April 17, 2007
Agenda: Spring Offs
Attending were Tom B, Jack H, Bob S, Jerry L, Bill N, Bob G, and Joe Y.
We explored a myriad of interesting topics that had caught our interests over the past month.
T E C H Y
Blu-ray Disc - hold 5x more data than current DVD (25GB on single layer, 50GB on dual layer) while HD-DVD holds 3x more than the current DVD (15GB and 30GB on a double layer). Both of these high definition formats are currently competing to be the chosen industry standard, much as VHS and BETA vied in the early years of video tape. Go here to read more about each.
CardRaider - recover deleted photo files from your camera card - shareware $19.95 (free Demo)
CoconutWiFi - automatically locates all wireless networks within range of your laptop - freeware (216k)
PhotoInfo - correct wrong exif info on pix such as date stamp, titles (freeware-188k)
Senuti - a simple free application that allows you to transfer songs from your iPod to your computer (it's iTunes spelled backwards)
Xubuntu - Linux based operating system for old or low-end macs - a cheap fast alternative
F U N N Y
Deathhacker: How not to take apart an iBook (humor)
Two Great Trouble-shooting
-----PICNIC error (Problem In Chair Not In Computer)
-----ID-ten-T error (ID10T)
S P E E D Y
KB shortcut command+option+i = opens one info window to cycle through a folder of files
KB shortcut F9 = launches Expose to view all open windows simultaneously
KB shortcut in web browser command+L = selects URL window, start typing
E-mail tips for Mail:
Lose Weight in Your Mail Box
---add a SIZE column to mail views, arrange by size, delete unwanted BIG files
How to add l-o-n-g URL links inside your e-mail
---use Edit > add hyperlink or
---add chicken beaks < > at both ends of weblink
C R E E P Y
Digg, Wiki, Google and other mobocratic* stuff
*(See Lincoln's Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum -1838)
Digg - rate web articles and news stories to push them to the top of the most popular reading list (many advocate groups now have watchdogs that actually control this rating device to push their own agenda or destroy their opponents)
WikiLeak - Sabotage your employer, your government, your country by leaking secret classified documents - completely anonymously (as long as your thoughts align with WikiLeak) -brought to you by the wonderful minds at Wikipedia (the editable, adjustable post-modern web encyclopedia). Here is a recent article on reasons to avoid the insidious Wikipedia. And yet another.
Google - Privacy? Type your phone # into a Google search window!!!
W E B B Y
2007 Guide to OS X Web Browsers - pros and cons of some of the best mac browsers
2007 Darryl Knutson's 97 Mac Web Browsers - a great complete list of all mac browsers
A R T S Y
Wacom Tablet - Plug the USB cable into your Mac and draw naturally with a pen tool in any paint program such as AppleWorks, Pages, Paint, Photoshop, etc. 4x5 pad & pen - $99
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