New section: Photography tips - Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 9:30 p.m. CST
Site Update
I may have only had a DSLR for a few months, but I have been learning about photography for years. From my first digital camera with aperture and shutter priority modes, to the Canon S5IS which had some fully manual settings (especially with the CHDK installed), to the 50D, I have spent a lot of time trying to become a better photographer. Now I have taken these learnings, and created a place to bring my findings to the world. My new photography tips section will be linked from the left side navigation, and contains a handful of tips to start off, with many more to come. Take a look, you may learn something!

Benro Travel Angel TRA269 - Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 9:00 p.m. CST
Reviews
One camera accessory that I needed shortly after getting my Canon 50D is a new tripod. My old tripod could barely hold up the camera body, let alone a long focal length lens. Of course, I didn't want to spend a fortune, so while the Gitzo and Manfrotto brand tripod look great, their prices are less than appealing. Enter the much lesser known company Benro, who is making high quality tripods with exceptional specifications for prices that the hobbyist can afford. After a lot of debate over which model, I decided on the Travel Angel TRA269 which was only $190 at Amazon. Check out my review for why I think very highly of this purchase.


Apple's new Magic Mouse - Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 2:30 p.m. CST
Reviews
I got a birthday surprise from my parents: the new Magic Mouse. I wasn't expecting it at all, but am sure glad I got it. This mouse finally fills the void of a multiple-button Bluetooth mouse, by providing no buttons at all! The gesture support (similar to what's available on the MacBook Pro or iPhone) gives the Magic Mouse nearly unlimited potential. If you are looking to replace that aging two button Bluetooth mouse, I would highly recommend the Magic Mouse.


Logitech Harmony remote with a Mac Mini media center - Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 8:30 a.m. CST
Mac Tip
We recently picked up a Logitech Harmony 510 universal remote (for only $55!) to reduce some of the clutter in our living room. I knew it would replace the remotes (including the Apple Remote for the Mac Mini), but didn't expect it to basically replace the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse as well (except for rare cases). Using a combination of Remote Buddy and this tutorial, now all my applications (DVD Player, Boxee, EyeTV, iTunes, etc) have real buttons on a real remote (e.g. the keypad allows for channel switching in EyeTV)! It took a few hours to setup, but now that it is, my media center really feels like a media center, and is usable by anyone. As long as I'm giving out helpful links, a main issue many people have with Logitech Remotes is slow response, But with the information in this forum posting you can alleviate that. I really like the Harmony remote, and highly recommend it to anyone in a similar situation.

Lowepro Nova 170 AW - Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Reviews
If you are in the market for a camera bag, your will certainly encounter the Lowepro brand. In fact, I don't think I have ever purchased another brand of camera case. It's not that I didn't consider other brands, but instead the Lowepro seems to always win out in everything I'm looking for. That was, until I started considering the styling of the bag (my wife said "no black bags"). Luckily, Lowepro has some options for DSLR users that are available in multiple colors, including the Nova series. Of course, not only are these bags nicer looking, but also fully functional, as you would come to expect from a Lowepro bag. See my review of how the Nova 170 AW bag fits the needs of those starting out with DSLRs.

Star Trek + SCUBA = coolest thing ever - Monday, January 11, 2010 - 11:30 a.m. CST
Interesting Link
Star Trek fans and SCUBA divers have one main thing in common: they really love their show/activity. Combine them, and you have potentially the nerdiest, yet coolest thing ever devised. Eugene Roddenberry (son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) is an avid SCUBa diver, and has created that ultimate combination in the Roddenberry Dive Team. This dive team boldly goes into oceans donning their Trek wetsuits (which can be purchased through the site)! Check out their site for information on memberships, merchandise, and mission logs.

ShoveBox: digital junk drawer - Friday, January 8, 2010 - 9:30 p.m. CST
Shareware Spotlight
I have a habit of keeping a lot of temporary links and notes on my desktop, but I also hate when I have more than a few icons on my desktop. What do I do about such a paradox? Install ShoveBox, which can best be described as a junk drawer for your Mac. This menu bar based application has really helped me be organized with all of the random stuff I have keep in untitled folders for too long.

Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 - Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 9:30 a.m. CST
REviews
One of the gifts I received for Christmas was a gamepad for my MacMini. I had installed a bunch of emulators for older systems, and playing with a keyboard just doesn't feel right. The Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 fits the bill nicely. Being wireless, I can sit across the room and play Commodore 64 games on a screen much larger than ever intended.


Brenthaven Edge II Laptop Sleeve - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 4:00 p.m. CST
Reviews
One of the my post-Christmas presents to myself was a new laptop case. My old case was bulky, heavy, and uncomfortable to keep on my shoulder for any length of time. I wanted something that was easy to carry, and was "airport x-ray friendly." After researching a wide variety of laptop cases and sleeves, I decided upon the Brenthaven Edge II in jet black. This case is many times better than the old case. Check out my quick review to see why.


Boxee Beta: Early Access - Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 8:00 a.m. CST
Mac News
The fine folks over at Boxee gave me a very unexpected Xmas gift: early access to the Boxee beta! If you haven't heard of it before, Boxee is a cross platform media center application based on XBMC. It brings together a variety of local and Internet sources, and it great for computers hooked up to TVs. About three weeks ago, the Boxee team unveiled the beta version, and announced it would be available to select testers soon. I got picked, have started using it, and really like it. Due to NDA agreement, I cannot share screenshots or features, but I can say that it's a huge improvement over the alpha versions. If you are a Boxee user without access, you should definitely be excited when this version is widely available. I will provide more information when I can.

Star Trek DAC Review - Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 9:00 p.m. CST
Reviews
About a month ago, I saw a news story about a Star Trek game coming to the Mac. Being the big time fan I am (just look at the pictures from my wedding's grand march for proof), I was excited. I nearly instantly plopped down my $8.99 (the pre-order price), and eagerly awaited the release. A few days ago, my wait was over, so I installed the game and got down to playing. Unfortunately, my excitement died down very quickly, as I found out what this game really offered. Take a look at my Star Trek DAC review for me entire experience.

NewerTech MiniStack v2.5 Review - Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 7:30 a.m. CST
Reviews
Another major component to my MacMini media center set up is the external hard drive. I have a 1TB drive in a MiniStack v2.5. This drive enclosure is built for the MacMini, and has USB and Firewire connections. It's a perfect compliment to a mini media center.



