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“Safe and Secure” — Podcast: Nonstop Tech Episode 7

This is the seventh episode of our “Nonstop Tech Podcast, produced by the Nonstop Tech team.

In this episode, we give you the steps you need to take to ensure all you vital data is safe and secure. Secure from Malware, Virus and ne’er-do-wells. The supersonic mega awesome pick of the week is 1Passsword a cross-platform password management tool that will help you stop using weak passwords because you are worried you may forget a good one.

Mahalo to JournalSV for sending us the viewer question this week regarding Dropbox security. Great question so we featured it in this show.

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“Back It Up!” – Podcast: Nonstop Tech Episode 1

This is the first edition of NonstopHonolulu.com’s Nonstop Tech Podcast. In this episode we are covering Backups, Clean Installs, Chill.com and Browser Security with Ghostery.

In the episode I mention Jamcloud is a Mac app but I got an email from Jason at Jamcloud and he assured me it was both Mac and PC. This app is worth a look.

Please send any question comments or feedback to doc@nonstophonolulu.com

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TextExpander: My Favorite Mac App

TextExpander (formerly Textpander) is the best of the best Text Macro Apps. In this post I hope to explain to you why you must get TextExpander.

If you were to ask almost any Mac Power User what they have installed on their computer in the way of must have utilities, a sure answer is TextExpander. What exactly is TextExpander? Well it and automated typist for your computer. Ok let me clarify that a bit, it can take the very tedious task of typing the same bits of text over and over again and make them simple abbreviations. Ok that may not sound that important at first; however, after you install TextExpander you can see how easy and effective it really is.

TextExpander can do a whole lot more once you understand the basics of what it can do. It is very easy to take large blocks of boilerplate text and make them expandable in a few keystrokes, but the real power comes from using TextExpander with the many collections of snippets shared on the Web. Smile Software (formerly Smile on My Mac) has made a great list of “Predefined Snippet Groups” available on their site for you to download, install and maybe be inspired to create more of your own.

Examples

HTML: leading character is a comma

Example: ,img expands to:

<img src="%fill:url%" alt="%fill:image description%" width="%fill:width%" height="%fill:height%" border="%fill:border%" align="%fill:alignment%" />

When you trigger this snippet, TextExpander will prompt you to fill in the attribute specs. You can leave any of the specs blank, if not needed.

ACCENTED WORDS

Fixes words that are spelled with diacritical marks, aka accents. If you are used t typing these words like an American TE will autocorrect them so as you won’t offend anyone, like your third grade French teacher.

Example: creme brulee => crème brûlée.

TidBITS AUTOCORRECT DICTIONARY

This list contain 2400+ of the most common misspellings compiled by TidBITS, the newsletter and Web site for Mac users. I find this one very useful as it doesn’t just point out the mistake like spell check, It autocorrects them and makes a ping sound so you know you just misspelled a word.

Some Heavy Lifting

TextExpander can do some every heavy lifting for hardcore scriveners or code monkeys. I use these tools a lot but rather than messing up the explanation I’ll send you to read Brett Terpstra’s post on TE tools and how he uses them. Thanks to Brett, I’m becoming a Markdown Maven using TextExpander tools to get my writing done light years faster.

Another great plus to TextExpander is the integration with it’s mobil app offspring TextExpander Touch which brings many of the snippets and auto completion features to you handheld devices. I have found this to be a lifesaver when needing to get a fast response out via my iPhone or iPad. This also make the mobile platform perfect to blogging or just free-writing. It does have some limitations on iOS but Smile offers this note as a work around:

Given the current feature set of the iPhone OS, TextExpander touch cannot work in the background (as it does in Mac OS X), expanding text snippets while you work in other apps, except for apps with TextExpander-integration built-in. You must first compose your text in the TextExpander touch Compose screen, and then transfer it to another app.

TextExpander is available in the iTunes AppStore

How to Get TextExpander

TextExpander normally sells for $34.95, Mac Update Promo is running a special for $17.95 for a limited time and then $26.21 for the duration of the sale.

Check out the Tutorials on the Smile Software site for a great quick start to this wonderful application

Rip DVD’s on Your Macintosh for Cheap

Rip DVD’s on a Macintosh?

