New iPod nano – 1GB

By now, you may have heard about the new iPod nano that came out to day – it has a capacity of 1GB and retails for $149. Yes, it holds 240 songs, but that’s not the selling point for a genealogist – the selling point is that this one holds up to 15,000 photos (and it can display them on the built-in color display – not a big deal, or on a TV screen, which is a big deal). It pulls the photos through iTunes/iPhoto (and it can provide a musical soundtrack to any photo slideshows you may put on).

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Classic Environment on an Intel-Based Mac

HardMac.com has information about software that may possibly run MacOS 7, 8, or 9, under an Intel-based Mac. Originally the software was being developed to run under Linux or PowerPC based Macs, however it has been ported to Intel Macs. Note that the developers don’t have access to an Intel Mac just yet, however this looks promising.

The project is called SheepShaver, and it’s Open Source. On a PowerPC Mac, it runs the applications at native speeds, otherwise it emulates some of the hardware. It runs MacOS 7.5.2 thru MacOS 9.0.4.

Give this project a few months, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see something come out of it, that works. This would be important to those Mac-based genealogists who are using older software that runs under a Classic environment, and who want to upgrade to a new iMac or MacBook Pro.

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Family Ties (Familienbande) Jan 28, Feb 2 Updates

New versions of Family Ties/Familienbande have been released – January 28, 2006, and February 2, 2006. It’s a free Mac OS X (and possibly MacOS 8.6/9 with Carbon) genealogy application from Stefan Mettenbrink. It’s currently only available in German, however it is useable by non-German speaking genealogists. We’ve provided a page with a list of translated features here.

Note: The listings below were translated using Google, and they may not be 100% accurate. If you can provide an accurate translation, please contact us.

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ohmiGene beta 0.90 fc2

ohmiGene beta 0.90 fc2 (FC = Final Candidate/Release Candidate) is now available. ohmiGene is a Mac OS X genealogy application. Considering that this is a Final Candidate/Release Candidate, I don’t think anything new has been added – I believe it’s being tweaked and last minute bugs are being fixed.

You can read more abou these FC releases from this MacGenealogy.org article a few days ago.

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