Applelinks Tech Web Reader -Thursday, February 9, 2012

Apple Pulls The Plug On White MacBook Education Model
Top 8 Laptops Under $500
This Old Mac Text Editor
The Tex-Edit Plus Free AppleScript Archives
Logitech Touch Mouse M600 Lets You Swipe, Scroll and Surf Like Second Nature
Comtek USA Introduces Power-Free and Fan-Less Laptop Cooling Stand for Laptop Protection
MicroOLED Introduces Highest Pixel Density OLED Microdisplay
Ohanaware Releases Fun Greetings 1.1 for Mac OS X - Photo Greeting Cards
New OS X Lion Server Tutorial Simplifies Hosting and Admin Tasks


Apple Pulls The Plug On White MacBook Education Model

On Wednesday MacRumors' Eric Slivka broke the news ( that Apple has notified resellers in its educational institution distribution channel that the white polycarbonate MacBook is now classified "End of Life".


Direct sales of the white MacBook to general consumers were terminated last July with the release of the Intel Core i powered refresh of the MacBook Air, at which time the 11.6" Air took sole possession of the $999 price point it had shared with the MacBook. However, until yesterday, the MacBook continued to be available to educational institutions with its price reduced to $899.

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Top 8 Laptops Under $500

Is the iPad overpriced, with its entry-level model selling for $500? That's partly a value-judgment, but the availability of a gaggle of full-featured Windows notebooks below the $500 price point does give the budget-conscious prospective iPad buyer pause.

Laptop mag's David Eitelbach notes that the price of Windows laptops continues to decline, with the average system costing just $456 as of December 2011, and he's not talking netbooks or underpowered, poorly made "junk" that the late Steve Jobs famously maintained any sub-$500 laptop would have to be when you opt for a bargain-priced PC notebook. For example, you typically get a second-generation Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM (double what Apple gives you at twice the price with its entry-level 11.6" MacBook Air), and a 500GB hard drive (the base Air has a tiny 64 GB SSD) in the sub-$500 price range

Eitelbach profiles his picks for the 8 best laptops currently available for less than $500, which include:

HP 15.6-inch, 2.1-GHz Core i3 HP g6t at $494.

Lenovo's $439 14-inch 1366 x 768, 2.3-GHz Intel Core i3-2350M ThinkPad E420, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD

Dell 14-inch, 2.2-GHz Intel Core i3-2330M CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, Inspiron 14R at $499

Gateway's $419 15-inch 2.4-GHz Intel Core i3-370M CPU, 4GB of RAM NV55C54u selling as low as $400

HP 11-inch 1.65-GHz AMD Vision E2 CPU, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD Pavilion dm1 as low as $448 at Best Buy

Toshiba 2.2-GHz Intel Core i3, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD Satellite P755 on sale for $499 at Best Buy

ASUS 14-inch, 2.2-GHz Intel Core i3-2330M CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD X44L at for $379.

Lenovo 14-inch, 1.65-GHz AMD Dual-Core E-450 CPU, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD B575 at $329 from Best Buy, includes an excellent Accutype keyboard, and a fingerprint reader.

Plenty of grist for price-jaded Apple devotees to ruminate on, especially with Windows 8 coming and Mint Linux available right now.

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This Old Mac Text Editor

Mac360's Ron McElfresh has posted a nice tribute to your humble editor's favorite and indispensible Mac OS text-crunching application, Tom Bender's superb $15 shareware Tex Edit Plus.

McElfresh notes that he has about a dozen text editors, but uses one about 80-percent of the time, noting that somewhere back in the last century he began using Tex-Edit Plus on his Mac, finding it less cumbersome and complex than the equally venerable and to some degree category-defining BBEdit.

Recently updated for OS X 10.7 Lion compatibility, Tex-Edit, unlike many text editors or even word processors, is scriptable, and a full on ASCII text editor that also speaks AppleScript, Automator, and has powerful tools to clean up messy text. In a nod to modernity, Tex Edit Plus also has two floating palettes for quick access to built-in editing Tools and Script Tools supported by its excellent and integrated implementation of AppleScript.

