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Friday, July 21, 2006

Featured PinoyMacLover: Karylle
The PinoyMacLovers Me & My Mac Project Entry#1

The PinoyMacLovers Me & My Mac Project is very simple. It's a little blog project that features photographs of people with their lovely Macs. See? Very Simple.

Our first entry is quite special. We here at PinoyMacLovers were very pleased to find out that local celebrity, Karylle (a multi-talented singer and television & movie actress), is the proud and happy owner of a 12" PowerBook G4. She just loves her Mac so much and graciously agreed to sit down with us for a short Q&A session.
PML: So when did you make the switch to Mac?

Karylle: I've always wanted to buy a laptop, but I've been too kuripot to buy one so I actually spent my college years cramming in internet cafes, which were later converted into internet gaming spots with kids who cut class and swore constantly. I don't know why I put up with that, but mainly it was because I didn't know what laptop to get. When we started with Encantadia, I wanted to reward myself by finally getting a laptop. It took a while for me to decide, but everyone recommended that I get a Mac. And after I got one, Iza [Calzado] and Alfred [Vargas] also got Macs. Actually we had Macs all lined up in the set, Direk Mark Reyes brings his and so do Jennylyn [Mercado], Diana [Zubiri] and Sunshine [Dizon].

PML: How did you feel when you finally got your Mac and used it for the first time?

Karylle: Oh I was so happy! I felt like I made the right choice even if it did cost a lot.

PML: What's your favorite iLife program?

Karylle: The one I use most is iTunes because of work. But because I love, love, love to take pictures I also use iPhoto all the time. I've actually printed two books already using iPhoto. They make great gifts. But my new favorite has to be iDVD, which I just learned how to use. I made a bunch of DVDs from my summer trip.

PML: What are the typical things you do using your Mac?

Karylle: I bring it everywhere, everyday. Haha! I watch DVDs. I make DVDs of pics. I use GarageBand to record voice lessons and jamming sessions. I love to write for my blog, make little photoshop projects. I always use it during taping so I won't get bored.

PML: Are there any other special people in your life who also have and love Macs, and what kind of Macs do they have?

Karylle: My mom [Zsa Zsa Padilla] also has a Mac. She has a 17" PowerBook G4. Dong [Dantes] has an iMac G5, but he's always using my PowerBook.

PML: Your mother is often referred to as the Divine Diva. Would you call your PowerBook the Divine Laptop?

Karylle: No, but my mom's PowerBook can be the Divine Laptop.

PML: If you were asked to pick a song to dedicate to your PowerBook, what would it be?

Karylle: "Inseparable" by Natalie Cole. My Powerbook is always with me wherever I go.

Karylle has just been nominated for Favorite Female Artist in a Video at the MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards 2006 for her song, You Make Me Sing. Please vote for her by logging onto pinoyexchange.com/mtv or by texting "Mtvvote FFA Karylle" (send to 638 for Smart subscribers or 2219 for non-Smart subscribers). You can also visit her official website at Karylle.com.

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PinoyMacLovers Me & My Mac Project Entry#2

Disclaimer: The PinoyMacLovers Me & My Mac Project is an independent project and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Computer, Inc. The use of any of the images featured in this project, in whatever manner and for whatever purpose, is prohibited without express and written authorization from the author.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Mac OS X Tip Of The Day: Giving Your Favorite Files And Folders Easier Access

This very simple tip will teach you how to create and place a file or folder shortcut in the Finder's left sidebar.

I'm a neat freak. Even in the virtual realm. So my computer has tons of folders with subfolders that have their own subfolders, and so on... That's just how I like my files. I like to keep them extremely organized. But oftentimes, looking for a particular file or folder becomes quite the tedious task (epecially if you're forgetful, like I am). Spotlight actually makes things a lot easier to find. All I have to do is type in the file or folder name.... VOILA! But for my "favorite" folders (the ones I always access, but for some reason, still always have difficulty finding), I create shortcuts that lead to them, and these shortcuts are placed neatly in the Finder's left sidebar. It makes things a lot easier for me. Just one click, and I'm inside my favorite folder. So here's how to do it:

Launch Finder, and look for the file or folder that you would like to create a shortcut to. Then simply click and drag the file or folder onto the left sidebar, and release:

And you're done!

If you'd like to remove the shortcut, simply click and drag it outside of the sidebar, release, and poof (you'll really see it go poof)!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Widget World: Hangman!

Yep. It's that guessing game where you draw a man who's about to be hung, and then you keep on choosing letters until you guess the right word. And the more wrong letters you choose, the closer the man comes to his tragic and painful death. It's so morbid. I absolutely love it!

A guy named David Reeves created a widget version of this simple yet fun game which you can download here. I like widgets like these. They keep me busy and productive while I'm at the office.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Yahoo! Finally Updates Yahoo! Messenger For Mac

I think I've been using the same lame old version of Yahoo! Messenger for Mac since 2003. But now, Yahoo! has recently released Yahoo! Messenger for Mac 3.0 Beta 1. Yes, it's still in Beta, but I'm glad to know that Yahoo! hasn't completely written off Mac users. It's got an entirely new look which I find very nice. It looks alot like Safari with a steel-like design and feel to it. And I can finally use an avatar or a display image just like with Yahoo! Messenger for Windows. Also, the "buzz" sound is alot subtler now. The old one was just a little too annoying for me. But the main improvement I'd like to see with Yahoo! Messenger for Mac would be better interoperability with its Windows counterpart. And so far, this new version seems to disappoint. I'm able to send files easily to another Windows user, but I can't seem to receive files from their end. Also, I now seem to be unable to have a webcam chat a user on Yahoo! Messenger for Windows. With the previous version of Yahoo! Messenger for Mac, webcam chat was possible between a Mac and a Windows user, albeit the quality of the connection was horrible. But I certainly can't say for sure that this is the case for everyone else who's tried the new version. Perhaps others are having less problems than I am. But, as I've said, I'm still glad that they've finally updated, and I hope that the upcoming versions will improve. Check out messenger.yahoo.com for more details.


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