MacCast 09.21.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 90. Apple Expo yields no new hardware, Jobs says record labels are getting “greedy”, more quotes from Apple Expo, Apple on track for Intels mid-2006, Apple updates .Mac, adds .Mac Groups and releases Backup 3, MacWorld Boston officially cancelled, WIRED reports on Apple legal vs. iPod domains, patent surfaces showing ideas for Mac laptops with integrated video, 3 new Apple retails store to open in the US this weekend, iTunes 5.0.1 update released, fixes bugs. Using Apple Chapter Tool to fit more than 100 songs on your ROKR iTunes phone, issues with new .Mac Groups, my initial impressions of Backup 3 a quick demo, tip on keyboard access to Safari Bookmark Bar, recommended software KeyCue, a virtual keyboard shortcut cheat sheet, follow-up on missing Bluetooth module, possible issues with lower memory slot on 15″ Powerbooks, how to unleash your inner artist with GarageBand, what to do if your Mac Mini SuperDrive fails. New music, Coastal Cities by The Secret Handshake. Promos.

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  1. ambimb | Sep 21 2005 - 09:50

    Just listening to the podcast — you asked how to switch between open tabs in a Safari window via the keyboard. Shift-Command-Arrow (left and right) will do the trick. It doesn’t work if the cursor is active (blinking) in any text input area, including the address bar, the search bar, or any text area in a webpage (such as this one for entering comments).

    Great podcast, btw. Thanks for all the great info!

  2. Dr. Pretorious | Sep 22 2005 - 02:09

    Hey Adam,

    It’s actually Shift-Command-Left Bracket/Right Bracket, at least that’s what works on my iBook G4 933.

    At any rate, one little hot tip I have is that this works really good when you are trying to snipe something on eBay. I just create a tab with the bid ready to go starting with my lowest bid, and going up to my highest. Then I just go through them at whatever speed the bidding war requires. I have won lots of bids this way. It’s kind of like the old speed redial trick for being the third (or whatever number) caller for a radio station contest. I used to have a phone that had a super fast redial and I could always win every time I tried. Got lots of free goodies that way.

    Dr. Pretorious

  3. scruffy | Sep 23 2005 - 09:34

    re: the guy with the mac mini needing warranty repair–

    my dad got a mini last spring and the modem was bad on it. there is no apple store where i live but there is an authorized service provider. they were taking a long time getting to it so i called apple and asked if i could send it to them directly and they said no, that it could only be fixed at an apple store or auth. service provider.

    it is possible to make an appointment online with a genius at an apple store so that’s one possibility the guy with the bad superdrive could have tried, but shipping the mini back to apple does not seem to be an option unless things have changed in the past couple of months.

  4. Jeff | Sep 23 2005 - 11:42

    Switching tabs shortcuts are listed under menu “Window->Select Previous/Next Tab” and they are cmd-shft-[ and cmd-sft-] respectively (also written cmd-{ and cmd-})

    Under older versions of safari cmd-shft-left and cmd-shft-right worked, and still do under some circumstances (one notible exception is when a quictime movie is open, then these obsolete commands control playback of the movie)

  5. Shaun | Sep 23 2005 - 12:53

    About Keyboard Shortcuts- It looks like the question was answered with:

    Select next tab ⌘ + Shift + ]
    Select previous tab ⌘ + Shift + [

    Since, I love keyboard shortcuts and learning about new shortcuts. I always look in the applications Help Menu for “Keyboard Shortcuts” and most of the time you may find a pretty complete list.



  6. Shaun | Sep 23 2005 - 12:31

    Just a quick comment about the Mac mini and replacement of the SuperDrive. The comment was made about product repair options for the Mac mini. Not all products have the Mail-in repair option and may require different strategies.

    If your product is another Apple product then visit the respective Apple Support site for the product specifically. Then click on the “Product Name” service FAQ link under Service Information.

    How do I get my Mac mini serviced?
    Take your Mac mini to an AASP or Apple retail store near you.

    Always check your product “Service FAQ” for questions related to repairs and service.

  7. Steve | Sep 23 2005 - 01:25

    Scruffy is right! Mail in service repair is not an option for the Min,i that only applies to portable products. All desktops are repaired through authorized service providers via carry-in or onsite repair (must have Applecare Protection Plan and know exact part that has failed to be eligible for onsite)

    There are also no “Do it Yourself” parts available for the Mac Mini and opening the case and installing a Super Drive without being an authorized service provider voids the warranty on the Mini!!