MacCast 09.06.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 157. Apple release new Intel Core 2 Duo iMacs and revs Mac Minis. Apple planning special “Showtime” event September 12th. Apple settles iTunes patent lawsuit. The future of the iSight. Adobe may preview Universal apps next week? 2 New US Apple Stores, 1 Canadian set to open this weekend. NickStarr uncovers the Giselle “Get a Mac Ad”. Let the Airline notebook banning begin. Possible cure for MacBook Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS). Question on how to burn a data DVD. iPod on a Plane follow-up. How to keep iTunes in Sync with an external library. More on my call for Bloggers. Podcast Expo is coming. Supporting the show.

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  1. macFanDave | Sep 07 2006 - 12:50

    I used to think like you about the “iPhone” until I started to reflect on the cell phones me and my wife own (and have owned in the past.) The user interfaces seem to be getting worse and worse, especially as they add features. My Blackberry is giving me one of the worst cases of buyer’s remorse I’ve ever had. I’m counting down the days left in my two-year contract like a prison sentence. As a phone, it is one of the worst designs I’ve ever seen (and a prime example of “convergence” gone wrong!).

    Before the iPod, people struggled with crappy MP3 players (we strained with something called a Rio) and the main outstanding feature of the iPod was its wonderful user interface.

    If Apple can produce a device with an elegant interface to guide non-geeks through the raft of features available these days, they may just have a winner.

    Apple has an excellent track record of building things with elegant, straightforward interfaces where previous ones had all been irritatingly difficult. I wish they could build wives! ;-)

  2. Adam is a money grabbing w**k | Sep 07 2006 - 09:39

    Here we go, Adam asking for money again! If you can’t afford to do the mac cast then DON’T DO IT you w**k. Others don’t beg for money all the time, so why are you so special! ARGH!

  3. BruceG | Sep 07 2006 - 10:39

    Re. the fabled iPhone… here is a link to a YouTube video, which has been in circulation for some time — an impressive vision of what a mobile phone should look like if designed by the Apple corporate team:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4296efmOWLs

  4. Brendon McCaulley | Sep 08 2006 - 06:17

    Adam,

    Please do not let people like the poster above complaining about you asking for money get to you. I run web sites for my family and various organizations and am keenly aware of the costs involved.

    Your MacCast is much appreciated and I will be looking to donate as soon as possible. Keep up the good work!

  5. Seb | Sep 08 2006 - 12:30

    With regards to the unpleasent comment above (Number 2). May I be so bold as to suggest the ungrateful listener stop listening to the MacCast. The fustration that Adam appears to be causing you cannot be good for your health. If it would help you, I would be happy to give you a list of reasons why Adam and the MacCast are so special.

    Cherio for now.

  6. studio34 | Sep 10 2006 - 12:32

    Hi Adam,

    Just wanted to say thanks for pointing out the availability of open source drivers for other webcams. I can finally use a logitech cam I’ve had lying around for ages with Skype – and it just worked. You should see the hassle we are having trying to get the same cam to work in a PC notebook. What a joke.

    Re: the second poster above. There’s nothing wrong with asking for some cash, especially in the diplomatic way Adam does. If you don’t like hearing about this then piss off and don’t listen to the maccast.

  7. paul | Sep 17 2006 - 12:55

    A couple of things…

    I agree with other commenters that asking for support is totally fine. Adam runs a great show. Despite what comment #2 says, I would hate to see it go away. That person obviously isn’t a fan of the show if he would rather just have Adam stop doing the MacCast, inseat of asking for support. That was a stupid suggestion, and he’s a bit of a weenie for leaving it anonymously.

    On the iSight, I found a blurb on Apple’s site that says in 2006, Apple products will comply with the RoHS directive. This would suggest that we are indeed going to be seeing a new model iSight. It’s possible it won’t be any different then the current model from a functionality or looks standpoint though. It may just have some more environmentally friendly inards.

    Here’s the link:
    http://www.apple.com/environment/
    Look at the bottom of the page.