Posts made in April, 2008

Review: Artwizz Seejacket for iPhone

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 in iPhone, Reviews

After seeing all the interest in this case on all over the internet, I got in touch with Artwizz (who are based here in Germany) and asked them if it would be possible to review this case for Mac-Forums.com. But for the readers of this blog, I am also posting my review here…

So without further ado, here are my impressions of the Artwizz Seejack Crystal:

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Dear Stuffit: Stuff it.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 in Mac, Opinions

If anyone happens to read this who still think using .sitx archives to distribute things over the internet is a good idea, please don’t.
OS X no longer ships with Stuffit Expander and downloading the free version requires you to give Smithmicro your email address to receive their download link.

Luckily most knowledgeable Mac developers don’t use Stuffit any more, but occasionally you’ll come across the odd printer driver or Icon set that presumably someone who mainly uses Windows has thoughtfully archived in a “Mac friendly” format. The hapless user will then install Stuffit, which of course promptly hijacks all your file associations.

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Review: VoodooPad lite

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 in Mac, Reviews

Yeah I know – reviewing the “free teaser” version of a Mac shareware application isn’t really the point of having a “lite” version. But everyone needs a little organisation in their lives, right? VoodooPad Lite is a great & free way to start your off in the right direction…

What’s it for?

Everything! If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hundred little bits of information, clipboard contents, urls, email addresses and short-term todos to keep track of on any given day.

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OpenMac – a Mac mini alternative?

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 in Mac, The web

I found an interesting post on the German mac news website Macnews:

The A company by the name of “Pystar” are offering a $400 x86 configuration they’re calling the “OpenMac“. The draw? The OpenMac can be configured with a better graphics card, processor and larger harddrives than the similarly priced Mac mini: For $550 you can get a machine that’s faster than a Mac mini AND has a graphics card with 512MB of dedicated video RAM. (Of course, it has none of the mini’s good looks – but then again, looks aren’t everything).

Pystar claim the OpenMac is capable of running a stock Leopard installation without any modifications. But once you dig a bit deeper, it turns out that’s not quite the case:

“The OpenMac runs the Vanilla kernel with minimal kext patching “

Their FAQ page also includes this tidbit:

“Can I run updates on my OpenMac?
The answer is yes and no. No because there are some updates that are decidedly non-safe. Yes because most updates are not non-safe. It’s best to check on InsanelyMac for this information but when in doubt don’t update it. You may have to reinstall your OS X if it is a non-safe update.”

So they’re basically selling Hackint0sh’s. I expect Apple’s legal dept. is already looking at ways to take this down.

It’s a shame that Apple doesn’t offer a configuration like this though: A Mac mini with a slightly better graphics card would be a great second mac for notebook owners who already have an external monitor who want to play the occasional game without shelling out for an iMac or Mac Pro. 

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Three OS X quirks that confuse the hell out of switchers

Posted on Apr 13, 2008 in Mac, UI Design

OS X is a great OS for “newcomers” and “power users” alike. Almost inevitably it’s OS X’s user-friendliness that (deservedly) gets most the attention – printers just work, BSOD-style crashes are (almost) unheard of and drivers are such a non-issue, they’re practically invisible (they either just work, or they don’t).

But instead of focusing on the good, today we’ll be taking a look at the bad and (shock!) ugly areas of OS X that confuse far too many switchers…

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