I’m thinking about forcing a potentially life changing event, and I need your help to make the decision. But not everyone qualifies to answer. The qualifications for participation are important here – I’m asking for advice on a very specific problem, and you’ll need experience with all three platforms to offer the most relevant input. … Read more Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, or Microsoft Office 365?
Absolutely yes. And here’s what you need to know about the hardware. For as long as we can all remember, web development has been done on a laptop or a desktop computer. It’s an obvious choice given the power and screen sizes available. The late, great Steve Jobs posited that PCs were more like trucks, … Read more Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop for developers?
Remember 2005? In 2005, Panasonic introduced the TH-65PX500. It was the world's first 65″ 1080p Plasma (the press for the display actually defined the HDMI acronym). It was a cool $9k. In 2005 I was using a Nokia N-Gage as my phone – it didn't have a camera, but it did allow me to install … Read more 2005 was neat. But this is way better.
This morning, while reading the newspaper (ok, my RSS feeds via Feedly, newspaper is so, you know… dirty), I wound up looking at Apple's stock price. It's at $213.69 per share as I type this. If you're a long time Apple watcher, this is astonishing. It's been near here before mind you, but that was … Read more A great decade for Apple (AAPL)
As you probably already know, I run a company called Callisto.fm with a couple of other guys. We're always looking for ways to make the process of submitting feeds to Callisto as easy as possible. It's easy enough to just copy and paste a podcast's RSS feed into our suggestion box, but sometimes a podcaster … Read more How to get the original RSS feed for a podcast in iTunes
Today, someone I've never met, but hold in high regard wrote a piece on how Apple has become a monopoly. Jason Calacanis jasoncalacanis published an email entitled “The Case Against Apple–in Five Parts.” You can find it: here. This is my rebuttal to each of his five parts. 1. Destroying MP3 player innovation through anti-competitive … Read more The Case Against Apple – My Rebuttal
This is a quick “first impression” review of the Rocketfish RF-MAB2 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, as used with the iPhone 3Gs. The short review: Yes, I can finally leave the silly Apple wired ear buds in my backpack, as a backup! When I saw the RF-MAB2 on the shelf at Best Buy, I decided to look … Read more Quick Review: Rocketfish RF-MAB2 and the iPhone 3Gs
What's with all of the hype around the iPhone? Haven't we had phones that have all of these features for years? In 2003 (6 years ago!) I had the Nokia N-Gage. I was able to install apps, play games, browse the web, and text like crazy. Ok, so it didn't have a camera, but I … Read more Who cares about the iPhone?
This is a story that cable and satellite TV providers will find increasingly familiar. It's possible and even easy to ditch your cable/satellite box for good. We've done it – I'll show you what we use, and if you have questions ask away – I'd love the answer them. First up? AppleTV. AppleTV is hands … Read more TV and movies neuvo: Getting rid of cable and satellite TV
The day Windows 7 RC was released, I wanted to get it installed on my MacBook Pro. My MacBook has the power, and I already have a 40 gigabyte partition dedicated to Windows Vista Home. I rarely boot directly in to Vista using Boot Camp, but I do use Parallels to run that copy of … Read more Moving a Boot Camp disk to a Parallels Virtual Machine
Yes, I'm a die-hard iPhone user. I'll try to sell it to anyone that even pretends to be interested in the device – some might even say I go overboard. I even stood in line (OK, camped out overnight) for both iPhones. I was second in line for the first, and third in line for … Read more An iPhone killer I want. Apple, listen up.
I believe the days of operating system dependence have finally come to an end, and I'm ready to test it. I know, this is a little strange coming from me, but I think everyone should hear it (and Digg it!). A new era of technological independence is upon us – either of the two major … Read more Mac OS X or Windows Vista? Either will do, really.
Several years ago I signed up for a service called .Mac (dot Mac). My intention with .Mac was to have an @mac email address for life, have a place to back up important files, and to have a way to sync bookmark/address book/calendar data with several computers. You know what? It did all of those … Read more What’s wrong with MobileMe?
