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Some new Apple updates

July 31, 2007 1 comment

This is interesting…

I was here checking out the Apple updates. I noticed there was Security Update 2007-007 along with an Airport Extreme update, so I went to my Software Updates to get them. When I did that, however, I see that there is also an update for Safari 3 Beta (3.0.3). I didn’t see any mention of it on the Apple download page, but there it is. Anyway, if you’re one that checks up on Apple’s downloads, better hand it over to Software Updates. 🙂

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EDIT: Okay, after a few minutes of just letting it roll around in the back of my head, I realize that the Safari Update is for Beta software. That would explain why Apple wouldn’t post it on their downloads page. D’oh!

Categories: Software

As promised, Microsoft delivers…

July 31, 2007 Leave a comment

…at least a beta! 🙂

As noted at the bottom of this post, Microsoft’s MacBU has come through on their promise of a beta of a new RDC client during the week of Julyl 30!  I am downloading it as we speak!  Actually, it’s already done — not too big. 😀

When I have some time I will give it a test drive.  Right now, I’m splitting my time between surfing for Mac news and getting ready for an overnight biz trip.  The amazing thing about this trip?  I won’t be taking my Mac! :-O  I’ve been called to the MotherShip (aka Headquarters) and so am taking my company-issue Dell laptop with me.  Wow, a night without working on my Mac.  Man, do I need to get a life…

“Oh horrors. Dvorak is using a Mac.”

July 28, 2007 Leave a comment

I don’t know if you know who John Dvorak is or not.  I used to read his columns quite a bit way-back-when.  Even then, he was known as fairly controversial in his opinions.

He is definitely not known as a fan of the Mac.  In fact, in the column I’m referring to here, he says about himself that he’s “known for ragging on the Mac all the time”.

However, he also tried using a Mac at a company that was mainly a Mac-shop.  And basically, he liked it!  Hey, Johnny likes it!  He says he won’t be switching to them personally, but he can see why others would.  In fact, he now often recommends them to others.  Says he, “I have noticed that I’ve been recommending the machine to friends and neighbors when they want to know what kind of system they should buy.

“I can see why the Mac is gaining market share, because the rationale for using one is simple. Do you want to deal with the agony of antivirus, firewall, antispyware, and other touchy software subsystems, many of which do not work well? Or do you want to boot Microsoft Word and write a document and be done with it?

“As someone who does recommend gear to people, I have to think to myself, ‘Should I recommend something that will come back to haunt me, or recommend a Mac with its higher price but lower hassle factor?’ The answer is simple. I hate the idea of having to do customer service for people who cannot keep their systems clean, and that’s most people.”

High praise indeed from John. 🙂  Anyway, read the whole thing here.

Categories: Uncategorized

iRedLite

July 28, 2007 Leave a comment

Well, I’m back!  And the iRedLite software worked like a charm!

I was able to leave my MBP and go back to the wall where the PowerPoint slideshow was being projected and point out a few things on some tables and graphs by hand and still be able to control it using the Apple remote.

I don’t think I ever went beyond about 15 ft or so away from the computer, but I had no problems controlling it.  The only issue came when I wasn’t within about 80 degrees of the infra-red port (assumes 0 degrees is straight on).  Even then, if I were to go past it, I could bounce a signal off the wall and it would usually work.  That was pretty cool.

All-in-all, a big thumbs up to Apple’s foresight and iRedLite’s utility!

Categories: Software, Utility

On the road again, part 384

July 24, 2007 Leave a comment

Yes, I am traveling.  Again.

I have two meetings tomorrow where I will be presenting a PowerPoint slideshow.  It will be my first opportunity to use the iRedLite software I talked about previously.

I will let you all know how it goes.  Wish me luck. 🙂

Categories: Uncategorized

Parallels 3.0 update

July 21, 2007 1 comment

A new update to Parallels 3.0 was released last Tuesday (sorry I’m a little late). You’ve probably all heard about it by now, or have been auto-updated (is that a verb?), but I thought I would mention it.

I haven’t updated to 3.0 yet, so I don’t have any personal experience with it. However, it does include the Image Tool that mysteriously disappeared from the original 3.0 release, so that’s big news.

For more information on its features and improvements, check out the official Parallels blog post here.

Size does matter…

July 20, 2007 Leave a comment

smaller size, that is. Especially if it’s the MacBook Pro’s power adapter.

I just found this on the TUAW site. It says that the MBP’s power adapter is shrinking to something closer to the size of the adapter that comes with the MacBook, but will still be capable of putting out 85W.

I think I’m going to have to order myself one of those for my travel bag and keep the original adapter at home. (Actually, that gave me an idea for a post. I’ll have to let you know what I use to transport my MBP…)

Anyway, here’s a size comparison… (The new one’s on the left 😉 )

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Categories: Hardware, MacBook Pro