The iPhone is sleek, gorgeous, multifunctional, and ultracool (“Hello, iPhone,” March 2007). But it has one major flaw. How un-Apple-like is it to have your mobile phone provider selected for you? Because most mobile phone users are already locked into multiple-year contracts (and because the penalties for breaking those contracts could easily pay for an iPhone), I think the marketing strategy behind this decision was laaaaame!
—Beverly E. Barton
Stop the madness!
It was with disbelief and then anger that I read the article “Too Much Integration” in March’s
section. An iTunes buyer is filing a class-action lawsuit because her music plays only on an iPod? Doesn’t she realize she has a choice? She could have purchased her music from any number of other sources and played it on whatever MP3 player she liked. A Toyota air filter doesn’t fit in a Ford. So what? Go out and buy the part that fits a Ford.
In defense of Safe Eyes
I have read many reviews of products that
has not been pleased with, but rarely have I read that a product was “difficult to recommend.” I was surprised that you said just that about Safe Eyes 2006 (
). Sure, the program lacks some features and has an annual fee if you want to take full advantage of all it has to offer. But I must say that I have tried other applications that try to protect kids online, and none of them has worked better than Safe Eyes. It’s probably one of the most important applications I have on my Macs. If you find this product “difficult to recommend,” please suggest something better.
Our reasons for giving Safe Eyes such a low score were all detailed in the review: The interface is definitely not Mac-like; you can’t block chat or peer-to-peer communications (two big areas of concern for parents); you can’t set daily time limits; and there are many features that just don’t work on the Mac. As for alternatives, we haven’t comprehensively reviewed other kid-oriented security products, but we hope to do so soon.—Rob Griffiths
Drip, drip, drip
In your review of all-in-one multifunction printers (March 2007), you named the HP Photosmart C7180 printer a Top Product. I agree that this printer is a fine performer for the money, but it has one glaring defect: In my experience, the inks it uses (particularly the black) are extremely water-soluble. Just one drop of water accidentally splashed on a page of output can create an illegible mess. No ink-jet ink is completely water-fast, but the inks in the latest HP printers bleed far more readily than those of previous HP printers or competitors.
—Michael G. Sills
A simpler way
In response to Kirk McElhearn’s article “Resize Partitions On-the-Fly” (
), I question the use of a Terminal command to do this. For me, Coriolis Systems’ $45
is safer and extremely useful. For two years I have relied on iPartition to resize my drives without fear of losing my data. The price is very reasonable for the quality and power you get. That is about as geeky as I want to be.
Right hand, left hand
Mac OS X Hints
column in your
issue, Rob Griffiths wrote that “uninstalling programs [in OS X] is very simple … OS X has no strange
files or registry.” But in the
column in the same issue, Joe Kissell wrote, “Many apps stash resources all over your hard drive, making it hard to delete all of them manually.” So which is it?
It’s true that programs may leave tiny little bits of code on different parts of your hard drive, but they aren’t like the
files that Windows apps leave behind: they aren’t executable, they don’t load into memory, and they consume a small amount of drive space. The only programs that can be tricky to uninstall are those that insinuate themselves into deeper levels of the OS—drivers for graphics tablets, for example, or programs that capture audio and video, like Ambrosia Software’s Snapz Pro. Fortunately, many of these programs come with their own uninstallers, so it’s not hard to get rid of them. As a general rule, if you install a program via drag and drop, you don’t need to worry about the other pieces it leaves behind—unless (as Joe was explaining) you’re really trying to eke out every last megabyte of disk space.—Rob Griffiths
Please, Apple, please
I have never begged a company to make a product before, but here I go: I have been using Apple computers since 1982. I
them. I also use a Palm, but it has become a colossal pain to use it with a Mac (even with Mark/Space’s The Missing Sync). I’d love to use Address Book, iCal, and some kind of list-making app on a simple, light, handheld Mac-like device. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Apple made its own PDA—a scaled-back iPhone without the phone? How hard could that be?
I am now on my sixth Apple laptop—a top-of-the-range MacBook Pro—and have been with Apple since the days of the Mac Plus. I have to confess, though, that I felt a deep twinge of jealousy this week when I opened up a box containing a laptop for a colleague. It wasn’t an Apple laptop. It was a superlight (2.5-pound) B5-sized Panasonic Toughbook, a best-seller in Japan. I long for the day when Apple produces something like this and makes OS X not only the best, but the most
operating system in the world. How about it, Apple?
Sony versus Apple
I was excited about buying one of Sony’s new high definition camcorders—specifically, the HDR-SR1—which I planned to use in conjunction with Apple’s Final Cut Express HD. But in doing my research, I read that Final Cut Express is not compatible with Sony’s camcorders. Is this true? If so, what are my best alternatives? Is iMovie HD compatible with the Sony HDR-SR1?
Final Cut Express works only with DV and HDV video; these new Sony hard-drive camcorders use AVCHD encoding. Your best bet is a tape-based camcorder that has a FireWire connection.—Jonathan Seff
Why would Apple discontinue the iSight Web cam without replacing it? Many loyal Mac users don’t have the newest of Apple computers, which have an iSight built in, but we’d still like to have a Web cam. I love my Mac but am frustrated with the company’s constantly leaving loyal customers in the dark.
Can’t please everyone
I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t use your magazine to further your political views. I don’t need to see screenshots of Nancy Pelosi (“Hello, iPhone,” March 2007) or hear about how cool it’d be to watch Al Gore’s Current TV network on the Apple TV (“Inside Apple TV,”
March 2007). I don’t expect to see stories or pictures about George Bush or the Republican agenda in your magazine either. Just keep to technology—enough with the glimpses into your political views!
No political statement was intended. And for the iPhone, we were limited to the screenshots that Apple provided.—Dan Miller
You guys might as well change your name to
I haven’t learned anything useful about my Mac in
in over a year.