Archive for December, 2008

Need Mac Help’s Top 10 iPhone Apps – App #1

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Sifting through the App Store in iTunes can be a daunting experience.  There are so many iPhone Apps, and many are games (with questionable entertainment value).  We like Apps that are fun, but also elegantly designed and useful (even if the end use is to make us laugh when we’re having a bad day).

So before you take up space on your iPhone with potentially useless and unnecessary Apps, check out Need Mac Help’s ongoing series of our Top 10 iPhone Apps (that we like right now).  Nota bene: this top 10 list is in no particular order and is certainly not exhaustive.

Today I’m going to talk about our App #1 in our list, Google Mobile.

Google Mobile App

There have been many posts written about this App, but for those of you who aren’t in the know, the Google Mobile App provides incredibly fast and easy access to information with instant access to Google Search.  For starters, you can search with your voice so you don’t have to type.  And if you really want to use the keypad to search, Google Mobile gives you relevant search suggestions as you type.

Aluminum MacBook owners reporting problems with third-party RAM upgrades

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Thanks to our brilliant tech James for alerting me to this post on TUAW.

Apparently, some owners of the latest MacBooks have been reporting problems with their machines after installing third-party RAM.  I’ve read through some of the Apple Support Discussion forums and users have been mostly complaining about constant freezing and frequent crashes after upgrading with third-party RAM — even from very reputable vendors like OWC.  The solution for most of these users was to switch the third-party RAM for memory from Apple.

I also read the Cult of Mac post by Pete Mortensen, where he reported that he personally had not experienced any problems with the third-party RAM from Crucial that he installed in his new MacBook over a month ago.  Fluke?

To be safe, we would recommend configuring your new MacBooks with Apple branded RAM when you place your order with the Apple Store or any other authorized retailer.

Laptop Decals

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I’ve seen a lot of really beautiful etchings on MacBook Pros throughout the years, but have never been able to to commit to getting one done for my own MacBook.  I found the perfect solution in these lovely laptop decals by Michelle Christina.  The Venus Flytrap Decal is my favorite.  AND they would be a perfect stocking stuffer (yes Santa, I am talking to you).

Venus Flytrap Laptop Decal

Venus Flytrap Laptop Decal

The Simpsons’ parody of the Apple Store

Monday, December 1st, 2008

For those of you who missed last night’s episode of The Simpsons, enjoy!

Cliff Bleszinksi Profile in The New Yorker

Monday, December 1st, 2008

In times of recession, entertainment is one area of the economy that usually doesn’t suffer as much as others.  I read an article in the New York Times a couple of weeks ago, however, that the major movie studios and DVD distributors have reported that DVD purchases are down.  Interestingly enough, video games sales have been increasing since October.

Last month The New Yorker published a really interesting profile of Cliff Bleszinkski, the Creative Director of Epic Games.  Epic produces Gears of War, one of the most complex and most popular video games on the market.  When Gears 2 was released last month, it sold over 2 million units in the first weekend.

Now that Christmas shopping is officially in full swing, I am curious to see how many of our clients pick up a new video game console, and whether it will be a PlayStation, Xbox 360 or Wii.


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