Time’s flown by…

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted on this domain. It’s on auto-renew so I can always be sure to have it under my portfolio, but for some reason there’s really nothing going on that’s worth posting across multiple sites. Hell, I barely post on krissy.nu. I have Twitter and Facebook to thank for this, Micro-blogging really has taken over the world. My last post made note about my disappointment with Apple based on the fact that they have removed the 17″ laptop from their line-up.  I am happy to report, however, that as a Valentines Day gift from Sean I am now the proud owner of one of the remaining 17″ macbooks in circulation. It came brand new from MacMall. This company has turned into our “Go To” for all things Apple. My only complaint…

Macbook Changes

By now, anyone with an internet connection knows that Mac has “upgraded” their systems to include a new retina display for a more crisp and clean color pallet.  The downfall would be something that I wasn’t able to really find online – I needed to see it in person because I can’t ever seen to find a picture of the right side of the computer. The 15″ Macbook Pro w/ Retina display doesn’t have a DVD drive – ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  The point of laptops is to be MOBILE, with MOBILE comes DISKS (ie: a DVD collection OR program disks for oh I don’t know PHOTOSHOP! considering the bulk of the Mac industry is powered by GRAPHICS DESIGNERS of all shapes and sizes)  Why would they remove such an important feature? I can understand not having it on the…

Mac OS X Tips & Tricks

Are you looking to get the most out of Mac OS X Leopard?  The following article houses all of the information you’re ever going to need to have the optimum productivity with your Mac OS X Leopard system.  Note that some of these tips were also tested on OS X Tiger, so even if you aren’t ready to make the move to Leopard (what’s stopping you?) you can still get the function you need with the space and energy saving techniques listed in this article. 1 – Organize Photos With Smart Albums Creating a Smart Album enables iPhoto to automatically create folders based on specific photo criteria such as rating, date, title or even more shutterbug-intensive stats like camera model or focal length. Simply click the Add button located in iPhoto’s bottom-left-corner, and click New Smart Album. 2 – Push…

Mac OS X Leopard

I’ve finally upgraded the Mac to OS X Leopard.  I have to say that I’m really enjoying it so far.  As far as functions are concerned it’s really no different than OS X Tiger, but visually it’s gorgeous.  The new dock blows my mind, the speed has also increased.  I didn’t lose anything during the upgrade, which is a plus, but I’m noticing that programs are also loading a lot quicker than they were in the past.  I don’t know if Leopard has anything to do with that but it seems to be working that way for me so I’ll happily take the upgrade.  Usage right now, with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and a few other programs running is only at 10% and for 1GB of ram, that’s pretty damn amazing for me.  I do intend to upgrade the RAM at…

I need a new keyboard.

I’ve been poking around online for a new keyboard to use with my iMac. While I’m anal about using the keyboard/mouse that came with the computer, I’m also in need of something a bit larger because of how badly my hands bother me if I’ve been using the computer all day. There’s no real support with the small keyboard that comes with a Mac. I would like to plug in my older one but it’s not compatible with this particular setup so I guess I’m going to have to look elsewhere. It’s something that’s going to be a future purchase since money is so tight right now, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few different options. Well no, that’s a lie. A few different WEBSITES. The actual purchase will be a deciding factor only when I can feel the…

MacBook Air

Recently Apple introduced it’s new MacBook Air. It weighs about three pounds and based on Apple’s description, it sets the new standard in ultra-portable computing. Screen sizes range on the small side, I’m personally a fan of laptops that are 15.4″ and up. The largest screen you can get with the new MacBook Air is 13.3-inch widescreen. With a full sized keyboard you wouldn’t really notice much of a difference in typing. The wireless has been upgraded as well. Something that caught my eye was the Remote Disk option, you can use the DVD or CD drive off of a nearby Mac or Windows PC to access files. This made me wonder why someone would want to do that and then I read that there’s no Disk Drive on the new Mac Air. Now, why would someone want to spend…

Power Seller

I’ve been poking around on eBay for the last couple of nights. Knowing that I need a new laptop and I’m on a very strict budget I figure I’ll go to the source of all things inexpensive and float around for a little while. I was fortunate to find a listing for a few Intel based laptops that contain no operating system. The price range on them are anywhere from $5 to $200 depending on how close it is to the sale ending. As of right now I have a $1.25 bid on a laptop that contains about 2GB of ram, Intel Dual Core processor and a 15.4-inch monitor with Wi-Fi. Hopefully I’ll be able to win this bid, I set my max to $100, there are about 20 hours left on the auction though so I doubt I’ll get…

OS X Tiger & Windows Vista Printing for Dummies?

I’m still searching around the Internet for the proper way to connect to a Windows Vista Home printer from Mac OS X Tiger.  A lot of the resources I’ve found are telling me to use programs like Bonjour, Samba and Networking Neighborhood based methods but none of them want to work for me.  I’ve been floating around all Mac and Windows based forums, even the official Apple Support forums located on discussions.apple.com and I’m still unable to find anything that will make this whole printer setup work. I’m usually pretty good at troubleshooting things, what the heck am I doing wrong?  Is there a book anywhere that gives me ALL of the possibilities?  I know there are more “For Dummies” books than I can count! Technorati: Mac OS X Tiger, Windows Vista, Network Printer Sharing

How do you connect OS X Tiger to Windows Vista?

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to figure out how to properly network the house so that all computers can successfully access each other.  I’m having a hard time accessing the printer (setup on Vista) from the Mac.  Sean was able to configure XP to work with Vista so that we can print.  There are hundreds of tutorials online to figure this out but none of them have worked, I’m not sure what he did on the Vista system in order to gain proper access to the printer, but he’s still done it either way and I just think that’s fantastic for him.  I’m able to print from my laptop again, which is nice to know.  Unfortunately if I do any real printing it’s going to come off of the Mac OS X Tiger and every single tutorial…

Upgrade from Tiger to Leopard?

I typically send out my Amazon Wishlist for Christmas every year to family and friends because they tend to ask me what I want and it just got to the point where sending it as a quick list would make things much easier on me.  This year I sent it out, as usual, and I’d recently done some updates on it – adding lots of Mac related items so that I can really learn the ins and outs of the operating system.  I’m in love with the idea of being a new Mac user, so much that I’m even considering selling my windows laptop and putting the money towards a Macbook Pro. I haven’t upgraded to Leopard yet, I’m kind of scared to considering the mixed reviews that I’ve been reading about it.  I figure I’ll wait a little while…