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Tablet Mac coming

It might not be from Apple, but there will be a tablet Mac at this year's MacWorld Expo. Axiotron and Other World Computing will be showing the ModBook, a combination of a MacBook, WACOM pen input subsystem, and a SiRF III GPS device. I would otherwise have been uninterested in this, but the addition of the GPS has me interested...

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Adobe bringing Premier back to the Mac

Here's a story that I just don't think has any downside. MacWorld is reporting Adobe is bringing it's video editing program Premier back to the Macintosh. Even if you're an avid (no pun intended) user of Final Cut Studio, it's great to have some competition, and with the Intel versions of Photoshop, etc. on the horizon, this package can offer tight integration between their products like nobody else can. Demos at MacWorld.

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It's not to late to give your Mac a present!

MacSanta just keeps getting better, but you have only TODAY to get it. So run, do not walk, to your browser and browse up the site for some new Macintosh software joy. Click through for more details.

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MacSanta brings reduced price Mac software

I don't often advertise for people on this site, but I figured that this one's good for everybody. MacSanta is coordinating the use of a coupon code of MACSANTA to reduce the price of popular (and useful) Mac software by 20% through Christmas day. Read the full story and I'll make some suggestions of what to pick up.

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MacPro finally promoted to Numero Uno

I'm pleased to announce that after nearly three months of sitting in the upstairs library in "test mode", my Mac Pro has finally graduated to the number one spot in the house. The venerable G5 Quad (all of one year old) is, even as we speak, headed to California to begin its new life as a video production machine for a production company that, as yet, has no web site. Good luck to them!

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Leopard starts to show its spots

Alan Odgaard, the author of TextMate (a very cool text/code editor for OS X), has mostly decided that version 2.0 of TextMate will require Leopard. I cannot say that I'm surprised, as Leopard contains many features that will lure developers to it. More interesting is that this program, which costs €39 to purchase will be going from 1.5 to 2.0 for free. As one of the users commenting on the blog said: "Buy Leopard, you get the Textmate 2.0 upgrade for free". Cool. And I'm sure Apple's happy as well.

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Japanese "Get a Mac" ads

Apparently Apple Japan thinks that what's good for the US is good for Japan. Check out the "Get a Mac" ads. You probably won't be able to understand exactly what they're saying, but you'll get the drift. Does anyone else feel a "1.1" aspect to these with the PC being a bit grumpier and less sympathetic and the Mac being more sympathetic?

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Hard core hard drives for the Mac

This is very good news for those of us in the Mac community that have been pining after some of the high-performance RAID systems available on other platforms. For a long time, 3ware has been a vendor of choice for hardware RAID in both the SATA and ATA arenas due to their reliability, reasonable pricing, and wide OS support. In particular, support for FreeBSD has made these folks the belle of the ball for many UNIX installations. But, the Mac was left out.

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That annoying clicking disk drive sound...

Yesterday, the Paulsen household had one of those annoying, all-day, computer problems. On Wednesday, I'd upgraded the RAM in Carol's PowerBook from 768MB to 1.25GB in order to increase performance. The change was supposed to have no negative effects... unfortunately, a disk drive fault left Carol without a functional computer all day yesterday. The culprit: bad blocks.

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Crossover Mac beta starts

For those of you with Intel Macs, a need to run Windows-requiring software, and a disgust for having Windows actually running on your Mac, this might be your lucky day. CodeWeavers has announced the beta of their Crossover software for the Mac. What is it?

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