Tex Edit Plus is also highly configurable with extensive preference choices, with dozens of other options available at the document level, including Tabs, Save options, Printing, imbedded graphics, video, and audio, and is even Speech-aware using the Mac's built-in voices.

You can author or record your own AppleScripts, choose from dozens of built-in Automator actions, or download dozens of off-the-shelf AppleScripts for an array of functions and shortcuts from the Tex-Edit Plus Archives:

Do I sound enthusiastic? I am definitely a fan. Ed.

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The Tex-Edit Plus Free AppleScript Archives

Here's where you'll find lots of free AppleScripts to use with TE+.

Download your choice from 199 diverse and useful AppleScripts from the Archive, all written by and for Tex-Edit Plus users, all free to download.

Tex-Edit Plus (not to be confused with Apple's "TextEdit") is the remarkable and award-winning shareware text editor for Macintosh computers from Trans-Tex Software's Tom Bender.

Among its many amazing features is its ability to use AppleScripts via an AppleScripts menu. AppleScripts written for Tex-Edit Plus enhance and extend its functionality and versatility and enable users to customize Tex-Edit Plus for their own specific text creation and editing purposes.

Browse site by using Script Category links on the homepage, or use the search box at the top of every page to look for something specific.


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Logitech Touch Mouse M600 Lets You Swipe, Scroll and Surf Like Second Nature

Logitech has unveiled the Logitech Touch Mouse M600, a mouse featuring a touch surface that lets you navigate intuitively with your fingers.

"People are growing accustomed to using fingertip gestures to navigate on their smartphones and tablets," observes Todd Walker, brand manager for Logitech. "In fact, for many people these gestures have become second nature. The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 reflects this evolution in how we interact with the digital world and extends to the computer what have become natural, intuitive motions."

With the Logitech Touch Mouse M600 you can scroll, swipe and surf wherever your fingertips rest on the mouse. With its modern design, smooth edges and designed-for-comfort curves, Logitech touts the touch mouse as feeling comfortable in your hand and looking good wherever you use your laptop.


Logitech's proporetary Flow Scroll software gives you scrolling that is fluid, claimed to be much like scrolling on your favorite touchscreen smartphone. Slide your finger along the touch surface to experience immediate, continuous and free-flowing Web page scrolling.

The mouse's shape is designed so that it feels good doing the tasks you do most - pointing, clicking and scrolling. Able to accommodate right- and left-handers alike, with click areas that can easily be reassigned with Logitech SetPoint software, the Logitech Touch Mouse M600 also includes the tiny Logitech Unifying receiver, which can connect up to six compatible mice and keyboards through one USB port. Add a keyboard, switch between mice, mix and match to fit your lifestyle, without having to change receivers or sacrifice another USB port.

With smooth feet, advanced optical tracking and ease of use, this sleek mouse is everything you've come to expect from Logitech products.

The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 was named an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Computer Peripherals product category.

The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning this month, at a suggested retail price of $69.99. For more information visit:

Comtek USA Introduces Power-Free and Fan-Less Laptop Cooling Stand for Laptop Protection

Regular laptop cooling stands often consume more battery power and fail to protect the laptop from the excessive heat generated by the laptop components. Kalispell, Montana-based Comtek USA has introduced a new laptop stand, the "Cool Stand" (, that does not require power or a fan for cooling.


This laptop peripheral has been designed to improve airflow around the laptop to keep it cool, increasing the usability and longevity of inrternal components. Unlike many cooling stands, there are no 4 legged tables to support the computer and there is no necessity to plug in a wire. Cool Stand is a simple yet strong detachable laptop stand to support the laptop/notebook no matter where the user takes it. It comes with a built-in cord threader that keeps pesky cords out of the way; posibly preventing accidental tripping that can be life-ending for a laptop (although not so much recent Mac notebooks with Apple's jealously patented MagSafe connector).

