The case of the crashing iPhoto

The great thing about Macs: they just work... but when they don't, the solution can be as obscure and illogical as any Windows conundrum. My latest such experience with non-intuitive troubleshooting came when I tried to run iPhoto...

The cure for a hungry, sleepy laptop

When I started using a MacBook Pro last summer, I found two features to dislike. One was the hard drive space — or the lack thereof. 120 GB was a big improvement over my older PowerBook's 80 GB, but faced with my growing movie,...

Do androids dream of electric Apples?

When David Szetela delivered his keynote speech at KansasFest 2007, he revealed a fact that is little-known to all but diehard geeks (which was, of course, exactly who he was addressing). It connected two of my favorite things: the...

Video: Apple's 2007 Year in Review

It's been a busy year for Apple. Though every year's Macworld and Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) give us updates to existing Apple products and announcements of new ones, 2007 marked an unusual number of new and exciting...

iPod Classic: One step forward, two steps back

Back in 2005, when I was connived into buying a fourth-generation iPod, I wasn't sure what use I'd find for it. As it turned out, plenty: I now subscribe to dozens of podcasts that a few years ago I had no means to enjoy. So I was...

Gamers bring cheer to hospitals worldwide

Children who are not at home but in a hospital, waiting for the next test or treatment, can still look forward to a happy holiday season thanks to Child's Play, a non-profit organization of gaming enthusiasts dedicated to spreading...

Keeping Leopard caged

I am not an early adopter of new technologies, and that includes software upgrades. It's one of the reasons I still use an Apple II: having used the same revision of the same OS for 15 years, you can bet it's proven pretty stable....

Meandering up the corporate ladder

The shortest path up the corporate ladder may no longer be a straight line, said David Foote, CEO and chief research officer of independent market research company Foote Partners LLC. "What is an IT Career Today?" was a workshop and...

Smile! You're on the Internet! :-)

Buccaneers aren't known for their cheery dispositions -- but September 19th marks something more than the annual Talk Like a Pirate Day: it's also the 25th anniversary of the smiley emoticon. CNN.com reports that "Twenty-five years...

Red vs. Blue brought machinima to the masses

This week's mail bequeathed upon me the fifth and final season DVD of the popular Web series Red vs. Blue, the comedic application of the video game Halo that introduced me (and much of the world) to machinima. Machinima, in the...

iPod diminuendo, if you please

Recently reported is that "iPod Noise Pollution Irks Those Nearby" -- that is, headphones set too loud can be disruptive to those who aren't plugged in. But the story's reporter made baffling decisions on what to report and what not...

iPhone + iPhone = Apple IIphone

You have to be hardcore to attend an Apple II expo 30 years after the machine's release -- but that doesn't mean you're dead. The Apple II was once cutting edge, and we fanatics still appreciate the latest toys.Rob Walch, host of the...

Apple II Forever at KansasFest 2007

When Apple evangelists long ago proclaimed "Apple II Forever!", they probably expected "forever" to be less than 30 years.  Yet here we are partying like it's 1977 at KansasFest, the 19th annual Apple II expo. The Apple II, the...

Now for some real user power

Last Monday was the 25th anniversary of the theatrical release of the Disney movie Tron. I commemorated the event for Computerworld with an interview with John Knoll of Industrial Light and Magic. Neither Mr. Knoll nor ILM were...

Importing to WordPress? Try an Apple II!

When I started blogging this past December, it didn't take me long to settle on WordPress as my CMS of choice. (Besides, my hosting company provided one-click installation.)  I found it easy to configure, personalize, and expand; in...

Breaking (away from) the PowerBook

Note to self: next time you have trouble navigating a flight of stairs, the computer's safety is your number one priority. Bones heal; laptops don't. That's what I discovered when my 15-inch. PowerBook took the brunt of a fall last...

This will be a day long remembered

It may not be an IT topic, but all computer geeks should appreciate this milestone: today, March 14th, marks the tenth anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Special Edition, the last in a series of...

Students ace science; public flunks science funding

I come to Computerworld from the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI, where I taught technical writing and film studies.  I was also responsible for soliciting community professionals to serve as judges at the annual...

R. A. Salvatore & Green Monster Games challenge interactive media's limits

Curt Schilling. R. A. Salvatore. Video games. A match made in heaven. Huh? Last year, two-time World Series winning pitcher Curt Schilling teamed up with R. A. Salvatore -- New York Times bestselling author of 45 fantasy/sci-fi...

Steve Jobs, Slayer of DRM

Courtesy of Mac Rumors comes this memo from Steve Jobs on FairPlay, the Digital Rights Management (DRM) anti-piracy technology with which Apple encodes downloaded music. DRM limits where and how digital music can be played. ...

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