Don’t panic, but one way or another, data loss and troublesome software updates will
happen. Regular Time Machine backups help protect your Home folder from
these hazards, but missing or messed up system files can prevent your
Mac from running properly or even starting up. And who wants to perform
tedious reinstalls? Snow Leopard’s installer is great and all, but
seeing it once was enough.
A good mouse is priceless. It’s a key cog in any computer-based
workflow. But the thing is, everyone has a different idea of what
“good” is. For mobile users, it might mean small and light, while a
desktop Mac user may value comfort above everything else. Apple takes a
one-size-fits-all approach to mice, and while the new Magic Mouse can
pull off cool tricks, sometimes simple and reliable is all you really
need. Besides, options are always a good thing.
You know who's been naughty (your friends) and who's been nice (you, naturally), but you're still gonna have to get 'em presents. We've got a few great recommendations, as well as some contests, and, as always, the best links of the past week, all in one handy dandy place.
There are two camps in the world of DJing--analog purists and the
cutting-edge digital folks. The purists hold on to their vinyl like
children clutching their favorite toy, while the digital folks look for
the best way to rock the house and steer clear of the poor house. The
latest update to djay by algoriddim allows you to rock the beats
without breaking the bank.
After months of unconfirmed rumors about its maybe, possibly imminent
arrival, Western Digital finally released its next-generation WD TV media player--just
mere days after we finished our Dec/09 issue, in which we named the
previous-gen model as one of our “2009 Gear of the Year” favorites. We
had a few niggling criticisms of that earlier version, but in the
latest model, Western Digital has made some excellent improvements to
what became our favorite set-top box for media playback.
Of course the holiday season is upon us and everyone's schedule is filled with madness. You know it, we know it. No need to spend what little time you have scrolling through our incomparable archives. Here's a short list of some of the hottest articles we've compiled for you.
In the 1980s, “portable audio” took the form of comically large boom
boxes with as many flashing lights and extra buttons as eight D
batteries could power. The ’90s turned boom boxes into gadgets so sleek
and light, they looked (and often were) incapable of pushing enough
decibels to fuel a party, let alone annoy the neighbors. And today, the
iPod has pretty much killed the boom box, collectors of old-school
While Apple excels at creating best-in-category hardware and software,
every time the company has unleashed a new mouse, well…let’s just say
that their rodentia haven’t lived up to the Apple name. And sometimes
their mice have just plain sucked. But now with the Magic Mouse, which
brings Multi-Touch technology to the desktop, Apple has created an
input device a bit more worthy of its pedigree.
I once appeared in my high school’s production of The Pajama Game,
a musical about labor strife at a pajama factory, of all things. One of
the songs is called “Think of the Time I Save,” and I still get the
chorus stuck in my head occasionally: “Tick-tock, tick-tock, tempus
fugit. Tick-tock, tick-tock, time goes by.” It’s a super-cheesy
musical, but a nice reminder to manage my time well.
So when I recently went looking for a versatile timer app, I was
relieved to find FlexTime. This light utility lets you program timed
routines, making it a great choice for repetitive tasks.
Glancing at a spec sheet, Apple’s latest iMacs might seem like
run-of-the mill product refreshes. Sure, there’s the requisite
processor bumps and storage updates, but an iMac’s an iMac, right? Ah,
not so much. When you see these machines in person, their differences
are much more apparent, striking even. The new line-up includes four
new machines--two small ones and two bigguns--and we had the chance to
review one of each size for this article.