Ready to Fumble: Is Microsoft's Vista the next QuarkXPress?

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2005, 14:38
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Quark has long owned the desktop publishing world. Yet, after a decade of dominance, the company stumbled, leaving the door open for serious competition just as Adobe was introducing a strong competing product. Is Microsoft about to do the same? Daniel Eran covers the issue in a RoughlyDrafted article Is Microsoft’s Vista the next QuarkXPress?

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IBM releases new-free Linux tutorials

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2005, 16:34
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Here’s a brand new series of tutorials to help you learn Linux fundamentals and prepare for system administrator certification Exam 201. These eight tutorials cover the Linux kernel, file and service sharing, system customization and automation, and more

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I've Seen the (Day)Lite, and it's at Version 1.8

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Date: Sunday, August 28th, 2005, 23:49
Category: Software

I’ve been using Marketcircle’s excellent business relationship management application Daylite (US$149) exclusively for about almost eight months now and still find it the best tool out there. It’s easy to fall into the trap that it’s just another Personal Information Manager (PIM), Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) or simple address book – but Daylite is actually much more. Daylite does things you’d find in all of the above but adds a powerful “Opportunities” function that allows to you track the details of whatever you’re trying to sell.
Appointments, activities and contacts can all be linked to opportunities and Daylite’s back-end SQL database allows you to link multiple people to multiple projects and keep track of the whole thing. Don’t sell anything? That’s ok too, Daylite allows you to link people and tasks with Projects – and everyone has those. The folks at Marketcircle even offer a module that integrates Daylite with Apple’s built-in mail client so that relevant emails can be added to someone’s contact record, so that you can easily find that important communication when you need to. I replaced Now Contact and Address Book with Daylite and haven’t looked back since.
Today the company released version 1.8 which adds rule-based scheduling. Another fine upgrade from the folks in Toronto. Bravo.

Marketcircle Inc. today announced the release of DayLite v1.8, a free update of its popular business-relationship manager. Showcasing a much anticipated new feature?the ability to create rule-based scheduling?this newest version of DayLite helps Mac-based professionals manage people, projects and opportunities effortlessly.
With rule-based scheduling, users can now create forward- and reverse-activity sets?a convenient time-saving benefit, especially for professionals in the legal, real estate and film industries. Creating an activity set also features a preview, so that dates and names can be edited effortlessly.
From lawyers to producers, from real estate agents to business owners, professionals can count on DayLite v1.8?s ability to define reoccurring or repetitive activities that take place in every project. As a result, they can better manage their work and their time.

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GoogleTalk IM Client Announced: Hack it on Mac

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Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, 07:48
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Google TalkGoogle Talk is Google’s newly minted IM service. Too bad that the client software is Windows only. The upside is that you can configure a Jabber-compatible Mac Instant Messaging client (such as iChat, or GAIM) to use Google Talk if you have a GMail address.

- Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to?over email, IM or a call
- Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room
- Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away

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CoconutBattery has the Skinny on Your Battery

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 09:31
Category: Software

Coconut BatteryEver wonder why your PowerBook’s battery life seems to suck? If your battery life isn’t exact what is used to be, or you’re just curious about how much capacity is left in the darned thing, check out coconutBattery 1.1. This little universal binary application that gives you live feedback about the cells in your PowerBook or iBook, including:
- Current battery charge
- Maximum battery charge
- Current battery capacity
- Original battery capacity
- Battery load cycles
- Age of your Mac
- Charger connected
- Battery is charging
More battery goodness:

If coconutBattery detects that you have connected the wrong charger (i.e. an ibook-charger plugged in a powerbook) it will warn you! That’s a cool feature!
Of course you are able to save the current maximum capacity of your battery – with just one click! coconutBattery uses Apple’s new and really powerful technology names “CoreData” to realize that.

(Thanks TUAW)

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Is Spotlight Killing Your PowerBook's Battery Life?

