Apple Announces Time Capsule Home Server for Macs

January 16, 2008

At Macworld 2008, Apple just announced Time Capsule, a full Airport Extreme base station with 802.11n wireless and four ethernet ports, plus server grade hard drives to back up all of the Leopard Macs in the house. Details and pics to come, but for now we’re celebrating the pricing: 500GB for $300; 1TB for $500.

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The Great Switch: Vista to Ubuntu (100%)

December 18, 2007

…now it looks like a hybrid between Leopard and Vista. So what else I can ask for?

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Designer makes 15+ Leopard Docks – And Still Making More!

November 6, 2007

Looking for a new Dock pattern in Leopard? Well, you’ve just hit the right place, as the designer here has made over 15 docks for Leopard, and he continues to make more!

Stop in and have a look. You’re bound to find a dock you like!

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Leopard 10.5: One week out of the box… Top Five Lists.

November 2, 2007

As many reader know, iFirst decided to created this blog due to the unbridled buzz for the latest Apple, Inc. Operating System, 10.5, code named, Leopard. That first deadline, 4.20.2007 or so was missed. Perhaps it had to do with the due date they selected, i’m sure many people forgot to do a lot of things on that day, but the official claim was that it was the heralded iPhone that held up the big cat. At this point it’s dubious, but nevertheless the in”stall”ment gave me time to reflect and so my expectations have been rather high and the reality not always so. Let’s take a look at the big factors that I have noticed, and the big factors that are noticeably missing. (Star Wars-like Hologram in iChat people!)

Best Five Things.

1.Spaces. iJust love this thing. Zip around lining up squares or four across bars all the way up to 16 different desktops on one machine. It really clears things up when you are using iTunes, Garageband, Firefox, Camino, Pages, and whatever else you like to have in front of you. iOwn a 20″ machine and am using a 15.4 MBP for editing and feel the 15.4 MBP is a far better too, in that it’s faster, portable, but most of all, seems bigger, because of OS Xleopard ‘Spaces.”

2.Quicklook. It’s just cool. it speeds things up considerably, especially when editing… videos/fotos and the like, and makes the mac more pleasureable as well as faster to work on than anything else. two thumbs up for this one too.

3.Desktop. This includes stacks, the transparent menus, organization. Really its the organization that is key. The dock works better and it is really much easier to stay organized now. I would say this fits in with spaces & quicklook, because when you are looking for files or organizing files, its a breeze, it’s kind of like you hired someone to help you, but clearly you are doing this yourself, strange but true, major plus, easy push into the 30% faster work-flow due to cleanliness. The widgets are a little slicker and with Safari you can evem make your own.

4.Mail is cool. Letterpop pretty much beats the pants off of it now, but if you want to intergrate your Apple vCard, or namecard from the rolodex, apple mail/calandar/contact integration or higher-end solutions like filemaker pro, and sugarCRM are a much better bet than a simple organizational tool like letterpop, or even the 1 to 4 team solutions like Constant contact or ACT! The calendar and contact information has garnered some AI where the OS understands addresses, dates, and of course still rocks theautomatic form fill as found in Safari.5.

Installation. A breeze, this Intel Core Duo 2 Santa Rosa 2 RAMfresh from the refurb store did a nice lil’ job at taking Tiger, all of it’s files and places them together as i left them. I never really upgraded asisde from a fresh Tiger install and it was pretty much the same thing then. A breeze. Read the rest of this entry »


Best of Leopard Is Yet to Come…

November 1, 2007

by By Leander Kahney

There’s been a lot of brouhaha about Leopard, but the most exciting thing about Apple’s latest OS upgrade hasn’t even arrived yet — a wave of third-party applications that make use of new technologies under the operating system’s hood.

Core Animation could prove particularly revolutionary. A powerful programmers’ toolkit embedded in Leopard, Core Animation makes it easy to create flashy, animated 3-D interfaces. While some observers dismiss such things as pure eye candy — mere special effects to make the UI pretty — others have said they may herald the most significant advance in computer interfaces since the original Mac shipped 30 years ago.

“The revolution coming with Core Animation is akin to the one that came from the original Mac in 1984,” says Wil Shipley, developer of the personal media-cataloging application Delicious Library. “We’re going to see a whole new world of user-interface metaphors with Core Animation.” more…


Replace the Leopard’s login screen background!! [pic]

October 29, 2007

Simply replace this file:
/System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg

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Leopard is a go.

October 26, 2007

 

ileopardAlright, it’s officially 2007 and Leopard (Rrrrarrrr!) has been released. Its… evolutionary. No big shocker from a user perspective. Really, its all that, but maybe not a bag of chips.Yes the desktop looks a little better. The first thing iNoticed was that the folders were sharper. Stacks is bona fide function & utilitarian cool, yet spaces… is still giving me some trouble. i got it to work fine, but icant get that screen where you can change applications, its suppose to be F-8, so i tried it, nothing, switched the magic key to F-1, nothings, etc. Any help is appreciated with that one.Mail. Better.Photobooth, Way Better.Front Row (dunno, don’t use it)

os x leopard

iCould go on and on how things are slightly better (even Camino got better!) everywhere, it is a major upgrade to be sure, but it is not “drop dead gorgeous” as the marketing would lead you to believe, at this point ( one hour into using it) iThink i couldn’t waited. iWill be happy to set up time machine/networks/ and .mac a little later though, overall i’m glad this has come through and i hope the OS is highly adopted, so i Can iChat with more people, amybe even from a roller coaster.