Elgato EyeTV Hybrid 2009 Review - Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 1:30 p.m. CST
Reviews
Earlier this year I setup a MacMini as a media center. A major part of this setup is the EyeTV Hybrid tv tuner. That device provides the ability to watch and record TV on my MacMini, essentially turning it into a DVR. For the most part, the Hybrid works well. However, there are some gotchas which I didn't expect. Check out the good and bad in my full review.

Layers - Screenshots to the extreme - Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 8:00 a.m. CST
Shareware Spotlight
A new shareware spotlight has been posted: Layers. This application provides the ability to break up each object on your screen into a different layer, allowing for complete customization of the screen shot AFTER it has been taken. If you take screenshots frequently, you should definitely investigate this application.



Various new links posted - Friday, December 18, 2009 - 8:00 p.m. CST
Link Updates
A bunch of new links have been posted to the links collection. The include gaming, software, security, and miscellaneous links (such as a movie called MacHeads which I surprisingly haven't seen yet). Also new to the links collection is a section on photography. With my ever increasing interest in this subject, it makes sense to post the sites that I have found helpful in my learnings.

Five iFruits from the past year - Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 9:30 p.m. CST
iFruit
Even though I wasn't posting the latest FoxTrot iFruit comics to the site in a timely manner, that doesn't mean I wasn't gathering them. I found that I saved five new iFruits to a couple different folders. They range from twitter, to World of Warcraft references, to hacking. Bill Amend never fails to disappoint...other than when he decided to just write Sunday comics. I miss the daily FoxTrots. Check out the latest five iFruit cartoons.


OpenRadar: Track bugs in Apple software - Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 8:00 p.m. CST
Interesting Link
Ever wonder if that problem you are having with Safari or iPhoto is an actual bug, or just something strange with your computer? Unfortunately, Apple doesn't make it easy to find out, as their bug reporting database is kept private. That's where OpenRadar comes in. This site is devoted to helping users post bug reports for Apple software (that are also sent to Apple), so they can be discussed and followed up upon as a community. This is fairly developer oriented, but it could also be useful to those who are not developers as well.

Potential review forthcoming: Canon 50D - Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 7:30 a.m. CST
Site news
As of early next week, I will finally have graduated to DLSR user! I recently order a Canon 50D, with a canon 18-55 lens, a Tamron 70-200 lens, and soon some more cool accessories. In fact, many of the accessories I would like are on my Amazon wish list in case you want to buy me a $900 lens :). After I get the camera and play around with it a bit, I may post a few quick reviews (body, lenses, and other accessories). Look out for some snazzy new photos appearing on my MobileMe gallery soon.


New battery tips for your laptop - Monday, November 23, 2009 - 11:30 a.m. CST
Mac tips
My new MacBook Pro gets an astonishing 7+ hours of battery life. That's enough to allow me to bring it to work, without lugging around the power cord. However, I can still squeeze a bit of extra battery life by using the various techniques I have outlined in my battery tips article. Today I came up with three new tips that aren't often considered when trying to maximize laptop battery life. These include turing off the auto-save feature, reducing the number of email accounts that automatically check for mail, and using private mode browsing. Head over to the updated article to learn more.

Green car for a green webmaster - Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 9:00 p.m. CST
Personal news
In the past this site has had a few green initiatives. First the color turned green, then the printing css classes were modified to reduce the amount of ink and paper used to print anything on this website. I'm also a very green person at home, with replacing light bulbs with CFLs, installing low flow faucets, making sure insulation is done properly, etc. Now my automobile is just as green: a brand new 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid! My first tank of gas saw any average of 26.1 MPG, and the current tank has an average of 27.9 MPG. This kind of milage from a V6 engine with 270 horsepower! I'm really loving this car; it rides smooth, is very quiet, and super comfortable. Plus, it's green (the paint :-) ). See my photos.

Snow Leopard First Impressions - Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 1:00 p.m. CST
Mac News
I installed Snow Leopard on my new MacBook Pro yesterday. I haven't really noticed an increase in speed, mainly due to the fact that my MacBook Pro already feels so dang fast, but there are a lot of little things I really am enjoying. First, menu items on the right hand side have been enhanced. Mostly you see extra data when holding down the option key while clicking, but there are other subtle changes such as animating the airport icon while trying to connect. On the bottom of the screen, the dock is nicely improved with more concise menus, and stacks that actually allow for navigation (finally!). Services have been improved a ton, including the ability to create automator actions that perform services. For instance, I created a service for the Finder that allows me to move an image file to a folder I created for desktop images, and reveal in the Finder. This service is available any time I right slick on an image file. But the best addition for me so far is Exchange support. I can now access email, events, and contacts from my work exchange server, without being connected via VPN! It's a fantastic productivity boost for me. I'm sure there will be other cool features I have yet to discover, and I will cover them as they are unearthed.

Many new updates - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 9:00 p.m. CST
Site News
It's been 9 months since an entry (to the day), and a lot has gone on. First, we have purchashed a house, and a dog (yellow lab). You can see pictures of these and other fun stuff we have done in my MobileMe Gallery. I also bought two new Macs: a Mac Mini that is setup as a home media center with a tv tuner, and a new MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro has Snow Leopard, so I was able to confirm that Maintidget is indeed compatible. Besides that, we have been keeping ourselves busy with a lot of camping, work, Netflix movie watching, etc. It's been a great summer :)

25 Candles on the Macintosh cake - Friday, January 23, 2009 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Mac News
What kind of semi-Mac themed website would this be if I didn't acknowledge that today is the day in which the Macintosh has been around for 25 years? That's right, 25 years of smiling Macs, cool designs, and a great operating system. If only Microsoft could experience that for 25 seconds (zing!). In my years as a Mac user, I have had many different models, from the MacPlus to a G5, from a Powerbook 140 to a MacBook Pro, and many different Apple branded gadgets in between. I can only hope the next 25 years are just as good for Apple, cause I really like their products :). By the way, if you are looking to brush up on your Mac history, I would start with Low End Mac.

