Special Report: Living with iPhone 3GS (AKA Episode #88)

10:24 AM, Jun. 29th, 2009 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


I began my iPhone 3GS review in the Houston Chronicle by saying, "I won’t keep you in suspense... it’s easily the best iPhone yet." The only thing I'd add is that after almost three weeks of using the iPhone 3GS daily is that I like it even better now than when I wrote those words.

Episode #87: First Look at Safari 4 Beta for Mac

7:55 PM, Feb. 24th, 2009 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


Unless you've been under a rock you've surely heard about the beta release of the new and improved Safari 4 unleashed by Apple earlier today. I've been playing with it ever since, so let me share some of my initial thoughts and observations.

Episode #86: What Does Apple’s New iTunes Pricing Strategy Really Mean?

7:00 PM, Jan. 20th, 2009 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


Well I woke up this morning and I couldn't get the song "Bargain" from the Who's Next album out of my head. So I fired up iTunes only to discover that while I had several complete albums by The Who and a few songs from other albums (including Who's Next) in my library, I did not have the complete Who's Next album. 

That wasn't acceptable so I clicked a few times and found that the iTunes Store offered an expanded and remastered version of Who's Next for $11.99.

Episode #84: When Good iPhones Go Bad…

4:59 PM, Aug. 18th, 2008 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


Let me begin with this: I think the iPhone is the coolest and most useful piece of tech gear I've used in this decade. Nothing has stirred my geeky juices the way the iPhone has since... well, since my first Mac in 1985. And much as I love them, I've seen (and fixed) more than my share of iPhone issues over the past year. But until last Saturday I hadn't lost my temper or my faith even once.

Macworld Expo on $0 a Day…

2:59 PM, Jan. 17th, 2008 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


I've never missed a Macworld Expo in the US. At least I'd never missed one until now. But it's true -- for the first time since Macworld Expo was invented, I'm not in San Francisco for it. But while I'm not there this week, I've found plenty of ways to make me feel like I am. So for those unable to attend Macworld, here are my tips for attending without traveling to San Francisco and without spending a dime.

Read This Before You Install Leopard

3:59 PM, Oct. 28th, 2007 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves


It's been roughly 72 hours since Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard was released. Many (if not most) users are reporting no problems installing or using Leopard. Unfortunately, a significant number of others are having problems, many of which are severe. If you haven't installed Leopard yet, or if you have installed Leopard and are experiencing "issues," I encourage you to read this column from start to finish and visit all of the page links it includes.

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

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


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


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

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...