Enrich Your Mac Experience at a MMOOS Meeting... Well, it’s been a year since we started, and I want to thank those of you who’ve emailed me with questions, comments and encouragement! Let me reiterate my pledge. Got a question about anything Mac? Email me! I will get back to you as soon as I can, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Mac Users... It’s coming! On January 6th, just a few short weeks from now, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take the stage at San Francisco’s Moscone Center to deliver the Keynote Address at MacWorld 2004. The consummate showman, Mr. Jobs will undoubtedly wow the assembled faithful with the latest and greatest Mac stuff.
Stocking Stuffers for the Mac Maineiac in Your House... Also for the music lover, consider a supply of blank CDs for burning your favorite tunes to use in the car. There are also other solutions for using your iPod in the car. There are FM transmitters that send your iPod music to your car stereo through the radio antenna, and adapters that connect to the car stereo through the cassette player. Again, check out the Apple Store online for more details.
Microsoft Setting Sights on Cars and ATMs... That’s right, the operating system that never met a worm or virus it didn’t like, with more security holes than a pound of good Wisconsin Swiss, is going to be taking care of your money!
Making the Case for Broadband... Want to do one thing to make your computing life easier this coming year? Get a high-speed internet connection (we’ll call it broadband, just to save a few words). It’ll change your life, for $30 a month. Guaranteed.
Big Mac: Over Ten Trillion Calculations Served (Per Second!)... The entry from Virginia Tech University, officially named the Terascale Cluster X (dubbed by some “Big Mac”), placed third on the list. Not bad, for a cluster built with 1100 “out of the box” Apple PowerMac G5s, with the same Dual - 2GHz processor configuration, and running basically the same Mac OS X operating system, that you can run at home
The MacMaineiac Glossary of Computer Terms... In keeping with good writing conventions, I think it’s time to put forth my glossary of some of the terms that have appeared on these pages. You won’t find these in Webster’s, that’s for sure.
Why Aren't There Viruses on the Mac?... The quick and easy answer (and the most popular with the supposedly “informed” computer media) is that Macs are such a small blip on the computer radar screen that hackers don’t get enough “bang for the buck” in attacking Macs.
Virginia Tech "Big Mac" is Number Three - With a Bullet... Remember a few weeks ago I told you about the supercomputer that Virginia Tech was building by stringing together 1056 Dual 2Ghz PowerMac G5s? Since then they have named the grouping "Big Mac". Come on, they're computer geeks, what do you expect? More importantly, how are they doing?
When It Rains, It Pours Cats and Songs, That Is...in the first three and a half days after the launch, Windows users downloaded over a million copies of the iTunes software, and purchased over a million songs from the iTunes Music Store. This is a great start, considering that when the Store opened last April to a Mac-only audience, it took a full week to get to a million song sales.
New iPod Accessories Expand Capabilities...the most popular personal digital music player is getting better all the time! This week a couple of new accessories were announced to bring some much-requested capabilities to third-generation iPods.
Get Ready for the Night of the Panther...All the Apple Retail Stores, and many other authorized resellers, will be hosting “The Night of the Panther” from 8:00 PM to 12:00 PM. These events are always fun. At the 10.2 “Jaguar” event there were T-shirts, mouse pads, and in-store discounts.
Hands On With New PowerBooks and the G5...What impressed me the most was the speed. It’s wicked fast, due in part to the faster (1.25 GHz) processor, the doubled to 512K Level 2 cache, and the Radeon 9600 Mobility graphics processor with 64 MB of RAM.
Learning From Checkout Stand Magazines...Here’s some of the “headlines”, the main features, of these mags. They serve as a testimony to the differences between the Windoze PC experience, and that of us Mac users. And, unlike the tabloids, I am not making these up.
Apple Harvests New PowerBooks for Fall...The year of
the notebook actually started two years ago, when Apple introduced
the revolutionary 15” Titanium PowerBook G4 (or TiBook,
for short). The TiBook was the first Apple notebook to sport
the powerful G4 processor, and was (and still is, for that matter)
lean, light, and even described by some as “sexy”.
More Juicy .Mac Features...Don’t know diddly about HTML, but want to make a web site to display pictures from a family event? Maybe you do know HTML, or have web design software, and need a place for your web site to live. HomePage makes it easy.
Want to Win an iPod?...If you sign up for a new iTMS account (no purchase necessary) between now and September 20th, you are automatically registered for the iPod-a-Day Giveaway.
I Told You So...Just weeks after
Homeland Security signed on to Mr. Bill’s “Worm De
Jour” program, here comes Ms. Blaster, and the millions
of users of the dominant “never met a virus I didn’t
like” Windows operating system run for cover again.
Digital Camera? Try a Photo CD... Simply open iPhoto and drag the folder with the large photos into either the main window (iPhoto will put them in your Photo Library) or into the sidebar on the left (where iPhoto will create an Album as well as put them in the Photo Library).
For “The Rest of Us”... Practically every science fiction movie I’ve seen has a scene in it where one character talks to another on a “videophone”. It’s one of those things we’ve always envisioned people would do “in the future”. Well, the future is now.
Best Gets Better - The New iPod... The
new iPod supports both MP3 and the new AAC music files, and can
automatically sync with the music on your main computer. The
30 GB model can hold up to 7500 songs in the new format.
Student Web Designers Take Center Stage... to further challenge Maine students to explore technology, the good guys at Bath’s own Maine Hosting Solutions have come up with a great idea the First Annual Maine Student Web Design Awards.
The World's Cheapest PC... let’s face it, Mac users, we live in a Windows-dominated world. Every once in awhile we come upon some software we want or need to use that they just don’t make for Macs. Or maybe it’s a web site that has some content we want to view...
Taking the Leap to Ten... there are now over five million OSX users, and over 5000 applications written “native” for OSX, and the numbers climb every day.
Mac Software in the Portland Area... although they don’t have a dedicated Mac software section, you might find, especially among the “edutainment” software, several titles that contain “hybrid” CDs, which contain both Mac and Windows versions of the software.