The house hunt begins! - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Site Update
Alicia and I have officially begun our hunt for our first house. We had been doing some online searching, but only recently did we find a realtor, get a mortgage pre-approved, and actually visit some houses. This is the main reason for the lack of notable updates in the past week. There have been various section redesigns (new Shareware Pick layout, better color schemes, more consistent look to the Cartoons page, etc.) but no new features yet. I'm definitely working on some stuff, my time is just limited. On a side note, if you are looking for a realtor in the Madison, WI area, we highly recommend Mark Williams. That guy is great :)

Boxee: The ultimate media center - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 6:30 p.m. CST
Shareware Pick
To go along with Sunday's post about Hulu, I bring you the best way to watch Hulu (among other things): Boxee. This application is currently in the alpha stages, so you will have to put up with the occasional bugs, but it's more than worth it. With Boxee you can watch videos from a variety of sources, listen to internet radio stations, view photos from Flickr or Picasa. This is all on top of using your own media or downloading it with the built-in BitTorrent client. You may never need to watch TV again (ok, that's not true)!

Hulu: Free TV and Movies - Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 4:30 p.m. CST
Interesting Link
When the internet first started moving to broadband, many people were wondering how long it would take for it to replace TV. That hasn't happened yet, but Hulu brings that dream one step closer to reality. Using the Hulu service,you can watch full episodes of TV shows, full movies, and fun video clips. Whether you are into reality shows, horror movies, or sci-fi classics, Hulu has something available for you to watch on demand. I have only recently started using this service, but I already think it's a great way to fill to "there's nothing good on" void.

Giantmike.com goes green part 2 - Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 4:10 p.m. CST
Site Update
Anyone who has ever visited this site before should notice that the overall theme of the site has been changed for the first time in a long time. The old blue and yellow theme had been in place for many years, and needed a change. With the aide of CSS and good image editing tools, I was able to switch it up to an earthy green theme with just a few hours of work. I hope everyone enjoys the new look.

Time Capsule - Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 8:05 a.m. CST
Review
A few weeks ago I decided that I needed a better backup solution for my MacBook Pro. My current backup solution included copying my Home folder to a firewire drive whenever I plugged it in (sometimes the gap between backups was nearly a year). It really didn't take long for me to decide upon a 500 GB Time Capsule. The seamless integration with Time Machine, the 802.11 n capabilities, the 1 Gbit ethernet speeds, and the built in print server all combined to make the perfect backup product for me. After about 2 weeks of use, I couldn't be happier. I know my data is safe, and I can print without turning on my "print server" computer. This has certainly improved my computer using experience even further.

Album Artwork Assistant - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 8:20 a.m. CST
Shareware Pick
When I downloaded the latest version of iTunes, I was presented with the new grid view of albums/artists. Since I only had something like three albums with artwork, it was pretty dull. I tried pulling the artwork from the iTunes Music Store, and that pulled in about half the albums. But it was up to me to manually find artwork for the remaining albums, and add them myself. That is, until I found Album Artwork Assistant. This easy to use tool cut out about 75% of the work! After about an hour of using it, I added artwork to approximately 40 albums. If you are looking to add artwork to your music, this is definitely the way to go.

Giantmike.com goes green! - Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 5:10 p.m. CST
Site Update
Okay, so the general theme of this site will remain blue/yellow (for now). Instead, I'm doing a very small part to help reduce waste in this world. If you have ever printed any page here, you will no doubt have noticed that everything prints out, including the dark blue background. This is a big waste of paper/ink, so I updated the style sheet to hide the side bars, remove the background color, and change the header image into text. No longer will this site be wasteful when printing the content!

Mint.com: The best way to manage your money - Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 2:30 p.m. CST
Interesting Link
It's time to revive the Interesting Links feature with one of the coolest websites out there: Mint.com. This site offers the best personal finance management tools I have seen. Mint provides a central login to ALL of your bank accounts, credit cards, loans, and investments so you can see where all of your money is in one place. It also helps with budgeting, trending, categorization, and money saving tips. Your Mint account can even be setup to send email and mobile text alerts to you when certain criteria are met (such as low credit available or large deposit made). If you are an iPhone/iPod touch user, there is a Mint app available to help you keep track of your money anywhere. All this, and it's completely free! If you aren't a Mint user, I highly suggest heading over to Mint.com and check out everything they have to offer.

Maintidget version 1.5.1 released - Monday, January 5, 2009 - 9:10 p.m. CST
Maintidget
I received some reports of Maintidget 1.5 not giving last run dates on Mac OS X 10.4.x, and also passwords with special characters were not working. After some debugging/updating, both of those problems should be resolved in today's minor update. Download Maintidget 1.5.1 if you are encountering either of those issues.

Maintidget version 1.5 released - Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 8:00 a.m. CST
Maintidget
Version 1.5 has been a long time in the making. I started updating the user interface and authentication logic at least six months ago, but that too fell to the back burner. Recent reports of extra text overlaying the display and dates not updating prompted some devotion to development that cumulated in the latest version being released today! This version includes: Reduced widget footprint, better password handling, improved log parsing accuracy, MobileMe preference syncing support, and the option to not run the daily script. Download Maintidget 1.5 now!

I'm not dead! - Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 1:40 p.m. CST
Site Update
Really, it's only been eight months since the last update? It seems much longer than that! What have I been doing? I got married and went on a honeymoon, started looking into buying house, became a team lead at work, and got more acquainted with video games. I have thought about updating the site many times, just never got around to it :-/. However, I have some real updates coming! Maintidget is nearing version 1.5, I bought a Time Capsule to review, I found some more shareware worth featuring, and maybe it's time for a visual upgrade to the site (that's a big maybe). So stay tuned, there is new content on the way!

iCal Events 2.3 - Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 12:10 p.m. CST
Shareware Pick
The newest posting to my Shareware Picks section marks the 200th piece of shareware in the list. To mark this occasion, I have added a widget that has found a permanent home in my Dashboard. I have been using iCal since it was first released, but it has always had one major flaw in my eyes: I would forget about many events I added. Sure I could add alerts, keep it open all the time, or try to remember to open it periodically, but these never worked for my. Enter iCal Events, and my troubles have disappeared. Now I keep track of everything I have planned for the next two weeks. It's great knowing I won't be forgetting about these events any longer.

