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March Madness calendar March Madness Calendar for iPhone, Mac, and iPad- Here's the March Madness NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament calendar in ics (iCal) format. It updates automatically (because I do it for you, at the server). Continue Reading March Madness Calendar for iPhone, Mac, and iPad
NFL Calendar logo NFL Post-Season Calendar for iPhone and Mac- Get the NFL Post-Season schedule into your iPhone or Mac's Calendar app. Calendar includes teams, times, and TV info. Updated with scores. Also works with Google Calendar. Continue Reading NFL Post-Season Calendar for iPhone and Mac
College Football on December Calendar page Add the 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game Schedule to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Calendars- 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game calendar in iCal (ics) format for iPhone, iPad, Mac, & Google Calendar. Includes teams, times, dates, and tv stations. Updated every year. Continue Reading Add the 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game Schedule to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Calendars
Apple Special Event September 12th, 2018 How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event- Here's how to watch Apple's September 2018 announcements on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event
Beats Headphones 3 Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion- Apple launched their annual “Back to School” promotion this morning, offering free Beats Wireless Headphones with purchase of a qualifying Mac or iPad Pro. You have to purchase between July 12th and September 25th, 2017 and to be eligible you have to be a college student, a parent buying for a college student, or a… Continue Reading Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion
27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon- It took a few weeks but Amazon now has the 27-inch iMac with the Retina display. You can click this link* to go straight there. The warranty is through Apple whether you buy from Amazon or the Apple Store, or anyone else, so you can simply shop on price. Comparing identical models, Amazon’s price is… Continue Reading 27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter/dongle Apple reduces prices on dongles and LG screens- — Apple reduces prices on dongles and LG screens — Apple has cut prices on the USB-C adapters (or “dongles”) designed to connect your existing peripherals to their new, all-USB-C MacBook Pro computers. They’ve also cut prices on Thunderbolt 3 accessories. Discounts in some cases are nearly 50%. This is the time to buy (because… Continue Reading Apple reduces prices on dongles and LG screens
New MacBook Pros Introduced at Apple’s Special Event- — New MacBook Pros Introduced at Apple’s Special Event — Apple introduced new MacBook Pros today at a special event held at their Town Hall facility in Cupertino. Other than a preview of a new app for the Apple TV, there were no other product announcements– nothing about iMacs, nothing about the Mac mini, nothing… Continue Reading New MacBook Pros Introduced at Apple’s Special Event
Your money or your JPEGs What You Need to Know About Mac Ransomware- Executive Summary: Mac ransomware is here, and you need to protect your Mac. Mac “ransomware” is in the news lately, and many people have been asking me, “Is this real?” Sorry to say, “Yes, it’s real.” Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself and your Mac. First, you need to know what ransomware… Continue Reading What You Need to Know About Mac Ransomware
Intego Mac Internet Security X9 package Best Mac Anti-Virus Package: Intego Internet Security X9- Do you need Mac anti-virus software? Some people say that anti-virus programs slow down your Mac (true, at least a littl), and are expensive (depends), and basically a waste of time and money since there aren’t any Mac viruses (not true). Other people say that there are zillions of Word and Excel viruses (true), and… Continue Reading Best Mac Anti-Virus Package: Intego Internet Security X9
Blue and Gold footballs 2018 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad- UPDATE: Looking for the Bowl Games calendar? I’ve created the 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you and your iPhone and iPad and Mac. Click here to get it. Or click here and read all about it first. When asked whether you want to subscribe, the answer is YES, you want to subscribe. That… Continue Reading 2018 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Black Apple logo How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event- — How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event — UPDATE: the event is over. You can watch a replay of the event by clicking here. Apple’s going to show some new stuff on September 7th, 2016. I don’t know what they’ll announce so I’ll be tuning in at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time to find… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event
WWDC Logo 2017 How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote- How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote UPDATE: The keynote is over. Here’s a link to the entire recorded keynote (139 minutes). Watch and enjoy! UPDATE #2: Here’s a link to a seven-minute condensed version of the keynote from our friends at MacRumors. Can’t get enough of Apple’s presentations? Neither can I! Here’s a link to… Continue Reading How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote
10.11.5 thumbs up Should I update my Mac to 10.11.5?- — Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.5? — UPDATE: the Mac OS is up to 10.11.6 now. Here’s my article about the 10.11.6 update. The answer to “Should I update my Mac to 10.11.5?” is easy if you’re already on 10.11.0, or 10.11.1, or 10.11.2, or 10.11.3, or 10.11.4. In those situations, the answer… Continue Reading Should I update my Mac to 10.11.5?
