In Which EyeTV 250 plus Helps Dr. Mac Enjoy Television Once Again

3:59 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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This column is my opinion of my new Elgato EyeTV 250 plus, an analog/digital TV receiver and video converter that lets me watch, record, and convert TV shows among various file formats on my Mac. The Elgato EyeTV 250 plus does all that and more quite elegantly and has made watching television a more viable and pleasant experience for me.

iMac, Therefore I Am…

2:59 PM, Aug. 30th, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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I love my job. Apple held a media event on August 7 to introduce the new aluminum iMac, iLife '08, iWork '08, and the new and improved .Mac. The following week a rather large box containing a new 20-inch iMac, iLife and iWork '08, a Panasonic HDC-SD1PP High Definition Video Camera (with onboard 5.1 surround sound recording, no less), and an SDHC memory card reader, landed on my doorstep. How could any Mac fan not love that?

Two Great Programs for Free

4:59 PM, May. 17th, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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One of my favorite parts of doing my annual "State of the Macintosh" address is the part where I demonstrate my favorite free and inexpensive Mac programs. And I'll tell you about two of my favorites in just a moment, but first I'd like to once again put in a good word for Mac user groups and why you should consider join one...

Come Together: Mobile Phones and Portable Music Players Converge

5:00 PM, Mar. 18th, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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Music, movie, and multimedia fans and pros flock to Austin, Texas each March to learn and share knowledge at the South By Southwest Festival and Conference. The last session I attended on your behalf, gentle reader, was a panel discussion entitled, " Come Together: Mobile Phones and Portable Music Players Converge." I thought, with the imminent release of the Apple iPhone there might be some interesting insights offered in this session.

Crash Course: Recording

5:00 PM, Mar. 15th, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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Music, movie, and multipedia fans and pros flock to the South By Southwest Festival and Conference every year to learn and share. One music session, "Crash Course: Recording," caught my attention - especially since I fancy myself as a capable home audio producer.

Live Guitar with No Effects (Pedals) and No Amp!

2:59 PM, Feb. 26th, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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As you may know, I am allowed to play guitar with the Macworld All-Star Band once each year. We celebrated our 10th gig together at Cirque du Mac, and I'd like to share is how I used my MacBook Pro running IK Multimedia's fabulous AmpliTube 2 GarageBand plug-in in lieu of an on-stage amplifier and outboard effects.

"Interesting" Looking Hardware

2:59 PM, Feb. 15th, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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I'm a sucker for an interesting hardware design. Unfortunately, there aren't that many Mac products that exhibit interesting or unique designs. That said, I've been collecting pictures of hardware products with interesting design characteristics ever since Macworld in January, so here are some of my faves:

Reporter’s Notebook: Part II—Hands-on with iPhone

2:59 PM, Jan. 15th, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

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While the two iPhones in Apple's booth were encased in glass and untouchable, like artifacts from King Tut's tomb, I was among the chosen and got a hands-on product briefing early Wednesday morning.