MacCast 05.27.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 63. ABC and NBC to start podcasting, Sirius Satellite in talks with Apple on iPod, Intel’s CEO says consider Apple if you want security, iPodder X 3.0 launched, IBM to develop 45nm chip process, next generation ATI cards will feature H.264 acceleration, Apple updates Pages and Keynote, new Apple magazine ads for Tiger, Apple tablet computer rumors continue, bigger iPod Shuffles may be on the way, Apple will open three more retail stores in June, ProToolsHD adds Tiger support and Mac OS 10.4.2 update already underway. Optimizing your Mac, listeners response to Keychain syncing, creating secure backups with your iPod, international keyboard settings, auto hiding apps at startup, help menus continue to multiply, how I archive the MacCast, buy Dan’s podcasting book and get an iPed discount at Thought-out. New music, Enniscorthy in a Bottle by The Bloody Irish Boys. I’m not bad I just sound that way.

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  1. Cailean | May 28 2005 - 08:28

    The comment by Intel’s CEO – “Maybe you should buy something else” – does not automatically equivocate to, “maybe you should buy Apple.” Viruses and spyware are OS-specific, not processor-specific. You could just as easily buy an Intel-based system running on any number of alternative operating systems and get immediate relief.

    This isn’t just a, “what about Linux?” rant, either. I myself am a satisfied Mac user. However, I also appreciate balanced reporting. If he’d said, “go out and buy a Mac,” that’s one thing (and probably would have been meant sarcastically as well.) He didn’t. He said, “buy something else.” I’m sorry, but a lot more than Apple falls in that category. It really comes down to what you plan on using the computer for.

    For instance, Apple is making great strides in the server and corporate markets, but people are still far more likely to buy into a Linux or Sun box than an Xserve. If a corporate jet-setter needs something for business trips, perhaps his needs would be better served with a Sharp Zaurus PDA. We have to keep things in perspective.

  2. maccast | May 28 2005 - 09:49

    But in this case, he was specifically asked about Apple right before the comment was made, so the intent seems to lean in that direction.

  3. Squozen | May 28 2005 - 10:50

    Adam, the ‘two help menu’ problem is not Apple’s fault. Uninstall the DivX codec. Problem fixed. The DivX devs are aware of the problem and working on it.

  4. Danny | May 29 2005 - 09:46

    This show was verrry funny! The part where you said “my first suggestion is to turn off the metronome” made me crack up, because I was thinking the same thing. Your joke about OS X’s user friendliness and the 2 Help menus also made me laugh.

    good job. :)

  5. Chris Christensen | May 30 2005 - 08:20

    You mentioned the tablet Mac rumors. I worked on the Newton and on a pen based PC before that (Momenta) and have some posted my perspective on a tablet Mac on my blog:

  6. Jerry Halatyn | May 30 2005 - 03:58

    I really enjoy your show for the most part. I certainly appreciate your enthusiasm for all things Macintosh. The thing that drives me ABSOLUTELY crazy is your constant misuse of the articles “a” and “an.” In fact, you seem to have eliminated “an” from your vocabulary. For example, you say things like, “I have A iPod,” rather than “I have AN iPod.” I can’t tell you how illiterate that sounds. I think it’s in your best interest to come across as a well-spoken, excellent communicator. Thousands are listening. Do your best to be the best you can be. It’s pretty simple: use “a” in front of a word that begins with a consonant and use “an” in front of a word that begins with a vowel. Please consider this. It really makes a difference in the way you come across. Hope you take this as simple constructive criticism to help make your podcast better. Thanks.

  7. Dennis Wurster | May 31 2005 - 08:55

    Jerry, it’s not that simple. In American English, we use an ‘an’ sound in front of words that /sound/ like a vowel, not necessarily those whose first letter is a vowel.

    Consider the following:

    a mouse
    a motel
    a macintosh
    a university
    a European vacation
    (the last two start with a ‘yuh’ sound, which is a consonant sound.)

    an LCD
    an airport
    an uncle
    an hour

    See the difference? It’s the /sound/ that matters, not the initial letter of the word.

    But while we’re on the topic of enhancing speech, let’s all remember to use the word ‘from’ instead of being lazy and using the word ‘off’.

    Don’t: “I bought it off their website.”
    Do: “I bought it from their website.”