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

07.02.06
Found Footage: Blowing up a PowerMac G4
07.02.06

Found Footage: Blowing up a PowerMac G4

Some guy asked for donations to buy a G5. As a reward to his donors, he said he would blow up his ag...

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07.02.06
Worst Scratched iPod Contest
07.02.06

Worst Scratched iPod Contest

ColorEnvy.com is a company that provides scratch repair and custom paintjobs for your iPod(s), so it...

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Inkscape - Open Source Vector Graphics Editor
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Inkscape - Open Source Vector Graphics Editor

Everyone knows about GIMP, the open source graphics editor that competes with Photoshop for editing...

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07.02.06
Fireworks Screensaver for 4th of July
07.02.06

Fireworks Screensaver for 4th of July

I've always liked screensavers. Flying toasters will always hold a special place in my heart, but I...

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06.30.06
UB Replacements for Non-Intel Mac Apps
06.30.06

UB Replacements for Non-Intel Mac Apps

In this post about Roxio Toast, TUAW asked which applications you were still waiting for to be porte...

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06.30.06
iClip is Free Today
06.30.06

iClip is Free Today

MacZot is offering Inventive's iClip as a free download today. It's version 3.7 and isn't a universa...

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06.30.06
Toast Titanium 7.1
06.30.06

Toast Titanium 7.1

Roxio released an update to their flagship CD and DVD-burning software for Macintosh this morning. V...

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06.29.06
Adobe Releases Flash Player 9 beta for Intel Macs
06.29.06

Adobe Releases Flash Player 9 beta for Intel Macs

When Adobe released only the PPC version of Flash Player 9 the other day, some people criticized Ado...

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06.29.06
PopChar X 3.0
06.29.06

PopChar X 3.0

There are a few applications that increase my productivity to the point where, after awhile, I can't...

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