MacFixIt Answers is a feature where we answer questions e-mailed to us by readers. This week, we have questions on only enabling specific fonts with Font Book, a iPhone migration or upgrade question about current apps, and a specific question on an article we wrote regarding "Fast Browser Search" being used as the search engine in Safari.… Read more
Atomic Web Browser is a full featured replacement for Safari on the iPhone with added features to make it worthy of checking out. Its features include the capability to create an infinite number of tabs, use ad-block to get rid of ads while you surf, and turn on private mode to disable history tracking and clear cookies when you exit the browser. Customizable search lets you add or remove search engines so you can pick the ones you like to use most. You also can choose from several different colored themes, lock the iPhone screen rotation, and run in full-screen … Read more
Compellent's C-Drive event last week drew about 300 storage administrators and IT generalists to downtown Minneapolis one week before EMC World. While that's small show by EMCWorld standards, it was a big event for Compellent customers.
I have yet to meet a more evangelistic group of storage users. Compellent's architecture creates a unique storage management environment. While the architecture supports a variety of RAID levels and RAID-based array configurations, one has to leave pre-conceived notions regarding management and functioning of traditional RAID arrays at the door. These people behave as if they had seen the light and … Read more
We're here to review software, not to give our opinion on the ethics of the software we encounter. That said, we can't think of too many applications for ResourcesExtract that aren't likely to violate some kind of intellectual property laws. ResourcesExtract lets you scan for and extract icons, cursors, bitmaps, AVI movies, and HTML files from existing programs. Presumably you would want to do this because you want to "borrow" these elements for some purpose of your own. Whatever your reasons, ResourcesExtract is indeed a good way to perform this task.
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Electric car charging is set to get a whole lot quicker--at least if Infracharge gets its way. The company, which supplies roadside charging station to London boroughs, will shortly be rolling out a new set of roadside and home charging stations that it says can recharge electric cars in as little as 2.5 hours.
The first of its products is the Chargemaster FastCharge, which is designed for use in public places. This bad boy chucks out a whopping 32A (7kW) current, more than twice the amount offered by today's charging posts. The extra power reduces the time it … Read more
A group of scientists with funding from the Department of Energy has presented a new type of roof coating that would allow all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of black and white roofs combined.
It's long been agreed that a white roof, because it naturally reflects sunlight, reduces the amount of heat a building absorbs in extremely hot and sunny situations, thus, contributing to keeping the building cool (think Greece). Some have even gone as far as to propose white "green" roofs as a geoengineering idea for reducing global warming because they may both reduce air conditioning use and reflect more sunlight … Read more
Windows Explorer is a pretty basic application, and if you've ever tried to do any serious file management with it, you've probably wished for an alternative that's easier to work with. NexusFile is just such an alternative. This flexible file manager lets you work with files in ways that would be impossible with Windows Explorer.
The program's interface is fairly intuitive, although aesthetically it might not be everyone's cup of tea. White and colored type on a black background isn't the easiest thing to read, and although the program is skinnable, this is only … Read more
Search engine technology has improved a lot over the past several years, and for the most part, you can depend on services like Google to return pretty relevant search results. Sometimes, however, you need a way to get a little more specific. That's where iMetaSearch comes in.
Let's say, for example, that you Google the word "cougar." Do you mean the animal, the car, or the recently popularized term for an older woman who pursues younger men? Google can't tell the difference, but iMetaSearch can. The program groups search results by concept; click the groups … Read more
We like the idea of QWave in theory; it's an extremely lightweight media player that lets users instantly play audio files instead of waiting for a program like Windows Media Player or iTunes to load. Unfortunately, the program's lack of documentation and virtually nonexistent interface make it confusing to use.
We installed the program and then attempted to launch it. This produced a dialogue that asked if we wanted to "Add QPlay to menu." We weren't sure exactly what menu it meant, but we clicked yes. Because the publisher's description mentions an icon in … Read more
LAS VEGAS--If you're looking for an effortless way to back up your computer, yet aren't happy with the HP SimpleSave for some reason, an alternative was announced at CES 2010.
The ClickFree C2N from ClickFree, which is the original developer of the backup mechanism that HP implemented in the SimpleSave, can do everything the SimpleSave does but better, plus it works with networked computers, too.
The ClickFree works similarly to the HP SimpleSave on a single computer. All you need to do is connect it to a computer using a USB port via the device's single USB … Read more