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 03:12
Category: Software

SpotlightAn article on Slashdot discusses the impact of spotlight has on a PowerBook’s battery life:

Viltvodlian Deoderan asks: “So, Spotlight for Mac OS X Tiger is very cool. I can now let my innate ability to disorganize things shine through. However, when using my PowerBook unplugged, it seems that my battery lasts a noticeably less time. A close reading of Ars Technica’s description of how spotlight works suggests that this is due to keeping the index file up-to-date on disk. Has anyone else noticed the same thing? Does someone have a better explanation for why my battery seems to drain out, prematurely? Is there some way real-time indexing can be turned off to conserve power?”

Click through for the Ars Technica link and to read the comments, they’re priceless (as always).

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Plentycom Systems' SteerMouse 2.0 is a Better MouseTrap

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2005, 18:19
Category: Software

Steer MousePlentycom Systems’ SteerMouse 2.0 is an alternate mouse driver for the Apple Mighty Mouse that allows you to customize buttons, wheels and cursor speed. SteerMouse has convenient and unique functions that Apple’s driver doesn’t:
- You can assign various functions, such as a shortcut key input, a cursor movement for the default button, etc…
- You can customize the scroll ball.
- You can adjust the cursor speed and the cursor acceleration. (Apple’s driver allows you to adjust only the cursor acceleration)
- You can customize the Mighty Mouse in each application.

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Review: Salling Clicker Makes a Great Home Theatre Remote

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2005, 15:28
Category: Software

Salling ClickerI have a Mac mini set up as a small media center connected to a plasma screen and also serving iTunes out to two areas of the house via a M-Audio Sonica Theater USB sound out device (also used for Dolby 5.1 for DVD playback) and via Airtunes/Airport Express (trivia: you can watch DVD’s in one room, and listen to iTunes in another off the same computer). I also have a PowerBook I use on the road – sometimes connected to a projector for either presentations or DVDs. What was lacking in both cases was a good remote control that I could use close to, as well as away from, the computers to control different aspects of what I was doing. I had long been interested in Salling Clicker – a US$20 application that can turn a mobile phone into a remote control, but didn’t have a suitable phone model to use. I recently upgraded to a Nokia 6680 3G phone and one of the first things I did was to download this application and start to play around with it.
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Going to Paris for Apple Expo 2005? Check out MapMemo

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 22:23
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MapMemo Maps Files to LocationsMapMemo is a software application we originally covered in October 2004 that allows you to load a map file and plot various points on it. The fun part is that you can drag files from the OS X finder to spots on the map and they become linked. It’s great for mapping customers, prospects or even your favorite destinations when traveling. More customer use cases are posted on the MapMemo Web site.
MapMemo if offering a free download just in time for Apple Expo Paris next month. The Paris MapMemo archive is a high-resolution city map (2.9MB) that displays all the Apple-related locations in Paris. It’s especially useful if you’re traveling to Paris to see the Apple Expo in a few weeks.
If you don’t know where to go for a drink, a chat or a french dinner MapMemo is for you.

Two weeks ago MapMemo has started collecting places and info concerning Paris from Apple users around the world. The first collection of tips is now available as free archive in the download section at the MapMemo website.
The places are all linked and marked on a very detailed map of Paris, which – thanks to the generous licensing by Kunth publishers – can be used and redistributed with new material by anyone as long as it is bound in a MapMemo file and as long as it is free of charge.
“We have been geo-tagging lots of web links, photos from Flickr, and text-Memos”, says Alexander Stengel the founder and head of MapMemo. “That was work, but not a problem. But it took us months and it needed a lot of luck to get a detailed map that anybody – and only this makes sense for a MapMemo file – can redistribute with its very own places and info. None of the major map providers could manage this kind of use, they simply had no acceptable licensing model for it. Maps are the number one problem if you deal with digital geo-solutions.”

MapMemo can be used as a free reader with no limits. Users can also alter files – like the MapMemo Paris archive – save, archive and send it out without ever paying a license fee. If you want to save a specific map file more than five times you’ll have to pay a license fee of 18?/US$18.

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More OS X on Intel Videos

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Date: Friday, August 12th, 2005, 15:59
Category: Software

OS Running on IntelIn case you haven’t seen enough OS X-on-Intel hacks… this guy‘s got video of OS X running on his Sony Vaio laptop.

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