10.11.4: I say thumbs up! Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4?- — Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4? — UPDATE: They’re up to 10.11.5. Here’s my article on updating to 10.11.5. The answer to “Should I update my Mac to 10.11.4?” is easy if you’re already on 10.11.0, or 10.11.1, or 10.11.2, or 10.11.3. In those situations, the answer is definitely YES. Upgrade to 10.11.4… Continue Reading Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4?
Apple Special Event Loop You In How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote- — How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote — Apple will hold a special event keynote Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 10 AM PDT. UPDATE: here’s the link for my June 13th, 2016 WWDC how-to-watch article. Watch the March 21st, 2016 keynote using your iPhone, iPad or Mac by clicking the big blue button.… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote
Mac OS X 10.11.3 update: don’t do it- I’m seeing a lot of problems with Apple’s 10.11.3 update. If you’ve already installed the 10.11.3 update and everything seems fine, consider yourself lucky; if you haven’t installed it, play it safe and don’t install it. I’ve never seen a more problematic update. UPDATE: the 10.11.4 update is out and I’ve seen zero problems with… Continue Reading Mac OS X 10.11.3 update: don’t do it
Mac Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store- UPDATE: the sale is over. But, the apps are still great. Check them out and if you don’t get them now, put them on your wish list. Apple is discounting productivity apps by 50% for a limited time. Apps include: 1Password (best password manager– syncs with iOS counterpart) Magnet (tiles windows on your screen– neaten… Continue Reading Mac Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store
1Password password manager half off- 1Password is the best password manager and you can get it at a discount. Continue Reading 1Password password manager half off
Pile of old phones How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card- — How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card — Apple is offering a trade-in program for old smartphones via this link. Just go online, click a few buttons, and see how much your old phone is worth. It doesn’t have to be an Apple iPhone (though it can be) and… Continue Reading How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card
2015-2016 College Football Bowl Game Calendar for iPhone and Mac- — 2015-2016 College Football Bowl Game Calendar for iPhone and Mac — UPDATE: I’ve created the 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you. Click here to get it. When asked whether you want to subscribe, click YES. UPDATE: here is the 2016 College Football schedule, for each team in America. The nice people at… Continue Reading 2015-2016 College Football Bowl Game Calendar for iPhone and Mac
The Clever Coffee Dripper- I think of The Clever Coffee Dripper* as an essential Mac accessory because it makes the coffee that fuels this here website (and a lot of other stuff that keeps me up all night.) The beauty of The Clever Coffee Dripper is the water doesn’t just run though the cone and into your cup. Instead,… Continue Reading The Clever Coffee Dripper
Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, September 13th, 2014- I will be on the Digital Village radio show tomorrow, September 13th, 2014, talking about Apple’s announcements from this Tuesday. The program starts at 10 AM Pacific time and my part will begin around 10:15. Should be about a fifteen minute interview. I’d tune in right at 10 AM as it is always interesting to… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, September 13th, 2014
Black Apple logo Apple’s Special Event- Apple will stream live video of its special event TODAY via this link. The show starts at 10 AM Pacific time. If you have an Apple TV look for a new “Special Event” icon on the main screen and watch the show from there. Here’s the fine print (from Apple):Live streaming video requires Safari 5.1.10… Continue Reading Apple’s Special Event
Macworld/iWorld 2014 Wrap-Up- I’m back from Macworld/iWorld, having spent three days searching for the newest and grooviest Mac, iPhone, and iPad stuff. Although Apple remained a no-show, I am happy to say that Macworld/iWorld appears to have found its post-Apple stride. The crowds were fairly large, the exhibition floor was full of interesting stuff, and almost everyone was… Continue Reading Macworld/iWorld 2014 Wrap-Up
Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 29th, 2014- It’s Springtime, and a young man’s thoughts naturally turn to Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco. The show starts Thursday, and I’ll be there, keeping my streak alive (I’ve never missed). On Saturday I’ll tell you all about it via the miracle of radio. All you have to do is tell Siri to remind you to listen… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 29th, 2014
