Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Intel-based Mac

Intel-based Mac Power On Self Test RAM error codes: "Intel-based Macs such as the iMac, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro rely on a combination of tones and blinking LEDs to display Power On Self Test (POST) error codes. Note that some newer Macintosh models only use tones to indicate error conditions. See this article for more information."

Sunday, November 08, 2009

tip of the day

Dutch hacker accesses jailbroken iPhones, requests €5:

"F11 moves all your windows off the screen so you can quickly glance at your desktop. F10 shows you every open window in an application. F9 shows every open window for every application that isn't hidden or in the dock."

Saturday, November 07, 2009

AVG Antivirus updated

AVG Antivirus and Security Software - Release Notes AVG 9.0 - 697: "Fixes & Improvements

* Anti-Rootkit: Fixed problem with rare BSOD in avgrkx."

etc etc
used for good housekeepng of my virtual machine

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Parallels: : Parallels Desktop 5

Parallels: : Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Offers Fastest Performance on Snow Leopard and for Windows 7 Available: "RENTON, WA., November 4th, 2009 — Parallels today announced the availability of the fastest, most seamless Windows-on-Mac solution ever: Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac. This is the latest version of the number 1 Mac system utility, currently enabling more than 2 million users to run Windows, Linux and other operating systems side-by-side with Mac OS X. According to performance research conducted by Crimson Consulting Group, Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac performs 22% faster than the nearest Windows-on-Mac competitor in standard productivity testing of Windows 7 64-bit on a MacBook Pro. In addition, version 5 is up to 300% faster for virtual machine operations than the previous version. For 3D and graphics performance, tested under the industry standard 3Dmark 2006 Professional test suite the new version performs up to 7 times better. Users can test this for themselves with a free trial from

'As the OS battles rage between Microsoft, Apple and Linux, we provide a completely customizable solution that enables people to use the applications they need with the fastest performance available, regardless of the operating system,' said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. 'Parallels continues to build on its proven track record of innovation, responding to our customers by providing the fastest, smartest and most powerful Windows-on-Mac experience available.'

There are more than 70 new features in Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac, many of which give users the flexibility to work in the way they want. Users can choose how much or little Windows they want to see, from running Windows in Full Screen mode where Windows completely covers the Mac user interface to the new Crystal view mode which makes Windows completely disappear. Users can even get a Mac-like experience in their Windows applications, using the intuitive Apple Trackpad Gestures technology to pinch, swipe, and rotate as they do in Mac applications."

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Light Peak optical connections

Exclusive: Apple dictated Light Peak creation to Intel, could begin migration from other standards as early as 2010: "In the end, we can't say we know or understand Apple's complete plans for the standard, but what is notable is that the company is pushing for an all-on-one connectivity solution, and pushing hard. That means Cupertino is at least prepared to abandon the standards we now know for a singular solution, and potentially just skip over forthcoming offerings like USB 3.0 (or at least downplay their use). It's not an uncommon move for Apple, but in the past those choices have had major repercussions -- and this pairing is extremely reminiscent of the USB / iMac story (Intel also created that standard, which Apple then popularized). We're going to keep our ears to the ground on this news, but for now, it's an interesting peek behind the curtain, and a possible glimpse into the future of connectivity."

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Apple - Get a Mac - Watch the TV Ads - Broken Promises

Apple - Get a Mac - Watch the TV Ads - Broken Promises:
"* Why you’ll love a Mac
* Which Mac are you?
* Frequently Answered Questions"

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Online Backup from Backblaze

Online Backup from Backblaze: "Why Online Backup?
It's not a question of will you lose your data—it's when. Whether it's a catastrophic event, such as an earthquake, fire, flood, or a crazy tiger that destroys your computer, or the more common virus, hard-drive crash, laptop left in a taxi, or coffee spill, your PC will eventually lose your photos, music, and documents.

Can't I Recover Data From a Dead Hard Drive?
Not if your computer has been stolen—and rarely even if you have it. Companies charge approximately $3,000 to attempt to recover your data with no guarantee that you'll glean anything from it. For $5 per month, Backblaze online backup will backup all your data for 50 years for the price of one attempted recovery."

MacSpeech updated

MacSpeech - MacSpeech

MacSpeech Dictate 1.5.5 is 100% compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and supports all MacSpeech Dictate products, including MacSpeech Dictate Legal, MacSpeech Dictate Medical, and MacSpeech Dictate International. What's more, MacSpeech Dictate 1.5.5 adds a new feature: a contextual menu for the Available Commands window, providing options to Edit, Execute, and Copy Description to Clipboard.