PowerPick: Drive Genius Repartitions Drives Without Reformatting

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2005, 22:21
Category: Software

ProSoft Engineering Drive GeniusI have always partitioned my PowerBook’s hard drive, usually with 80 percent dedicated to my production environment and around 20 percent reserved for software testing and general dorking around. The benefit to partitioning your HDD is that you can safely install beta software on the “spare” partition without compromising the integrity of your main (“production”) partition. The down side is that if you ever need to re-partition you drive, you’ve got to back everything up, then “nuke and pave” the drive (to borrow an old friend’s saying). This re-format and re-install exercise can take the better part of a day. Read More…

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Google Maps Make Finding Free Wi-Fi Easier on MetroFreeFi

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Date: Monday, July 4th, 2005, 01:50
Category: Software

MetroFreeFi has integrated Google Maps into their site to make finding free wi-fi even easier. Read More…

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Skype Beware? Check out Gizmo Project for PC AND Mac

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Date: Saturday, July 2nd, 2005, 04:24
Category: Software

Works perfectly with the Mac (developed first for Mac, in fact). This PC and Mac VoIP softphone offers everything Skype does and more, including call recording, call hold with music and cool call mapping feature. Plus it is all SIP based, which means you can call other networks. Read More for the link…

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EVDO Mac OS X Drivers for Novatel V620 Available

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Date: Friday, July 1st, 2005, 02:18
Category: Software

The Mac EVDO experts of EVDOinfo.com have released a simple Mac installer for the Novatel EVDO drivers for Mac OS X. Read More…

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iTunes Music Store on Google?

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 10:41
Category: Software

iTunes on GoogleThe Street.com is reporting that Apple may be preparing to announce a deal with Google that would make the iTunes Music Store available through the Google Web site. According to the article ?market chatter? indicates that Google may host a Web-based version of Apple?s iTunes Music Store. The move is significant because it could vault Google ahead of chief rival Yahoo! in the online music business.

According to market chatter, Apple is set to announce a deal with Google calling for Google to offer Apple’s iTunes music store through its own site. The rumored deal would pair the nation’s leading online music store with its leading search engine.
There’s “speculation of an iTunes launch,” says Paul Foster, an options strategist at Theflyonthewall.com. “Google is going to offer iTunes somehow on their platform,” according to the rumor, he says.

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Opera 8 Web Browser Released

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 12:00
Category: Software

The new Opera 8 Web browser adds a number of new features including a cleaner user interface, better security and raw speed. My favorite feature is that Opera is the only browser for Mac OS X that fully supports the Blackberry Web Client (BWC).

We’ve cleaned up our front yard. The Opera 8 interface is designed to make the advanced functions easy and effective to use. Menus, toolbars and other elements have undergone our “slim and clean”-routine. The licensed version has the largest browsing area in the industry.
Stay away from spy-ware, viruses, and other malicious applications that silently attack your computer while you are surfing the Web. For example, Opera displays security information inside the address bar, located next to the padlock icon that indicates the level of security present on a site. Opera 8 also provides protection against phishing attacks and automatically checks for security updates.
We’re holding on to our claim: “The Fastest Browser on Earth”. In Opera 8, further improvements have been made in the way the browser reads pages to allow you to fly the Web.
For further information on just how good our rewritten scripting engine is, go to: (Browser speed comparison)

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Apple Security Update 2005-007 Breaks 64-Bit Apps

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005, 20:58
Category: Software

64-bit software users are reporting a serious problem with Apple’s security update 2005-007. Apparently the update which fixes 43 known issues with Mac OS X also breaks 64-bit applications, like Wolfram’s Mathematica. According to Apple, “Security Update 2005-007 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components: AppKit, BlueTooth, CoreFoundation, cups, Directory Services, HIToolBox, Kerberos, loginwindow, Mail, OpenSSL, QuartzComposerScreenSaver, Security Interface, Safari, X11, and zlib.”
At press time the update was still available from Apple’s Support Downloads Web site. Click through to read an email Wolfram Research sent sent to Mathmatica users on Tuesday. Read More…

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Barrons on the iTunes Music Store

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:42
Category: iPod, Software

A recent Barron’s article (WSJ subscription required) by Eric J. Savitz chimes in on the iTunes Music Store.
Beyond iTunes
Investors applaud the new music venture, but Apple must must address core
weaknesses
STEVE JOBS HAS DONE IT AGAIN. In the face of shrinking market share and
mediocre financial performance, Jobs has found a way to get people excited
about Apple Computer one more time. Now the magic involves Apple’s new
iTunes Music Store, which offers more than 200,000 songs from all five major
record labels, downloadable from the ‘Net at 99 cents apiece, no
subscription required. All of the early reviews are raves — by most
accounts, the service is far easier to use than rival Web-based music
services, with software that shows Apple’s usual flair for design and ease
of use.

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iSync 1.1 to Support P800

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:34
Category: Software

Think Secret is reporting on a pre-release version of the iSync 1.1 providing the first details of the specific phones it will support:

The update will reportedly support three Symbian phones over Bluetooth — the Sony Ericsson P800, Nokia 7650, and Nokia 3650 — using, as one source said, some sort of PPP bridging for synchronization. Via OBEX, iSync 1.1 will add Bluetooth support for the Sony Ericsson T610/608 and the Siemens S55 phones.
Over USB cables, iSync 1.1 will support a number of Motorola GSM, CDMA, and TDMA phones, including the 120C, C330, C331, T720, V60i, and V66i. Others may also be supported in the final release.

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PowerPage Must Have Mac OS X Apps

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:34
Category: Software

This is a semi-regular perusal of what is on O’Grady’s hard drive:
Konfabulator – We have talked about it here before and still love it. Think widgets on your desktop. Gooey aqua widgets. My current favorite and highly recommended plug-ins:

  • LyricScraper
  • Itunesy (cover art)
  • Itunes remote

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