MacCast 10.27.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 98. Corrections from last show, iTunes Music store Australia launched. Apple says iTunes biggest competition is P2P. MacWorld benchmarks new Dual Core G5s. The new G5s low power tricks, pirated copies FrontRow and PhotoBooth showing up online, next (huge) Tiger update should be out soon, new Apple retail store in Thousand Oaks, CA opens Oct 29th and Apple will replace broken 5th Gen iPods no questions asked. I GMail, you GMail, everybody GMails? Not quite. I have no more GMail invites. Other services and software for getting your gadgets back. How to convert your DVDs and put them on your iPod. How to offer remote Mac tech support to family and friends. Ways to get TV remotely through the Internet. Apple Backup 3.0.1 released. A special discount for MacCast listeners on “Ped” products from

MacCast 100th Show web site. Thanks to these sponsors for providing products for the give away:
Plasq, Comic Life
Motion VFX, Stock Photos
Animation Bureau, Animated desktops
Toucan, Slideshow app from Boudewijn Pelt
Buh Ba Ba Ba CD from Shagg
$10.00 iTunes from Tom McGuire
Catalog (Disc cataloger), Neometric Software

Thanks to Colin and James who purchased me items off my Amazon wishlist.

New music, Walk the Line by NOW is NOW

Promos from Mac Tips Daily and Spurcast

I brought my own pillow so I won’t get my spit all over yours.

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  1. Wilf | Oct 27 2005 - 11:25

    “Thanks to Colin and James who purchased me items off my Amazon wishlist.”

    What did they buy you Adam? (Haven’t listened to show yet :))

  2. Justin Winokur | Oct 27 2005 - 12:47

    I haven’t listened yet but so you may have mentioned it but if you have a cell phone you can get a free Gmail account. You eneter your cell number and it will txt message you a code.

  3. Jared Schwager | Oct 27 2005 - 12:01

    Nice show. I sent you 5 Gmail invites. ;) And check your inbox for another email from me.

  4. KOU | Oct 27 2005 - 01:58

    microsoft shot donw….

    The federal judge overseeing Microsoft Corp.’s business practices scolded the company Wednesday over a proposal to force manufacturers to tether iPod-like devices to Microsoft’s own music player software.

    check it out

  5. Nick Circosta | Oct 27 2005 - 06:06

    WOOO Loved it as allways

  6. Jason | Oct 27 2005 - 06:40

    I ordered protective stickers for my new iPod video (and for my fiancee’s iPod video). I got them from for about $7 each including shipping. Shipping took 2 days.

    The decals cover the front and back of the iPod – an exact fit. They look pretty cool, and they protect very well. Unfortunately, the decals do not cover the screen itself (duh), so to keep the screen protected, I left the original clear plastic film on the front. Technically, I have two layers of protection on the face of the iPod, and it looks pretty slick.

    My fiancee got pink, and I got a cool 60’s pattern.

  7. Tanner | Oct 27 2005 - 06:59

    Anyone need Gmail email me at
    And i’ll send you an invite

  8. Jim | Oct 28 2005 - 04:15

    Re the Microsoft Desktop Client: I’ve never had much joy myself as I believe the PC needs to be running at least “XP Professional”. i.e the home version won’t work. Could be wrong though…

  9. Balazs | Oct 28 2005 - 05:44

    You don’t need any invites to sign up to gmail. There is a link to sign up on the gmail homepage. It is open to all users now. It has been this way for a while.

  10. Nick Circosta | Oct 28 2005 - 05:13

    I Dont see any link to Sign Up at all :P
    Meh Gmail is OLD news Go 30gigs :0

  11. clemonator | Oct 28 2005 - 07:41

    Another FREE VNC solution that is rock solid is OSXvnc – I use it and it’s brilliant. You can then download Chicken of the VNC as your viewer.

    I use this on my xServe 10.3 instead of buying Apple’s solution as I couldn’t justify spending $ when there is a free solution out there.


    Chicken of the VNC

    Also, let me know of any desires for gmail invites as I have a bunch. email to and request one-I have 50 available.

  12. Derik | Oct 28 2005 - 08:11

    Adam, unfortunately, I don’t think your solutions will be terribly optimal for the listener wishing to watch his EyeTV programs remotely. EyeTV doesn’t save its data in a terribly friendly manner to someone trying to access that data outside the EyeTV application itself (or EyeHome, but I’ll explain why that’s not an option). The data is written out with generic strings for filenames.

