Tuesday, October 28, 2008
CodeWeavers, the famed Mac developer, had charged itself the Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge, with one of the criteria being oil price dropping to $2.79 per gallon, among other things. Lo and behold, it came true! And as promised, CodeWeavers is giving out CrossOver for free today, and only today.
CrossOver lets you run Windows programs on your Mac (or Linux for that matter) without needing to install Windows or virtual machines.
CodeWeavers site is down as of now, thanks to the flood of traffic flocking to get the free downloads. Living up to their promise, CodeWeavers is still feeding the files for you to download, even if the site is dead. Hey, it's free, and it's worth a try!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The tablet patents
Bearing in mind that patent application is a weak indicator of future product development, the tech community has nonetheless given attention to a few Apple patents concerning tablet computer. One of them was filed in 2005. A more interesting one was some kind of docking system that allows the user to slot the tablet into a dock with full-size screen and use it as a desktop computer.
How a Mac tablet should be like
But wait a minute, you say, there is already a third-party tablet mod call the Modbook. True, but I am more interested in something smaller, easier to carry, like a paperback book. The iPod Touch is nice, but the screen size is too small for reading or note-taking. The key is to have something small and light that one can easily tuck it into the bag, while large enough to do some meaningful reading and writing. It seems that ZDNet holds this same idea too. I contend that a paperback size tablet with all the iPod Touch functions plus a ebook reader and a simple office suite is enough.
A docking station for a portable computer is not totally unthinkable. We have been using the HP notebook docking station in the office for some time. However, you will need to supply your own monitor, keyboard and mouse to use a docking station like this. I would like to see a docking station that looks like that patent above, completed with a full-size screen, a hard drive that acts as a storage expansion and backup of the tablet, and even extra memory to do some memory-intensive tasks that you only do at the desk, like gaming. Apple can sell the whole thing as a package, or sell the tablet separately and demand a premium on the docking station, I don't care, I really want a paperback-size tablet!
A Mac tablet that lures PC users
I hypothesize that a Mac tablet can reach the mass of PC users and let them taste the Mac experience like never before. This is how it should work: you connect the tablet to the PC using some simple docking unit, which then brings up iTunes (as expected). Now imagine iTunes acting as an environment where a PC user can operate the tablet like a generic Mac desktop. Why not? It's called remote desktop, a function that comes in every copy of Leopard. There will certainly be some ohh's and ahh's, and a upward tick in the Mac market share.
With the iPhone and Leopard, Apple has acquired enough skills to make a compelling packaging of a tablet mac like that one in my shameless speculation. Let's see what Apple has under its belt: multi-touch, multi-lingual writing recognition, remote desktop (for iTunes to sand-box the table), Time Machine, a highly scalable OS, really small computer parts used in Air, and sheer genius in product design. Cupertino, what are you waiting for?
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The new version supports bonjour networking within your LAN. There is also a new search function inside the contact list that mimics Spotlight search. That's about all for the consumer side of it. The corporate features are a little bit more exciting, but I find them largely irrelevant to most Mac users.
So here's the thing: for all you iChat and Adium users out there, do you really care? As for me, I will stick with Adium, thank you very much!
But I would really like to know what you think, so I am running a little poll to find out what IM clients most people use on their Macs. Look for the poll at the sidebar to throw your lot in, if you are interested in adding your numbers to it. The poll will be held till May 16, 2008.
If you are so inclined in trying out Windows Messenger for Mac 7.0, by all means do so. You can download the program at Mac BU official website.
Yet another Mac tip is on the web!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
When reading on paper, we like to make the black-and-white printouts a little more exiting by highlighting and note-taking at the side. Well, we can do just that in Preview.
In this series, I will share a couple of tips on article reading using Preview, starting with the virtual highlighter.
Text Highlighter in Preview
Let's say you have your text PDF file opened in Preview. Here are the steps to mark up a snippet of the text:
- Use your cursor to select(highlight) the text snippet.
- Look for the "Mark Up" function in the toolbar or under "Tools" in the menu bar.
- If you want the mark up to stay permanent, remember to re-save the PDF document.
Use Different Colors
If you don't like the default color Preview assumes, or you like to use multiple colors just like you have many different highlighters in the physical world, you will love the color palette.
Goto Tools in the menu bar, and select "Show Colors". The color palette will show up on screen. I like to keep the color palette open side-by-side with the article I am reading, since I like change the mark up colors all the time. It is super handy!
That's it folks, more tips on Preview are on the way. Stay tuned!
Yet another Mac Tips is on the web!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
- A lot more reliable RSS feed control.
- Ability to control length article summary on the widget.
DownloadGet MacNify Widget.
As always, MacNify is a great way to discover cool and useful Mac tricks like blowing up the screen or placing dashboard widgets directly on your desktop. MacNify widget makes learning a lot easier by brining the tips right onto your desktop.
- One-click to read the full article in default browser.
- One-click to take you to MacNify homepage.
- Scroll bar.
- Move slider to the left for shorter article summary; right for longer article summary.