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Are We Not Men? We Are Mutato!

Devo’s panjandrum Mark Mothersbaugh mixes quirky musical sensibilities with consumerist seduction via his new company, Mutato Muzika. Its healthy soundtrack and commercial divisions are driven by... You got it: Macs.

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The Mac|Life Quiz Show

Expo goers answer a series of questions to win fabulous prizes.

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 Handy tips to make your Mac Expo experience in San Francisco a good one.

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Shuffle Your iPod’s Look

iPods look good, but they all look alike. Make your working iPod stand out with a new metal backing. Just permanently cover the original stainless steel by electroplating a new layer on top. Choose from gold, copper, nickel, tin, chrome, bronze, or other finishes. We tried gold- and copper-plating kits from Caswell Plating, for flashy and retro results. Be warned that gold can be difficult to apply, while copper is comparatively easy. We’ll explain the process for either metal. 

All Hands on Leopard

There’s a world of power lurking inside Apple’s latest big cat. We give you the complete story on exactly where to find it.Installing a new operating system on your Mac is like unwrapping a much-anticipated holiday gift: There are just so many goodies inside waiting to be pored over and played with. We dug deep into Mac OS 10.5 - better known as Leopard - and found powerful tools, entertaining toys, and the occasional rock-hard fruitcake. Our in-depth Leopard primer is at www.maclife.com/article/living_with_leopard, but we’ve found more teeth on this cat. Come along for a tour of the hidden treats that are waiting for you inside Apple’s latest and greatest OS.

The time comes in every Mac user’s life when he or she hits the metaphorical wall: That rainbow-colored beach ball shows up way too often, and your Mac is bogged down by too many files, big caches, too many cookies, and who knows what else that builds up with everyday use. Or you think you’ve done everything you can to be more, ahem, productive, and your Mac still isn’t fast enough. Well, you don’t have to live with that state of affairs. We’re skipping right past the obvious time-savers (keyboard shortcuts? Been there, done that) to show you some of the best ways to speed up your workflow - and herd some more of your time back to pasture where it belongs - whether you have absolutely no time to spare or you can make a 20-minute investment in your Mac’s smooth operation.

Deep Tech - Multicore Management

Last month, this space was filled with news about Nehalem, Intel’s next generation of super-tiny, power-miserly, über-muscular, multicored processors. (If you missed my musings, you can find them on the Intertubes here). Among the many advances of this data-wrestling wonder will be its ability to process two simultaneous streams of data and instructions - also known as threads - through each of its cores. In its first incarnation, Nehalem will have up to eight cores, so we’re talking 16 threads coursing through this baby in a process called Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT).

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Wheel rims with Apple logo in center
The iPod set benchmarks for product usability, aesthetics and cultural cachet -- and then the iPhone proved that Apple's design mojo could strike twice. So, what could Apple possibly deliver next? Mac|Life imagines the future of Apple hardware design in the form of four product fauxtotypes.

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 Adam Benton blew us away with his 3D renderings of our Apple product fauxtotypes. Now he describes the ultimate Mac-based 3D workstation, and shares must-know info for 3D artists-in-training. He’s done work for Saatchi & Saatchi, that most prestigious and tony of advertising firms. He’s done work for Activision, a video game company that seems to make one out of every three titles that gamers play. And he’s done work for T3, the world’s preeminent gadget magazine, which is published in 22 international editions.

Anyone remember what kind of box the Lisa came in? Our point exactly. There was a time when Apple product packaging had all the charm of generic cigarette cartons. Today, however, the form and function of Apple packaging matches the panache of the company’s product design - buying and opening a piece of Appleware is an experience in and of itself. So how might Apple skin its products in the future? Using the next version of iLife as a canvas, we asked three local designers to show us some evolutionary paths.