Another Flash Update- Once again a bug in Adobe’s Flash plug-in presents a serious security risk to Mac users, and once again Apple has disabled all but the very latest version of it. Which means that if you’re using Safari on your Mac and you try to load a webpage that requires Flash you’ll get a message about… Continue Reading Another Flash Update
Best of Macworld/iWorld 2013- I’m back from Macworld/iWorld 2013, my 25th Macworld show in a row. Unless it’s my 26th in a row. Anyway, regardless, here’s a brief rundown of the best stuff at the show. Rage Software previewed “EasyWeb,” their website creation program for the Mac. It has a lot in common with Apple’s Pages and they are… Continue Reading Best of Macworld/iWorld 2013
Macworld/iWorld 2013- I’ll be speaking at Macworld as part of the RapidFire session. It’s a lot of fun for everyone: each of ten speakers gets 5 minutes to demonstrate something cool. I’ll be covering Moom, Desktop Curtain, and Typinator (and speaking very quickly). Here’s a link to my PDF handout. Macworld/iWorld 2013 runs this Thursday through Saturday.… Continue Reading Macworld/iWorld 2013
Coming Soon: Macworld/iWorld 2013- It’s the most wonderful time of the year… That’s right, it’s time for Macworld/iWorld! The show runs January 31st through February 2nd, 2013 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. I’ll be there all three days. Look me up. There are two parts to the show: the Expo, which is a giant space filled with software programmers… Continue Reading Coming Soon: Macworld/iWorld 2013
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Advice and Info- Apple released Mountain Lion today, also known as OS X 10.8. This comes less than a month after the MobileMe-to-iCloud transition deadline, which means less than a month after a whole lot of people converted to OS X 10.7 (Lion). My advice, based on over 21 years of full-time Mac consulting, is wait. Mountain Lion… Continue Reading OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Advice and Info
What to do about the Flashback trojan- Bad news and good news about Flashback. First the bad news. There’s this thing called Flashback and it will mess up your Mac big-time. You could get it simply by visiting an infected website. Flashback will inject code into your browser and the modification lets the bad guys collect information as you visit various websites.… Continue Reading What to do about the Flashback trojan
Macworld|iWorld 2012 Wrap-Up- I’m back from Macworld|iWorld, and apart from the awkward name change the show was great. This was the first show in the “Apple isn’t here” era where the feeling was more about who was there than who wasn’t. It’s not the same as it was when Apple had a giant booth but that doesn’t mean… Continue Reading Macworld|iWorld 2012 Wrap-Up
Hear the Christian Boyce Macworld|iWorld Report on the Radio- I’ll be giving my annual “State of the Mac (and iPad, and iPhone)” address this Saturday on the Digital Village radio program, hosted by Ric Allan and Doran Barons. The show starts at 10 AM this Saturday, January 28th, 2012 and in Los Angeles you can listen to it live on the radio, 90.7 FM… Continue Reading Hear the Christian Boyce Macworld|iWorld Report on the Radio
Apple’s iBooks Textbooks Announcement- Apple’s out to fix another broken industry, same as they did with music and cellular phones. This time it’s textbooks, and I’ll let Apple tell you why it’s needed, and why the Apple solution is the right one. Here are a couple of links that tell the story: this one is a promotional video, and… Continue Reading Apple’s iBooks Textbooks Announcement
“He Cared the Most”- Apple’s posted a video of the company’s recent celebration of Steve Jobs’ life. It’s beautiful, and moving, and I recommend watching it all the way through. In it, Jony Ive (lead designer on Apple products including the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad) absolutely nails what made Steve Jobs so great. Here are the essential four… Continue Reading “He Cared the Most”
Some Thoughts on Steve Jobs- Steve Jobs is dead, and the tributes are everywhere. I’ve read as many of these tributes as I could and at the end of this article are links to some of the best. I’ve especially enjoyed reading personal recollections from people who knew him, though I’m not sure that I’ve seen any from anyone who… Continue Reading Some Thoughts on Steve Jobs
iPhone 4S Introduction- In case you spent the day in a cave, let me tell you about the new iPhone that Apple introduced today. They call it “the iPhone 4S“. You could call it a disappointment because it’s not an “iPhone 5,” whatever that was imagined to be, but it would be better to call it a refined… Continue Reading iPhone 4S Introduction
Great Deals on New and Closeout Macs- MacMall is having a 72-hour sale on Macs (MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, iMacs). Check it out and save a pile of money. Contact me if you need help with choosing a model. If you’re choosing one for ME, I like the 21.5 inch iMac with the 3.6 GHz Core i5 for $1099.
