Ask TUAW: Target disk mode, energy saver prefs, iTunes sharing and more


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Welcome back to Ask TUAW, our weekly Mac troubleshooting Q&A column. This week we’ve got questions about target disk mode, energy saver prefs, Safari file issues, iTunes album artwork, iTunes sharing and more.

As always, your suggestions and questions are welcome. Questions for next week should be left in the comments. When asking a question please include which machine you’re running and which version of Mac OS X (we’ll assume you’re running Leopard on an Intel Mac if you don’t specify). And now, on to the questions.

computergeeksjw asks:

I have an old iMac Blue G3. The fliesystem failed, but I can’t reformat because there is a disc in the slot-loading drive. I tried the tricks I know like Open Firmware (gives me a weird error) and holding in the mouse button (I hear the drive spin up but nothing else happens). I have a newer G4 Quicksilver. Will it be able to boot up into Target Disk Mode even though the filesystem is damaged? (Then I can try to repair with Disk Utility or reinstall from there) or will it fail like a normal boot does?

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Palm Gets the Official Smackdown For Hacking Pre to Sync With iTunes


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In an embarrassing turn of events, Palm has gotten the smackdown from a USB industry group over a software hack that enables Palm’s Pre smartphone to sync with iTunes.
When Palm released the Pre earlier this year, the company cleverly spoofed Apple’s unique USB identifier to fool iTunes into thinking the Pre was an Apple device, […]


Monster releases uprated Turbine Pro earphones


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Monster Cable today upgraded its non-Beats in-ear headphones with the addition of the Turbine Pro. The new pair purportedly has “reference” level audio, although specifications aren’t given, and have a new custom-designed ear tip design that should provide better insulation from the outside world than Monster’s previous design. A set of the older ear tips remains in the box….




ScriptSaver 2.12 – Screensaver runs AppleScripts, other screensavers.


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ScriptSaver is a screensaver module which can execute any AppleScript when it activates and/or deactivates. You can also choose a different screensaver to run after ScriptSaver has done its job. Use it to log out the current user (AppleScript included), pause iTunes, or set an away message in iChat.. the possibilities are endless!

Avid intros Digidesign Eleven Rack


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Avid has formally unveiled the Digidesign Eleven Rack, a new music processing unit. The hardware is aimed at guitarists, and simulates a number of different amps from the likes of Fender, Vox, Marshall and Soldano, as well as stompboxes by companies like Ibanez, Electro-Harmonix and Univox. Convolution-based cabinet and mic emulations are used, the latter simulating dynamic, condenser and ribbon designs….




Fon ships Fonera 2.0n router Stateside


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Fon today formally rolled out its once-teased Fonera 2.0n router. The new update adds 802.11n Wi-Fi speeds but is better known for adding built-in clients for several services independently of computers. Owners can upload content to Facebook, Flickr, Megaupload, Picasa, RapidShare and YouTube when the relevant computer is turned off; it can also download BitTorrents and send Twitter updates to signal when a transfer has been completed or a guest connects to the public hotspot….




Wheely Neat: Experimental iPhone Nav System For Bikers


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This prototype iPhone nav system mounts on standard bike helmets to help get cyclists where they’re going.  Devised by Tokyo iPhone app developers  Ubiquitous Entertainment, it runs on an original app that in addition to using the iPhone’s compass and GPS maps can also receive push notifications from Twitter (via TwitBird Pro) or phone calls […]


Photoshop Elements 8 Due In October, Adds Slew of Smart Fixes


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Version 8 of Adobe’s popular Photoshop Elements photo-editing software is coming to the Mac in October, adding several new intelligent photo fixes, such as Photomerge Exposure, previewing a range of adjustments and one-click fixes for skin, skies and teeth.
Photoshop Elements 8 adds about a dozen new photo editing features or enhancements, including the ability to […]


Video: An Entirely Different Type of Microsoft Party


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Nicole posted about the somewhat crazed Microsoft Windows party video earlier today. Just when you think Microsoft advertising and marketing can’t get any worse, it does.
Funny as the original is, Fraser Speirs suggested on Twitter: “I bet that Win7 party video would be an internet sensation if someone just beeped out all the references to […]


USB Forum Sides With Apple Over Palm


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pre_itunes_noAfter months of software updates by the respective companies to disable and enable the Pre syncing with iTunes, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has ruled on the issue.

