MacCast 03.21.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 127. Windows XP Boots on Intel Mac. User reports “torched” MacBook Pro MagSafe connector and reports of strange noises from MacBook Pros. First “full length” movie surfaces on iTunes. Apple posts new non-silhouette iPod Ad. NCAA Tournament on iTunes. Mac “rumors” roundup. XP on Mac, do we want it? Do we need it? Follow-up on Apples new India support facility. Tips on keeping up with software updates.

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  1. Nick Circosta | Mar 22 2006 - 04:17

    Great a new show before i head out :)

  2. Alex Santos | Mar 22 2006 - 03:08

    I still think running windows has no appeal…for games? Well, although the thought and comments are appreciated and valid but practically people would just buy a PC…but the real deal here is for those who like windows can get a great mac too!

    But in it’s current incarnation the entire process seems rather complex.

    Overall this entire project and it’s success is a one giant step for mac kind not because it runs windows but if Microsoft does have interest in releasing VPC then we can be sure they have something to compete with and that is a good thing.

    I would prefer to run windows in parallel with OSX, that’s the ultimate solution. Rebooting affects all sorts of services running on the Mac.


  3. cctoronto | Mar 22 2006 - 08:33

    Well… here’s my .02:

    VPC is dead, as an emulator, there is simply no need for it. What there is need for, is a way to create a “hole” if you will, I guess kinda like a shell, but not really, in/through OS X to the Intel processor that will let you run Windoze within OS X, or some way of dual booting with a fast user switching type of ability… either way I’m no fan of Windows… but it would be nice to know the option were there…

    Hope you had a good week Adam!


  4. Chris | Mar 22 2006 - 11:03

    yeah, I think it’s pointless to run windows on a mac. Opening up your system to all the malware out there when apple puts together beautiful hardware that just works together with the software would ruin it. Also, remember the legal implications…it has to be HACKED>>>WHICH IS AGAINST THE MICROSOFTS LICENSE AGREEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!! And I know were all law abiding citizens here…so don’t do it.

    I do hope that the Intel switch brings more games to the mac, and the gamers will hopefully follow…but macs would have to be more upgradable…

    check out it’s an ipod accessory retail store!!!!

  5. Nick Circosta | Mar 23 2006 - 01:56

    I Have Windows XP Running on my iMac , and My use for it is simply for the fact that it can be done, now when the GFX drivers come out (hopefully tommorow) then it will be an ultimate machine, and i plan to use it at lan party’s , so much easyer to take around then luggin a PC :0

  6. Jerom | Mar 23 2006 - 04:26

    What scares me even more is this whole “games” argument.

    Yet another excuse for companies not to release mac specific versions :(

    Anthow I think that if you want to play games you’d be better of buying a game console. (They cost lest than a state of the art graphics computer card).

    There is no way I will let windows boot on my mac unless safely embedded within an os-x sandbox (Qemu, VPC, I don’t care).

    Great that you’re back by the way Adam

  7. Rod | Mar 23 2006 - 08:11

    Hi all. In case some of you haven’t read this article, it is worth a read.

  8. Larry | Mar 23 2006 - 01:43

    I’m only interested in running Windows on a Mac in some form where it is running as a task within OS X; where stuff can be cut and pasted between Windows and Mac applications; and where the Mac’s resources are being shared with Windows. VPC has been a “good enough for now” solution for me on G4 Macs; so I guess I’m hoping for an Intel Mac version of VPC or another emulator that would provide better performance. I need to add that I only use VPC on my work Mac. I can’t imagine why I’d want to run Windows on my personal Mac.

  9. Stephen | Mar 23 2006 - 08:26

    I don’t see the use of any windows program other than Office on a Mac of any era.

    Getting XP to work on an iMac simply for the gaming sends a message to the developers. The message says that the Mac community is full of piraters and that if they did release Mac-ready games, then they would run the risk of actually losing money from all the piraters.