A question I give very often about people switching to the Macintosh from the Windows environment, as well as from longtime seasoned Mac users, is how does one rip a DVD using the Macintosh platform. DVD ripping for a long time has been stuck somewhere between mysteries of lost treasure and geek speak that only the highly trained technical professionals could do without the aid of really clunky, expensive and malware laden programs of the Windows environment.

Welcome Mac DVDRipper Pro a very nice easy-to-use and polished DVD ripping tool for the Macintosh platform. DVD Ripper Pro allows you to copy your DVDs to your Mac so you can easily view them without having to waste your battery spinning your optical drive.

Here’s the Deal!

Mac DVD Ripper Pro user some pretty smart decrypting algorithms to make sure that you get the best quality videos from your original DVDs (and when we say your DVDs we mean DVDs that you really own; although, I’m not the freaking cops so do you feel is right).

One of the great things about Mac DVDRipper Pro (version 2.0.1) is it does allow one to have a free trial and will work totally as the full version of the software without any hidden limitations with the exception of your abilities not only rip five initial DVDs to test them out. If you decide to rip your DVDs in the disk image format you can also use popular disc burning software to actually make physical copies to blank DVD recordable media.

Mac DVDRipper Pro (version 2.0.1) normally retails for $9.95 but for the next day you can purchase this wonderful ripping tool for an exceptional $5.95 that equates to 40% off the normal retail price. If for some reason you don’t decide to purchase it within the next day Mac update Promo.com will also study this software within the next eight days for $8.46 which is roughly 10% off. Basically for the price of the large jumbo juice with 1,000,000 pounds of sugar you can go ahead and buy yourself a great DVD ripping tool like Mac DVD Ripper Pro. I strongly suggest you jump on over to Mac update promo website and grab yourself a copy before that 595 price runs out.

What’s new in Version 2.0

*Main movie only extraction: skip the previews and extras and save space!
*Faster and more reliable ripping
*Revamped interface

Requirements
Any Mac with a DVD drive and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

Looking for a Bluray ripper? Check Mac BlurayRipper Pro.

MacBooks Get A Subtle Makeover

2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
2 GB RAM
250 GB 5400 RPM hard drive
NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics card
Longer Battery Life (63.5 watt/hr)

A few days back I read on TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) a story where Vietnamese site Tinhte had leaked the details of this update and needless to say they were pretty dead on.

Posted via email from Doc’s BrainDump

Evernote for Mac: There’s an App for That!

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I love Evernote for both my MacBook Pro and My iPhone.  I started using Evernote when they first came out and am now trying to find ways to superuser this damn thing. It already rock so much it is actually hard to find a way to hack out any cooler features. especially when they keep updating it so fast. Thanks Evernote Crew for an awesome app.  Below are some details from http://blog.evernote.com about the latest features of Evernote.app for the Macintosh

UPDATE: Today they just dropped Evernote for the BlackBerry:
DOWNLOAD Evernote for BlackBerry http://blog.evernote.com/2009/05/11/evernote-for-blackberry/

The latest Evernote for Mac update introduces some great user interface enhancements, as well as a number of behind-the-scenes fixes and improvements.

Get the latest Evernote for Mac: DOWNLOAD NOW

Best thumbnails ever

We designed Evernote for Mac to be a visual memory aide, and easy-to-scan thumbnails are a big part of the fun. We’ve completely redesigned the thumbnails in this release to make them easier to use and prettier to look at. The thumbnails now have different shapes based on the content of your notes; adding a new dimension to your visual memory. They now also sport badges to quickly indicate and identify file attachments. These new thumbnails are available in both Thumbnail and Mixed views.

Other visual enhancements

  • Visual update to left-hand navigation
  • Improved the search explanation menu alignment
  • Improved Mixed View thumbnails and text layout
  • Updated look for the Monthly Usage meter

There are also a bunch of bug fixes, as well as support for the “audio/amr” file type for both free and premium accounts. If you already have Evernote for Mac installed, just check for updates and grab the new version. You can also download it from here.

For all of you Evernote for Windows users out there, do not fear. There are some exciting updates coming your way soon.

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