Recent Posts (page 3 of 29)

  • 2012 Apple iPad Event Predictions (Updated)

    Like clockwork, Apple is hours away from announcing the third generation iPad. I’m sure I won’t be the only Australia-based Apple watcher getting up at 5AM to take in the news. Since people keep asking me, I thought I might as well break the blogging ice with my predictions for today.

  • Radioshift Subscriptions as iTunes Podcasts

    Like many displaced Canadians, I like to listen to CBC Radio 3 at work to keep me feeling culturally connected to my home country. But the shows I enjoy tend to be on at inconvenient times here in Australia. Thanks to Radioshift, that isn’t a problem! Radioshift from Rogue Amoeba is a Mac application for scheduled recording of web radio streams. Radioshift makes it easy to import your recordings into iTunes, but it would be nice, I thought, if those recordings showed up as a podcast, instead of normal music tracks in my iTunes library.

  • An Open Letter to the Microsoft Partner Program

    I continue to be amazed by how horrible a job your web team does. Why would we ever take marketing advice from Microsoft?

  • Sketching Dreams

    I feel like I may have some things to write about again soon. Before you ask, I’m not being cagey, here. Mostly this is just a vague feeling, perhaps brought on by my recent visit home to Canada—a reminder that there are people I care about with whom I don’t communicate much (no, Facebook doesn’t count). I dreamed up a fresh (but simple!) site design last night, so I broke out the Wacom to see if it worked in two dimensions. If I can keep it balanced, I think it might. redesignsketch_small.png Note to self: ask Lox if he minds me recycling his old comic book header idea.

  • Streetwise Will Throw Away Your Mac’s Serial Number

    Over the past week, I have decided once and for all to keep my computer out of the hands of Streetwise, a popular Apple retailer here in Melbourne. I have previously written about Streetwise, an Apple Authorised Service Centre, and its policy of holding onto computers while they wait days for replacement parts to arrive so that they can maintain a high Apple Service Rating.

    Missing Serial Number
    That original post came about when I had to get the palm rest of my MacBook replaced under warranty, and in the past week another shocking outcome of that repair has come to light: when the Streetwise technician replaced my palm rest, he did not transfer my MacBook’s serial number sticker (which is attached to the underside of the palm rest—inside the battery compartment). When I contacted Streetwise about this last week, service manager Jedda Wignall was appropriately contrite. “It is incredibly unfortunate that you have been hit with this inconvenience, as could have been put in a precarious situation as a result,” he wrote (sic.). “The technician who performed the work is no longer with the company, and I would like to think that this situation would not arise again.”