Microsoft Packaging 101

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Random Thoughts

Ok, ok. I know this is standard Microsoft bashing fare, but how can you not do it when they make it so easy. Several people sent me links to this video on YouTube. It shows what would have come to be if the Microsoft marketing team had been in charge of designing the iPod packaging. This is some really funny stuff and, while over the top, somewhat based in fact. Enjoy.

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Video: If Microsoft Designed the iPod Packaging

MacCast 02.27.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 123. Apple to reveal “Fun New Products” February 28th. Safari/Mail security vulnerability. Apple sells one billionth iTunes song. Apple shows off Intel native Aperture 1.1. MacCast One Minute Tip #12: iChat Images. What gives the Mac it’s “Soul”? Do all these new security alerts mean Macs are no longer safe? A staight discussion on Mac security and what you can do to say safe. A review of the MacBook Pro from the Nosillacast. A listener issue with FrontRow Enabler on a G4 and how to uninstall. Correction on MacRumors.com.

New music, Djilawurr (Orange-Footed Scrub Fowl) by Saltwater Band

I asked for a car, I got a computer. How’s that for being born under a bad sign?

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Gutting the MacBook

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Cool Stuff

macbook_guts.jpg I personally can’t watch all those surgery shows on Discovery Health Channel. Seeing human innards makes my stomach turn. Seeing this is almost worse. The folks over at Other World Computing (OWC) have already performed surgery on a new 15″ MacBook Pro. It’s cool to see, but at the same time a bit horrifying. The good news is I already read on MacDevCenter that this model is easier to dissect than the current PowerBook. That should make things like future hard drive upgrades a bit nicer. I just hope the folks at OWC got this one put back together and working.

MacCast 02.21.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 122. Dvorak predicts Apple switch to Windows?!!. Apple lawyers and the OSX86 Project. Details emerge on Apple OS X Leap-A Worm. Second OS X worm discovered by F-Secure but is non-threat. Rumors of a 17″ MacBook Pro by the Apple World Wide Developer Conference in June. Apple and NBC offer free pilot episode of Conviction, maybe? Follow up: Grants.gov does offer Mac support, sort of. New iWeb update allows duplicate page names between sites. Apps and hardware to help you remote control for your Mac and use FrontRow with buying a new Mac.

New music, Broken In all the Right Places by I am Jen

Promo from The HogCast

Everybody needs money. That’s why they call it money.

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Effects of Memory on Rosetta Performance

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Reviews

Message from Adam: Listener Stephen sent me this email with some great observations about the effect additional memory has on Rosetta performance in the new Intel systems.

Well, I’ve had my 17-inch iMac Core Duo, for 15 days now. I’ve used in 512 MB, 1 GB, and 1.5 GB memory configurations.

I purchased this machine as pretty much a tower. I always knew I wanted to get an intel Mac as soon as they were released. I had hoped that that would mean I could replace my 12-inch Powerbook 1.5GHZ G4 with something like a 13-inch Mac Book Pro. Of course, Apple did not make a sub-15 pro notebook and may not ever again. Because of this I decided to keep my Powerbook, for I don’t need more power than the 1.5GHZ G4, when not at my desk. Furthermore, at my desk I always have it connected to my Apple Cinema Display, so I have a desktop experience.

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MacCast 02.16.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 121. Apple upgrades MacBook Pros and starts shipping. Mac OS 10.4.5 released. iLife ’06 updates. Government grant application system excludes Macs. Hacker succeeds in getting Intel 10.4.4 to run on PC. First Mac OS X Virus? Over 700 Universal apps now available. Tivo on Mac follow-up. How to sync iWeb sites with Backup 3.1 Control iTunes with CoverBuddy and Clutter.

New music, Wasting My Time by Matthew Ebel

Promo from Couch Potato Illustrated

Someday it will be like we already lived.

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Is my iBook “snappier” the after 10.4.5 update?

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Random Thoughts

I just grabbed and installed the 10.4.5 update off Software Update and it seems like the faster processor upgrades from Apple are not just for Mac Book Pro buyers. I may be imagining things, but my G4 iBook/933 seems to have a new lease on life. All of my applications are launching a lot faster. This is especially true on the second launch. I am not an expert, but to me Apple seems to have tweaked the caching a bit. Here is an example of what I noticed… on the first launch of Safari after the update it launched after 4-5 dock bounces, not a big deal. On subsequent launches however, it was up in running in under 2 bounces. AWESOME! The Dashboard exhibits similar behaviour. On the first hit of F12 it still takes a little time for my Widgets to initalize (but they do so about 3 times faster than before) and then on the second hit… BOOM they are there almost instantly. My scrolling everywhere is “like butter”, Expose does its swooshing acrobatics like a jet fighter, iPhoto screams and Spotlight searches are truly instant. It’s like I have a brand new iBook. Can everyone please tell me I am not dreaming. Am I just imagining things? Did Steve give me a virtual processor upgrade? Did some of those OS X for Intel optimization creep over into the PowerPC code? If anyone can enlighten us I would love to hear it, but for now I think this update to Tiger is the best ever.

Apple says “I love you” by upgrading your MacBook Pro

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: News

Core HeartWell the big news from Apple on V-day is that they will be giving more power to the MacBook Pro buyers. I am sure for many of those who pre-ordered a MacBook Pro this is a nicer present than those chalky candy hearts. Apple upgraded the Intel Core Duo processor in the 1.67 GHz model to 1.83 GHz and the 1.83GHz model up to 2.0GHz. They also added a 2.16GHz Core Duo as an optional build to order upgrade. The new option does make me wonder how many people will cancel their 2.0GHz orders and pick up one of the new faster ones. Come to think of it, this may be a ploy by Apple to free up availability of the 2.0 GHz processors and sell more MacBook Pros (those sly devils). Many listeners immediately called Apple to make sure their pre-ordered models would be the upgraded units and Apple confrimed they would be. I guess it is just Apple way of saying, “We love you to the Core”.

MacCast 02.13.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 120. Apple looking into Intel iMac FrontRow video issues. Touchscreen video iPod rumors. Rumor of WiFi and Bluetooth being added to future iPods. Manhattan Apple store to be first 24/7 location. Some EXEs running on Intel Macs using WINE. Design change to protect screen on new Nano? Mac Roundtable Promo. Correction on volume differences as they relate to dB levels. Using Tivo with Macs, Galleon Tivo Media Server. Tip: How to direct link to .Mac Photos. Keeping your Mac secure. Giving Apple feedback. Vote at Podcastalley.

New music, Empty by Derek Clegg

Promos from the The Half Show, Podcaster Confessions and The Open Mic Podcast

You appear intelligent, but when you open your mouth the effect is spoiled.

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MacCast 02.08.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 119. Apples “gesture” touch-screen patent. Apples roller-coaster stock pricing. Apple Special Event on Feb 22nd. Airport Express Video? Apple counts down to 1 Billion songs. Apple adds new 1GB Nano, cuts Shuffle pricing. Was Intel switch a bad move? IBM reveals next gen chips. Showtime content added to iTunes. Apple has sold 12 million videos via iTunes. Apple Store Irvine Spectrum opens Saturday. MacCast One Minute Tip #11: Finder Toolbar. The European Apple pricing debate continues. A couple of warnings and a tip about iWeb files. 100dB vs 104dB can be a big deal. More OS X project management software recommendations. MacCast Widget now available.

New music, Deeper by Keith Varon

Promos:
An Evening with Whitney Steele
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British Mac

I didn’t jump to conclusions. I took a small step, and conclusions there were.

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