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BBC wins OK for online plans
Interesting direction for the BBC.
"As proposed, the TV catch-up service on the internet relies on Microsoft technology for the digital rights management (DRM) framework. The Trust will require the BBC Executive to adopt a platform-agnostic approach within a reasonable timeframe. This requires the BBC to develop an alternative DRM framework to enable users of other technology, for example, Apple and Linux, to access the on-demand services."
BBC wins OK for online plans, runs vote for Mac support - Digital Lifestyle - Macworld UK

( Permalink: BBC wins OK for online plans      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 15, 2007 )

Showdown: Mac Media Center Applications
Nice look at what's out there for your Mac.
"Within the past year, Mac Media Center apps have been showing up like popups in Internet Explorer. There are some that are fully developed, some that are in their alpha stages, and some that are complete, but don’t have many features. Today, we’re going to compare these apps to see which one reigns supreme."
MacApper Blog Archive » Showdown: Mac Media Center Applications

( Permalink: Showdown: Mac Media Center Applications      Submitted by Noel Tue Feb 6, 2007 )

What happens in the Mac OS X boot process?
Nice write up about what happens when you boot your Mac.
"Long gone are the days of OS 9, watching our Macs boot up with a series of extensions and control panels that we could always identify. Today with the Unix underpinnings of OS X, many users are entirely unaware of what is going on behind the scenes. So what exactly happens during the Mac OS X boot process? A segment at KernelThread carefully lists the sequence of events, from start to finish. It is fairly thorough and worth a read. It is repeated below for the inquisitive Mac OS X users out there."
OS X Daily: What happens in the Mac OS X boot process? - Mac OS X Apps, Tips, Tricks, News, Updates, Everything Mac OS X

( Permalink: What happens in the Mac OS X boot process?      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 24, 2007 )

A guide for switching to a Mac
Nice article for anyone who has their first Mac.
"What follows is a round-up of everything that stuck out to me when I made the move to my first Mac. I'm still a dual-OS fellow, but after I've figured out the ins and outs of my Mac, it's by far the place I find easiest to get things done. If you're delving into Macs for the first time, the following should come in handy."
Hack Attack: A guide for switching to a Mac - Lifehacker

( Permalink: A guide for switching to a Mac      Submitted by Noel Wed Jan 3, 2007 )

Poor boy Apple Dot Mac alternatives
Some ideas about .mac replacements.
"Whether or not you can make do without the annual subscription service offered by Apple depends wholly on your willingness to nit-pick through the alternatives. The following article will break-down available solutions based on the specific conveniences you wish to retain while saving a little money in the long run."
Poor boy Apple Dot Mac alternatives

( Permalink: Poor boy Apple Dot Mac alternatives      Submitted by Noel Wed Dec 27, 2006 )

Why ZFS Matters to Mac Users
Nice explination of what ZFS is and why it matters to us.
"This description totally misses the point of ZFS, focusing on a number that means less than megahertz for CPUs. I imagine that most Mac users who haven't been following ZFS development incorrectly assume that ZFS probably doesn't matter to them unless they are running some sort of Xserve server farm. Nothing could be further from the truth."
Machine Check Exception Blog Archive Why ZFS Matters to Mac Users

( Permalink: Why ZFS Matters to Mac Users      Submitted by Noel Tue Dec 26, 2006 )

Watch in Full Screen with Universal Access
Nice idea about how to make the little tiny web video boxes go full screen using Universal Access.
"... I could use the Universal Access zoom feature to transform that tiny little screen into a display that almost completely fills my 17 monitor. Surprisingly, the image quality isn't bad at all ..."
Watch Lost and YouTube in Full Screen with Universal Access - O'Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

( Permalink: Watch in Full Screen with Universal Access      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 25, 2006 )

Really switching: Using a Mac like a Mac
Nice take on the Mac software for a new user thing.
"So what I'm realizing is that I really need to break some of my bad Windows habits, and embrace what I can do with my Mac. One thing I've recently started doing is syncing my devices. With iSync and iTunes I've been able to keep track of my calendar and contacts on both my iPod and Razr. I love that I don't even have to take my Razr out of my pocket when I sit download to my Macbook Pro. Just open iSync and hit ync Devices. iCal"
pixelspread: Really switching: Using a Mac like a Mac

