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Macworld: 2010 writings

Macworld logoAll (or as many as could be found online) of my 2010 writings for Macworld.

January
Jan 5LaunchCodes brings back 10.5-style document opening
Jan 13Does auto-expiring security software make sense?
Jan 21What key features will a tablet need before you buy one?
Jan 26What might a tablet's home screen look like?
Jan 26Fusion 3.0.1
Jan 26Parallels 5 (build 9308)
Jan 26VirtualBox 3.1.2
Jan 27Virtualization: Performance testing
Jan 27Virtualization: Which one to use?
Jan 27The iPad's five worst surprises
Jan 29Virtualization: Behind the scenes
February
Feb 25First Look: Quicken Essentials for Mac
March
Mar 8Why I don't use Google Docs
Mar 23Magic Launch brings creator-code support to Snow Leopard
April
Apr 3In the line for an iPad: A first-person account
Apr 9Why pay for Final Cut Express when iMovie is free?
Apr 29Numbers 1.0 for iPad
May
May 6Essential Mac utilities: text expanders
May 6Spell Catcher X 10.3.4
May 6Typinator 4.0
July
Jul 7Ten ways to customize Chrome
Jul 8First Look: Firefox 4 beta
August
Aug 2Office 2011 pricing penalizes owners of multiple Macs
September
Sep 13What OS X has meant to me
Sep 28Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011
October
Oct 12Office 2011: the macro is back
Oct 19OS X 10.7: The rumors and the reality
Oct 27Boost your Mac's speed with a hybrid drive
Oct 27Office 2011: Excel FAQ
November
Nov 5IT conference attendees react to Xserve's demise
Nov 9Recapping the MacTech conference
Nov 12Expert printing tips for Excel 2011
Nov 15Mac Pro: Tower of power

Macworld: 2009 writings

Macworld logoAll (or as many as could be found online) of my 2009 writings for Macworld.

January
Jan 2Spotlight enhancer HoudahSpot gets enhancements of its own
Jan 6The amazing vanishing Mac desktop machine
Jan 7First Look: Numbers ’09
Jan 7The history of the Mac, told by those who were there
Jan 8Expo Notes: Memeo puts you in a sharing mood
Jan 9Expo’s Ask the Editors session
Jan 9Expo Notes: Jing, a year later
Jan 10Expo Notes: The search for TechTool Pro 5
Jan 10Expo Notes: Araxis Merge adds to its file-comparison bag of tricks
Jan 10Expo Notes: Digitize your paper trail with NeatReceipts
Jan 12Expo Notes: Restoring the matte screen
Jan 19The video industry just doesn’t get it
Jan 22Pirated iWork '09 installer may contain trojan horse
Jan 22Review: iDive 300 iPod/iPhone underwater case
Jan 23Review: Third-party browsers for the iPhone
Jan 27Review: Numbers ’09
February
Feb 3Hands-on: TechRestore’s matte-screen MacBook Pro service
Feb 4Look before leaping... and formatting hard drives
Feb 6Review: Power Support MacBook Pro Anti-Glare Film
Feb 9Six years with an Apple Cinema Display
Feb 11No more getting started with iLife ’09
Feb 12Review: Days of Thunder for iPhone
Feb 12Review: Spreadsheet editing apps for the iPhone
Feb 16Growl 1.1.4
