Aperture 2 delivers more than 100 new features that make it faster, easier to use, and more powerful than ever. Thanks to its new low price of $199, anyone can easily organize, edit, and publish photos like a pro. Owners of previous versions of the software can upgrade to Aperture 2 for just $99.
It dawned on me recently that application versioning has gotten out of control. I discovered this while setting up my new MacPro tower this week…installing applications, porting over my information, documents, mail, etc. from my older G4.
Remember when applications were simply called “Version 3”? Rather than waiting a year or more before the next major release of their software (ie. version 4), companies started releasing more frequent updates. These incremental updates used decimals followed by a single digit number (ie. Version 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, etc.) giving them potentially nine (9) sub-versions before the next big release (v4.0). Apple’s operating system follows these guidelines, but they also use additional “code names” for the OS, currently names of wild cats. OS X in order so far has been: Cheetah/Puma (10.1), Jaguar (10.2), Panther (10.3), Tiger (10.4), and Leopard (10.5). See image below for retail OS X boxes.
While it appears the packaging for OS X has gotten smaller, the features packed inside have gotten much bigger. They keep adding incredible, innovative user experiences through simple, easy-to-use software that packs a punch, a beautiful glossy graphical user interface (GUI), and more features than you can shake a stick at. In their latest release, OS X 10.5 Leopard, they claim to have added 300+ new features. While many of them are cosmetic or simple updates, some are mind boggling new creations from Apple.
One of my favorites is Quick Look…. an easy way to quickly preview files without opening them in their native applications. Simple select a file and press the spacebar to get a transparent, dark gray, pop-up window that shows your file, be it a PDF, JPG, TIF, PSD, Word .doc, PowerPoint, Keynote, Excel, etc. While, just about any file type will be displayed, I’ve found a few that don’t; EPS for example, or Freehand files. Regardless, Quick Look is an amazing utility that I, now, could not imagine living without. It makes quick access and viewing of files, which keeps me moving in my high-paced day. I often use PDFs throughout my day, and Quick Look allows me to view not just the first page, but ALL pages in the document.
OK, where was I? I seem to have gotten off-track. Sorry. Back to versioning…
Eventually companies decided to list their “sub, sub” versions of their application updates. For instance, Version 3.1.0, or 3.6.8. Lately however, it seems as though software versioning has gotten out of control. Beyond the double decimal (3.3.3) we now have reached the TRIPLE decimal versioning…188.8.131.524, etc. AAAAAHHHHHH!!!! Enough already!! :(
Below are some of my recent findings of ridiculous application versioning.
Tom Tom HOME 184.108.40.206
ImTOO Ripper Pack Paltinum 4.0.80.0622
These are just a few quick examples, but there are more out there if you look around or are aware of your application surroundings. I just hope we don’t go into long binary code…. what’s next, 5 decimal versioning? I certainly hope not.
For more information about how versioning works, revision control, or the version control system (VCS), click here to visit Wikipedia.
Vienna is a freeware, open source RSS/Atom news reader for the Mac OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are freely available for download.
A summary of some of Vienna’s features:
Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts.
Simple and intuitive user interface with customisable toolbar.
Built-in tabbed browser.
Global search of all retrieved articles.
Automatic detection of newsfeeds on web pages.
Smart folders for organising related feed articles.
Filemaker, a division if Apple, just released a new product exclusively for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) users, called Bento. It’s the “personal database that’s as easy to use as a Mac.” With it’s iTune’s-like interface, you’ll feel right at home and quickly be storing and managing projects, home inventory, the kid’s soccer practice, store inventory, image, movie and sound collections, plus much more!
I was getting tired of my web pages loading slowly (nearly 10 sec. on 5Mbps Cable connection), until I found out about OpenDNS. WOW! What a great—and not-to-mention FREE—service! Simply go to OpenDNS.com and look in the lower right hand corner of the website. You should see two sets of DNS numbers… 220.127.116.11 & 18.104.22.168. Enter these in your computer network settings panel or your router DNS tab and start noticing faster page loads than your ISP provides. It sped up my webpage load time from 10+ seconds to about 2 seconds. Amazing!
Although we have hope that the format war is shuddering to a close, it’s probably still wise to hedge your bets just a little — and Plextor’s got you covered with two new SATA Blu-ray / HD DVD combo drives. The new PX-B920SA writes to BD-R at 4x speeds, DVDs at 16x, and CD-Rs at 40x, and reads HD DVD, while the lower-end PX-B300SA drops the BD-R capabilities and just writes to DVD and CD. Plextor says both drives will be available at the end of the month, but sadly we don’t have any pricing information.
Microsoft’s recent failure of their new operating system Vista—or should we say P.O.S.—and with most users and new computer buyers “downgrading” to XP, the company has already set foot forward on creation of their next OS, internally called “7.” Read More…
Are you sick and tired of creating auctions using eBay’s slow web site? Have you been waiting patiently for a quality, affordable listing utility for the Mac OS for years? Here comes your deliverance: Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re pleased to announce the arrival of GarageSale. (Your auction experience is about to change for the better…)
GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system. With GarageSale Mac OS X users can finally compose eye-catching auctions quickly using an intuitive Mac-like interface. (And in the fraction of the time it would take to do it on eBay’s web interface.) Not only this, but GarageSale also integrates perfectly with iPhoto, offers WYSIWYG text editing and comes with over 130 free design templates.
Watch the GarageSale Basics tutorial (updated for GarageSale 4) to learn how GarageSale makes listing your items on eBay a snap.
In it’s most recent update to SuperDuper! (Feb 5, 2008) with v2.5, Shirt-Pocket add’s Leopard support to it’s 5-star rated Mac backup application. I rate it one of the best deals (at only $27.95) for a ‘must have’ utility. After all, you’re data is only as good as your last backup!
Eizo first let out word about this one last fall, but it looks like the company’s just now gotten around to formally introducing its latest 30-inch display, with the CG301W making its debut at the big PMA show in Las Vegas. Among other things, this one boasts hardware calibration for those not willing to take any chances, and an impressive 97% reproduction of the Adobe RGB color space. Other specs are similarly high-end, including a 2560 x 1600 resolution, dual DVI-D inputs for hooking up two computers (with a picture-in-picture function to boot), and Eizo’s Application Specific Integrated Circuit (or ASIC), which promises to work all sorts of magic to deliver the best image possible. No word on a price, but given that Eizo’s non-hardware calibrated 30-incher demands a hefty $2,555, it may be best not to ask.