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Interesting article over at TUAW on the differences between the way Google and your Mac handle data which affects how syncing happens. Ive experienced this before unless you start from scratch with an empty address book and calendar and add your contacts via Google, youll have issues forever. The most important thing to do before setting up Google Sync is to take a backup of your data so that you can roll back if things go wrong.
If you are currently using MobileMe to sync your data, its a good idea to switch off syncing as well while you play around with Google Sync. That way if something goes wrong, your MobileMe data wont get messed up too.
With perseverance and a little patience, it is possible to set up reliable contact and calendar syncing with Google, but for me, the fire and forget nature of MobileMe is worth the 60 annual fee (less if you get it at Amazon).
I ordered my iPad yesterday. Went for the 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G. Yes, I know its decadent and yes, I know I probably wont use the 3G feature that much and yes, I know Apple will probably release a new version next year that I will want. But I dont care. I am happy to pay the 100 extra for the peace of mind of knowing that I have 3G if I want or need it. I will also have the extra flexibility of being able to buy a micro-SIM card in Europe and making use of local data rates, rather than paying excessive amounts for roaming data.
I have also ordered the Apple case, the camera connection kit and the dock to VGA adaptor. I held off on buying a dock (partly because the order was rapidly approaching 800) mainly because I am hoping that a 3rd party dock will become available that will allow the iPad to be used in both portrait and landscape modes. I already have an Apple Bluetooth keyboard so I didnt need one of those.
As an aside, I wont be buying one of these (even though I really appreciate the design effort!).
I have been holding off on posting about the new iPhone following all the news on Engadget and Gizmodo.
I dont agree with how Gizmodo acquired the allegedly stolen iPhone, how they posted about getting hold of it and especially naming and shaming the Apple employee who allegedly lost it.
While this is certainly big news, I enjoy the months of speculation, rumour and anticipation leading up to an Apple event. Gizmodo have, to a certain extent, taken that away from us. Dont get me wrong, I understand what they were trying to do, its just the way they went about it that bothers me. For that reason, I wont be commenting any further on their iPhone 4 story and will continue to eagerly await the official announcement (expected in June) from Apple and Steve Jobs himself.
Thanks Gizmodo, but no thanks.
Update: Looks like the guys at Gizmodo have returned it to Apple. Good.
Still not optimal I dont think but its the first time in over a year that Ive made a change to the dock.
This is possibly one of the most exciting things Ive heard today:
Instapaper is definitely coming to iPad.
Awesome. If you havent used Instapaper yet, I urge you to give it a try. Its one of my most frequently visited websites and frequently used iPhone apps. I cant wait to give it a try on an iPad.
Via The Instapaper Blog.
I use Google Reader to keep up to date with whats going on in the tech world. I would be lost without it. I subscribe to around 100 news feeds (mostly tech related) and my stats page shows that I read around 1500 articles a month.
I used to use the excellent Google Reader mobile web app to keep up to date when on the move, until I discovered Reeder by Silvio Rizzi. Reeder is a well-featured RSS reader which keeps you in sync with Google Reader (a Google account is required) and downloads your news feeds for offline reading.
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Smoking Apples have a good introduction to the menubar in Mac OS X for beginners, taking you through how the menubar was introduced to some of the latest and most useful mini-apps that run in the menubar to increase your productivity.
The menubar does need to be explained to new users. Its one of the most confusing UI changes when you switch over from a PC.
viaSmoking Apples The Mac Menubar: Explained
Finder on OS X is probably one of the biggest changes to switchers from Windows. I always recommend that people who are new to a Mac use the column view as I believe its the easiest way to navigate through the file system. One complaint that I often get though is that the columns are too narrow to see the full file name.
Hovering the mouse over a file with a truncated file name will display the full file name in a yellow box, but thats not a very efficient way of working. Widening a column is as simple as dragging the handle (the box with two vertical lines) at the bottom right of the column to the right, double clicking it will automatically resize it to the width of the widest file name. However, this method only resizes one column at a time. To change the default width, hold down the Option key and then drag the handle. This will resize all columns in the current Finder window as well as new ones.
In todays age, you pretty much have three options for running your own blog: Tumblr, Posterous and the venerable WordPress. Im not including the likes of Twitter or Facebook as a blogging platform as they dont offer the level of customisation I feel is needed to run a proper blog. Each of the big three also provide three iPhone apps with varying levels of functionality.
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A few weeks ago, my colleagues MacBook Pro battery lost the ability to hold its charge for more than about half an hour. Not long after that, the laptop was making a fizzing noise when it was plugged in to the mains. A few days later, he noticed that the bottom of the battery had started to bulge and swell. Aftersearching online, we found that thiswasnt exactly uncommon.
The MacBook was getting pretty old anyway and was due to be replaced so it was stored in its usual desk drawer until today when this is what we found. I think this is the worst example of battery-swelling weve seen. Needless to say, were a little concerned now!
Let me know in the comments if this has happened to you! Another photo after the break.
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