When my son started at his new school, he needed a conventional PC. After finding him a 2015 MacBook Air in perfect condition for a veritable steal on eBay, I adopted his Chromebook - a Dell Inspiron 3180 with an 11.6 inch screen, Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC… Continue reading My New Chromebook isn't a Chromebook, at all.
Paul Figgiani over on the Podcast Academy blog tells us about a simple, effective tool (hack?) for managing media projects. It's based on the concept of "zones" - areas within a folder where you decide to place different media assets for a particular project. You can designate these zones by simply creating an image in… Continue reading Media Project Management
After 3 weeks using the Motorola Q, I've decided to switch to this svelte, attractive and functional device from my beefy-but-capable Treo 700p. As I've mentioned before, I've had a love/hate relationship with the Treo since I started with my Treo 650 more than two years ago and lately, there's been a lot less love.… Continue reading The Cost of Switching Smartphone Platforms
With all of the podcast production I've been doing, I was feeling cramped by the 60 GB hard drive in my MacBook. So, I took the plunge and bought a new, roomy 160 GB drive from Other World Computing. When it arrived last week, my friend Ed (a big ol' Mac and IT geek) came… Continue reading “The Operation was a Success, Doctor.”
I'm seriously getting into GTD. If there's one thing I need to do, it's clear my brain to process more important tasks. Call me a geek, but when David Allen used the whole "computer, RAM, hard disk" analogy, it just resonated with me. There's just one thing: I hate paper documents. They're not easily portable… Continue reading GTD “Paperless” Hack
I had to post this, just to get a rise out of Steve. Longtime Windows development chief James Allchin wrote in a January 2004 e-mail to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and company co-founder Bill Gates that the software vendor had "lost sight" of customers' needs and said he would buy a Mac if he wasn't… Continue reading Allchin: ‘I would buy a Mac if I didn’t work for Microsoft’
Until very recently, I was using Audio Hijack Pro to record my podcast. I would select CD quality as my output file which in the case of Audio Hijack is an uncompressed AIFF file. When I attempted to import the file directly into GarageBand to add music, credits, disclaimers, etc., the audio would play sloooooowwwwwly.… Continue reading GarageBand Mystery Solved, thanks to Chris Breen and the iLifeZone