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Head over to the apple store for some great refurbished deals.

Posted on 06 December 2016 by Couchy

Like this MacBook only $949.00.

Refurbished MacBook 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo – Aluminum

13.3-inch 1280-by-800 pixel LED-backlit display
2GB memory
160GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Built-in iSight camera
Standard keyboard

Remember all refurbished Apple products are fully tested and include a 1 year warranty, spiffy!

Certified Refurbished Apple Range

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Overburn CD or DVD Mac OSX

Posted on 02 December 2016 by Couchy

I recently had to burn a 704MB .avi (divX) file to a 700MB CD through my MacBook. I was pleased to find that although the default OSX Mac burner won’t overburn you can easily do this through a few terminal commands to bypass the overburn block.

1. Firstly create a directory with a short name (will be easier to type into terminal) that only contains the file you wish to burn, remove .nfo files (if a torrent file) or previews/covers leaving just the main .avi file. I called mine “movie”.

2. Open terminal (click finder and type it in if you haven’t used it before).

3. Browse to the directory above movies, enter “cd /user/downloads” where the directory containing the files you are burning is /user/downloads/movie (cd simply stands for change directory). Terminal will then display that you are in that directory. If you get stuck here because you haven’t used terminal before comment below and I will help you out.

4. Create an iso of the movies folder, in terminal enter “hdiutil makehybrid -o isofilename movie/” and your .iso will be created from the files in the folder movie. The progress will be displayed in terminal (doesn’t take long).

5. Enter your cd or DVD into the drive and burn using “hdiutil burn isofilename.iso” (while still in the same directory, which you will be if you follow the steps above). You will not be given the option of what speed to burn the disc at (in most cases this fastest setting is fine),  status will again be displayed in terminal while burning and verifying the disc.

6. Once burned you can delete isofilename.iso if you don’t plan on making any more copies.

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Apple Snow Leopard released 28-8-09

Posted on 26 November 2016 by Couchy

You can upgrade for just $29.00.

All the new features can be found here.

The major new feature is the ability to sync with a Microsoft Exchange server.

Apple is selling it as a refined version with lots of little improvements to things like startup times, finder and file sharing.

Check out the link for the full list of refinements.

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10 top Free web dev Apps For Apple Web Designers

Posted on 25 November 2016 by Couchy

aptana Studio: Build, deploy, scale

Supporting PHP, ROR and Python this is a serious tool. Although I have only used it for basic HTML, CSS editing I found that a breeze with helpful hints and colour coding of syntax. It’s going to be around for the long run as they just secured $7.8 Million in Funding. Its 100% free and monetises via its web app hosting platform.

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GIMP

An alternative to Photoshop its completely open source and has a plug-in available that converts the layout closer to Photoshop for an easy learning curve. A great way for aspiring web designers to start honing there skills.

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Handbrake

For converting your video files into a web friendly format you cannot go past this one.

 

Caliper Project

For pixel perfect designs you need a simple measurement tool like Caliper.

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MAMP: Mac – Apache – MySQL – PHP

The essential coding environment just a few clicks away :>.

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Cyberduck

FTP browser that also supports, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files & Amazon S3.

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Dashalytics

Google Analytics on your Dashboard.

Sequel Pro

MySQL database management app.

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Dropbox

File sharing the way it should be :>. Great if you are often moving between the office, your home Mac and your MacBook.

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Paparazzi!

A tiny app that makes screenshots of websites.

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Top 10 apps that make you want to switch to Mac

Posted on 23 November 2016 by Couchy

LiveView: on-screen prototyping on your iPhone

This is just freaking cool. LiveView can send a preview of what ever you are working on straight to all the iPhone’s on your LAN. The iPhone appears on your screen so you can position it over what you want to stream 1:1.

I’m sure we will see some innovative extensions come out of this. Although designed for collaboration you could use it to keep an idea on whats happening on your mac when you are away, say for example if you were in a chat application or some work specific program that can’t run on your iPhone.

Mac OS X 10.5 and iPhone OS 2.2 Required

Billings

Fast, efficient and beautiful invoice creation. If you read any freelance blogs there is no doubt you have heard of it. We cannot find any alternatives on other platforms that do the job quite as well.

Billings | Professional Time Billing for Anyone.

Coda: Grow beautiful code

This is one of the apps that has switched the most web developers from Windows to Mac. Created to streamline your entire web process it achieves it in style.

