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Sandy McMurray
reviews toys, games, gadgets, and media
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About Sandy

Sandy has been writing about tech stuff in plain language since 1994.

He knows why your computer does that weird thing, and how to stop it.

Sandy is passionate about his faith, his family, strong coffee, apple pie, potatoes (all kinds), and that cool thing Apple announced recently.




Celebrate the Mac 

Photo history of the Macintosh by Jonathan Zufi

Happy Birthday, Mac. 

See apple.com/30-years and apple.com/30-years/1984

"There have only been two milestone products in our industry: the Apple II in 1977, and the IBM PC in 1981. Today, one year after Lisa, we are introducing the third industry milestone product: Macintosh.” –Steve Jobs, January 24, 1984

The now-famous "1984" TV ad for Macintosh was broadcast during Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984. Two days later, Steve Jobs presented the Macintosh to a waiting world.

Check out folklore.org for some great Macintosh stories:
- Early Demos
- More Like a Porsche
- Macintosh Prototypes
- Desk Ornaments
- The Father of the Macintosh
- The Times They Are A-Changin’
- It Sure Is Great To Get Out Of That Bag
- The Macintosh Spirit

Update: Apple has posted its own anniversary tribute to the Macintosh at apple.com/30-years. See the video Apple - Mac 30 - Thirty years of innovation.

Uh-oh. Time to update Java again.

Jelly questions and answers

Q: What is Jelly?

A: Jelly is a new free app for iOS and Android phones that combines searching, photos, and social networking. The people behind Jelly explain it like this:

Say you’re walking along and you spot something unusual. You want to know what it is so you launch Jelly, take a picture, circle it with your finger, and type, “What’s this?” That query is submitted to some people in your network who also have Jelly. Jelly notifies you when you have answers.

Q: Where can I see Jelly in action?

A: Watch this introductory video.

Q: Who can use Jelly?

A: Anyone who has an iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device, plus a Twitter or Facebook account.

Q: What do you think of Jelly?

A: I got it this morning, started using it (playing!) during a break at work, and couldn’t stop. All day I’ve been talking about it to anyone who would listen. I think Jelly is going to be a big, big hit.

Q: Why do you think it works?

A: The basic idea of social Q&A is not new (cf. Quora, MetaFilter, Aardvark, etc.) but Jelly adds photo sharing and moves the party from the web to your pocket or purse.

Answering a few questions while standing in line or riding the bus is somehow more rewarding than aimlessly browsing Twitter or Facebook. You’re helping people and having fun at the same time.

Q: Where can I get Jelly?

A: Get it free from the App Store or Google Play.

For more info: Jelly.co

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