Boring Adobe After Effects Sample Series: Using Magic Wand to Get iMac for Kids

Adobe After Effects 8.0.1

Last month, I went to Peru as a volunteer to show Peruvian kids magic. I arrived at a very small village and went straight to the only elementary school there. I was well prepared. I knew several good coin tricks. I even took two pigeons with me if kids wanted to see real tricks. I entered a large classroom where I was silently welcomed by about 50 kids. I started my magic show with a couple of coin tricks at first. But the kids responded only with grim faces. So I said

All right, kids. Guess what’s going to appear when I open this cloth.

I expected that kids would be amazed to see my pigeon trick. But a little boy sitting at back stood up and said

Adobe After Effects sample


Huh!? What is this kid? I didn’t bring my iMac all the way to Peru with me. What was he thinking? I didn’t forget to bring my MacBook with me, though. So I responded

Class, do you know what MacBook is?  Continue reading

Mac Software Review: ClamXav 1.1.1

ClamXav free virus checker for Mac OS X
Mac software review

15 years ago, Many Mac users had a free virus program called Disinfectant installed inside their system folders. It was one of the first programs that I downloaded with a dial-up modem back in November, 1992. Disinfectant was developed by a Northwestern University professor. These day, ‘free anti-virus software’ sends a totally different message. Free is a word that cyber criminals widely use to lure naive Internet users, right? If you are a Windows OS user, would you like to try executing a file titled AntiMalwareGuard_Free.exe that is distributed at (See Screenshot 01.) The website says the file is free. (See Screenshot 02.) Even the file name implies it’s free. And if I use Sophos Anti-Virus to scan this file… Ahh… The file contains malicious codes driven by a Trojan Horse derivative. (See Screenshot 03.) Not surprisingly, you will get something undesirable in the name of getting freeware or saving money.

ClamXav free virus checker for Mac OS X
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ClamXav free virus checker for Mac OS X
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ClamXav free virus checker for Mac OS X
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How about ClamXav? According to its website (http://,

ClamXav is a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

We don’t believe this freeware title contains malicious codes like AntiMalwareGuard. In fact, we just want to find out how good ClamXav is. So let’s see what ClamAV does for Mac users.  Continue reading

Running PC Games through Boot Camp on Intel Mac Machines – 2008-08-02

Mac OS X Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz 24 inch icon

About a week ago, we released a short list of PC games that may run on iMac 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo through Boot Camp. We have extended this list, now covering 21 PC games. The following is a list of games we have added to the list. It has turned out that one of the games in the list doesn’t run properly on our Intel Mac computer.

  • 1701 A.D.
  • 1701 A.D. The Sunken Dragon
  • Caesar IV
  • The Movies
  • The Movies: Stunts & Effects
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
  • Running old PC games may not be such a bad idea. Old games cheap. We don’t want to spend more than 20 bucks for each game.  Continue reading

    The Movies: Stunts & Effects Game Play Video

    The Movies: Stunts & Effects game play video

    Feral Interactive publishes the Mac version of The Movies. The game is originally developed by Lionhead Studios. It’s a simulation game somewhat similar to Electronic Arts‘ hit game series The Sims and The Sims 2. But The Movies is a bit different from The Sims: Superstar. In this game, as the title suggests, you are in the movie industry. You run a movie studio and do nothing but to develop black & white silent movies.

    Currently, Feral Interactive is working on the Mac version of add-on game The Movies: Stunts & Effects. The PC version was released on June 6, 2006. So it’s about two years and two months old. This expansion pack adds Stunt School to the game. In addition, you will be developing color films.

    Anyway, this game play video shows briefly how the PC version of The Movies: Stunts & Effects works. The run time is 13 minutes and 30 seconds. Enjoy!  Continue reading

    Buying Cheap Mac Clones – Does Apple Tie Software Contracts to Selling Hardware Contracts?


    15 years ago, Macs were still sort of luxury goods. Even a low-cost model called LCII cost more than US$3,000 with a 13-inch monitor. iMacs are relatively affordable these days. You can find an iMac 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo like ours for US$1,500 to 1,600 at online stores.

    How about Mac Pro? Or why would you want Mac Pro as opposed to iMac in the first place? One good reason is that you want to extend your machine with a better video card and additional internal hard disk drives. Mac Pro isn’t so cheap, though. According to Apple Store, an entry Mac Pro machine equipped with two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon chips, one 2 GB DDR2 memory card, a 320 GB 7200 rpm hard disk drive, an ATI Radeon HD 26000 XT 256 MB video card and more costs US$2,799.

    So some Mac users assemble computers on their own in the name of saving money. I’m sure there are many local custom build shops where they can put parts including a Mac-compatible logic board from ASUS, Gigabye or others, a power supply box, a cooling fan and more together for you. But they are unlikely to install Mac OS on your custom machine with your request. So you will be on your own to customize BIOS (ROM) settings and go underground to obtain revised Mac OS installation discs.

    Or get an Open Computer from Psystar Corporation (hereafter, Psystar)? Southernmost Florida-based Psystar is one of the first companies officially accepting orders online for Mac OS-running PCs with Intel processor. According to its website (, Psystar says

    The Open Computer is a PC that works just like a Mac with Apple’s latest operating system OS X 10.5 a.k.a. Leopard. With the Open Computer you can run OS X natively as if you had purchased an expensive Apple computer except that, while paying less, you receive more. (See Screenshot 01.)

    Actually, the company doesn’t necessarily guarantee that their computers can run all software programs intended for Mac OS, by stating

    … Psystar does not guarantee that each and every program and feature will operate correctly as the Open Computer and/or OpenPro is not supported by Apple Computers. … Psystar does not guarantee that any of your peripherals, Apple-related or not, will function correctly. Psystar will not be responsible for your usage of the Open Computer and/or OpenPro in any way. (See Screenshot 02.)

    Psystar Mac Open Computer
    Screenshot 01- Source: Psystar
    Psystar Mac Open Computer
    Screenshot 02- Source: Psystar
    Psystar Mac Open Computer
    Screenshot 03- Source: Psystar

    Psystar’s name first went around several months ago. So their selling Mac clones is not a new story. We are aware that Apple, Inc. sued Psystar at the beginning of the last month in the federal district court for copyright infringement and other charges. Now, according to CNET News, Psystar has filed a counter-lawsuit against Apple partly for violations of antitrust law. Interestingly, the company has created a page under Company titled Litigation possibly to document their court battles with Apple although the page itself is empty for now. (Screenshot 03.)  Continue reading