Friday, June 30, 2006

True Love

Sam Brown of Explodingdog.com is one of my favorite artists. Recently he posted a touching story about his now deceased powerbook G4. I defiantly understand the bond. Neko (my Macbook) is like family to me. Sam says that he is not ready to move on to a new Apple laptop just yet. I think spending some time playing with the new Macbook could easily change his mind. Even I was persuaded to swap my iBook 'Mavis' for the new Macbook. Snazzy little things they are.

~The Little Redhead

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

10.4.7 Out

10.4.7 is oouuttt and a boot

Run your software update to get this latest snazzy release, update includes:

- sharing using AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP file sharing protocols
- reliable access to Open Directory, LDAP and Active Directory services
- login and authentication in a variety of network environments
- file access and byte range locking with AFP file sharing
- network access when using proxy server automatic configuration files
- connecting to Cisco VPN servers using IP/Sec and NAT
- AirPort and Bluetooth wireless connectivity
- RAW camera support, including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
- usability of Dashboard and widgets
- searching iWork '06 and Microsoft Office documents with Spotlight
- saving Word documents automatically when using a network home directory
- viewing of QuickTime streaming media behind a firewall
- audio playback in QuickTime, iTunes, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack applications
- ensuring icons are spaced correctly when viewed on desktop
- determining the space required to burn folders
- synchronizing contacts, bookmarks, and calendars to .Mac and mobile phones
- mounting and unmounting iDisk volumes
- time zone and daylight savings for 2006 and 2007
- Address Book, AppleScript, Automator, Dictionary, Font Book, iCal, iChat, DVD Player, Keynote, Mail, Preview, Safari, and Stickies
- Disk Utility, Keychain Access, Migration Assistant, and Software Update
- compatibility with third party applications and devices

Monday, June 26, 2006

eMac Repair Program

Apple has put out an eMac repair program. If you are having trouble, check to see if yours is covered:

http://www.apple.com/support/emac/repairextensionprogram/

Jason

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Publish your iCal to the web without .Mac, Pt 2

In a previous post, Jason told us about box.net. I have never used box.net so I'm not about to say anything good or bad about it. But I'm a Google Girl. Technically they may call me Generation-X, but i like to call myself generation "Google". I'm of the generation that if you don't know it you Google it. And Google and been making every effort to keep me in their generation. There is Google mail "gmail", Google talk "gtalk", and countless other ideas that they have come up with in the past few years to cover all of my internet needs. One of their newest ideas that they have come up with is the Google Calendar. It works seemlessley with the other Google applications. If you have a gmail account then you automatically can use Google Calendar and Google Talk. They make a wonderful package to keep you organized and in touch with your circle.

So why Google Calendar? For starters it has a nice layout. You can pick the color of your preference and whether you want to view it as day, week, month or whichever. As i mentioned above it integrates with your gmail and gtalk. It can recognize events in your gmail and will incorporate then into your calendar. It also will integrate with gmail for invitations and rsvp's. There are event reminders too.

There are sharing preferences with Google Calendar so you can share with the public or just those you chose. You can have more then one calendar. One for work, play, friends, family... etc. Outside for sharing Google Calendar with other Google Calendar users you can subscribe to your Google Calendar with ical and you Google Calendar will update into you ical. To subscribe to you Google Calendar in iCal log in to your calendar and go to settings. From their select the tab that says calendars. There you will find a list of the calendars that you subscribe to as well as your own. Click on your calendar name. It will bring up a window that shows both your calendar address and your private address. Click on the green iCal button in either of those sections. I used the private address ical button because i had not made my calendar public. A small window will come up with a URL on it. This is where there are some bugs in Safari and you may want to use Firefox. The easiest way is to highlight the url and copy and paste it into the blank in iCal's subscribe section. You will find this blank if you open iCal and go to calendar---->subscribe. You can also import your iCal into Google Calendar. If you are sharing your Google Calendar then you those who have access to your calendar then they can leave comments on your calendar as well.

There is also "Quick Add" which is one of my personal favorites. It's an easy quick way to add events. Use the Quick Add link, and start typing. Google Calendar understands whole phrases like "Lunch with Mom at Beans 11am on Saturday," and will pop new events right into your agenda.

Though originally Google Calendar did not work with Apple's Safari, it does now. There are a few bugs, but nothing major. And if in doubt, use Firefox for Mac. It does work flawlessly.

See here for a Features Overview.

~The Little Redhead