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Briefly: iMac review; Kodak printer dock

updated 01:10 pm EST, Wed March 7, 2007

Rave iMac review

In brief: The Washington Times has reviewed Apple's 24-inch iMac, Kodak unveiled its EasyShare G610 photo printer dock, and All Forces released a tutorial on email security. Iconkits.com has re-launched its website while releasing four new stock icon collections, and MacSpeech released a ScriptPak for Toast 8. In a rave review of Apple's 24-inch iMac, The Washington Times dubs the largest consumer-oriented desktop system "nearly perfect." "It's taken 25 years or thereabouts from the arrival of my first computer, a Sanyo MBC-1000, but I believe my search for the 'perfect' desktop one is over," the reviewer wrote as he praised the "massive" 24-inch liquid crystal display. The review model featured 2GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and a SuperDrive CD/DVD burner. The sound quality of the iMac's built-in speakers is deemed "astonishingly good," and despite its "hefty" price the reviewer insists that "frankly, you get what you pay for."

Kodak ships EasyShare G610

Kodak has begun shipping its EasyShare G610 photo printer dock, enabling users to print high-quality 4x6-inch photos within one minute, according to the company. The prints are both waterproof and laminated to survive a person's entire lifespan, and the dock prints directly from any EasyShare camera while cahring those models with lithium-ion batteries. Kodak's new dock is expected to ship in April for $130.

Kodak also unveiled a new line of NiMH Digital Camera Batteries for those cameras that use disposables, offering AA- and AAA-sized rechargables that keep their power for up to four times longer than other brands, the company claims. The batteries are designed to last through approximately 300,000 shots, and Kodak expects to release packs that include 1-hour and slower value rechargers for $30 and $16, respectively.

Email security tutorial released

All Forces has posted a tutorial on how to send secure emails using Apple Mail's built-in support for encryption and verified signatures. The document covers signing up for a free account at Thawte, a website offering free personal email certificates, as well as requesting a personal email certificate.

The tutorial also discusses why an encrypted message offers a higher degree of security, and reinforces reader confidence by pointing out the signs that a message is in fact encrypted.

Iconkits.com re-launch, MacSpeech

Iconkits.com has re-launched its website and simultaneously released four new stock icon collections. The company also unveiled a new free subscription service enabling users to download numerous stock icons at no cost.... MacSpeech has released a new ScriptPak for Toast Titanium 8 ($10), adding nearly 60 commands to iListen that allow users to do virtually anything in Toast that could they could normally do using the keyboard or menus.




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  1. Oneota

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The iMac Review

    Who let that guy at the Washington Times write a technology review? Yeah, he's positively bubbly about the machine, but he did zero research before submitting the article. It's "iMac" not "IMac," and the device hasn't been called "iTV" (or "ITV as you insist on calling it) since January.

    I got the distinct impression that I was reading a technology review written by my mother. Yecch.

  1. ecrelin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    who cares?

    It is one more Mac newbie who obviously didn't have a clue and is now just getting one. This story will be repeated over and over as Apples sell big as the big vista fades in the rear view…

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    word

    he was probably writing his review in MS word . . . and wouldn't stop changing "i" to "I" . . .!

    GO APPLE!!! GO IMAC!!! GO iMAC!!!

  1. mkellner

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The iMac Review

    I appreciate the kind mention by MacNN; however, "the reviewer" in The Washington Times has a name -- I'm Mark A. Kellner -- and has been writing a weekly column for the paper since March of 1991. Along the way, my first book was called "WordPerfect 3.5 for Macs For Dummies," and as that was published in 1995, it might be surmised that "the reviewer" may know something about the Macintosh, given a long relationship with the platform.

    As to the "IMac" and "ITV" designations -- guilty. On the capitalization, that's a rule of the newspaper's copy desk; I wrote the terms as Apple spells them. As to "iTV," mea culpa even the best of us make mistakes, and I'm not claiming to be "the best." I would claim, however, to know something about the items I review, which is why I do believe the iMac is "nearly perfect" as a desktop machine, even after nearly 20 years of using the Mac platform and writing all three of my books (Google 'em) on Mac computers.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    to mkellner

    Thanks for your reply. People on this board automatically jump on any writer or analyst, and go ballistic over any typos.

    I'm also glad to hear that some writers at the Washington Times have good credentials - I tend to dismiss the paper altogether because it's politics are so hysterically conservative (it's owned by the Rev. Moon).

  1. mkellner

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    thanks to elroth

    I've been writing for The Washington Times for 16 years; my freelance contributions have appeared on the op-ed page, and in the commentary section, the culture page, and the book review pages. Never have I been asked to shade or slant anything in any political manner. The Washington Times is, in my opinion, a great and good newspaper. Its owner is to be lauded for helping to provide an alternative voice in Washington, D.C., which otherwise would have been a one-newspaper town for most of the past 25 years.

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