One thing I’ve enjoyed most about the
here at Macworld.com is something that
editors weren’t all that involved in producing. It’s our
Expo photo group at Flickr
where Expo attendees could post whatever photos of the show they wanted to—and often did. There’s nothing like attending an Expo in person, but if you couldn’t be in San Francisco last week, the 643 (and counting) photos from your fellow Macworld.com readers could at least give you a flavor for what the show was like in a way that mere articles could not.
Besides, we finally got an answer to the question that has dogged mankind since the dawn of time: just how many
can be taken in one week?
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I had just finished up a breakfast meeting with
Bare Bones Software’s Rich Siegel—Bare Bones was
a might bit busy
leading up to Macworld Expo—and was scurrying off to Moscone Center to attend the next in a series of day-long drop-ins with assorted Mac developers. Which is when I saw the glitter of crashing cymbals and heard the thunder of rolling drums and the shimmer of trumpets.
“Expo week taxes all of my mental faculties,” I thought to myself. “But surely I am not so far gone that I am imagining a revival of
The Music Man
has spontaneously broken out before my eyes.”
And it hadn’t—it was an honest-to-goodness marching band parading in front of the South Hall of Moscone Center, just as the show floor was opening up to the general public.
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Of the many things I get to do during the week of
Macworld Expo, one of the most entertaining is hosting the annual MacBrainiac Challenge—a battle of wits between two competing teams of Macintosh luminaries. Set in a game show format, these two teams do their best to establish their superior mastery of Mac and Apple trivia.
This year, the MacBrainiac Challenge featured a team of developers versus a team of Mac media personalities. Brute Camp, the developer team, was led by
Bare Bones Software’s
Founder & CEO, Rich Siegel and included
Rogue Amoeba Software’s
CEO/Lackey, Paul Kafasis;
Scott Knaster; and
Product Architect, Brent Simmons. The Justice League, captained by the
’s Andy Ihnatko, also included
Mac Gems columnist
Dan Frakes, and founder of MacFixIt and Mac troubleshooting guru,
As usual, it was a tight contest. Following what has become a typical pattern, the two teams were tied until the final question. Ultimately, the developer team carried the day by cracking a particularly devilish three-point stunt, but it could easily have gone either way.
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The longest line I’ve seen at
so far was at the Google booth. The search company had been giving away socks to Expo-goers, but it ran out of the hosiery pretty quick. People were still lined up to get copies of the latest version of
SketchUp, Google’s 3-D modeling software. I was impressed: They came for the socks, but stayed for the software.
Impressed but not that surprised: SketchUp is one of those gee-whiz apps that you’ve just got to play with. It lets you create 3-D drawings using a simple, drag-and-draw interface. A couple of drags-and-clicks, and you’ve got a cube. A couple more and you’ve added doors and windows. You can then view your model in 3-D, rotating it in every dimension. You can “paint” your models with different surface textures.
Because it’s from Google, SketchUp integrates nicely with
Google Earth. That means you could actually create a model of, say, your dream home, and see how it’d look on your real-life lot. The version that everyone was leaving the booth #S616 with, SketchUp 6, adds the ability to base models on photographs, and a few other tweaks.
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Ever since Apple started introducing Macs with Intel CPUs last year, we’ve received innumerable letters from readers asking the same question: If I run Windows on an Intel Mac (using
Parallels Desktop, or, more recently,
), do I need to install some kind of security software to protect me from all those Windows nasties? Our answer:
But saying is easier than doing: Installing and running Windows security software inside a virtual machine on a Mac isn’t exactly a no-brainer. That’s why
at Macworld Expo is so welcome:
The Internet security and privacy market
is now offering “Dual Protection” editions of its VirusBarrier X4 antivirus utility and Internet Security Barrier X4 security bundle (which includes protection against viruses, spyware, phishing, and other hazards). “Dual Protection” means you get Mac and Windows software in the same box. Install it all once, and you’re protected from the virtual Vandals during your occasional Windows session as well as when you’re using OS X.
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