Saturday, November 21, 2009

Transfer Bookmarks - Method 1 of n

Switching from Windows? Here's how to move your bookmarks from Internet Explorer on your PC to Safari on your new Mac. From MyFirstMac.com

There's Not An App For That

What iPhone app is on your wish-list?  Either something you haven't found on the App Store, or maybe you didn't look.  Looking for ideas either for a deep-dive App Store search followed by a review, or possibly development.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Have A Backup Plan

It can happen.  Anything from "Oops, I deleted the wrong file and emptied the trash" to "My laptop was right there while I was talking to the ticket agent" to "Wow, my hard drive really sounds bad".  We make mistakes, we lose things, theft happens, and spinning hard drives can fail.

What's your backup plan?

Mine is simple.  My Mac's are all backed up with Apple's included Time Machine backup software to an external firewire hard drive.  This occurs hourly, with no user intervention.  Restores are easy with Time Machine.

Each year over Thanksgiving weekend, I buy an additional drive and backup my Macs to it.  This drive is stored in my bank safety deposit box, just in case.


Learn About Time Machine (Video)

Buy A Time Capsule (Amazon)

Buy A Terabyte Firewire Drive (Amazon)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

iPhones from AT&T Starting at $49

AT&T Facebook Pages Offers $49 iPhones and Straight Talk On Maps
Great to see AT&T responding.  Let's stick to the truth, VZW, you get points for having an "old skool" network with good basic coverage, but fooling folks by being "clever", "tricky", "sly", etc. doesn't cut it.

What Do You Think Of The 'Droid?

With "Droid Bombing America" TV ads, and "Droid Bombs In America" news on the business pages, TheMacCFO is frequently asked "What do you think of the 'Droid?".

Truthfully, not much, but I have to admit that I have no direct experience with it.

So I'll defer to RoughlyDrafted.com and Daniel Eran Dilger, who is much more prepared to comment.

Full Text Here


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

You take the low road, Apple takes the high road

BusinessWeek on Apple:  "In September, according to market researcher NPD Group, Macs accounted for 18.9% of all laptops and desktops sold in U.S. retail outlets. For computers priced above $1,000, Apple's share was an astonishing 89%."


Volume is one thing, but try to imagine how many $279.99 Netbooks you need to sell to generate the gross profit of just one $1,699 27" iMac.  A lot.  And which customer is more likely to willing and able to purchase a few hundred dollars worth of accessories with the PC?


Why Apple Leaves Low-End Computers to the Competition





Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Verizon Intentionally Misleads To Counter Lack of iPhone

So you're running a big cellular communications company.  And you had a chance at the iPhone, but turned it down when Apple wouldn't agree to your crippleware, Vcast, and other anti-customer "enhancements".  You've had your lunch eaten by that same phone, and your latest "iPhone Killer" is turning out to be, well, a bomb ("But the ad campaign promoting the phone would be laughably awful -- if it weren't so disturbing.").  


Now what?  Well, you could go back to the drawing board.  Or you could just start lying.


"By only comparing the newest segment of AT&T's network, Verizon can advertise "3G maps" that are technically accurate, but grossly misleading to users who want to obtain data service to download email and access the web."  - AppleInsider, November 10 2009 


" ...Verizon can only advertise that the iPhone on AT&T doesn't really have enough usable service coverage, despite the fact that iPhone users consume around half of the country's mobile data bandwidth. In the meantime, observers point out that its "there's a map for that" ads really only serve to advertise the iPhone App Store, a subject Verizon should probably just ignore."  - AppleInsider, November 10 2009 

Ouch.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Photoshop on your iPhone (or several other phones)

Photoshop now offers a free iPhone app with photo editing features for your iPhone!

With one app, you can:

Add effects
Add filters
Crop, Flip, Rotate
Modify exposure, tint, saturation, etc.

Always saves a copy of the original unmodified photo.

Get It Now

Also for Android and WinMo.


Friday, November 06, 2009

Use Google Voice voicemail with iPhone

I'm a bit conflicted about this tip, for three two reasons:

1.  The iPhone Visual Voicemail is actually pretty good, and this tip bypasses it.


2.  This tip requires a Google Voice account, and the invitations are not always easy to get.




3.  This tip is imperfect.  So far, I can't find a way to use Google Voice and retain the call waiting feature.  But I will, and when I do I'll update this tip, so you should click the "Subscribe To TheMacCFO Posts" button to the right.

Call waiting is working.  Either my testing was flawed, or the feature did not activate immediately.  But it is now working properly.

With that in mind, here's how to use Google Voice with your iPhone and receive your voicemail transcribed in a text message or voicemail.

1.  Get an invitation.  Register at Google Voice or ask a Google Voice user for an invitation.  I'm out of invitations at the moment but hope to have more soon.

2.  Setup your account BUT DO NOT REQUEST A NEW GOOGLE NUMBER.  When prompted, tell Google you want to use your mobile phone number.

3.  Follow the instructions, which will include dialing a long string of characters on your phone.

That's it.

When a caller dials your iPhone:

1.  Your iPhone will ring if turned on, and you'll have an opportunity to answer it.
2.  If you do not answer it, the call will be forwarded to your Google Voice account.  Your message is fully configurable, as are a number of advanced call handling features beyond the scope of this post.
3.  The voicemail message is stored as an audio file.
4.  The voicemail message is transcribed into readable text.
5.  (Depending upon options selected), the audio file and text are emailed to you, and the text is sent to you via SMS.

For most messages, it is enough for me to see who called and what they wanted in general.  Perfect transcription isn't required.  When details are needed, I can listen to the voicemail with one click.

IF YOU TRY IT AND HATE IT... dial ##004# from your iPhone and you'll be back to normal.

There is no need to make ANY changes in the Settings panel of your iPhone.

Enjoy!

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