New Interesting Link: Tasko Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. CST
A while ago, I added an application named TaskPaper to my Shareware Picks. It's a nice little application that I have been getting even more use out of lately, but it does have some limitations. One of them being what to do when you're not at your Mac (or it's not with you). A great solution to this is the newest Interesting Link, Tasko, an online version of TaskPaper. With Tasko, you can update and access your to-dos from anywhere you have an internet connection (mixing this with an iPhone would be cool). Plus, it has a funny name :)

Updated Maintidget Released Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 9:00 a.m. CST
I have been receiving a lot of emails from people who have been having a hard time running the maintenance scripts via Maintidget. I took some time over the past few days, and re-wrote the authentication logic, so those people incorrectly seeing "password failed" when it was in fact correct, should no longer see that message. Also, there are many people out there who like to run their administrator accounts without a password. Although in version 1.2 I made a change to support this, it seems this wasn't working for a good number of users. The new logic in version 1.4 should hopefully clear that up as well (I did test it with a dummy account, and it works fine for me). So, without further ado, head over to the Maintidget page to grab version 1.4.

Review of a new battery for the MacBook Pro Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 8:15 a.m. CST
I had been using a dying battery in my MacBook Pro for about 6 months. It had developed the dreaded "shut off at random percentages" syndromes that my previous battery also had. It was so bad, I now could barely trust my computer to stay on for 5 minutes when the power was removed. Not wanting to repeat the process again with another Apple battery (and the crappy 90 day warranty), I searched around until I found FastMac. Their line of batteries looked promising, so I ordered one. After a very long fulfilling/shipping process (about 2.5 weeks from order to delivery), I had a new battery to test out. I have been happily using it for a while, and have now posted a review of this battery. See what I think about the TruePower Battery for 15.4" MacBook Pro.

New Interesting Link, Shareware Pick, and iFruits Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 6:30 p.m. CST
Once again, being busy with things like wedding planning are distracting me from the website. I have been trying to keep some things updated in the background, but nothing major has come up until today. First, for Canon digital camera owners out there, the newest Interesting Link shows you how you can enable some really cool features built into your camera. It's a completely/easily reversible procedure, so definitely give it a shot to see if your camera has some hidden abilities. For everyone else, I have posted a new Shareware Pick to replace another shareware pick. If you like RSS feeds, you need to check out this application (which recently became available for free). Finally, for anybody who needs a few laughs, I have posted a couple iFruit comics: #213 and 214.

I'm finally running Leopard Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 7:30 p.m. CST
For my birthday, Alicia got me a copy of Leopard, which is the first OS X update I didn't install as soon as it came out. I'm glad I waited, as the day after I installed it, Apple released 10.5.2 which fixed some really annoying things in Leopard. Overall, I'm really liking this update. Spaces and the new iChat are the two best features so far. I really enjoy the much cleaner and more useful interface, and the new screen sharing feature is super useful. Add on the grid based stacks, new core image stuff (free upgrade to Pixelmator, woot!), and upgrade Spotlight features, and you have a great installment to the OS X family. I haven't gotten to use things like Time Machine or Quick Look yet, but I can see how these can come in handy. After two days of owning Leopard, I solidly believe it's by far better than any other OS Apple ever created!

Interesting link to pix your flawed LCD Friday, January 25, 2008 - 8:00 p.m. CST
Ever have an LCD monitor that has a burn in effect (not common) or a stuck pixel (very common)? Most of the time, there really isn't anything you can do about those unwanted features. That is, until I found the JScreenFix. This little Java applet can be run from ay web browser, and displays a certain pattern that is supposed to turn a stuck pixel back into a properly working pixel within 20 minutes. I am lucky enough that I don't have anything to try this on, but if there is anyone out there with a stuck pixel, give it a shot, maybe you won't be bothered by that little bright red spot ever again.

Shareware pick that helps you keep on target Monday, January 21, 2008 - 7:50 p.m. CST
I have a lot of ideas run through my head, but if I don't write them down, I often forget them or remember them way after I needed to. Thus, I normally have a pen and some post it notes at hand. But with the newest shareware pick, I no longer need to waste paper. I have only used this program for about a week, but I already like it much more than any other program I have tried to keep track of what I need to do. I love how simple and fast it is, which is really what I always wanted in a to-do application. Plus, it has some really handy features I wouldn't have thought of including in such an app.

Funniest image of 2007 Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 12:25 p.m. CST
The internet is a great resource for information, news, and funny pictures. Like everyone else, I am inundated with funny pictures via the web on almost a daily basis. However, only a few of those images really make me laugh so hard that my side aches. That's why I have created a yearly tribute to the funniest picture I saw in the past year. 2007 gives us a great picture from one of the best shows the Sci Fi channel has ever broadcast. Ify ou are a fan of Battlestar Galactica, you may never stop laughing at the best image of 2007.

Review of Canon S5 IS Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 12:00 p.m. CST
I just completed my review of my new toy: the Canon S5 IS digital camera. This ultra zoom (12x optical) with super macro (focuses at 0.0 inches) camera produces amazing 8 Megapixel images. With image stabalization and as much customization as anyone except a professional photographer could need, this camera delivers a lot of punch in a "compact" package. If you want a preview of what to expect from this camera, take a look at this Picasa album, full of random photos using the different camera settings.

Re-wording of the About Me page Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 5:40 p.m. CST
For the first time in longer than this site went without an update, the About Me page has been udpated. It includes a new picture (one of our engagement photos), and a completely re-worded body. Soon the photo album page will be updated as well. I have a lot of new photos to put up, so I might make some good use of Google's PIcasa photo sharing service. I have used it a bit, and thus far I'm pretty impressed.

The reports of my laziness are greatly unexaggerated Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 8:00 p.m. CST
Well now, it's been almost a year since I have posted anything to this website. Why the absence? There are a bunch of reasons. The main reasoning is that I met a girl named Alicia shortly after making my last entry. She kept me really busy all throughout the spring and summer, then in the early fall, we got engaged! As of this post, there are only 270 days until I'm a married man. More details on the wedding can be found at one of my recent side projects: our wedding website.

Other than that, it's really been laziness for my lack of updates. Hopefully, that will begin to change. I moved all my website source code to my MacBook Pro, making it much more accessible. To start off the updates, I have a variety of changes including a new shareware pick (with a new design to this section), a new iFruit comic, a new interesting link full of digital photography tips, a review of an indispensable gadget, and various minor updates throughout the site. I hope you enjoy the new content; I'm sure more will be coming soon.

iPod Related Shareware Pick Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 7:19 p.m. CST
Do you have a video iPod? Do you have a lot of DVDs? Then this Shareware Pick is for you. This software makes it a breeze to copy the movies you already own onto your iPod so you can watch them on a plane, at a hotel, or even as work. Converting a movie takes less than an hour (depending on the speed of your machine), and reveals a properly formatted MPEG4 video which the iPod loves. Of course, I have to warn against copying DVDs which aren't yours; but nobody does that, right?

