MacCast 05.19.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 139. New Yahoo! site currently lacks Safari support. Apples XTel kernel is not Open Source. FinalCut Express 3.5 released, adds Intel support. Indie Music publishers sue Apple and others. Apple sues Creative. Apple firmware update cools MacBook Pro. Clarification of “lost space” on hard drives. New MacBook decision is not black and white. collaboZOT! Clue

New music, Middle Earth Bragging Song by Marc Gunn

You can search far and wide. You can drink the whole town dry. But you’ll never find a beer so brown as the one we drink in our hometown. You can drink your fancy ales. You can drink them by the flagon. But the only brew for the brave and tru-u-u-ue comes from the Green Dragon! Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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  1. Leo | May 19 2006 - 01:39

    on that HD space matter:

    So, when they give you a “100 GB” (gigabytes) disk, it means that there are 100 billion bytes on there. As the system uses the 1024-base it sees it as a 93,13 GB (gibibytes).

    maybe this helps to clarify things a bit.

  2. Alex Santos | May 19 2006 - 02:37
  3. jason | May 19 2006 - 11:19

    I’m in the Apple store typing this to you. Hi, Adam!

    -Jason the Other Half

  4. SkyProf5 | May 20 2006 - 12:38

    You are correct about the hard drive mfg. using 1kB = 1000B and computer mfg. using 1KB = 1024B.

    My iMac G5 has a 160GB (160 billion bytes) drive and Get Info shows its capacity as 148.93GB.

    1KB = 1024
    1MB = (1024)(1024) = 1048576
    1GB = (1024)(1024)(1024) = 1073741824

    Taking 160 Billion bytes and dividing by (1024)^3 = 149.0 GB.

    The issue of file system tables (mentioned by your Netherland’s listener) is the reason a newly initialized drive will show less than 149GB availble (even when the drive appears to be empty.)


  5. kiff | May 20 2006 - 10:05

    you got my email about the interview on the corner?
    (adam, support for the maccast community just kept a prank from being played on another podcaster. Your listeners are everywhere… only if we didn’t stick together…. dang! and sorry for fooling you again, jason…lol)

    Adam & Matt…
    wish you could have been here.
    Podcasters abounded.
    it was a sight to see.

    good times and tons of good people.

  6. Matt Hoult | May 21 2006 - 08:51

    Thanks Kiff, believe me when I say we wish we could have been there too!

  7. Alex Santos | May 22 2006 - 04:40

    Sorry Adam, but quite honestly…how can you agree based on some sort of capitalist ethic. I don’t think it’s right I guess you do.

    How can you not agree on this point, seriously. I mean would you pay $150 more? Get an ipod instead. I say screw Apple on this one, sorry man.

  8. Alex Santos | May 22 2006 - 04:43

    Hey, get the black model for another $150 bucks…I should be clear.

  9. Adam Christianson | May 22 2006 - 10:01

    I would NOT pay $150.00 more. That was exactly my point. Everyone is complaining about this “black tax”, yet they still buying the product. Apple store reps I have spoke with say the black is out selling the white. As long as that keeps happening then Apple will only continue the price premium strategy. As a matter of fact the more successful it is this time the more likely they are to do it again on future models. If we want to stop Apple we need to boycot the black MacBook. Every person who complains about it and the goes right out and buys it anyway is only adding to the problem. Sorry, but I don’t fault a company for giving consumers what they obviously want and charging them for it.

  10. Ron | May 22 2006 - 12:10

    So sad about apple going closed source…

    Ummm… isn’t OS:X based on open source Debian… aren’t they required by the open source license to make public any and all their changes?

    Just some questions, here. If they’ve closed the source, who, then, is being paid royalty fees?

    Personally, I was looking forward to being able to purchase or build a version of OS:X to run on my PC.

    Without a doubt, I can create a box that runs faster, costs less, and looks better than anything apple will ever release. Adding OS:X, which I already enjoy on my DP G5, would be icing on the cake. Too bad that I now have to look towards Gates and his XP/Vista.

    I’ll never buy a closed system PC from Apple, but I would’ve been happy to buy their OS even without support. I imagine I’m not alone…

  11. sheala | May 23 2006 - 04:10

    Well, Mac probably has to set up a whole new production line jsut to make the black Macs; so it makes sense, the black ones will sell a bit higher. Maybe after the intial investment is paid off, they can lower the price. For those folks who want to blend in with the non-Mac geeks.

  12. g0rdo | May 31 2006 - 08:35

    would it kill you to skip the closing song once in a while? That was horrible.

  13. maccast | May 31 2006 - 09:13

    Here’s a better idea. Why don’t you send me something you would like to hear? There is tons of stuff available on the PodSafe Music Network, Find a track you like and send it to me and I will play it in a future show.