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag– from Kensington- I bought this Kensington Contour Roller bag* in January 2006 to carry my laptop (at the time, a PowerBook G4 15 inch), and some CDs, and a bunch of floppy disks(!). It had pockets all over the place, so I also put in some pens, some business cards, some cables, and a bunch of other… Continue Reading Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag– from Kensington
Favorite Steve Jobs Links- I thought I’d put a few of my favorite Steve Jobs links here, all in one place. Enjoy. Playboy Interview, February 1985. Long, meaty, written interview with Steve Jobs, head of Apple (at the time). Fantastic reading. Three months after this interview was published, Jobs was out of Apple, fired from the company he started. MacWorld… Continue Reading Favorite Steve Jobs Links
Christian Boyce on the Radio September 3rd, 2011- I’ll be on the Digital Village radio program Saturday, September 3rd 2011 at 9 AM, talking with hosts Doran Barons and Ric Allan about Steve Jobs and his legacy. Should be an interesting program. Click here to listen live. If you miss the show, use this link to listen to a recording.
NFL Prime Time Calendar for 2011, in iCal Format- Here is an iCal calendar showing the times and teams for every prime-time NFL game for the 2011 season. The calendar is provided by Scott Crevier of South End Zone and if you’re a football fan I strongly urge you to visit his site. In years past, I’ve modified Scott’s full NFL schedule using AppleScript,… Continue Reading NFL Prime Time Calendar for 2011, in iCal Format
Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple: My Thoughts- This is Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone at MacWorld Expo in January 2007. This is Steve Jobs introducing the iPad three years later. I don’t know of another big-time CEO who so obviously loves his products. Look at his face. He can hardly contain himself. I can’t decide which picture I like more. So here… Continue Reading Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple: My Thoughts
Lion Update 10.7.1: Big Improvement- Today Apple released its first update to Mac OS X Lion: 10.7.1. You can read a little about it on Apple’s site. If you’re on Lion already, this update is a must. Here, 10.7.1 runs in glorious silence, quite a difference from my Mac’s “roaring” (get it? Lion? Roaring?) fans under the initial 10.7.0. That’s… Continue Reading Lion Update 10.7.1: Big Improvement
Apple 10.6.8 Revised Update- Apple put out a “supplemental” 10.6.8 update today (July 25th, 2011). Among other important fixes, it restores network printing functionality that broke with the original 10.6.8. Apple puts it this way: “resolves issues with certain network printers that pause print jobs immediately and fail to complete.” Sounds good to me. Go to Software Update under… Continue Reading Apple 10.6.8 Revised Update
Breakfast with the Lion- I installed Mac OS X Lion onto my MacBook last night. Once installed, Spotlight began indexing my hard drive, and that’s a pretty intensive process that really slows everything down (except for the fans inside the MacBook, which were going full-speed). Considering the “About 10 hours remaining” in the following dialog box……I thought it would… Continue Reading Breakfast with the Lion
A Brief Lion Update- At this very moment I am backing up my MacBook in preparation for a Lion install. I want to be able to go back to 10.6.8 in a hurry if I have to, so what I’ve done is purchase a 500 GB internal hard drive* (same size as the drive in my MacBook), stick it… Continue Reading A Brief Lion Update
Don’t Rush to Install Lion (Mac OS X 10.7)- We all like new stuff. With Apple’s new Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) coming out tomorrow and for only $29.99 it’s oh-so-tempting to download it as soon as possible. But I wouldn’t do that if I were you. You might end up with a better operating system, but you might also end up with a… Continue Reading Don’t Rush to Install Lion (Mac OS X 10.7)
Quicken for Mac Incompatible with Lion- UPDATE (March 8th, 2012): Intuit has built a Lion-compatible version of Quicken 2007! You can read all about it on their site, at this page. Unfortunately, they do not provide a link or any information about how you go about getting the Lion-compatible version. Come on, Intuit. That’s not very nice. I managed to find… Continue Reading Quicken for Mac Incompatible with Lion
Mac OS X 10.6.8 Printing Issue, and a Fix!- — Mac OS X 10.6.8 Printing Issue, and a Fix! — We interrupt The iMom Project to bring you this news about the Mac OS X 10.6.8 update. If you have a networked printer there is a chance that the printer won’t work after you update to 10.6.8. 10.6.7 works perfectly but 10.6.8 has a… Continue Reading Mac OS X 10.6.8 Printing Issue, and a Fix!
