July 14 in Low End Mac History
- Forward into the past, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive. To move ahead, perhaps Apple needs to look into its past.
- Back to the Mac, Eric "Zoltan" DeStefano, Mac Metamorphosis. BSD problems, a blown hard drive, and a network meltdown lead to reconsideration of the Macintosh.
- Tech junkie swears off new hardware for one year, Kevin Webb, The Mac Webb. "This is the day of the big freeze. I am going to choose my personal infrastructure and freeze those products for one full year!"
- 20 suggestions for improving the Mac experience, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report. Macs, OS X, iPods, and iApps are pretty great, but here are 20 suggestions for making a good experience even better.
- Mac maintenance, part 3: Testing your hardware, Michel Munger, iBasics. Using TechTool Pro and other utilities to verify that your hardware is working properly.
- Apple slashes iPod battery cost, Xscale for video iPod?, new iPod/car solutions, and more, iPod News Review. Also a solar charger for the iPod, hearing damage, possible voice-activated iPod, show PowerPoint presentations with your iPod, and more.
- Apple's rush to judgement, Intel transition myths, IBM shows dual core and low power G5, and more, The Macintel Report. Mac mini and 'Books expected as first Macintels, Intel and the iPod, breaking the Wintel duopoly, killing the Mac, and more.
- iMovie a great tool for getting started with video editing, putting your movies on DVD, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive. If you've got old videos you want to put on DVD, you can pay someone else to do simple dubs, or you can invest a little of your own time, add titles, delete unwanted scenes, and make a much better DVD yourself.
- Edu-iMac no longer sold to invididuals, gray box problem solved, French interoperability law, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag. Also suggested ways to use iSight in the classroom, problems converting AIFF to MP3 in iTunes, and thoughts about movie downloads via iTMS.
- Exploding laptops, ExpressCard 34 roll-out, 1.75 GHz G4 upgrade, SeisMac, and more, The 'Book Review. Also MacBook reviews, problems using disk images to install Windows on Intel Macs, nylon vs. leather cases, 160 GB hard drive upgrade, size matters, and bargain 'Books from $280 to $1,299.
- 'Argh' moments switching to OS X, Mac OS 9 'amazingly fast', make your own anti-spam machine, and more, Mac News Review. Also Mac OS X Routine Maintenance page updated, developer notes for education-only iMac, and a new SATA enclosure for the Mac.
- How to upgrade your eMac without cracking the case, Jason Packer, Macs in the Enterprise. Some people like to replace the components inside their computers, but with FireWire and USB 2.0, Apple has made it easy to upgrade using external drives.
- High schoolers are students too, Kev Kitchens, Kitchens Sync. Apple is missing out on a great opportunity by not offering education pricing to high school students.
- New Iris 1.0 image editor not quite ready for prime time, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings. Compared to Photoshop Elements 6, Pixelmator, and even the low-end Acorn, the first release of Iris doesn't seem to offer comparable value.
- Snow Leopard and TPM, OS and application commonality, two cents on Linux for Macs, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag. Also Apple shouldn't charge $10 for new iPhone/iPod touch OS, Fedora Core 9 recommended, other VHS to Mac options, and vintage Macs everywhere.
- Are close-out MacBooks a better value than the new models?, Charles Moore, 'Book Value. There are great prices on previous gen MacBooks, new and refurbished, but the June 2009 models have lots to offer as well.
- Loving wireless broadband, iBook G4 deals, email migration from Eudora, and more, Charles Moore, Charles Moore's Mailbag. Also YouTube5 extension lets old Macs view YouTube videos without stuttering, and the possibility of Linux on a $37 netbook.
- Most Windows users still satisfied with Windows XP, Dan Knight, Mac Musings. Over two-thirds of Windows users are still using XP, which is nearly nine years old, but Mac users prefer a new OS.
- iPad a good travel companion for business or pleasure, Alan Zisman, Zis Mac. For travel, the instant-on handheld convenience of a tablet can make a notebook or netbook unnecessary.
- OS X Lion and the Post-PC Era: Yay or no way?, Part 2, Dan Bashur, Apple, Tech, and Gaming. Unifying the Mac and iOS experience while making Lion a flat-out 64-bit operating system paves the way for Apple's future.
- LapWorks iPad Space Dock aluminum iPad stand, Charles Moore, 'Book Value. For real work, your iPad deserves a stand. The aluminum iPad Space Dock provides solid support with good looks.
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