MacCast 01.10.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 113. The MacWorld predictions and additional MacWorld info. Adobes Aperture competitor, Lightroom. Widgets on your iPod? Next generation Lego Mindstorms, Lego Mindstorms NXT. Apple laptops don’t fair well in “reliability” study. Sandvox, a new web development app from Karelia, iPod Film Festival. Microsoft OS X… oh, I mean Vista. Follow-up: Mac equivalent to Norton GoBack. Follow-up: iMovie HD transitions with “popping” audio. Free Soundseeing Tours of San Francisco. Getting “status” in Apple Mail. Podcasting + Books = PodioBooks.

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  1. Charles | Jan 10 2006 - 01:12

    Yeah, I thought the MacBook announcement was pretty cool, but I wish they changed the look of it a bit more. Also the price point is a bit high. They would have been jaw dropping at $1500 and $2000.

    The iMacs are cool because they are faster, but then again, a lot of mac software won’t work faster.

    I already bought iWork ’06 and iLife ’06 from the Apple store. Seems like a few minor features here and there, and 1 big thing called iWeb. I think iWeb will be cool, but I hope it will allow you to publish to another FTP besides .mac… so that way you can have your own domain name.

    Overall, not too shabby, but not as awesome as I would have hoped for. They definately should have added Front Row to iLife, or offered a Front Row & Remote bundle for $49. They definately should have rev’ed the iPod shuffle and the mac mini. And the PVR functionality of the mac mini would have KILLED!!!

    I’m not looking to buy a new mac system right now so the biggest thing I got out of this whole thing was iWeb. Let’s hope it is as cool as I am envisioning.

  2. Anthony | Jan 10 2006 - 04:36

    Yes, I’m excited about the new MacBook! However, where is the FireWire 800 port? The introduction of the light pipe tech is a nice touch, but I can’t run my external HD with it. I just hope Apple does a needed port addition with the next run of MacBooks. Creative Mac pros everywhere must be chomping at the bit about this technical faux pas.

  3. Cfsporn | Jan 10 2006 - 09:22

    This time the podcast was up on iTunes before your website.

  4. craig | Jan 10 2006 - 10:10

    the new garageband looks great and iWeb looks quite interesting. however, i dont think its possible to publish striaght from iWeb to another FTV server other than .Mac

    in the specifications, it says you need a .Mac account in order to publish from iWeb. bad luck charles.

  5. Deacon Nikolai | Jan 10 2006 - 10:52

    WHat is the link to the video of MS Audio with Mac OS X screenschots?

  6. craig | Jan 12 2006 - 01:56

    they’re in the show notes.

  7. Andy | Jan 14 2006 - 05:49

    I found the repair stats (41%) interesting and it got me thinking about my own repair history. My first Mac is one of the last Titanium PowerBooks shipped (I should have known there were new models in the works when it took 5 weeks to arrive). It had the same screen issue that the first aluminum ones did. I got my screen replaced under warranty by a local apple reseller/service centre at my convenience while I was on a few days vacation. The screen was still very readable but I fully expected to keep the machine for a while and wanted it to be “right”. In comparison, I bought my wife a Windows laptop at the same time. The PC laptop had an easier life and yet it has already been replaced due to a combination of wear and tear on the trackpad and lagging technology. I could have replaced the trackpad but the newer models had more RAM and disk space so it made sense to replace it and give the old one to someone who could use it with a desktop mouse. That computer was in need of repair but didn’t become a statistic even though it was less reliable overall than my PowerBook. With the PowerBook, because reliability was not an issue, last year I swapped in a 100G hard drive and bumped the RAM to 1G to extend its working life. I still use the OEM 60G drive in an external case to offline space hogging digital photos etc.

    So, in the end, perhaps the seemingly high repair stats for Macs are due to the fact that Mac users don’t see their computers as disposible so they are more likely to repair than replace?