This month’s issue includes:
The Candy Apple: It’s Too Bad We Need This Device
Fingerprint recognition technology makes Ellyn Ritterskamp wonder about pawprints, too.
Bloggable: Wishful Thinking
We’ve all heard the phrase before. Repeat it with us: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” As if Wes Meltzer’s column on that topic isn’t enough on its own, he has more blogosphere goings-on to report: Cocoa and Carbon history, Palm’s support (or lack thereof?) for the Mac, iSync liberation, platform expatriation, Word 2004, and OS X’s interface.
Machine Language: Some Offers We Are Not Needing
Thanks to spam, Matt Coates finds himself on a first-name basis with lots of new friends. When he’s not digging through e-mail, Matt can be found tinkering with his new mini-network of iPod, Mac and cellphone—his eye-opening introduction to the real promise of the digital hub.
How To: Distributed Blender Rendering with Xgrid
Most of us will likely never have any exposure to cluster computing projects, but Andrew Kator’s column—instructions he feels Apple left out of the manual—is a nice diversion for anyone, if only to see how cool and how simple distributed tasking is with Apple’s new Xgrid.
With the NeoCort story arc concluded (or is it?), Matt Johnson returns to Cortland and Todd’s job hunt—not to mention his own!
The iTrolls seem to think a new sports team is about to take the field. Meanwhile, they’ll just muse about a radical opinion from eWeek, XP People, and an “innovative” declaration from Bill Gates.
Desktop Pictures: Puerto Rico
Web Editor Lee Bennett offers the second half of the images from his trip to Puerto Rico in April.
Review: Apple Confidential 2.0 (book)
Hush hush and on the QT, Brooke Smith gets the scoop on Apple in Owen Linzmayer’s latest book.
Review: Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks (book)
Chris Lawson enjoyed this hardware hacker’s how-to manual disguised as a very entertaining read.
Review: iStumbler 86
iStumbler will need some polishing before Wes Meltzer is ready to give it high marks.
Review: Mariner Write 3.6
If you’re fed up with the bloat that is Microsoft Word and the less-than-complete feeling that is many other text editors, Paul Fatula suggests giving Mariner Write a try.
Review: QuicKeys X2 2.1
Gregory Tetrault says QuicKeys X2 is still not the power tool it was in its version 4 and 5 days.
Back this month with another iSight accessory, Lee Bennett isn’t nearly as impressed this time around.