Cool Stand can be easily attached with the laptop in seconds, and once attached; there is no fear of the machine falling off the stand. It is compact - 11 inches long and weighing just 7 oz. - and stores easily in most computer bags. The cooling stand also lifts the back of the laptop to the angle of keyboard rake many users prefer, and raises the viewing height of the display to a more comfortable and healthy elevation.


The Comtek laptop cooling stand is available in a spectrum of team, company and school colors with 256 potential color combinations. It can be used by anyone, being made with non-harmful chemical-free materials.

The Cool Stand sells for $19.95 including shipping


Buyers can experiment with the cool stand color through the interactive custom color selection format available on the company Website at:

MicroOLED Introduces Highest Pixel Density OLED Microdisplay

Grenoble, France based MicroOLED, a maker of highly power-efficient microdisplays for near-to-eye applications, has introduced a new 5.4 million pixel density 0.61 inch diagonal, low power consumption OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Display) microdisplay on silicon for applications demanding high picture quality, such as professional camera and camcorder equipment, night vision systems and head-mounted displays used in surgery.


The ultra-compact 5.4 million-pixel microdisplay with a sub-pixel pitch of 4.7 micrometres by 4.7 micrometres is claimed to be the highest pixel density OLED microdisplay available today. By doubling the pixel density of comparable products, MicroOLED has eliminated the gap between pixels. With no black matrix present, the resulting image resolution is of very high quality, makin the 5.4 million-pixel 0.61 inch diagonal microdisplay suitable for defense, medical and professional camera applications that demand sharp images with very smooth transitional tones.

High contrast (maximum 100,000:1) and high uniformity (96 per cent) also play key roles in picture quality. Depending on how one drives the OLED microdisplay, it can perform using as little as 0.2W, half the power consumption of other products in its category. MicroOLED achieves this low level power consumption even when the fully digital video input is embedded.

"We are really excited by the market potential of our new 5.4 million pixel density 0.61 inch diagonal OLED microdisplay that is superior in picture quality to any product in its category," says Eric Marcellin-Dibon, CEO of MicroOLED. "This OLED microdisplay is already creating quite a stir among world leaders in imaging products who commend the high pixel density and the remarkable image quality. Moreover, the current trend in replacing optics with electronics components fits excellently with our ability to produce this exceptional picture quality in miniature format. We see many opportunities opening up in existing applications and new markets as a result."

MicroOLED will market the 5.4 million-pixel density 0.61 inch diagonal microdisplay to address needs in three areas: head-mounted displays used by surgeons, where high resolution and quality of colors and contrast are a must; professional camera and camcorders, where picture quality is key; and night vision applications, where heightened contrast and uniformity enable defense and security professionals to improve the performance of detection and identification equipment.

The 5.4 million-pixel density microdisplay comes in full color (16 million colors), SXGA or monochrome formats (2,560 by 2,048 pixels), both with digital video input. It meets the standard environmental operating requirements for military applications. The new product builds on MicroOLEDs exclusive OLED patent technology that is recognized for its ability to eliminate defects common in other microdisplays, such as color non-uniformity or fixed pattern noise.

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Dec 2011: OLED-Info interview

MicroOLED CEO Eric Marcellin-Dibon talks about new product and market developments:

Ohanaware Releases Fun Greetings 1.1 for Mac OS X - Photo Greeting Cards

Ohanaware has announced Fun Greetings 1.1, an update to their user-friendly Photo Greetings Card printing product for the Macintosh.

Fun Greetings is a card printing program, where a users photos are the star. These kind of cards are often referred to as Photo Greetings Cards, and unlike store bought cards, the emphasis of these Photo Greetings Cards is photos of a users family, kids, pets and other photos they may have taken. Fun Greetings enables the user to print their own Photo Greetings Cards right at home on their Mac and printer.


Fun Greetings interface has been designed to keep the process of creating a Photo Greetings Card as simple as possible. It can be as simple as 3 steps, Step 1, choose a 1-Click Style. Step 2, choose a photo and Step 3, Print the card. While Fun Greetings was designed to be easy to use, Ohanaware have also included a getting started guide, printing tips and other help documents.

