Tag: mac

How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg on how the “once iconic computer” is now getting far less attention than it once did:

If more Mac users switch, the Apple ecosystem will become less sticky—opening the door to people abandoning higher-value products like the iPhone and iPad.

How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists

Notify – Cool Gmail Notifier

Yesterday a friend pointed me in the direction of Vibealicious’ Notify, a really neat clean alternative to Googles own Notifier. The application Notifyis for Mac users only, and all you need is a Gmail account.

Notify works in a very similar way to the official Google Notifier, but has some added touches that sets it apart for me. It has Growl notifications built in, along with support for multiple accounts via a tab interface, and an overall better user experience for quickly getting a glance at whats in your inbox. You can set the the app to check for new mail at a number of set intervals, and I have mine set to check every minute.

Of course a lot of Mac users will opt to use the Apple app ‘Mail’, but for those that just can’t break the habit of using Gmail on the web then Notify is a slick solution to knowing when you’ve got mail. If you give it a go, be sure to let me know your thoughts.

Amazing Mac application offer!

MacHeist are well known within the Mac community for offering amazing deals on a range of third party software for Apple computers, and their most recent offer is no different. The third MacHeist software bundle, once fully unlocked, will offer over $900 of software value, all of which can be yours for an amazing $39 USD.

The latest bundle includes the following software:

  • iSale – eBay manager
  • Picturesque – Image editor
  • SousChef – Cooking assistant
  • World Of Goo  – Puzzle game
  • Phone View – iPhone history
  • Little Snapper – Image sharing
  • Acorn – Photo editor
  • Kinemac – 3D animation
  • WireTap Studio – Recording utility
  • BoinxTV – Video production
  • The Hit List – Task management
  • Espresso – Web development

In addition to all of the above great software, the first 25,000 thousand customers will get Big Bang Board Games too! And to make this deal even more sweeter 25% from every sale goes to charity, and you get to choose which charity see’s your cash. So if you are using a Mac, be sure to check it out.

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MacBook case cracks

I last posted about my MacBook back in December of 2007 when I had troubles with the Magsafe power adapter. Today I wanted to post about a problem which has been an issue on more than one occasion, and you may have guessed what from the post title.

Since owning my MacBook (which I bought in January of 2007) I have now had my laptop in for repair three times, two of those times were for the case of the MacBook cracking. It seems to be somewhat of a common problem, as a simple search on Flickr shows, and having just recently had it repaired I thought I ought to share my frustration towards the problem.

Those who buy a new all aluminium enclosed MacBook will not face these issues due to the laptops unibody structure, but it’s the old (still available) white models which face the problems, and it seems not much can be done about it. I came to the conclusion it was the magnets in the laptop which made the case to crack, and have often wondered if the magnets could be made weaker, but this of course would then effect the laptops ability to close. When at the Apple store last week I questioned an Apple employee as to what could be done to solve this happening again, and he assured me that the repair would be done using ‘stronger plastic’, now as to whether that is true is down to the test of time so we shall see.

Beyond all of this it is worth noting that despite me being out of warranty Apple did carry out the repair free of charge, and it was all done overnight, free and fast. I have it back now, and the case looks all shiny and new, but how long will it last?

repaired_macbook

Have you experienced this issue, what have you done to solve it, can you share any handy hints? Do feel free to share in the comment form!

No more j0n.org.

Despite being offline for over a week now, I wanted to quickly touch upon the closure of j0n.org. j0n.org for those of you who don’t know was a blog (mainly video entries) run by Jon Wheatley about his various online ventures, be them web development, design or even software development.

I came across his blog thanks to Tyler Cruz, and since then I have even blogged about Jon’s projects due to me wanting to expose them for the good they are, for example the superb Mac application that is GrabUp (which if you don’t have, get!).

But now there is no more j0n.org and despite me being somewhat disappointed at the lack of updates from a personal inspiration for me, he is now blogging over at Indie Startups about “independent startups and entrepreneurs”. The new blog is great, and a superb way to find out about new unique independent sites, check it out.

Share Screenshots Easily With GrabUp

Sure there are plenty of of image hosting sites out there, but it can often be a pain to take a screen, upload it, get the link and so on. Especially say if your trying to explain something to someone quickly, visual cues sure can help.

Grab Up Logo

GrabUp is a new application exclusively for the Mac which makes sharing screenshots a complete breeze. It’s as simple as taking the screenshot, waiting a second, then hitting Apple + V. No website involved, no clicks, no browser needed. It’s surprisingly fast, and hopefully stays that way over time.

If you want a really, really simple way to upload screenshots, then I can’t recommend GrabUp enough. Congratulations to Jon from j0n.org on such a neat time saving app.

Not so Magsafe.

A little personal post today about something which is bothering me, and that Macbook owners should be aware of.

In January I bought myself a Macbook as I was long overdue a laptop. Since then me and my mac have enjoyed a great relationship, where it worked, and I was happy. In fact I am so impressed with the Mac OS I find myself on my PC less and less, but that’s another story.

Over the past few days my ‘Magsafe’ Power adapter has been giving me problems, initially upon plugging in the charger it charged…but only for a few minutes, then charged again. This intermittent state of charging was random, unsatisfactory and more than anything concerning. Last night this problem revealed it’s true side.

The cable had melted, and the inner wire was visible. I stopped using the cable immediately as I would prefer not to burn down my home. After a brief period of research online, I discovered that this was a common problem many Macbook owners were experiencing. Just check out this Flickr set for examples.

Magsafe (Taken from Flickr)
An example of what my cable now looks like.

Despite me being under warranty I still checked out the Apple site to see what the going rate was for the power adapter. Unfortunately it was, to my disgust, £59.99 (Which works out at about $120).  I am going to call Apple later today to try and get a new cable. It seems a revision has finally been made to the cables, as seen in this picture from Flickr, so hopefully I will receive one of these newer models.

Polar Clock

I have added a download section to the blog today, which obviously enough will feature recommended downloads. So without further a due here is my first recommendation.

Polar Clock is a neat little screensaver from pixelbreaker, it’s currently available for both Mac and PC (and as mac dashboard widget). Essentially it’s just a clock but it has a unique elegant visual style which really appealed to me.

Be sure to check it out (the site has a flash version to preview), worth a download if you are after a new screensaver.

Polar Clock at pixelbreaker