Interesting Link for Madisonians Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:40 a.m. CST
This latest interesting link is specific to those living in the Madison area (such as myself). If you have some "junk" to get rid of, or maybe you're looking to pick up a used article for cheap, take a look at Madison Stuff Exchange. The site is aimed at reducing the waste in landfills by letting people freely post for sale and trade items. The most you can charge is $99 for your product, so you're guaranteed that everything is cheap and local. But for those of you who are in Madison, you might have a similar project in your neighborhood (or even statewide). Check out i-WasteNot for an up to date listing of exchanges across the country.

Did You Know? Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 5:13 p.m. CST
I was playing with my new 30GB video iPod today when I stumbled across a simple, yet in-genius feature. After getting back from a short walk, I was finishing up a song before putting the iPod away. This particular song had a couple seconds of silence at the end, so I disconnected the headphones, expecting the next song to start, at which time I would pause it, and pick it up later. To my surprise, the iPod recognized that the headphones had been disconnected, so it automatically paused the current song for me! This prevents you from gaps in your listening if the headphones come loose during strenuous activity. Just like OS X, it's all the little things that make the iPod so much better of an MP3 player than it's competition. I look forward to finding other little gems as I explore the iPod.

New Shareware Pick Friday, January 26, 2007 - 9:24 p.m. CST
With the recent redesign of Maintidget, I was given the image files used to make the various images in vector (SVG) format. I had a couple programs installed that could do some simple vector graphics, but nothing that really worked as well as I wanted. Luckily, I found the current shareware pick. It's a free, full featured vector image editing program that allowed me to update the images I needed with relative ease.

JBuds earbuds Review Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 7:59 p.m. CST
I finally joined the iPod revolution with a 30 GB Video iPod, but I really don't like the earbuds that ship with it. They aren't comfortable, they aren't black (my iPod is black), and they don't really get all that loud. Therefore, I replaced them with the Jbuds earbuds which are inexpensive, yet deliver some good sound. If you are looking to replace some earbuds without breaking the bank, take a look at this model.

New Feature: Best Image of the Year Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 8:48 p.m. CST
I came up with an idea for a new feature to add to this website tonight. My friends like to send me links to funny images. Some are good, some not so much. But the best ones of the pack need to be shared with the rest of the world. Therefore, I have added the Best Image of the Year, where I pick my favorite image from the past year, and post it here for everyone to see. Currently, there is a pre-2006 image which has been one of my favorites for years, and a 2006 image that gave me a great laugh last year. I already have one image in the running for the 2007 award, but we have a lot of time to top that. Enjoy!

Pangea Arcade Review Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 11:46 a.m. CST
Yet another one of the software titles I picked up from the famous MacHeist bundle is Pangea Arcade. From the makers of classic games such as Nanosaur, Bugdom, and Bloodsuckers (remember that game?), this software package envelopes three various on some of our favorite games from the past. Pangea Software makes some excellent arcade games, and this one is no exception. Check out the full review of Pangea Arcade.

Learn Cocoa One Week at a Time Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 8:28 p.m. CST
One of the questions I often see is people wondering how they can get started programming on OS X. Almost everyone responds with "you should read Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X by Aaron Hillegass." While I agree that the book is a great starting place, not everyone can sit through a coding book. Therefore, I would like to introduce you to the Weekly Cocoa App Challenge. Chris Forsythe has decided to post a progressively harder to develop cocoa program on a weekly basis. Your objective is to re-create the program from the ground up. The following week, Chris will post his source code so you can check your work. This should be great for beginners and the experienced alike.

Double Shareware Pick Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 8:22 a.m. CST
For the first time ever, I have included two programs in the shareware pick. The main program is an RSS reader I got as part of the MacHeist bundle. That program is easily my most-used program of the bundle, as it is running whenever my MacBook Pro is awake. The second program is an open source RSS reader offered as an alternative choice. Whichever you choose, it's definitely time to get on the RSS bandwagon. Check out why in the latest Shareware Pick double feature.
BONUS: This site now offers a simple RSS feed so you can easily discover the latest updates.

New Interesting Link Tuesday, January 9, 2007 - 7:28 p.m. CST
It has been quite a while since the last Interesting Link, so it's a good thing I have a really cool one. For those that haven't heard of the MythBusters, it is a show on the Discovery channel where they put urban legends, myths, and public opinions to the test. They run various tests, and usually come up with a solid conclusion one way or the other. With all these tests, it can be easy to forget the outcome of some of them. Just when you thought you would have to wait until a rerun to prove your friends wrong, along comes MythBusters Results. Here you can see what the outcomes were, and why the busted, confirmed, or partially confirmed a myth. Very cool.

Maintidget 1.3 Released Sunday, January 7, 2007 - 10:49 p.m. CST
During the middle of last week, I got a surprising email. A very nice chap named Jason Jacques wrote to let me know that he really likes the idea of Maintidget, but didn't like the design. But instead of just telling me the design was sub-par, he actually spent the time to come up with a whole new look. I then expanded his work to provide six more color schemes which are user selectable. Moreover, I expanded the feature set by including the ability to check for updates from within the widget and open the log files in the Console (by clicking the Daily/Weekly/Monthly headings) so you can see exactly what was done when running the scripts. Head over to the Maintidget page to download the latest version. A great big thanks to Jason for his redesign!

Possibly Final iFruits Monday, January 1, 2007 - 9:41 a.m. CST
Bill Amend has decided to end the daily production of FoxTrot daily comic strips. From here on out, it will be a Sunday only strip with the possibility of some dailies on the web. Thus, the chances for new iFruits has very much decreased. Luckily, Bill released two more iFruit based FoxTrots before the strip ended. You can see them as the last one on iFruit page 21 and the only one on iFruit page 22. Here's hoping to a few more iFruit over the next year.

MacSanta Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 - 6:06 p.m. CST
This year has been full of Mac shareware deals. First it started with MacZot, then along came My Dream App, quickly followed by Mac Heist, and even free software from Mac App a Day. Now the latest venture into providing great Mac shareware at reduced costs is MacSanta. This site features an ever growing list of shareware products at 20% discounts. If you have been looking to purchase a particular shareware license, now might be the time.

