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Nisus Writer Pro 3.0 Released

I have been using one version of Nisus or another since 1994. I have written all of my academic work in it (it was one of the first to support right-to-left languages on the Mac) and while there was an annoying footnote bug that bit me when I was submitting my doctoral thesis, they have never been short of amazing in support.  Now Nisus Writer Pro 3.0 is out! I have not had a chance […]

Snow Leopard – It’s the little things

This afternoon I installed Mac OS X 10.6, otherwise known as Snow Leopard. So far it is going very well. A few minor conflicts (Logitech’s Control Center, Nambu [twitter client]) but Exchange on Mail/iCal/Address Book is very nice. But it is the little things that are nice, such as my MacBook Pro being able to update the time zone automatically. (Cell phones have been able to do it for ages, why not notebooks?)  

Mac OS 10.5.3 and Spaces

When Leopard came out I was very excited about Spaces, but realized fairly soon that it was more trouble than it was worth. I turned it off. The recent Mac OS update brings some improvements and John Gruber of Daring Fireball has reported a key advance in Spaces. I haven’t had time to turn it on and try it out, but if you are interested, check out his post. An excerpt describes a key change: […]

Update to Nisus Writer Pro

I have mentioned before that I have used Nisus Writer for years (my doctoral thesis and book were written in it). Although I still use Word for collaborative projects, to make sure comments can be read, etc. I love NWP, use it, and support it whenever I can. (It has support for right to left languages that only Mellel can compete with, yet is far more robust than Mellel.) TUAW has noted the update that […]

Turn your MacBook into an Earthquake Sensor

From The Wired Campus If Monday’s earthquake in China has sparked an interest in seismology, and you happen to own a Mac laptop, you can transform your computer into your own personal seismic station. A free program from SeisMac takes advantage of the acceleration sensor inside you computer to register when it gets the shakes. The program was developed with support from the National Science Foundation and from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, a […]

Update for Mac Office 2008

Mac Office 2008 SP1 It’s finally here! The MacBU has just released Service Pack 1 for Mac Office 2008. You can download the update directly from the Mactopia website (it’s large — about 180 MB), or launch your favorite Office app and select Help/Check for Updates. There are well over 1000 fixes and improvements in this release, including the return of custom error bars and axis tick manipulation in Excel charts. The full release notes […]

Warning: Dangerous Site (and why, for the time being, the Mac OS is more secure)

For quite some time now I have had “robots” mining my posts and putting them on their “blogs” resulting in pingback in my posts. Most of these are just intended to generate traffic back to their sites. Lately there have been some from a site of various names, but if the pinback is followed, looks like this: It looks like a page full of YouTube links but if you click on one (I like to […]

TUAW: 802.11n Airport Express is now on sale

I have one of the old versions and I use it at home to extend my network (and connect iTunes to my stereo) and then take it on the road with me. It is perfect for hotels with a wired network connection (who often then charge for a wireless connection, if available). It also allows you to have your own encrypted network, so it is safer to use than the open hotel wifi. At conferences […]


SXSW: 7 Fake Startups Compete for ‘Worst Website Ever’ | The Underwire from AUSTIN, Texas — As dedicated readers of the most popular business blogs are well aware, the web is positively awash in terrible ideas for startups. So many, in fact, that’s Andy Baio was inspired to create a contest to see who could dream up the most awful, short-sighted and unfundable business plan. One of the competitors was the ever effervescent […]