We’re all Apple fans. But why? Deep thoughts like that -- and 50th issues -- call for a countdown! But don’t worry, we balanced our enthusiasm with a hard-hitting look at the dark side of Apple...
Turning 50 is certainly a milestone, and we’ve been saving something special for our 50th issue: a countdown that examines all the reasons that Apple fans are Apple fans. After all, as the Microsoft Stores so perfectly prove, no other tech titan can inspire the same level of devotion.
But there’s no single reason we love our Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods -- in fact, we thought of a lot more than 50. It took some of the most epic staff meetings we’ve had in Mac|Life history -- we haggled, we argued, and we picked on Nic and Flo because teasing them is pretty fun -- but in the end, we emerged with a thoughtful, incisive look at what makes Apple so successful.
It looks like it isn’t all wine and roses for iTunes 10: Among the complaints about the new icon, colorless interface and removal of 99-cent ringtone creation, a legitimate bug has surfaced between the media player and Automator.
Your Mac has dozens of useful AppleScripts saved in your Library—have you ever used any? We'll show you where to find them, what to do with them, how to set up a Scripts menu in your menubar, and even how to roll your own.
Who says crime doesn’t pay? Our final script pickpockets old ladies when we’re not even at our Mac.
Recently, we’ve gotten into a few Web-based role-playing games that remind us of the ones we used to play on old-school dial-up BBSes. In these games, players choose actions from a menu, sometimes selecting other players as targets for the actions. Before the Web, we played by typing. Now we click links, but the style of play is still the same.
Some of these games have tens of thousands of users, many of whom will log in multiple times per day and grind away repetitively on some basic actions so they can level up faster than you. Fortunately, AppleScript was made for automating repetition, and Safari’s support for AppleScript means that with a modicum of evil genius scripting know-how, your Mac can gain those levels for you while you’re out enjoying real life.