MacCast 08.30.2006

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 156. Bluetooth iPods without a new model? A device commonly known as an “iPod”. Three new Apple “Get a Mac” Ads posted. Intel shipping “Merom” Core 2 Duo chips. Greenpeace gives Apple low marks for environmental responsibility. Apple opens new Canadian retail store. VIsta may run on new Boot Camp 1.1. Apple drops price of ATI X1900 on BTO Macs. Apple adds Google CEO to it’s Board of Directors. The 64-bit question? Dashboard widget hacking. Troubleshooting help from the Console log. Parallels not yet working on the Mac Pro. An easy way to share video Podcasts, DVD. Getting lyrics on older iPods. MacCast needs you for blogging.

New music, I Don’t Have a Job by The Majestic Twelve

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  1. Austin | Aug 30 2006 - 05:53

    Great show adam!!! The news on the iPod scare is just plain stupidity. How could you not know what an iPod is?????

  2. Mark | Aug 30 2006 - 05:35

    Thanks, Adam for the great show, week in, week out. You do a wonderful job in an easy-to-understand, non-condescending way. The Maccast is very approachable and listenable, and you provide a very valuable service. Good luck on the freelance deal (from one to another). It can be scary yes, but oh so rewarding too. Keep up the good work!

  3. JermaineG | Aug 30 2006 - 10:04

    Just a note on the merom processors…

    I just ordered a Dell M65 for our church worship services. (I was sold by the 512mb video card, I’m a mac guy all the way, except when a I have a program that must run on Windows every Sunday morning with a thousand eyes starring at 2 giant screen images….I’ll get a macbook pro next year after bootcamp goes to a full version…

    anyway…I was able to order the Dell M65 with the the Core 2 Duo 2.0 Ghz (T7200). The expected ship date from Dell on my machine is September 26th. So that might clue us in as to when these new processors are actually going to be available to the consumer…

  4. LisaT | Aug 31 2006 - 07:32

    The main advantage that Amnesty has over the “dev mode” trick, is that using Amnesty you can actually select the window level for any widget on the desktop. Just right click any widget in Amnesty and choose Configure and you can set the window level to desktop, standard or floating. The Configure window also allows you to set widget transparency, scaling and other little tricks.

  5. Jon Brown | Aug 31 2006 - 08:33

    I second that Amnesty Singles is a great way to use widgets out of the desktop, another way of accessing dev mode, is by going to and searching for the devmode widget which will turn it on and off and relaunch the finder automatically letting you add them however they will float above every window in your finder. I also agree, and support anyone interested to start making their own widgets! Great show Adam and good luck!

  6. Phil | Aug 31 2006 - 08:56

    Adam –

    Great show as usual, but you kinda breezed over the “I quit my day job and started my own business” thing at the end, and unless I’ve been sleeping or not paying attention or just plain stupid (or all 3!), this is the first I’ve heard of it.

    So what gives? Can we get some details on what you’re doing? Business name? Website?

    Here’s wishing you the best. I wish I had the guts to quit the day job.

    — phil —

  7. Moria-Orc | Aug 31 2006 - 11:10

    iPods on a plane?

    Oh man Adam, be careful! If Homeland Security hears this podcast, they might ban Macbook Pros on airplanes for exploding batteries. Then the only computers allowed on planes would be Windows machines. Now that’s scary.

    ; )

  8. Rev_Fry | Aug 31 2006 - 02:14

    I just got my MacBook around the 21st. I’m wondering if they’ll offer to update my MacBook if they announce the Merom based MacBook next month like people speculate. I love my MacBook.. but I’m not adverse to a little more power, a little less heat, and a fresh start. I know they upgraded the systems of folks who just bought the Gx for free when the intels shipped. I guess this isn’t quite the same.



  9. BruceG | Sep 01 2006 - 11:38

    Adam and listeners,
    Responding to your news item on the onboard iPod scare, first, you say the iPod was in a package when found, which indicates to me that there was no way, other than by opening said wrapped package to determine the contents.
    Also, I believe that current TSA procedures prohibit ‘manipulating’ suspect items inflight until a proper inspection upon landing can determine the exact content.
    Add to this, okay, an iPod, but wouldn’t it be possible to rig an iPod as a trigger device for a bomb, etc.? Cell phones have been implicated in setting off bombs in international terrorist attacks; why not an iPod?
    So, I applaud the caution exhibited by airline security in this matter.
    Better to be safe, than sorry.

  10. Dorothy | Sep 01 2006 - 07:00

    Adam, great to hear about your career change (and getting back to your artistic roots). Best of luck.

  11. kelly | Sep 04 2006 - 04:21

    Hey, love the podcast! I don’t see the links to the Dashboard developer stuff. Care to share? :)

  12. kelly | Sep 05 2006 - 02:26

    Ignore that. I just found the show notes link. My bad.