Matt Cone April 17, 2007
Email is almost the perfect communications method. It allows people to send free messages that can be accessed instantly, it allows people to create electronic communication archives, and it breathes new life into the age-old tradition of letter writing. Email was so close to attaining electronic communications utopia! Unfortunately, it never made it, and it never will, because the spammers went and ruined everything. If you use email, you know what we’re talking about.
Matt Cone April 17, 2007
Dashboard is one of the coolest Mac applications, isn’t it? It’s easy-to-use, it’s beautiful, and it wows your PC-using friends every time. With the push of a button, all of your widgets zoom into view and you have information at your fingertips! If you pack your Dashboard with widgets, like we do ours, you’re probably looking to trick out your ‘board even more. You know – take things even further to wow your friends again and again.
Stephen Korecky April 16, 2007
In last’s week Nerdification Station, we covered AirPort Extreme basics. We showed you how to use the Airport Utility for the first time, and we walked you through the entire AirPort Extreme set up procedure. If you read that article and followed along with your own AirPort Extreme Base Station, you should have a working, password-protected wireless network. So what do you do now? Start tweaking! We’re not going to cover every detail of the AirPort Extreme, because we’d be here all day if we did!
Ric Getter April 12, 2007
Much has been made recently of podcasts – the prerecorded audio and video shows that are freely available for download on the Internet and through the iTunes Music Store. We’re big fans of podcasts! But there are times when we want to listen to live, streaming music and radio shows. That’s when we fire up iTunes and tune into an Internet radio station. You see, there are literally thousands of radio stations broadcasting over the Internet.
Matt Cone April 10, 2007
Putting a picture on your desktop and adding your own screen saver is one of the easiest ways to customize your Mac. There are loads of free desktop pictures and screen savers available on the Internet – just search for them! In fact, Apple has a website chock full of free screen savers. You have a couple different display options when it comes to desktop pictures and screen savers. You can add just one picture that will be displayed on your desktop all the time, or you can choose to shuffle through your desktop pictures to make a custom slide show for your desktop.
Matt Cone April 10, 2007
Mark Twain said that the only inevitabilities in life are death and taxes. We’re certainly not about to argue against those words of wisdom! But as tax day in the United States fast approaches (it’s April 17, 2007), we would like to know how to file our taxes as quickly and painlessly as possible. One thing we don’t want to do is use the standard government-issue paperwork. It’s too complicated, too time-consuming, and too conducive to errors.
Eric Buczynski April 6, 2007
Every Mac ships with a great little organization application called Address Book. This Apple program can help you keep track of friends and family, and it integrates seamlessly with other Apple applications, like Mail. If you’re new to Address Book, you’ll find it to be a very comprehensive way of keeping track of contacts, friends, email lists, and more. There’s so much power packed into Address Book that you’ll wonder why you didn’t use it sooner!
Matt Cone April 5, 2007
Should there be advertising on the Internet? It depends on who you ask. Internet experts and pundits everywhere will tell you that we need advertising to support websites and foster the creation of great online content. Joe “Internet-Surfer” Sixpack and his pals will tell you that they hate animated banners, pop-up windows, and even the newfangled textual advertisements. Who’s right? We don’t know and we don’t care. We do know that we detest Internet advertising.
Eric Buczynski April 4, 2007
In the May 2007 issue of Mac|Life, there’s a step-by-step article that shows you how to wire an iPod connection into your car stereo. Mac|Life’s steps include removing the stereo from your dashboard and hooking up an external connector through the rear stereo port (RCA auxiliary inputs), if your car stereo has one. Although it’s very informative, the article failed to mention that pulling your factory-installed stereo out of your dash might void your warranty.
David Miller April 2, 2007
If you’re into preventative maintenance and creating backups like we are, you’ll need to create a Mac start up disk image. It’s an indispensable tool – one which could save your data and prevent a lot of headaches down the road. This how-to will show you how to make an image of one hard drive and store it on another drive. This image will be compressed and will make recovery fast and easy.