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Mac App Store Coming January 6th

December 29th, 2010 No comments

Apple’s new Mac App Store is scheduled to go live on January 6th.

This new application will allow Snow Leopard users to browse, download and update Mac apps just like you would apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

You can purchase apps using your iTunes credentials and they’ll download and install straight onto your Mac.

The arrival of the Mac App Store should bring even more applications and developers to the Mac platform. Check software update on January 6th for the download.

[ Mac App Store ]

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Run Windows 7 On Your Mac With Parallels 5

November 4th, 2009 No comments

Parallels-5Parallels Desktop 5 was released today with full support for running Windows 7 on Snow Leopard.

Like previous versions, Parallels allows you to run Windows or other OSs while running your Mac OS. You don’t need to restart or create separate partitions to run Windows.

Here are some of the new features with version 5:

- Full 32 bit and 64 bit support for Windows 7 and 10.6 support.

- Windows Aero effects and 3d flip support (prettier Windows.)

- Mulit touch support for Windows.

- More device support including the Apple Remote.

- Faster load times (up to 3x)

- Enchaned copy and paste between Windows and Mac.

Parallels Desktop 5 is available for download today for $79 ($49 upgrade)

Although we prefer Parallels, VMWare Fusion 3 has similar features and is identically priced.

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Why Windows 7 Is Good For Mac Users

October 22nd, 2009 No comments

windows_7_logoToday is Windows 7 launch day. It’s been time for some time Microsoft.

With Windows 7 receiving positive reviews and reactions from users, there is obviously a lot of comparison to Snow Leopard.

While few Mac users are likely to make the switch (back) to Windows with this release, Windows 7 is very much welcome.

So why is Windows 7 good for Mac users?

In a word, competition.

PC manufactures have long been limited by running XP or the generally panned Vista on their computers and have since been competing more on cost than on features users want.

While this has helped Apple gain market share and build their brand as an alternative to the low end Windows experience, overall innovation in the computer industry, especially in the high end, has suffered.

The perception alone that Windows 7 is a good, solid OS, should embolden PC manufacturers. If Windows 7 enables and encourages PC makers to deliver the same (or near) level of quality, integration and innovation that Apple produces, this will be a net win for Mac users.

If we see more competition in the high end, the overall market will benefit from the innovation.

Hopefully this will step up the features in Apple hardware and OS 10.7. I for one can’t wait!

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Let’s Download Snow Leopard

September 28th, 2009 No comments

If we can download a movie from iTunes, why can’t we download Snow Leopard?

In the past, the two main obstacles for downloading full versions of an OS were piracy concerns and bandwidth requirements.

As Apple has successfully demonstrated with HD movie rentals, these are both already overcome. HD movie rentals are 3+ GB downloads and the Apple DRM is pretty hard to crack. At 6.74 GB, Snow Leopard would be a big download, but still very doable for users with high-speed internet.

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Pros for Legal OS Downloads

Easy to buy. Instant gratification. Don’t need a working DVD drive (MacBook Air and problematic SuperDrives.) Save on packaging and shipping costs.

Cons for Legal OS Downloads

Hard to do a clean install (could be overcome with net enabled EFI or the option to backup to a disk.) Apple’s bandwidth cost for serving up the downloads (made up for in packaging and shipping costs?) Box retailers won’t get a cut of the profit (this could also be a pro:)

While there is still value in the actual disks to some users, adding a download option would make upgrading the OS faster, easier and greener.

As the App Store continues to take off and bandwidth continues to get faster, I’d say there’s a good chance that we’ll see 10.7 offered as a legal download.

Snow Leopard Compatibility List

August 31st, 2009 No comments

Wikidot LogoWhat apps work (and don’t work) with Snow Leopard?

There is a free Snow Leopard compatibly wiki that has a nice list of 3rd party apps and their 10.6 compatibility.

Different versions of software are also listed so you can see if your version of a particular app is 10.6 friendly.

Notes from the developer and known issues are also listed.

Good to check before upgrading or to see if a new app will work with 10.6.

[ Snow Leopard Compatibility Wiki ]

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Free Snow Leopard Promotion Ends Tonight

August 31st, 2009 No comments

Tim Capsule Speed BoostThere’s just a few more hours to claim your free copy of Snow Leopard. At midnight tonight our promotion ends, so hurry and get it free while you can. I just installed my copy and have given and old MacBook Pro a new lease on life. Here’s a couple reasons to upgrade-

Speed The Finder has been given a performance boost. Time Machine backups are faster. Wake from sleep and shutdown also show visible performance increases.

Exchange Support Need to interface with an Exchange server? Now there’s support right out of the box. With the announcement from Microsoft that they’ll be releasing Outlook for the Mac, both are expected to make a great combination.

Place an order for any hard drive upgrade (for intel Macs) between 8/26 and 8/31, add the Snow Leopard upgrade, and enter the promo code SNOW.

We’ll install Snow Leopard for free, migrate your data and you’ll get to keep the retail copy. Image courtesy of Apple.

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First Batch Of 10.6 Upgrades Goes Smoothly

August 28th, 2009 No comments

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We’re doing a lot of Snow Leopard upgrades today from our Free Snow Leopard promotion.

So far, so good. Average install time is about 1 hour and we’ve had no installation problems.

The only disappointment so far has been that the welcome video and music has not changed from 10.5. While that may seem trivial, when you hear the same welcome song a hundred times a day, you look forward to a new track.

If you’ve received your Snow Leopard disk or are planning to upgrade this weekend, we’d say you’re good to go. Just remember to backup first and run Software Update before installing Snow Leopard.

Free Mac OS X Snow Leopard

August 26th, 2009 2 comments

snowMyService is giving away Mac OS X Snow Leopard!

From now until the end of August, we’ll include a free retail copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard with any MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air hard drive upgrade.

Here’s how it works:

Place an order for any hard drive upgrade (for intel Macs) between 8/26 and 8/31, add the Snow Leopard upgrade, and enter the promo code SNOW.

We’ll install Snow Leopard for free, migrate your data and you’ll get to keep the retail copy.

[ MyService Hard Drive Upgrades ]

10.6 Snow Leopard Available August 28th

August 24th, 2009 No comments

Snow Leopard Retail BoxApple has announced that the new version of OS X, Snow Leopard, will be released on Friday August 28th.

The single user version is $29 and a family pack (up to 5 computers) is available for $49. You must have an intel processor and 10.5 Leopard installed to upgrade to 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Snow Leopard Server (unlimited client) will be made available at the same time for $499.

Pre-orders online at the Apple Store will be delivered on the 28th so you can avoid any of the retail day of release hoopla (unless you like the hoopla.)

While Snow Leopard is billed as more of an update to 10.5 than a brand new OS, we still recommend checking for any installation issues before installing Snow Leopard.

Backup your data, check Twitter/Blogs and install. [ Snow Leopard ]

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Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program

June 16th, 2009 No comments

Snow-Leopard-UpdateApple has released details on the Snow Leopard up-to-date program.

If customers purchase a new or Apple certified refurbished Mac on or after June 8, they can upgrade to Snow Leopard for $9.95 (instead of $29.)

For Xserve customers who purchase a new or certified Xserve on or after June 8, they can upgrade to Snow Leopard Server for the same $9.95.

You must complete an order form from Apple within 60 days of purchase, or by December 26, whichever is earlier.

If you’ve purchased multiple Macs (say a couple for the family,) you can either purchase a copy for each one separately ($9.95 each) or request the right to copy one upgrade for the other Macs. I know which option I’d go for.

[ Program Details & Order Form ]

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