How to upload photos to Flickr from iPhoto

“How can I upload photos from iPhoto to my Flickr account on my Mac?”
There are several ways you can upload photos to Flickr from iPhoto, although several of them are convoluted. One way is to export photos from iPhoto to a folder on your Mac and then use the Flickr upload page to individually select each photo. Flickr recommends a $15 utility to automate the process, but you don’t need to pay anything. There is a great free way to upload photos to Flickr automatically without ever leaving iPhoto.

Do I need to buy a new camcorder if I buy a new MacBook?

“I have a MiniDV camcorder that uses FireWire to transfer video to my current MacBook. I want to upgrade to a new MacBook Pro, but they use FireWire 800 which is a different connection. Can I still use my camcorder with my new Mac, or do I need to buy a new camcorder if I buy a new MacBook Pro?”
At least you’re looking at the new MacBook Pro, which offers FireWire 800 as an option. The new 13-inch MacBook doesn’t have any FireWire port. FireWire 800 is backward compatible with previous IEEE 1394 connections, including the one on your MiniDV camcorder. You simply need a new 4-pin FireWire (connection on camcorder) to 9-pin Firewire (FireWire 800) cable to connect your camcorder to your new MacBook Pro. Amazon currently sells 4-pin to 9-pin FireWire cables for under $20.

Blu-ray Burner for Mac Systems

Blu-ray Burner for Mac If you’ve been waiting for a Blu-ray burner to add to your Mac toolset, MCE has finally brought that wait to a close with their new 6x Blu-ray Recordable Drive for Mac Pro and Power Mac systems. Still no love if you’re using a MacBook, but it’s a good start. Of course, simply having a burner only gets you part of the way, if you really want a useful Blu-ray burning experience with your Mac, you also need a copy of Toast Titanium. MCE offers a Blu-ray burning plug-in for Toast that ties the whole thing together. In theory this also adds Blu-ray and HD-DVD playback to your Mac, although I’m not aware of any software that plays either format on a Mac for now. The standalone drive currently goes for $499, or $599 if you want a copy of Toast with it. There’s also an external drive for $749, but you could likely make your own using the internal drive and a DIY external drive case (which would make the drive function with your MacBook).

AVerTV DVB-T Volar M Mac OS X TV Tuner

Aver Mac TV Tuner The number of choices available for tuning television on a Mac remain rather limited, so it’s good to see AVerMedia crossing over from the Windows world to provide a Mac solution. At Computex 2008, AVerMedia showed off the new AVerTV DVB-T tuner for Mac OS X. It works with the Mac remote, integrating easily into existing systems. The DVB-T solution connects via USB, with additional “rabbit ears” antenna that clips on the top of a MacBook and easily folds away for travel. While this doesn’t expand the device choices for the US market, since there is no DVB-T in the US, it shows a promise of things to come as AVerMedia plans to adapt the existing DVB-T tuner into something that functions with US television standards later this year. The device also works with Windows. Pricing should be available later this month.

Where can I buy a used Mac?

A reader asked me where to find a used Mac. While the online Apple Store is the obvious place to look, thanks to a large selection of refurbished hardware, I offer a few other choices to find a specific solution depending on your criteria for the type of Mac your are looking to purchase.