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2009 / Postbox: New Email Client Software
« on: September 09, 2009, 05:35:15 PM »
Postbox 1.0.0 is now available for downloading.

I have been waiting (and waiting...) for MailForge (the "Eudora replacement") to be Ready For Prime Time, but it still has enough bugs that I haven't seen fit to press it into service yet.

I haven't played with Postbox much, but importing Apple Mail settings was easy and quick and my initial impression is that I like the user interface better than Mail and MailForge. The Eudora UI is sure looking dated after all these years. Heck, it was dated when it was still in active development!

Postbox's primary claim to fame is its organizational and search capabilities. And being a Mozilla-based program it can utilize plugins created by independent developers. (Postbox is apparently based on the Thunderbird engine.)

If you decide to purchase Postbox it will set you back $40; I guess that is the going price these days for third-party email software.

Here is a review of Postbox. Keep in mind that it was posted earlier this year while Postbox was very much a beta program...

The Apple Blog first look. It was published in January 2009 but it provides a nice overview of Postbox.

Here is a folowup article on The Apple Blog from February 2009.

thinkdiGit Review

2009 / MBP 15" Does Not Boot On First Attempt...
« on: September 07, 2009, 04:46:07 PM »
Our MacBook Pro 15" (pre-unibody) routinely does not boot-up on the first attempt... But it always boots on the second try.

Any ideas what may be going on?

2009 / Apricorn Aegis Padlock
« on: September 05, 2009, 04:57:50 PM »
Apricorn Aegis Padlock Review

Available at Amazon for around $20 off the retail price.

2009 / Can We Post Items For Sale?
« on: September 02, 2009, 06:21:33 PM »
The iBook has been sold for the listed price.

2009 / World's Dumbest Mac Crooks?
« on: September 02, 2009, 03:15:08 PM »

2009 / PathFinder On Sale This Weekend Only
« on: July 25, 2009, 11:57:15 AM »
PathFinder at MacZot

PathFinder is an Apple Finder replacement.  Why spend $24 on PathFinder when the regular Finder is free?  Because PathFinder is more convenient than the Finder:

Snow Leopard improvements - 64 bit build, QuickTime X, Exposé improvements, and more.
Dual Pane File Browser - View the contents of two folders or volumes side-by-side in one window.
Drop Stack - Freeze drag & drop operations by placing files into a temporary stack.
Tabs & Bookmarks - Use the best features of a web browser in your file browser.
File List Sorting & Filtering - Sort by folders first, or limit a list of files by name or extension
Command-Line Tools - Path Finder puts a terminal right in your file browser, and provides a graphical interface to some popular UNIX utilities.
Much, much more - Subversion plugin, Application Launcher, Selection tools, Create and Convert Disk Images

Here is a movie illustrating PathFinder's features.

I think that PathFinder will be most attractive to "power users" who find themselves dealing with files in multiple locations on their Mac and who take advantage of more advanced tools like the Terminal. I realize that even $24 may seem like a lot to spend, but if you are like me you likely use the Finder more than any other application on your Mac. It shouldn't take long to realize a significant time-savings using PathFinder.

As luck would have it I have been demoing PathFinder the past week; at 40% off I do believe that I will pull the trigger and get it...

Community / The Real Cost Of Wal-Mart
« on: July 24, 2009, 06:38:19 PM »
Nothing For Nothing


"At the big discount stores, most discounts are applied to everyday necessities like toothpaste and lettuce. Brand-name clothing and appliances may be no bargain at all. “Wal-Mart actually has higher than average prices on about one-third of the stock it carries,” Ruppel Shell writes. “On those items for which prices are lower, the average savings is 37 cents, with about one-third of items carrying a savings of no more than 2 cents."

2009 / Carina Software SkyVoyager Astronomy Software FREE Today
« on: July 20, 2009, 03:26:30 PM »
The iPhone app SkyVoyager is free today only 7-20-09. It normally costs $14.95. Here is the TUAW article about the giveaway, along with a mini review.

Carina was offering downloads of the MC and PC desktop versions for only one cent. But they had such an overwhelming response that they had to suspend the offer because the server became overloaded and their Web hosting provider informed them that they were close to violating their email Terms of Service (TOS).

The TUAW article has a link to an earlier review of another iPhone astronomy app called PocketUniverse ($2.99) which utilizes the iPhone 3GS compass and position sensors to assist locating stars in the direction the iPhone is pointing.

2009 / Hey All You Eudora Users!
« on: July 17, 2009, 08:13:48 PM »
Last night the domain that has all my current email accounts was moved to a new server with an up-to-date management interface.

I decided to switch from POP to IMAP and after a little trial-and-error (mostly error...) I got the accounts working.

My problem: Downloaded email is now ignoring my Eudora filters and all mail is going to individual inboxes in a "submenu" of mailboxes directly below my old mailboxes. I tried creating a few new filters with the same effect... So how do I get my mail to use the filters and be directed to the correct mailbox?  Or is this new email behavior a "feature" of IMAP?

I may be better off using POP again...

2009 / Is it Typical For A Flatbed Scanner Light To Remain On?
« on: July 13, 2009, 02:58:33 PM »
Seeing as how I am moving toward as "paperless" an office as possible (mainly thanks to DEVONthink Pro Office...) I am using a flatbed scanner that a friend gave me a year or two ago...

I have noticed that the scanning light source appears to remain on even when the scanner is not in use.  There is no "on/off" switch and the power supply cord does not detach from the back of the unit. Epson says that the scanner goes into a "power saving" mode after a period of time but I am concerned that the constant burning of the light source will cause it to wear out prematurely.

Does anyone have any experience with this kind of scanner who can illuminate me? (Pun intended...)

2009 / RadTech ClearCal Anti-Glare Screen Film
« on: July 13, 2009, 01:42:41 PM »
RadTech ClearCal Anti-Glare Screen Film

Looks promising! If the reviews are good I may be in the market for a 13" MBP for The Goddess when the G4 iBook no longer serves her...  I'm even be inclined to sell my 15" MBP because I do like the smaller portable Macs for traveling...

2009 / Hey Jim-Check This Out!
« on: July 06, 2009, 07:46:29 PM »
FlightTrack- Live Flight Status Tracker  $4.99

FlightTrack Pro- Live Tripit Flight Status Tracker $9.99

The Unofficial Apple Weblog likes it!

The app appears to be less focused on flights but it makes it easy to coordinate hotel, rental car and other travel plans and... Wait For it... It's FREE! Reading the TUAW review of and the reader comments I get the impression that the most cost effective combination is the $4.99 FlightTrack and

It's "apps" like these that convinced me to invest in an iPhone...   harhar.gif

2009 / Broadband Around The World
« on: May 20, 2009, 05:58:46 PM »

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