Apple releases itunes plus. No DRM!

May 30, 2007 at 10:55 am | Posted in Apple Inc, Laying it the line ;-), Mac Hints | Leave a comment

I just downloaded itunes 7.2 which will allow purchase of individual tracks of music for $1.29 which will as Playlist says:
“Apple is calling the new music “iTunes Plus,” and plans to offer it alongside the FairPlay-encrypted AAC files it has offered for some time through the iTunes Store. “iTunes Plus” files cost a bit more — $1.29 per track, versus the $0.99 per track for protected files — but have been encoded at a higher bit rate, 256Kbps AAC, instead of 128Kbps AAC, which should yield better audio fidelity.”
I owned one of the first ipods with a 10Gb hard drive. It was about the size of a pack of cigarettes. When I first got it when I would show it to friends and others I would amaze them with the comment’s like “this little box holds 1700 songs” Or ” it contains radio programs”. They would look startled and amazed. It wasn’t until 3 or 4 years later that folks began to “get” it and the ipod took off.
Read the rest of the Playlist article


Dave has a Top Ten, #10: Be gentle with the earth

May 11, 2007 at 6:19 am | Posted in Apple Inc, Laying it the line ;-), One-liner, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From : Tipmonkies link

Submitted on May 10th, 2007 by Jason Hamilton
Filed under Tips, Tricks & Hacks and Productivity

I ran into this about a month ago at and thought it was worth sharing. The top ten tips from the Dalai Lama, which I think are stong ideas that most people could agree with. Check out more information at The Ririan Project, but they are as follows:

10. “Be gentle with the earth.”
9. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.”
8. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
7. “Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.”
6. “Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”
5. “Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”
4. “Spend some time alone every day.”
3. “When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.”
2. “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.”
1. “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”

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MacBook Pro and Security Professionals

May 11, 2007 at 6:00 am | Posted in Apple Inc, Laying it the line ;-), Mac Hints | Leave a comment

Here is a link to a site that discusses the use of MacBook Pro MBP for security issues at work in mixed and mono culture computer environments. One telling commentator said paraphrasing , its not the computer thats the secturity issue its the user.

Read it for an eye opening take on MBP and security.

The Pirates of Silicon Valley

April 23, 2007 at 9:23 pm | Posted in Apple Inc | Leave a comment

Here is a nice video of the movie that chronicled the rise of Microsoft and Apple

Apple Computer Anniversary

April 15, 2007 at 5:26 am | Posted in Apple Inc | Leave a comment

The Frederick Apple Core with guests from Cumberland Valley Apple, hosted an expo photos April 14th, during their regular monthly meeting,of Apple Computer products , acknowledging recognition of the 30 years of Apple Computer (now Apple inc). The Apple II , the first complete all in one computer was introduced 30 years ago, April 16th 1977. (The IBM PC followed in 1981)

Apple was offically founded April 1, 1976 to sell the Apple I as a kit. January 3rd 1977 , Apple Computer was incorporated and the Apple II soon followed April 16th 1977.

The first Apple II that was bought for Catoctin High School ca. 1979 was purchased through the efforts of students selling “Apples for an Apple (computer)”

You must use RSS

April 8, 2007 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Apple Inc, Laying it the line ;-), One-liner | Leave a comment

Here is a great video describing the need for you to begin using RSS or XML

I have tried many RSS readers but the easiest one for beginners in Google Reader. Later if you want to use a stand alone application like I use Newsfire or newsgator you can.

Happy birthday Apple Computer

April 1, 2007 at 10:40 am | Posted in Apple Inc, Mac Hints | Leave a comment

Apple Computer partnership was formed April 1, 1976 and was incorporated in January 1977 after having sold 200 handbuilt Apple I’s.
The Apple I’s were “some assembly required” so the beginning of a true all in one, ready to use computer was the Apple II which was introduced April 16, 1977. To mark these milestones the Frederick Apple Core is having at their regular meeting April 14th, 2007 an expo of vintage Apple products, some rather rare, for the public to view. Everyone is welcome to attend. Link to site directions and other information. Pictures of meetings.

