Maccast 09.28.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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Before FlexPed
After FlexPed

A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 92. Is Apple trying to strong arm Intel? Are iPod Nanos more delicate than other iPods? Motorola CEO says he was joking after dissing iPod Nano, Apple now offering custom engraving for iPod Shuffles and is Apple the secretly releasing new Mac Minis? How to protect your Nano and other iPods, solving issues logging into .Mac POP accounts after upgrade, how to easily add Lyrics to iTunes songs, review of FlexPed from Thoughtout.biz, more wireless USB adapter options, and the MacCast 100th Show contest. Enter by sending a postcard to:

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New music, Sparkle Nice Too by MayBTed.

Back off, man. I’m a scientist.

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Oklahoma City Apple Retail Store Opening

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Here are some picts from the opening of the new Apple Retail Store in Oklahoma City. Thanks to Web Kat for the picts.

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MacCast 09.24.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 91. Apple releases 8th security update of 2005, rumors of Mac Mini updates coming next week, iPod update released for Shuffle, Apple’s margin on iPod Nanos could be as high as 50%. Follow up on keyboard shortcuts for controlling Safari tabs, listeners iCal calendars won’t keep their colors, a trick for syncing the iTunes Library between 2 Macs, review of Hawking Technology HWL2A USB WiFi Adapter, an Applescript for merging iTunes tracks as bookmark-able AACs, tips on having a happy visit to the Genius Bar and the MacCast 100th show contest shaping up. New music, You Remind Me by Velvet Chain. Promos.

And remember, Mud spelled backwards is Dum

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Ped2 iPod stand will offer a Nano update

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: News

Living up to it’s promise that the Ped2 from Thoughtout.biz will be the ” Device Pedestal for Now and the Future”, the company plans to offer a simple “Nano kit” so you can upgrade your existing Ped2 stand to accomadate the newest member of the iPod family.

MacCast 09.21.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 90. Apple Expo yields no new hardware, Jobs says record labels are getting “greedy”, more quotes from Apple Expo, Apple on track for Intels mid-2006, Apple updates .Mac, adds .Mac Groups and releases Backup 3, MacWorld Boston officially cancelled, WIRED reports on Apple legal vs. iPod domains, patent surfaces showing ideas for Mac laptops with integrated video, 3 new Apple retails store to open in the US this weekend, iTunes 5.0.1 update released, fixes bugs. Using Apple Chapter Tool to fit more than 100 songs on your ROKR iTunes phone, issues with new .Mac Groups, my initial impressions of Backup 3 a quick demo, tip on keyboard access to Safari Bookmark Bar, recommended software KeyCue, a virtual keyboard shortcut cheat sheet, follow-up on missing Bluetooth module, possible issues with lower memory slot on 15″ Powerbooks, how to unleash your inner artist with GarageBand, what to do if your Mac Mini SuperDrive fails. New music, Coastal Cities by The Secret Handshake. Promos.

I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.

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The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Macintosh: Part 9

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Categories: Editorial

A Brief and Warped History of the Mac, part 9 (WozCast)

Taking a break from the Mac itself, this week the column is going to focus on something that may have been the PodCasting of its day.

By his own admission, Steve Wozniak – Apple’s cofounder and original engineer was a phone fanatic. Back when answering machines were relatively new and had to be rented from the phone company, he set up a ‘dial-a-joke’ service.

The idea of this service was that Woz would record a joke onto his answering machine every day and then distribute the number to anyone who may want to listen to it. People could then phone his number to listen to the recording.

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MacCast 09.16.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 89. The debate over iPod Nano sales numbers, Apple files for “iPodcast” trademark, Windows users cry foul with iTunes update, possible PowerMac G5 revisions coming? “Hidden” video icons in iTunes 5 fuels speculation, new JAVA Updates available. Kensington Pocket Mouse review. As expected Motorola E398 hacked to work with iTunes, listener is missing templates in DVD Studio Pro 4.0, more phone device syncing options, tip for find by “anything” using Spotlight, more dialog box keyboard controls, DivX Fusion Beta works in Tiger, still even more hotkey tricks, listeners bluetooth modules goes missing and I announce the Motion VFX contest winner. Thanks for staying subscribed. New music, Broken by Buddahead. And more promos.

Napoleon, don’t be jealous that I’ve been chatting online with babes all day.

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Turn your Motorola E398 into an iTunes Phone

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Categories: News

Well looks like TWiT and John (I get no spam) Dvorak are reporting that already the Motorola E398 has been hacked to sync with iTunes. As we thought that didn’t take long.

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Update
Apparently this hack existed BEFORE the iTunes ROKR phone release.

MacCast 09.13.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 88. iPod Nano stuff, iTunes 5 stuff, ROKR iTunes phone stuff, new Tiger updates and Developer Transition Kits updates seeded. Will there finally be an Itunes Music Store Australia? Create and view iPod digital flip books at iPodScrubs.com. Followup on keys to activate Save dialog buttons, question about cell phones with Mac syncing support. JogTunes iTunes to workout by. Quicktime 7 is currently incompatible with Divx. How to convert AAC to MP3 and promo for the North Coast Macintosh Users Group Expo. New music, Sound Scientist by bill.

I just know, before this is over, I’m gonna need a whole lot of serious therapy.

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Separated at birth?

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Feedback

Several listeners have pointed out the fact the the Motorola E1 ROKR phone looks almost identical to the Motorola E398 (see picture). The obvious difference is the ROKR is white and adds the iTunes button, but considering the E398 has MP3 and MPEG4 support I think it is easy to tell that Motorola probably didn’t have to do much engineering on this phone. Some are already speculating on E398 hacks to add iTunes support. I still say it’s too bad Apple didn’t insist Motorola adapt the way slicker and cooler RAZR design especially in light of the Nano. I hate convergence as you know, but at least if you do it make it look cool.