October 13, 2008

Paint programs for Mac

I have been wondering for a while: Why doesn't iLife '08 come with a paint program? Well, unfortunately it doesn't, although I hope it does come out in iLife '09, but for now, there are no guarantees, and probably not even a whisper of it.

I have found two FREE programs: Pixen and Paintbrush. Is Pixen for the people who want to just draw and mess around? No. Pixen is for pixel painters who paint pixel by pixel. It is hard, trust me. It took a while for me to highlight my profile picture in Blogger. People who are looking for Microsoft Paint alternatives are recommended to use Paintbrush. Otherwise you'd have a headache if you are not experienced and use Pixen.

-Byzone Founder and Contributing Author

(Why have I done this post? First, I couldn't resist doing a post, second, I am not sure that I will be converting my blog to a fully hosted Wordpress host... Right now. While I am sure that I will get a Wordpress blog in the near future, I don't know if I will also move Byzone to it. Wordpress seems an awesome alternative to Blogger, but unfortunately that will mean that I will have to convert the Byzone posts to Wordpress, or leave all the posts behind and start a new blog. I will first experiment Wordpress with my personal blog, THEN if it I like it, I will be moving to the Wordpress host. Sorry guys.)

October 6, 2008

Moving to Wordpress

Byzone will be moving to a hosted Wordpress soon. The whole page will be redesigned, but content won't be moved... Well, if there is an option for it, I'll do it.

I hope everything will be all right during the move. We may not move, but moving to Wordpress is being considered right now.

http://byzone.blogspot.com will still be live though, for people wanting to see the old version of Byzone.

-Byzone Founder and Contributing Author

September 30, 2008

New MacBook Pro

My friend confirmed that these set of pictures looked extremely real of the new and upcoming MacBook Pro:

My opinion: It looks incredibly horrible. Yes, we were told by AppleInsider that the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros would consist of the new MacBook Air and the iMacs design-MacBook Air's thinness and aluminium plus the iMac's black borderings around the screen.

Yes, I felt very uneasy about that when it was first talked about but I didn't think much about it. Well, it was obvious that a redesign was coming but I hoped for something much better.

I think that the new design doesn't really match but my friend, the same person that said that it looked very authentic, said that it looked awesome.

The reason why I think it doesn't really match is that half of it is black, half of it is silver. The trackpad is black, but the button on the trackpad is silver. The speakers and the laptop bottom area is silver. The area around the screen and the back of the laptop is black.

I hope it is fake, but if it's real, I'm sure Steve Jobs will find some way to convince us to buy it. But for now, I hate it.

-Byzone Founder and Contributing Author

Apple prank call?

I didn't do much today but watch a few videos. This is a tech related one that I watched:

It's nothing much though. Hopefully I'll do something later.

-Byzone Founder and Contributing Author

September 28, 2008

Macs 3D

I originally wanted to put the first video into the same blogpost as the "Choose a Vista' blogpost but then found another vid that is also cool and goes with it, so the two combined becomes one seperate blogpost now.

MacBook Pro spinning 3D.

Another MacBook Pro spinning 3D.

ANOTHER MacBook Pro animation spinning 3D.


Oh! A MacBook stopmotion animation now!

Bonus Videos:

"Mac Attack"

MacTable 3D Model.

MacBook+MacBook Pro moving from one side of the table to another...

"The Living Laptops"

... Another video about how Macs are horrible. :|

MacBook Pro hard drive upgrade in 60 seconds... Wow?

MacBook VS MacBook Pro video.

MacBook Air commercial parody.

-Byzone Founder and Contributing Author

September 27, 2008

Get a Mac Web Ads

These are some "Get a Mac" web ads that are very funny... :)

The best "Get a Mac" web ad so far. Bad Vista reviews ad.

I think Apple has done really well on these ads. :) Hope to see more soon.

Bonus video:

-Byzone Founder and Contributing Author

September 24, 2008

Mac Mini-A Quick Glance

I'm going to do a Quick Glance again, and since I don't have a Mac Mini, I can't do a full review. Although I have seen some videos though, and I might embed it here tommroow.