Radio Interview: WWDC Wrap-Up- I talked Saturday with with Digital Village, a terrific radio program based in Los Angeles, about Apple’s recently concluded World Wide Developers’ Conference. We talked about iCloud, iOS 5, and Mac OS X Lion. This link will take you to Digital Village’s archived audio page– my part is right at the top (or, if you’re… Continue Reading Radio Interview: WWDC Wrap-Up
Steve Jobs Keynote at WWDC 2011- Steve Jobs will give the keynote speech at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference today at 10 AM. It is sure to be all over the news. I will post a link to the official keynote video as soon as it is available (it does not appear that we will be able to watch it live… Continue Reading Steve Jobs Keynote at WWDC 2011
Apple Security Update 2011-003 and the Mac Defender Malware- There’s this bad thing called Mac Defender. It comes from bad guys (Russians, just like in the movies). Then there’s this good thing called Apple Security Update 2011-003. It comes from good guys (Apple, Inc.). You want the Security Update 2011-003 because you DON’T want Mac Defender. So, Step One: go to your Apple menu,… Continue Reading Apple Security Update 2011-003 and the Mac Defender Malware
Quick Fix for a Facebook Security Issue- Facebook has a nice little security hole, and someone has already done a “proof of concept” hack to show that it’s easy to get into someone’s account. The hack involves “listening” as people log into Facebook using an open network (such as what you’d find at Starbucks) and capturing names and passwords. Once that happens,… Continue Reading Quick Fix for a Facebook Security Issue
QR Codes: the Next Big Thing- Qrafter icon (QR code reader). QR Codes: the Next Big Thing This is a business card. So is the black-and-white mess below. And the messy one is easier to put into your address book. That’s because it’s a “QR code,” and it turns out it contains all of the information in the card above– and… Continue Reading QR Codes: the Next Big Thing
Macworld Round-Up: Stuff I Bought- I’m back from Macworld 2011 and as usual, it was a lot of fun. Also as usual, it was a lot of walking but this year I wore tennis shoes instead of cowboy boots. It took a while but I’m getting smarter. There was plenty of cool stuff to look and play with and you… Continue Reading Macworld Round-Up: Stuff I Bought
Macworld Expo This Week!- Macworld Expo 2011 begins today in San Francisco. Historically the largest annual Mac-related love fest held near a large body of water, Macworld has evolved over the years to a smaller show, with iPods and iPhones pushing Macs aside. However, it is still held near the same large body of water. I think I’ve been… Continue Reading Macworld Expo This Week!
