This is just a small taste of what I love about using a Mac.

All the great developers who created these application make your product better. Please do the right thing and treat them like the professionals they are as you move us all down the path to touch computing and your closed marketplace.

Sincerely yours,

Devoted Mac ecosystem consumer.

I concur on all points.

Posted at 5:55pm and tagged with: mac, apple,.

One hell of a photo – makes one hell of a Background picture (via Kennedy Media Gallery)

Posted at 7:52am and tagged with: wallpaper, mac, space,.

One hell of a photo – makes one hell of a Background picture (via Kennedy Media Gallery)

For whatever reason I cannot stand just a solid wallpaper. However most wallpapers that are not solid are far too distracting to actually use. I created the below 6 wallpapers for my own use, but thought that I would share them with everyone.

They are solid with text in the bottom right that either reads ‘work’ or ‘play’. I use the ‘work ones on the 24” LED Cinema display at my office and the ‘play’ wallpapers on my MacBook Pro.

Original sizes can be had here.

What do you think?

Posted at 11:30am and tagged with: wallpapers, mac,.

This is a way cool app for multi-touch Macbook (Pro) owners. Turning your trackpad into a drawing tablet, the interface is what really makes this so cool.

Posted at 9:18am and tagged with: apple, mac, multi-touch,.


Apple stores don’t have “no smoking” signs. Legally they need them but they “ruin the design of the store”, so for every apple store in the UK they pay £50 a day to keep their windows sign free. Crazy shit.

EDIT: I forgot to include the source, it’s a friend who works in the Apple Store in Norwich, The evidence is the fact that they aren’t actually in the windows.

I wonder if Microsoft copied this bit for thier stores as well. Something tells me that there is no way MS would give up even $1 a day.

Posted at 11:43am and tagged with: microsoft, apple, mac,.


If you’re thinking The Tablet is just a big iPhone, or just Apple’s take on the e-reader, or just a media player, or just anything, I say you’re thinking too small — the equivalent of thinking that the iPhone was going to be just a click wheel iPod that made phone calls. I think The Tablet is nothing short of Apple’s reconception of personal computing.

This is exactly the point that I was trying to make the other day. In order to craft the tablet Apple has to define why people would want to buy, Gruber has come closer than anybody I have seen to answering this question.

Posted at 12:30pm and tagged with: apple, mac, table, gruber,.

Steven Sande:

As a seasoned world traveler and Apple geek, I’m always fascinated to see how others in the Mac and iPhone community make lemonade from lemons when they encounter difficulties on the road. The Mac Observer’s Jeff Gamet was recently in Italy (and may still be there) and from the sound of a recent post, he must have arrived well before part of his luggage did. The result? He had a lot of photos on his iPhone that needed to be moved to his Mac, and didn’t have a USB cable to link the two.

I am forever emailing myself photos off my iPhone, why I had not thought of this before I have no clue. Great idea.

Posted at 4:57pm and tagged with: dropbox, iphone, mac, apple, awesome, tip, idea,.


I remember reading articles in the early 1990s laughing at articles from the 1980s predicting Unix would take over the desktop.

I subscribed to these thoughts, mostly out of ignorance.

Knowing then what I know now, I would have merely prayed it wouldn’t come to pass.

(Hint: I’m not a Unix fan.)

Repeat lesson learned: consider Moore’s Law before writing-off an idea or product.

I know better now than to think Linux won’t be in every toaster in 20 years.

This is the very reason that I have stopped trashing Vista and Windows 7. Are they as good as Mac OS 10.6? No. Will they ever be any better? I hope they get there, not because I want to switch back to Windows, but because I think that competition spurs innovation. And we still have a lot of innovating to do on OSes.

Posted at 9:14pm and tagged with: windows, microsoft, mac, apple, 10.6, technology,.

Mark Wilson for Gizmodo:

Of course, any Mac Pro still allows multiple internal hard drives, three PCI slots, more FireWire ports (four vs one) and more room for RAM expansion (32GB vs 16GB). But once again, even in the worlds of professional media creation, that’s a pretty questionable upsell, especially with external storage solutions and the fact that most high, high end media pros (like special effects artists) turn to dedicated render farms to do their heavy number crunching anyway.


The Mac Pro was once the only viable option for a OS X lover in need of serious horsepower for tasks like editing media. Now, with the new iMac? I think it’s straight up stupid to buy a Mac Pro.

Here is the thing, the Mac Pro is still a great buy. As someone who used to own one I can tell you that the Mac Pro is hands down the fastest Mac you can get. The iMac may be just as fast, but with the expansion capabilities of the Mac Pro, it still makes a lot of sense. 
We all know that the Mac Pro will be refreshed and get faster, but even now it is a great computer. Buying external HDs to supplement an iMac is great, but it looks terrible and costs a lot of money. Plus you cannot add graphics cards to the iMac. 
Saying that buying the Mac Pro is “straight stupid” is in itself “straight stupid” to say.

Posted at 9:25pm and tagged with: apple, mac, mac pro, technology,.

From the website:

A wise man once said “We are all at the mercy of our wild monkey minds. Incessantly swinging from branch to branch.” With multiple windows and applications all vying for our attention, we have sadly adapted our working habits to that of the computer and not the other way around.
Ommwriter is a humble attempt to recapture what technology has snatched away from us today: our capacity to concentrate.

This has some interesting features that are not present in WriteRoom. However it is a huge file size for the program, due to all the sound it incorporates. I will have to test it over the next couple of weeks before I decide if it is for me.

On another note, the program and website are very well designed and are worth the look.

Posted at 7:48pm and tagged with: mac, writing, program, distraction free, fullscreen,.


Today 4 people told me (complained that) Microsoft installed a security update today (or last night) and rebooted the computers without their consents. They lost work because of that.

I’m a software engineer and information security consultant. I coded for big mainframes, different Unix flavors, different Windows flavors, VAXen, PDP’s, embedded and a awful lot more. I also found and successfully exploited (as part of legal penetration tests) vulnerabilities on all of them. My answer to those 4 people was: ditch Windows. Period.

This is very much along the lines of what I tell Windows users when they have a problem: “I know how to fix all your Windows problems, just buy a Mac.”

via Minimal.

Posted at 4:06am and tagged with: microsoft, Apple, mac, security, problems, computers, Technology,.

I leave the Keychain Access icon in my Menubar so that I can lock my Mac when I step away. I also have the computer set to require a password when it wakes from Sleep or the screensaver activates. Today I saw this tip on Minimal:

Turn off the screen

Ctrl + Shift + eject

So I tried it, and wouldn’t you know it, it locks the screen. No it is not the same function as keychain access, it does not engage a screensaver. It does get the job done, good bye Keychain Access icon…

via Minimal.

Posted at 1:17am and tagged with: Links, shortcut, mac, tip, keyboard, lock screen,.