Podcasting How-To Video: Creating a Noise Gate on Your Mac

8:38 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · Blogs

One of the most annoying things for podcasters and their listeners is when one participant's background noise is noticeable even when that person isn't talking. A noise gate can easily solve this problem by only allowing sound through when the input volume reaches a certain level. Follow the simple steps in this video and the next time you're on an interview podcast (or recording one), you'll sound fantastic!

7 Apple Initiatives that Will Kill the Competition

3:55 PM, May. 6th, 2014 · · Blogs

Apple is systematically putting many initiatives together in a strategic way. Looked at in isolation, each is nothing for competitors to worry about because it just looks like another puzzle piece.  Taken as a whole, the effects will be lethal for the competition.

Podcasting How-To Video: Sending Multiple Audio Sources Over Skype

9:49 AM, May. 6th, 2014 · · Blogs

Sometimes when hosting a Skype call – especially for a podcast – you want the other parties on your call to hear not only your voice but perhaps some audio from you, too. Since Skype only allows one audio input at a time, things get a little tricky. Don't worry, it's not too bad, and this video shows you exactly what to do.

A First Reaction to Firefox 29’s Visual Makeover - With Video

3:40 PM, Apr. 29th, 2014 · · Blogs

Firefox 29 first reaction

Mozilla has released Firefox 29 with a new, easy-on-the-eyes, more usable user interface. A new customization mode, easy access menu, sleeker tabs, and a consistent look across platforms have been introduced. John Martellaro, a long time advocate of Firefox, describes his first reactions.

Why 4K Streaming Isn’t Really 4K

1:55 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · · Blogs

Why 4K Streaming Isn't Really 4K

Apple's Tim Cook has said that TV is "a market we have an intense interest in." All the tech giants are selling small devices to deliver custom 1080p content (for now) on the Internet, but the TV industry is moving steadily to 4K Ultra HDTVs. What are the realistic prospects for streaming decent 4K TV on the Internet? John Martellaro tells you what you need to know.

The Golden Age of Mac Upgrades is (Once Again) Upon Us

1:40 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · · Blogs

Years ago we Mac users enjoyed the ability to spend a little bit of money to upgrade our admittedly-expensive computers. It may seem like those days are behind us, but the reality is that we're truly in the thick of a new golden age of upgrades.

8 Good Reasons to Leave Apple’s OS X Utility Apps Behind

4:45 PM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · · Blogs

Apple provides a complete suite of core OS X apps for the newbie and the casual Mac user. Apps like Mail, iCal, Contacts, TextEdit, Time Machine and Safari have a specific, simplistic design philosophy. However, if you're a more experienced Mac user, it may be time to ask yourself why you're still using these beginner apps.

6 Tools to Keep Your Mac Life Sane and Quiet

3:45 PM, Mar. 4th, 2014 · · Blogs

Tools to Keep Your Mac Life Sane

Writers aren't the only people who need a sane and quiet workplace in order to get stuff done. Every Apple customer has things to accomplish, and unnecessary distractions just get in the way.  John Martellaro shares six tools and techniques that he uses to keep his working lifestyle sane and quiet so he can write.

An Enduring Apple Theme: Celebrating the Mac’s Inner and Outer Beauty

1:30 PM, Feb. 17th, 2014 · · Blogs

The Mac's Enduring Design Theme

Back in 1986, the NeXT corporation was working to fit the best possible UNIX workstation into a black, one foot cube. To celebrate their achievement, using Surface Mount technology, NeXT developed a promotional video showing the manufacturing process.  It's probably no coincidence that the recent Mac Pro manufacturing video bears a remarkable resemblance.  John Martellaro compares the videos.