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Upgrading Your 17" MacBook Pro Hard Drive

A few days ago I upgraded my MacBook Pro’s hard drive after realizing 320 GB drives sell for USD 110 - which made constantly worrying about disk space ridiculous. This also should extend my old MBP...

iPhone 3G Day: the Good Parts

Like many, I took the plunge on Friday and bought an iPhone 3G (pictures and videos of the saga here). It was clearly not the most reasonable thing to do to stand in line for hours to get an expens...

A case of failed technology: Bluetooth headphones

I’ve had a fair experience with Bluetooth devices, including headsets, mice, and keyboards. At home, I am now using the Apple Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and I am quite happy with them.Recently, ...

Met HD broadcasts at movie theaters actually quite good

Saturday morning we went to the local movie theater to watch a Metropolitan Opera’s high-definition live broadcast of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.I was curious about how much I would enjoy watching an ...

Even more stuff Steve did not announce

Following-up on Alex’s posts, to me the most glaring hole in the MacWorld announcements was the lack of any update about DRM-free music.Apple was a precursor of DRM-free music online with last year...

PDF support: one of the highlights of OS X Leopard

Many of my tasks, at Orbeon or personal, involve PDF documents:<ul><li>Sending invoices to customers (no way we are sending Word or Excel documents!)</li><li>Archiving, view...

A paperless life with the Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner

I recently bought two Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners: one for the office (Mac version) and one as a gift for my brother (PC version).For as long as I can remember, I have had a strong aversion for paper...

How can Orbitz and the likes be so dishonest?

You know, like when all those cheap flights are listed, but Orbitz tells you that the flight is not available when you want to buy it? Systematically, our recent flight searches have come up with t...

2008: Web 2.0 software I use every day

Following-up on Michael Arrington’s post “2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without”, here are the Web 2.0 tools and services I use whenever I am behind the computer (I’ll pass on the super-o...

Enough about (badly) guessing the user's language

I am in Switzerland for Christmas. I launch a new Firefox install. Firefox loads the Firefox Start page, featuring Google search. The page is in German.About 64% of people speak Swiss-German dialec...