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Apple vs. the Bloggers: How It Unfolded and Where It Stands Now by Richard Koman
When AppleInsider and PowerPage published apparently purloined confidential documents from Cupertino, Apple sued their ISPs to find out who inside the company was leaking. This set into motion a series of court proceedings that helped define the rights of bloggers and privacy for those who use the Internet. Richard Koman reports. 06/13/2006

Aging PowerBook Upgrade by a Linux/OS X Geek by Philip Hollenback
Many Mac users railed against chromatic's recent article, Switching Back to Desktop Linux. When Philip Hollenback, a Linux fan himself, needed to upgrade his aging PB 667 from Panther to Tiger, he used an approach that kept costs down and value high, while preserving his Linux/OS X frame of mind. Here's how he did it. 06/07/2006

Cloning Terminal to Ease Window Management by Rich Morin
By using multiple copies of an app, you can hide and display each copy's windows separately. For example, you can have multiple copies of the Terminal available: one for generic tasks, a few for specific projects, and one reserved as idle. Rich Morin shows you how. 06/01/2006

MacBook Pro: The Thermal Paste Question by James Duncan Davidson
The MacBook Pro is a hot machine--literally so hot that it becomes uncomfortable on your lap after extended periods of use. Some users blame the excessive use of thermal paste between the main chips on the logic board and the thermal pipes. Is this the problem? James Duncan Davidson cracks open his MacBook Pro to find out. 05/23/2006

Photoshop Elements 4 for the Mac: Worth the Wait? by Giles Turnbull
There was a minor uproar in the Mac community when Photoshop Elements 4 was released for Windows with no Mac version in sight. But Adobe has rectified the situation with a stellar release of Elements for OS X. Giles Turnbull takes you on a tour of its highlights. 05/16/2006

Grabbing iTMS Preview Tracks the Geek Way by Erica Sadun
Ever tried to copy a preview track from the iTMS onto your iPod? Hint: you can't. iTunes won't add those 30-second free previews. Why would you want to? Some great audio and video are waiting for you to enjoy. Plus, there's the sheer thrill of geek accomplishment--the "oh, so that's how to do it" satisfaction. 05/09/2006

Xcode for the Rest of Us, Part II by Shelley Weiner
Apple's Developer Tools are not just for the propeller-head set. There are applications and utilities within that can make you more productive, solve tough problems faster, and--dare we say?--put a measure of control into your workday. Shelley Weiner shows you some very practical Xcode tools, with a focus on FileMerge. 05/02/2006

A Survey of Open Source Apps Available for Mac OS X by John Littler
Mac OS X has certainly benefited from open source software--both inside the OS itself and running on top of the platform. In this article, John Littler surveys standalone apps and package systems to provide you with an overview of open source software for your Mac. 04/26/2006

Aperture 1.1--Apple Listens by Scott Bourne
With Aperture's new features, bug fixes, and universal compatibility with PowerMacs and Intel Macs, it's now a serious contender for top digital photo software. Scott Bourne reviews Version 1.1. 04/18/2006

Mac FTP: A Guided Tour by Giles Turnbull
(S)FTP has a valuable place in the hearts of web builders and developers, and is still one of the most practical methods of getting files from one place to another in a secure manner. In this article, Giles Turnbull surveys six FTP clients for the Mac platform and shows you the major characteristics of each. 04/13/2006

Macintosh Home Monitoring by Gordon Meyer
Want to learn a few simple home automation techniques to have your Mac send you a message when your mail is delivered, your kids come home, or your dog uses the pet door to go into the backyard? Gordon Meyer shows you how. 04/04/2006

Bringing Ruby on Rails with FastCGI into Mac OS X Server by Luke Burton
Most of the Ruby on Rails documentation on deployment for Mac OS X glosses over key parts of the plumbing. In this article, Luke Burton walks you through a Rails installation on Mac OS X Server. 03/29/2006