    To me, that is the wrong message to send.

    In other commentary, I just watched High School Musical on the Disney Channel and it’s actually very good. Course, I’m involved with musicals myself so I may have something of a slight bias…

  10. MacFanDave | Mar 24 2006 - 09:16

    About the MacBook Pro being “torched” by its MagSafe connector: it’s a good thing that Apple has trademarked “FireWire!” ;-)

  11. Alan, Susie, & Julianne | Mar 25 2006 - 09:29

    From Alan:
    So, a wholesome movie for adolescents gets a smug snicker but the newest iPod commercial gets you all a-twitter? Perhaps an hour and a half long documentary on the making of an iPod commercial would rise to your level of a “real movie”…

    From Susie:
    We were dismayed to hear your negative comments regarding “High School Musical” on the Maccast today. As parents of an 11 year old child lost in the quagmire of an increasingly pornographic society, we are desperate for any type of media with a positive message. Your carelessly dismissive treatment of this movie doesn’t help. The decision by Apple to launch this title as their first movie offering shows a refreshing hint of real character behind the cash register. They should be applauded for this.

    From Julianne:
    For your information, High School Musical was at the top of the CD list even before the movie came out on the Disney Channel. It’s “big song” “Breaking Free” was at the top of the charts too, along with 4 others that were on the top 10 list for about 3 weeks. And almost all the songs (except for three) were under 31 on the top 100 list. That’s pretty much the biggest CD to ever hit Itunes. So, in conclusion, I think you should do your research before bad-mouthing a movie that you haven’t even seen yet. Face it, this is a big deal and you just reported your first section of “bad news.”

  12. Alex Santos | Mar 25 2006 - 02:49

    I would like to second my emotion on behalf of Alan, Susie, & Julianne.
    Thank goodness Apple chose to use an educational theme as their foray into the Movies arena on iTunes. It;s a fresh start and I too whole heartedly applaud Apple for embracing such an inspiring theme. It does show that the company is concerned with, or at the very least attempts be, concerned with our future in general and theirs in particular.

    Alan, Susie and Julianne, as much as I agree with you, I would like to make a comment. With respect to Adam’s opinions of the film, one he hasn’t seen, we should also give him the benefit of the doubt. It may from what little he knows to be a film he is just not interested in. I for one couldn’t imagine he was being intentionally malicious I believe he was only expressing his taste in films, this may not be one of the genres of films he may be into.

    Although I don’t know Adam personally, I don’t think it’s his style to attack others, I imagine him to be a rather sensitive and compassionate fellow. I hope he does make a short comment to clarify his views or points as I am sure they have been not entirely understood.

    It’s good to know that we are all entitled to our own opinions as long as they don’t intentionally hurt others.

  13. Conrado | Mar 25 2006 - 07:17

    This is absurdly over sensitive!!! I don’t know Adam personally but you don’t have to in order to have an opinion on this; you only have to LISTEN to what he said. For chrissakes, he even provides a link to the darn movie for he mentions that it is hard to find in Itunes. He just not to thrilled on the movie itself just like he is not that crazy about NCAA basketball content but he never puts any of these down. Absurd guys, very…

  14. maccast | Mar 25 2006 - 11:59

    Alan, Susie, & Julianne,
    Sorry if you felt I was putting down the Disney made for TV movie, “High School Musical”. I don’t think I did and if it came across that way it was not my intention and I am sorry. I was simply pointing out that many reports were claiming this is Apples first full length “movie” offering on iTunes and I did not agree with the claim. In my opinion, yes it is movie length, but it still aired as television content and not a made for theaters “movie”. I do not think you can point to this title as Apples move to movie content in iTunes. I personally have not seen the film, so it would be unfair for me to judge it’s content and I don’t think I made comments directly about the quality of the film, did I? I think I did say I heard from several younger listeners that it was quite good, or did I just mean to say that? When I record I often have thoughts that I think I say, but somehow don’t actually end up in the show.