MacCast 08.24.2005 – Special Interview with Leo Laporte

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast for Macs geeks by a Mac geeks. This is a special edition of the MacCast, my interview with Leo Laporte host and producer of the #1 podcast on the planet, This Week in Tech (TWiT), as well as Call for Help on G4/TechTV. New music, When She Speaks by John Hoskinson

Thanks to Leo for taking the time to speak with us.

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Leo Laporte Links
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The Tech Guy on KFI
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Leo Laporte’s Guide to Mac OS X Tiger
Revision 3 (Will be doing video for TWiT)

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  1. Michael King | Aug 24 2005 - 12:55

    Wow cool Interview with Leo I loved it. Very well done as well I with you could get more of the TWIT’s on as well you do a very good interview.

  2. Conrad | Aug 24 2005 - 12:09

    Keep up the great work Adam. Your interviews are great – you’re becoming a natural very fast – and you’re asking some great questions. Thanks for driving all of this for us. Along with TWiT and Diggnation, i look forward to my regular fix of Maccast on the commute to and from work everyday. Who wants radio anymore!

  3. Tim | Aug 24 2005 - 03:29

    Adam, what a great podcast this week. I agree with Conrad’s comments. I’ve been listening to you for a while now and your shows are getting better abd better. MacCast is my #1 podcast for Mac news. Keep up the good work.

  4. kurisub | Aug 24 2005 - 05:03

    Great interview Adam, nice and lengthy too!
    Any chance of getting Dvorak next time?

  5. Rod | Aug 24 2005 - 06:04

    Wonderful Adam, absolutely a great program, thankyou.

    Rod, Vancouver CA

  6. Jeff | Aug 24 2005 - 06:05

    Wonderful interview. I really enjoyed how much you were able to get Mr. Laport’s views on so many issues. Tech TV needs to let him do his thing, and stop getting in his way. Then I think his show would take off.

  7. jon from vancouver | Aug 25 2005 - 08:28

    Great interview and a surprise in my itunes podcast directory.

  8. Bruce | Aug 25 2005 - 09:06

    What an amazing show! The interview was so informative and fun. Leo is a very interesting person with many great views and lots of insight. Your second intervew is going to be a tough one to top. Leagues better than the first one. This is one show that I will not be deleting for a long, long time. Thanks!

  9. Ruth | Aug 25 2005 - 09:51

    Still listening but I wanted to comment on Leo’s theory about the rebirth of radio drama. It’s death really was a US thing, the BBC has been producing great radio dramas non-stop for decades, it never went away in the UK.

  10. Pilot Mike | Aug 25 2005 - 10:01


    I’ve been following Leo since he was the off-camera man behind Dev Null. I learned more about Leo in your interview than any other forum with Leo in all of those years.

    WHATTA GREAT JOB you did! DO MORE interviews! See if you can get some time with Woz and other Apple and tech legends.

    BTW, it was from Leo that I first heard the word “podcast.” He interviewed Adam Curry in 2004. I thought it was something you needed an iPod for so it was “owell.” Now I have the Mac and a podcast, but still no iPod. I’ll probably break down and get a future generation.

  11. UncleVisen | Aug 25 2005 - 10:05

    Great stuff Adam, I really appreciate the people you choose to interview. They’re always well spoken, thoughtful, and considerate. One thing… where is the link for the amazing, amazing music you featured at the end of this show?!

    Just. Wow.

    Keep it up!

  12. macFanDave | Aug 25 2005 - 11:50

    I particularly like your innovation where you ask your guest what software they find most useful. There are some really neat thoughts expounded during that segment.

    It may just be me, but I don’t like the whole “How did you get started in computers/Macs?” section of interviews. I heard the same story, “I had a computer with a 2″ screen, 16 bits of memory, a one-key keyboard and we typed in Morse code . . . and it cost $8 million” over and over again.

    He really muddied the water when it comes to the OS X on generic PC debate. His assertion that zillions of people will buy Intel-based Macs to run Windows on renders our debate on the topic somewhat less relevant. (Tying in with that Steve Jobs “this could be a business” theme, providing tech support for Windows on Mac boxes could be a business since Apple doesn’t want to do that. Just prepare to close up shop when Apple changes its mind.)

    Since PCMag just announced that Apple has by far the best quality hardware as determined by a reader survey, this theory may be viable. How would you, my fellow Mac geeks, feel about people running Windows on Macs? It would be great for the company, but I’d find it a bit sad. I might just have to change my nickname to macOSXFanDave to make my true belief known.

    I like that Leo is a historian. While he mentioned that podcasting is storytelling, I would like to add that storytelling predates the written word.

    Good job, Adam, you’re a very good interviewer.

  13. DMBfan | Aug 25 2005 - 01:59

    I’ll throw in my kudos as well. I really enjoyed this podcast. It may not be a stretch to say it was the best single episode of any podcast I have ever listened to.

