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Ten Indispensable iTunes Tips

A coworker recently told us that "iTunes is a pretty straightforward application." He's right, of course - it is pretty straightforward after you get the hang of it. And undoubtedly most people will be satisfied with merely purchasing and playing songs, creating playlists, and burning CDs. For those who want to go a little further, however, we offer these ten indispensable iTunes tips to make your Mac music-listening experience even better!

1. Set the iTunes Equalizer

BBEdit’s Code Folding Cleans Your Work Space

If you haven't noticed, we're big fans of Bare Bones’ BBEdit around here. We use it for just about everything, and if you ask us, it's about as close to text-editing perfection as you can get! New in BBEdit 8.6 is Code Folding. Code Folding literally collapses all of the text and/or data between two predefined entities in a specific computer language to reduce complexity of the content in the editor window.

Notice the downward facing arrows in the gutter (the section directly to the left of the text area).

Carrots and Sticks

Last week I listed the three “Free Response” AP questions. I was delegated to read the third one—all week long. But it was a good question and I’d like to share it with you.

Turn Your Mac Into a Telephone

So, there was this phone thing last week, right? And we weren't lucky enough to get in on it, even though we really wanted to. The iPhone is just too friggin' expensive for us. Maybe you're in the same boat: You can't quite bring yourself to pay more than $2,000 over a two-year period for a cell phone. Or maybe you live outside of the United States. Or maybe you own an iPhone, but still want to be able to take and receive phone calls on your Mac.

A Beginner's Guide to Quicksilver

Quicksilver is a freeware application launcher and productivity program for Mac OS X. With a couple of keystrokes, you can quickly and effortlessly start applications, open files and folders, move things around on your Mac, and even navigate your iTunes library - all without using your mouse! Quicksilver integrates seamlessly with Mac OS X and most popular Mac applications. With a little practice, using Quicksilver will become second nature, and you'll be using it without even knowing it.

Validate HTML Files in BBEdit

Validating HTML documents is an important step in web development that can sometimes be overlooked in the hasty attempt to publish web pages. Validation checks your HTML against the formatting standard developed and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium. Valid HTML markup ensures that a web browser will be able to correctly interpret what you have coded.

Thank goodness BBEdit, one of the best Mac web development applications, can do this right out of the box! Here's how to do it:

Summer Camp

I have just come back from a sojourn in Daytona Beach, where the weather was unusually pleasant for mid-June. I was, however, not lollygagging on the littoral all day. Oh no. I was holed up in the Convention Center across A1A from the Hilton (where we stayed in sybaritic luxury) reading Advanced Placement essays for eight hours a day.

Well, somebody has to. This year there were over 900 of us plowing through about 280,000 booklets in English Language and Composition. Nine hundred English teachers! The heart leaps up! I have always thought of it as summer camp.

Must-Have Mac Maintenance Apps

According to Murphy's law, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. This holds especially true for mechanical and electronic devices. If you don't change your car's motor oil, your engine will eventually seize up. And if you don't perform regularly scheduled maintenance on your Mac, your computer could be in a world of hurt.

SoCal II

[Editor's Note: If you missed last week's Weekend Wonk, be sure to check it out. It's the first part of this series.]

Slept well? Hope so. Let’s go.

Must-Have Google Mac Apps

There's a lot of information on the Internet these days. In fact, according to one report, there are now over 11.5 billion web pages. It's anybody's guess how we're supposed to find the stuff we're looking for - it's like finding a needle in a haystack! Fortunately, there are some excellent tools at our disposal, like Google, the company that links us to information.

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