MacCast 2006.10.18

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 162. Apple sees (RED) with new iPod Nano. Apple ships a few infected iPods. Apple purchases Silicon Color. Analyst claims 2 iPhones are in the works. Apple plans support for BluRay and HD-DVD? A fix for iPods that reboot after 1.2 firmware update. Find more music you iLike. Mac Bluetooth keyboard and mouse recommendations. “iPod tax” is wider spread than I knew. Converting WMA files for use in iTunes. How to remove old applications from OS X. A response to my .Mac and iTunes support rant. iCal alarms pop up in wrong place after 10.4.8 update. Followup on creating an enhanced podcast. The latest on the MacBook “RSS” repairs. smcFanControl app to adjust your MacBook (Pro) fan speed. ScreenCasts Online enhanced podcast tutorial and special offer for MacCast listeners.

New music, Coversation Piece by Superbeing

Promos from The MedicCast and the God’s Mac Podcast

You know, for kids.The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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  1. David Ross | Oct 19 2006 - 12:46

    There is also an alternative that does not require an app to be opened all the time called Fan Control. It also manages the fan speed by temperature as well. It is available at

    I also have a modified version that uses a more aggressive function to calculate the temperature rather then the linear function the original Fan control uses. I am posting the modified program and source at It does not have an installer so you would need to replace the files manually following the included instructions.

  2. chris2x | Oct 19 2006 - 01:46

    I have been deleting the podcast track every week since the latest iLife came out. I had not accidently saved this version yet but had worried each time. Thanks for that tip!

    P.S. As a resident of Silicon Valley, you wrote above Apple acquired Silicon Color, what you said on the show was Silicone Color

  3. get rid of maccast | Oct 19 2006 - 05:18

    Adam why do you need to advertise things? Oh yeah thats right cause YOU get money! Surprise, your all money.

    Podcasing is a FREE service, if you can’t fund YOUR OWN COSTS and hobbie, don’t do it.


  4. sheala | Oct 19 2006 - 08:15

    oddly, I finally brokedown and got a MS wireless mouse. It seems to be one of the few things MS can do well. So I’d start there for a bluetooth mouse and keyboard. I got mom a set but I think it’s RF, not bluetooth. still she says it’s the best ever.

  5. Chris Meisenzahl | Oct 20 2006 - 05:18

    Thanks for the great work with these podcasts Adam, I’ve been following them since very early on. And make no apologies for the ads. You are using your time and resources to provide me a free service on my end.


  6. steve | Oct 20 2006 - 04:27

    Am I the only one who can’t download this episode from iTunes? Is it just me or is the feed down? Man, I really want to listen to it.

  7. Jamie Davis | Oct 20 2006 - 07:01


    Thanks for the promo play and link. Don’t apologize for the ads. You have saved sooo many Mac users time and money, you certainly deserve to get compensated for it. Keep up the good work!

    Jamie, the Podmedic

  8. Mr. T | Oct 21 2006 - 10:22

    I bought a “Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer for Bluetooth” for my MacBook. There is a package that includes the keyboard, but I only purchased the mouse. This does not state that it supports Mac OS X, but I thought “hey, it’s Bluetooth. What could go wrong”

    When I tried it under OS 10.4.7, the cursor was “sticky” and the mouse was unusable. I’ve since updated to 10.4.8, and the mouse works very well.

    I have an extremely portable Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 4000, and the included drivers allow you to setup the buttons. This software seems to support the BT mouse as well. I’ve also noticed that some of the Mouse Shortcuts in the Dashboard and Expose System Preference Panels allow Buttons 3, 4 and 5 – which works with the buttons on the BT mouse.

    I love the shape & feel of the mouse, something other Mac-friendly BT mice are lacking.

    Love the ‘Cast.

  9. Wade | Oct 21 2006 - 11:08

    In this podcast you mentioned fixing the iPod crash by turning off the EQ in iTunes. You actually need to turn off the EQ in the iPod itself. I had this problem and your tip did not work so I tried turning off the EQ in the iPod and it worked.

    Keep up the great podcasts, and despite what others may say, podcasts may be free to download, but they are not free to make. I don’t mind the ads.

  10. Chris Wilson | Oct 25 2006 - 09:07

    I’m a few days late on this one, but a couple of things.

    First, GetRidOfMacCast, let’s look at this rationally.

    Someone wants to take hours (hours? Really?) yes, MANY hours, to search through different resources, collect information and then organize it in such a way as to be informative to listeners.

    Then, he spends more time actually recording the show, and then even more time editing it? Add to that the cost of equipment, software development and management (I like what you’re doing with the site, by the way, Adam) and server costs to handle the massive loads of traffic he gets, because he did such a great job on all of that first stuff.

    Then, he hires on some more guys to help him handle blogging and reporting, and all of a sudden he’s got a choice: find a way to pay for the rising costs, or shut down and walk away.

    So, he says, “if I can find someone willing to help me pay for all of this, I’ll keep it up and running. If not, I might have to shut it down.” Podcasting, by the way, is only a free service to the LISTENER. Podcasters have to pay for EVERYTHING, except listings in directories, who by the way, are gettng paid by advertisers. No one hosts their sites or their shows, and certainly no one pays them to spend time putting them together. So, he finds someone to help him pay for it all and you want to start tossing around insults? Its a VERY selfish person who can get up and say, “I like this information, I WANT this information, but I don’t like that you might actually get paid for doing the work and getting it to me.” Don’t like the commercials? Fast forward. Too much trouble to Fast forward? Unsubscribe. Don’t hassle the guy for being brave enough to grow.

    Second, and the reason I wrote in initially, was the infected Windows iPods. My (sketchy) understanding is that the virus is only on the Quality Control iPods. Only 1 in so many hundreds or thousands is atcually hooked up to a PC once it has been built in order to test quality. Apparently the PC running Windows that was used to test the iPods on the Windows OS was the machine that was infected. So, theoretically, only those (1 in however many) Quality Control tested iPods were infected.


  11. Steve Gee | Oct 26 2006 - 06:35

    hi, can’t seem to get this to download in itunes.

    Keep getting the following pop-up:

    There was problem downloading “eMacCast 10.18.2006” An unknown error occurred (406)

    Can anyone help?

  12. Todd | Nov 11 2006 - 01:22

    Well, I am not a Mac Geek and rarely even get on my DELL PC but sounds like you are giving great advice to Mac users. We have been interested in getting an iPod or MP3 player. Any advice? Oh by the way, it is getting colder up North.