Steve Jobs Can’t Read Your Mind, but He Doesn’t Have To- Steve Jobs is a lot of things, but he’s not a mind-reader. I mention this because article after article tells us: • “For years, and across a career, knowing what consumers want has been the self-appointed task of Mr. Jobs” (New York Times) • “Jobs’ greatest gift hasn’t been for invention as much his uncanny… Continue Reading Steve Jobs Can’t Read Your Mind, but He Doesn’t Have To
New Mac App Store- Apple introduced its Mac “App Store” today and I love it. I think you will too. First things first: your Mac has to be on 10.6.6 or later. Here’s a link to the 10.6.6 Combo Update. You can’t use the update unless you’re already on 10.6.something, FYI. When you install the 10.6.6 Combo Update you… Continue Reading New Mac App Store
Office 2011: Don’t Bother- Executive Summary: we waited three years for THIS?! Don’t bother buying it, unless you absolutely have to. And, keep in mind that in some ways it’s not even as good as the previous version. Microsoft’s Office, like McDonald’s hamburger, is very popular without being very good. Thanks to clever bundling arrangements on the PC side,… Continue Reading Office 2011: Don’t Bother
New Apple MacBook Airs- Apple introduced a new MacBook Air portable computer today— actually, two of them. One has a 13-inch screen and the other an 11-incher. They replace the existing MacBook Air and offer several improvements over the older model, including longer battery life, better screens, instant on, and a great big multi-touch trackpad. The biggest difference under… Continue Reading New Apple MacBook Airs
NFL Prime Time iCal Calendar for 2010- Note: this is a repeat of a blog entry from last year, with updated data for 2010. Preseason games are not included. I wanted an iCal calendar of the prime-time NFL games (Monday Night Football, the Sunday night game, the occasional Thursday night game) but I couldn’t find one online. I did find the entire… Continue Reading NFL Prime Time iCal Calendar for 2010
Pile of old phones How to trade in your old cell phones, computers, and other electronics for cash or gift cards- — How to trade your old cell phones, computers, and other electronics for cash or gift cards — RadioShack’s Trade-and-Save program is no longer. But there are plenty of other options for trading in your old cell phones and computers and other electronic equipment, including: Apple’s Trade-in Program Amazon’s Trade-in Program Gazelle and It’s Worth… Continue Reading How to trade in your old cell phones, computers, and other electronics for cash or gift cards
Free Admission to MacWorld Expo- MacWorld Expo 2011 is six months away, but if you plan ahead a little you can save major buckos on admission. In fact, if you use this link before the end of the day on July 26th, you can get in for free. San Francisco in January isn’t exactly balmy but who cares, it’s SAN… Continue Reading Free Admission to MacWorld Expo
iCal calendar for World Cup matches- UPDATE: here’s a link to the 2018 knockout stage World Cup calendar, in ics format (for your iPhone, Mac, or iPad). In the “better late than never” category, here’s a calendar for your iCal with the time and date of every World Cup match. Click here to get the calendar. All you do is click… Continue Reading iCal calendar for World Cup matches
Putting It Another Way- I’ve thought quite a bit about this Apple, Adobe, and Flash issue. I think it comes down to this: Adobe is saying “Hardware doesn’t matter.” They have an idea for an app (for a smartphone) or an idea for a desktop application (for a Mac or a PC), and then they try to make it… Continue Reading Putting It Another Way
Apple, Adobe, and Flash- You may have heard that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch do not run Flash. Flash is Adobe’s plug-in software, used by web designers for animations and video. Apple doesn’t like Flash because it’s buggy and slow, and– I suspect– because it leads to sloppy, cheesy websites with gratuitous rollover action. Adobe gives away the… Continue Reading Apple, Adobe, and Flash
Christian Boyce Radio Program Archive- Radio station KPFK FM 90.7 in Los Angeles had me on their show March 6th, 2010. Here are links to the audio archive: one link for the first half hour, and another link for the second. It’s an interesting show so I recommend you listen to both. However, the interview with me is in the… Continue Reading Christian Boyce Radio Program Archive
Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 6th, 2010- There’s a terrific radio program called “Digital Village” on Saturday mornings in Los Angeles. The hosts (Ric Allan and Doran Barons) discuss technology and its impact on communication. It’s always interesting. You should check it out. This Saturday, March 6th, I’ll be Digital Village’s featured guest. I’ll be talking about last month’s Macworld Expo, and… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 6th, 2010
Macworld Expo Report- I’m back from Macworld Expo. I spent about a day and a half there, plenty of time to see all of the exhibits once and many of them twice. The show was much, MUCH smaller than last year. We knew in advance that Apple wouldn’t be there, but we were all wondering how many others… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Report
Macworld Expo is this week!- The big Macworld Expo show starts this Thursday in San Francisco. For the first time in Macworld’s history, Apple will not be there. (In case you didn’t know, Macworld Expo is put on by the people who own Macworld magazine. Apple was never the host of Macworld, only an attendee.) It should be an interesting… Continue Reading Macworld Expo is this week!
