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Drupal 4.7 is out

After more than a year of development we are ready to release Drupal 4.7.0 to the world. More than five years, 13 major releases, 30+ servicing firms employing 100+ Drupal professionals, 300+ third party modules, and over 55,000+ Drupal powered sites later, Drupal 4.7.0 is finally here and it rocks!

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My MacBook Pro review

My boss bought me the latest MacBook Pro about 3 weeks ago. Here is my not so short review with subjects in order of importance. Configuration: 2Ghz Intel Core Duo, 2GB RAM running Mac OS X 10.4.5.

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Google Mars

Elevation of the surface of mars from Google Mars website

Spend hours forming the latest conspiracy theories on the crazy formations on the surface of Mars thanks to Google's new Google Mars website.

I only wonder how long it will be before you are able to search for McDonalds or your local Ford Space Car dealership ;)

Any way check it out at Google Mars wesite

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3rd Mac OS X browser face-off

When Mac OS X was introduced, one of the complaints about it was that there weren't any good browsers available for it. Apple solved the problem in 2003 by introducing Safari, but it is really the best OS X browser?

In this second revision of our test, we set up to find out.

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Wacom : Widescreen Tablet Review

Having recently upgraded (or sidegraded maybe) from a laptop to a desktop based system, I was looking for something other than a mouse/trackpad for ergonomic reasons.

My Powerbook had been a trusty companion on the road for 18 months clocking up 63,000km of use in hostels, river valleys and airport terminals. One thing that you do arguably sacrifice with a laptop is good posture. Laptops are balanced on knees, bent over in connecting lounges and typed on at awkward angles. A mouse was only occasionally used in these scenarios as large flat surfaces were in short supply. However after a period of use, necks will start to ache and prolonged trackpad usage will be detrimental to your wrist. So to avoid this discomfort with a desktop, I decided to start using a tablet, more specifically the Wacom Intous3 A5 Widescreen Tablet. How does it stack up against a trackpad or mouse?

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MacBook Pro

A good start, but not soup yet

Apparently Apple decided to release Intel Macs earlier then expected - but only on an experimental basis, figuring as the older PowerBook line is still available (to fall back on, in case the MacBook Pro doesn't get a good response).

First impressions: the "MacBook Pro" name is rather generic, not as good as the PowerBook name that has been used since 1991, but I guess they wanted to convey change.

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Multi-platforming and overburning: shadowBurn

I've reviewed creativebits member and Mac OS X developer stupidfish23's applications before. shadowClipboard is one of the small third party applications that I use daily and it works great.

shadowBurn screenshot

This week he released another brand new standalone application that is putting up some competition to Toast called shadowBurn.

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FontExplorer Review - the iTunes of fonts

It was while searching for a Suitcase alternative that I found LinoType FontExplorer. Before this program came along, DTP pros had two choices: use Extensis Suitcase, which had a horrible impact on system performance, or hobble along with Font Book, which crapped out after about 400 fonts.

In the Mac and DTP community, there have been many complaints about Suitcase. It usually behaved for me, so it became the overseer of about 7200 fonts that I have carefully collected over many years. However, last week, the program refused to launch, and when it did, it did so very slowly. I erased the font caches, and did a few other things, but it still didn't want to launch. I was about to reinstall Suitcase, when I realized that the real solution was to find something else to use. And I did, thanks to Google (unfortunately, I did not have internet access around the time this was posted).

The first step was to add my 7200 fonts to the program. At the first run, the Setup Assistant did this in about 4 minutes (not bad)!

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Power Mac G5 Quad

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"The Power Mac G5 Dual and Power Mac G5 Quad introduce dual-core PowerPC processors, a modern PCI Express architecture, and wicked-fast workstation graphics. Power one up today and blaze through your work, deliver ahead of schedule, and astound your clients — because this baby really moves.

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Well Apple have released their ‘PhotoShop beater’ and it looks like it’s going to do the same to the Photographers market as FinalCut did to the editing industry.


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