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No More Hulu on Boxee :(

I am in the process of dumping Time Warner Cable TV and had been looking forward to putting my Boxee / EyeTV replacement into place. The Hulu announcement it is pulling its content from Boxee is a bummer. I’ve been a Hulu fan for a while now and the integration was nice. Well, for $80-plus dollars a month savings I guess I’ll have to live with the change but this seems like a way for Hulu to alienate some of its best supporters.

I saw it here first:

http://www.macworld.com/article/138899/2009/02/huluboxeedisconnect.html

I need a second screen for my Macbook Pro

Boy Howdy, that new 24-inch Apple display is REAL Purty but what I need is a 2 inch x 3 inch screen that can clip on to the upper right corner of my Macbook Pro screen to display my Twitterific window!

Happy Birthday, Macintosh!

The Mac and I have been friends since 1984! Wow, a whole quarter century. Hope to see you in another twenty five!

Apple’s Next Big Show – The October Release of Leopard

I don’t know if they have anything else up their sleeve but I expect that the October introduction of Leopard will be the next big event. Could be as early as a month away. I am getting excited! So, is Apple going to have an introduction event like the recent iPod lineup refresh. Will it be at Mascone again?

Did you know that you can Pre-Order Apple Leopard at Amazon?

BTW you can see the “The Beat Goes On” iPod roll out keynote as a QuickTime streaming video. I like watching these events even though I kept up with Gizmodo’s feed detailing the keynote on their site so I already know what to expect. I like the recorded version because it is really hard to judge crowd reaction when someone is writing.

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More Inbox Cleansing

Still working on this project but so far today I tossed 1,300 emails and moved to more permanent archiving scheme about 800 messages

I noticed that a lot of what was clogging the inbox arteries were subscriptions to newsletters, online order receipts and other flotsam that should be archived but mixed in were some important items I let slide and then forgot about. I could have probably finished the cleaning task today but I took time to do several of the more important jobs. Some dated back 9 months and more! Soon, my pretty, we will be in clean mode!

Currently my Inbox has 8 folders that filters route mail to for different businesses or tasks At this point 6 are completely empty and staying that way. There is one that has about 500 messages left in it that I am currently working on and a final 3,286 message monster that I am leaving for last because I am sure it has the most work to pare down. I will likely DMZ this one just to get a head start on a clean new box. Correction, I DID DMZ it just now. Feels better just thinking about it! This way I can give priority to new messages while working towards killing off the DMZ box. So, I guess like everyone who adopts this strategy, if you sent me an important message and did not hear back from me, now is the time to re oil the wheel.

The Beginning of Taking My Inbox Back

More on this soon but I started a campaign, even an all out assault, on my Inbox to get some control over it instead of it over me.

Using some of Merlin Mann’s advice from his Inbox Zero series I began the arduous task today and am happy to report that I trimmed over 3,200 emails from Inboxs and outright deleted over 1,800 emails! This puts me about a third of the way to my goal of 0 in the Inbox.

So, after this I’ have to start on the 15,000 plus archived messages! Oh well, gotta start somewhere.

Office 2008 for the Mac Delayed

Well I’ve seen several stories that the Office 2008 update will not be out until January at the earliest. Bummer. The Office Suite is the last set of apps that I use regularly that is still not native. Heck, even GoLive 9, possibly the last GoLive update is Universal now. 2 years from when the Intel processor Macs were introduced (and Microsoft had to know before that) and before the release of Office 2008 it will be very close to 4 years since the Mac saw an update to Office. That said I guess 2004 does run OK in Rosetta so either I’ll keep plugging along or maybe look at that switch to Mail/iCal etc. I’ve been considering for a while.

Just Got My New MacBook Pro!

This is the first post from the new machine. So far so good. It is snappier for sure. Right now the configuration is very similar to the MacBook Pro it is replacing, Same 2GB of RAM and 7200RPM drives although the old Core Duo 1.83 has a 100GB drive while the new machine, a 2.2GHz version, has a 160GB drive. Very soon though the new machine will have a full 4GB of RAM.

