MacCast 06.01.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 141. Apple Store 5th Avenue elevator gets stuck. New Apple Product rumors, iPod gaming and new educational Mac. Intel processor roadmap offers clues for upcoming Intel Mac systems. QuickTime 7.1.1 update fixes Intel starup item issues. SuperDrive firmware update for some older Macs finally addresses burn speed troubles. Apple computer computer recycling program begins. Is Apple “punishing” Samsung for their loose lips? SubRosaSoft CopyCatX offers cloning backup for Windows XP BootCamp volumes. An instant sleep display trick. Thoughts on MacBook and Apple from a recent switcher. RoadTools Podium CoolPadoffers great protection from singed thighs. Troubleshooting your iPod using the iPod five’R’s. Using BootCamp and Parallels to solve your VPN connectivity woes. More details on tools for taking advantage of power on airplanes (Kensington 33362 Ultra Portable Power Inverter 150). Tip for saving iTunes Music Store tracks for later review. Great new podcast for tales about the early days at Apple and the birth of the Macintosh, Mac Folklore Radio. Stories also available on and more can be found in Andy Hertzfeld’s great book, Revolution in the Valley.

New music, Stars by Jeremy Kushnier.

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  1. Blake | Jun 01 2006 - 11:09

    Another great show thanks for all your great work and I hope the Maccast keep on coming.


  2. Olly | Jun 01 2006 - 12:43

    It’ll certainly be interesting if they next big iPod feature is support for games. I don’t know how good the wheel will be as a gaming interface but I said the same thing about the DS when it was announced so we’ll see what creative developers can do.

  3. kiff | Jun 01 2006 - 12:17

    yeah, you know, the super hypodermic elevator was pooping-out the night of the opening, over at the 5th ave store. Everyone I talked with said they wouldn’t mind being stuck, had to take a ride.. but you know….

    If people without any form of engineering background could look at that thing and say, “wow, thats so cool, its just gotta break really soon.” Too bad.

  4. Michel | Jun 01 2006 - 01:38

    The PC Switchers comments about Apple’s propriety software was a bit off base. Like Microsoft doesn’t have propriety software??? Give me a break. You hear this stuff all the time in relationship to Apple but they conveniently forget that companies like Microsoft, REAL and a host of others also use it their own propriety software. Somehow its just overlooked…

  5. Luis | Jun 01 2006 - 01:23

    Did anyone notice that with the new QuickTime update you loose the “Pro” functionality and have to buy the “Key” again, common, I got mines in January what kind of c**p is this? It should at least be a dated thing, like keys over a year old or something like that.

  6. Shawn | Jun 01 2006 - 01:29

    Just a quick not on putting your system to sleep. In system 9 you could hit commad-option-0. In osX you can hit command-option-eject. Give it a try.

  7. Paul | Jun 01 2006 - 05:34

    I am having trouble getting the file to download. Anybody else?

  8. cfsporn | Jun 01 2006 - 06:26

    I never got the update for my SuperDrive! What happened? I have an affected PowerBook!

  9. g0rdo | Jun 01 2006 - 08:26

    “Did anyone notice that with the new QuickTime update you loose the “Pro” functionality and have to buy the “Key” again, common, I got mines in January what kind of c**p is this? It should at least be a dated thing, like keys over a year old or something like that.”

    Obviously. :)

    That’s the reason I’m too paranoid to get QuickTime Pro.

  10. Mark | Jun 01 2006 - 10:33

    I installed Quicktime 7.1.1 and didn’t lose my Quicktime Pro license.

  11. Jason | Jun 02 2006 - 08:22

    Ditto to what Mark said. My license is just fine. Luis must have had an older version of QT.

    As for the recycling program, I can totally see why someone would want to have an old DOS system hauled away, but why would anyone just give up an aging Mac? There are so many uses, so many ways to squeeze a little more juice. Even selling on eBay or craigslist is better than getting ‘no’ money for it – and it’s likely that someone else on a tighter budget will gladly use the machine. Unless a ball of fire and smoke has come from the inside of that dusty Mac, I think sending it off to be scrapped is a bit of a shame.

  12. TKO | Jun 02 2006 - 08:18

    While I can understand that there are many times when recycling doesn’t have to happen, and there could well be buyers for some older hardware, there are certainly people who just can’t be bothered dealing with all that. ..I expect Apple are being intelligent with this stuff, and if they got back something like a G4 Cube or a colourful iPod Mini or something else that people would sell their eldest child for, then it would be cleaned up and offered to someone. Me, I’ve got a ton of old machines I meant to sell “one day” but never got around to, and the sad thing is, by the time I decided I really didn’t want them around, they were too old to be easily sellable. And easy option to move on old machines is awesome, expecially if disposal is done in an environmentally friendly way.

    PS: Anyone tried VLC for playing Quicktime videos? I love using that one, coz that will play Quicktime, DivX, XVid, MPeg, DVD, etc in *full* *screen* ..and I don’t need to pay for a pro licence just to do that. :) (If only it could encode.) ;)

  13. Bruce Aguilar | Jun 02 2006 - 09:35

    Regarding using your iTMS shopping cart as a bookmark. Adam stated in the show that if you have a shopping cart filled with songs and only want to buy a selection of them instead of the entire cart, then you had to delete the songs you didn’t want to purchase. This is true if you choose “Buy Now” but you also have to option to purchase one song at a time. This way, you can only purchase the songs you want and leave your “bookmarks” in the shopping cart. Apple is also very smart at billing and will bill you once for all the idividual tracks you bought instead of getting several charges of $0.99.

    I’ve bought songs from the iTMS in this fashion many times without incident.

  14. Alex Santos | Jun 03 2006 - 03:47

    Hey Adam, great podcast!

    I never listen to the music at the end of your show but now that it’s been up for debate I thought I would try. Can’t dig the tunes all the time BUT don’t change the format, it’s nice to know that the tune is there at the end. It’s spiritual man!

    Also,, thanks for the Apple Folklore podcast, I love stuff like that and if your listeners do then they will love this

    Adam, keep up the excellent work, it’s a pleasure to listen to you.

  15. Fred Zelders | Jun 04 2006 - 02:22

    Hey Adam,

    Just like Paul, I was not able to download the mp3 :-(

    Can you provide a fresh copy PLEASE because I don’t want to miss a single episode of your excellent podcast.

  16. Seven | Jun 05 2006 - 06:00

    Great show! I laughed when I heard about the elevator failure at the Apple store. I’m a technician for the post office and we just moved into a new, state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar, modern processing facility. One morning recently I spent nearly an hour with 6 other people in an elevator stuck between two floors. A contractor had to drive across town (Philly) to do the same thing they did at the Apple store.

  17. g0rdo | Jun 07 2006 - 10:03

    the eMaccast is messed up

    The chapters and artwork are incomplete and it stops if you try to skip past the review about the macbook (pro ?) Maybe it’s just incomplete but it’s really weird

  18. Chuck | Jun 26 2006 - 12:07

    Air travel charging. Heard your comment in this another later maccast suggesting that the kensington product was good but may not generate enough power to run the Macbook. Found this targus that seems to do the job big time with 90 watts of power from the DC outlet. Kensington does have an even more pricey unit that produces 120 watts.