Contests in context, when infinity isn't infinite, and things that make us cranky.Listen now: Download today's podcast PhotoNetCast #23: Photographers' Rights and the new U.K. Counter-Terrorism Act 2008… Read more
Shortly after I bought a MacBook, I posted an (unpopular) article in which I vented about learning and using the new platform. I'd been a Windows guy for 20 years, and although I knew a transition to OS X would require effort, I didn't expect it to be quite so frustrating.
But I have since found a way forward with the machine. Rather than trying to jam it into my well-established workflow and have it replace my Windows laptop, I'm now trying to use it alongside my PC. It's also the only computer I travel with. And with a few tricks, I've found it to be a positive and productive experience.
Side by side on my computer keyboard (oh Lord...) At work, I like using the MacBook for instant messaging, Twitter, Skype, for researching and browsing, and for anything involving video. My old ThinkPad is slow, and offloading these apps from it during the day is a small help. I still use my PC for e-mail, since there's as yet no reasonable replacement for Outlook if you work at a company that runs Exchange servers, and for writing and taking notes, since my fingers know their way around a PC keyboard.
Although I'm using two computers, I use only one primary keyboard. Thanks to the old open-source app Synergy (and the Mac version called SyngergyKM), I can control the Mac from the keyboard that's connected to my ThinkPad. I have my MacBook on a stand to the right of my Thinkpad's external monitor (recommended: the Rain Design mStand), and when I drag the mouse off the right edge of the Windows screen, it appears on the MacBook. The keyboard then controls the Mac as well. Even better, copy and paste works between the machines (although, awkwardly, the keystrokes for copy and paste are different on a PC and Mac--I'm still learning to adapt to that). … Read more
Both free apps install a small search bar on your desktop, and both are good at rooting around in your enormously crowded file trees to pluck the fruit of your very minimal labor.
But there are differences between the Google and Copernic's search apps. Tune in to this Quick Tip video to see what they are.
Today's Buzz Out Loud ended and I found myself hanging out in the studio with the live chat. All it took was a single question from someone about podcasting and I proceeded to spill the beans on everything we do behind the scenes of your favorite CNET podcasts.
I've had a lot of people ask me to explain the ins and outs of podcasting here at CNET. If you've ever wondered what kind of technology we use to create our shows, from hardware to software, you might want to check out this walk through.
I also detail … Read more
An outpouring of pet photos, Lori's CES snapshot, and when to compress.Listen now: Download today's podcast