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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Decorate Your Mac, It Is The Holiday Season Right?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.maclife.com/article/howt...ur_mac_holidays

"The first of December is here, and while your neighbors may have already overdone it with the Christmas decorations, you might want to join in on the holiday fun."

If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit, then you might like to try some of these ideas to spruce up your desktop. Personally, I don't get too much into altering my screen since I have it how I like it now, but if you like to change it up for the holidays, here ya go!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Apple Unveils New iMacs, Teardown Follows, Now What?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 01:29 PM

http://electricpig.co.uk/2011/05/04...ate-all-in-one/

"Apple outed its brand new iMac line of all-in-one desktops this week, and this morning at Apple's London offices, we were treated to a demonstration of what the new Sandy Bridge computers are capable of."

To say they were impressed is putting it mildly, as they discovered that the 27-inch iMac with the AMD Radeon HD graphics is faster than the current entry level Mac Pro...30% faster from their figures. It has the Thunderbolt ports of course, as well as an HD webcam for the full screen FaceTime effect. It's greener, rated at an Energy Star 5.2 benchmark and has the option, at least at the 21 and 27-inch screen size, to swap out the regular hard drive fo a 256GB solid state drive. Not a bad upgrade to the iMac line. If you want to see the inside of this machine in all it's glory, have no fear as iFixIt has done their obligatory teardown. You can also find out more at the Apple site, but seriously, they packed a lot of stuff into this machine and still kept the entry price at $1,199.00 USD. Any thoughts as to what Apple is going to upgrade next?


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Apple's Problem?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/app...The+Apple+Core)

"Dario D. wrote a good post about Apple's current problem: selling Macs. In it he makes a good case for why iMac pricing needs to be reduced and theorizes that most of the world is convinced to try a Mac, but that few people can actually justify one - when significantly cheaper PC options exist."

That has always been the problem hasn't it? The cost of the Mac is one that does prohibit many people from jumping into the Apple world with both feet. I do think however, that educating people about the benefits (quality of workmanship, the design aesthetics, flexibility of the operating system, default software and compatibility with the mobile products) can mitigate some of this hesitation and lead them to invest in a Mac. That being said, price will always deter most people. I think the author nails it when he says he isn't convinced that Apple truly does want to dominate the desktop. Mobile seems to be the focus at Apple and they are doing quite well with it. What are your thoughts?


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

He is Sticking With Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/153...ss_products_mac

"Three years ago, I had never even held a touchscreen computer. Today I carry one everywhere I go. Apple changed the mobile phone industry with the launch of the iPhone, and appears to be creating a similar sensation with the iPad. Now it's doing everything it can to keep that momentum going, showering us with ads on television and elsewhere, singing the praises of their latest handheld, touch-driven devices."

This is interesting perspective on the "Mac is Dead" opinion, from the founder of Red Sweater Software (think MarsEdit). I like the direction Apple is going, adding things to make your life more mobile, but I certainly don't think the Mac is dead. I enjoy being able to be portable, but I certainly enjoy being able to "compute" in front of a 30+ inch screen using my Mac Mini and wireless keyboard. Advantages to both so I don't think the desktop will ever be completely gone. iOS won't replace my need for OS X (or any of the future versions). What are your thoughts?


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Can't Wait for a New Mac Pro? How About a New iMac?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 12:31 PM

http://www.insanely-great.com/news....nely+Great+Mac)

"Tuesday the company announced a renewed all-in-one line of iMac computers. The new iMacs feature Intel's Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs and updated ATI graphics processors."

According to Apple, the new iMacs will have the "latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and powerful new graphics. Starting at $1,199, the new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93 GHz and discrete graphics including the powerful ATI Radeon HD 5750."

They give you the option to add a 256GB solid state drive as a primary or secondary drive, which supports up to 215 MB/second transfer rates. Apple's press release notes that these will start at $1,199.00 USD, and they are available now [affiliate link].


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

iMac Line Gets Update As Well

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.9to5mac.com/new_imacs_impress

"Wow - that was worth the wait. Apple today introduced new iMacs, now equipped with 21.5-inch and 27-inch LED-backlit displays. The new Macs also ship with the all-new wireless Magic Mouse."

As well as wireless keyboard. The entry level iMac 21.5-inch version sells for $1,199.00 USD with prices going all the way to $1,699.00 USD for the 27-inch, with several versions in between. You can also mount the 27-inch iMac or the 24-inch Cinema Display using the Vesta Mount sold by Apple, and I'm sure other mounts would work, although I haven't checked that out thoroughly. Here is the Apple link for more info on the new iMacs.


Friday, May 29, 2009

NBC Unleashes Hulu Desktop App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/05/28/hulu...e-to-mac-users/

"NBC's online video site, Hulu, has launched a desktop app that allows Mac users to watch Hulu content without using a web browser, and with full Apple Remote support. After all of the boxee nastiness, I'm a bit surprised by the development. That doesn't mean this isn't still exciting."

I just downloaded this on my MBP, and I must say it works great! Love the clean interface and it is very responsive. You do have to manually turn off any screen savers, but the Apple Remote works perfectly with it. Hulu has a version for Windows and one for Macs, so either way you are covered. I don't use Hulu a lot, typically for a few shows like Parks and Recreation or Fight Girls, shows that I can't get on my DVR for various reasons. Now when I use it, the viewing experience is going to be so much nicer.


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