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Cord Cutter, Reviews, how to »

[11 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 1,651 views]

If you’re gonna be a cord cutter, Netflix, Red Box Instant, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Instant, etc only get you so far — very little news and no live sports. To maximize the cord cutting experience, a great antenna is what …

Apple luv, Mac, Reviews, how to, Software »

[7 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 4,076 views]

Once upon a time, back in the early noughties, operating system and app skinning were all the rage on both Windows and Mac. Remember Apple’s Brushed Metal user interface? Brush Metal is one of the dozens of Mac themes available …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[6 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 5,883 views]

It is an interesting and relatively clean intellectual exercise, doing a 2013 iMac vs Mac Pro comparison. Specifically, Rob Art Morgan of Bare Feats fame put Apple’s most-expensive ($3,049) all-in-one up against the company’s cheapest pro desktop ($4,398), configuring them …

Mac, Music, movies, TV, Reviews, how to, Software »

[5 Jan 2014 | 2 Comments | 6,042 views]

Steve Jobs introduced Front Row (video below) on October 12, 2005. However, with the release of OS X Lion in July 2011, Front Row was dead. Although Apple won’t bring it back, Finess Software has created nessMediaCenter, which is a …

Apple TV, Cord Cutter, Reviews, how to »

[31 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 8,686 views]

Have a new Apple TV? How about an older Apple TV? Chances you will be spending lots of quality time with over the next day or so. Here are 10+ Apple TV tips that will optimize your viewing experience.
Apple TV …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[27 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 930 views]

We’re calling this a Mavericks tip, but it’s gonna work on pretty much whatever modern Mac is sitting on your desk. Just copy and paste the code into Terminal and, just like (ascii) magic, you have snow.
Here is a tip …

Apple luv, Mac, Reviews, how to »

[19 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 2,633 views]

Call it inevitable. Since Apple unveiled the 2013 Mac Pro, people have noted the diminutive desktop’s resemblance to a trash can. Well, here’s a simple tutorial from Jonathan Hirz on how to replace OS X’s default trash can with Apple’s …

Apps, iPad, Reviews, how to »

[17 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 1,699 views]

There are more than a couple competent weather apps for the iPhone and iPad. However, one of the worst is now among the best — Yahoo Weather for iPad (free) offers a both simplified, at-a-glance view and in-depth info that …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[9 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 1,658 views]

Are there some video file formats that the version of QuickTime X bundled with Mavericks won’t play? Prefer video editing a la QuickTime 7? Yes, you can download, install and run QuickTime 7 for Mavericks!
Did you know that QuickTime 7.6.6, …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[3 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 3,849 views]

OS X Mavericks finally made fullscreen mode on dual monitors useable. For some folks, however, having the menu bar in the second monitor is, at best, a distraction — here’s how to get rid of it. As Mavericks tips go, …

Mac, Reviews, how to, Software »

[25 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,829 views]

Honestly, even though iWork ’09 found its way onto SWIM’s “new” (2011 refurbished) iMac and upgrading to Mavericks, I’ve hesitated publishing this tip. Now, an A-list pub has run the story and, well, that was that… Here’s how to get …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[20 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 5,932 views]

Recently upgraded to OS X Mavericks and discovered a visitor at the root level of your Mac’s boot drive called “Incompatible Software”? Here are some answers about this little understood feature that’s been part of OS X since Snow Leopard.
Mac …

Books, Mac, Reviews, how to »

[14 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,330 views]

When it comes to off-the-shelf text-to-speech solutions, the Macintosh is pretty darned good. Although that functionality hasn’t changed in OS X Mavericks, Apple is offering new English language, both US and overseas accent, voices available for download.
So, how do they …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[14 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 3,369 views]

OS X Mavericks has lots of cool new features, among my favorites are the new text-to-speech voices. Yes, Siri (aka Samantha) is still in there, but so are some new and even better ones — here is how to get …

iPad, Reviews, how to »

[9 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 6,896 views]

The iPad is great for doing real work, especially blogging, and even better when you mate it with a keyboard case. With the release of iOS 7, Apple has significantly boosted tablet efficiency by adding support for new iPad keyboard …