Tag: fail

I’m a regular reader of the Mac news blog MacUser.com and today I noticed an interesting ad on the sidebar.

The ad (shown above) was for a company called Psystar, which sells computers preinstalled with OS X, Vista or XP and is currently in a legal battle with Apple to continue selling these particular machines. I understand that administrators of the site have very little (if any) control over the ads their site contains, but this image was just to amusing to pass up.

[tags]Apple, Psystar, legal, advertising[/tags]

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Most of the time I’m quite happy with the products that come out of Cupertino. If I wasn’t, I’d probably not start a blog with so many Mac tips.

But recently I’ve noticed 2 video-related things that have stymied my plans of multimedia bliss.

I use my MacBook to do a lot of video presentations inside Keynote and PowerPoint. These vary in complexity but mostly involve photos and text. Recently I wanted to up the ante with a video background with text over top, but Keynote didn’t want to play nice. Instead it offered the helpful warning you see here and told me to either lower the resolution or lower the number of colors. I tried both: I lowered the resolution of the projector to 800×600 and changed the colors to thousands, but nothing happened. I even used the external monitor as the single display but that didn’t change anything.

All this because Apple decided to use an integrated graphics chip and only give it 64 MB of video memory. Why not make the amount of memory given to the graphics related to the amount of memory in the system? I have 2 GB in my MacBook, so I can easily offer up an additional 100 MB of memory to the graphics processor. Or, why not just solve all the problems with a dedicated graphics system.

My second beef has to do with the way Apple’s video applications deal with second monitors. Using Front Row, iTunes visualizer or an iPhoto slideshow with an extended desktop will always result in the video being played on the primary display. There is a specific preference inside Quicktime that tells the application which screen to use when playing fullscreen. Why not have the other programs honor this? It would be so handy to be able to have a visualizer playing on one screen, while still being able to select the tunes on the internal display. I was able to come up with a solution with Front Row but that is far from the most effective.

These may be small issues that only affect a small number of users, but with these fairly simple changes, Apple could make their products even more enjoyable to use, and effective when running a professional presentation.

[tags]Apple, OS X, MacBook, iPhoto, Front Row, graphics[/tags]

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OS X Leopard is a great operating system, but having used it since it’s arrival in October, I’ve found a number of things I think Apple should fix, in increasing order of randomness:

  1. Network Sharing
  2. Time Machine configuration
  3. Workgroup configuration
  4. WiFi dropouts
  5. Spaces configuration

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Recently I’ve started to use eBay more often, mostly for getting rid of older electronics while they are still in their shelf life, and have never had a problem. That includes 3 sales and about 9 other purchases to and from the UK, US and Canada. My most recent sale was/is a 20 GB iPod Photo. Originally it sold to a buyer in North Carolina. Soon after the auction ended, things started getting a little interesting.
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It’s no secret that I’m a Mac fan; after all, on a website with the tagline Macs and more you’d think it’s pretty obvious. That doesn’t mean that I don’t use Windows at all, or that I despise it completely. For some jobs, I need to use Windows, often because of software requirements. Mostly this involves work with my engineering class, but sometimes it’s smaller programs that just aren’t available anywhere else.

After using Windows for a while, then returning to OS X, I have found a number of things that I truly miss when using software from Redmond.
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