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I hate it when they change iTunes around.

Take a look at this:

iTunes video close button

They’ve moved the “close video” button in iTunes. If my memory is working properly, they’ve expanded the video playback controls, but why did they need to move the button so that it is so hard to find? It took me a good two minutes to hunt it down and I only found it when I entered full-screen mode because everything was black and it was easier to see.


Written by Jeff

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Posted in Apple, iTunes, Software

Mmm… Automator

I just love using Automator and iCal to schedule the sending of emails or uploading of files (using Transmit).

It’s really easy. Just build your Automator workflow and save it as a plugin. Choose iCal from the drop-down menu and save it. iCal will automatically open and make a new event with your saved iCal plugin as the alarm. Just set the time of the event and you’re done. Emails send when you’re not at the computer and, with Transmit’s Automator actions, files are uploaded to web servers automatically.

Say at 5:00 PM a deadline expired and you needed to update a website to reflect that expiration. Just download the file, make the necessary changes and save the file. Make a workflow and plug it in to iCal and set it to upload at 5:00. Voilà! You’ve updated the file at precisely 5:00 and you didn’t even have to be at the computer.

I love it.

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 2:04 am

Posted in Apple, Software

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Genius from Apple

A new feature from Leopard:

Find answers fast. Just activate Spotlight and type in a simple or sophisticated equation, and Spotlight will instantly show you the result. Enjoy support for over 40 functions ranging from simple math to logarithms to trigonometry.

spotlight calculation

Apple – Mac OS X Leopard – Features – 300+ New Features

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 3:09 pm

I was about 10% of these.

Well, the Gizmodo page views anyway.

For the geeky amoung you, is now using about 260 megabits per second of bandwidth average, with spikes as high as 820 mbits earlier today from the Apple Gizmodo liveblog. (Which did up to 941 requests per second all by itself during the keynote.) So last month we used about 80 terabytes of bandwidth.

August Wrap-up «

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 9:40 pm

This is blue?

The new iPod nanos are pretty nifty, even if I don’t particularly care for their squat appearance. One thing I take exception with, though, is the colors—not all of them, just two.

new iPod nano family

I’m not really happy with the blue one. Maybe it’s just my eyes being partially color-blind, but it looks more green than blue. The silver one looks like plastic even though it’s anodized aluminum on the front (or “top” as Apple likes to call it) and polished stainless steel on the back.

This next bit isn’t iPod related, but I did see it in an “iTunes Store This Week” box on the bottom of the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store page:

new iPod nano family

Reba, dear, fire your makeup artist and get a new one. kthx

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 5:46 pm

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Apple, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!

Apple is being sued in California because its flagship retail store in San Francisco isn’t friendly to two wheelchair-bound customers who tried to get help there. The suit claims that Apple violates the Americans With Disabilities Act and the California Health and Safety Code.

If it turns out to be true, Apple needs to settle this quickly and fix the problems. That’s it. Plain and simple. Do the right thing.

a place to start

AppleInsider | Apple accused of short-shrifting disabled retail shoppers

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Apple

The Talk Show with John Gruber and Dan Benjamin

I like Dan Benjamin and John Gruber’s podcast The Talk Show. On the most recent episode (Episode 7) they read some reviews on iTunes of their podcast. The first review had a few negative things to say about it:

That being said, the podcast is undwerwhelming due to it’s subpar production values and planning. It doesn’t follow a coherent structure like some of the more established podcasts and radio shows do. There is a lot of dead air, “uhms” and “uhs,” off-topic remarks that stretch for a long time, and other minor, annoying things which could be hopefully fixed in future episodes.

I like everything he dislikes about the podcasts. I like the unscripted nature. I, being a fan of almost everything off-topic, love the off-topic moments. I like that, like another reviewer said, “Gruber and Benjamin’s casual style emulates regular conversation.”

The Talk Show with John Gruber and Dan Benjamin

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Posted in Apple, Audio, Technology

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