Take Screen Shots of your DVD on a Mac

Mac OS X comes with a screen shot program called Grab. Unfortunately the program will not work with Apple’s DVD Player. An alternative is to use a different DVD player. An excellent option is VLC . VLC is available for just about every operating system out there. You can use Grab to snap a screen shot while playing a DVD using VLC.

Mac Mini vs. $399 Dell

Apples and oranges
The new Mac mini is only $499, but the Dell Dimension 2400 is only $399. The Mac mini comes with Firewire. The Dell doesn’t. The Mac mini is wireless and bluetooth ready. The Dell is not. The Mac mini comes with 256 MB RAM and 32 MB of Video RAM. The Dell has 256 MB of RAM but 32 to 64 MB of that is shared with the video card. The Mac mini comes with a CD burner. The Dell does not. The Mac mini has a 1 year warranty. The Dell’s is 90 days. The Mac mini comes with the same OS as it’s high-end computers. The Dell has feature-limited Windows XP Home not Windows XP Pro.

From “The Mac mini: Comparing Apples and Oranges” by Dan Frakes at MacWorld.com

Freefalling

Alan Magee, a gunner on a B-17 with the 303rd Bomb Group of the U.S. 8th Air Force, was on a mission to St. Nazaire, France in January of 1943, when his bomber was set aflame by enemy fire. He was thrown from the plane before he had a chance to put on his parachute. He fell 20,000 feet and crashed through the skylight of the St. Nazaire train station. His arm was badly injured, but he recovered from that and other injuries. — from Greenharbor.com which hosts a freefall research page among other things.

Studios sue Pixar, Demand Bad Movie

“The eight major Hollywood studios have filed suit against CGI animation company Pixar for its consistent record of quality movies. The complaint alleges that with its sixth consecutive profitable and critically acclaimed film in “The Incredibles,” Pixar is overturning a decades-long public relations campaign waged by Hollywood studios to convince the public that it’s impossible to consistently make high quality films.” from DatelineHollywood.com

Wikipedia the Encyclopedia that you write

“A Wiki or wiki (pronounced “wicky”) is a website (or other hypertext document collection) that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows anyone to edit the content. “Wiki” also refers to the collaborative software used to create such a website.” from Wikipedia

The Wikipedia is a wiki encyclopedia. It’s unbelievable! Anyone can edit any entry. The site retains previous versions so if someone completely ruins an entry it can be restored to its previous state. Usually visitors and contributors to the site are well-behaved. If you don’t believe that you can edit any entry, just try it. They have a page you can use to experiment called the Sandbox

Podcasting

“Podcasting involves the recording of internet radio or similar internet audio programs. These recordings are then made available for download to portable digital audio device. One can then listen to the podcast internet radio program while you are away from your computer or at a different time than the original program was broadcast.” from Wikipedia

iPod makes 2004 great year for Apple

“2004 Readers’ Choice Awards for the brand with the most global impact—a title held by Google since 2002. … At Apple’s core is great innovation, beautiful design and an ability to bring warmth and passion to those who may be completely incurious about technical gadgetry but need it nonetheless to survive in today’s world.” from BrandChannel.com

1. Apple Computer (maker of iPod and iMac)
2. Google (internet search engine)
3. IKEA (Swedish furniture retailer)
4. Starbucks (coffee shops)
5. Al Jazeera (That’s right, the Arab language news network)
6. Mini (The car maker)
7. Coca-Cola (I guess they can’t be number one every year)
8. Virgin (British mega brand)
9. Ebay (on-line auction)
10. Nokia (mobile phone maker)