( Permalink: Really switching: Using a Mac like a Mac      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 24, 2006 )

Why Apple Failed
Have they failed at all?
"Apple sells premium computers with a unique operating system. This leaves it with no direct equivalent in the market. Apple's very different product mix means that market share not only doesn't tell the whole story, but actually was not the real problem. "
Why Apple Failed

( Permalink: Why Apple Failed      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 23, 2006 )

How to Fall in Love with Your iSight, Again
Somewhat funny article about the iSight.
"Admit it. You are completely bored with your iSight. Your impulsive, giddy love affair has all but dried up, now that the reality of video chatting has settled in. To paraphrase the band Talking Heads, you may find yourself in front of a beautiful geekosphere, and you may find yourself on some beautiful bandwidth, but you may ask yourself: where is my useful device? Is this my beautiful iSight? How did I get here? My God! What have I done?"
O'Reilly Network -- How to Fall in Love with Your iSight, Again

( Permalink: How to Fall in Love with Your iSight, Again      Submitted by Noel Fri Oct 13, 2006 )

Keep Mac from waking when the lid is opened
No overheating here but I have pulled a fully charged Powerbook from my laptop bag and had only 25 percent charge left due to this problem. So cool, I am going to give this a try.
"This tip solves a problem that I've experienced myself and many of my clients have complained about - laptops waking from sleep while in their cases because the latch won't keep the lid closed. This can cause overheating, which can lead to a variety of other problems, like hard drive failures, etc. "
Terminal Tip: Keep your Mac portable from waking when the lid is opened - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

( Permalink: Keep Mac from waking when the lid is opened      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 10, 2006 )

Backing Up and Cloning OS X
Lots of details about backing up your OS X disk.
"There are two types of filesystem disk formats we need to worry about, HFS+, which is the default OS X filesystem format, and UFS, which is the "normal" unix file system format. All of the standard unix utilities are designed to cope with UFS. They will work on HFS+, but they will break what are called "resource forks" because this is a unique structure to HFS+. "
Backing Up and Cloning OS X

( Permalink: Backing Up and Cloning OS X      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 9, 2006 )

Beam Me Up
I know I will be a customer.
"And think of the bits and pieces Apple will be able to sell as a result -- Mac minis, iTV boxes, iSight cameras, eventually whole HDTVs with much of this technology already installed. Remember most people haven't yet bought an HDTV, meaning there is a huge opportunity for market leadership. Expect Apple's HDTVs to be optimized for this experience, which doesn't require much more than building in an iSight camera."
PBS | I, Cringely . September 22, 2006 - Beam Me Up

( Permalink: Beam Me Up      Submitted by Noel Tue Sep 26, 2006 )

Ten Rules for Buying Apple Products
Some advice on when you should buy that next Apple device.
"After years of watching Apple, our view is that the purchase of any Apple product can be made on a single question: does the product available today have the features that will satisfy me? If the answer is yes, buy it and enjoy it. If the answer is no, wait. But don't second-guess your decision or wait around for a replacement that may take years to arrive. If you buy soon after release, you'll have the longest opportunity to enjoy the features and performance before something else comes along and makes you envious. "
Ten Rules for Buying Apple Products

( Permalink: Ten Rules for Buying Apple Products      Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 22, 2006 )

iPod nano (second-generation)
Review of the new Nano iPods.
"Only a year has passed between Apple's introduction of the first generation of iPod nano and now. With a sizable share of the flash player market at this point, Apple revamped all of its flash players last week with a new generation of iPod nanos and iPod shuffles. The second generation iPod nano line gets a brighter screen, software updates, new headphones, new packaging, and most noticably, an entirely new enclosure made of anodized aluminum. The new case also marked the return of colors besides black and white—essentially turning the 2G nano into a smaller, flash-based, color-screened iPod mini."
iPod nano (second-generation) : Page 1

( Permalink: iPod nano (second-generation)      Submitted by Noel Thu Sep 21, 2006 )

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