Feb 18Review: Keynote controllers for the iPhone
Feb 23Review: MobileFiles Pro for iPhone
Feb 24Review: Air traffic control games for the iPhone
Feb 24First Look: Safari 4 Beta
March
Mar 3FireWire 400 reaches the end of the line
Mar 13VirtualBox 2.1.4
Mar 16Mariner Calc for iPhone
Mar 1615 iPhone 3.0 features we'd like to see
Mar 24Eight years and counting
Mar 30What you need to know about the Conficker worm
April
Apr 15VMware Fusion bug breaches the guest-host OS wall
May
May 5Why Firefox is my preferred browser
May 11TechTool Pro 5
May 14FireWire saves an iMac from a failed 10.5.7 upgrade
May 15Pointer Remote for iPhone
May 15First Look: Chromium browser for OS X
May 19Application Wizard makes program switching easy
May 20Close the Java security hole in many browsers
May 21Add an OS 9-like app menu to OS X with ASM or multiXFinder
May 21Hands on with the WolframAlpha computational knowledge engine
May 22Click Archive: An easier way to work with disk images
May 25DeskCover makes icons easier to see
May 26Digital Sentry watches your computer's activities
May 27iCab Mobile for iPhone
June
Jun 1Quickoffice Files for iPhone
Jun 2BdContacts: An alternative to Address Book
Jun 3Hands on with the Opera 10 Web browser beta
Jun 4Port Map: Simple port mapping for your router
Jun 5WWDC Preview: What we know, what we expect with Snow Leopard
Jun 8Snow Leopard more feature-laden than expected
Jun 9DailyFinance and eTrade Mobile Pro for iPhone
Jun 12Mariner Calc 1.2 for iPhone
Jun 17How I use iPhone 3.0's Spotlight search
July
Jul 1First Look: Firefox 3.5
Jul 6SpamSieve 2.7
Jul 7Personal Antispam X5
Jul 9Chrome OS's impact? It's too early to tell
Jul 13The no-worry backup plan
Jul 16Purify 2.1
Jul 20SpamX 4.0
Jul 22Living on the EDGE
Jul 23The Intel-only future draws closer
Jul 28The case of the cracked iPhone
Jul 31New NetNewsWire sync option isn't for everyone
August
Aug 4SpamSweep 1.6.1
Aug 5The end of the road for a favored text editor
Aug 6Frankenbook! Another look at hacked Mac netbooks
Aug 27Services step out in Snow Leopard
Aug 28Snow Leopard's old and new annoyances
Aug 29Snow Leopard: What's gone where
September
Sep 3How to create a Service in Snow Leopard
Sep 15Camtasia for Mac
Sep 23Snow Leopard changes the rules about opening files
Sep 24The real genius of the Genius Bar
October
Oct 13Inside Snow Leopard's Guest account data loss bug
Oct 15Apple allows in-app purchasing for free App Store apps
Oct 26First Look: VMware Fusion 3
Oct 26ScreenFlow 2.0 adds powerful new editing features
Oct 27ScreenFlow 2
November
Nov 4Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac arrives
Nov 20Mad Skills Motocross
Nov 21Why go Pro when iMac goes faster?
December
Dec 4PDFpen 4.5
Dec 8First Look: Chrome for Mac
Dec 21Run Stats for iPhone
Dec 20Batch conversion saves slow QuickTime clips
Dec 29Add an ExpressCard solid state drive to some MacBook Pros

