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Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Apple Stores Ready for 3G Onslaught

Apple and AT&T will both start selling the iPhone 3G at 8am local time at their respective U.S. retail stores, and Apple has provided a list of what to bring with you. Mark also warns of a scam that can see buyers of used iPhones paying twice.

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

AT&T Waking Up Early Friday for iPhone Sales

If you were dreading camping out all day next Friday for an iPhone 3G, you may or may not be glad to hear AT&T will start selling the highly anticipated phone at 8am at each store's local time. Meantime, don't get confused: a no-contract iPhone is not an unlocked iPhone.

Joe Kissell No comments

The Hole in My Backup Plan

Joe Kissell has good backups of his data, but his backup plan had one crucial missing element: an adequately powerful second Mac to use when his main computer is on the fritz.

Joe Kissell No comments

Discovering Sparse Bundle Disk Images

A new disk image format introduced in Leopard is backup-friendly, because it doesn't require huge files to be backed up when only a small change has occurred. Now we just need more developers to catch on.

Adam Engst No comments

Print Custom Text and Photo M&M’s

Who knew you could now print photos on custom M&M's? Well, you do now, but good luck getting a photo to print well in half the size of a dime.

Joe Kissell No comments

MobileMe Oh My (or, Apple Breaks Record in Making My Book Obsolete)

Shades of Cyberdog! A mere two weeks after the release of "Take Control of .Mac," Apple has renamed .Mac to MobileMe, rendering another of Joe's books less than up to date.

Joe Kissell No comments

Updated .Mac Book to Require Major Find-and-Replace?

Rumor has it that Apple may be planning to rename the .Mac service in the near future. Great, just what we wanted to hear the day after releasing the second edition of "Take Control of .Mac"!

Joe Kissell No comments

The Broadband Service of My Dreams

Yesterday when I checked my mail, I found my box full of flyers advertising all sorts of things I don’t need. I was planning to toss it all, but one flyer caught my eye. It…

Adam Engst No comments

Tip: See Dictionary Definitions in Real Time

By pressing a couple of keys, you can run your mouse pointer around the screen and see dictionary definitions of each word you point at. Try it, or watch Adam's screencast demoing the feature.

Adam Engst No comments

Kensington SaddleBag Ultra: The Same Old Bag, in a Good Way

When Adam's aging laptop bag ripped out recently after years of use, he started down the road of researching the ultimate replacement, before realizing that what he really wanted - a slightly updated version of what he had before - was available inexpensively.

Matt Neuburg No comments

Psyching Out Time Machine

The continuing saga of one man's valiant efforts to take control of his backups.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Backscatter Simulates Spam

Getting email bounces from recipients you never sent anything to? It's not new, but it's still tremendously annoying.

Matt Neuburg No comments

Time Machine Exposed!

At last, a utility that lets you ask the question: Exactly what was copied during that last Time Machine backup? Right now, it's a command-line tool and its feature set is still in flux, but don't let that stop you.

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Making Macs Shine in a Windows Environment

This month's IT Architecture Forum, which Mark hosts as part of his job at Cornell, was a roundtable about supporting Macs in a Windows-heavy world. Check out the video and links to some useful tools.

Joe Kissell No comments

How to Pronounce Myanmar

Recently I’ve heard the name Myanmar pronounced several different ways on news broadcasts, and I was curious to know what the officially correct pronunciation was. So I looked it up in Leopard’s built-in dictionary. Wow.