After our successful modding of the Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset for use with the iPhone, I realized that there may be others interested in the pinouts for the iPhone headphone plug. I've seen other places that mention the external iPhone plug functions, but to do anything productive you need to know which colors go to … Read more iPhone Headphone plug pinouts
I came across something that is apparently being overlooked by the Windows based Thunderbird community. If you don't know, Thunderbird is a cross-platform, open source, feature rich email client. Windows isn't quite a first class citizen with Apple's MobileMe (yet), but it is a lot closer than it was when the service was known as … Read more The MobileMe Thunderbird Address Book Sync
The short answer? Yes. The iPhone will tether, and not just the 3G iPhone, the 1st gen iPhone will tether too. Setting up tethering with the iPhone is a bit technical, but I think you can handle it. The instructions below don't mention creating a new location in the network settings for this purpose, but … Read more Will the iPhone Tether? How to tether the iPhone 3G or EDGE
On Thursday July 31, 2008 Apple released iTunes 7.7.1 – which fixes bugs and improves performance. But wait, there's more. Upon further inspection of the strings in iTunes, I noticed a cool new setting available in the hidden preferences. If you had used my instructions for setting DeviceBackupsDisabled, the option to back your iPhone up … Read more Disable iTunes iPhone backup, updated for iTunes 7.7.1
With the release of iTunes 7.7.1, Apple has acknowledged that the backup process takes too long. See my new/updated post for iTunes 7.7.1 users. While I understand that some people like the idea of having a backup of everything on their phone, I'm comfortable knowing that I have backups of all of my important data … Read more Disable iTunes iPhone backup
I've been asked a number of times what my favorite iPhone apps are, and rather than telling everyone over and over, I thought I'd just share them here. 1 – Google Reader – Web AppThis is the only item in the list that isn't actually an application. I'm aware of exactly one RSS reader that … Read more My Top 5 iPhone Apps (and more!)
Today Apple released the details of the iPhone Store Credit program. The process was simple, and effective. Simply visit the iPhone Store Credit site, enter your phone number, serial number, and the confirmation code that Apple will send via text message. If you qualify, you'll get a page with a bar code and some numbers … Read more The Apple iPhone Store Credit
In what I think is a totally unnecessary (but certainly welcomed) move Apple announced that they'll be giving the original owners of the 8GB iPhone a $100 store credit. As I mentioned in my previous post, if you're going to be an early adopter, eventually you're going to pay the price. I was perfectly OK … Read more iPhone price drop – and update
At Apple's fall special event, Steve Jobs introduced a whole new lineup of iPods. From the Shuffle to the iPod touch, everything was refreshed. But the big news for iPhone users is that the 8GB iPhone price dropped to $399 from $599. Now what? I'm an Apple user. I upgrade to the latest versions of … Read more The iPhone price drop
Since the iPhone's release, it seems that everyone has an opinion on whether or not the features are worth the money, or how it will or won't impact the world. It has this, and doesn't have that, etc. Here are a couple of my observations. First, I know 25 people with the iPhone – personally. … Read more iPhone observations
I was second in line at the Apple store in Boulder to buy the iPhone on launch day. I've been using every aspect of it since, and I've found things I'd like to see changed with the first update. Instant MessagingWhether it was at the insistence of AT&T, or that Apple just ran out of … Read more What’s wrong with the iPhone?
The world has been abuzz about the iPhone, since even before Apple acknowledged its existence. Why? Who cares? My mom does… and so will you. First, let's take a look at the state of mobile phones. For better or worse, mobile phones have become far more than simple phones. Text messaging, email, browsers, and custom … Read more iPhone – blah blah blah. I want one, so will you.
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Today Apple released a software update for the AppleTV that allows you to watch YouTube content on your TV. When Apple announced this, I thought it was a non-story. Then I saw the screenshots and the impact hit me. I have to be forthright… I don't spend much time with YouTube on my computer(s). When … Read more Game changers: YouTube on AppleTV
[This entry originally appeared in the old blog on 03/25/07. I've reposted it here for those that requested it. Enjoy.] When Apple mentioned the AppleTV last fall, I wanted one immediately. It was made by Apple, it connected wirelessly to my Mac, connected my HDTV, and frankly that was enough. I bought one Friday night. … Read more Repost: Why Apple TV?