How Can You Not Be Impressed?

iPhone and iTV announced. Take a look at the details. I’m guessing that both of these devices will begin to change how we think and feel about phones and TV in the future. Apple Inc. has done it again. If you haven’t already invested in this stock, I suggest you jump in now while prices are cheap! In the meantime, check this: iPhone

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Mounting USB Drive in Single-User Mode

I recently encountered a Mac that would not boot properly. However, it did boot into single-user mode and allowed access to the file system via the command line interface. Since I had recently purchased an external, portable USB drive, I wanted to offload my important files to the USB drive before reformatting and reinstalling a fresh system. Here are the steps I took: Connect USB drive to Mac and boot into single-user mode (cmd-s) At prompt type: /sbin/mount -uw / then hit return At prompt type: /sbin/fsck -fy then hit return At prompt type: ls /Volumes then hit return. This […]

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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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