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    Published on 21st March 2012 by
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    Iíve just finished reading an article by Lifehacker AU editor Angus Kidman on the Myth of Complete Mac Security.

    The contention seems to be that Macís arenít any safer than Windows but enjoy a better reputation largely due to their lower adoption. In essence, security by obscurity.

    Following the article is some nit-picking about the nature of a virus as compared to spyware, nagware, malware and whatever.

    Thereís a fairly common feeling that you donít need antivirus software for your Mac and you donít have to worry much about safety on the Internet.

    Most often, these kinds of opinions are being spruiked by tech-savvy users who can ...
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    Published on 18th March 2012 by
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    Thereís a lot to be liked about the Mac App Store.

    The sheer convenience being near the top. Iíve written about my own top five favourites.

    But itís not all sweetness and light. Underneath that hugely convenient portal to all things app-goodness is some stuff thatís much less magical.

    Hereís my top five for things I wish Apple would fix.
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    Published on 18th March 2012 by
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    The Mac App Store has just passed 100 million downloads. For a service thatís only recently celebrated itís first birthday thatís quite a feat.

    Personally, Iím a fan of the Mac App Store. Most of my new software purchases now happen on the Mac App Store. In fact, if an app isnít available on the Mac App Store Iím less likely to purchase it.
    Published on 4th March 2012 by
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    Back in the dim, dark and distant past of May last year, I started writing a series of articles around the theme of Your Life in Sync.

    At the time, I wrote mostly about how Iíve set up my email to work across all devices I use on a daily basis. In June, Apple hosted itís annual world-wide developer conference. This conference was the platform for announcing Lion, IOS5 and iCloud, the last of which was set to replace MobileMe. It became clear that there really wasnít all that much value in continuing to talk about MobileMe and how to use it when the operation of that service was under an iCloud (pun intended, feel free to ...
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    Published on 23rd October 2011 by
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    When you mention notifications within an Apple context, most people immediately think of IOS. But the concept of notifications is alive and well on the OS X platform as well. Growl has been around since 2004 with a long history as a preference pane and a free download.

    As of October this year, Growl has been released on the Mac App Store as a paid app (A$1.99). Gone is the preference pane interface in favour of being a separate application in itís own right.

    Iíve been using Growl for as long as Iíve been using a Mac. Itís a great way to keep ...
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    Published on 9th October 2011 by
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    I love the Mac App Store!

    Before the MAS, if I needed to do something, Iíd get on Google, choose some search terms that might get me an app thatíd do the job, try and figure out which ones were actual links to actual software and which were just aggregators of someone elseís content, try and find reviews on the software, figure out which of a dozen or so payment methods might be involved, and then, finally, if I was happy with all of the above, actually purchase an app to do a task.

    Now, I load up MAS, enter a search term, have a look at the results (and their attached reviews) ...
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    Published on 4th October 2011 by
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    The release of OS X Lion saw the introduction of a window restore feature - when you start an application, it tries to re-load whatever it was doing when it was shut down.

    Most of the time, this is a really nice feature to have. Letís say Safari decides to crap itself. No need to worry about trying to note down the dozen or so tabs you had open, just quit out of Safari, start it up again, and all those tabs you had loaded will still be there.

    Unfortunately, this can have unintended consequences. For example, ...
    Published on 27th September 2011 by
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    Damn! My toaster isnít working. This pile of junk hasnít worked properly ever since I upgraded it to tOS (toast OS) v8. Every time I tell it to lightly toast I get ďburnt to a crispĒ.

    Of course, we never really face these kinds of problems with our toaster. It really only does one thing - char the outside surface of bread products - and there isnít all that much to fiddle with anyway.

    A computer, on the other hand, is a far more general-purpose device with an infinitely greater scope for stuff to go wrong.

    However, with some thinking and understanding you can develop processes that will help you fix any computer problem at all. Even if youíve never seen it before and donít really know why itís happening.

    What is this magic panacea for computer woes I hear you ask?

    Itís called a diagnostic process.

    At itís heart is the concept of carrying out systematic troubleshooting.

    Letís take an example:

    Your iMac canít load any web pages.

    (For this example, Iím also going to stipulate that weíre dealing with an ADSL connectionÖ)

    One approach to a repair is just to randomly try things and see if ...
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    Published on 18th September 2011 by
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    No matter how much you like the way your computer works, no matter how well the computer interacts with the operating system and applications, thereís always those little niggles that you learn to live with. You know, that minor irritation that isnít really a deal-breaker but you just wish it was handled a little better.

    Iíve always been a fan of those little utilities that identify these irits and do something about them. The best ones are tiny little things that do one job, but do it well. They arenít trying to be the swiss army knife of applications. ...
    Published on 11th September 2011 by
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    Just recently I bought a new digital SLR (this one, if youíre interested). Cameras arenít a new thing for me, I bought my first film SLR camera back in about 1979 (this one). So, my learning curve with the D90 isnít so much coming to grips with SLRís in general but bringing somewhat dated knowledge up to date - understanding what the various program modes do, how to get the depth of field I want - as well as just figuring out the mechanics of using the camera - file sizes and quality, and so on.

    Iíve been shooting in RAW + JPEG since I got the camera. Partly to figure out exactly what itís capable of when worked pretty much as hard as possible and partly to understand the differences between RAW images and the in-camera processing that happens when youíre using JPEG. Saving both gives me a point of comparison.
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