More Xmas iFruits Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 6:31 p.m. CST
Last week there was yet another five new iFruit comics. All iFruits have been posted to iFruit page 21. Enjoy.

Four new iFruits Monday, December 4, 2006 - 6:18 p.m. CST
Over the past few weeks the Fox Trot iFruit comics have been slowly piling up on my desktop. I finally got the ambition to post them all. If you want to see the four newest iFruits, check out iFruit page 21. These latest comics feature Roger trying to play chess, a "guest appearance" by Teller (from Penn and Teller), and the family getting prepped for Xmas. Hopefully I will have the time in the upcoming weeks to post more often.

New iFruit Monday, November 20th, 2006 - 8:50 p.m. CST
Lots of stuff going on lately has kept me from posting much lately. In fact, I have two iFruits to post, but because I'm too lazy to create a second page, I have only posted the first. So, if you want to see this one, take a look at the last comic on iFruit page 20. P.S. It's the 200th iFruit comic!

Updated Maintidget Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 - 6:38 p.m. CST
First, some great news: MacAddict decided to include Maintidget on their CD! It's in the December issue, which means thousands of people already have access to it. Of course, with a lot of access means more situations that I didn't handle when creating it. One of those situations is admin accounts with no password assigned. In those cases, Maintidget did not allow the scripts to be run. Today I set out to find a solution, and I'm happy to report, I have one. Maintidget 1.2 can now run the scripts by both admin users with a password, and those without. If you fall into the later category, get the update now!

Find Hubert Sunday, November 5th, 2006 - 7:10 a.m. CST
Have you seen this little gut yet? His name is Hubert and he seems to be taking over the Mac Web. We don't have a lot of information on him (click him for his rules), but there is certainly more coming soon. He was created by the folks over at MacHeist to get everyone in the mood for the upcoming "heists." If you head over to My Dream App you may just see Hubert in the hiding somewhere on the page. If you're a real sleuth, you should find out what happens next **shifty eyes**.

P.S. I am not affiliated with MacHeist in any way, but I did get an early invite!

New Shareware Pick Friday, November 3rd, 2006 - 5:47 p.m. CST
Like fiddling around with Mac OS X? Afraid that you will break something by using the terminal? If you answered yes to both of those questions, check out the newest Shareware Pick. This program lets you change a wide array of obscure OS X settings to do just about anything you want. A very handy program for those that think their computer could work just a bit better.

New Open Source Program Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 - 8:41 p.m. CST
I have posted a new Cocoa program to my list of Open Source programs. This one uses/modifies the Launch Services database to help the user choose their favorite browser. This program also features building a popup menu with icons of each browser install on the computer, and a blending of Carbon/Cocoa to access/change the Launch Service defaults. Out of the 13 browsers I have currently installed, only Safari and Camino seem to also properly implement this feature.

Three New iFruits Saturday, October 28th, 2006 - 8:57 a.m. CST
Over this past week Jason fox has been irked by not being picked for the latest beta test of World of Warquest. Most of the comic strips revolved around Jason trying to get in, but three of them featured the iFruit computer. All three of these comics have been posted to iFruit page 20.

New Interesting Link Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 - 6:17 p.m. CST
I heard about this site recently that can graph out websites based on the tags contained within. It's kind of an interesting way of seeing how some pages are designed. The site is located at Websites as Graphs with a couple more popular sites and the explanations listed at the author's site. To the right you can see what this website looks like as a graph. As you can see, my HTML By Hand technique has provided some very clean code. There are no tables, but a lot of div tags that make up the layout. The yellow/green branch signifies the search engine. The tight orange/blue cluster denotes the navigation links. The large branch that is mainly green with a handful of grey, blue and orange makes up the actual content of the page. Pretty cool!

How-To Article Posted Tuesday, October 24th, 2006 - 6:47 p.m. CST
Sometime last week I learned of a program that has been installed on my hard drive for some time called Quartz Composer. Not knowing much about what I was doing, I quickly found myself creating some cool little animations. However, I was struck by the overall lack of tutorials there are for this application, so I decided to create my own. If making your own audio visualizations, screen savers, and slideshows sounds fun to you, check out my Quartz Composer Introduction.

Updated Mac OS X Speed Tips Friday, October 20th, 2006 - 5:27 p.m. CST
For the first time in a long time, the OS X Speed Tips page has gotten a much needed update. Many of the tips have been enhanced with more information, some tips have been removed as they no longer apply (at least not as much as they used to), and a handful of new tips have been added. If your machine has been acting kind of sluggish, try out some of the listed tips to see if you can gain back some of your performance.

Organizational Shareware Pick Thursday, October 19th, 2006 - 5:03 p.m. CST
Lately I have been downloading a lot of the PDF documents available at Apple's Developer Connection website to reference while playing around with Cocoa. All of these files were cluttering up my hard drive, so I was glad when I found the latest Shareware Pick. If you too are feeling overwhelmed by the number of PDFs on your computer, you may want to give this software a try.

New Interesting Link Sunday, October 15th, 2006 - 8:53 a.m. CST
I recently stumbled across a page that I think needs a lot more publicity. I'm sure everyone reading this has called a company at one time or another for tech support, customer service, or dozens of other reasons. In doing so, you probably found out how difficult it can be to get a real human on the phone. That where GetHuman comes into play. This site contains a database of thousands of companies, and how to access human support reps as soon as possible. The next time you need to call about your TV or computer not working, check this site, and get your issue resolved quickly.

New-ish iFruit Friday, October 13th, 2006 - 5:00 p.m. CST
Ok, so this iFruit has been available for a few days. But my recent trip kept me from getting it posted to the site. This comic tackles the increasing trend of viral videos on sites like YouTube. If you don't know what a viral video is, obviously you haven't been using the Internet for long. See Bill Amend's take on this phenomenon on iFruit page 20.

New Shareware Pick Thursday, October 12th, 2006 - 5:05 p.m. CST
Back from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where the snow is already falling with a great Shareware Pick. If you ever wanted more clipboards, or even better, the ability to share your clipboard(s) across a network, then this program is for you. I really enjoy copying text on one computer, and pasting it to another. I just wonder how soon apple implements this into the OS.

