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Mr Macintosh Update June 10

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. Mobile Phone Radiation Protection: Pong Research — unfortunate name — have products that are scientifically claimed to reduce radiation from mobile phones. There has been some independent testing and they certainly look more likely to protect us than the various plastic gizmos that are currently doing the rounds…

?2. Pregnant Belly Radiation Protection: Also needing protection are unborn foetuses and Belly Armour reckon that by using their fabric containing woven metal to shield electromagnetic waves their blankets and T-shirts have the technology to do just that.

3. Information Control With Orggit: There are several software choices to collate and control your personal information, from mundane — birthdays, anniversaries etc — to others like allergies, passwords and logins. Orggit does this and encrypts the data so no one with out access can get to it. You can store a profile for up to 10 family members. Of course you still have to remember one password…or else you can’t get in! But its a good way to keep the growing amount of sensitive data that we are accumulating these days. You can access your stuff from any computer, or your iPhone with the free app. US$50 per annum.

4. Encrypting a Data Hard Drive or USB Stick: If you want to have a volume (geek speak for container — your Macintosh HD is a ‘volume’) to store data securely away from your Mac onto a USB drive or external hard drive then this tip will let you do it easily using Disk Utility. No one will be able to access the files without your password.

5. Synching Your Macs With Syncmate: There are a lot of programs claiming to synch different Macs to each other: a laptop and desktop being the most obvious example. SyncMate has a comprehensive list of devices it claims to work with including Nokia S40 phones, (why when there’s the iPhone?!) PCs and Sony PSPs. Free with limited synching of only calendars and Contacts and US$40 to do the works. I have tried it and it works, doing 3 Macs via the wireless network in the house and SyncMate installed on all machines.

6. Extra Control Over iTunes and Quicktime: This company gives a free Preference Pane for System Preferences that allows more functionality than the standard QT Player, which has been changed in Snow Leopard 10.6. They also have iTunes controls and extra options for Finder such as expanded print dialogue box, choosing the Screenshot format etc. Really good for free!

7. Prism Video Converter: A handy little free video format converter that can change your movies to and from .AVI, .mov (QuickTime), .flv (Flash) and more.

8. Sending Video from iPhone to iPhone: Knocking live Video lets you send video using your 3G — or preferably a WiFi connection — to other iPhones or iPod Touches. Needs to be set up right so check the iTunes Store blurb when you get it. Free.

9. Downloading YouTube Videos: There are a heap of free apps to download videos from YouTube so you can store them and re-watch without re-downloading. The one I like best is Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader, better than GetTube because you can batch download, ie several videos at once.

10. iPhone and iPad: Briefly, the iPad has been classed as a laptop for tax purposes by the ATO which also means that it can be part of the Education Tax Refund for school children. The new iPhone 4 will be here late July with iOS 4, the newly monikered non-computer operating system also coming very soon. This is what runs iPhones, iPads and iPod Touchs. This new operating system, which you install via iTunes as usual, initiates big changes.

11. The Funnest iPhone and iPad App Ever!: If you watch Glee the singing, dancing show or even if you don’t the Glee app lets you sing the songs from the show, but most importantly it massages your performance with auto-tune and other pro effects so you sound great! You can post your performances online, replace any part of the music and be a star! All for $1.19…!

12. Design and Photography Tuition with Jules Ober: Jules is an established professional offering Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom tuition, as well as pro digital photography and camera help. If you are struggling with any of this give her a call. 66854385 or

13. Simple Mac Tuition for Regular People: I am beginning 1 hour classes either here in Byron or at your house. Minimum 3 people @ $35 per person for an hour. Flexible topics including iPhoto, Email, iPhone, iTunes and the internet. Let me know what you need…

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 9 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. Goes out around 14th of the month. 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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