Palm loses.

The standards group has not only rejected Palm’s claim of anti-competitive behavior by Apple, but says that it is Palm that’s violating the USB-IF Membership Agreement, John Paczkowski at Digital Daily reports. The Pre’s touted “feature” of
media syncing with iTunes is accomplished by spoofing Apple’s USB vendor ID, in effect making the Pre appear to be an iPod.

In its letter to Palm and Apple, the USB-IF noted that “Palm may only use the single Vendor ID issued to Palm for Palm’s usage. Usage of any other company’s Vendor ID is specifically precluded.” Further, the USB-IF has asked Palm to clarify its “intent and respond to this potential violation within seven days.” Palm’s immediate response was to pontificate, asserting that the company believes “consumers should have freedom and choice in how and where they use the non-rights managed media they already own.”

And they do. The Pre is perfectly capable of managing media by drag-and-drop all by itself, and if Palm is all about “freedom and choice,” then where is the support for Zune software? Clearly, this has never been about consumer choice, but rather a beleaguered Palm maximizing its potential customer base with minimal development effort on its own part.



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PatchTool 2.7 – View, compare, average, convert, export color lists & measure them.


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PatchTool is designed to:

  • Visualize color lists as color patches (color spaces: xyY, XYZ, L*a*b*, L*C*h*, RGB, CMYK, and spectral data)
  • Import color lists defined in industry standard file formats (CGATS, CXF)
  • Switch between the Measured, Random, or Visual layouts of ECI2002 and IT8.7/4 color charts
  • Import color lists saved in plain text format, as saved from spreadsheets or word processors
  • Import and export spectral data scaled between zero and one or between 0 and 100%
  • Import and export spectral data defined in a range of either 380 to 730 nm or 400 to 700 nm
  • Import RGB data encoded in 8 bit, 15 bit, 16 bit, or scaled to 100%
  • Measure color patches on your display and verify your display calibration (White Point, grey ramp, primaries) using a DTP94, Eye-One Pro, Eye-One Display, Spyder2, or Spyder3
  • Compare a patch in a file to a patch in any other file, and get the color difference value
  • Compare two files in the same window and get detailed statistics on their differences
  • Facilitate the proofing printer and monitor certification processes defined by IDEAlliance
  • Average color lists using either a weighted or un-weighted method
  • Turn and mirror patch layouts, flip rows and columns, or rename and renumber color lists
  • Re-order color lists according to any user-selected color space coordinate (or spectral value when available)
  • Convert color lists to many standard color spaces (xyY, XYZ, L*a*b*, L*C*h*, RGB, CMYK)
  • Export color lists as text files conforming to the CGATS standard format
  • Export RGB in 8 bit, 15 bit+ (i.e. Photoshop 16 bit), true 16 bit, or scaled to 100%
  • Export color lists to Munsell color space
  • Export color lists in a simplified Tab-delimited format for text reports and spreadsheets
  • Export color lists in many image formats (including TIFF-L*a*b* and TIFF-CMYK, 8 and 16 bit)
  • Export color lists to be used as ‘Color Decks’ in the BabelColor CT&A program (sold separately)

Hands-on: Thunderbird 3 beta 4 hatches with improved search


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Mozilla Messaging has been hard at work incubating the next major version of the Thunderbird mail client. A new beta release that was made available this week includes some nice user interface improvements and an extremely impressive new system for searching through messages.

Mozilla Messaging was spun off of the Mozilla Foundation in 2007 and established as a subsidiary with $3 million in seed funding. Run by former ActiveState CTO David Ascher, its mandate is to advance Thunderbird and build a new generation of messaging tools based on Mozilla’s technology. The Thunderbird 3 roadmap began to coalesce in early 2008 shortly after Mozilla Messaging got pushed out of the nest and the first alpha arrived several months later.

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LiveDictionary 1.4 – Look up definitions & translations in Safari.


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LiveDictionary is a Safari extension that adds fast, convenient dictionary lookups to the web. Once installed, it becomes a transparent part of Safari; point to a word with the mouse cursor, and its definition or translation appears in a popup window. LiveDictionary offers a wide array of dictionaries for technical terms, general language, and bilingual usage. LiveDictionary requires Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). It is $25 shareware with a fully functional trial period.