Getting Started with Quartz Composer by Erica Sadun
Apple's free developer tool collection contains many overlooked gems. These aren't limited to programming-specific utilities. Take Quartz Composer, for example. It's a free utility that can bring new life and interest to your iMovie projects. In this article, you'll learn how to use your own pictures to create a simple but flashy animation. 03/23/2006

Digital Bookmark Mods by Matthew Russell
Matthew Russell shows you how to add better bookmarks to your audio books, add slideshows to your music files, create enhanced podcasts, and share your favorite mods with others--even if they're on protected audio. 03/15/2006

Mac OS X Website Builder Face-Off by Giles Turnbull
You may be a web expert, but surely everyone you know isn't. What tools do you recommend to others? And, what would you use for those quick sites that you don't want to code from scratch? Giles Turnbull compares three potent offerings: iWeb, Sandvox, and RapidWeaver. The results are surprising. 03/08/2006

Extending the Dashboard Virtual Earth Widget by Luke Burton
After our first attempt at building a Dashboard Virtual Earth Widget, we revisit our code to improve its appearance. In this follow-up tutorial you'll learn how to redesign the look and feel of the widget to accommodate resizing, include a preference pane with some basic text, and change the CSS code to render the widget appropriately. 03/01/2006

What's New in iWork '06? by Giles Turnbull
iWork's tandem offering of Pages and Keynote provides a useful collection of tools for presentations, word processing, and layout. But how much has changed since last year's debut? Giles Turnbull walks you through Pages 2 and Keynote 3 to help decide if this upgrade is for you. 02/22/2006

Digitizing VHS Tapes with EyeTV by Joe McMahon
By digitizing your old VHS tapes, you can move them from taking up precious shelf space to more readily available disk space. In this article, Joe McMahon shows you a hack that lets you archive full-quality digital recordings from EyeTV to offline media, but still play them back easily in EyeTV. 02/14/2006

Xcode for the Rest of Us by Shelley Weiner
Apple's Developer Tools are not just for the propeller-head set. There are applications and utilities within that can make you more productive, solve tough problems faster, and--dare we say?--put a measure of control into your workday. Shelley Weiner shows you some very practical Xcode tools with a focus on PackageMaker. 02/07/2006

Tweaking iTunes by Giles Turnbull
Our favorite music app, iTunes is much more than a player. It's Apple's representative to the non-Mac world, a focal point for Apple's growing media empire, and a pioneering combination of desktop application and online service. With all that in mind, let's ask ourselves: how can we mess around with iTunes? Giles Turnbull shows you how. 01/31/2006

Adding a New Style Preferences Window to Your App, Part 2 by Martin Redington
In this second of two articles, Martin Redington shows you how to add a new style preferences window to your application that behaves in all respects exactly like the Apple preferences windows. 01/27/2006

Putting Google Video onto Your iPod by Erica Sadun
There's some pretty interesting stuff on Google Video. In this article, Erica Sadun shows you how to download videos, convert them to an iPod-friendly format, and load them onto your new 5G video iPod. 01/24/2006

Adding a New Style Preferences Window to Your App, Part 1 by Martin Redington
In this first of two articles, Martin Redington shows you how to add a new style preferences window to your application that behaves in all respects exactly like the Apple preferences windows. 01/20/2006

Cool Macworld Product: SketchUp by Adam Goldstein
Past the rows of video games and rainbow iPod cases at Macworld SF, Adam Goldstein found his pick of the show. The product that got his Coolness Vote this year is a neat design tool called SketchUp. Here's how it works. 01/17/2006

Macworld Podcast: Chuck Toporek on the New Macs and More by Daniel H. Steinberg
We talk about the new Macs and what might be coming next with O'Reilly senior editor Chuck Toporek. 01/13/2006

