Category: General

Google & Microsoft: Where have I seen these companies before?

Over the course of the last two years or so, I have (for whatever reason) been paying more attention to Microsoft and Google as companies — not so much their products. The entire time, I kept thinking that they reminded me of another tech company. One that was too big to fail. I’m speaking about Apple, of course.

The list of “too big to fail” companies is long for those who were in the game early. Remember GEnie, Compuserve, AOL, Earthlink, WordPerfect, Macromedia, Quark, Netscape, IE, AMD, IBM, Syquest Drives, Zip disks, and more recently, MySpace. I’m sure I could think of dozens more if I had time.

Compuserve
I’ve had a hard time getting past the “outline” stage of an article about this topic, and yesterday I came across this excellent article at AppleInsider titled Google, Microsoft claiming Apple’s crown, albeit from 1994. Daniel Eran Dilger pretty much summed-up everything I wanted to say about the subject quite nicely.

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Word Crimes. Love it!

My personal favorite: “I could care less.” Whenever I hear someone say that, I immediately file them in my mental rolodex of idiots to never speak with unless required by law.”

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Logitech offers alternative to Apple’s Magic Mouse

Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse

Made with a brushed metallic body and a silky-smooth touch surface, the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 perfectly complements the sleek good looks of your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. There are two things I really like about this mouse (though I’ve not actually used one).

The first thing is that it’s wireless functionality is handled via Bluetooth, rather than the obnoxious little USB dongle that Logitech has been known for using in the past. I hate taking up a USB port for a wireless mouse.

The second cool feature is the fact that, unlike most all other wireless mice, you don’t have to plug it in to a charger or use batteries. The Ultrathin Touch Mouse features an internal battery that you can charge by plugging it in to a USB port. Now I know what you’re thinking: You just said you hate using up a USB port. But at least you only have to do it for a short amount of time. Logitech claims that one minute of charge time provides enough juice to power the mouse for another hour (under normal working conditions).

The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse is available for $69.99, but there are coupons available – one popped-up right on the Logitech site when I visited it. If you’re in the market for a new mouse, and you love the idea of using touch gestures like the Apple Magic Mouse.

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Free Webcast: Font management in Adobe Creative Cloud

Font management seminar
Fonts. We love them. From cool to crazy, free and open source to extremely expensive, there are a massive number of fonts in the world, and we want to collect them all for current and future projects.

While impressive, an ever-expanding personal font collection can become unwieldy, problematic and even unusable over time.

Join Extensis font management expert Jim Kidwell in this free webcast to learn how to:

  • Remove corrupt fonts from your workflow
  • Dispel the dreaded “missing font” dialog box in Creative Cloud apps
  • Efficiently organize your font collection
  • Speed font prototyping
  • Remove font duplicates
  • Clean font caches
  • And more
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Adobe Bridge CC’s missing Output module: How to get it back

Bridge CC Output module

When Adobe shipped Creative Cloud, Bridge was missing a feature many designers and photographers use quite often – the Output module. The Output module allows you to select folders of images and create a customizable contact sheet in PDF or Web Gallery format.

Thankfully, Adobe has made the Output module available as a stand-alone install, which you can download here. It’s fairly simple to install, and of course, absolutely free to all Creative Cloud users.

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