Saturday, January 27, 2007

Great deal

Anyone need a Macbook Pro? If you don't mind it being refurbished, there's a great deal at Apple's Refurbished Macs page.

15 inch screen
1 Gb RAM
100 Gb Hard Drive
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 256Mb

$1499 instead of $2499; like Apple says, that's a 41% discount.

You could then use that $1000 discount to buy yourself say, a $499 revolutionary mobile when it comes out in June...

P.S. - Like the new logo?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Neat Trick

Have you ever wanted to put those old cassette tapes in your iTunes library? Well, here's a neat trick you can do with any Mac: All you need is a cable that connects on one side to your audio input jack and on the other, to a headphone jack on your boombox or portable cassette player. This cable can be found at Radioshack and probably Best Buy and Circuit City.

Then, go to your System Preferences and click on sound. From the input tab, select the audio line in port. Now open up a new Garageband project and record the song as the boombox is playing it, with the cable attached to both the boombox and your computer. Oce your finished recording, send the song to iTunes by clicking "Send to iTunes" in "Share" on the Menu bar.

When your song gets exported to iTunes, iTunes immediately selects it and plays it. You can change any artist/song name info then. What I do then is to convert it to AAC, because it reduces the size of the song by almost a factor of ten. Right click the song, select "Convert to AAC," and you're all good. Just remeber to delete the non-AAC song.

I've just transfered about 150 songs like that to my library, and they're all fine.

Let me warn you that you should use a high quality boombox though, otherwise, you may get some background noise which could be annoying if you're trying to listen to that guitar solo, or that really quiet part of the song.

Hope you find this useful!

Monday, January 22, 2007

About that Zune

One of the only features that the Zune has over the iPod is apparently non-existent for some songs. Quote from Engadget's story:

It appears Sony Music and Universal Music Group are marking certain artists of theirs as "prohibited" for sharing, meaning that just because you've paid for a song, and even managed to find another Zune user on the planet Earth, doesn't mean you'll necessarily get to beam that JoJo track to another Zune via WiFi magics. In a non-scientific sampling of popular artists by Zunerama and Zune Thoughts, it looks like it's roughly 40-50 percent of artist that fall under this prohibited banner, and the worst news is that there's no warning that a song might be unsharable until you actually try to send it and fail.

iLove my iPod

Will we see Steve Jobs in the White House in 2008?

Watch as Fox News explains what I'm talking about:
(the good part starts at 1 min 52 secs.)


Top Sellers

Did anyone check Amazon's top sellers in the Computer category recently?
8 out of the top 13 top selling computers are Macs. That's 61.5% of the top selling computers on Amazon!

1st - Macbook White 80Gb
4th- iMac 20"
5th- MacBook Black
6th- MacBook White 60Gb
8th- MacBook Pro 160Gb
9th- MacBook Pro 120Gb
12th- iMac 17"
13th- Mac Mini 1.66Ghz

Sunday, January 21, 2007


Why would anyone buy a limited edition of Windows Vista signed by Bill Gates?
Sorry, did I say signed by Bill Gates? I meant: You get a plastic Vista box wit a plastic engraving of Bill Gates' signature.
It's $259 and has the exact same software as the regular Vista Ultimate.

[via Engadget]