Intel and More Inside by Daniel H. Steinberg
Saving the best for last is the old saw Steve Jobs lives by when it comes to addressing his Macworld audiences. As Daniel Steinberg reports from Macworld SF 2006, Jobs spent the first 90 minutes of his keynote on Apple's sales revenues, additions to two of the iApps and the introduction of a new one, and more, before casually mentioning the PowerBook is being replaced by the Intel-powered MacBook Pro. As Daniel puts it, for Jobs, this is "pure theatre." Read Daniel's extensive report on all of Jobs' announcements. 01/12/2006

Macworld Podcast: Derrick Story on iPhoto by Daniel H. Steinberg
Mac DevCenter editor Derrick Story says that the news from the Macworld keynote that interests him the most are all of the improvements to iPhoto. 01/12/2006

Shop Different: Accessorizing Your iPod ... for Cheap! by Erica Sadun
Even though there are aisle after aisle of iPod add-ons on display at Macworld, Erica Sadun went a different direction to accessorize her player. She made a visit to the Dollar Store. Here's what she found. 01/11/2006

The Power of mdfind by Andy Lester
In addition to the little blue magnifying glass in the upper-right corner of your desktop, Tiger provides the mdfind and mdls commands for searching. Andy Lester discovered them while working on his updates to Mac OS X Tiger In A Nutshell. Essentially, they provide the power of Spotlight in the Unix shell. Here's how it works. 01/04/2006

Mac Users and the Macs They Use by Giles Turnbull
When you read the articles and weblog posts by prominent Mac users and Mac pundits, do you ever find yourself wondering what kind of computer setup they're using? Giles Turnbull does. He recently contacted a spat of Mac professionals and asked them what they depend on. Here's what they had to say. 12/28/2005

O'Reilly Happenings at Macworld SF by Derrick Story
Macworld SF 2006 is shaping up to be a busy show for O'Reilly Media. We have great specials, lots of books, a full speaker lineup, and a menu of activities. Here's a comprehensive overview. 12/20/2005

A Look at Keychain Access (and Why You Should Care) by Giles Turnbull
Introduced in Mac OS 9, Keychain Access is an API and an application designed to provide secure storage for all your sensitive information. It has continued to evolve in Mac OS X, and Giles Turnbull helps you unlock its mysteries. 12/16/2005

Managing MySQL on Mac OS X by Robert Daeley
There are myriad ways to control and manipulate information on a MySQL server -- some are stand-alone GUI apps, some are web-based, and of course the venerable (and powerful) command-line option is always available. Robert Daeley shows some of the most useful tools. 12/13/2005

New Palm TX Forced Me to Address Mac Sync Options by Giles Turnbull
Palm devices were once the model of simplicity for Mac users. Giles Turnbull, late-'90s PDA geek, picked up a new Palm TX after a lengthy mobile device hiatus. But he soon discovered that syncing feeling that accompanies Palm/OS X connectivity these days. Here's his report. 12/09/2005

Dissecting a Dashboard Virtual Earth Widget by Luke Burton
Dashboard is a great container for your Web 2.0 application. In this tutorial, Luke Burton walks you through a Dashboard implementation of Virtual Earth, highlighting the various components and showing you what they do. 12/06/2005

Five Fun Ways to Play with Audio Hijack Pro by Erica Sadun
It's like a sound lab on your Mac -- with Audio Hijack Pro you can digitize legacy music, time-shift radio shows, and even repurpose your legally purchased music. Erica Sadun shows you five of her favorite AHP tips. 12/02/2005

Advanced Package Management with Fink by Koen Vervloesem
In this follow-up to his first article on installing Fink, Koen Vervloesem tackles more advanced topics, such as building binary packages, running your own binary distribution server, and creating Fink packages for your own software. 11/29/2005

HTML Tools on the Mac Command Line by Robert Daeley
It's time to dig around in your OS X Developer Tools and put some of those utilities to work. Robert Daeley takes you on a tour of handy CLI tools that, if you're not using them now, you will be after reading this article. 11/22/2005