Fun Greetings' printing engine can compensate for printer margins (so there isn't a huge gap down one side of the card), and it can print to a variety of card sizes. The print engine even includes a custom card size option, allowing for other card sizes to be specified. The print engine, also contains a unique feature, whereby the user can enter the dimensions of a envelope, and Fun Greetings will calculate the optimum card size.

Version 1.1 of Fun Greetings included the new e-card option, making it easy to send greetings cards through e-mail.

New in Version 1.1:
(*) Fun Greetings 1.1 includes new Valentine's Day card 1-Click Styles, a handful of Birthday 1-Click Styles
(*) A new e-card function has been included, making it easier for customers to send their cards via e-mail
(*) Two new photo effects are included in this update, bringing the total to 11 built-in photo effects
(*) The Export process has been improved, based upon customer feedback. The Print Window has also been improved

System Requirements:
• Fun Greetings requires a Intel based Macintosh computer, running Mac OS X v 10.5 or later. It is recommended to have at least 1 gb of RAM.

Fun Greetings 1.1 is a Free update for all existing customers. Customers who purchased from our site should use the download link to download the latest version. Mac App Store customers should use the App Store application to update. For new customers, Fun Greetings 1.1 can be purchased at the price of $9.99 USD (before taxes) per license. A free trial can be downloaded from Ohanaware's web site, during the trial period, Export, e-cards and auto resume are disabled. Watermarks will be placed on the back of the users greetings card.


Fun Greetings 1.1:

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New OS X Lion Server Tutorial Simplifies Hosting and Admin Tasks

Professional training developer InfiniteSkills Inc has released a full tutorial series on the newest version of Apple's server operating system. With a focus on administrator and advanced techniques, this comprehensive OSX Lion Server tutorial includes 121 lessons on everything from network and directory service configuration to file sharing, mail servers and Xgrid computing. These Lion server training videos show how to perform advanced tasks using a combination of graphical utilities and terminal commands.

"Because there are so many reasons to use OSX Server, these tutorials are very diverse," says Colin Boyd, sales director for InfiniteSkills. "The lessons offer guidance on technical networking specifications as well as multimedia capabilities such as podcast hosting."


Narrated by Apple-certified instructor Chris Tarnowieckyi, the 10.7 Server training series begins with a guide to installation and initial configuration tasks. The lessons show how to set up an administration computer, integrate relevant hardware and begin using the workgroup manager. The training then moves through network service configuration, including DNS, DHCP and network time settings. After also introducing directory services, instructor Tarnowieckyi goes into profile and managed client options, with tips for administering multiple user accounts in a professional environment.

The second half of the extensive OSX Lion Server training moves into some of the hosting capabilities Apple has included in the OS. The tutorials cover configuring an email server, hosting and securing websites, creating editable wikis and hosting address books, calendars and chat servers that can be utilized by multiple users at once. The final chapters look at Xgrid distributed computing, the NetBoot imaging service, and ASK Gateway VPN and firewall services for advanced needs.

"While the course covers a number of quite technical concepts and commands, the training format makes them understandable even to those who've never done it before," says Chris Johns, content specialist with InfiniteSkills. "Complex topics are split into multiple videos, and every task is shown in real time onscreen."

Course instructor Chris Tarnowieckyi is an Apple Certified Trainer who runs his own consulting and technical training center for professionals. He holds four Apple certifications, which also include System Administrator and Technical Coordinator credentials, and he specializes in helping regular users learn advanced skills that are applicable in commercial environments. In addition to the Lion Server course, he has also authored two other technical titles on OSX for InfiniteSkills.

The full OSX Lion Server Tutorial Video course is priced at USD $99.95, and the training is available on DVD-ROM and as a direct download from the InfiniteSkills website. Both versions of the course come with accessible project files that match onscreen examples. Shipping and ordering options are available for customers worldwide, and more information and free tutorial samples can be found on the Lion Server training page.

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