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Archive for January, 2006

Dreamweaver 8.01 Update Now Available

Posted on: January 19th, 2006 by alemieux

Be sure to Update your copy of Dreamweaver. There are some platform specific bugs that are being fixed with this update.

Mac Book Pro and More Cool Stuff from Apple

Posted on: January 11th, 2006 by alemieux

Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs brought the Intel chip to the iMac and, thank God, to the new line of PowerBook’s newly named Mac Book Pro. With a built-in iSight camera for iChat and an IR port for Front Row, the sleek looking new generation of Mac laptop’s is 4 times faster than its predecessor and come with more processing speed.

I was impressed by the keynote this morning. The improvements on all of the iLife software was great. The new features in GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto and the new iWeb is great, but the announcement of these Quad processors is awesome.

Total Training Guru Video Blog

Posted on: January 10th, 2006 by alemieux

Total Training has started a new video blog called Guru Lounge, which features some video tutorials by Deke McLelland. You can view online previews or download the whole show. Subscribe to this in iTunes as well.

Safari and Firefox Gain Ground on IE

Posted on: January 6th, 2006 by alemieux

An interesting report from NetApplications indicated Safari and Firefox gaining more attention as IE slides from 94% to 85.5% from 2004 to 2005. That’s still a huge percentage of browser usage from the boys at Microsoft. I wonder what percentage of that 85% is people who choose to use IE as opposed to users who don’t know any better? After all, IE was shoved down people’s throats when they purchased any machine with one of Microsoft’s bug riddled operating systems.

Even Apple user’s were subjected to IE when Microsoft bought a significant amount of shares in the company and Apple didn’t have a browser. Now Safari has edged out Netscape, taking third place in the report. That’s phenomenal! So many Mac user’s were loyal to Netscape for so long and held out until Netscape fell into the hands of AOL. Of course, Netscape carries so much baggage with it and is a hefty sized browser with tons of features that also, unfortunately, made it’s operation slow. Switching to Safari was a no-brainer. Faster and lighter than Netscape and with less bells and whistles, it does what it’s supposed to do and is getting better with each release.

Firefox is still the browser of choice for many, including myself. There are so many plug-ins and toolbars that you can add on to it that offers unique customization. Tabbed browsing is becoming something of the norm now, but there’s more to that in Firefox. Built-in search, built-in news, web developer tools and more. I cringe every time I have to use IE for testing.

With the onset of IE 7 on the horizon, it will be interesting to see what the adoption rate is and if users will go back to IE.

Interesting Study on Apple Laptops by MacInTouch

Posted on: January 4th, 2006 by alemieux

I’ve had a G3 PowerBook for about 5 years now and it’s a workhorse, although it’s pretty banged up by now. This study, which is very well written and the data is fantastic, points to the vulnerabilities in the G3 line. My PB has recently gone under repair needing a new hard drive after I accidentally dropped my laptop bag. I thought it had enough padding to break the fall, but it didn’t and the drive heads got damaged. I also lost my optical drive to a similar fall. First, the tray mechanism broke, and then the unit came apart. The threading on the power supply cable also gets frayed and breaks from the sheathing of this particular model’s power cord. I’ve been through 2 of those and both had the same result.

I really have a great laptop though. I’m running Tiger on it and it has FireWire. At 500 MHz and 768 MB of RAM, it’s not as snappy as my iMac G5, but it get’s the job done. Ideally, it’d be great to have a TiBook with a huge hard drive and 2 GB of RAM to do Audio and Video stuff on.

Anybody have any recommendations on secure laptop bags or cases?