Skip to content


Articles related to Macworld. Typically links to articles I’ve written for

Macworld: 2006 writings

Macworld logoThe following is most of everything I wrote for Macworld in 2006, though there are a few missing…

Jan 14 First Look: iWork '06
Jan 24Butler at your service
Jan 25 Review: Apple iPod Radio Remote
Mar 2 Top OS X tips
Mar 6 Souped-up Spotlight
Mar 12 First Look: A maximum look at a mini Mac, part one
Mar 13 First Look: A maximum look at a mini Mac, part two
Mar 15 First Look: A maximum look at a mini Mac, part three
Mar 16 First Look: Mini series follow-up: More RAM
Mar 20 First Look: Mac mini series: HD playback issues
Mar 22 First Look: The XP experiment: Running Windows on a Mac
Apr 18 First Look: Living in a Parallels universe
May 10 Norton AntiVirus 10.1
May 11 Intego VirusBarrier X4
May 12 ClamXav 1.0.3
May 19 What price MacBook beauty?
May 22 Music Store search struggles
May 30 Just the iPod facts, ma'am
Jun 2 First Look: MacBook gaming: A graphics concern?
Jun 7 Axis 207W network camera
Jun 7 Summer Gear Guide: Gifts for dads
Jun 8 Something's missing here…
Jun 8 Something's missing here...
Jun 28 First Look: 23 things we want in Leopard
Jun 30 Parallels Desktop for Mac
Jul 12 Best of Gems: Shortcuts, launchers, and search tools
Jul 18 First Look: First Look: Firefox 2 beta
Jul 27 Opinion: Which Mac should I buy?
Jul 7 Widgets calling
Aug 9 Apple Design Award winners announced
Aug 23 In praise of Senuti
Aug 25 'Not factory recommended'
Aug 28 Cruising for some hints
Aug 30 Google Earth goes golfing
Sep 14 Circular arguments
Oct 19 Discover Safe Sleep's secrets
Oct 27 My day at camp
Nov 29 All washed out
Oct 30 Leaving Tampa
Oct 31 Cruising the Keys
Oct 31 Sailing into Belize
Nov 3 Guatemala, Mexico, and Mac horror stories
Nov 6 All ashore
Nov 15 Hands on with the Mac Pro: Getting started>
Nov 16 Hands on with the Mac Pro: Putting it to work
Nov 17 Hands on with the Mac Pro: Testing the limits
Nov 27 FIOS tech review
Dec 8 Microsoft makes a Basic mistake with Office 2007
Dec 13 Should YouTube win an Eddy?
Dec 27 The Mac Pro and Photoshop CS3
Dec 29 iTunes, authorization, and multiple Macs

My opinion on the next version of Office for the Mac

Macworld logoIn case you haven't heard, the next release of Microsoft's Office for the Mac will lack one major feature: support for Visual Basic (VB). This core technology is what allows one to record macros, and it works basically the same on both Windows and Mac. But the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft has discovered that porting the code to Intel would be very they decided to just drop it completely.

I think this is a really bad mistake, and wrote about why in this opinion piece for Macworld.

All washed out

Macworld logoAfter struggling for many months to solve an odd color fading issue with videos I encoded using H.264, I decided to get serious about solving the problem.

After much Googling, I found an answer and wrote it up for, in case others are being afflicted by the same problem.

The perils of iPod movie watching

Macworld logoWhile flying to Tampa for the MacMania cruise, I had a chance to really put my new 80GB iPod to the test--I had purchased a couple of movies from the Music Store, and was anxious to see how well the iPod worked as an in-flight entertainment device.

So how'd it work? Well, I had a very non-standard experience, which I wrote up in this editorial at, along with my general observations on using the iPod as a movie viewer.

Geek Cruise: MacMania V

Macworld logoFellow Macworld Senior Editor Dan Frakes and I have just returned from a week on a Geek Cruise in the western Caribbean. We both wrote quite a lot, and took a bunch of pictures. So instead of linking to a huge collection of articles, I'll just link to the two relevant sections on Macworld's site, where you can find everything: the MacMania archives for October 2006 and November 2006.

Macworld's site has changed over the years, and there's no longer a section for each cruise. So here's everything from this trip that I was involved with:

Separately, I posted some of my scuba diving pictures from the trip here on