Save Time and Trouble with Tripit.com- You know that feeling you get when you suddenly discover that there’s a much easier way to do things? That’s the feeling I got when I “discovered” Tripit.com, because Tripit makes one of my more tedious tasks go away. Which task is that? The one where I type flight information into my calendar so I… Continue Reading Save Time and Trouble with Tripit.com
Missing the Steve Jobs keynote- In years past, the first week of January meant “incredibly cool and awesome” new products from Apple, presented by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his keynote speech at MacWorld Expo. Apple’s not going to MacWorld this year, and MacWorld’s been moved to February anyway, and gee it feels like something’s missing. This video– a condensed… Continue Reading Missing the Steve Jobs keynote
Hardware and Software Money-Savers- Amazon has Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition* quite a bit below the list price (The Apple Store sells it for $98). This is an especially good deal because you get three installation serial numbers in the package, meaning your purchase covers installing on three machines. Microsoft Office is a little on… Continue Reading Hardware and Software Money-Savers
Review: Apple’s magical Magic Mouse- There it is: Apple’s Magic Mouse (held by someone else’s nicely manicured hand). I have one (a Magic Mouse, not a nicely manicured hand) and so far, so good. I’ve used it for a week and I’m happy. It’s super-precise, it’s wireless (yay), and there aren’t any parts to get gummy and quit working. Plus… Continue Reading Review: Apple’s magical Magic Mouse
Time to Upgrade to Snow Leopard- Apple released the 10.6.2 Snow Leopard update and it fixes a whole lot of issues (click the link and start the download while you read). I had been waiting for this update before moving to Snow Leopard, and I’m glad I did. Apple had already put out the 10.6.1 update, but that didn’t address the… Continue Reading Time to Upgrade to Snow Leopard
Free Mac Software- The people at MacHeist put together bundles of software at a low price. This time it’s VERY low: $0. All you have to do is visit their site and sign up. For FREE you get… ShoveBox (for storing information snippets, though I prefer Evernote) WriteRoom (a nice little writing program) Twitterific (very useful if you… Continue Reading Free Mac Software
Introducing Managed Service from Christian Boyce- We’re introducing something new today: Managed Service from Christian Boyce. In a nutshell, you get the same great service as always, but you get it sooner and it costs you less. Click this link to read all about it.
New Apple Stuff, Today!- Actually, some of this stuff isn’t really “new.” It’s more like “revised.” But hey. And most of this stuff wasn’t in the stores today, though it will be in about a week. I found that out by visiting a few Apple Stores this afternoon, in search of a Magic Mouse*. I’ll get one, and when… Continue Reading New Apple Stuff, Today!
Buying an iMac? Wait a week- All signs point to a revised/renewed/refreshed iMac coming very very soon. If you can wait, wait.
Great Deal on Microsoft Office 2008- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition If you need it, you need it. Amazon usually has it for a lot less than anyone else does. Yes, you’ll have to wait to get it delivered, but there’s no shipping charge, and what’s a couple of days? Use this link* to go straight to… Continue Reading Great Deal on Microsoft Office 2008
Great deal on iWork ’09- You already know that Apple’s iWork ’09 is a lot more fun than Microsoft Office. Recently, I gave a demonstration of iWork ’09 at the Cap Mac user group in Austin, Texas and after the show everyone wanted to know how to get it for less than the $79 list price. Well, here’s how. Click… Continue Reading Great deal on iWork ’09
Apple Special Event Recap- Apple’s special event came and went yesterday– pretty interesting stuff, especially if you spend your time rearranging your music. The highlights: a new version of iTunes, and iPod nanos with video cameras. Details follow. The new iTunes (version 9) is easy to navigate if you’ve used any previous version. New features include the ability to… Continue Reading Apple Special Event Recap
Snow Leopard: I say “Wait.”- Wish I could say “Go get it, install it, you’ll be very happy” but I can’t. I installed Snow Leopard on my MacBook yesterday, had a few problems, and went back to 10.5.8. My advice: wait until Apple has a 10.6.1 update before installing Snow Leopard. That’s what I’m going to do. There are plenty… Continue Reading Snow Leopard: I say “Wait.”
