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Mr Macintosh Update July 09

Hello There Macintosh User!

If you are getting this email you have sometime been a client of mine — Thank you for your past custom!

1. iPhone Apps: Tweepshoot made by an Aussie, is all about Twitter and not shooting your friends, but happily doing the dirty on anyone else! Fun. Trapster lets you know when a radar speed trap is approaching! Very handy for keeping a clean licence! Free. Flight Control is an aeroplane landing game that can be played solo or 2 iPod Touches or iPhones linked together via your wireless network. $1.19 Instapaper Pro lets you save webpages to read offline later. Handy for a certain user who needs it but expensive at $5.99

2. ShoveBox : An application to keep the little bits and pieces that usually sit on your Desktop and wonder what to do with themselves and organise them in a ‘box’.

3. Readit : Rapid Environmental And Development International Timetable covers 100s of sustainable development events and links — from the local to the global level. Enter your own events or search for meetings/groups in 76 related fields such as environment, development, human rights, peace, etc.

4. Reddit : Reddit gathers headlines of stories from around the web which are controlled by the users, the more viewed sites percolate to the top. Could be a useful research tool or a time wasting device.

5. Safari 4: Take advantage of the fact that Safari 4 is now out of beta, which means that the semi-experimental stage it was at is over: it is a fully sorted new application. Claimed to be the fastest browser in the world it does seem extremely fast at opening pages and displaying them. It is also very standards compliant so it should cope with any webpage.

6. Mindjet and MindManager: Are tools for organising information as we move deeper into the digital age and almost all of us are finding that as everything goes digital and integrated, it requires different ways of getting to grips with it all, keeping on top of it. There’s always the cave in the hillside alternative if you want to opt out…

7. Smart Mailboxes in Mail: One of the advantages that Entourage has over Mail is that it groups Mail in folders called Yesterday, Last Week and Older. Well Mail can do this but you have to tell it to! They are called Smart Mailboxes and if you want to have this option then read the article below and follow instructions.

8. RealPlayer 11: RealPlayer is something that I install on every computer I work on. It lets you access video and audio online as an alternative to Windows Media on thousands of websites worldwide. This new version offers eq, downloadable video and access to the RealPlayer Movie Library with 500 videos, all free!

9. Downloads in Leopard: One change in Leopard 10.5 that some people don’t like — including myself — is putting downloads into a special Downloads folder and hiding them away. Just like Windoze does in fact! The new Firefox 3.5 toes the line and does it as well. This means that when you download a file while in Safari or Firefox instead of it appearing on the Desktop, so you see it and do something with it, the file is put into the Downloads folder in your Home folder. If you want to change this setting open Preferences from the Safari or Firefox menu and under the Save Downloaded Files to: click to change it and navigate to the Desktop and Choose it. From now on they will arrive on the Desktop as always! Not all ‘progress’ is good….

10. MYOB Network Edition : MYOB Account Edge, as the flagship version of the accounting software has always been a dog if used on a network. So now MYOB have reworked it and made a new version that you can use on a network so that more than one terminal can access the same data. At last…

11. 3D Desktop Aquarium: Its essential stuff right here! Very realistic fish and if you register for US$12.95 you get to download heaps more and different fish…. And there’s a version for the iPhone too. Their name says it all:

12. Bing: Bing is a new search site from Microsoft which is intended to compete with Google but as it comes from them many Mac user won’t go near it! But it has some good features in the way it displays your search results. Whether or not you start using it will depend if Google is serving you well enough or frustrating you. Give it a try while ignoring where it comes from.

13. BSMUG: The Byron Shire Macintosh User Group (BSMUG) holds monthly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month upstairs at the Mullumbimby RSL. Catering for Mac beginners as well as experienced Mac users. Visit the website and the forum for more information:

14. A Reminder of My Rates: I charge $88 per hour including GST. No call-out fee or travel charge in the Byron Shire. Half hour minimum. Telephone support costs the same in 15 minute increments. Email support is still free! Please include plenty of detail in your email inquiries. Serving the Byron Macintosh community for over 8 years.

Items for Sale is a free monthly service for my Mailing List. If you want to list something for sale send me the full description/specifications and contact details. Until next time, Thank you Tommi ;>)

Mr Macintosh Tom Hain PO Box 1040 Byron Bay NSW 2481 6685 5504 041 840 8869

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