Sunday, September 27, 2009

Access MobileMe Email with PC Outlook

It's easy.  You simply add an additional email account (Type - IMAP) to your PC Outlook and you'll have full access to your MobileMe email account.



Full instructions from Apple here.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Why do I have so much free drive space after Snow Leopard Upgrade?

It's because Apple changed the drive measuring scheme from base 2 to base 10, which makes sense for most of us.

When it’s running Snow Leopard, your Mac shows you the same gigabyte count on your drives as now generally appears on the manufacturer’s box, calculated in base 10, and not in base 2, which is what Leopard, all earlier versions of OS X and all current and earlier versions of Windows uses. This Apple knowledge base article explains:
A 200 GB drive shows 200 GB capacity (for example, if you select the hard drive’s icon and choose Get Info from the Finder’s File menu, then look at the Capacity line). This means that, for example, if you upgrade from an earlier version of Mac OS X, your drive may show more capacity than in the earlier Mac OS X version.

More info at Lifehacker

Saturday, September 19, 2009

You don't use OFFICE?!?!?!? Part Three

I've not had Microsoft Office on my Mac since roughly December 2007.  And I don't miss it.


It's available for the Mac, of course.  Office 2008 has been out for over a year, and Office 2004 before that.  For anything OpenOffice can't handle, I use iWork '09.  With Pages for all document layout and word processing needs, the amazing numeric presentation ability of Numbers, and the presentation tools in Keynote, this optional extra gives you a real boost over MS Office.


Take a look at iWork '09 in these short videos:








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You don't use OFFICE?!?!?!? Part Two

I've not had Microsoft Office on my Mac since roughly December 2007.  And I don't miss it.


It's available for the Mac, of course.  Office 2008 has been out for over a year, and Office 2004 before that.  For most of my work, I use Open Office.  Free at Open Office.  Available for Mac, Windows or PC, it fully replaces Word and Excel and allows you to create, share, maintain, edit and distribute files fully interoperable with all versions of Microsoft Office.  Skeptical?  Straight from the site:


"Amazingly, OpenOffice.org 3 comes without any license fees, or any worrying small print. You can install it on as many computers as you like, use it for any purpose, and even give copies away for employees to use at home. No more threats of heavy-handed software audits disturbing your business."

You don't use OFFICE?!?!?!? Part One

I've not had Microsoft Office on my Mac since roughly December 2007.  And I don't miss it. 


It's available for the Mac, of course.  Office 2008 has been out for over a year, and Office 2004 before that.  But both packages, like their Windows counterparts, are bloated and slow.


I've come to the conclusion that I can avoid MS Office thanks to several free and low cost alternatives.  First, the free and built in tools:


1.  Preview and Quick Look.  Free.  Built in to Mac OS X, they allow you view most MS Office files.  With Quick Look, you don't even have to open the file!




2.  Text Edit.  Free.  Built in to Mac OS X, it allows you to edit MS Word files, while maintaining formating.




Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Exchange upgrades breaking your bank? Don't bother.

Xserve.


Apple runs it's considerable infrastructure on safe, secure, reliable Snow Leopard Server 10.6.  Preloaded on every Xserve.


What else is included?


UNLIMITED user licenses for the included Mail, Calendering, Wiki, Address Book, Podcast, iChat, File Sharing and Web hosting services.  Fully compatible with Mac OR PC clients, including Microsoft Outlook.


And if for some reason you still need to run a Windows server, you can virtualize it on the same Xserve using VMWare fusion, and avoid the expense of a separate box.






The Server is here.


The Software (all included) is here.


The Reviews are here, here and here.




Saturday, September 12, 2009

Time Machine Tip

You already know that Time Machine is Apple's effective automatic incremental backup and restore solution, included in Leopard and improved in Snow Leopard.  The innovative restore interface accessible to regular users is probably it's greatest achievement.


You may also know that you can attach a USB hard drive to your later Apple Airport Extreme so that multiple Macs can backup wirelessly to the same drive.


If you choose to do this, the first backups could take a long time.  Did you know that you can attach the hard drive to each Mac individually via USB, make the first time machine backup, and THEN move the hard drive to the Airport Extreme?  That way, you'll only be making your incremental backups wirelessly.


It Just Works.


Airport Extreme $169.95 and free shipping

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's Only Rock and Roll

Not much for the business user yesterday at the Apple event, except two items:

1.  iPhone OS 3.1 with iTunes 9 gives MUCH better control over applications on the iPhone

2.  Steve Jobs is vertical

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

On the road? Charge that iPhone



A convenient, compact USB charger for iPhone or any other USB portable device. Buy it from Amazonabove.

Attorneys? And iPhones?

I thought attorneys received a Blackberry right after their heart was removed. (Apologies to my attorney friends). But reading the iPhone JD leads me to believe that many attorneys have switched camps recently.