Why a new machine? After all the old one is only 18 months old. Well here are some reasons:

1. I run a lot of apps at once and some, like Aperture, Photoshop and Parallels can chew up the RAM. Whlle the old machine was maxed at 2GBRAM, the new one will have 4GB of RAM. I am expecting that to help quite a bit when I am running a lot of apps.
2. The old 100GB drive only ad about 8GB of free space and that was often eaten up by Photoshop or with temporary exports from Aperture. Sure, I could have replaced the drive but that would not have solved the RAM issue. Also, I want to install a BootCamp partition to run a flight simulator called RealFlight 3.5 that will not run under Parallels. (The only app I tried so far that doesn’t!)
3. Core Duo2 vs. Core Duo. at least 10% more speed for equivalent clock speed plus the new machine is 2.2 instead of 1.83.
4. The original MacBook Pro was a first-generation machine. I reckon a few generations newer has worked about a few more bugs although I have to say that the old MacBook Pro was SUPER reliable, just getting a little long in the tooth.
5. I love the smell of a new computer in the morning. That fresh, electronic smell. There is nothing else like it in the world. It smells like, productivity!

Cleaning the Wireless Apple Mighty Mouse

I’ve had my Wireless Mighty Mouse since it came out and it has been great. The rare times the scroll wheel has not worked involved just flipping it upside down and working the wheel over my pant leg and presto, it worked again. Until today.

I hunted a bit around the Internet and found this post about taking the mouse apart. But wait! Before you do that do what I did. Read the comments. #3, when I looked, was by Nu Tron and simply involved using Isopropyl alcohol and a cotton cloth. Worked like a charm. I’m glad I didn’t open the little bugger up. Seems like I often have extra pieces after doing something like that.

Downloading the Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta Now!

I am right now downloading the Photoshop CS3 Beta to the MacBook Pro. This is a HUGE 684MB file and I am 5 minutes into the 22 minutes or so the download should take although I am noticing the throughput slowing. i wonder how many copies will be downloaded today? Talk about bandwidth!

I will try it on the Dual 2.0 G5 as well but CS2 works pretty well there I am really interested in the speed increase on the MacBook with the Intel processors.

More of a report when I get use it some.

Note you will need a valid copy of a CS2 serial number.

Download the Photoshop CS3 Beta

Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse Battery Life

I got the low battery notification from the Wireless Mighty Mouse today and since I originally got this thing about July 30th it looks like about 4 months of life out of the packaged with the mouse Energizer Lithiums. Don’t know how much longer they could have lasted but I took them out and threw in some standard AA Coppertops. I’d have waited to see how long they “run on empty” but I kept getting a low battery warning annoying me so I won’t find that out. One noticeable thing about the lithium batteries. They are lighter by quite a bit. I’ll find some more just for that reason. I suspect they last longer as well. All in all, I think the life was very good considering I never shut the thing off and use it every day for several hours.

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Ain’t Technology Cool Sometimes?

Ya’der hey, and you bettcha it is.

I was supposed to have a conference call this afternoon with one of those Free Conference Call type services but it had a standard phone number, not a tool-free line, so I figured as long as Skype is still free on the Skype Out end that I’d set up the Macbook Pro to use a headset for the call. First I hooked up a Plantronics DSP 500 and that worked fine. Call never happened, rescheduled until tomorrow, but I did a bunch of tests in anticipation and all went well.

A cool thing about Skype is that is mutes iTunes when you make or receive a call. I like that little extra.

Another cool thing about Skype is that I can tell the Mac to send all normal sounds through the built in speakers or externally connected speakers and direct the Skype sound to the headset. Pretty cool but not that useful if you have to wear a full headset like the Plantronics. That feature is cool when I decided to try my motorola HS820 Bluetooth headset for kicks to see if it would pair with the MacBook and what do you know, it does. So, now I can get my Skype calls on the HS820 and have the other system sounds coming out of the regular speaker setup. Pretty cool.

I never got in to using the HS820 with my Razr. I don’t use that phone all that much where having the Klingon look is really necessary but this new use for the 820 seems to be just what the doctor ordered.

We’ll see how it goes tomorrow for the big call.

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