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  • @iMatter: Safari *does* store multiple passwords for a site. When you get to the log-in page, just enter your alternate username & password and this will be remembered *in addition* to any existing usernames. When you go back to the site, Safari will display teh most recent username. To change, just begin to enter an alternate username and, if it has alreaqdy been entered, Safari will recognise it and auto-complete both the password and username. I do this with gmail all the time (and is one of the many reasons I love Safari). However, having said that I use and love Safari, it *is* a memory hog and if left running long enough, will crash. I tend to pre-empt that by periodically closing all of Safari's windows and restarting it. I shouldn't need to and Apple need to address this. If Firefox offered access to all of OS X's goodies (like system wide dictionary) then I might switch. Until then it's my backup for the few sites that Safari still doesn't render (not many, and often Firefox can't display them either - damn those IE coders!!).
    oz-nom had this to say on Jul 31, 2008 Posts: 13
    Firefox 3 Kills Safari
  • Where is the confirmation of 10.6 being Intel only? The link in the article leads to an ad for NutriGrain on YouTube. Either there is a subtext to that ad that is beyond me, or the link is wrong. I've heard plenty of rumours that PPC will not be supported but, since we're talking about Apple here, I take all rumours with more than a pinch of salt...
    oz-nom had this to say on Jun 19, 2008 Posts: 13
    No G5 Owners, Snow Leopard is not a Screw Job
  • Very interesting, and insightful, article Chris. And while I don't agree with Beeblebrox that Apple and little Nathaniel are now kicking sand in people's faces in the sandbox, Apple does sometimes flex it's muscle in surprisingly unpleasant ways. But compared to its so-called fan-boys, Apple Inc is tame. The blogosphere is filled with "vehement protest" (well phrased!) from the defenders of the faith. I love my Mac, and struggle to imagine switching back to Windows, but some of the comments I read (from both sides of the fan-boy fence) would be funny if they weren't so earnest and, well, nasty. Sometimes they would indeed be better to shut up and let the Apple defend itself in the best way it can - making great products that other companies then strive to emulate.
    oz-nom had this to say on Apr 11, 2008 Posts: 13
    Apple Evangelism: Enough Already!
  • Good luck with your studies Chris - your contributions here will be missed. Regarding problems with Leopard - I just thought it was because I was running it on a PowerBook instead of MacBook. Now I know better...
    oz-nom had this to say on Mar 19, 2008 Posts: 13
    Leopard: Not Quite Right
  • Pleiades is right. I don't need blazing speeds or a quadzillion ports and super-duper mega-features for my portable. I need portability. And I don't want to lose [i]useability[/i] (screen & keyboard size) in the process. MacBook Air offers this. As I'm not in the market for new notebook (yet) and it hasn't been released (yet) I don't know if the MBA is for me. But it is absolutely in contention because of size and weight. MB & MBP can out-spec the MBA without trying, but if I have to lug them around, day after day (and I do) then the MBA suddenly becomes very very attractive. Of course, it would be even more attractive if my home computers were ultra-new macs with blazing fast wifi n. They're not. So the choice for me will be a little more difficult. But Pleiades is right, the MB & MBP are in a separate market to the MBA.
    oz-nom had this to say on Jan 22, 2008 Posts: 13
    The Future of the MacBook Air and What it Will Become
  • [i]"The whole point of an ultra portable is to be just that: easy to carry and easy to use."[/i] This is exactly why I like the MBA. I currently lug my powerbook between work, home & university. Believe me, "lug" is the appropriate word, even though my PB is far slimmer and lighter than my wife's newer Toshiba. Often I have had to pack an extra bag because I could fit my PB and work files into my travel satchel. The MBA would fit with room to spare. Yes it has fewer ports. But I haven't yet used all my ports when travelling. In fact I rarely use any of them outside of home, and have only occasionally used the CD/DVD drive when travelling. So what's the problem? I don't know if the MBA will be my next notebook, but it's certainly a strong contender. And you sum up the reasons yourself: [i]The concept totally contradicts itself, though; it’s not smaller in any way, only thinner and lighter.[/i] [b]Exactly.[/b] No pecking on a sub-size keyboard while squinting at a sub-size screen. Instead I get a full size computer that is thin and light enough to carry around yet remains powerful enough for daily use. I think Apple are onto something here. Watch this space grow...
