Thursday, November 3, 2011

Flooding disrupts 25 percent of world's hard drive supplies

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told financial analysts last week he was “virtually certain” that the flooding in Thailand would lead to an overall industry shortage of hard disk drives.


Hard drive prices will be going up in the short term!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Apple Email to Text

This is a handy dandy applescript to convert your email messages to text files..

This works great if you want the new Dragon Dictate program to learn your Style / vocabulary.

It is free!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

AppleJack Link

AppleJack is a user friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X. With AppleJack you can troubleshoot a computer even if you can't load the GUI, or don't have a startup CD handy. AppleJack runs in Single User Mode and is menu-based for ease of use.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Canon Streaming Video Camcorder Setup

Current setup:Canon CAHV40 VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder From B&H Camera $650.00
IEEE-1394 FireWire iLink DV Cable 6P-4P M/M - 10ft (BLACK) From Monoprice $3.35
9 PIN/ 4PIN BILINGUAL FireWire 800 - FireWire 400 Cable, 15FT From Monoprice $8.36
Rode VideoMic Directional Video Condenser Microphone w/Mount From Amazon $150.00
Flashpoint Shoe Mountable LED 70 Video Light with 4 Leaf Barndoor. From Amazon $70.00

Below are photos of the setup:

Streaming Video Best Camera / Camcorder

I have been looking high and low for a camcorder that can stream well and not cost an arm and a leg!! To give credit where credit is due, Leo Laporte the tech guy, recommended the

Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder.

I have used a link to B&H camera because that is where I bought it. $650.00.
Even after Leo's recommendation, I spent days looking for other options. I didn't find anything better for less!
The main items needed:
Firewire - this is a must!External microphone. ( the Canon has a built-in stereo mic, a jack for ext. mic, AND a hot shoe option!)
Good optics
Reasonable price.
This one has all 4.

It does use Tape, to some this could be problem, I don't mind. Actually, it provides a cheap archive.

I will be adding posts w/ the additional accessories I purchased to get the streaming project up to speed. Sound, lights, cables etc...

Canon HV40 photo:

2.96 Megapixel 1/2.7" CMOS
Optical: 10x
Digital: 200x
Filter Size
Recording Media
MiniDV Cassette Video/Image
MiniSD Image Only
Recording Time
MiniDV Cassette
SP: 80 minutes (HDV, DV)
LP: 120 minutes (DV)
Video Format
High Definition
1920 x 1080i, 1440 x 1080 (60/24/30 fps)
Still Image Resolution
JPEG: 3.1 Megapixel
Audio Format
2-Channel Stereo
Display Type
Screen Size
Add-on Lens
Image Stabilization
0.2 (Night Mode)
Built-in Mic
Built-in Speaker
Built-in Light/Flash
Light - Yes
Flash - Yes
Accessory Shoe
Tripod Mount
Input/Output Connectors
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
1x FireWire
1x USB 2.0
1x Component Video (out)
1x Composite Video (out)
1x FireWire
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
Microphone Input
Headphone Jack
System Requirements
Not Specified By Manufacturer
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Power Adapter
100-240VAC, 50/60HZ
Dimensions (WxHxD)
3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4" / 88.90 x 81.28 x 137.16mm
1.4 lbs / 635.03g

Friday, March 5, 2010

Mac Journal from Macheist

Works pretty well for a novice like me but my image did not post in the prior post??

I will have to work on it.

In any event the MacHeist for $19.00 is a great value for me...check it out maybe the apps will work for you. 5 days left.

Working with the MacHeist Nano Bundle

This is the Mac journal software package. My first thought is to see how well it will post to my blogs.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Blackberry Storm OUT Droid IN !!

I have suffered for over a year now with the Blackberry Storm. Hard to believe that an "iPhone killer" could be nothing like an iPhone..? In fact the Storm, in my opinion, has got to be the biggest phone flop of all time.

I couldn't wait until my renewal date to ditched the Storm. So when the Droid was released, I hopped all over it!! So far so good. It isn't without foibles. The email program locks up once a day. Actually, a number of apps will lock up the phone. I can live w/ its problems, I couldn't live w/ the Storm.

The droid screen is great. Battery life is just OK. Lots of fun apps..many free. The docking station, for 30.00 extra is worthwhile.

Funny thing, I sold the Storm on Craigslist for $150.00 even after I told the guy it was the worst phone I have ever had. ( I told him he should look at the Droid ) I hope he has a better experience w/ the Storm than I did.

For more info goto Verizon at:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Free online virus scanner

Recommended by Leo LaPorte ( The Tech Guy )


Nice to have a second opinion when it comes to viruses.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Give to Charity and YOU get over $600.00 in MAC software!

Give to Charity and YOU get
over $600.00 in MAC software!

Click here for more info

So, what exactly is MacHeist?

It begins with the missions....

MacHeist's missions are an opportunity for our members to live out some of those secret agent fantasies, including mission briefings, simulated web espionage, and a storyline packed with tech-mystery intrigue, while earning free Mac software.

Over 300,000 MacHeist members have experienced the Mac themed, puzzle filled missions, receiving millions of dollars worth of free Mac software so far.

....but it all ends with the MacHeist bundle

The MacHeist bundle was introduced in December 2006 to huge success within the Macintosh community. The software bundle offered 10 of the Mac indie development community's best offerings, and was available at the end of the MacHeist promotion for one week.

The bundle was called the greatest Mac software deal in history, and has never been available since then. Customers snapped up over 16,000 copies, and donated 25% of their purchase to various charities. After over $190,000 was raised by customers by the end of the sale, MacHeist topped it off and $200,000 was raised in total.

But we didn't stop there... in 2007 we held MacHeist II and it became the biggest Mac shareware event ever. Quite possibly the biggest software event ever on any platform.

We had more of everything: more missions, more puzzles, more free Mac software, and more of you... and the community grew to become one of the largest Mac communities on the net!

Then we topped it off with a truly amazing deal... 14 Top Mac apps worth right around $500 for the same low $49 price. How did it do? Well, we sold over 44,000 bundles and $500,000 was raised for charity. Truly amazing!

Now we’re back in full-force with MacHeist 3, and we’re here to bring you the most spectacular Mac software event in history.

For further information, we recommend the MacHeist member created Wiki.