Archive for the 'Technology' Category

12 Ways to Back Up Your Mac Online

March 21st, 2007

In my book Take Control of Mac OS X Backups I mention the existence of several software-plus-online-storage combos that enable Mac users to back up their files to a nice secure server somewhere out there on the net. But I don’t express much enthusiasm about them, because they’re generally quite slow and unreasonably expensive compared […]

Six YouTube Videos Featuring Entertaining Automatons

March 20th, 2007

I first fell in love with automatons when I visited the famous Musée Mécanique in San Francisco. At that time it was housed in a dark, low-ceilinged hall right near the beach, but has since moved to the more tourist-oriented Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a great place to visit; for a few quarters you can see […]

Six and Three-Quarters Ways to Run Windows on a Mac

February 22nd, 2007

“Hello, I’m a Mac…and I’m a PC too.” Yes, you really can have the best of both worlds. Now that Macs run on Intel processors, it’s easier than ever for Windows and Mac OS X to coexist on the same computer. So whatever your biases against the “other” system, just get over it and run […]

Five Forms of Light Pollution

November 29th, 2006

Having trouble sleeping at night? It could be the light from a streetlight (or a neighbor’s floodlights) streaming through your bedroom window and interrupting your circadian rhythms. Intrusive artificial light at night can take several forms, and each causes its own set of problems. Here are five examples, taken from Interesting Thing of the Day […]

12 lessons I learned by responding to spam

October 4th, 2006

Like most people, I always assume people are telling the truth and have my best interests at heart. So naturally, I have been delighted at the large number of highly enticing offers that appear in my inbox every day. People sometimes call these spam, which must mean they enjoy them as much as that delicious, […]

Six Intriguing Uses for Peanuts

September 5th, 2006

In the last few decades there has been a sharp increase in the number of people who are allergic to peanuts. According to an article in the June 24, 2006 issue of New Scientist, “Allergenic foods are often things a population eats a lot of,” and “Today, the average American eats 3 kilograms of peanut […]

Eight early photographic printing techniques

August 23rd, 2006

Now that digital photography has gained such popularity, there will soon be a generation for whom getting photos “developed” will seem entirely foreign. It’s just a fact of life that as a new technology gains popularity, it overshadows the previous one, and that is especially true in the case of photography. Early photographic processes may […]

Six new Apple products incorrectly rumored to be announced at WWDC 2006

August 7th, 2006

Because a significant portion of my livelihood depends on Apple’s computers and software, I have more than a passing interest in every new product announcement. But I have never entirely understood the infamous Mac rumor mill. In the days and weeks leading up to any conference or press event, especially if Steve Jobs is delivering […]