MacHouse Releasing LittleCal Pro

Mac software LittleCal Pro

TOKYO (MacHouse) – One month, we released five Mac software titles. We’ve been absent lately. In fact, it’s been three months since we released a Mac software title. Today, MacHouse is releasing a new software title called LittleCal Pro. It’s an advanced version of an existing freeware title. LittleCal Pro is a virtual calendar that allows the user to schedule events quickly and easily. It has a feature similar to an alarm clock, and you will get reminded of scheduled events ahead of time.

Mac software LittleCal Pro

A totally new feature that comes with LittleCal Pro is called Routines. Routines allows the user to schedule a series of events that are occurring at the same clock time. Suppose that you play basketball with friends at 04:50 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Whether you continue to play basketball for the next two years or even five years, LittleCal Pro will help you put these events on your virtual schedule book quickly.

Click on the button for more information on LittleCal Pro. VTC

LittleCal Pro is a product of MacHouse.

Apple Releasing Security Update 2010-006


TOKYO (MacHouse) – Apple, Inc. has issued a minor security update for Mac OS 10.6. According to the company, Security Update 2010-006 modifies AFP. Without a patch, a “remote attacker may access AFP shared folders without a valid password,” they say.

This security update is recommended for Mac OX 10.6 and Mac OS X Server only.

Click on the button for more information on this security update. VTC

Product Review: Logitech (Logicool) Wireless Mouse M505

Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
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For six years, I used Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 over three different Macs. Many of Microsoft’s computer peripheral products are expensive as you probably know. If they are expensive, they are also durable. And that’s how my IntelliMouse Explorer lasted for six years. Last week, I finally decided to buy a new Mouse. The thing is that I sometimes play computer games. Last month, I played a free online game called Legion of Legends. And IntelliMouse Explorer’s USB cable really annoyed me. And I needed to buy a couple of things online including a 16GB SDHC card and an IEEE1394a-to-IEEE1394b cable. So it was a good opportunity to buy a new computer Mouse.

My initial requirements were

  1. It must have at least 3 buttons, preferably 5 buttons.
  2. It must be a wireless Mouse.

It took me only 10 minutes or less to decide which computer Mouse to buy. And it was Logitech Wireless Mouse M505. There were a few decisive factors. No. 1, it was quite cheap. The price was ¥2,778 (US$32). The Japanese yen has appreciated quite a bit over months, but for many Japanese computer users, it must sound like a bargain price. In fact, it looks like you can find one for US$24.95 to 39.95. (See Screenshot 1-2.) No. 2, Logitech is a good brand name for computer peripheral products. No. 3, it was advertised as a computer Mouse with five buttons. Screenshot 3 does show that M505 comes with 5 buttons, according to Logicool, Japanese subsidiary of Logitech.

Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 1 – Source:
  Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 2 – Source: MacMall
  Logitech Wireless Mouse M505
Screenshot 3 – Source: Logicool

I actually have a (wireless) Magic Mouse since I bought a new Mac last week. Do I still need a new computer Mouse? Oh, you bet I do. Basically, I have no faith in Apple over computer peripheral products. Seven years ago, a USB Mouse that came with eMac died within a week of purchase. Apple’s computer Mice are useless. I have two computer Mice from Apple that I have never used in my drawer.

By the way, Logitech Wireless Mouse M505 uses USB, not Bluetooth to connect a Mac. Personally, I don’t quite like Bluetooth devices. If you have a wireless computer Mouse, you probably want to turn the power off if you don’t use your computer for a while. If the power of a Bluetooth-connected Mouse is turned off, then you will need another Mouse to access System Preferences and enable access to Mouse. On the other hand, if you have a USB-connected Mouse, it’s just the matter of turning the power on and off within the Mouse.   Continue reading

Second Look at iMac Core i5 2.8 GHz – SDXC Card Slot And USB Card Reader

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It has been several days but not a week since iMac 2.8 GHz Quad Core (with 27″ monitor) arrived. Personally, I don’t like Snow Leopard. So, still, I mainly use iMac 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (with 24″ monitor), which is now two years old.

In the last report, I emphasized that Apple Wireless Keyboard, which comes with the latest line of iMac models, is a horrible piece of junk. But let’s put that disappointment aside for now. Instead, I want to focus on iMac’s SDXC card slot in this report. Before purchasing iMac 2.8 GHz Quad Core, I really look forward to finding out how this card slot works. I use an SDHC memory card through a USB card reader/writer as a scratch disk. And my main question has been the following: Which is better? –

1. Use an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card through a USB card reader/writer or
2. Use an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card with the built-in card reader/writer

I can tell you that there will be no straight answer at the end of this report.

Anyway, first, I want to see which data writing process is faster, through a USB reader/writer or with the built-in card slot. So I have a brand-new SDHC memory card from Silicon Power. (See Screenshot 1.) I don’t know if it’s a good brand name. I have never heard of Silicon Power before. The USB memory card that I have is two years old. (See Screenshot 2.) Reading its user’s guide, there doesn’t seem to be any read/write speed limits. In addition, I have a disc image, whose file size is 3.15 GB. (See Screenshot 3.)   Continue reading

First Look at iMac Core i5 2.8 GHz 27″ Screen

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Macs are cheaper than ever. About 7 weeks ago, Apple introduced a new line of iMacs. The most affordable iMac model is only US$1,199 (Apple’s retail price for 21.5-inch Core 2 Duo iMac 3.06 GHz). The most expensive model comes with ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB of video memory, which should be sufficient to play any computer game available for now.

My main machine was iMac Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz with 24″ screen for the past 26 months. As you probably know, I develop Mac applications these days. I don’t like Mac OS 10.6. And I still run OS 10.5 with iMac Core 2 Duo. The thing is that my job title requires that I make sure the applications that I develop are also compatible with both Leopard and Snow Leopard. So I finally decided to buy a new model. Initially, I was going to buy iMac Core 2 Duo 3.2 GHz with 27″ screen. The rational for Core 2 Duo 3.2 GHz over Quad Core 2.8 GHz is that not many Mac applications utilize all CPU cores. And the former is some ¥28,000 (US$330) cheaper. After all, I’ve ended up with iMac Quad Core 2.8 GHz with 27″ screen.   Continue reading