MacCast 04.06.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 130. Apple offically supports booting Windows Xp with Boot Camp. Jobs gets us with an April Fools? MacBook Rumors still linger. OS 10.4.6 update released. The secret MacBook Pro Revision D. Apple promoting next Chili Peppers concert. Apple Store Southlake Texas Opening. Tip on using OS X with full keyboard access. How to connect different audio devices to your Mac. A foolw-up on watching video with AirTunes audio.

New music, Rock Star by Outlaw Cinema

I love boot camp. I went into two branches of the service because I loved it so much…

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Ooops! In this episode I say the new Red Hot Chili Pepper album is expensive at $19.90 USD, but I did realize it was a double album (28 tracks). So the price is normal. Sorry.

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  1. Gerhard | Apr 06 2006 - 12:43

    Hello Adam,

    there is a little bug in the shownotes for this epsiode. The correct URL for VLC is (not

    Love your show – keep up the great work!


  2. g0rdo | Apr 06 2006 - 01:34

    I predicted there would be a show today. Seriously, I just knew it… I opened up iTunes, looked at my podcasts and thought to myself, “Watch, it’s gonna update and there’s going to be a new (e)MacCast … and in 2 seconds it appeared. Also I am pissed at Steve because I was WAITING for that new true video iPod!!!!! I WAS READY TO BUY IT EVEN IF IT COSTED $500!!!

  3. maccast | Apr 06 2006 - 01:07

    Good catch I fixed it. Thank goodness I didn’t have the link in the eMacCast I would have to completely re-encode it. Whew.

  4. Nick Circosta | Apr 06 2006 - 05:37

    good show,
    me STILL anoyed that i had to reformat to get rid of narf/blanks :(


    if anyones interested the “bootcamp” storey was first broken about an hr before it actually got released on whirlpool forums via an informant”

  5. Steve Hambleton | Apr 06 2006 - 05:58

    hey adam,
    what a great show i cant wait to get a new intel macbook when it finally comes out!
    I have somthing to say about your new intel mac orderif you throw on 2GB or RAM and the apple care plan to the intel iMac its cheaper or roughly the same price as the Mac mini with the enhanced specifications u listed on your podcast so i seriously sugest you quickly cancel your order, and change to order a new 17″ iMac because you will save money not only on the spec. upgrades but also you wont have to buy a screen and a keyboard and mouse!
    unless i have missinterpreted this somewhere, thanks for the show!!

  6. Appleologist | Apr 06 2006 - 06:21

    Great show, Adam. This Boot Camp is really a double-edged sword, isn’t it?

    BTW I think you found those keyboard shortcuts on Appleology.

  7. maccast | Apr 06 2006 - 06:38

    My $1,500 USD price tag includes AppleCare and tax. The 17″ iMac with 2GB of RAM and AppleCare, plus tax will run me $1,900 USD. Needless to say I looked at this already. :( There are 17″ refurbs available for $1,099 USD, but you can’t custom config them on the site.

  8. adamisajoke | Apr 06 2006 - 09:01

    Hi Adam,

    Your a chancer, Give me money, Give me money, Give me money.

    Pay for your own stuff! Yes you provide a good show sometimes, but only with the information YOU like. But pod casts are FREE, not for the makers to beg for money!


  9. Ryan Gray | Apr 06 2006 - 09:50

    Concerning Apple porting their software to Windows: If Yellow Box is still alive inside Apple, it could be possible.

  10. George Starcher | Apr 06 2006 - 09:24

    Adam is a good guy. Met him at the Portable Media Expo. He works for a living like the rest of us yet he has found time to bring everyone the Maccast for a long time. He has a family to take care of.

    If you don’t like his show you don’t have to listen to it. Podcasting is by subcription so you are not forced to listen. It is HIS podcast so he can cover what he likes with his opinion. Which is exactly why I listen.

    If you like the service he provides think about helping him out in some way other than slamming him.

  11. adamisajoke | Apr 06 2006 - 09:03

    whos slagging him off? do other podcast makers beg for money? NO! Cause podcast are NON PROFIT audio! If they were for profit, itunes would charge they don’t!