Snow Leopard Highlights- Based on Apple’s “Snow Leopard Enhancements and Refinements” page, we have some nice stuff to look forward to in Mac OS X 10.6. Here’s a quick list of what matters most to me. Rewritten Finder. Finally, after all these years, Apple has rewritten the Finder, in Cocoa. They’ve been telling everyone else to use Cocoa… Continue Reading Snow Leopard Highlights
Snow Leopard, available August 28th- Looky here– Apple finished Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) early! The software, which costs $29 for Macs with 10.5 already installed, will be available this Friday. If you want to know more about Snow Leopard, click here. If you want to buy a copy of Snow Leopard, click here*. I will install Snow Leopard… Continue Reading Snow Leopard, available August 28th
Snow Leopard is coming- Apple’s next version of the Mac OS is called Snow Leopard. It’s not out yet, but it will be soon, and I am already getting questions about it. Here are the answers. What’s Snow Leopard? Snow Leopard is Mac OS X 10.6. Rather than introduce hundreds of new features, Snow Leopard is focussed on being… Continue Reading Snow Leopard is coming
Newspapers Around the World- Here’s a website that shows you newspapers from around the world. Point to a city and see the front page of today’s paper for that city. Click on a city and you’ll see the front page zoomed in. Look around (top right) for links to that newspaper’s website etc. Really fun. Thanks to my friend… Continue Reading Newspapers Around the World
Two ways to get a free iPod Touch- Apple’s giving away an iPod Touch with purchase of a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac. Actually, it’s a rebate thing, so you have to pay for it first, then submit the receipt, and wait for your money to come back. And, you can only take advantage of the deal if you’re going to… Continue Reading Two ways to get a free iPod Touch
iWork ’09 Missing Manual- After months of hard work the iWork ’09 Missing Manual is now available. Here’s a modified version of the cover: Frankly, I think it’s fantastic, and not just because I was involved in it. Josh Clark has written a superb book and you are going to want to read it cover to cover. Click here… Continue Reading iWork ’09 Missing Manual
Stuff I Like, part 2- It’s taken nine months but here, finally, is Stuff I Like, part 2. (Stuff I Like, part 1 was about PowerSupport Anti-Glare Film— now called “Tru Protection”* Anti-Glare film.) You can read all about these programs at their websites, so I’m not going to go into great detail here. I will give you a short… Continue Reading Stuff I Like, part 2
Macworld Expo Report 2.0- Macworld Expo’s over-– hopefully, just for this year, but possibly forever. Rumors are swirling that Apple will go to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year (which means that I might get to finally attend that show, since it’s always conflicted with Macworld). In fact, some sources say that Apple’s already paid for… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Report 2.0
Macworld Expo Keynote- Well, it’s come and gone– the 2009 Macworld Expo keynote speech. You can watch all 90 minutes of it, including a couple of songs by Tony Bennett, including “I left my heart in San Francisco.” Here’s the link. I have to say that Phil Schiller did an admirable job, considering what he was up against.… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Keynote
Macworld Expo Report 1.0- Coming Soon (January 10th, 2009 at 10 AM): it’s the Christian Boyce Macworld Expo Report, live from San Francisco. I’ll tell you all about the groovy stuff I saw at Macworld and I’ll tell you what I found out about Steve Jobs and I’ll tell you whether there will be a Macworld Expo next year… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Report 1.0
iFixit.com- What a cool website, and gee don’t I wish I’d found it before I took apart that iBook and couldn’t put it back together again. Click the picture and have a look. How-to manuals. Parts. Friendly tips. cboyce says “Check it out.” (Here’s the manual I should have read before taking apart the iBook):
Living in a Modern World- In the olden days, you watched the Olympics on TV and you only got to see what they wanted you to see, when they wanted you to see it. If you were away from the TV you didn’t get to see it. Life was hard. But NOW, you can watch the Olympics on your computer,… Continue Reading Living in a Modern World
Groovy new search engine- There’s a new search engine– www.cuil.com. It’s really cool. In fact, that’s how you pronounce it. Give it a whirl. UPDATE: they’re out of business.
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