Dialing for Less : Working Mac

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Date: Friday, February 4th, 2005, 10:10
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Following is my February 2005 article for Macworld magazine Dialing for Less : Working Mac.

Dialing for Less : Working Mac
from the February 2005 print edition
Even in the age of e-mail and iChat, sometimes it?s easier to pick up the phone. After all, you can get an instant response, and it?s nice to hear a voice once in a while. Now you no longer have to stray from your Mac when you want to call home. New software phones, or softphones, let you make long-distance (and even overseas) calls at a fraction of the cost of a regular phone call?and in some cases, for free.
I can almost hear you saying ?So what? I can talk to people with iChat now.? True, you can use iChat to text-, video-, and voice-chat with others, but there are some major differences between that program and a softphone. Most important, iChat allows you to converse only with Mac users also running iChat and with Windows users running AIM 5.5 or higher. A softphone allows you to use your Mac to talk to anyone who has telephone service.
From Skype?s main window, you can make and receive phone calls, search for other users, and send files.
In this article, I?ll look at how softphone technology works. Then I?ll walk through a setup with Skype, a popular application now available for Mac OS X.

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MarketCircle Integrates Mail with Daylite CRM Package

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Date: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005, 08:42
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Marketcircle released a preview version of DayLite Mail Integration Module, an add-on for the company’s DayLite Business Relationship Management software. The module makes it possible to access and control DayLite’s Projects and Opportunities from within Apple Mail. It automatically stores email contents in the DayLite database and makes it possible to create linked Tasks, Appointments, Opportunities, or Projects. The company also updated DayLite itself to Version 1.7.2 to add support for the new module. DayLite is $149 for Mac OS X 10.2.8 and up.

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Browser Wars 2005: Firefox v. Safari, Camino, OmniWeb & Shiira

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Date: Monday, January 31st, 2005, 00:52
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Firefox’s creator is featured on the cover of Wired magazine this month and I received a lot of good email about my article on dumping the hot upstart Web browser. Many of you emailed me with some good feedback on making Firefox run more reliably. Click through for some great tips on Firefox and other browser alternatives I neglected to mention in my previous piece “Why I May Fire the ‘fox.” Read More…

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It's Never too Cold to use GarageSale 1.3 (Updated)

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Date: Monday, January 31st, 2005, 00:48
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Have a basement full of stuff that you want to turn into cash? Check out GarageSale 1.3, a client application for veteran and pro eBayers alike. It allows Mac OS X users to create auctions quickly with an easy-to-use interface, GarageSale integrates with iPhoto and offers WYSIWYG text editing.
Its not even spring yet, but I’m getting super motivated to clean out my basement. Why? Actually I’ve been meaning to clean out a whole treasure trove of old tech gadgets and miscellany but never seem to find the time to sit down and eBay them all. Sure, I’ll get around to posting an eBay item here or there, but finding the littany of information that needs to be tracked down, taking and editing pictures then actually assembling the eBay listing takes far longer than I expect so I peter out early.
I think that my basement may have found its match in GarageSale (US$24.99), a Mac OS X application that’ll whip you into a good eBayer in no time.
GarageSale is a client application for the eBay online auction system. It allows Mac OS X users to create auctions quickly using an intuitive mac-like interface, integrates with iPhoto and offers WYSIWYG text editing. GarageSale features a one-window interface for posting your eBay auctions that saves you from page after page of form submissions on the eBay site, and once you’ve saved a template, GarageSale remembers it for future use. It takes a little getting used to and you’ll want to update your templates but in the end it’s high worth the investment in time.

Creates auction postings for eBay USA, eBay UK, eBay Germany, eBay Canada, and eBay Australia. The certified eBay API client offers a WYSIWYG description editor, iPhoto integration, a categories browser, templates and template sharing, offline operation, and a built-in web browser for viewing auctions. This release adds support for eBay’s Item Attributes, import of items from Delicious Library, improved text-to-HTML conversion, and support for eBay Austria and Switzerland. GarageSale is $24.99 for Mac OS X 10.3.

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Install a Firmware Password Today

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Date: Sunday, January 30th, 2005, 23:04
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I know that we’ve mentioned this here before but an easy and free way to protect your PowerBook’s data in the event of it getting lost or stolen is to install a Firmware Password. Every PowerBook user should install one, right now.

The Open Firmware Password application allows you to enable security features in Open Firmware. You can use it to prevent others from starting your computer using a CD or other disk with an operating system on it. You can use Firmware password protection to enhance access security to your computer.
When you set a Firmware password, it prevents others from starting up the computer from a volume other than the one you have chosen as the startup disk (chosen in the Startup Disk preference panel within the System Preferences.) Once security is enabled, you cannot startup from other devices such as an external FireWire disk, a CD-ROM drive, or another partition or disk inside the computer.
For addition information see the KnowledgeBase article.

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Why I May Fire the 'Fox

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 10:07
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FireFox 1.0I’m all about cool new Web browsers that are super fast and have features that aren’t available in Safari (the ability to control cookies on a site by site basis comes to mind) but Firefox has got me hopping mad.
The alt-browser of choice at PowerPage World Headquarters has been Firefox for a while now, but some of its annoying issues have got me ready to run back to Safari.
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An iLife '05 Incompatible with Original iBook

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 09:43
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An Apple Support article mentions that the company’s new iLife ’05 software suite is incompatible with the original iBook because the software now requires a display resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels. The original iBooks are Blueberry, Tangerine, or Graphite in color. The iBook (FireWire) computers, which are Indigo, Key Lime, and Graphite in color, are also affected.

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Firefox Speed-up Tip

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Date: Monday, January 24th, 2005, 02:29
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FirefoxI posted this Firefox speedup tip on JBLOG awhile back and forgot to post it here. Worth its weight in gold. Read More…

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iLife '05 Not Pre-Installed on Mac mini

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Date: Saturday, January 22nd, 2005, 22:12
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New Mac mini users may be in for a slight shock when playing with their new machines: iLife ’04 is installed. Don’t panic though, Apple just didn’t have the release candidate for iLife ’05 complete when the Mac mini went into production. The CD-ROM for iLife ’05 is included in the box, just pop it in and update.

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Dan Frakes' Mac Gems

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Date: Monday, January 17th, 2005, 13:03
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Dan Frakes has posted the software titles mentioned is his “Mac Gems” conference session with Ted Landau at last week’s Macworld Expo SF 2005. Definitely a good read…

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