Speaking Words With Dictate

I’ve been playing with a new piece of software for the last few days. I’m quite excited about it. The software is called Dictate, by the folks at MacSpeech. Dictate is voice recognition software for the Mac. I must admit, I’ve played with voice recognition software in the past and have never been very impressed with the performance. I had been reading fairly good reviews of dictate over the last several months, but I still came to it with the expectation that I would be disappointed. The installation of Dictate was a snap. Once installed, the software takes you through […]

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How Magic is Apple’s New Mouse?

Maybe it’s not magic. But it’s well-designed and cool. First, I have to say that it took me awhile to get over thinking I was pushing around a very hard and high tech Madeleine (as in the pastry). I suppose that had something to do with me drinking coffee at the time of my first magic mouse experience. But once I had the short-cake metaphor out of my head, I found Apple’s new mouse to be quite efficient and easy to use. The top of this mouse is basically one shiny touch-pad that responds quite well to all finger movements […]

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Video Tutorials with Camtasia for Mac

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a moving picture is worth a thousand pictures. OK, I made that last part up. But you get the idea. When it comes to creating rich learning materials, a well done video can often make a concept or procedure very clear. Until a few weeks ago, the offerings for Mac screencasting software were sparse. While Snapz-Pro and ScreenFlow did allow you to capture screen movement on your Mac, they were limited in their ability to edit. Now, TechSmith has released its Camtasia product for the Mac. Camtasia allows you to capture […]

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Snow Leopard – First Impressions

It’s been 4 days now with the new cat… so far, so good. Right off, there’s a noticeable performance boost in startup, shutdown and general Finder tasks. That, along with the  7GB reclamation of disk space makes Snow Leopard worth the price. The new QuickTime is slick, but lacks the export features of the previous version of QuickTime Pro. Thankfully, Apple anticipated this disappointment, and put the old QuickTime in the Utilities Folder in Applications. Some folks will undoubtedly be using older applications which require Rosetta to run. Again, Apple found an elegant solution for those who chose not to […]

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Apple TV Hack

I’ve written several post here on how to hack your Apple TV to allow FTP access and open up a wide range of useful and fun apps. Back then, the process was more complicated and involved several steps. But things have changed. There is now a very easy way to hack your Apple TV and not only allow FTP access, but also give you the ability to watch TV from Hulu. This is quite cool. The first thing you do is download atvusb-creator from this site: http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ The instructions on this page are simple and easy. This software will create […]

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Don’t Be A Twit: Tweet Well With These Tools

While you may have an opinion about the relative value or benefit of Twitter in the social networking sphere (see this funny spoof of Twitter), there’s no denying that “tweets” are quickly becoming a major form of online communication. On some level, it makes perfect sense. In our multi-tasking, multi-communication world, the pace continues to quicken. Why wade through several multi-paragraphed blog posts each day when you can get the gist of the matter with a brief 140-character-or-less tweet? And better yet, you don’t even have to be at your computer to get them.

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