Scrybe: it could be very good indeed

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2006, 11:00
Category: News

scrybe-300.jpgScrybe is causing a lot of buzz on the web right now. Little is known about it, except that, based on its promotional video, it is an attractive and intuitive online (and offline) organiser that works on PCs and Macs.
If you’ve got 10 minutes, it is worth a look. In the words of one of the many quotes featured on their site:
“Either these guys have pulled of a marketing hoax that is complete and beautiful, or they have created an app that will be the first in the wave of ‘solve everything beautifully and elegantly once and for all’.”


The Apple Core: How-to: MacBook Pro hard drive transplant

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2006, 11:27
Category: The Apple Core

mebook-hdd.jpgI recently purchased a new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro and wanted to share some of the intricacies of swapping out the hard drive.
Whenever I place an order for a new just-released machine from Apple I usually buy one of the stock configurations to avoid the potential delay of the Configure-To-Order (CTO) process. I also pay the extra $18 for delivery in “2-3 Business Days” (as opposed to opting for the free shipping) because it means that it ships via FedEx priority service and sometimes arrives several days early.
Since I purchased the 120GB configuration and my previous MacBook Pro has a 160GB drive (which is 80 percent full, mind you) it wasn’t practical to use Apple’s handy Migration Assistant to move my data over. Nor was it possible to clone one drive to the other with Mike Bombich’s excellent Carbon Copy Cloner software.
My strategy was to physically swap the larger 160GB hard drive from the old MBP to the new one but you need to do a few things to make it work properly.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Cats Prefer PowerPC

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Fun

Moose the cat insists PPC is cozier, and he’s right: my Taylor instant reads 82 degrees Fahrenheit for the MacBook 1.83 GHz versus a tropical 90 degrees (F) on the 1.67 GHz Power PC G4. Guess whose battery will last longer…
Contributed by: Gary Cosimini


Aperture Updated to 1.5.1; 30-Day Trial

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2006, 07:12
Category: Software

aperture-151-250.pngI made the jump from iPhoto to Aperture about six months ago and haven’t looked back since. If you’re a high volume, commercial or semi-pro photographer you owe it to yourself to check out Aperture. Apple has updated the pro photography application to version 1.5.1 and is now offering a free 30-day test drive.

Aperture 1.5.1 addresses more than 100 issues related to overall reliability and performance in all areas of the application. including:

– Keywords
– Loupe
– Cropping
– Previews
– Metadata presets
– Versions
– File renaming
– iPhoto Library import
– Watermarks
For more detailed information about this update, visit

In other Aperture news, Apple is now offering a free 30-day test drive.

Aperture: Changes in Aperture 1.5.1