i3 Car Interface for Macs

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: News

i3 car interfaceOS X was designed for your home, not the car and the folks at i3 understand and are here to help. They have released an “Intelligent Integrated Interface for your Mac and Your Car”. Basically their software offers a simple full screen interface for in car LCDs and touch screens hooked to your Mac. The buttons on the interface can be programmed to launch applications on your Mac and the user interface is skinable. I tried out the software, which retails for $25 USD, and it is a good start, but needs work. Setting it up is somewhat slow and tedious and when you are done all it does is launch applications. I would assume you could also have it launch AppleScripts, so it could launch iTunes, enter Party Shuffle mode, start playing and launch the iTunes visualizer in full screen. Anyhow it is a good look at things to come, stay tuned.

Dream Mac Products

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Feedback

iPod WatchListener Mark sent in this cool link to a Photo essay on Business 2.0. They had someone design some products they are dreaming are in Apple’s future.

Dream Apple Products from Business 2.0

MacCast 03.23.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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Hey gang, I have been so busy the last couple days that I have not had time to prep for the show. Sorry, but I need to take a pass on tonight’s cast. In the meantime, one of the things I have been working on is my involvement with the Tech Podcasters. The MacCast is an official member of TechPodcasts.com. TechPodcasts.com is a network of Podcasters who talk everything tech from Macs to PCs, Linux to Unix to gadgets. If it’s tech it’s on the TechPodcast Network. Please check it out. Also, you’ll notice a new MacCast website. I have moved off Blogger and onto my own servers. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Finally I have a treat, the full MacCast opening theme from Manda and the Marbles. Hopefully you can hang in for a BIG Friday show. Thanks for understanding.

MacCast 03.21.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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On the show… Expanding the PowerBook’s motion sensor capabilities, Apple releases iPod Camera Connector, PodBrix 1000 T-Shirt on sale today, Engadget reveals scoop on SuperShuffle, get all SXSW Music Fest on your iPod for FREE, Apple shuts down PyMusique hack, Apple releases 3rd security update for 2005, iPod = more market share for Apple? Are Macs becoming bigger targets for hackers? Listeners comment on 2-Button mice, comment on car stereos with line in jacks, want to know if you RAID (stripe) two external FW drives, need help with Burning 8x DVD media on 4x SuperDrive. How to use iPods for data between Macs and PCs. Saving monitor spanning orientation preferences between locations, listener offers suggestions for Mac backup and syncronization and my impressions of iPodder X 3.0 Beta. Listen in. Shownotes in HTML or OPML

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Featured Music: Collar, fortyonetwin

Limited Edition PodBrix Shirt on Sale Tonight

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: News

PodWearI just got this email from PodBrix. They will sell a limited edition (300) t-shirt tonight. The shirt (pictured) features the iPod silhouette figurine from the first PodBrix release and doules as a iPod Shuffle holder.

Brixwear 1000 goes on sale tonight at 9:00pm EST
The first PodBrix apparel item goes on sale tonight (3/21/05). The Brixwear 1000 is a signed limited edition of 300 units. It features an integrated patent-pending magnetic clasp system to secure your iPod shuffle to the front of the shirt.

No modification is needed to your iPod shuffle. Simply place it over the clasp area of the shirt and it locks into place. The shuffle stays firmly attached even with vigorous activity. A quick pull easily removes it from the shirt.

The Brixwear 1000 is available in medium, large or x-large sizes. There are 300 units in total; 60 medium, 120 large and 120 x-large.

Each Brixwear 1000 shirt will sell for $28.99. It does NOT include the iPod shuffle. More details and product photos will be available on the PodBrix.com site at 9:00pm.


MacCast 03.18.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 39. Second quarter Apple sales outpacing industry, Apple wins back UK iTunes domain, Mac Mini vs. VIA Mini-ITX System PC, Google X, Apple wants a cut of iPod Accessories, Retro style iPod Shuffle headphone hack, John Edwards, Podcaster? New Term: PodShanking, The PsiberAudio: Hi-Fi Tube Amp for iPod, PodBrix Woz Sweepstakes, Custom PrePaid iTunes Cards at SXSW, Apple updates iWork and KeyNote, 100 Free Loops from MacJams.com, pyMusique opens up iTunes Music Store (maybe too far), Band releases their album on a Shuffle, Toshiba’s 4GB 0.85-inch hard drive, Apple aquires SchemaSoft, New GM Vehicles to have line-in for iPod and MP3 players, Jackonsville, FL Apple Store opens, CenterStage (Mac Media Center Project) goes Alpha and the latest Tiger builds add recording feature to QuickTime 7 Pro. Listeners provide feedback on managing Podcasts, Dorothy’s GarageBand loop, check out the Colmination Podcast, new additions to the MacCast website. Listen in. Shownotes in HTML or OPML

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Featured Music: Death of Me, Sci-FI Lullaby

Woz PodBrix Contest

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: News

PodBrix WozThe folks over at PodBrix.com are running a cool sweepestakes. You can enter to win a one-of-a-kind Woz PodBrix. Go to the sweepstakes page to enter and for more details

Skittles Star Wars iPod

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: News

PodBrix KeynoteSo here is the Skittles iPod and iPod iSkin you can win in their Star Wars Episode III promotion. Is it just me or is this one even lamer than the one available for sale at ShopStarWars.com?

MacCast 03.16.2005

Written by: MacCast

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 38. Apple joins Blu-ray Disc Association Board of Directors, Apple may be increasing standard RAM to 512MB, finally a two button Apple Mouse? Apple to introduce updates to AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express, Steve gets his annual $1 salary, the reason for iTunes Mototrola phone delay, new Tiger build sent out, Apple responds to G4 trackpad issues. Visit Freeverse for great games. Listener ask how to schedule email sending in Entourage, more answers to Linksys Router DHCP issue, update on Mac Mini Apple VGA display issues, answer to keeping iTunes Library focus when attaching iPod, listener wants to know how to keep Podcasts organized, issues with bookmarkable AAC files and 4G iPods. Listen in. Shownotes in HTML or OPML

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Featured Music: This I Know, Stone Melodies

MacCast 03.14.2005

Written by: MacCast

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 37. Apple in Talks with HipSolve Media, DOOM 3 for Mac Ships, iPod Shuffle Rip Off. Apple weighs legal options, Apple Hires former Microsoft Exec. Listener Peter’s song Shows power of GarageBand And Soundtrack, Jeroen recommends iScroll 2 for trackpad scrolling on pre 2005 iBooks and PowerBooks, answers to David’s question on iPod USB charging without syncing, Sebastien and I want to stop iPod/iTunes connect “jump”, answers to Lance’s Linksys router not giving out DHCP address, correction on discontinued MSN service, you need AppleCare. IggSoftware PlayPod Promo. Listen in. Shownotes in HTML or OPML

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Featured Music: Where Would You Go, Winkle