There's nothing I like better than great software that's either free or inexpensive; here are a few of my current faves...
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus contrasts and compares several audio chatting devices for use with both chats and podcast recordings, including the Skype Mac Starter Kit, the Plantronics DSP-300 Headset, the Chat 50, and the Blue Snowball Microphone
This is one of my favorite weeks of the year., because I just spent 8 blissful days visiting Mac users in 4 states and the District of Columbia. So this week my Rant and my Rave is on how much I enjoy visiting Mac User Groups and how much you're missing if you're not already a member of yours.
I've got a lot of Internet-savvy friends and acquaintances, so I receive URLs with email messages touting cool Web site, and every so often I stumble across a killer site all by myself. So this week I will share 8 Web pages/sites I think are worth looking at.
Dr. Mac talks about Backup Awareness Month, his new back up guide published by The Mac Observer, and a survey that measured computer users' thoughts on backing up their data
There is a new 17-inch MacBook Pro on my desk and it's running Windows XP at full native speed, which is to say as fast as or possibly faster than a similarly equipped notebook from Dell, HP, or Lenovo. I've heard some people say that Boot Camp is a very bad idea and it will mean the end of Mac OS X, but I couldn't disagree more strongly.
I travel fairly often and service clients at their homes or offices even more frequently. So I keep a backpack stocked with everything I think I might need on the road right by the door. What is in my backpack? Glad you asked...
Skype is a Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone service that promotes itself using the tag line: "With Skype you can talk to anyone, anywhere for free." That's a big promise, but after using Skype for the past few months, I am happy to report that it's true.
Macintoshes are great, but one thing they don't include is a place to store important little snippets of stuff you may someday need, such as text, pictures, movies, URLs, e-mails, and other "data." After years of trying to find a program that fit the bill, Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus found what he was looking for, StickyBrain 4
I've been searching for the solution to my "best way to use an iPod in the car" problem for several years. Then, last summer, I saw a prototype of Harman/Kardon's soon-to-be-released solution, Drive + Play installed in a 5-series BMW and was almost certain I had found just what I'd been searching for.