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Mostly about tech products and software made by Apple. Generally this would be my MacBook, MacBook Air, iPhone, iPod or dreams of my iPad.

Written By: Gary on June 27, 2006 2 Comments

So apple just released a new 10.4.7 update to Tiger. The biggest things that excite me are:

Bluetooth file transfers, pairing and connecting to a Bluetooth mouse, and syncing to mobile phones

I’m really hoping this helps with Syncing to my new Sprint Treo 700p. More info at Apple (and more detailed info here).

Written By: Gary on January 14, 2006 No Comment

So I was going to write a post about the new Apple products (iMac, iLife 2006; I already drooled the other about the MacBook a few days ago) and the stats on the Music Store and the B & M stores but PeachPit Press did such a nice wrapup, I’m just going to link to theirs.

Written By: Gary on August 31, 2005 5 Comments

I absolutely hate the new find in OS X Tiger. I didn’t think I’d like it when I saw it, I didn’t like it when I got it, now it’s a few months later and I still hate it.

When I want to search for a file name it automatically searches inside the files too, so I get a million more hits than there are just files. And you can’t easily separate from the two (filenames or contents). Plus you can’t easily sort by date or filename, it breaks it down by category.

And Spotlight should allow me to control/right-click on a name to open the folder, not the item. If it’s a zip or sit file and you just want to find it, it uncompresses it if you click it…

For being this huge new “feature” it’s not very friendly. I looked to see if the old find was still there but I don’t see it anywhere. :(

I say “easily” in that I don’t know how, so I really mean I can’t do it at all. But I thought I got it to do it once, but maybe that was the other computer…

We’re talking basic stuff here. A drop down (or radio buttons to pick filename/contents/both). Click on a column to sort it how hard is that? There are a variety of shortcuts related to it (buried in the help) but they need a button in the find window to easily get you to them. That searching inside every file has got to be great for my battery life…

If you use the spotlight icon (upper right corner) and pick “show all” you can get close to what I’m looking for related to the sorting but it’s not a normal user interface.

Like I said, I’ve been testing it out and it’s never made me feel it’s an improvement, I feel like it’s devolved. It’s got good brains behind it but a lousy user interface…

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Written By: Gary on May 27, 2005 No Comment

Since I’ve got a high-speed internet connection I’ve always got programs (processes) in the background that are downloading (syncing) files (iSync, iDisk, podcasts) for me. This is great except when I’ve got a slow connection. Slow generally means a cable hooked to my cell phone or dial-in or sometimes it just means an extra slow connection.

Here’s the problem: I just want to connect via some slow method for a minute and the computer wants to start downloading stuff via iSync, iDisk, podcasts and probably something else I can’t think of. All I want to do is very quickly check my mail or the movie listings and it starts synchronizing megabytes of data which is really detrimental as to why I logged on. I need a way to easily turn this stuff off temporarily. I see several ways to do this:

  • If my (network) Location has the word “slow” in it’s description a process won’t do stuff like that in the background (it would be “location aware”.
  • A utility that will do the blocking for me (I pick the apps to not do unless I specifically turn them on) that would hopefully be “location aware”.
  • Maybe one of the internet security security applications could do something like this for me. Although this would be a pricey solution for something that could really be a feature.
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    Written By: Gary on February 16, 2005 No Comment

    You know how when you really want something and it takes F O R E V E R to get shipped? This isn’t about that. This item (unfortunately) shipped (almost) before I actually ordered it.

    So the last time I ordered something from Apple it was a present for Heather and I had it shipped to her place (FYI, it made good time). So I ordered myself something from there last night. As soon as I hit send I realized it was going to ship to Heather’s place, 90 seconds later I’m on the phone explaining the problem. He says he just submits it to the folks who fix it, it 12 hours I’ll get an e-mail knowing if they did. (Can you see where this story is going?) So at 5 am it ships to the wrong address (of course). I don’t think I’ve every had an Apple product ship so fast for me.

    PS – At 12:47 PM I got an e-mail letting me know they couldn’t change the address… Sigh…

    Written By: Gary on January 30, 2005 No Comment

    In a news article at Yahoo/Reuters they polled brand recognition with branding professionals (it’s an odd url, I’m assuming it won’t last but I’ll put the pertinent info below). It’s interesting that Apple nudged Google out of first place. I’m surprised that Ikea isn’t as high in North America as it is globally and that Al Jazeera is on the global list. Even though I’m a big fan of 80% of the North America list, I’m still surprised that Pixar made the list. Also, Coca-Cola didn’t make the top 5 list anywhere world-wide….

    Being an Apple fan, I’m just happy they are ranking this high in recognition.

    1. Apple
    2. Google
    3. Target
    4. Starbucks
    5. Pixar
    1. Apple
    2. Google
    3. Ikea
    4. Starbucks
    5. Al Jazeera
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    Written By: Gary on October 12, 2004 No Comment

    The Free song of the day is Teenage Dope Fiend from Flickerstick. Not sure why Apple can’t dynamically update my sidebar link in a timely manner on Tuesdays. Go to Teenage Dope Fiend for your free song.

    Written By: Gary on October 1, 2004 No Comment

    Very cool! I just put a list of my current iTunes on my page. It shows the currently playing song (if playing) and the last 5 (or whatever). I want the same on my laptop and then they’ll have to duke it out for the “current song”.

    Thanks to Kung-Tunes for the tool to do this… They are also the author of the Ecto (formerly Kung-Log) for posting you your blog.

    And way at the bottom of the same column is a link to the weekly free tune from Apple.

    I’d love it if Apple had a better way to link back to the iTunes site by author (without having to do it manually with their link maker).

    LATER: I’m not doing it this way at this time

    Written By: Gary on August 29, 2004 No Comment

    I’m not sure exactly why I bought the Apple Airport Express. That might sound silly but it’s not just one device, it’s not two, it’s not even only three, it’s FOUR (yes four!) devices in one.

    1. It’ll work as a WiFi router. Can I tell you how easy this was to use? I was at my local Burger King and the WiFi was down again but the wired connection was up. So instead of sitting by the noisy TVs I plugged in the express to the wall and a RJ-45 (phone-like cord) into the ethernet jack and my laptop asked if I wanted to join the new network. That was it! I’m now wireless sitting in my comfy corner.
    2. A WiFi Extender. Does your WiFi network start to fade at the far end of the house? Put this somewhere where you still get a signal and it will extend the range farther for you.
    3. A music (i.e. iTunes) streamer. Computer in the other room with all your music on it? Plug in the optional audio cables into the AirPort Express next to your stereo and you can listed to your iTunes ianywhere in the house!
    4. Printer Adapter. Want to share a printer? Plug a USB printer into the port and you can print to it from anywhere in the house!
    It works for Windows and Macintosh (but I haven’t tried the printing yet) and it’s great!

    Written By: Gary on May 22, 2004 No Comment

    Be sure to do a software update to get the new security update on your OS X.2 or X.3 system. My question is: Why did the update come out on the 21st and it’s dated the 24th? Strange…

    UPDATE: It looks like it might not fix everything…

    More info…

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