I wrote a few weeks ago in Tech Tails #688 about a 27-inch iMac with a screen flicker issue shared by many on Apple’s discussion boards and around the Internet. Apple addressed these concerns yesterday with a firmware update as predicted here in Tech Tails. If you have a 27-inch iMac with an ATI Radeon […]

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I can honestly say that Time Capsule is one of my favorite Apple products. I have a 1TB Time Capsule at home that holds backups for three of my machines. It’s a beautiful thing when I come home from a long day at work, open up my MacBook Pro and see the Time Machine wheel […]

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See below for rebate details. Microsoft has released a Service Pack update for Office 2008 for Mac, and it delivers substantial changes. Service Pack 2 not only includes stability fixes, but additional features for PowerPoint and speed increases for Word and Excel. Among the featured general Office 2008 improvements (from Microsoft): Stability is improved. This […]

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Saturday saw more severe thunderstorms, and each storm brings a surge of power-related repairs into the shop. Instead of the oh-so-2001 modem replacements, we’re seeing more and more failed AirPort base stations and Time Capsules. My own base station was fried, in addition to my television, cordless phone, DSL modem, and much of the home […]

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It’s shaping up to be a Google news-filled week, as Google announced this morning that they will expand their offerings to include an operating system—Google Chrome. Nine months ago, they released the Google Chrome browser, which was designed to give the (Windows) user a truly integrated Google Apps experience, along with fast and virus-free web […]

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Today, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and GTalk had their beta labels removed. Gmail, in particular, has been operating in beta mode for a considerable amount of time—it launched in 2004—so it seems Google finally feels ready to release it officially into the wild…? The beta label clearly doesn’t mean as much as it used […]

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Word is spreading that there’s a critical security vulnerability in Java on Mac OS X. Actually, it’s a couple of vulnerabilities that can be taken advantage of to run commands outside of the browser as the user that launched the browser. The truth is that it’s been known about since at least August of last […]

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As a consultant, it is essential that I stay up-to-date with Mac news and information. There are a variety of sites that I can recommend for this purpose. For general news, I read the articles version of MacNN. This gives me paragraph teasers, and optionally full articles, of Mac-related news items, major software releases, and […]

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The latest in Google’s quest for world domination is a product called Google Voice. As with most of Google’s offerings, it’s free and solves a problem most people don’t even know they have. Most of us have at least two phone numbers—a home phone and a cell phone. Some of us have a few work […]

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