    oz-nom had this to say on Jan 18, 2008 Posts: 13
    The MacBook Air Is a Horrible, Horrible Product
  • "...and wouldn’t it be in Apple’s best interest (to encourage more sales), to announce any significant unknown features now?" Like they announced iPod Touch? Or any of the other innovations they have launched over the past 10 years? iPhone remains one of the few exceptions to Apple's surprisingly consistent secrecy. So why would they change form now if they do actually have more "top secret" features? I am surprised at all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over "top secret" features that are, if they exist, still top secret. If they do indeed exist then, based on past form, I would not expect them to be announced until the product is launched. That is the Apple way. Then again, it sure gets a lot of column inches = more free advertising. Steve's a genius... :)
  • Good article Devanshu. This is the type of article that I read AM for - researched, informative, relevant. I'm glad I came back. Thankyou.
    oz-nom had this to say on Jul 21, 2007 Posts: 13
    On Freeing Consumers, Innovators, and the iPhone
  • You're right: CoverFlow is pretty. But you're wrong: it is very useful. It's just not useful for everything. Similarly, list view is useful, and icon view is useful, and column view is useful - but I don't want any of them for everything. I used to avidly read AM: every news feed, every day. The last month or so, I started skimming, then skipping, entire articles. I removed the RSS feed. This article is the first article I've read in almost 2 weeks. And I now I remember why. :(
    oz-nom had this to say on Jun 26, 2007 Posts: 13
    Cover Flow is Pretty, but Fairly Useless
  • You can view how incoming methods are flagged (whether normal, high or low priority) by selecting the "Show flags" option under the view menu (although you need to do this individually for each "folder" in Mail). To set the importance of outgoing emails, select the little down arrow to the left of "Account" in a new email, then choose "Customise". Check the box beside the exclamation mark and click on "OK" and all future new emails will have a drop down check box allowing you to select the importance of that email.
    oz-nom had this to say on Apr 17, 2007 Posts: 13
    AAM: Marking Emails in Mail
  • iMac G4. It still turns heads when I take it out and set it up as a temporary office for a day. As it still inspires me to better work and creative solutions, I'll miss it when I eventually replace it. I loved the original Mac but, like others, was priced out of the Mac party for many years. Even so, I remember creating some, at the time, incredible product on friends' machines. Can't wait to get my hands on a MacBook Pro... :)
    oz-nom had this to say on Nov 16, 2006 Posts: 13
    The Most Inspiring Computer of All Time?
  • Cmd + Ctrl + D is so cool! The fact that it then has the option of choosing thesaurus is even better. AND, if you change the preferred order in Dictionary, then thesaurus becomes the default. No more copy & paste into the dictionary widget...
    oz-nom had this to say on Nov 06, 2006 Posts: 13
    20 Useful OS X Tips
  • .Mac is too expensive, especially concerning the alternatives out there. It might offer more convenience, but enough to justify the price? If it offered greater storage (even half of Google's gmail) it would be more attractive. I don't see myself renewing again. Applecare is too expensive. It should be unnecessary, but I'll wear it though, if just for the peace of mind. Call me a sucker... Upgrading to Leopard? Probably. It's cool, does fancy stuff (my emotional response) and has demonstrated features that would help me work more efficiently (my wallet response). Is it too expensive? No. Paying extra for a hard-drive? Huh? Obviously you've already got one for back-ups and if not it should be on your purchase list no matter what type of computer you have. Nothing to distinguish Macs or PCs here. Back-ups cost. Not having back-ups cost more. iLife & iWork? I didn't upgrade the former and haven't purchased the latter. Maybe one day. But it's not a "cost" of owning my mac any more than buying any other media management or document/presentation creation software is. It's software. Like all software, if I need to upgrade, I will. If not... Bummer about your iPod.
    oz-nom had this to say on Oct 19, 2006 Posts: 13
    The Cost of Apple Discipleship