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A Tale of Two Pups, the Wolverine ESP 5000 & MVP 9000 - Back Up Your Photos and More On the Road

The problem with digital photography and digital audio is finding a place for all that new-found digital data. In the beginning, there wasn't much of a choice. If you ran out of memory cards, you were stuck. Enter Woverine Data. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to take a look at the Wolverine MVP 9000 portable storage unit. Then, last month, Wolverine released the Wolverine ESP 5000. When I first started researching the Wolverines, there was a wonderful post on that referred to the MVP as a "Swiss Army Knife" of sorts, which mirrored my thoughts exactly after working with it on an extended basis. If you ever need to backup your digital photos on the road, backup your data, or relax with a video, Wolverine has couple of very nice pups indeed! 

Harris Fogel, Posted 11/27/2006

SpongeBob Fans Can Catch The Greatest Hits Under The Sea on Bikini Bottom’s Very Own Radio Station

Now you don't have to live in a pineapple under the sea to tune into to WH2O, the radio station that sends out its signal to SpongeBob and all the other inhabitants of Bikini Bottom. "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever" is a whimsical album made by real musicians (including Andy Paley, Tom Kenny, Brian Wilson, and the last living Ramone) who sound like they are the ones having the best day ever! Posted 9/24/2006

Thomas Fogel, Posted 9/24/2006

Review – RealViz Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 Gets Fishy

Panoramic photography has been around as long as photography itself, but its existence in the digital realm has been a rocky one. When Apple first introduced Quicktime VR back in the late 1990's, the best panoramas that could be produced amounted to nothing more than grainy thumbnail-sized images. Prior to Stitcher Unlimited 5.5, photographers could only use regular wide-angle lenses with this application, and this meant that they had to shoot many, many more shots to cover the entire 360° scene. If you are interested in creating panoramic photographs Brian Greenstone's in-depth review of the latest version of Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 provides a wide-angle overview of the subject.

Brian Greenstone, Posted 9/5/2006

Review – WingNuts 2: Raina's Revenge from Freeverse

2001 was a year to remember. For example, the first Oscar for animated feature was awarded (to "Shrek"). But more importantly, it was the year Freeverse Software released its terrific game, WingNuts. I have spent a lot of time being frustrated by Baron von Schtopwatch's robot planes, and I've hammered on my Mac's keyboard so frantically, I'm afraid it will stop working. So you can see why I am really excited about the recent release of WingNuts 2: Raina's Revenge.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 7/27/2006

Review – Call of Duty 2 from Aspyr

The first Call of Duty from Aspyr stood out from other WWII First Person Shooters (FPS) because it emphasizes teamwork to complete mission objectives.  In fact, its tagline was "The War That Changed The World, No One Fought Alone". And Aspyr's recent release of Call of Duty 2 builds on the original CoD's strengths.

Thomas Fogel, Posted 7/27/2006

Review – Tough & Tidy: Timbuk2's Commute XL a Commuting Joy!

I've been a Timbuk2 believer for a long time, since their early days making tough bags that really were used just by bicycle messengers. Like khaki pants with their military heritage, these bags went from specialized service to popular product, with a little re-engineering along the way. The features of the Timbuk2 Commute XL are sensible and functional, and it's clear why this model is still considered a classic.

Benjamin B. Olshin, posted 7/26/2006

Unreadable Memory Card? Picture Rescue to the Rescue!

If you have ever shot photos with your digital camera and had your happy smile turn to panic when your card is unreadable, then Picture Rescue from Prosoft Engineering might just save the day and salvage that smile!  There are a few things that every digital photographer should have -- extra batteries, a battery charger, extra memory cards, and just possibly, a copy of Picture Rescue!

Harris Fogel, Posted 7/27/2006

Set your fonts free on your Mac with Pop Char X 3.0!

When I finally purchased my first Mac in 1992 it was a PowerBook 100, and the first and most important piece of software that I installed was a little shareware application called PopChar, which debuted in 1987. It added a tiny little "P" in the top left corner of your menu bar and allowed you to instantly call up any hidden characters in the font you were using. Fourteen years later, I'm still using it on every Mac I own, and consider it one of those indispensable tools that really make my Macs a lot more useful.

Harris Fogel, Posted 6/29/2006

Learn to Play Guitar (Really!) with iPlay Music & Stewart Putney, Rob Silvfast, & Quincy Carroll

An Interview with Stewart Putney, Rob Silvfast, & Quincy Carroll of iPlay Music. If you have ever wanted to learn to play guitar, or even worse had a guitar in your closet feeling dusty and abandoned, then listen in as three music lovers and technologists harnessed the interactive power of the DVD to teach just about anyone between the ages of 7 to 70 to play guitar. Recorded at MacWorld San Francisco in January 2006 by Harris Fogel. (13:00)

Harris Fogel, Posted 4/15/2006

Bob Weir on Music Education & the John Lennon Tour Bus - MacWorld SF 2006

An interview with Bob Weir, legendary musician, founding member of the Grateful Dead, and leader of Ratdog. Listen in as we discuss subjects ranging from music education, the John Lennon Tour Bus, and the state of digital audio. Recorded at MacWorld San Francisco in January 2006 by Harris Fogel. (19:59)

Harris Fogel, Posted 3/23/2006, Updated 9/14/2006