New/Updated Open Source Programs Saturday, October 7th, 2006 - 12:58 p.m. CST
First off, iChat Idle has been updated again. This time I included the ability to detect changes in screen resolutions or hot-plugging of monitors. But more importantly, I created a new application called Notification Sniffer. This program watches for and displays all distributed notifications on your system. Moreover, it features some really cool things such as user customizable window option (background color, partial transparency, text color), printing of a text view with correct pagination, saving of text files, and using the preferences to remember the user's settings. A lot of good examples wrapped into one fairly simple program. Get it here.

New Interesting Link Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 - 6:21 p.m. CST
Do you have a lot more free time than I do? Are you constantly bored? Do you like endlessly looking at pictures for minute details? Then this interesting link is for you! Clickworkers is a NASA experiment where regular citizens examine the contents of MARS photos, mapping out the terrain. If that's your cup-o-tea, give it a shot. You might just find something cool!

New sample applications: The Notification Bundle Sunday, October 1st, 2006 - 9:16 a.m. CST
After a couple days of nothing but iChat Idle, I decided to create another sample Cocoa application. In fact, I created two! These two programs work together in sending and receiving system wide messages (Distributed Notification). The first program puts the message on the Notification Queue. The second program will receive that message, and displays some text (in a random color). These two programs don't actually do anything useful (besides teach us some programming lessons), but can easily be enhanced to provide some practical function. Get both of these programs via a single download link on this page.

Another iChat Idle Update Saturday, September 30th, 2006 - 8:54 a.m. CST
I have posted another update to iChat Idle. This time I added an icon (I was getting sick of the generic application icon), made the window resizable with restrictions on the size, and most importantly: multi-threaded the application. Multi-threaded applications is nothing new to me, but this one is a bit different than anything I created before. This time, I decided to create a new thread for each CPU/core in the computer. This means if you have a single CPU/single core system, only one thread will be generated which will have to loop over all 1800 lines. If you have two CPUs, both dual core, then four threads will be generated each only looping over 450 lines. The hard part was determining when each sub-thread was complete with its data set. Once that happens, then the main thread can finish its task. Check out the latest iChat Idle to see how I accomplished that. Also note that the programming links have been updated with with some new links.

Updated iChat Idle Thursday, September 28th, 2006 - 7:43 p.m. CST
I made an update to iChat Idle. It will now check to see if iChat is running before trying to set the idle away message. If iChat is running, it will alert the user, and not allow the change to be made. To accomplish this, it uses an AppleScript that calls the "System Events" application to make this determination. If your interested in this type of thing in your Cocoa apps, grab the latest iChat Idle here.

iChat Idle Monday, September 25th, 2006 - 7:45 p.m. CST
Lately I have had the urge to delve deeper into the world of Cocoa and Objective-C. Those two languages combine to provide developers with some extremely creative tools to build some extremely creative programs. In an effort to keep my Cocoa skills sharp, I often program up little do-dads to try out new and exciting things. Then, when I finally get it to work, I post the code for the world to use. My latest experiment includes opening a file, putting every line into an array, parsing that array for a specific prefix, replacing an item in the array, converting that array back to a string, and finally writing the string back to the disk as a file. If you are interested in any of those steps, check out iChat Idle on Giantmike's Random Programs.

Two new iFruits Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - 8:32 a.m. CST
This past week has seen Jason Fox building an incredibly complex website for a school project. As expected, a couple of the comics featured the Fox family's iFruit computer. I present those two comics to you on the iFruit page 20.

Fun Interesting Link Friday, September 22nd, 2006 - 10:45 p.m. CST
I ran into this site a while ago, and instantly knew I should post it as an Interesting Link. Imagining the 10th Dimension is just what it sounds like, a guide to helping us understand the tenth dimension. I suggest using the Flash version, and clicking the Imagining the Tenth Dimension link under the Navigation menu. You will be presented with a nice animated presentation that really gets you thinking. Never again will you think of life in only three or four dimensions.

Digital Photography related Shareware Pick Thursday, September 21st, 2006 - 4:43 p.m. CST
Recently I have been getting more into digital photography. Many of the shots I take are at night, which means they often exhibit high noise levels. If I play around with my camera settings enough, I can usually get good looking pictures without the noise. However, we don't always have the time to take and review 20 shots just to keep one, so a tool is needed to recover those noisy images. That's where the latest Shareware Pick comes in. If you have ever experienced noise or grain in your low light photos, then this tool will likely be a life saver.

New iFruit Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 - 7:48 p.m. CST
On Saturday there was a new Fox Trot iFruit comic released. Of course, I was too busy installing the new search engine to get it posted right away. Nonetheless, it's been added to the site now. If you would like to see Roger Fox trying to play chess with anyone that's willing, head over to iFruit page 20.

New search engine installed Sunday, September 17th, 2006 - 8:11 a.m. CST
Yesterday I was making a fairly major change to the website which should have been mostly transparent to the end users. I was fed up with the Google based search engine not indexing frequently enough, so I found a PHP/MySQL based search engine called Sphider. After much finagling with the underlying PHP, creating some new template files, and including my navigation HTML as part of the page builder, I was able to put together a fully integrated search engine. It features such things as suggested spellings, indexing exclusions, and search statistics. The only thing it doesn't provide is scheduled indexing, but I'm working on that. Of course you can use it via the link above, or using the search box on the right side of every page. Enjoy the integrated searching!

New Shareware Pick Saturday, September 16th, 2006 - 7:22 a.m. CST
I recently stumbled across some really cool software that I just had to share with everyone out there. My latest Shareware Pick features some software called ArtRage that lets you create life-like art without spending hundreds of dollars on supplies. There is a free version for those who don't need a tool, and a full version for the real artists out there. I have very little artistic talent, so I provide this link to those who may create the next Mona Lisa...on their computer!

New Featured Link Thursday, September 14th, 2006 - 5:52 p.m. CST
I normally don't highlight link that go into the links section, but this one is worth it. If you ever wanted to known exactly how Mac OS X works, then the Mac OS X Internals book is for you. It doesn't just go into how to use the operating system like most OS X books. Instead it delves into the most technical inner workings that you really can't find anywhere else. I admit the website is mainly an advertisement for the book (I do NOT receive compensation for the link), but it does provide bonus chapters, source code, and other goodies to get you started investigating what makes our favorite OS tick.

