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A new day for Macs in the enterprise?

(Via Apple, Mac, iPod and iPhone News.)

I found this to be a pretty interesting column.

A new day for Macs in the enterprise?: “When Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the iPhone was ready for enterprise use, the announcement caused a stir that few of the world’s iconic businessmen could match. It seemed that everyone from rank-and-file worker-bees to CEOs wanted to get their corporate applications served up on the hot new device. Why? This was Apple-a synonym for awe-inspiring design and coolness-the antithesis to stodgy old corporate technology that burns the eyes red and freezes computers blue.


Backstage at the Grammy Awards, Macs Run the Show

Backstage at the Grammy Awards, Macs Run the Show: “

From Macworld
To present the annual music industry honors to the attendees at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and to home viewers on CBS, show organizers use more than 450 microphones, 155 tons of lighting, 13,000 amps of power, 19 video screens, 94 speaker cabinets—and an endless amount of Macs.

You may have assumed that Macs played a large role in putting on what has become the largest audio production on television. But until you sit in on a rehearsal for the telecast, as audio engineers are hard at work mixing the 35 songs that will be performed during Sunday’s ceremony, and see how extensively Macs are involved in the process, it’s hard to fathom just how central the Mac has become to the Grammys.

During Thursday’s rehearsal, it was easy to lose count of the number of Macs in the production truck. But there are 14 Macs on board, according to Joel Singer, audio engineer in charge for XM Production/Effanel. That includes MacBook Pros, Mac Pros, G5s, and a G4 capturing video from the stage.

‘Windows frightens me to death,’ said Singer. ‘I know it, and I know it well—that’s why we chose the Mac instead of Vista or XP.’

Click here to read more ‘Backstage at the Grammy Awards, Macs Run the Show’

(Via Your Mac Life – The Internet’s #1 Mac Broadcast!.)

Flickr Find: Apple IIc unboxing

This was one of my first computers! actually it was the second!

Flickr Find: Apple IIc unboxing: “

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Like geeks everywhere, here at TUAW we like unboxing pics. But unboxing shots from an original Apple IIc? Now that’s Apple fan candy! This Apple IIc was recently purchased on eBay and had never been opened before. The lucky buyer posted this Flickr set of the ritual. I particularly love the old rainbow Apple stickers!

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

Apple launches Mac video tutorials website

This is one of things I really like about Apple. They make it easy to get training or to get help with things.

Apple launches Mac video tutorials website: “A new subsection of Apple’s website dubbed ‘Find out how’ offers dozens of new video tutorials aimed at swaying consumers towards its Mac computing platform and then helping them achieve the most from their Mac experience once they bite the bullet.

(Via AppleInsider.)

Apple’s website, circa 1997

Apple’s website, circa 1997: “Gizmodo recently ran a feature showcasing how lame the internet looked back in the mid 90’s. Naturally our first thought was, ‘What did Apple’s site look like back then? ‘Unfortunately, the answer is, ‘It looked more or less like the Power Macintosh 6500‘.
So with that, let us take you back to a simpler time […]”

(Via Macenstein.)

That’s Cool Daddy

So I am watching Steve Jobs keynote from MacWorld on my MacBook, Colin is watching one of his shows on Carrie’s laptop.

Colin tells me what he is watching “I am watching Dora and Diego”

I answer…”I am watching Steve Jobs”

I ask him if he wants to see, he says yes I want to see Steve Jobs.

So I show hi and it’s at the part of the keynote where the new Apple TV is being shown. Colin replies “That’s cool daddy, I like Steve Jobs”

Ahhhh another proud moment!

Reader question: Can you store other files on the Time Capsule?

Figured I would share this. Down the road I am going to be looking for a bigger HD for backing up and storing our photos. We are starting to run out of space. When Time Capsule was announced I was curious if you could also use it as a network drive and not just for Time Machine. And it looks like you can!

Reader question: Can you store other files on the Time Capsule?: “

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The new Time Capsule peripheral is an interesting beast: an Airport Extreme with a Frankenstein complex, with an onboard drive for backup storage. What else can you do with that space? According to Apple reps at the booth, the drive appears just as a wireless disk would appear with the original AE base, so you can in fact put other data on there besides the Time Machine backups. Since TM backups tend to grow to consume all available space, partitioning the Time Capsule drive might be a good idea if you can do it in advance. We’ll try to get hands-on with the Time Capsule utility later today to verify that you can split it up.

As the Time Capsule is otherwise identical to an Airport base, you can hang printers or USB drives off the unit and share those as you would with the older gear.

A further conversation at the Apple booth leads me to believe that you will not be able to partition the drive on the Time Capsule. If your purchase decisions are contingent on this capability, please wait until I can get a solid answer from the product manager at Apple on this. You could conceivably ‘reserve’ space on the TC by creating a disk image to hold your files, but I wouldn’t recommend that unless you absolutely have to do it. A couple of contrary reports are saying that you cannot store other files on the TC drive, but everyone I’ve talked to says that it does mount as a regular wireless disk and you can write to it if needed.

