My .Mac Experience: Intro

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

dotmac_box.jpgI just received my .Mac retail kit in the mail today. After doing some research into .Mac and reading some articles I thought that I would give it a try for one year to see what I think. As a part of my experience I am going to write some additional articles for the PowerPage.
I paid CAD$99 (US$87.25) for .Mac from Best Buy here in Canada. It retails for CAN$139 on Apple’s Canadian Store, CAN$119 at Amazon.ca, and US$79.99 (CAN$90.76) at Amazon.com (Canadians cannot buy items from Amazon.com, only Amazon.ca, which at this point is just a books-music-movies-software store). My first complaint (already?) is that .Mac is more expensive in Canada than it is in the US for essentially the same service. .Mac’s retail price in Canada is CAN$26 more than it is in the US. Should I end up having to pay the full CAN$139 to renew my .Mac membership next year, it will most certainly be a factor in my continued use of the service. Then again, I may be addicted by then. The Canadian price should be lowered to be comparable to the US price. I only bought .Mac at this time because it was on sale at Best Buy for $40 off the retail price.
I decided to try .Mac because I wanted remote access to “stuff” that I use on a regular basis. I liked the idea of a my address book online (read: still no cell phone), my 469 bookmarks online, a home page or web page, the iDisk, Backup, and some other items. I suppose there are other sites that provide these services for free but I wanted a full Apple-based kind of service. I like what Apple does with most things and I usually find the end-user experience quite satisfying. I am highly critical of end-user experiences in all things. I have had past experience with programming and systems analysis when I was in school, but I am still very much an “effective and efficient systems” connoisseur. It is just the way that my mind functions. I am naturally drawn to Apple because of the simplicity.
I will update my .Mac experience after one week and then every few months after that until my subscription comes up for renewal. Stay ituned.
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Universal Binary Flip4Mac Available

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2006, 08:44
Category: Software

Flip4Mac WMV is a collection of QuickTime™ components that allow you to play, import and export Windows Media® files. Flip4Mac WMV can be used with most of your favorite QuickTime applications including QuickTime Player, iMovie and Final Cut Pro.

The Flip4Mac WMV components are compatible with Mac Intel and PowerPC OS X versions 10.3.9, 10.4 or later and QuickTime versions 6.5, 7.0 or later (recommended). (Thanks EarthSaver)

Download details: Windows Media® Components for QuickTime

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Skype 1.5 for Mac OS X Supports Video

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 08:56
Category: Software

So you’ve found the Video Preview of Skype for Mac.
Now you can make video calls to anyone else on Skype, no matter what kind of computer they are using. Smile, wave, laugh or pull funny faces with anyone, anywhere in the world with Skype video calls. All for free of course.

Download Skype for Mac

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The Apple Core: Apple revs Boot Camp to 1.0.2 beta 1

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 03:00
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Apple has updated Boot Camp (specifically Boot Camp Assistant), their disruptive software that allows Intel Macs to run Windows natively, to version 1.0.2 beta 1.
Remember that this is beta software and that Apple is not offering support. If you must live on the bleeding edge and already have BC installed just run the 1.0.2b1 installer, burn a new driver CD, boot into XP and install it
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Bonecho (Firefox 2 Beta) Imminent

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 23:37
Category: Software

I’m still a loyal fan of Flock (except when I need Safari for Sirius streaming, that is) but if you’re into Firefox, click through for the FF 2 RC3 (code-named “Bonecho”) download link.

InfoWorld is reporting that the full beta of Bon Echo, otherwise known as Mozilla Firefox 2.0, may arrive as early as today. ArsTechnica has a review of the beta candidate. Both sources note that the new version has the ability to undo tab closures and to scroll the tab bar horizontally. Also, we get a spell-checker for web forms and an anti-phishing feature.

There’s no official word from Mozilla just yet, but as soon as the beta becomes official, we’ll bring you a full review. Check out Mozilla’s Firefox roadmap.

Monkey Bites

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QuarkXPress 7.0.1 is Universal Binary

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 21:24
Category: Software

quark-logo.jpgQuarkXPress has released public beta 2 of XPress 7.0.1 which is Universal Binary and runs natively on Intel-based Macs. Interestingly the Windows beta is over, but they still appear to be accepting Mac beta applications.

Following are some tips to help you use the files you created with the QuarkXPress 7.01 Universal Binary public beta 2 software in the released version of QuarkXPress 7.
- QuarkXPress 7.01 Universal Binary public beta 2 files open in the released version of the QuarkXPress 7 software.
- QuarkXPress 7.01 public beta 2 files open in QuarkXPress 6 when you export them (File > Export > Layouts as Project) as QuarkXPress 6.0 projects.
- The QuarkXPress 7.01 public beta 2 software will be functional through July 31, 2006.
- The QuarkXPress 7.01 Universal Binary release will be available as an update to existing QuarkXPress 7 customers at no additional cost.

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Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 11:10
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Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance is a free, non-commercial, reference designed for ordinary Macintosh users (not power users) to tell you how to do effective routine maintenance on your Macintosh running OS X. It not only tells you what to do, it tells you which utilities to use (with an emphasis on easy to use and free utilities) and where to get them.
Contributed by: Randy B. Singer Co-Author of: The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th and 6th editions)

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The Apple Core: iWork ’07 wishlist

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:00
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It looks like Apple is preparing to make a big splash at Macworld Expo in January with iWork ’07. Apple is believed to preparing Charts 1.0, a spreadsheet application that will round out their iWork ’07 suite. I prefer the name that Apple trademarked in June 2005 (“Numbers”), so that’s still an option. The new spreadsheet program will be make iWork ’07 an honest-to-goodness challenger to Microsoft MBU’s Office for Mac.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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FileMaker Goes Universal Binary

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 00:31
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Filemaker Inc. released FileMaker Pro 8.5, FileMaker Pro 8.5 Advanced, FileMaker Server 8.0v4 and FileMaker Server 8.0v4 Advanced as Universal Binaries. According to the company FileMaker Server is 116% faster on Intel Macs as compared to PowerPC Macs while the desktop client is 91% faster. Good news for filemaker users out there.

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WriteRoom 1.0 Beta 2

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Date: Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, 22:34
Category: Software

What I really like about WriteRoom is that it’s truly distraction-free writing. If you’ve ever tried to just get some ink on paper and find yourself constantly pulled away by icons, email and that time vacuum they call the Internet, then WriteRoom if for you. Oh, and it’s free.

For Mac users who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, WriteRoom is just about you and your text. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

WriteRoom | Hog Bay Software

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