Sunday, January 28, 2007

My trip to Quebec city

Hi, love my new fotomagico software! Made a quicktime movie of my trip to Quebec City, Canada. Went there in late September. Hope you like. The software is very intuitive. The more I played with it, the more it can do. I really need to study all the export features, as it was a bit overwhelming.
I have found that using photo/jpeg on the export works best. The best way to improve quality is to increase the image size of your jpegs or tiffs.
Having trouble uploading a new version of the QT movie?
Here is another software program for free; it's called "isquint" and converts quicktime to mp4's for ipod and TV. It's a bit buggy, but for free. JonL

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Online Mac Magazines

Hi, here are some of the online sites that have magazines. The trend is changing for magazines. Some are now doing both versions and some are now only online. Some are new and some have reinvented themselfs.
If you know of any others; let me know.
Metromac.org I just discovered. Checkout the newsletter magazine format. JonL
Metromac.org
Maccompanion
Maclife
arstechnica
lifehacker
Macworld
Mymac
Machome
ilounge

Monday, January 22, 2007

Internet under attack!

I know this isn't my usual post. But people need to know! If we lose our freedoms on the internet for free speech and what we can post; one more attack on the freedoms we cherish. Congress is afraid of bloggers and others who have audio podcasts; internet radio brodcasts and what they are saying. Ever wonder why the TV news can't give you the real truth in stories. And why the bloggers have the breaking stories these days. Why the cable companies; phone companies are lobbying for control of what you see and hear on the internet. Find out why your social security is lost already.
Open your eyes and do something before it's to late. Let us begin. JonL
internet under attack
H>R>2726 bill will take your freedom on the internet away; sign a letter of protest. Tell everyone you know!
internet under attack in Congress
NTU.org

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The iphone Q&A

With all the iphone buzz, I decided to add this link to my blog. Lots of iphone questions answered here. Also David Pogue has two video's you will want to see. The first, his thoughts on the new iphone after basic coverage in Macworld. The second is his comparison of Vista with OsX. No! Vista isn't an exact copy of OsX? To badly done for that.
From Macworld: what you need to know about the iphone.
Macworld
Uninspiring Vista, and from a Windows fan who has now switched.
Vista tries to look like Mac
One other thought, with this battery being like the ipods, where you have to send it back to apple for replacement? Apple are you kidding me! How many folks are going to wait for a battery and have no cell phone for days or weeks. They need to set up a outlet to replace these batteries on the fly. Perhaps right in the Apple stores. JonL

Thursday, January 11, 2007

G4 cube for backup computer

Hi, I discovered that the G4 cube makes for a great backup computer. If your main computer goes down or needs repair. Or if you want a computer to test your software; hardware or updates on.
The cube is relatively inexpensive and small. I bought 3 and gave 2 out for gifts. I only updated the Ram and hard drive. No great speed here, but not slow either. So far, It can handle upgrading to Tiger without any trouble. Won't know about Leopard, until it arrives.
You can get them cheap on ebay or a few online outlets. Prices go for about 150 to 400. Just make sure what comes with the cube; sometimes it comes with the power supply and sometimes not. Does it come with monitor; speaker? All the components will cause the price to vary - so shop around. Adding ram is cheap and hard drives up to 120 gigs go for around 75 dollars. Larger hard drives require more work and software. You will need a monitor, for the cube. I already had a second one. You can get the keyboard and mouse for under 50 dollars at macmall.
Make sure you have inside the cube everything you need. Modem if you won't be using cable or ethernet. Sound is threw usb connection; speakers are cheap and you will need a mini usb sound card adapter. You can get both for under 20 dollars.
I thought about a mac mini, but the cube is still cheaper and fast enough for my needs. A mac mini cost 600; you need a monitor and keyboard; mouse. You can do all kinds of upgrading if you like; cpu; dvd; Graphics card. But I myself don't need them or the added cost. The speed of the 450 and 500 cpu is good enough. Parts are fairly cheap to replace. You can do all the work yourself with these two tools (a T8 and T10 screwdriver set) for under 10 dollars.
Oh, and best of all you won't need to use Classic or Os9( unless you need to upgrade your firmware). If you need any firmware updates or pdf's for taking apart your cube or manuals; leave me your email and I'll zip file them to you. JonL
You can find everything you need from this link; including parts.
Cubeowner.com/forums

Friday, January 05, 2007

USB Flash Memory

With prices becoming very cheap in the last few months; this is a good way to transfer data from one computer to another. The future for flash data storage is going to grow huge in the next few years; replacing hard drives. The cost will remain high until it's common place.
Just like hard drives, remember to partition your usb flash drive; I had one crash my computer, because it was partitioned for fat (meaning windows and mac).
Also, you can use your usb flash drive for a boot-able drive; checkout an earlier post on the subject.