Getting the Video out of Your New iPod--for Cheap! by Erica Sadun
Yes, you can spend extra dollars for Apple's sleek white video cable for TV connectivity, or you can hack your own together for cheap. Erica Sadun shows you how. 11/18/2005

What Is Bluetooth by Michael Juntao Yuan
Bluetooth--its name is cool, but what can you really do with it? If you're curious, let Michael Yuan take you on a tour through the myriad use cases for Bluetooth-enabled devices, from car kits to social networking. He also provides overviews on the technology behind Bluetooth, and how to use it. If you're considering Bluetooth, either for app development or to create your own cable-free personal area network, this is a good place to start. 11/18/2005

An Introduction to Tiger Terminal, Part 5 by Mary Norbury-Glaser
In Part 5, Mary Norbury-Glaser looks at how Tiger Mac OS X runs regularly scheduled commands and scripts to execute recurring jobs, like system maintenance and backups. She compares the "old" way, using the Unix tool called cron (for chronological), with the new Tiger method of using the launchd daemon. 11/15/2005

Web Apps with Tiger: Backups and Speed by Kevin Hemenway
In this, the fourth installment of "Web Apps with Tiger," Morbus shows you how to maintain and optimize your databases. 11/11/2005

What Is TurboGears (Hint: Python-Based Framework for Rapid Web Development) by Matthew Russell
TurboGears is a Python-based framework that enables you to quickly build database-driven, ready-to-extend web applications. In this article, Matthew Russell takes you inside this framework for a look at its internal mechanisms, then introduces you to its creator, Kevin Dangoor. 11/08/2005

Sync Services Framework (How It Works and What You Can Do) by Mary Norbury-Glaser
With Tiger, Apple introduced a new extensible Sync Services framework embedded into the OS. And it's available to any application, not just Apple programs. Mary Norbury-Glaser explains this framework and shows you practical examples of its implementation. 11/04/2005

Tiger's Improved Firewall (and How to Use It) by Peter Hickman
Among Tiger's many enhancements, Apple introduced a whole new firewall called ipfw2. It works just the like the old firewall, but has new features that allow greater flexibility and more control. In this article, Peter Hickman shows you some of the new features and how you can use them to more easily manage your firewall. 11/01/2005

An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence by Matthew Russell
Have you ever thought about using an iSight to take and classify images, such as those of a user sitting at the iMac? (Face-sensing engines have been in the news lately.) We have. And while we're working on that tutorial, we thought it might be a good idea to first publish a background piece on artificial intelligence. Check it out. 10/21/2005

TextEdit's Default Format: RTF... Why? by Giles Turnbull
Rich Text Format (.rtf) is the default choice for Mac OS X's TextEdit. Have you ever wondered why? Giles Turnbull takes a look at the RTF spec and discusses its strengths and shortcomings... and possibly uncovers why Apple chose it as the default for text processing. 10/18/2005

A Simple Mac OS X libpng Example with OpenGL by Michael J. Norton
When playing with OpenGL, most folks quickly tire of simple line-drawn polygon examples and want to play with more challenging concepts--such as putting texture maps onto those shapes. In this tutorial, Michael Norton shows you how to use the PNG format to create those texture maps. 10/14/2005

What Is Quartz (or Why Can't Windows Do That) by Matthew Russell
Quartz is the heart and soul of Mac OS X's graphics layer, which directly supports the defining features of the Aqua desktop experience. In this article, Matthew Russell gives you a short history lesson on Quartz, then shows you how it's implemented in Mac OS X. 10/11/2005

How to Record a Podcast Interview by Glenn Fleishman
Podcasting interviews involve two distinct tasks. First you have to record the audio and prepare it for listening. Then you need to syndicate it via RSS so others can subscribe to your programs. In this tutorial, Glenn Fleishman shows you some nifty tricks for recording your audio, especially if you want to capture phone interviews for syndication. 10/11/2005

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