Picks from MBW 64: Hello Leopard!

pm2milWith the release of Leopard, it’s not the traditional show, and there were no traditional picks. Instead, the guys did highlight certain aspects of Leopard and what they thought about them. So, in this post, I’ll just highlight and summarize the discussion as they went around the horn.

Is it a major upgrade/revision?

  • Leo Laporte — Wasn’t expecting much, but was very impressed.
  • Andy Ihnatko — Thinks most of the juice is under the hood. Feature-wise — nothing too awesome, but everyone will find a key feature or app that makes it worthwhile for them.
  • Scott Bourne — Curious to how long the honeymoon will last and if Leopard will experience the criticism ala the iPhone.
  • John Siracusa — Pointed out that it’s been a long time since the last release and of course there will be a number of changes. He wrote about 30,000 words on Leopard over at ars technica.

Time Machine – what do you think?

  • Leo Laporte — Calls it “backup for mom.” Not a fan because if there’s a fire – both drives are toast. Good for the “unwashed masses.”
  • Andy Ihnatko — Not a fan either, but prefers SuperDuper!. However, he thinks it’s great for people that can’t really be bothered with a backup.
  • Scott Bourne — Perfect for Aunt Fay and the millions that “don’t backup squat.”
  • John Siracusa — Thinks EVERYONE will use it.

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Congratulations to the Mann family!

One of your favorite MBW hosts, Merlin Mann, added to his family over the weekend (and it wasn’t a new Mac running Leopard). You can get the details here.

Congratulations again to the Mann family!

Picks from MBW 63: So Long Tiger

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With Leopard only a few days away, what’s the feature you’re most looking forward to getting your hands on? For me, it’s Mail.app. Yeah, I know it sounds lame, but I hear it’s superfast. Not sure if I’ll upgrade on day one, but I doubt I’ll make it to the end of November without a copy. How about you?

Picks from MBW 62: Mac 404

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Picks from MBW 61: The Bouffant of Knowledge

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P.S. — Major congratulations to Merlin Mann on his upcoming daughter!

Picks from MBW 60: Another Brick in the Wall

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P.S. – Alex – there is a list – click the link in the top nav labeled “The List”.

Get a headstart on a future “pick of the week”

merlin_at_tekserve Last night I went to see MBW co-host, and productivity sensay Merlin Mann with OmniNerds Ken Case and Ethan Schoonover at Tekserve in NYC. They came to demonstrate the unbridled power of OmniFocus (which is still in alpha). Created to compliment & support the principles behind David Allen’s Getting Things Done, it’s a sophisticated yet easy-to-use organizational tool that I’m still coming to grips with. Here’s a snip about the product:

OmniFocus is a personal task management system, designed to quickly capture your thoughts and allow you to store, manage, and process them into actionable to-do items. Tasks can be assigned to projects and stored within contexts (for example: “Home”, “Work”, or “Garden”), with built-in visual cues to highlight the next action you need to take care of. With OmniFocus, you can narrow your field of concentration to only those areasÃ?¢ââ??‰â?¬Âtasks, contexts, projectsÃ?¢ââ??‰â?¬Âyou wish to view, which helps you stay on track and organized.

The power trio demoed the software with some “real-world” scenarios and it was great to see it in action. If you have the time or inclination, head on over and sign up to get in on the alpha testing (beta soon?), kick the tires, and see what you think! I’ve been using for a couple of months, but after the demo, I really look forward to digging into it at my next ‘weekly review’…

I’m sure the event will pop up somewhere – there were cameras all around. Also – thanks to Tekserve for the free beer, soda, snacks & all ’round cool event!

Picks from MBW 59: We Will, We Will, Brick You.

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Who would you buy new shoes from? Since my idea of athletics is dialing a phone – surely the guy on the right!

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Picks from MBW 58: Repeal The Nerd Tax

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With all of these picks over the weeks, which ones have worked out the best for you? For me, it’s TextExpander by far. I started using it for little things like my email signatures, and for that crazy latin that everyone uses for dummy copy on websites. Over that last few months, I’ve filled it up with HTML shortcuts, auto-replies to emails, tons of things – even does most of my spelling corrections.

What’s worked for you?

Picks from MBW 57: ET Ring Tone

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