Mac and (we don’t do)Windows

March 30, 2007 at 8:42 am | Posted in Apple Inc, Mac Hints | Leave a comment

Bob and other readers of the PC Mac forum on
Great advice and yes so many stories of PC (windows) users switching and are very happy they did.
Of course now if they want to they can use Parallels on the Mac to switch back to XP or now even Vista but as I read yesterday someone said “but why would they want to do that?” Maybe to play a game. “If you have work to do get a Mac, if you want to play get a PC”

I have opened an Apple store account and have used it to buy my 2 macs since OS X became standard. Yes they charge “list” but the “mother ship” has great service. and are two apple sites to check out also.

Yes email the other members listed on the info page of They have great ideas and help.

If you come early to the FAC meeting April 14th you can get help and advice. Also the meeting is a “celebration” of the 30th Anniversary of Apple Computer incorporation (April 1, 1977) with vintage apple products on display. Fun!! I wish I had kept my Apple 2C and my Apple IIe and my Mac Plus and my Mac SE and my SE 30 …… oh well my wife said “clean up” and I am glad I did except for occasions like this meeting.

You may email me at oj dot martin at yahoo dot com for answers to your questions or if I can’t email some other FAC members.

Yahoo is my newest web email address and my first use of Yahoo email and I would am trying it out as Yahoo is trying some new uses for email account holders and developers.

This just in: has a great article on various browsers for the Mac.

Blogging Mayor of Roundlake

March 28, 2007 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Apple Inc, Emmitsburg, Frederick, Laying it the line ;-), Mac Hints | Leave a comment

Various tidbits:

1. Blogging Mayor Bill Gentes of Roundlake sent me this power point slide show (link below) about blogging and public officials.

2. Yahoo just announced free unlimited email storage coming soon.

3. The best photo site IMO is which requires a yahoo account. See and click on the word “map” to see the geo location of the photos.

You can post photos for free up to a limit and then buy a pro account if you need more storage.

4. Open Office is a free Microsoft Office replacement. Open Office Files are interchangeable with Microsoft Office.

5. NeoOffice is Macintosh optimized Open Office and free and a new version is out and files are compatible, interchangeable files with Microsoft Office.

6. If you want to see an impassioned discussions, all related to Frederick County issues go to

to sign up using your real name. See what Mayor Burns of Thurmont is writing.

Apple Mac Newbie Hints

March 25, 2007 at 11:22 am | Posted in Apple Inc, Mac Hints | Leave a comment

Originally I was very excited to use Firefox. I would tell every Internet Explorer user to change immediately as firefox was so much better. Clean simple and it had tabs which IE only added recently after a 5 year development upgrade from IE 6 to IE 7.

Safari has spell check in the menu bar select (click) “edit” drop down to “spelling” and then choose from the three options. I like ‘check spelling as you type’ which underlines in red the word mispeled 😉

For just starting to get acquainted with a mac I suggest trying out the mac just as it came out of the box.

Here are two hints for using a scroll mouse. 1. Right click on some word that is misspelled and up pops possible spellings. I now am so spoiled by right clicking on almost anything for spelling that my brain spelling is getting rusty! Right clicking also brings up all kinds of commands that provide shortcuts to useful actions. When in doubt right click on it.

2. If you have “older eyes” try this: hold down the ‘control’ key and operate the scroll wheel on the mouse forward and back. Enjoy!

Bonus: You want the definition of a word. Hover the mouse cursor over the word; then hold down the ‘control’ key and the cmd key AT THE SAME TIME keeping them both pressed down then press and let go the ‘D’ key and up will pop the definition!!

Bounus number 2: This is neat; keeping the cmd and control key down and moving the cursor over the words in what you are reading and each definition will pop up as you move the mouse cursor over each word.

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