The Mac Mini is currently the cheapest, LEGAL, Mac right now. The dimensions of it is really small... It's 6.5 times 6.5 times 2. The specs are quite good for a cheap Mac, and affordable for people who don't want to buy an iMac.

The Mac Mini design is really good, because it is small but powerful enough for daily tasks such as sending email, doign spreadsheets, typing up homework, but is also capable of watching DVDs and making movies using iMovie.

This is a video from VvCompHelpvV for his unboxing of the Mac Mini.

The Mac Mini comes standard with iLife '08, the suite of software that Apple has decided to give out for free when you buy a new Mac. iLife '08 contains iWeb, a easy beginner website maker, iPhoto, a photo editor, iMovie, a video editor (Good for the novice user, and people who want to continue using iMovie '06 can download the upgrade from the Apple website), iDVD where you can watch videos and burn videos that you made with iMovie '08/'06 to a CD/DVD and then watch it on a TV or something like that, Garage Band, a music mixer/editor that comes with preset soundtracks, but it is also good for recording your own music.

It comes with an ethernet area, one FireWire port, one DVI/VGA port, FOUR USB ports, one security slot (Capable of using Kensington's security wire thing), headphone and speaker jack, and a line-in thingy, whatever it is.

It uses the standard Intel Core 2 Duo processor and comes in 1GB RAM for the lowest configuration and can be bumped up to 2 GB.

The good thing is that you can use your own mouse, keyboard, and screen that you are used to unless you don't want to, and has a really good design and can be stowed away if you want to.

I suggest you buy it if you want to test drive a mac at home, but if you really want to just have a quick glance and use of it, just go to your nearest Apple Store.

-Byzone Founder and Contributin Author

September 21, 2008

Choose a Vista!

Ok, I'm going to embed the Choose a Vista commercial (Official) and a spoof of it (Fan made, thumbs up to the person who made it). I might also include a short mini thought review on the current Mac Mini.

Choose a Vista! ... What about Choose a Leopard? :D

Fan made Choose a Vista. :D

I also found a "Most Annoyving Windows Vista sound". Laptop in the video is either a Power Book or a MacBook Pro.

A virus song?

Cool XP song.

Vista remix.

And the iBand.

Sorry, I didn't have enough time to put a Mac Mini mini-thought review right now, so I'd probably do it tomorrow or something as a separate post.

-Byzone Author and Contributing Editor

September 20, 2008

Sony Notebooks-A Quick Glance

I'm going to do a quick Sony Notebooks-A Quick Glance. No photos here, unfortunately, because this, of course, is a quick glance at what people might like.

Ok. I have picked out the 4 laptops people might buy if they have around a $1500-2000 budget. (Budget is not accurate, it's just a estimate from me.)

The Sony Z series. The business+basic home using laptop.
The Sony TZ series. The ultra portable business laptop.
The Sony AR series. The entertainment laptop.
The Sony ASR series. The All in One laptop.

Unfortunately, the AR has been kicked from the quick glance, due to the fact that it's purpose is not mainly for business/school users. AR is usually for video editors, web designers, entertainment (Watching videos, ...) users.

Ok, lets start off with the look and the price. The Z series combines an attractive power button from TZ and the use of AR. The prices are a combination of TZ and SR, starting at meagre $1799.99 for a good designed laptop.

We're going to put TZ out too, because of the price and the fact that not much stuff comes with the price.

The SR series laptop is kind of like the Z series but instead of having a HDMI port, it replaces it with a USB port. Both designs are kind of the same, and they both have the 6 hours standard battery life, but I prefer the Z series keyboard because the SR series keyboard is really dull: black on black, while Z series has black on silver.

SR series has more processor power and this so called unique switch mode, whatever it is, but Z series has more options such as blu-ray, solid state disk (SSD), and is lighter than SR.

I would prefer Z series because of the things I said above, although you can choose one of the laptops that I have chosen for this quick glance.

-Byzone Founder and Contributing Author