"Every hard drive in the world will eventually fail. Assume that yours are all on the cusp of failure at all times." An Ode to DiskWarrior, SuperDuper, and Dropbox
: John Gruber talks about his Mac's hard drive failing and how he was able to recover all of his data using DiskWarrior
, a file recovery utility, SuperDuper!
, a backup utility that creates a fully bootable backup, and the file syncing system DropBox
. While his advice is Mac specific, you can get a similar system going on Windows with Acronis
for backups and one of many free file recovery programs such as TestDisk
(which also has a Mac version). [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla
on Mar 15, 2010 -
Create and mail a real [paper!] postcard from anywhere and to anyone around the world.
posted by ColdChef
on Aug 12, 2009 -
Mac Vs. PC
. Inspired by Transformers
, this short visual effects piece shows us what would happen if our home computers could turn into robots and started beating each other up.
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 22, 2008 -
is a free app for your mac that lets you drag an image onto the polaroid camera in the corner of your screen. it then spits out a polaroid image that develops on your desktop. there's a flickr group
for these shots already. [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Nov 19, 2008 -
Plainview is a free full-screen web browser
for your mac.
Until now, you had two options for showing Internet work: capture it all to Quicktime and throw it into Powerpoint or Keynote (looks nice but no interactivity as everything has to be canned) or show it in your browser (interactive but with ugly chrome distracting people from your beautiful sites).
So here's a third option. Fire up your full-screen browser and let your audience focus on the work. [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Oct 27, 2008 -
OS X as music video.
(SLYT) Dennis Liu's interpretation of "Again and Again" by the Bird and the Bee, using a particular operating system as inspiration. It does feel kind of like an Apple ad, but it's quite creative.
posted by fungible
on May 13, 2008 -
The iMac turns ten today.
Unveiled on May 6, 1998 by a button-down Steve Jobs
, the iMac personal computer was Steve Jobs' antidote to the countless boring beige models in Apple's product line. Offering "three easy steps to the Internet,"
the iMac proved to be a lightning rod for criticism (small "hockey puck" mouse,
no floppy drive, no SCSI, the debut of USB, toy keyboard,
no expansion possibilities), the first Bondi Blue iMac got people talking and sold by the truckload. Although the design may look a bit dated today, the candy-colored plastics influenced consumer product design
for the next several years. Even if you don't enjoy using an iMac, there's no denying its contributions to computing and popular culture.
posted by porn in the woods
on May 6, 2008 -
Chromatron 1, 2, 3 and 4
just became freeware. In these little standalone puzzle games for PC and Mac, you align splitters, benders, and mirrors to direct colored laserbeams into like-colored targets. Enjoyably difficult, and an example of great game design. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2
on Nov 28, 2007 -
The How-To Geek
provides hints and tips for a variety of operating systems and popular pieces of software. The how-tos cover a pleasing range of head-slapping I-should-have-known-thats to relatively advanced techniques. Follow the latest
page to read the site in blog form.
posted by nthdegx
on Jul 8, 2007 -
1986 Mac Plus vs. 2007 AMD Dual Core
"When we compare strictly common, everyday, basic user tasks between the Mac Plus and the AMD we find remarkable similarities in overall speed, thus it can be stated that for the majority of simple office uses, the massive advances in technology in the past two decades have brought zero advance in productivity." Factor in the internet, and the technological advances have brought me negative
posted by jdroth
on May 31, 2007 -
Comedy duo, Ramenz
(ラーメンズ), aka Kobayashi Kentaro and Katagiri Jin, also known as the Japanese versions of Mac and PC
, have recently done a number of shorts collectively called "The Japanese Tradition." Apparently, these tongue-in-cheek pseudo-instructional vids about famous aspects of Japanese culture (Tea
, and Relationships
) have been fooling a lot of non-natives into thinking they are actual guides. (YouTube, each approx 4-6 min).
posted by ikahime
on Mar 29, 2007 -
on the birth of the iPod from the sharp pen of WIRED's Mac maven
Leander Kahney. Quoth Steve Jobs: "Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. That's not what we think design is. It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
posted by rdone
on Oct 17, 2006 -
turns your iTunes (mac only) into a music sharing server that conveniently spits out a podcast feed for your friends to subscribe and download all your mp3s from. Download this
the RIAA kills the server
something might happen to this wonderful app.
posted by mathowie
on Aug 30, 2006 -
Software Pop Idol
If you're a software developer, what happens when you run out of ideas? You ask the community of course! Then you sort, rate and have the ideas voted on. Make it a contest and give away prizes. And that's exactly what the Mac Programmers behind My Dream App
have done. Entries are due by Sept 1st. Rules
here. Idea Submission form
posted by filmgeek
on Aug 28, 2006 -