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Listen to podcasts at high speed

More hours of podcasts in your feed bin than hours in the day? Phil Windley feels your pain. He's even figured out how to speed things up a bit without converting all his podcasts to audiobooks: Right-click the show in iTunes and choose "Show song file." Open the selected song file with Quickt...

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Why your school doesn't want boot camp

A trend I'd like to see go the way of the dodo: every time Apple introduces something new that doesn't seem to appeal to the average home user, the net lights up with wild speculation that it's for the education market. Most of the time it's not, and Boot Camp is no exception. The reaction to Boot C...

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Apple Terminal Server in the future?

Chris Howard over at Apple Matters thinks so, and he thinks the new iMac is the warm-up. The problem with the new iMac as Chris sees it--and I agree--is that it's an inelegant solution to the media center problem. It's one thing to have iTunes video on your personal computer to watch Lost episodes w...

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1.5 finger scrolling

Since the support for two-fingered trackpad scrolling in response to yesterday's survey has been so overwhelming, I thought I'd pass along this tip from TUAW reader dude yo: 1.5 finger scrolling. Apparently, with two fingers on the trackpad, you only have to move one of them to get the scrolling eff...

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Silly Sunday Survey: trackpad scrolling?

We've been kind of lax on the whole Silly Sunday Survey(tm) thing around here lately, so after an afternoon of having my iBook click when I want it to scroll and scroll when I want it to click, I thought I'd ask: is anyone finding the two-finger scroll function on the latest round of PowerBook and i...

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Unix for the Beginning Mage

If you want to learn the OS X command line, but find the available books intimidating, bristle at the thought you should read anything for "dummies," or just worry that you may by eaten by a grue while plumbing the depths of /dev/random, Unix for the Beginning Mage may be just what you're ...

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Apple press conference scheduled for Oct. 19th

Just got word that Apple has scheduled a press confernce during the preview for next week's PhotoPlus Expo 2005 to unveil their "latest professional innovations." No details yet as to what they might be showing off, but if I had to guess I'd go for a Final Cut update centered around h.264 ...

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The seen and the unseen; invisible files and the command line

Since C.K.'s post on invisible iPod files got so much response over the weekend, I though I'd do a quick rundown this morning on the different ways to handle invisible files in OS X. The first thing to understand is that there are three ways to make a file invisible in OS X. The first, and least u...

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Revenge of the dogcattle: ClarusX2005

Since the response to last week's discussion of Clarus and her dogcow relatives was so overwhelmingly pro-dogcow, I thought I'd share one of my favorite little tools that lets you bring back the dogcow in OS X. ClarusX, now ClarusX2005 for Tiger, is a little haxie that combines some simple scripts a...

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Google Apple Macintosh

Google may not be keen on delivering software for Mac users, but the've got a beta search engine just for us lurking down in their "Specialty Searches." Google Apple Macintosh selects just the Mac-related sites out of Google's index and searches them for your search terms, which means no m...

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