from October 2011

Oct 31, 2011 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Mac Applications, Review, Terminal

For those who use OS X at its core level (UNIX, aka Darwin), a very handy utility is the is a quick way to drop down to the UNIX level of the operating system and perform some deep level coding. Or it can also be a way to navigate around the operating system if point-and-click isn't your thing.

With Lion got a few cool features, one of which is making windows blur when in the background. This is especially handy when you have multiple windows open at the same time, but want to focus on one. However, there seems to be a drawback to Lion's version of and that is Lion's Auto Save feature.

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Oct 29, 2011 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Podcasts

Podcast Episode 62: iPhone Worth Every Penny. The Three Guys (Mark, Karl and Werner) discuss the autobiography of Steve Jobs, and the idea of Apple coming out with their own HDTV. What was Jobs up to with his pre-announcment/leak of such a product? Microsoft comes out with yet another horrific future ad, and much more in Episode 62: iPhone Worth Every Penny.

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Oct 28, 2011 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iPad, News

It has been difficult for travelers looking for good Internet access on the road. It was once hard to find a Wi-Fi connection, since most hotels only had an ethernet port. However, times have changed as most hotels have decided to add Wi-Fi hot-spots. The issue is no longer Wi-Fi access, but Wi-Fi service. It can be very frustrating for travelers who find a very poor or nonexistent Internet service at a hotel that advertises "High-Speed" Bandwidth. Some are starting to blame the iPad.

In a recent New York Times article, iBAHN, an Internet provider for hotels and the meeting industry blames iPads for poor Wi-Fi service at hotels. They say the iPad consumes more than four times the amount of bandwidth than an average smart-phone. But is this the whole story?

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Oct 27, 2011 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Apple TV, iPhone, Predictions, Products

Start the countdown, because the next TV you are likely to buy, or want to buy, is going to be made by Apple. And it isn't just because this TV has some elegant design and brilliant looking screen, it'll be because the interface and content that comes right out of the box, and the way in which you control it, is going to blow you away.

Jobs Says So
The question isn't if, it's just a matter of when Apple's holistic television solution will arrive. Steve Jobs said as much in his autobiography, and his "I finally cracked it" comment and additional color on the topic, may be the only time during Jobs reign at Apple that he leaked a single grain of data about a forthcoming product. Don't think this is Jobs throwing in the towel or not caring because he was leaving us. On the contrary, this is perfect Steve Jobs start-the-hype stuff. It's all about the mystery and creating a pent-up demand for something we don't know we even want – yet. Jobs delivered a glimpse into Pandora's box, but since he's gone, we can't dig deeper, and since it didn't officially come from Apple don't count on Cook and company rapping eloquently about this any time soon.

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Oct 26, 2011 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: iMac, iPad, iPhone, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, Products

I've been an advocate of Macs since my first introduction to a Mac Plus in dorm room back in 1986. Ever since then I've never seen the reason behind PeeCees — whether MS DOS or Windows. DOS was just plain ugly. I shutter to think if Apple hadn't brought us the Mac, then we'd probably all be running MS DOS version 31 — and would it ever be blazin' quick to see a directory! And then there is Windows. In my mind Windows has always just been a Mac user interface knock-off. Sure Windows improved on some items, but its essence is still a second rate knock-off. Let's not even get started with security woes or viruses (or is that viri?) that plague the PC world.

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Oct 25, 2011 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: iOS Applications, Mac Applications, Products, Review

Yesterday I took some photos with my iPhone 4. When I got back to the office I plugged the iPhone into the USB connector and watched as my iPhone synced with iTunes and iPhoto...  or so I thought.

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Oct 24, 2011 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Jobs, Steve Jobs

In the 60 Minutes interview with Walter Isaacson, the author who wrote the biography titled Steve Jobs, Isaacson is asked about Jobs' view of the afterlife. Jobs thought more about God or and the afterlife the closer he got to death's door. It was 50/50 in Steve's mind, but as he faced his mortality, the afterlife seemed to be a better reality than everything just ending with death of the body.

Isaacson said Jobs thought of the possibility of no afterlife like an on/off switch. We were on one moment and then off the next. This made Jobs uncomfortable, and is exactly why Jobs didn't allow any Apple products to have on/off switches. Look at your Mac, you iPod, your iPad or your iPhone and you know what? There isn't an on/off switch. There is a way to turn Apple products on and off, but isn't a simple switch — and now we know why.

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Oct 22, 2011 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Podcasts

Podcast Episode 61: Siri-ously. The Three Guys (Mark, Karl and Werner) discuss Apple's earnings, iPhone 4S, Siri and touch on how Android may be "activating" but is it relevant on devices people actually want? Much more in Episode 61: Click here.

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Oct 21, 2011 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iOS Applications, iPad, Products, Review

Adobe created the PDF document format back in 1993. Apple adopted it as an operating system standard format for Mac OS X. Since then, PDF has become the multi-platform standard for storing and sharing documents on any device, and Apple's Preview application is arguably the best basic PDF viewer and editor on the Mac.

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Oct 20, 2011 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iCloud, iOS Applications, iPad, Mac Applications, Review

With the release of iOS 5 and Mac OS 10.7.2, Apple has added iCloud features to both operating systems. One of the applications that has benefited is Safari, Apple's default web browser.

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