In search of iPhone golf GPS and/or scoring apps

Macworld logoI'm in the midst of a huge round-up of iPhone golf-specific GPS (range finder) and/or scorecard apps for Macworld. As of now, I've identified 32 of them, but I'm wondering if I've missed any. If you have a second, please check out this list and let me know (via a comment here or via Twitter) if you're aware of any other apps.

Read on for the list (note that some of these may be mis-categorized as I haven't tested all of them yet)...
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Macworld: 2008 writings

Macworld logoAll (or as many as could be found online) of my 2008 writings for Macworld.

January
Jan 2First Look: Excel 2008
Jan 14Expo Notes: Office gets its day in the sun
Jan 15Steve Jobs gets cohesive
Jan 15Time should be on our side with iTunes rentals
Jan 15MacBook Air: Holding my breath
Jan 16Expo Notes: Hurrah for Houdah
Jan 16Expo: Of Snowballs and Snowflakes
Jan 16Expo Notes: Podcasters in glass houses
Jan 17Expo Notes: TechTool Pro gets approachable
Jan 17Expo Notes: Merge ahead
Jan 17Microsoft Excel 2008
Jan 18Expo Notes: Screenshot sharing
Jan 18Expo Notes: Acura show its drive at Expo
Jan 18Expo Notes: Cleaning Up at Expo
Jan 23Stacking up the MacBook Air and a Sony Vaio
Jan 23Avoid embarrassing typos
Jan 25Expo's international flavor
February
Feb 25The state of the union for iPhone apps
Feb 26Mac case designs: Nirvana achieved?
March
Mar 5HoudahSpot 2.0.8
Mar 6When good hard drives go bad in small places
Mar 6The iPhone SDK has all the right answers
Mar 7ScreenFlow 1.0.2
Mar 12iPhone SDK: One at a time?
Mar 14Hands on with Firefox 3
Mar 25Hardware Monitor 4.5
April
Apr 4Leopard’s Unix tricks
Apr 15Excel 2008 vs. Numbers ‘08
Apr 18Apple and the homebuilt Mac community
Apr 18Frankenmac! What's in a Mac clone?
Apr 24iPhone battery life redialed
May
May 2Flying through time
May 7First Look: VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1
May 13Basic lesson: Microsoft listens to its users
May 19Best of Both Worlds: OS X and Windows
May 20Microsoft Office: The killer Windows app
May 20More killer Windows programs
May 21The 10 best games you won’t find on your Mac
May 22Psystar skates on thin ice
June
Jun 5Does Apple have an OS X update up its sleeve at WWDC?
Jun 10Some background on background processes
Jun 12Apple announces Mac, iPhone design award winners
Jun 13OS X virtualization options limited for desktop users
Jun 16Lingon 2.1
Jun 17Tidy Up! 1.4.2
Jun 23SmartSleep 1.2
Jun 24Smultron 3.5
Jun 25SuperDocker 2.2.0
Jun 25XP’s window is about to close
Jun 26The ARDAgent security hole: What you need to know
Jun 26MenuMeters 1.3
Jun 26When installing software is too simple
July
Jul 9A brave new world for iPhone apps
Jul 10Window shopping at the App Store
Jul 10View the web's images via iEnvision
Jul 10Use Jott to record your thoughts
Jul 10All the news that's fit to tap
Jul 11Review: Mobile News Network for iPhone
Jul 16Two steps forward and one big step backing up
Jul 16Review: Jott for iPhone
Jul 18Review: Bloomberg 1.1 for iPhone
Jul 21Review: iEnvision for iPhone
Jul 21Review: Golf scoring applications for iPhone
Jul 28Review: NowLocal for iPhone
Jul 29Review: Golf scoring applications for iPhone
August
Aug 1Review: Mocha VNC and Mocha VNC Lite for iPhone
Aug 4Review: Teleport for iPhone
Aug 5Review: Firefox 3.0
Aug 5How sound is Consumer Reports’ Safari advice?
Aug 6More ways to protect yourself from phishing scams
Aug 12Vetting the App Store approval process
Aug 14Troubleshooting iPhone and iPod touch issues
Aug 15Review: Secret keeper apps for the iPhone
September
Sep 1Review: Dive Planner for iPhone
Sep 5Review: 1Password for iPhone
Sep 10First Look: iTunes 8.0
Sep 17A market opportunity for Apple Remote Desktop
Sep 19Practice good online password security
Sep 19Review: X-Plane 9 for iPhone
Sep 23Review: Frotz for iPhone
Sep 29Apple and old equipment recycling
Sep 29Profile: Automotive performance apps for the iPhone
October
Oct 1More credit for Apple
Oct 6Review: Gas station finders for the iPhone
Oct 6Review: Razer ProClick Mobile Notebook Mouse
Oct 9Review: Fuel mileage trackers for iPhone
Oct 9iTunes and media file organization
Oct 14Matte matters
Oct 15Fluid 0.9.4.1
Oct 24Review: Grocery list applications for the iPhone
Oct 27Leopard’s year-old annoyances
Oct 31Stop the page-flicking madness—give us iPhone folders
November
Nov 5Remembering Michael Crichton
Nov 11Shopping at Apple’s Special Deals site
Nov 13Path Finder 5.0.2
December
Dec 3Eddy Winner: VMware Fusion 2
Dec 3Eddy Winner: ScreenFlow 1.0.2
Dec 4Did Hulu deserve an Eddy?
Dec 8Review: Another look at iGasUp
Dec 17Review: Parallels 4 build 3540
Dec 17Review: VMware Fusion 2.0.1
Dec 18Review: Sun VirtualBox 2.0.6
Dec 18Choosing a virtualization application
Dec 23Review: RemoteTap for iPhone
Dec 16The end of an era for Macworld Expo

New Macworld video posted…

Macworld logoIt was my turn on the Macworld video blog-go-round again this week. The topic I chose is "working with multiple Macs in one home." The end result is a 10-minute clip covering a number of third-party tools that make the process easier, and a couple of general usage hints.

Due to the huge number of downloads, the size of the macworld.com video is 320x240. But if you want, you can see grab the original 640x480 version right here. Warning, it's 185MB in size (I didn't work very hard to compress it, so the quality is good, but it's huge).

Feedback from readers

Macworld logoAs you might guess, I get a lot of email from readers of Macworld and macosxhints.com. For the most part, I love hearing from readers -- even if it's negative feedback, believe it or not. In the case of negative feedback, however, it's nice if the writer provides enough detail so I know (a) what they're upset about, and (b) what I might be able to do about it. I've actually had many useful and productive exchanges with folks who wrote to flame me for one reason or another.

