Do you spend more time trying to stay organized than actually accomplishing what’s on your list? Jeff Porten returns this week with some concrete steps for implementing the Getting Things Done organizational system. AppleCare owners can download a disk image to make a bootable CD that contains a universal binary of TechTool Deluxe. We also note the releases of a Bluetooth Mighty Mouse and Mark/Space’s The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 5, along with news of a MacBook Pro battery recall and a new version of Audio Hijack Pro that simplifies recording voice over IP phone calls for podcasts.
The cartoon Mighty Mouse may have had a tail, but Apple has taken the carving knife to their Mighty Mouse's tail, replacing its USB cable with wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 2.0
Apple has initiated a worldwide recall for some 15-inch MacBook Pro batteries that were sold between February 2006 and May 2006, due to lack of performance (and not due to safety risks, such as a string of recent Dell laptops that have caught fire)
Many of today's high-end cell phones are powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5 operating system, which meant that Mac users couldn't synchronize their contact information and other data
Other deadlines prevented us from completing our testing of our new back end system, but we've rescheduled for this coming week. Keep your fingers crossed that TidBITS #841 will be generated and delivered using our new system
Apple's dependence upon third-party software has long been a major weakness of the AppleCare Protection Plan. For years, AppleCare purchasers have complained that the package included a Micromat TechTool Deluxe CD that either wouldn't boot the computer for which AppleCare had been purchased or (worse) would boot it but, when run, would damage the hard disk structure in such a way as to make the data unrecoverable
Audio Hijack Pro has been updated to better capture phone conversations. No, the folks at Rogue Amoeba haven't signed up with the NSA. Rather, they've recognized the ongoing interest in recording Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls, whether computer-to-computer or computer-to-PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network - you know, the real phone network).
Audio Hijack Pro 2.7 bypasses a fairly wacky setup that I described for O'Reilly Networks last year, and worked with Andy Affleck-Williams to build into his "Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac" ebook, which I edited
In part 1 of this article, I introduced David Allen's Getting Things Done system, and looked at several programs that could help you implement that system
$10-off Parallels Desktop Coupon Extended -- The good folks at Parallels were kind enough to extend the $10-off coupon for Parallels Desktop in Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac
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Calling Mac Developers: Request for a Collaborative Editor -- Adam's article asking for a collaborative writing and editing application garners lots of suggestions