Some other concerns:

‘Can I connect the Time Capsule as a USB drive?’ No, that functionality isn’t in the Airport Extreme and I wouldn’t expect it to be in the TC — however, with gigabit Ethernet you can transfer data faster than USB anyway.

‘Can I stream directly from a Time Capsule to my Apple TV?’ Probably not; while you can store an iTunes library on a wireless disk, you still need iTunes to mediate between the storage and the Apple TV.

‘If the Time Capsule is the same as an Airport, when will Apple enable Time Machine backups to external USB disks via the Airport?’ Could be never. It’s been suggested by some (including some of our own) that the combination of the wireless bridge and the USB storage bridge is simply too latency-prone and laggy to provide the needed performance for Time Machine, and that the SATA internal on the Time Capsule is integrated and speedier to allow TM to behave as expected. With no SATA bridge on the Airport Extreme, don’t count on official support for wireless backups via that hardware.

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(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

How to squeeze the best out of FREE NetNewsWire

Since I just started using NetNewsWire, quite a few others probably have as well, figured I would pass this along.

How to squeeze the best out of FREE NetNewsWire: “


A day before Newsgator made their RSS Suite totally FREE, Amit did a review of Newsgator’s FeedDemon (Windows RSS Feed Reader), which got me thinking about NetNewsWire. Let me give you a brief about my RSS Feed Reader usage before suggesting ‘How to squeeze the best out of FREE NetNewsWire’.

I have been using RSS Feed Readers in a way or the other ever since the hay days of the blogging revolution in the early 2000s. While on Windows, I graduated to a full fledged RSS Reader with Nick Bradbury’s FeedDemon ever since its very early days. Bradbury Software, Nick’s company that made FeedDemon was acquired by NewsGator Technologies in May 2005 (I think Nick works with Newsgator at present). My FeedDemon license was alive in all those acquisitions, upgrades and I was a happy user of FeedDemon all along.

The Apple Mac and NetNewsWire

During summer, 2006 I got converted and amongst all other important Mac softwares – RSS Feed Reader was also one of my primary App. I did an install-test study of many RSS Feed Readers before taking the final decision. NetNewsWire was my ultimate choice after testing it for almost 3 weeks. It was however not free then but was worth every penny. (Note: I installed and used most the RSS Readers for almost a month to study them.)

With the short story above, I’m pretty sure you must have a vague idea that I’m like one of you – a regular Internet guy – who reads lots of RSS Feeds every day. Thus, I’m pretty confident that I can tell you ‘How to squeeze the best out of FREE NetNewsWire.

Tweak, Tweak, Tweak

Tweaking of apps to give you the best result, best output and best usage is a gradual process. Never stop tweaking, never stop experimenting with permutations and combinations of various options and preferences. Here, let me summarize various settings which have worked good for me so far. I urge you to try them, enhance them and change them to suit you best. So, let’s start tweaking – Open up the Preferences.

Internet is still best with small things

However fast your internet connection bandwidth may be, on the Internet it is alway a good idea to have things in their small version (if available) – smaller image size, smaller css files, smaller and quicker downloads. The same applies to anything that interact with the Internet constantly – NetNewsWire is not an exception. Change the Preferences in NetNewsWire to let it do things quicker, with lesser resource and to give you the quickest response possible.

Preferences > General > Reading

NetNewsWire - Preferences - General - Reading

  • You do not need to read changes to an article, unless you were following the topic and if you were following it then you would have flag it or clipped it. However, highlighting it is good just in case you have free time to laze around and happen to read old feeds again.
  • Show only 10 Items per page for the fast view while in Combined View mode.
  • You don’t really need to check for software updates. You’ll definitely come to know of updates if there is one sooner than later and you don’t need to be the first top users at all. Not just for NetNewsWire, I apply this rule to all Apps. See, squeeze out every ounce of delay from an App.

Preferences > General > Archiving

NetNewsWire - Preferences - General - Archiving

  • Honestly, I never needed to archive feeds. What is Google for? Search there and if you don’t remember the keywords – it definitely is not that important. Nonetheless, you might just do a monthly HTML archive for keep-sake if you are really inclined to.
  • 7 days is enough to keep feeds in NetNewsWire. I suggest changing this to about 30 days for those who are average to moderate users.

Preferences > Browsing >Behavior

NetNewsWire - Preferences - General - Archiving

  • It is quicker to stay at a single location to do multiple actions. So, browsing inside NetNewsWire is a faster way (Open Links in > NetNewsWire) and of course, you can jump out if an article needs more attention or you’ll spend more time analyzing it.
  • Oh! yes, do ‘Open Links in Background’ and avoid the wasteful time due to distraction from opened tabs.
  • Finally, you’d want to return to the news item when the tab is closed.