    Adam, the Maccast is getting better every week. Keep up the fantastic work.

  14. Wilf | Aug 25 2005 - 02:16

    Thanks Adam, that was a really good interview, very interesting!

    Maybe you could sort out an interview with Steve Jobs soon! Just kidding, but great show anyway!

  15. Eric Blaska | Aug 25 2005 - 02:24

    Just started listening to your podcast about a week ago. I just finished listening to your interview with Leo and I loved it. I’ll be a future listener from now on. Keep up the work.

  16. Jason | Aug 25 2005 - 03:56


    This was by far the best podcast I have listened to – period.

    You and Leo make a great podcasting team. Great chemistry. Everything was upbeat and interesting. I am usually prepared to yawn through most of the podcasts I listen to (like sifting through a barrel full of dirt to find one or two tiny gold nuggets of info), but this was great! You and Leo had my undivided attention the entire time!

    Thanks for the excellent episode! Thanks to Leo Laporte too!!! What a cool guy – quite intelligent, too!


  17. frank.burcaw | Aug 25 2005 - 04:38

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said!

    Excellent show dude – Leo is my favorite tech dude for industry news and commentary (with you as a close second). I know I’ll be tivo’ing Call for Help on G4 when it airs. Leo’s got to be laughing all the way to the bank on this.

  18. Jeremy : “kutuzovsky” | Aug 25 2005 - 04:09


    Great interview with Leo. I have been following Leo for years and heard many interviews with him, but you managed to glean from him new and interesting information. Nice progression of questions during the interview. My favorite moment must have been a slip on Leo’s part when he mentioned that his new IPTV show would be called “Maccast.” You did an audio “double-take” when he said this, and he quickly made the change. You have a real nack for this interview thing. We all want to see more!!!

  19. Brant C Snowhill | Aug 25 2005 - 05:25

    Thanks Adam
    Great interview with Leo, I really enjoy your podcast. I have been a Mac user for years and finally we have a show for Macintosh people.
    Keep up the good work!


  20. Darren | Aug 25 2005 - 10:15

    I see and hear Leo alot these days via his podcasts and Call for Help in Canada, but I only just became aware of him when I subscribed to G4 Tech TV Canada in January.

    Your interview was great to listen to as it gave some insight into what he is like when he isn’t hosting something.

    I believe I heard Amber plug the Maccast on Call for Help this week.

    Keep it up Adam!

  21. CAMit | Aug 26 2005 - 01:05

    Very well done. I enjoy your cast and this was a great one. You could tell you were prepared but you were not stale stuck on a script. Again, well done.

  22. yellowbrick | Aug 26 2005 - 12:53

    I like your interview format – nice break from the regular shows; it’s nice to hear that conversational side.

  23. rick | Aug 27 2005 - 01:39

    Once again a great interview, and I like many others relish all the episodes you put out.

    I’d like to second the request for Dvorak next,… someone else I think a lot of.

    I think Leo was right – podcasting really is a revolution. Is this an end to style over substance?

    We know what’s important, and it’s not what the advertisers tell us.

  24. Khoi Vinh | Aug 28 2005 - 10:40

    Laporte is a great interview subject. Congratulations on such a terrific show.

  25. Peter | Aug 29 2005 - 01:03

    Great inteview, but as the sound quality of podcasts gets better – as people take more care in recording them – I just find it hard to listen to a 1 hour long inteview at this quality. Sounds like it was on the telephone ? Is there a better way of doing inteviews ?

  26. Feed Moo | Aug 29 2005 - 11:42

    Kick ass interview Adam. I used to think Leo was a twit but it sounds like he really knows his stuff. Loved the latest spring loaded folder tip by the way.

  27. Bill | Aug 30 2005 - 08:38

    Another great show Adam. The MacCast is on ‘high rotation’ in my podcasts.

    I think I will be throwing out my radios before the year is over.

  28. Rod Adams | Aug 31 2005 - 12:45


    I enjoyed your interview with Leo. One thought for both of you is that Intel is a company that makes more than one kind of chip. Obviously, a vast majority of Intel’s current revenue comes from the x86 line of CISC (complex instruction set computing), they also produce a line of RISC (reduced instruction set computing) chips with architectures that are very similar to the PowerPC.

    More than 10 years ago, Intel had an internal struggle over future technical direction and almost switched to RISC chips. One of the things that held them back then was their close tie to MS and its operating system with a huge desire for “backward compatibility.”

    They continued to manufacture RISC chips for other applications, however, and seem to have gotten pretty good at it. With a new customer like Apple, they might have a new opportunity to diversify their chip production.

    I wrote an article for my blog developing this idea a little more fully.

    I would be interested in your thoughts.

  29. John | Aug 31 2005 - 01:08

    I agree with Ruth. Rather disconcerting to have someone who has worked in radio since the 1970s to seem oblivious of the BBC and to have made such sweeping inaccurate remarks regarding radio drama.

    Otherwise, an enjoyable interview.