Apple Watch

Apple Watch

I'm excited about Apple's new iPhone 6. I will probably upgrade my iPhone 4s in a few weeks when they become available. I'm not sure about the iPhone 6 Plus. I don't think I want to be carrying around a small iPad mini in pocket. I am especially excited about the new 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and the ability to capture 1080p HD and 60-fps and 240-fps for slow motion video. (I wish the 240-fps worked at 1080p, but sadly it's only at 720p.) I am also eager to see how well the video stabilization works. The disappointment for me today was the Apple Watch. I'm not sure that this is really a market that Apple will be able to … [Read more...]

How To Fix Startup Problems on Your Mac

Fix-Your-Mac

I'm getting more and more calls and emails from friends and family regarding startup problems with their Macs. This seems to be especially true for the iMacs. So I've put together a list of the best ways to fix these problems. If your Mac hangs on a white screen or just won't start up normally, there are a number of things you can do to try to fix the problem. It should be noted that if you have a hardware problem (e.g., bad hard drive, bad memory, bad power supply, etc.) these fixes won't help. If you have a hardware problem, the best course of action is to visit your Apple dealer for a diagnosis. Zap The PRAM The first and easiest … [Read more...]

Animation on the iPad with iStopMotion

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I remember fondly my first animation class when I was eight years old. There was the excitement of creating a story with inanimate objects and bringing them to life with a Super-8mm camera. I also remember how agonizing it was to wait for the film to be developed so I could view the fruits of my labor. If only I had an iPad and iStopMotion back then... iStopMotion ($9.99) is a well-design app for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad. The interface is simple and intuitive, allowing young and old animators alike to get to the task at hand. You can use either the front or rear camera to create your masterpiece. And, with the free iStopMotion … [Read more...]

Mac Sage Redesign

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It's finally happening! I can no longer neglect the very real need for this website to be redesigned. I have always been a big fan of very simple and clean design that puts an emphasis on the content. I still have this belief. However, I am also a big fan of beauty. I think this website could be more beautiful. So, over the next week or so, you'll be seeing the transformation of MacSage.com in terms of the design and usability. You may also notice that the content subject areas will be broadened over the next year. I will still bring you great posts on Apple hardware and software and peripherals. But I will also sprinkle in posts … [Read more...]

How Much Does A Website Cost?

Website costs

"So, how much does a website cost?" I get this question all the time. It's a perfectly valid question, but there are many variables which determine the answer to this seemingly simple question. It's a little like asking: "So, how much does a house cost?" Website Pricing The difficulty in providing a simple answer to website pricing arises because there are so many elements and factors involved. To give you an idea, I have quickly listed some of these factors here: The Client- I'll be very honest here. The nature of the client will always affect the pricing. The first thing a web developer does is assess the relationship with the … [Read more...]

Sharing Internet Connection With An iMac

iMac wireless router

This post is really an update of a post ( Using Your Mac As A Wireless Router ) I made back in 2007. I've had many emails from folks pointing out that the screenshots are not the same on their OSX. Since OSX has changed some since 2007, I will show how to do the same thing using Lion (OSX 10.7.4). (Since many of you will probably have a wireless modem/router, this may not be as useful.) First, here's the basic idea. To configure internet sharing on you iMac, go into System Preferences and click on Sharing.   In the Sharing window, click next to Internet Sharing on the left. Then select Wi-Fi on right. Be sure to click … [Read more...]