StartUp Key Commands

I’ve been doing some troubleshooting lately and find this list of startup key commands very helpful: Mac X during startup – Force Mac OS X startup option – (eventually) brings up a screen with startup volume choices Option-Command-Shift-Delete – Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume (such as a CD or external disk) C – Start up from a CD that has a system folder N – Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot) T – Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode (very handy for plugging your Mac into another as an external […]

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MS Word Vulnerability

Heads up! This vulnerability allows remote code execution. Nasty. Read the info, then get yourself updated. Check it out: MS Security Update Get the Mac Update here: Office Update NOTE: Apparently, MicroSoft released a pre-release of another update. Users who were first in and updated are now reporting problems. MS suggests uninstalling the update. As of 12-13-06 morning, the download link is not functioning.

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DVD Ripping with Handbrake

There are many reasons for wanting to rip a DVD onto your hard drive. For example, if you like to watch movies on your laptop while traveling, you can save battery power by watching via a QuickTime file rather than using your DVD drive. HandBrake does a great job of ripping those DVDs into MPEG-4 format. Instant HandBrake will let you create iPod-compatible MPEG-4 or H.264 files. Check it out: HandBrake

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Do You PodCast?

If so, check out this fine app (in beta) for creating and distributing podcasts. These folks have grasped the process, and are attempting to deliver a full-featured solution to podcasting, from audio input and editing to delivery. Ubercaster still has some bugs, but this puppy is pointed in the right direction. Check it out: Ubercaster

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Timer for iTunes

Ever wanted to fall asleep to your iTunes, but didn’t want your computer to be running all night? You’re in luck. The folks at GuguSoft have created iTunesShut (version 4.4.2) for just this purpose. You can set it to shut your computer down after a given number of songs, or after the finish of a PlayList. Nice idea, good features. Check it out: iTunesShut

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iPhone on the Horizon

It appears that rumors of Apple’s forthcoming cell phone are gaining credibility. While it’s not clear when the announcement from Apple will come, there are a number of sources indicating that Apple is in the process of looking for a manufacturer. One rumored manufacturer is Taiwan’s BenQ. Perhaps there will be some word of this at January’s MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.

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