New Interesting Link Sunday, September 10th, 2006 - 12:43 p.m. CST
Have you ever used GIMP? If not, you should really give it a try. This software is the only thing that can come close to Photoshop, but it's free! The best OS X version is gimp.app which is a prepackaged version that works great. If you do use GIMP, you will eventually want to delve into all the power it provides. That's when you will use my latest Interesting link. GIMPTalk is packed full of tutorials, has a community of users willing to help, and provides many links to other GIMP resources. Definitely a must have link for all GIMP users.

New iFruit Friday, September 8th, 2006 - 10:25 p.m. CST
A new FoxTrot comic featuring my favorite mock computer was released today. It's been a while since Bill Amend created an iFruit based strip, but it was worth the wait. If you dislike PowerPoint as much as I do, you will really feel for Roger Fox in this one. You can find the 192nd strip on iFruit page 20.

Another New Shareware Pick Sunday, September 3rd, 2006 - 8:42 a.m. CST
I'm not purposely waiting a week between updates. But when 75% of your work day is taken up doing HTML/CSS/JS/XML/XSL work, you certainly don't want to come home and do it some more. Nevertheless, I'm featuring a fairly new program in my latest Shareware Pick. Just because it's new doesn't mean it is no good. Just the opposite. This program is already very good and has an extremely bright future. You might as well get in on it now!

New Shareware Pick Sunday, August 27th, 2006 - 8:03 a.m. CST
If you are a user of Apple's Airport technology to connect to wi-fi networks, you have probably come across the need to find networks within range of your computer. You can use the Airport menu item, a wireless sniffing app, or the latest Shareware Pick.

80.8 miles in 7 hours, 40 minutes Sunday, August 20th, 2006 - 4:39 p.m. CST
This morning I woke up at 4:30 to start the longest bicycle ride of my life. Less than a mile from my current residence is the Fitchburg head of the Military Ridge State Trail. Starting out when it was still very dark (good thing I have this new light), i rode all the way to the other end in Dodgeville, WI. After a 40 minute break at Hardees, I started the trip back. All was going good until the wind picked up for the last 7-8 miles of the trip. Of course, the wind was coming from the direction I was heading, so I had to buck it for about 40 minutes. All in all, it was a great experience that I likely won't attempt again, unless they pave the entire trail :).

Oh yeah, I also fixed the Feedback Form. I had made a couple changes to try to curb some of the SPAM I was getting, but I made a slight mistake in the PHP source code. I wasn't getting any more SPAM, but I wasn't getting any real feedback either. Anyhow, it's fixed now, so you can send me your thoughts and questions once again.

I just needed to complain Friday, August 18th, 2006 - 7:56 p.m. CST
I guess all I needed to do was complain here to get SmartPost to get my package moving. Early this morning it finally left the sorting facility, and arrived in time at the post office to be delivered to my residence. Thanks to the USPS for being so prompt!

As for a real site update, I have posted a new Interesting Site. If you remember a while back I posted a link to the 99 bottles of beer song written in hundreds of different programming languages. This link is similar, in that it features 101 versions of Stairway to Heaven. Listen to the classic Led Zeppelin song in more ways than you ever imagined!

A company to avoid Wednesday, August 16th, 2006 - 6:43 p.m. CST
On Saturday, August 5th, I ordered an LED headlight for my bicycle. It's now 11 days later, and I still don't have it. In fact, according to the tracking info, it's been sitting in a town about 50 miles away at some sortation center for 5 days! I don't blame the place I ordered from, but instead place blame squarely on FedEx's SmartPost division. This company is supposed to ship your package to the nearest USPS center, and have the mail carriers deliver it to your home. A good idea in theory, but their execution is sorely lacking. There is no reason that I should not have this product in my hands at this very moment. SmartPost has now made my list of shipping companies to avoid at all costs. I'll keep you updated on when I finally get this light.

Interesting Link related to my career Wednesday, August 9th, 2006 - 5:34 p.m. CST
I only read one blog regularly. Normally I'm not a huge fan of blogs, but this one is great for anyone in my industry. If you work in healthcare, especially the IT sector, you will certainly want to start reading HIStalk. This guy has great information on all of the healthcare software companies (including mine), and provides wonderful insights into where this market is going. Be warned, you may get hooked!

New iFruit Saturday, August 5th, 2006 - 6:59 a.m. CST
A few days ago Bill Amend released another Fox Trot comic featuring the iFruit computer. This time Jason Fox is having some fun playing with the immensely popular YouTube service. Check it out on iFruit page 20.

New Shareware Pick Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 7:57 p.m. CST
I recently bought 5 shareware apps for $5 at MacZot as part of their "mystery zot." Some of the apps are more useful than others (as expected), and I will be featuring some of the better ones as Shareware Picks. First program to get this treatment is billed as "The uninstaller Apple forgot." Take a look at what Apple left out of OS X here.

New iFruit Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 6:08 p.m. CST
Jason Fox is at it again. He's just as addicted to World of Warquest as thousands of other people around the world. But this time, he's met his match in a female opponent. Check out the latest Fox Trot iFruit on iFruit page 19.

Printing speed tip Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 4:33 p.m. CST
Printer Setup in Mac OS X 10.4 (and likely also Print Center in older versions of the OS) keeps track of all the print jobs you have completed. Sometimes this list either gets corrupted or very long. In either case, your print jobs may be taking longer than normal. If this happens, follow these steps to clear that list and restore your print times to an acceptable pace:
  1. Open Printer Setup Utility (In the Utilities folder)
  2. Double click your printer
  3. Click on the completed tab
  4. Use the Jobs menu to select Clear Completed Jobs List

Six new iFruits Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 10:09 a.m. CST
Wow, it's been too long since the last update. But I guess that's what happens when you rock out to Head East, Tesla, Loverboy, REO Speedwagon, Foghat, and Styx! Three great concerts for $8 each; you can't go wrong! Anyhow, to reward your patience, there are six new Fox Trot iFruit comics. Once again, Jason is playing World of Warquest. This time he is farming for gold. Check out all six on iFruit page 19.

Helpful Shareware Pick Friday, July 7th, 2006 - 6:03 p.m. CST
If you are like me, you have a handful of tools sitting in your Utilities folder for when you Mac acts abnormally. I always disliked requiring multiple tools to get the job done, so I was extremely happy when I heard about the newest Shareware Pick. Finally, you might be able to reduce the size of your Utilities folder while increasing your troubleshooting arsenal.

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