USB-IF to Palm: “Oh really? You’ve got some explaining to do.”


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Didn’t you hate it when you were a kid, and you would complain to an adult about something one of your siblings was doing, just to end up getting yourself in more trouble than they ended up in?

Well, you might say that’s exactly what is happening to Palm and their ongoing dispute with Apple over the Pre‘s ability to sync with iTunes. The company has landed themselves in some hot water after drawing the attention of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) by filing a complaint against Apple for violating “the letter and spirit of the USB-IF Membership Agreement,” which is “intended to facilitate interoperability between USB devices.”

What they are referring to, of course, is Apple’s repeated attempts to block the Palm Pre from syncing with iTunes. The whole question of whether or not Apple is in the wrong by doing so is entirely debatable, but the USB-IF seems to be of the opinion that Apple is following the letter of the law:

“In the view of the USB-IF, Palm’s allegation (if true) does not establish that Apple is using its Vendor ID (VID) contrary to the USB-IF’s policies… Therefore, under present USB-IF policies, the USB-IF does not consider the alleged use, without more, to be ‘improper.'”

To summarize, the USB-IF does not believe that Apple is in violation of their agreement, based on the information provided in Palm’s complaint. What is interesting with this chain of events is how Palm continues to shoot themselves in the foot trying to find a resolution. Rather than work out a deal with Apple or write a custom application to legitimately communicate with iTunes, Palm has chosen the sly path of attempting to trick iTunes into working with the Pre, first by simply identifying the device as an iPod that was made by Palm, to actually using Apple’s assigned USB vendor identifiers to completely masquerade as a true Apple iPod.

Perhaps even more startling, however, is that they are completely open about the whole process, even going as far as detailing their workaround in the complaint to the USB-IF, saying “Palm will shortly issue an update of its WebOS operating system that uses Apple’s Vendor ID number for the sole purpose of restoring the Palm media sync functionality.” Although openness is usually a good thing, it seems that Palm may have encountered too much of a good thing: the USB-IF turned the tables, and hinted that Palm themselves may be in violation of their own agreement (emphasis added):

I attach for your information the USB-IF’s adopted and published policy regarding Vendor Identification Numbers (VIDs). Under the Policy, Palm may only use the single Vendor ID issued to Palm for Palm’s usage. Usage of any other company’s Vendor ID is specifically precluded. Palm’s expressed intent to use Apple’s VID appears to violate the attached policy.

Please clarify Palm’s intent and respond to this potential violation within seven days.

What’s next for Palm? Will they finally decide to work something out with Apple? Will they start embedding USB chips out of refurbished iPhones so that they aren’t technically misreporting the device’s identity? Only time will tell, and in the meantime, at least we can look back and say “Palm, we told you so.”

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CardRescue 5.10 – Recovers lost pictures from digital camera memory cards.


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CardRescue is a photo recovery software for Mac OS X. It can rescue deleted photos and movies, or reformatted photos from digital camera flash memory card. It can also recover lost photos from corrupted flash memory cards.

CardRescue recovers your lost pictures from Secure Digital (SD card), Compact Flash (CF card), xD Picture card, MemoryStick, SmartMedia card and more.

InMath 1.8.1 – InDesign CS/InCopy CS mathematical typesetting plugin.


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InMath is the plug-in for real mathematical typesetting within InDesign CS and InCopy CS. It depicts mathematical expressions solely by means of their text editor – no external data, expecially no graphic data is involved at all. InMath allows the user to configure any settings and manage them as “InMath Styles”, analogous to paragraph styles and character styles. Hence, InMath can be used instantly because InMath Styles work like these well-known styles. Documents created with InMath can be opened and printed out without InMath being present as well. An InMath evaluation package can be requested from i.t.i.p.’s website www.itip.biz.

Toggle Sidebar in all open Finder windows


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Here’s an AppleScript that toggles the presence of the sidebar in all Finder windows. Toggle status is determined by that of the front window. In Tiger, it sets the sidebar to its minimum width; in Snow Leopard, it hides it completely. The script leaves the toolbar alone.