Damien Barrett

Damien Barrett spent his childhood moving every year or two--his family lived in places like American Samoa, England, an Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and even Yellowstone National Park for a summer. When he was 10, he moved to England and lived on an American communications base. The after school activities at the school on the base tended towards what the volunteers (from the base) could teach, and so leaned a bit heavily towards computers and technology. So at ten years old he was learning to program in BASIC, FORTRAN, and PASCAL. After moving back stateside, Damien continued his computer interests and started building computers from parts ordered out of magazines. In college, Damien toyed with getting a CS degree, but decided he liked working with people too much, and so got a teaching degree. After teaching for a few years, he moved to NYC to work with computers. Damien worked for a few years at an Apple Authorized Service Provider where he got to solve all kinds of wacky Mac problems and occasionally got to work on a celebrity's Mac or two. Presently, Damien works for a university as a Mac specialist and maintains about 500 Macs in a large, sprawling and complicated network of labs, classrooms, and faculty offices. For about a year, he was teaching Apple's Mac OS X Server classes as an Apple Certified Trainer. Damien's been blogging for more than 7 years. His identical twin brother, Cam, was one of the very first to popularize blogging as a format and he taught Damien ins and outs of blogging. He continues to be an active and leading voice in the Macintosh community.

Articles by Damien Barrett

07.21.06
So You Want to be a Mac Tech
07.21.06

So You Want to be a Mac Tech

When I was about thirteen, my older brother, Craig, was really into cars and fixing them. I'd follow...

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07.21.06
Creating a Bootable Restore DVD
07.21.06

Creating a Bootable Restore DVD

Hacking the Mac OS X Installer DVD I work at a university and we regularly get lots of new computers...

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07.09.06
Next iPod to Have Text-to-Speech?
07.09.06

Next iPod to Have Text-to-Speech?

An article in the Scotsman speculates that the next version of Apple's icon iPod will have text-to-s...

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07.05.06
Useful Contextual Menu Plug-ins
07.05.06

Useful Contextual Menu Plug-ins

One of the least-used but quite powerful tools in Mac OS X is the ability to run contextual menu plu...

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07.05.06
VoodooPad 3.0 - Serious Mojo
07.05.06

VoodooPad 3.0 - Serious Mojo

Oh so sweet. My favorite catch-all notepad and organizer, VoodooPad, has been updated to version 3.0...

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07.05.06
BBC Story - Switch to Macs For Better Online Security
07.05.06

BBC Story - Switch to Macs For Better Online Security

Most of our readers know that Mac OS X is a much more secure environment than any flavor of Windows....

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07.05.06
Adium 1.0b1 Released
07.05.06

Adium 1.0b1 Released

After months of work, the excellent multiple network instant messenging program, Adium, has reached...

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07.05.06
Top Ten Most Beautiful Mac OS X Applications
07.05.06

Top Ten Most Beautiful Mac OS X Applications

Top ten lists are all the rage recently and Phillip Ryu gives us a unique one--the top ten most beau...

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07.04.06
PodTropolis May Shut Down
07.04.06

PodTropolis May Shut Down

Podtropolis.com, the leading podcast and iPod-ready video bittorrent tracker may soon shut down. A n...

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