  12. George Bush | Apr 06 2006 - 11:29

    I guess Jhon C Dvorak is right. Every single thing he said is becoming true. Windows on Mac machines, ewwwww!

  13. Nick Circosta | Apr 06 2006 - 11:53

    Its interesting to note that the actualy physical work of this bootcamp has nothing to do with bootcamp its-self, the firmware update is what does the work

  14. Matthew Wyatt | Apr 07 2006 - 01:15

    If you don’t like what Adam is putting out there then, simply, don’t listen. I love you people in these comment forums… you can never say anything in a mature way… its always got to be one endless barrage of asshole.

    Great job Adam. Keep up the good work.

  15. wynde | Apr 07 2006 - 01:00

    Hi Adam:

    If one puts XP software on their Mac Intel, they will want a 2 button mouse for running windows on a Mac. The old option click does not work. I am happy to report that Apple’s mighty mouse does work great. For me this annoucement was huge, I am now able to sell my windows notebook and run SAS and other Windows only software on a Mac. Emulation software never worked for SAS and other high end analytic software but now that stuff runs like a champ on the XP side of my Mac. Hurrah for the Mac Intel bootcamp software, now you can make the switch and not miss a thing, the best of both worlds on one machine. I only wish I had gotten a bigger hard drive, guess I will be using my xp formated ipod for extra hard drive space.

  16. Alex Santos | Apr 07 2006 - 01:37

    I doubt very much that Apple will ever license their OS; however, it is clear that this first step is towards a holy grail of computing where one machine can run it all, it looks like Apple is on the right track. This will definitely pull PC users onto the Mac, no doubt.

    By licensing the Mac OS to other hardware would be against the philosophical changes going on at Apple.

  17. Alex | Apr 07 2006 - 01:57

    What was the free anti-virus that Jonathan mentioned when talking about Windows XP?

    I don’t want my beautiful new machine being spoilt

  18. Steve Hambleton | Apr 07 2006 - 03:18

    sorry for the miss-understanding adam i was meaning that if you had to purchase a display and keyboard and mouse also with your new mac mini it may have been more expensive with those specs than the intel imac with those same specs, its a great shw and i think its great people can give u money to help you carry on helping people out with your podcast and carry on making it on your system, just ignore those peple who feel it their duty to have a gid at your appealing to peoples good nature, which we have seen already with the gift og your 5th gen iPod, i would dontate you somthin but im only 16 in full time education with a part time job so sorry but keep up the great work, thanks again

  19. Ryan | Apr 07 2006 - 12:21

    Glad to hear from you again, Adam, especially after the Boot Camp news. However, I’ve also been hungrily devouring information on virtualization, and have heard and seen some impressive things about Parallel’s Workstation.

    I’d love to hear a comparison/explanation about the differences/advantages/downsides of dual-boot versus virtualization. From where I sit, virtualization seems more convenient, and safer.

  20. jonathan | Apr 07 2006 - 02:56

    The anti-virus I used was avast.
    Be sure to only use Internet Explorer for Windows updates.. use Opera or Firefox for regular browsing.
    Also, for anti-spyware, use Spyware Blaster, Microsoft Defender, and Spybot Search and Destroy. I use a combo of this on my windows box, and now my iMac, and it seems to do the trick. Of course..the best protection is to stay offline.
    If you have any more questions, send me an email:

  21. TKO | Apr 07 2006 - 03:32

    Hey Alex, In my job at a University helpdesk we used Antivir: ..We always found it to be a very good reliable product that never put the hard-sell onto people. (I’d recommend it over AVG, which seems to be the ‘popular’ free one .. we occasionally had uninstall issues with that one.)

    For anti-spyware LavaSoft’s “AdAware” and Safer Networking’s “Spybot – Search & Destroy” are often listed as the ‘best’ products. IMHO two antispyware products is enough .. these two complement each other pretty well (spybot has some nice active blocking features.) ..Of course Opera or Firefox make browsing on the PC a lot safer. ;)

    Good job on the Podcast Adam. Been checking it out for a couple of weeks, and loving it. I rekon I need to be getting an Intel MacMini too. Will certainly donate to help with yours.

