We’re calendar geeks. Without iCal, we’d be completely lost. But that
doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. For one, we often wish
there was a quick way to view dates on the calendar without having to
switch over to iCal and break the flow of what we’re currently working
on. A simple day/date display in iCal would come in handy for
everything from scheduling deadlines to planning weekend trips with
friends. DateLine is a donationware application that adds a lightweight
calendar display to your Desktop and also gives you one-click access to
Initially we all had just one Mac and one iPod. We’d dutifully sync our iPod with our Mac, and life was grand.
Then we got a MacBook, another iPod, and finally, an iPhone. Soon it
was apparent that our music library was scattered across multiple
machines and the idea of trying to figure out which machine had which
songs became an onerous task. So we just threw them all together,
resulting in tons of unwanted duplicate tracks.
When a friend’s child ran up to us at a dinner party with a shocked
look on her face and proceeded to describe what one of the older boys
had “accidentally” stumbled upon on the Internet, we realized that the
time had come to impose some serious restrictions on Web activity in
our house. Enter Net Nanny, recently available for Macs, which helps
you limit access to the Internet’s darker corners. And while there are
parental controls built into OS X, they may not be strict enough.
Every day, life presents any number of problems that need solving—from
settling bets to knowing which fish are OK to eat to remembering where
the soupspoon goes in a formal table setting. Your iPhone or iPod touch
can act as a digital Swiss Army knife, offering up the right tool to
get you through almost any dilemma. We review and rate a collection of
handy helper apps and ass-saving accessories that are sure to boost
your rep as the consummate boy scout, always prepared for anything.
In-flight movies suck. They’re usually not the greatest films to begin
with, and then anything that could possibly offend anyone--otherwise
known as “the good parts”--gets edited out. Lucky for you, all you need
is a MacBook and some headphones to stage your own film festival at
35,000 feet. But spinning a DVD takes a serious toll on battery life,
which is where DVD ripping comes in.
Ah, the App Store, what would we do without your dramas? Fresh off the Google Voice debacle, all eyes turn again to the mysteries of the App Store approval process as Vonage finds their app in limbo awaiting approval.
If an entire iTunes library was purchased from the iTunes Store, all
the tracks came with complete metadata. Those lucky (and wealthy) users
can scroll through iTunes without seeing any jarring blank spots in the
Artist, Album, and Genre columns, or songs named Track 01 and Track 02.
The rest of us? Our multi-gig libraries were patchworked together from
ripped CDs, mixes from friends, tracks digitized from analog sources,
and, um, “found” audio files that could’ve come from anywhere.
While including your Twitter and Facebook friends' contact information would be a pretty cool add-on to Mac's Address Book, recently released "screenshots" appear less than completely accurate looking.