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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Make Windows Media Player the default audio player in Windows 8

    Like many Windows 8 users, I spend most of my time using Desktop mode, which affords me a more Windows 7-like experience.

  • Opinion: How to make a browser's toolbar text larger

    Reader Mary Andrews finds fault with Safari's Bookmarks Bar. She writes:

  • Opinion: Block unwanted iPhone callers in iOS 6

    Come iOS 7, you'll be able to block unwanted callers. But what if you have jerks, salespeople, and Crazy Great-Aunt Rita calling you nonstop now, and iOS 7's fall release date seems like just too darn long to wait for some semblance of phone peace? There's a solution.

  • Opinion: Why iOS 7's design is bold but flawed

    I'm standing at the front of a darkened room full of middle-school girls, telling them about user interface patterns and trying to get them excited about reading Apple's iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

  • Opinion: No waiting rooms, no copay: 6 apps to get a doctor's advice

    The last time I saw my doctor, I arrived about 12 minutes early for my appointment. She arrived 22 minutes late, to find me waiting outside of her locked office. Which means I'd been there for over half an hour before I even saw the waiting room. Now, I appreciate the test of both my patience and my blood pressure, but it seriously cannot continue to take me three hours to get a prescription filled. In the wise words of Sweet Brown: Ain't nobody got time for that.

  • Opinion: Mac Gems Promising Prospect: Shortcat replaces mouse clicks with keyboard presses

    Nearly two decades after it first made an appearance on my desk, the mouse has yet to gain my favors. Modern graphical-user interfaces (GUIs) make its use practically mandatory, but I use it only when I have no other choice.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Gently down the stream

    Apple's radio scheme is good money, iOS 7's colors have historical precedent, and Cupertino's latest ad campaign gets a knock from some expected corners. The remainders for Thursday, June 27, 2013 are but a dream.

  • Opinion: Simplify browser use with keyboard shortcuts

    6/27: Simplify browser use with keyboard shortcuts

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Crimes and misdemeanors

    iOS apps are still using UUIDs, and your iMessages may not be as secure as you thought, but that one guy is really, really sorry that he sold that iPhone 4 prototype. The remainders for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 have done their time.

  • Opinion: The whistleblower rightly trusted Hong Kong

    When I first heard that Edward Snowden was in Hong Kong, I was skeptical. The young cybersecurity guru who uncovered the NSA's extensive surveillance surely would have headed for Iceland or some other haven (Sweden's off the map, as Julian Assange has learned).

  • Opinion: Skirting forbidden FaceTime restrictions

    Reader Walt Pinkston has family abroad that he'd like to chat with via FaceTime. He writes:

  • Opinion: How to block auto-play videos

    Reader Andy Jensen likes his web browsing to be distraction free. He writes:

  • Opinion: Don't like Instagram video? Here's a stop-motion skit made from 1600 photos

    In case you missed it, Instagram announced two new ways to shoot video. If you're feeling a little miffed by having only 15 seconds of video recording time to work with, a group of Friends in Faux put together an amazing 1600-photo stop-motion video dubbed Instagrammimation.

  • Opinion: Add an external drive to your WMP or iTunes music collection

    Kat Korsmo asked how to play music off an external hard in Windows Media Player library. (My answer covers iTunes, as well.)

  • Opinion: How to extract audio from movie files

    A reader who prefers to remain anonymous has some movies that he'd like to turn into an entirely different kind of media file. He writes:

  • Opinion: Gesundheit! Six apps that ease the hell of allergy season

    I have Kleenex stuffed into the pockets of every coat I own, my makeup bag holds eyedrops and Claritin, and I keep an ample supply of Benadryl at my desk. Given those details, you may have been able to correctly guess that I suffer from allergies. What am I allergic to? It's hard to say, since every time I've gone for an allergy test I react to literally everything they test me for. Nothing like getting 185 needless needle shots to the arm, am I right?

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: None more flat

    Apple and Mavericks have been sitting in a tree since at least 2005; Macs shine in court; and how much flatter could a title be? The remainders for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 go to 11.

  • Opinion: Dealing with iTunes font sizes, file types, and missing files

    It's time for another grab bag, selected from the many questions I get from readers. In this week's column, I look at some questions about font size in iTunes (spoiler: your options are limited), identifying music file types in iTunes, finding which tracks iTunes has lost track of (spoiler: there's an easy way), and moving podcasts to another Mac.

  • Opinion: Getting started with Safari

    Throughout these lessons I've casually thrown around such phrases as "launch Safari" and "when you do this, Safari will open and take you to...." And I've felt reasonably confident in doing so because, after all, if you're currently sitting in front of a Mac there's a very good chance that you're reading these words within Apple's Web browser.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Making a PC-smartphone love connection

    Your PC and mobile device don't get to visit very often. In fact, other than special occasions where you're transferring that new album or movie over, they barely talk at all. It's time they reconnect--literally. Luckily, Chrome experimenters are playing matchmaker and hooking them up better than ever with these awesome free games.



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