  22. George Starcher | Apr 08 2006 - 05:36

    I belive the antivirus mentioned was AVG. This is the one I recommend for family and friends on a home pc.

  23. Stuart Still | Apr 08 2006 - 10:51

    Boot Camp works a treat! I got Windows XP installed on my dad’s iMac, and it works a treat. I also was able to boot a Linux distribution on a live CD. With the ability to run Windows and Linux, I have even more of an incentive to stick with Apple!

  24. MacFanDave | Apr 08 2006 - 12:07

    adamisajoke isanidiot!

    You don’t even know what “non-profit” means! My local NPR and Pacifica stations are non-profit, yet they “beg for money” regularly during their pledge drives.

    Almost all podcasts I listen to either charge, have commercials or sponsors, beg for money or are subsidized by larger money-making organizations. Adam gives us the best choice for helping him defray some of the costs for producing the MacCast.

    If you don’t want to throw him a few bucks to help out with the pimped-out Mac Mini, then don’t. He doesn’t need the money from assholes like you anyway.


    Q: Why were there no big announcements on April Fool’s Day? A: Would you have believed that Boot Camp was on the level if you heard it on that day?

    I’ve used dual-boot systems before (Solaris/WinNT) and they are a hassle. I’m waiting for virtualization, but I will want my Windows environment completely isolated from the world and able to run only CD-installed software.

  25. TKO | Apr 08 2006 - 07:11

    Yeah, dual-boot is a bit of a hassle. I fully expect virtualization will be Apples next step for those who want to dip into PhotoShop (sans-Rosetta), SAS, or Access while waiting for a download in Safari/Camino, or whatever. But damn, this is an impressive first step.

    For me, this is enough though. The only things I’d been keeping my PC around for were a few games: GTA Vice City and San Andreas, The Movies, Pirates, Half Life 2, Silent Storm and ePSXe (PS1 emulator.) And for those, exclusive use of the OS was desirable for performance anyway. So BootCamp will be good enough to play those in about the same way I did before.

    PS: Fully agree on the idiot comments. I dunno why people are so keen to demonstrate online how stupid they are. :D

  26. rob williams | Apr 10 2006 - 10:50

    adam i love my mac and your podcast but to use the prase associated with a instrument of death the gun. cold dead hands is to debase macs and your podcast.

    sorry adam

    email me back if you have time

  27. Kevin S. Willis | Apr 14 2006 - 08:35

    Why would Apple/Jobs ever decide to license the MacOS to another computer maker?

    If it happens, there is only one reason: to get something more from the deal than just another box maker for Mac-compatible hardware. Perhaps the deal might involve one or more major PC makers selling dual-boot machines that meet Apple specs, and also have QuickTime and iTunes as default installs in the Windows partition (or on every box the computer maker sells).

    Or it might involve getting the computer maker (a Dell or HP, for example) to sell and promote Apple’s iPod and iTunes through their online stores.

    Or something different. But if Macintel does lead to the licensing of Mac OS X to other computer makers, it will involve another deal–the “real” deal–as part of the bargain. Apple will get something more from the licensing process. One thing I wouldn’t look for would be new Mac-makers to crop up, ala PowerComputing. What would a new maker have to offer Apple? Or small, off-brand makers to get a chance, ala the elegent Averatec (I wouldn’t mind having an Averatec running OS X, but I don’t think it’ll happen in a zillion years). Also, some manufactuers, like Sony and Panasonic, have a great deal of entertainment assets and/or home consumer market penetration. They would be excellent partners for pushing iTunes, the iPod (unlikely, but as a theoretical, and example) or moving Frontrow even more into the living room.

    But big makers with market penetration and online stores, if they were interested in selling an OSX server line, or a dual (or even tri-boot: OS X, Windows, Linux) box, might get the go ahead, if they could offer Apple even more market saturation for the iPod, iTunes, or future offerings.