Go see Particle Fever at particlefever.com. I walk you through the path to try and transfer my data from LastPass to 1Password, and how the 1Password support failed and then excelled. Mark Pouley gives us a review of the NEET Sleeve to protect your Lightning cables. We’re back on the Top 5 List, this week with my Top 5 Mac Apps including Adium from adium.im, the built in Mac app Image Capture to get room on your iPhone, Drop Shadow from delsolsoftware.com, and a surprise twist when I don’t pick Skitch from Evernote, and the top 5 is wrapped up with Audio Hijack Pro from rogueamoeba.com. in Chit Chat Across the Pond we’re joined to Olivia_Solon, Deputy Editor of Wired.co.uk to talk about STEM education in the UK.
A few months ago Steve and I heard about a documentary playing at a local small theater. We’re not big documentary people, but this one sounded special. It’s called Particle Fever, and it’s the story of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, located on the border of Switzerland and France, and the quest for the Higgs Boson. I know we’re dorky nerd balls to want to go to something like this, but this movie is AMAZING. It explains how the U.S. was going to build a super collider first but were too short-sighted to realize that pursuing science changes everything and just wanted to understand what their return on investment was, and how the Europeans decided to do it instead. It talks about the cultures of people who came together to make it happen. It has the rivalry of experimental physicists vs. theoretical physicists. It even talks about music and art in a way that made me understand why people pursue those things. It’s a fantastic story about a prediction made by a man in the 1960s that was finally proven true in his lifetime. I’m getting chills just remembering how cool this movie is.
I’m not just teasing you though. The fantastic news is that Particle Fever is now available in iTunes, and I think on July 15th you’ll actually be able to buy it. I pre-ordered it when we saw the movie and I got a download with zero DRM on it so I can actually watch it on all of my devices! Please do yourself a favor, gather the kids around and go watch Particle Fever, at particlefever.com.
It’s time to take a break from all the photography talk and get back to my Top 5 lists as requested by Tammy. When last we left our hero, I had given you my top 5 iPad and top 5 iPhone apps. Now it’s time for my Top 5 Mac Apps. Again my criteria will be not necessarily the ones I use the most (e.g., Mail) and hopefully to avoid the super niche applications like Feeder from reinventedsoftware.com (the most awesome application ever that I use to create the podcast feed), but to provide more mainstream and perhaps unusual applications. As I looked at my applications on OSX, I realized I still had too many favorites. How about if I skip over applications I mention all the time, like the awesome AppDelete from reggieashworth.com and the first application I load on every Mac, TextExpander from smilesoftware.com. I’ll eliminate tools I have talked about recently too, like the VPN software Cloak from getcloak.com. I have to say, eliminating applications from the list felt like I was abandoning puppies. I have so many great applications but I did say I would bring it down to 5. I also said I would separate out my 5 favorite menubar apps so that I didn’t have to drown so many puppies. Ok, enough excuses, here’s my top 5 Mac Applications.
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Greetings from the beautiful and remote shores of Twin Lakes Washington. This is Mark Pouley with a quick review of a product I picked up at Macworld. Actually, I bought the product for my wife and this is her review. When I go to Macworld I’m always looking for some sort of gadget to bring home to my wife. I know ladies, I’m a romantic like that. This year the NEET Sleeve by NEET Products caught my eye.
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