The News Items and Web Pages are best left as it is, nothing much going on there.

You can skip the other 3 setting preferences too – Colors, Fonts, Posting. They’ve nothing to do with speed or optimization. However, you might like to see which font suits you best and which size is best for your layout (screen size ).

Preferences > Downloading > Feeds

NetNewsWire - Preferences - Downloading - Feeds

Yes, the ‘minimum 30 minutes feed refresh’ limitation of NetNewsWire can be a disappointment for some people. However, with my experience I can guarantee that anything frequent than that will drastically reduce your work-productivity. A strong suggestion would be to increase the feed refresh time if you wish to get more work done and less distraction with an ‘info-overload’.

  • An hourly refreshment of your subscription should do ‘more than enough justice’ to be on top of the news happening around your topic. Personally, I’ve increased it from my frenzy 30 minutes updates to a nominal ‘2 hours’ update frequency.
  • Reduce the concurrent downloads to just about ‘5′. Of course, I’m on a 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro with just 2GB of RAM. Higher end Macs can increase that to about ‘10′.

Well, you don’t really need to download enclosures. But again if you’re an avid podcast listener (I’m not one), you can let it automatically add podcasts to iTunes.

Preferences > Downloading > Feeds

NetNewsWire - Preferences - Downloading - Feeds

  • You DO NOT need to sync (most of the times) if you use a single computer or a laptop. If you want to sync between your office and home, think again – Do you really want to disturb your family life. Sync only if you really need to.

Tips & Tricks

NetNewsWire UI

I don’t really like ‘Sort by Last Update’ more because I like things the way I set them. So, if ‘Sort by Last Update’, the way last feeds are on top, so be it and stick to it. In order to set few priority feeds (Sorted by Name), I setup folder names starting with Numbers (in my case)

  1. Smart Folders
  2. Hot Feeds
  3. My Feeds
  4. Statistics
  5. Tags


This way, the feeds that I frequent most will always be on the top and I can read just that when I don’t want to scroll down. The Smart Lists allows me to look for my favorite keywords and other criteria-based results from my feeds even if I don’t really go and read all individual feeds. Clippings and Flags allow me to bookmark feeds which I can get back later.

The ‘Post to Del.icio.us’ is another awesome tool to make the best of NetNewsWire. However, take not that if you post directly from the feeds, the feed url will be bookmarked (for instance the feedburner url). So, let the feed open up in a new tab and post it from the tab to bookmarked the actual Web URL.

Did I forgot to tell you to take advantage of the Wide-Screen Layout option if you are on a Wide-Screen computer. It has the best viewing experience.

Keyboard Shortcuts Download

NetNewsWire Keyboard Shortcuts

I’ve done a printable Keyboard Shortcuts for NetNewsWire to help you further enhance your RSS Reading habits. Download, Print and Pin it up for about a week or so and you’ll get used to the keys.

  • Printable PDF
  • iWork’s Numbers
  • MS Office Excel (this is the exported version from Numbers)

What about Google Reader users? Google Reader is awesome!

I did flirted with Google Reader and at its current version, I won’t hesitate to say that it is one hell of an awesome Web Application. I’ll be coming up with an article on my experience with Google Reader. I’ll also do a comparison matrix of NetNewsWire and Google Reader that will help you choose which one to use.


Note: I had over 1,000+ feeds but was able to reduce it to 765 at the time of writing this article.

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(Via Ode to Apple.)

Apple MacBook Air Looks Absolutely Amazing []

Ever since I got my MacBook Carrie has wanted one. I see her wanting this!

Apple MacBook Air Looks Absolutely Amazing []: “

macworld08356.jpgIt’s real. The fabled MacBook Air actually exists. It’s ultra-thin, has a normal state drive and, except for a couple ports, it’s all about wireless connectivity. It’s an stunning .16 inches thick at the bottom and .76 inches on the top. The black keyboard is LED backlit, sightly recessed MacBook-style, with rounded edges all around. The latch is magnetic and has a gorgeous 13.3-inch screen with ambient-light sensor and, get this, multitouch trackpad. (UPDATES AFTER JUMP)

(Via Gizmodo.)

Do You Read Any Good MAC Magazines???

I recently posted this on a message board, ok like 2 min ago, and figured I would blog it as well.

I was working at a non techie show at the Javtis center in NY (wasn’t the boat show either)

Anyway I needed SOMETHING to do to pass the time. I took out my MacBook to do some surfing, email, check the Giants game..etc..but they charge for the wireless access at the Javits center so I slowly put my MacBook back in the bag.

I took a peak at the newsstand for a Mac magazine. The only one they had was MAC Life. I haven’t finished it yet but not quite sure if I like this magazine.

Anyway else read it, have thoughts on it?