However, on the opposite side of the fence, as an example of the kind of useless feedback I hate receiving, I offer up this email that arrived this morning:

Do you proof read these articles before you publish them?

That was the entire email. I have no idea which typos the author may be referring to, nor for that matter, which one of the 20 to 30 things I wrote last week that those typos may be in. It's also somewhat ironic to note that proofread is one word, not two -- if you're going to chastise me for typos, it's best not to make any of your own!

I really do enjoy hearing from and corresponding with readers. But if you're going to take the time and effort to write to me, at least include enough information for me to understand what it is that's gotten your attention, so that I have some context for your comments and can respond in a meaningful manner.

Macworld video … upsized

Macworld logoAs you may (or may not) know, Macworld editors each take a turn in front of the video camera on a rotating cycle; my number came up again last week, and this is the result - an OS X productivity tips video (the link is to a page of info about the video). The only problem with that video is that it's 320x240, which makes the detail somewhat tough to see, especially in some of the larger screen captures. So I've decided to post (with Macworld's permission) the larger version of the video here for download:

Productivity tips video: 640x480, 8mins 50 seconds, 90.5MB

I'll do this with my future videos, too, at least until/unless my monthly bandwidth is used up. I don't foresee that becoming a problem, though, unless there are over 10,000 of you out there downloading this thing :).

Macworld: 2007 writings

Macworld logoHere's the full list of my 2007 Macworld articles; as usual, a few are missing from the aging archives…

January
Jan 2Reading between Apple's lines
Jan 4Safe Eyes 2006
Jan 8'Twas the night before Expo
Jan 9Expo reaction: iDisappointed
Jan 11Don't crowd the iPhone
Jan 11How not to start an Expo presentation
Jan 11Ten iPhone suggestions
February
Feb 9On meaningless hyperlink graphics
Feb 28TypeIt4Me 3.1
Feb 28Don't leave the Windows open
March
Mar 15An Office 2008 VBA to AppleScript helper
Mar 16The limits of Apple's warranty
Mar 26Ring-a-ding-ding
April
Apr 9No-stress remote access
Apr 16Four ways to Windows
Apr 17Parallels: Multi-OS powerhouse
Apr 18VMWare: New kid on the block
Apr 19CrossOver: Windows applications without Window
Apr 20Boot Camp: Ultimate compatibility
May
May 1Vacuous Vista versioning
May 15Shopping, or not, at the online Apple Store
May 29MacMania VI sails from Seattle
May 29Breezing to Juneau
May 30Cruising with Leopard
May 31Juneau, you know
May 31Going on a glacier safari
June
Jun 1Ketchikan, if you can
Jun 1A cool dive in a dry suit
Jun 4Homeward bound
Jun 6Cruising for cameras
Jun 8A genuine disadvantage
Jun 10First Look: Safari 3 beta
Jun 13Apple's disappointing iPhone message
Jun 14http://www.macworld.com/article/1131761/typo.html
Jun 19First Look: Leopard preview: What's new in OS X 10.5
Jun 27Saft 8.3.12
July
Jul 9What computer should I buy?
Jul 13This enhancement is not so transparent
Jul 17Parallels Desktop 3
Jul 18Ten of my favorite iPhone things
Jul 25Application launching woes
Jul 31Six months to 1 billion
August
Aug 6My Apple event wishlist
Aug 8First Look: First Look: Numbers
Aug 8Three things I don't understand about Apple's moves
Aug 16Numbers '08
Aug 30The Beatles on iTunes: Tomorrow never knows
September
Sep 17Don't break my third-party iPhone apps
Sep 27Fusion 1.0
October
Oct 1iPhone 1.0 forever
Oct 12Walking the walk
Oct 16Customize your Mac
Oct 16A few words about customization
Oct 17In praise of TinkerTool
Oct 17Time Machine could give hard-drive sales a jolt
Oct 18How to: Upgrade a G5's optical drive
Oct 24First Look: Analyzing Macworld's Leopard draft selections
Oct 24First Look: Picking our favorite Leopard features
Oct 24Inside Leopard: Time Machine
Oct 25Inside Leopard: Finder and Dock
Oct 25Inside Leopard: Safari and Automator
Oct 31Inside Leopard: Under-the-hood
Oct 3110.5: Upgrade or not?
Oct 31First Look: Trojan Horse warning: What you need to know
November
Nov 1How to: Discover malware before installing
Nov 13From four to zero in a day
Nov 16Where did that command go?
December
Dec 7Choice additions to OS X
Dec 26iMovie versus Final Cut Express
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