Sharing Peripheral Drives in OS X

This issue is becoming more and more prevalent with OS X users. Apparently, there is no easy way to set up permissions and file-sharring in OS X to share an extermal hard drive over a network. (You can do it yourself if you’re good at UNIX and are very comfortable with mucking around in NetInfo database.) Enter Sharepoints (v3.5.4). It sports a clean graphical interface which runs as either a standalone app, or Preference pane. Speculation about Apple’s purchase and integration of this great interface tool abounds. Check it out: Sharepoints

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Switch WMA Files To QuickTime

Do you still have some friends living in the stone age, working on a PC, and sending you .WMA files to view? This great little application will let you easily convert those files to QuickTime format. The free version does the basics. The paid version gives you more file conversion options. Go to the Switch site

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Flock

This is awesome software. I’ve been following the development of this “media sharing” tool for some months now. Previous versions were a bit slow and flakey. But now (version 0.7.8) it looks solid enough to begin testing. Among it’s many cool features is an extension which allows you to browse, post and edit on your blog. See the Flock site.

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Borat

This guy has figured out how to be a marketing juggernaut. Borat, or Mr. Cohen, has combined comedic talent with viral marketing, underground buzz, and blatant promotion to create what will probably be a hugely lucrative stint. I have not yet seen his latest movie, but I plan to. I mention it here because I have found more often than not, that if I listen to my student assistants (at a university), I will have a better than average sense of the latest craze somewhat ahead of its mainstream media debut. I’ve often come across some very impressive web applications […]

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iSight Hack

This is an interesting hack of the iSight. It is embedded code to allow local activation of an iSight. I’m not clear on whether or not this represents a security risk, since it isn’t clear if this can be done remotely. See it here: http://www.oreillynet.com/lpt/wlg/7409

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