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EventBox: Social networking in a box

A smart way to organise your Twitter, Facebook, Google, Flickr, Digg profiles to name a few, also supports RSS content. $15.00 while in beta.

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Scrivener: The biggest software advance since the word processor.

If you do any freelance writing or need to compile a hefty research report than this will be right up your alley. A 30 day free trial is available so away you go get scriving! (yeah that’s not really a word).

Delicious Library

Although not very practical for sheer OMFG look at this this app takes the cake. One of the coolest features though is to keep track of who borrowed your stuff by drag and dropping into your address book.

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Think

Designed to help you block out all those social networking apps and distractions, it can’t block out your girlfriend (yet) but other than that its got all the moves to help you focus on the task at hand.

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MacSaber: I can’t believe you thought this was just for iPhone

Free for all your duelling fun. It comes with one instruction do not get carried away and drop your $2000.00 PowerBook.

Cha-Ching

Track your spending with Cha-Ching for Mac and iPhone. Free for Mac and $2.99 for the iPhone companion.

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iLife ‘09

This sells Macs period. Whether its the parent who could never work out how photo editing worked on a PC or the kid who wants the simple Mac way this is the killer app.

iLife ’09. iPhoto. iMovie. GarageBand. iWeb. All part of every new Mac.

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Artistic Snow Leopard Wallpapers

Posted on 22 November 2016 by jake

Check out these cool and artistic Snow Leopard Wallpapers. They ship standard with OSX 10.6 but you can download them all from a link over at Creative Bits.

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Running Mac OSX on a Netbook the lowdown

Posted on 14 November 2016 by Couchy

 

Apple has yet to enter the Netbook space, no doubt they have something in the works but users not content to wait have taken things into their own hands. Depending on what Netbook you have you may have to sacrifice some functionality but overall some like the HP Mini 1000 or a Dell Mini 9/Vostro A90 are quite comprehensive in their support of OSX.

Installing on non Mac hardware likely infringes Apple’s end user license agreement so don’t expect any official support. Check out this compatibility chart to see what your Netbook can do.

Dell Mini 9 installation guide by Gizmodo

MSI Wind installation guide by Wired

HP Mini 1000 installation guide by myHPmini

Asus Eee PC by uneasysilence.com

If you run into any problems you can get support over at the Hackintosh forums.

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EFI firmware updates

Posted on 13 November 2016 by Katie

Apple has recently released  EFI firmware updates for their June 2009 MacBook Pro and early 2009 iMacs, in order to rectify a mistake.

How many of you have found that your SATA drive interface has been running at 1.5Gbps instead of 3Gbps?

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Man & Machine hold Mighty Mouse trademark!

Posted on 31 October 2016 by Couchy

imageHere is a good trick rent out a name which you don’t actually own even though you have a cartoon mouse by the same name. Apple was formerly licensed to use the name by CBS but last year a Man and Machine sued both for using the name.

CBS still owns the rights to use it for the cartoon mouse version but Man & Machine own the name when dealing with computer Mice. They make waterproof & silent keyboards, perfect for use in the bathtub…or spilling drinks all over. On their website you can indeed see a product called Mighty Mouse 5.

Now that Man & Machine own the rights it is unclear if Apple is going to attempt to license the name from them or look at a new name for its upcoming mouse range.

Looking forward to a new mouse from Apple I think the Mighty Mouse is one of the weakest accessories that Apple offer. How many of you use them? they are so overpriced, much better mice available for less. For now though it seems like the “Adventures of Mighty Mouse” continue….

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15-inch MacBook Pro, Mid 2009 Battery

Posted on 30 October 2016 by Couchy

Always a popular choice the next version of the MacBook Pro is ready to charge.

The battery follows suit from the 17inch MacBook Pro by including a non-removable battery. Not been able to swap out the battery will no doubt irk some road warriors but Apple is betting the saved space and the adaptive charging implemented will be enough to keep the peace. They are confident the battery will last 5 years before starting to lose capacity.

How long will it last you is the big question using the standard Nvidia 9400M you are looking at around 7 hours with about an hour less for the Nvidia 9600M GT.

To extend your short term battery life remember to dim your screen if possible and turn off Airport.

To extend the long term battery life make sure your battery is used regularly (having your MacBook always plugged in is not good for it’s battery).

Is the fact that you can’t swap out the battery going to sway anyone towards another model?

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