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iDentify Your iPods

Nothing teaches the arcana of iPod models as thoroughly as a trip through Craigslist, as I recently discovered when looking for my first (cheap, second-hand) iPod. To the untrained eye, they sure all look the same, don’t they? But subtle distinctions tell the story at a glance. And here they are, gleaned mostly from Apple’s own ”Identifying iPod Models." (Other sources: Apple’s hardware specifications site and Wikipedia.)

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Interestingly enough, one of the iPhone's biggest flaws is one of the original iPod's best features: the ability to store and transfer files on its drive. With a 4GB or 8GB capacity, the iPhone is as capable as any of the USB flash drives on the market, with the ability to hold hundreds of documents and files.

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 While Apple has declared that I'd "be surprised by some of the stuff" I found lurking behind the YouTube button on my iPhone, I've mostly been frustrated by the videos I can't find. YouTube and Apple had promised to expand each week upon the 10,000 videos available at launch until the entire catalog is converted to the H.264 format this fall, but there remain glaring gaps in its current inventory, especially if you're looking for your friend's latest animation experiment.

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What’s On Your iPhone?

Old-timers (like me, phaw phaw) will recognize the above phrase from video and print ads from the '90s, "What’s on your PowerBook?" Then, the question addressed data: The teacher has lesson plans, the grandfather has his life story, the salesperson has data sheets, and so forth. Now that the dust has settled around the question of whether the iPhone will allow applications written by outside developers (it does), the question has become: What apps are on your iPhone?

To the uninitiated, this may look merely like a simple Web form, but to the true FileMaker aficianado it's the blessed return of CDML.  About ten years ago, Claris Corp. unveiled their first officially sanctioned method for publishing FileMaker data on a website. It was called CDML for Claris Dynamic Markup Language. Simple and inexpensive to implement, CDML was embraced by thousands of FileMaker customers, many of whom continue to use it to this day. Yet within days of Claris’s reorganization into FileMaker Inc., plans were being drawn up to retire CDML and its companion authoring tool, Claris Home Page. The death blow came with FileMaker 7, which dropped support for CDML.

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A Love Letter to Adobe Acrobat

 You thought Acrobat was simple? Think again. Oh, Adobe Acrobat! Unifier of nations! In apprehension, how like a god!  But seriously, folks. I recently installed Acrobat 8 Professional as part of Adobe Creative Suite 3 (included in all CS3 versions except Web Standard). And let me tell you, I'm continually impressed at how this application fills niches you don't even realize are there - until they become critical to your work. 

Fanboy Heaven in the Mailroom

I walked by the mailroom today and a row of Mac Pro boxes caught my eye. I walked into the mailroom to see what was up. This is what I saw. Um, are any of the boxes addressed to me? There were 14 Mac Pros and 18 Apple Cinema Displays (or was it 18 Mac Pros and 14 Displays?). The mailroom guys didn't know who they were for, except that the company IT department ordered them. Well, it was enough to make a fanboy drool. We'll see if I get one on my desk or not - IT wouldn't tell. 

TypeIt4Me provides text-expansion options galore. I'm a writer, so I type an awful lot. Since everyone who is reading this post is using a computer in some way, and thus likely to be typing, I figure it would be nice of me to share some of my best typing tips. Let's start with this one...

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Plan Bikeable Bike Routes

 A love of bicycling is possibly my father's most valuable gift to me. But it's easy to get into a riding rut, slavishly following the same roads over and over. (My own weakness: the San Francisco-to-San Jose route along the Caltrain tracks.) So lately I've turned to my Mac - and the Internet, of course - for new routes.

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Susie Did Not Buy an iPhone

 I don't have an iPhone.  This is not exceptional, I know. Lots of people don't have iPhones. Even people who work for Mac magazines don't universally have them (and in case you're wondering, to my knowledge, no one at Apple has offered us a review unit -- we bought our own).  But not only did I not get one on June 29, I recently decided, after much hemming and hawing, that I'm not getting one for the forseeable future. I do think it's a truly amazing device. I'm just not buying it.