MacCast 07.26.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 77. New Mac Mini and iBook part numbers show up in Apple’s database, photos of widescreen iBooks on Apple’s web site? I think not. iPods at RadioShack in time for the Holidays, Delicious Library Co-Creator goes to work for Apple, latest Safari updates seeded to developers and Apple campus does not appear on new Microsoft mapping software. MacCast One Minute Tip #4 – Photos and DVD. Stuffit Expander no longer included with OS X, Widows Media Player crashes under 10.4.2, a great alternative to Windows Media Player, Video Lan Client, turn your external USB hard drive into network storage, what to do if you get a “-36 error” when syncing iPod in iTunes, different Mac boot-up options and a recent switcher shares a story of “The Apple Store experience”. Special offer from Showmacster. Don’t forget to vote for MacCast in Podcast Awards Way to support the show: PayPal donations on, shop at and get great MacCast logo items at MacCast under attack by hackers, again. Please keep your emails and audio comments coming. New music, Polyvinyl by Aratone.

Those guys think they’re revolutionaries. They’re not revolutionaries, we are.

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UPDATE: Well of course the new Mac Minis and iBooks are out today, but as I mentioned the widescreen images were a hoax. Guess this is what happens when you record at 12:00 AM and then post in the morning. ;)

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  1. Will | Jul 26 2005 - 09:56

    The new iBooks and Mac Minis are out. Check out Apple’s website.

  2. jon from vancouver | Jul 26 2005 - 09:05

    No big upgrade news, just a model to keep us busy until the Intel models arrive in the spring. Another 9 months takes us into April 2006. It was reported as we all know, that the Mini would be Intel based first. Perhaps the iBook too since it was updated together today.

  3. MikeA | Jul 26 2005 - 04:12


    I got an alert from McAfee when I visited last week. I was at work where I have to use Internet Explorer on Windows. I normally use Firefox, even on Macs.

    The miscreant’s code tried to send an .EXE program.

    I thought: Hmmmm. Can’t be. Adam is Windows developer and he’d know better. It must be a false positive or must have come from another site.

    I’m sure it would only infect IE users on Windows, and, I imagine you’d have to be dumb enough to OK executing the program. The problem is there are plenty of Windows users who are dumb enough.

    The problem is I’m about to roll out my own podcast, patterned after the MacCast (not on Macs) and using WordPress on a Linux host. I hope I manage to lock it down well enough.

    The joke is, up until now I was convinced that Windows virus scanners are ineffective and a pointless waste of money.

  4. Brian | Jul 26 2005 - 09:36

    Just wanted to mention that there was an error in the section about Apple startup keys. Unless something changed on the newest releases of Macs, holding down option should actually give you a choice of startup disks. To get into OpenFirmware you want to hold down CMD-OPT-O-F.

  5. miniViews | Jul 27 2005 - 04:45

    Adam, you talked about Delicious Monster and Delicious Library. I thought listeners might like to hear my review of it on my podcast, miniViews.

    Available at
    (we are in the process of purchasing a paid domain. Name subject to change, quite soon)

  6. Steve | Jul 27 2005 - 04:31

    Wanted to add to what Brian mentioned above. Holding down the Option key will bring up a menu of bootable devices, including NetBoot devices if you have them on your network. You can then choose which device to boot off of.

  7. Jayson Kish | Jul 27 2005 - 01:42

    Just wanted to give a little feedback as to this episodes closing music by Aratone. It was a nice switch to hear some techno being showcased on The MacCast and what a great track to do it with!

    I think this is one album that I will have to go out and buy.

  8. Craig Patchett | Jul 28 2005 - 01:11

    If you’re experiencing the -36 error when synching to the iPod and you have an iSight, try disconnecting it while synching. That did the trick for me.

    Also Adam, where’s the link to the Apple article on this?

  9. Craig Patchett | Jul 28 2005 - 01:51

    Oops, never mind…found the link.

  10. leeg | Jul 29 2005 - 02:13

    Comment on booting into the UNIX shell interface (as one of the listeners asked):

    two ways. Easiest, in Accounts preferences, set the login window to display “name and password”. Now, when you boot the machine, enter the username “>console” and you’ll be dropped to the Darwin console. Note, this does *NOT* work if you’ve got to the login window through user switching.

    More permanent, open up a terminal and edit the file /etc/ttys as root, e.g.:
    sudo pico /etc/ttys
    Two lines are of interest; the two that have the word console. Here’s how they look by default:
    #console “/usr/libexec/getty std.57600” vt100 on secure
    console “/System/Library/CoreServices/” vt100 on secure onoption=”/usr/libexec/getty std.9600″
    all you need to do is remove the hash (I’m British, pound sign if you like :-) from the first line and put one at the beginning of the second line, so you end up with:
    console “/usr/libexec/getty std.57600” vt100 on secure
    #console “/System/Library/CoreServices/” vt100 on secure onoption=”/usr/libexec/getty std.9600″
    now every time you boot you will be at the Darwin console. Saves a lot of RAM if you’re using a Mac as a server :-)

  11. MikeA | Jul 29 2005 - 06:34


    You recommended the Linksys NSLU2 NAS device to a user who wanted to share a disk.

    One thing you should note is although it will work with any external USB drive, it formats the drive with the Linux ext3 file system. That means that if you choose to connect that disk directly to a computer over USB the computer has to recognize ext3 to see the data on the drive.

    I think Mac OS X can mount ext3 read and write so that may not be a concern. You just need to be aware that the drive will not be formatted in native OS X HPFS. This also means the drive itself will be unreadable if connected to a Windows system.

    I was tempted to recommend a NSLU2 for a buddy with a bunch of Windows PCS, but I decided we need the versatility to be able to plug the disk directly in to a PC. We’re using a 200GB USB drive formatted with FAT32.

    BTW, Thanks to your great advice as a mentor on the Maccast, we’ve started the Pilotcast, “For pilots, by pilots” |-{)