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April 10, 2007

MacJournal 4.1.1

by Jeff Gamet, Mac Observer

As a journaling application and text-only blogging tool, MacJournal can't be beat. It is flexible, easy to use, and makes blog entry uploading a simple process.

Apple Offers AirPort Base Station Security Fix

by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Firmware updates patch a flaw that prevented the router from acting as a firewall as well as a flaw that could let an attacker view filenames on a connected USB hard drive.

iDropper FTP For Publishers, Printers And Designers

by Erik Vlietinck, IT-Enquirer

Sticky Windows For Mac - Elegant Simlicity

by Marc Orchant, ZDNet

Sticky Windows does one thing really well. It allows you to dock windows to the edge of the screen as tabs that can be expanded with a single click. The former clutter you might have been experiencing is replaced by a clean, ncluttered workspace with instant one-click access to any open window.

Apple's Plan B Products

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Apple's products usually have, what I call, the Plan B functionality. This is the secondary functionality that is typically just as useful as the primary functionality or the product's main intented use.

Take the iPod as an example. When the whole iPod business is still in its infancy, a lot of people went ahead and bought an iPod even when they weren't sure of the whole 1000-tunes-in-your-pocket thing. After all, even if music was not their thing, the iPod is still a very decent portable hard disk. If I recall correctly, the iPod was even cheaper than an equivalent portable hard disk at one time.

Similiarly, the Intel Macintosh has a great Plan B design for switchers from the "dark side." Even if the Mac OS X is not what the switchers want, the Macintosh is still a great and competitive piece of hardware for running Windows.

iPhone? Even if the phone functionality sucks, it is still a decent wide-screen movie-playing iPod. (Yes, we all know the iPhone is not out yet, and everything is still in flux.)

So, I am a little mystefied by the Apple TV. There is no Plan B. If you find the TV sync/stream/watching experience not what you wanted, your only option is to return it back to Apple. Apple has no Plan B for you.

Maybe that's what the USB port is going to be. Maybe that's why Apple is so okay with others hacking the Apple TV. Nevertheless, I can't help but feel just a little disappointed.

iPod Success Won't Stop At 100 Million

by Jim Dalrymple, Playlist

Both analysts and executives at Apple expect the iPod's hold on the market to continue, even as more "iPod killers" emerge to take their shots at the music player.

How I Discovered Xcode Does More Than Cocoa (And Saved My Life In The Process)

by Jinny Wong, myMacBUZZ

Many programmers from both Windows and Unix camps have the assumption that Xcode, the programming tool that Apple provides free with every Mac, is only good for developing Cocoa applications. Well, that's not exactly true. Here's a story of how a PowerBook and Xcode helped one computer science student to increase productivity and performance in uni.

For Apple, 8-Way Mac Pro Is A Stepping Stone

by Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Mac Pro feels just about balanced to me as a four core machine, but you can be sure that I don't work this Mac Pro the way you work yours.

Surprise Ad For Apple TV Begins Airing On Networks

by Aldan Malley, AppleInsider

Apple on Monday launched a surprise new commercial for its Apple TV device, emphasizing the simplicity and echoing Steve Jobs' observations that the company was entering the living room after coming into cars, dens, and pockets.

Introducing Google Desktop For Mac

by Giles Turnbull, O'Reilly

Google Desktop does some of these things better or faster—in my opinion, finding a file on your hard disk is much simpler using GDesktop than it is with Spotlight.

And it does some new things smarter, such as the trickle-mode caching of your Gmail account, with subsequent offline access to your messages, or the improved search capabilities it brings to existing apps like Mail.

10 Years Of 'Think Different': The Ad Campaign That Restored Apple's Reputation

by Tom Hormby, Low End Mac

As Steve Jobs slowly consolidated control of the company, one of his top priorities was a rejuvenation of Apple's image. This ultimately took the form of the immensely succesful (and long lived) Think Different campaign.

By Heng-Cheong Leong