MacCast 06.18.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 68. Intel OS X on P2P networks was a hoax, new Apple ads focused on Macs are in the works, Unreal Tournament successfully ported to Intel based Mac, Apple drops single processor PowerMac on store, Apple attempts to trademark “Mactel”. Could Apple “Numbers” round out their office suite? Intel technology may make next gen Macs three headed monsters, Dell CEO says they would be interested in OS X if available, a hack makes any cel phone an iTunes phone, developer claims success in running OS X on TabletPC, formerly $50,000 WebObjects technology now available for free with XCode 2.1, Apple Store to open in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 25. OS 10.4.2 expected soon with iTunes 4.9 release running 3 weeks ahead of schedule. UKs Queen gets hip and gets herself a royal iPod and iPod Linux waddles on. MacCast heard mentioned on IT Conversations web Talk, explaining the differences in the two 15″ PowerBook models, how to use Activity Viewer to find rogue apps and increase performance, response to getting Bluetooth headsets working on your Mac, issues with Apple PC filesharing not working for Administrator account and more Intel switch questions. Podcast Awards nominations open at Please nominate your favorite shows, MacCast included. Stay tuned for an upcoming discussion with Adrian Bacon of Apple Log. Get a PC users perspective on the Intel switch. All this an of course new music, Dear Mom and Dad by The Real You. If your Gandpa could still hear anything he’d listen too. Shownotes: HTML or OPML

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  1. Graham | Jun 18 2005 - 05:33

    I haven’t listened to the show yet (it’s still downloading), so I don’t know what you say in the podcast, but the Queen Mother is dead, it’s the Queen that has an ipod.

  2. Phil Chater | Jun 18 2005 - 05:14

    Quick note: the Queen Mother is dead, it was the Queen that got the iPod (from Prince Andrew, if I remember correctly)

  3. Squozen | Jun 18 2005 - 07:54

    I agree with Adam on Jason’s question. The logic board is identical between the 1.5 and 1.67Ghz PowerBooks (they simply solder in more VRAM for the faster machine and bridge solder contacts to tell the board to run the CPU at 1.67Ghz). I use a 1.5Ghz model myself and it’s fine for all normal tasks.

  4. Cailean | Jun 18 2005 - 08:52

    Regarding Bluetooth headsets, I had problems using mine with my Mac until I installed the Apple Bluetooth Update, which is intended for, among other things, updating the external D-Link adapters that Apple sells for machines that don’t have Bluetooth built in. If you don’t have this update installed, your card will be incapable of recognizing Bluetooth headsets, period.

    I’m using a Plantronics M2500, which has been working out great, although I’m disappointed at its less-than-stellar sound quality. Plantronics assumed people were going to be using it for telephony and left it at that. Does anybody have a headset to recommend with better audio quality than your average telephone?

  5. Jason | Jun 18 2005 - 09:44

    Thanks a lot for the answers about the 1.5GHz versus 1.67GHz Powerbooks. I’m glad I asked Adam on the MacCast, because I asked the same question at the nearby Apple store and got a muddled roundabout answer. Adam made it clear.

    Squozen – do you know if there’s any significant difference in battery time with the 1.5GHz vs. the 1.67GHz?

    Thanks again!

    P.S. It looks like Portland is getting its 3rd Apple store downtown at Pioneer Place! Woohoo!

  6. Michel | Jun 19 2005 - 04:16

    I think your date is wrong on the podcast…should be MacCast 06-18-2005. Not MacCast 05-18-2005

  7. maccast | Jun 19 2005 - 11:33

    Sorry on the Queen thing. It was correct in the show and in the show notes, must of forgot to fix it in the post and RSS. Also corrected the post date. Thanks all!

  8. maccast | Jun 19 2005 - 11:46

    I used to work 2 blocks from Pioneer Place on SW 3rd.

  9. Charles | Jun 19 2005 - 02:14

    That was really cool hearing what Tod Maffin had to say about the MacCast – congrats Adam. I’m a big fan of Tod’s show Nerd [], a really good tech podcast.

    He has a bunch of other podcasts on his site if interested…

  10. macFanDave | Jun 20 2005 - 11:07

    I fear that MacTel is already gaining traction and I agree with you that the label is not very “sexy.”

    I blame myself. Even before it was official, I came up with a name that was very sexy. I have suggested it in a few forums, but it was not enough. Right after I heard the announcment, I should have taken two weeks off from work and bombarded many forums with the name and used it in discussions as if it were already adopted as the leading term for the Intel-based Macs.

    I’m apologize to you, Adam, and the rest of the Mac community. Because of my sloth, we are going to be stuck with a boring, unsexy epithet reminiscent of the telecom bubble. If we have a similar situation in the future, I will get my priorities straight and do my best to keep our jargon interesting.

    Oh, yeah, what’s my sexy name for Intel-based Macs? Think “Intel-in-Apple” and don’t be too obsessed with keeping the letters in their original order, that is, allow for poetic license. You ready?


    Next June, I can’t wait to get my hand on a couple of those hot, new Nipples. See how great that works!

    NOTE: To the humor-impaired, I don’t truly believe that I personally can dramatically influence the acceptance of certain slang terms.

  11. Danny | Jun 21 2005 - 12:43

    macFanDave, that was truly brilliant and hilarious. (your seeding of the word into forums reminds me of a kids book called “Frindle” where a kid tries to make the word a replacement for ink pen)

    I like Xtel somewhat, but to lose confusion would prefer “Mac running on an Intel Chip”