The Very Model of a Modern Mountain Lion Document Matt Neuburg does an outstanding job of describing Apple’s new document model in Mountain Lion, how it improves upon Lion and how both of them are vastly different from document models in earlier versions of Mac OS. I’ve been struggling with “Save,” Save As…” and auto [...]
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How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking This is a both a fascinating and sad story and a wakeup call for those of us who have built up a complex life online. It’s also a wakeup call for those of us who do not back up our computers, iPhones, iPads, and [...]
I upgraded my 15″ early 2011 MacBook Pro to Mountain Lion yesterday morning. Here’s what I’ve been using and loving so far: Dictation. Works great, just like in iOS. Dictated chat messages in new iChat, some emails, and some notes as well as this sentence. Notification Center: I love notification Center in iOS and I [...]
My friend David Niemeijer has been working on some new synthetic voices and they’re quite amazing: British Children’s Voices. Play the New Harry voice and the new Rosie voice, you’ll be impressed. Text to speech or synthetic speech has really come a long way. These voices are as good or better than Siri which is [...]
I was traveling the day of the Apple keynote presentation at their annual World Wide Developer’s Conference so I didn’t see the announcements live but the next day I watched the event as you can here: Apple Special Event, June 11, 2012 If you’re an Apple user (Mac, iPhone, or iPad) and are interested in [...]
Evernote: Company of the Year David H. Freeman at Inc. wrote a fascinating history of Phil Lubin and how he built Evernote. This is from 2011 but it remains a great read in this age of Facebook buying Instagram for a billion dollars.
Shawn Blanc has done some research on keyboards for the Macintosh and written an exhaustive piece on using them as a professional writer: Clicky Keyboards. It’s not clear from the piece if Shawn is a touch typist but my guess is he is. In 1985 I witnessed my friend Steve Splonskowski (still in college) typing [...]
If you take a look at Apple’s Executive Profiles* you’ll note that there is no “executive” responsible for Macintosh hardware or Mac OS X. No doubt the Macintosh and it’s OS fall under Bob Mansfield’s control but his title is “Hardware Engineering” which no doubt is all Apple hardware: Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. Apple [...]
Apple’s Secret Plan For Its Cash Stash Connie Guglielmo at Forbes has written an excellent piece that looks like it’s a roadmap for Apple for the next few years: after adding more retail stores, server farms, a new campus in Cupertino, paying dividends, and buying a few companies to expand research and development, she thinks [...]
Introducing Macintosh Newsweek ad insert Amazingly, I have a number of good copies of this Newsweek ad insert as well as almost all of Apple’s advertising from the launch of the Macintosh. I also have many copies of Apple’s HyperCard introduction brochure, also done by Apple’s Creative Services department (Clement Mok I think). I’ve been [...]
I’ve been using an Apple Magic Mouse for a while and it works quite well for me, until, it doesn’t. Let me explain. Bluetooth connection The Magic Mouse connects to one’s Macintosh computer via Bluetooth, a short range wireless protocol. I routinely carry my MacBook Pro to other places in my house leaving my Magic [...]
I’m using the beta of Messages (demoed in the video) and its great. Looks like the rest of it is great too. The new Notes app looks like it might be the end of Simplenote…. not sure yet but it looks likely.
Preface Last month while reading an interview with Jason Kottke, a blogger I’ve been following for many years I noticed this question and answer: What’s your online reading setup look like these days? RSS? Twitter? Multiple devices? For discovery, Twitter and Stellar. No RSS…stopped doing that a few months ago and I feel like it [...]
Apple has finally started to unify their instant messaging universe. Many of us have been using iChatAV for years and have come to depend on it. Not everyone signed up and had an AIM account in the early days (AOL was and remains disdained by the power user types) although in time Apple allowed the [...]
iWitness Jerry Manock is the industrial designer who designed the Apple II, Apple III and first Macintosh. This is a wonderful piece that’s no doubt come out because of Walter Isaacson’s book: Steve Jobs. Manock is a great guy, very humble yet he was in the middle of the push to ship the first Macintosh [...]
Guy English: How I’d Build an Apple Television Set The piece of Guy’s essay that appeals to me most is this: So if you’re in an Apple based household the odds are good that your new Apple TV will be able to talk to one of your other devices and get the required network info [...]
This is by far the best of the documentaries on Jobs and early Apple. It’s an hour long, make the time to see it, it’s well worth it. [via Kottke.org]
The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face I first posted about Susan Kare here: Making the Macintosh Project but I’ve known about her since the mid-1980′s because both her icon and font designs were the “face” of the original Macintosh and stayed with us for close to ten years. [...]
Don McAllister of ScreenCasts Online has done a great job demoing a Macintosh application I’ve been using a while, Fantastical. I must say, I learned quite a bit from Don’s excellent presentation. The big selling point in using Fantastical as the front end to iCal is natural language input. Watch Don demo this and you’ll [...]
Find out how Apple’s collection of videos for users at every level on how to use Macs: getting started, moving from Windows, customizing, setting up a wireless network, using included applications like mail, calendar, address book and more.