Maccast 2008.12.31

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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Mobile Me updates continue. 10.5.6 issues and fixes. MiniDisplay port issues surface. Bargain iPhones aren’t at Walmart. Apple’s holiday sales look jolly. Case makers bet on iPhone Nano. Mobile GPU battle heats up. Macworld rumor roundup. Time Machine fix after 10.5.6 update. Review of Incipio Lloyd recorder. Customizing the Services menu. Power PC and iMovie HD with AVCHD cameras. Fresh Apps taste better. The many ways to delete on a Mac. My Macworld schedule

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New music, Auld Lang Syne by Friction Bailey

EOL: Mac vs. PC Transformers Style

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. — Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)

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Maccast 2008.12.26

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 249. A special episode where we take a look back at Apple in 2008 and then try to predict what they will do at their last Macworld and in 2009. I am joined by my friends Victor Cajiao (Typical Mac User), Ken Ray (Mac OS Ken), and Don McAllister (Screencasts Online) for what I felt was an informative and very enjoyable show. Happy Holidays and have a great and wonderful New Year!

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New music, “My Own Merry Christmas by Geoff Smith

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Maccast 2008.12.20

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 248. Activate your iPhone at home again. App Store news abounds. Apple releases 10.5.6 update. Apple releases Holiday spun Mac vs. PC ads. No Macworld Stevenote and Apple won’t be back next year. Speculation on Macworld Apple announcements. Apple buy in to iPhone GFX chip maker. A few final software updates. Follow-up on iPhone file storage options. Auto-tagging MP3 files in iTunes. No sound on Apple TV after 2.3 upgrade. Review of Ped 3 Auto. Manually migrating from PPC to Intel. Fixing finicky fonts. A photo screensaver that displays filenames.

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New music, Carol of the Bells by Winzenried a.k.a. Hollywood Drunks

EOL: Mac Papercraft Ornaments (Link)

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live — Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

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Mac Snac 003: Mirrored Dock Bug

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Cool Stuff, Mac Snac

A Mac OS X Leopard visual display bug in the Dock triggered by hiding the Dock while using Spaces. Credit to listener Fred for alerting me to this bug.

Maccast 2008.12.11

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 247. Maccast one of the iTunes Best of 2008. Thank You. Developers say Snow Leopard still needs work. $99 dollar Walmart iPhone. iTunes didn’t go all DRM free, yet? Apple’s OpenCL specification ratified. New Macbook issues continue, but some fixes arrive. Correction on how to say fresnel. Apple retracts anti-virus article. Apple vs. Microsoft on font rendering. Are non-Apple wireless Time Machine backups, possible? Stop iPod Touch from launching iPhoto. Using iPhone/iPod Touch as storage. Extreme cleaning you Mac. Macworld is coming

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New music, Here Comes Santa Claus by basic (iTunes)

EOL: Jobs IS Apple

Only one thing in the world could’ve dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window — A Christmas Story (1983)

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Rock out with your dock out

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Cool Stuff

AW2_touch5a.jpgFor a while now I have been a big fan of Audioengine, audioengineusa.com. I think I first ran across their speaker products at the first or second New Media Expo. They make great stuff and have always managed to deliver great sounding high quality audio products at a reasonable price. Recently they branched out of their core business of producing speakers and introduced a wireless audio adapter called the Audioengine W1 (I did a review on this Maccast in case you missed it. The AW1s consisted of two little audio “adapters” (basically little fobs with an 1/8″ mini jack on one end and a USB connector on the other). With the AW1s you could take any device with a headphone or audio out connector and wirelessly transmit the sound to any receiver, boombox, set of powered speakers, what have you. Pretty cool. At the time I thought it was great for most applications where you didn’t want to run speaker wire through your house. It worked well if you had a transmitting device that you didn’t move around (like a computer, stereo, or a docked iPod), but the solution kinda fell apart when you wanted to connect a non-docked iPod maintaining the ability to move around. The AW1 sender would connect to the iPod via the headphone jack, so it still needed power. That meant being wired to a power adapter which defeats the idea of wireless, at least for iPods.

Now Audioengine is back with the Audioengine W2s. Specifically designed for iPods, this time the “sender” unit connects directly to the dock connector and can draw power directly from it’s host. That means you are free to roam around the house controlling the music directly from the device. If you have multiple speakers in different rooms you can get extra AW2 receivers and “hop” from one room to the next. The only downsides to “hopping” at the moment seem to be that you can only send to one receiver at a time and I don’t see a way on the Audioengine site to just buy more receivers. At USD$169.00 for the transmitter and receiver pair it’s not a bad deal, but setting up extra rooms might get pricey. Still, Audioengine claims the system offers CD quality skip free wireless audio and based on my past experiences I am apt to believe them. Hopefully I will be able to get a review unit and when I do expect a full hands on review. Until then if you need to send audio from an iPod to a speaker system without the hassle of wires, the AW2s are certainly worth a look.

Mac Snac 002: Video from Apple Store Opening in Munich Germany

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Cool Stuff, Mac Snac

Video from the opening of Apple’s first German Apple store in Munich. Thanks to listener Gregor for providing the video.

Maccast 2008.12.01

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 246. Safari 3.2.1 Update. Beatles are not coming to iTunes, yet. New Macbooks Ads are “green”. Munster flames Mac netbook fire. iPhone 2.2 update packs hidden TV out features. Price matching a go at Apple Stores. Quicktime 7.5.7 update addresses DPCP complaints. 17 people push UK Apple Ad off the air. Display issues sour new Macbooks for some. Apple support says, “Use antivirus“.Some users can’t buy iTunes after update. Apple offers Mini Display Port no-fee license. Follow-up on bookmark syncing, BookDog. Address Book sharing and editing. Extracting embedded images from Word. Review of Mac Speech Dictate. iPhone files eating up space. Better iPhone macro photos on the cheap. Trouble sending email away from home.

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New music, Computer Friends by Sniper Twins (iTunes)

EOL: Photo Booth Fairey

Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you? — The Graduate (1967)

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