Entries by Kirk McElhearn

Theater Review: The Roaring Girl, by Dekker and Middleton, at the Royal Shakespeare Company

I rarely leave a theater at the intermission, but last night, at The Roaring Girl, performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, my partner and I did just that. After what seemed like an interminable first part, the interval finally came, and we both looked at each other and discussed how bad the play […]

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Apple Opens OS X Beta Program to All

In a surprising move, Apple has opened its OS X beta program to all users. Anyone can register on the OS X Beta Seed Program website, whereas, previously, one needed to have a $99 per year developer subscription to access these betas. Apple says that this program “gives users the opportunity to run pre-release software. […]

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Happy Birthday Will Shakespeare

On this day, 450 years ago, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, William Shakespeare was born. I sit here in my home office, a few miles from that place, and reflect on what Shakespeare means to me, and to the world around me. As one can see in Stratford-Upon-Avon, many people come to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. Mostly, they go […]

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New iTunes Store Share Button?

Maybe I just never noticed it before, but yesterday, I spotted a sharing button on artist pages in the iTunes Store. It looks like this: It’s at the top-right of the page, and it’s tiny. Click it, and you can choose Copy Link, Share on Twitter, Share on Facebook or Alert Me. This only shows […]

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Why I’m Ditching the Nike+ Fuelband

I recently reviewed three fitness trackers, and, after discussing the Nike+ Fuelband on a recent episode of The Committed podcast, decided I would try one out. But I’m not keeping it; I bought it from Nike, who offers unconditional 30 day returns, and I’m sending it back. (Bully to them, by the way; though if […]

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How Do Shared iTunes Radio Stations Work?

With iTunes Radio, you can share stations with your friends. You can’t do this with the Featured Stations – the ones Apple curates – but you can with any you create. However, some of the stations you create may be pre-packaged stations, based on artists or genres. Here’s an example. There’s a Contemporary Classical radio […]

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The Best iTunes Keyboard Shortcut™ Ever

A friend asked me today a question about iTunes. It’s one I get often. And the answer is, the best iTunes keyboard shortcut™ ever. He wanted to know how he could find what’s playing in his music library. After tagging a bunch of songs, and moving around in different views, he wasn’t sure what he […]

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A Wearable Device for Meditators

I’ve been exploring wearable fitness trackers recently, and, in addition to the three devices I reviewed, I got a Nike+ Fuelband this week. With yesterday’s news that Nike is probably exiting the wearables market, most likely because Apple will be releasing an iWatch, the thought crossed my mind that there is a market for a […]

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