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My Tech Life

How much more can I take?

by Cy Caine on April 6, 2010

I’m joking.  OK, I’m mostly joking.  Apple’s iPad has been released into the wild and I don’t have one.  Haven’t planned to buy one and almost certainly won’t anytime soon.  I don’t (absolutely) have to have the very latest gadget out there, right.  I’ve made peace with that.  But following so quickly on the 4/2 intro of the iPad is news that this Thursday Apple will release the details on the new iPhone OS 4.0.  If this announcement is accompanied by news of a new iPhone, I don’t know how I’ll handle being even further behind the state-of-the-art Apple  times.  Like I said above, I am mostly joking!

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If you pretty much stick to running a plain-vanilla Mac environment, using only the applications that came with your Mac plus maybe Microsoft Office, then this post isn’t for you.  However, if you like to tweak you Mac with lots of different software applications and extensions, read on.

For a long time I’ve visited MacUpdate.com on a regular basis to check out their Mac software “deal of the day.”  While I’ve purchased several items from them, up until a week or so ago I hadn’t subscribed to their core MacUpdate offering.  I have now done so and am really glad that I did.  Their application installs on your machine and will automatically scan the applications on your machine and let you know which ones are out of date.  In most cases, each application can be brought up-to-date with a single click.  MacUpdate handles all of the normal install-process dialogs behind the scenes.  If you attempt to update an application to a beta release, you will be notified and given the adoption to abort the update process.

Highly recommended and worth the $20 annual subscription price.

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Reading Web Content on Your Kindle

March 4, 2010

Though the Kindle has a rudimentary web browser, I have found it to be so limited and so slow that I won’t use it.  However, I was looking for an easy way to read Web content on my Kindle.  I am using the following process to move content I find online to my Kindle for [...]

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Google Buzz – Smart Move…

February 10, 2010

The rise of Facebook, Twitter and other social media services is surely of concern to the brains inside the Googleplex.  Google’s latest attempt to reclaim some of this social media territory and mindshare is Google Buzz.  I read about this for the first time yesterday and it was finally activated for my account today.  I’ll [...]

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Real Time Google Search Results – Wow!

February 4, 2010

Quite some time ago I set up a Google Web Alert for the phrase “cy caine.”  This way, whenever my name is mentioned somewhere online, I get notified.  Trust me, it doesn’t happen that often! Earlier this evening, at 9:24 to be precise, I posted an entry on this new blog of mine. Not more [...]

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Then and Now: PocketPDR & Epocrates, iPod & iPad

February 4, 2010

I started as a young associate product manager on Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR) in late 1993.  I was quickly given responsibility for our electronic offerings. One of these was a remarkable-for-its-time product called PocketPDR.  PocketPDR included the most commonly referenced information for each of the products in the printed edition. Upon returning to PDR in [...]

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Google Search results from “My Social Circle”

February 4, 2010

For a variety of reasons, some of which I’ll go into in a future post, I have been doing some thinking recently about the use of social media by media companies such as the ones I’ve worked for over the past 15+ years.  Like just about everyone else these days, one of my first stops [...]

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Why I love my Kindle

February 3, 2010

I think it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Kindle has changed my life in a small but meaningful way.  Since getting the Kindle last June, I have more than doubled the rate at which I am reading books.  The flip side is that I am reading fewer magazines.  On balance, though, I am [...]

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I’ve Been Saved

February 2, 2010

My surprise was followed by confusion, dread, panic and relief, in that order.  It started this evening when I picked up my iPhone to call Alex, my oldest son.  Turned on the phone, hit the favorites icon, and I was staring at a list of phone numbers.  Odd, given that normally this would show me [...]

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