    The problem with the EyeHome (which turns your TV into a virtual TiVo using a Mac using an EyeTV as a backend) is that it will try to stream the data at the normal encoding which is far too big to be transported over consumer broadband connections (the problem being that the upload speed is lower because consumer connections are generally asymmetric).

    The solution is CyTV. Most importantly, he should look into the transcoding section. It should be a terrific solution to do exactly what he wants.

  13. Derik | Oct 28 2005 - 08:27
  14. Erik Husby | Oct 28 2005 - 08:32

    Check out for “Chicken of the
    VNC” which will connect to the Apple Remote Desktop client that is on
    all modern macs. Chicken of the VNC is free. One turns on Apple Remote
    Desktop client via the Sharing System Preference on the target Mac.

  15. Tanner | Oct 28 2005 - 01:25

    Where can I download handbreak?

  16. maccast | Oct 28 2005 - 05:05

    The link is also in the shownotes. Use the “Shownotes in HTML” link above or click here,

  17. Nick Circosta | Oct 29 2005 - 03:25
    IMO the BEST way to controll a windows machine from a mac cos its all over browser :)

  18. omarmd | Oct 30 2005 - 09:47

    Hey Adam;
    you said “MAC THE RIPPER” page was taken down. that is true, but you can still download the program from this link

    and for those who are looking for handbrake. just follow this link.

    what you said about handbrake being able to do all the job by itself is partially true. it works like half the time, it is not able to break the code on all types of DVDs, so if it works from the begging that is great, but if not you gotta use mac the ripper as a first step, but be prepared sometimes handbrake acts like it is working only to find by the end of the encoding that it did not, so to avoid the pain if repeating the process all over again just start with mac the ripper and then use handbrake.
    happy encoding everybody,
    i use this process to rip DVDs to watch them on my Tapwave Zodiac 2, the best palm device ever.

  19. Gahdjun | Oct 31 2005 - 03:07

    Hey i know this is late..but you forgot about the MacExpo! It was greta fun! I spent 2 days there just mainly in the gaming section…^^ place was crouded and full of people looking at the products of Macintosh and programes! Love your show keep up the good work!

  20. Aaron | Oct 31 2005 - 08:28

    While you mentioned using Apple Remote Desktop, you didn’t mention that you can use the installed client that is included in OS X.4 with 3rd party VNC apps.

    In System Preferences > Sharing Just check the “VNC Viewers may control the screen with password:” option and assign a password. Apply it (you need an admin password) and you are good to go.

    Then with Chicken of the VNC, just use the IP address of the machine that you want to connect to. It might be easier since it is already installed and you won’t have to have Mothers across the world downloading and installing other software packages.

    That’s it.

  21. Lee | Nov 01 2005 - 05:37

    Hi Adam,
    Regarding getting your lost device back… I’m surprised nobody has mentioned this. If you haven’t already ordered your iPod, the best thing to do is take advantage of their free engraving option and engrave your name and phone number right onto the back of the iPod. Don’t try this after market though, it will fry the iPod’s hard drive (I’ve heard).

  22. Matthew Baya | Nov 01 2005 - 08:48

    Regarding Lee’s request for a way to remote admin his mothers machine I have a great solution. Other’s have mentioned Chicken of the VNC which is a great solution, and free, but so far no one has mentioned the LISTEN feature of this software that addresses the challenges of connecting to a machine remotely through a router / firewall, not to mention the security risks of leaving a machine open for remote connections.

    In another tech podcast for System Administrators, In The Trenches, they did a segment pointing out a way to have a person ‘SEND’ you their VNC screen thus bypassing any firewall issues on their end. The site they reference in this podcast that gives great instructions and links for this is TinyApps VNC.

    This works from both Macs & Windows machines on either end and is free. All you have to do is open up port 5500 on your end and you’re all set. Check out the podcast and the link, it’s a great solution and using it I have used it to connect to my mother’s machine in NY from Maine, and since she has to ‘send’ control to me there are no security risks of others getting control of her machine.

    -Matt in Maine
    President of DEMUG (Downeast Mac Users Group)

  23. Fernando Malta | Nov 01 2005 - 08:24

    Please I use an excrement of account of the hotmail of 2 megas, it sends me an invitation for the gmail.

  24. Jonathan | Dec 01 2005 - 01:59

    Remote Admin Idea-

    This is a little pricey, but if you are considering replacing a computer to improve your admin ability, this is probably a better solution. and are both dedicated KVM over VNC units. The advantage to something like this is that it takes all of the VNC demand (which can be very high) off of the host system. This also allows VNC to be running at the BIOS level, so you can configure setting like boot order and the like before the OS ever boots.