Archive for the 'geeky tidbits' Category

Lean, Clean, and Mean Session Online

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The audio and slide-video from the “Running Your Mac Lean, Clean, and Mean” session I did at Macworld Expo 2008 is now freely available online.

SXSW Debrief

Monday, March 17th, 2008

As most readers know, last week I attended the South by Southwest conference for the first time. I caught the last bits of the film festival, and then was there for both Interactive and Music. I reported on this over at The Mac Observer and throughout the week, as follows: Twitterized Attendees Shape The […]

Winter Migration (of the Computing kind)

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

As many listeners of our Mac Geek Gab podcast know, I recently purchased a new 2.6GHz 15″ MacBook Pro from Apple. It arrived yesterday, but I really didn’t get a chance to even begin setting it up until today. Honestly, if I wasn’t traveling to Austin, Texas next week, I probably would have waited longer […]

Running Your Mac Lean, Clean, and Mean

Monday, February 4th, 2008

[UPDATE April 7, 2008 — The audio and slide-video from this session is now freely available online, as well.] Last month at Macworld Expo, I presented a session entitled, “Running Your Mac Lean, Clean and Mean” where we talked about all sorts of ways to ensure your Mac is running at its best, and what […]

Down goes Netscape

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

AOL has announced that February 1, 2008, will mark the end of the Netscape browser. I know many of you probably weren’t around for this, but Netscape was the first product that really acknowledged the fact that home computer users wanted to — and could — easily use the Internet. It wasn’t the first browser […]

Leopard’s Spotlight Reclassified My iChats

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Ever since I installed Mac OS X 10.5/Leopard, I’ve been unable to get iChat logs to appear in my Spotlight results. I used to rely on this quite heavily and it’s been frustrating without it. This morning, I spent a few minutes in Spotlight preferences and realized what happened: Previously, iChat logs were classified as […]

iPhone Report

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

For now, my Treo 650 works better for me.But we have been tracking the iPhone news over at iPodObserver, and we’ve compiled our iPhone Special Report where you can see all the iPhone-related headlines, all the time. Check it out!

Google Site-Specific Search Gets Better

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Over at The Mac Observer (and, indeed, at iPodObserver, as well), we’ve begun experimenting with Google’s Custom Search Engine, largely because it’s near impossible for a site the size of ours to implement a search engine that’s any better than what Google can do…. I noticed today that Colin Crawford mentioned that Macworld has done the same thing, for exactly the same reasons.It also seems like they’re having exactly the same problem we are (at least on TMO): Google’s not making the results IFRAME long enough to display all the results and the navigation controls in every instance.

Google Issues Affect Only Mac OS X Here

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

All of my Macs in my home/office here in Durham, New Hampshire are having trouble connecting to Google, in that they can’t connect at all using Firefox or Safari, though my wife’s PowerBook has had success connecting using IE.My linux and Windows machines have no trouble whatsoever, regardless of browser (including lynx).If I connect to a proxy server elsewhere, then Google loads fine on my Mac, indicating to me that, well, it’s not my Macs.This is the wierd one: If I run CrossOver on my MacBook Pro, and then run IE *or* Firefox, Google comes up fine…. the Windows version of Firefox running in CrossOver has no problem, while the Mac version (running on the SAME MACHINE SIMULTANEOUSLY) can’t connect.

Does TiVo Really Expect $1000 from Us?

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Joe Consumer, who has nothing and is looking to get a DVR to go along with his spiffy new plasma screen, is going to sit in his living room and compare this to the one his cable company offers…. And *because* the Comcast box sucks so much, we’re actually considering the $1000 to TiVo just to get the same (basic) functionality but with a much better user interface.