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I think it’s official that Front Row—Apple’s new media center app that’s bundled exclusively with the new iMac (that I missed by a month)—is a hit. Mac users everywhere want it. Now the question is whether Apple will answer the demand by making it available to all Mac users. Will it show up in Mac OS X 10.4.3? iLife 2006? I hope so.

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Outdated Computer

New iMac | New iPod

It was fun being on top while it lasted. Kudos to Jed for being the first to make fun of my now obsolete technology with the above image.

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It’s the start of a new school year (reasonably close, at least), so it’s time to gear up. After all, both of my computers are showing their age, and my printer refuses to output yellow ink (and sometimes it’s not fond of printing at all). Therefore, after a couple weeks of mulling it over, I decided to take advantage of my educational discount and some nice back-to-school rebates from Apple to “upgrade the apparatus” (one of my favorite Tick-isms). Now I am the happy new owner of:

I made the final decision to go ahead with the purchase while in work today, so I stopped by the new mini Apple Store in the St. Louis Galleria on my way home. After taking a quick in-person look at the merchandise to make sure I had settled on what I really wanted, I presented my shopping list to one of the clerks. He took it in back, and one credit card swipe later, I was walking out to my car loaded down with technological goodness.

When all is said and done (taking into account the educational discount and the rebates), I will have saved $100 on the computer, and gotten the iPod for $90 and the printer for free. (But then there’s the tax…)

Oh, there’s one more reason that was probably in the back of my mind urging me towards this spending spree. Elvenyukiryu mentioned in her blog the other day about flirting with the possibility of buying an iPod mini, and there was no way that I was going to let her beat me out on getting an iPod! ;-P

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Everyone, I need your help. I think I woke up in some sort of bizarro alternate dimension this morning. Well, I guess it’s pretty regular to you, but it’s freaking me out. I mean up is down, left is right, right is wrong, and Macs will soon have Intel Inside™. I’d really like to go back to my own dimension now, before this happens to me.

On the plus side, when I came home from work I discovered that my copy of Mac OS X 10.4 had been delivered. Woohoo!

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Recently, a switcher asked me, as a long-time Mac user, to recommend my favorite Mac software. After much thought, I came up with my top picks, and decided to go ahead and share them with the world.

TLA Systems, Ltd. · $29
Simply the best application launcher available. Don’t make yourself search through your Applications folder or overstuff your Dock. DragThing lets you organize your Apps and keep them at your fingertips. (See my DragThing dock)
Oak Tree Software, Inc. · (cost depends on modules selected)
The best Bible study software available for the Mac, and arguably the best for any OS.
Taco HTML Edit
Taco HTML Edit
Taco Software · Free
A simple and clean interface for editing HTML, CSS, PHP, etc. Features HTML tag coloring and auto-organization.
Aaron Voisine & The GIMP Team · Free
The open-source, professional grade image editing program GIMP in a self-contained Mac OS X application bundle. Features drag-and-drop file opening, printing through Gimp-Print, and display of help in the default web browser.
Selznick Scientific Software, LLC · $18
Never write your passwords on a Post-It note again. PasswordWallet stores all your usernames and passwords in an encrypted database locked with a master password. Also features an excellent auto-type feature.
FlrSoft · $20
Don’t have .Mac? iSynCal lets you synchronize your iCal calendars between multiple Macs.
stupidFish23 · $7.50
If you haven’t discovered the joy of having multiple clipboards, then you’re seriously missing out. ShadowClipboard keeps a history of what you cut and copy accessible from your menu bar.
Panic, Inc. · $25
FTP in a clean, easy-to-use interface.
The Azureus Team · Free
Powerful, cross-platform BitTorrent client. Features multiple torrent downloads, queueing/priority systems, start/stop seeding options, and instant access to numerous pieces of information about your torrents.
Fink + FinkCommander
Fink: The Fink Project · Free
FinkCommander: The FinkCommander Project · Free
Fink opens up the world of open source UNIX software on Mac OS X by making it easy to find, build/install, and manage many useful libraries, binaries, and other software packages. FinkCommander provides a GUI for Fink.

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