MacCast 2006.10.26

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 163. New MacBook Pros. “DVD Jon”‘s new venture. Selling iTunes DRM. Intel Xserve ship date slips to November. Bluetooth proof-of-concept exploit released. Apple releases preliminary 4th quarter financial results. Apple store iPod thefts on the rise. Apple releases iPod Shuffle fix. Apple also releases FinalCut Express HD update. Are MacBooks showing early signs of wear? Correction on fixing iPod restart issue. MacBook RSS fix is now working. iPod virus follow-up. Software recommendations for managing serial numbers. Migrating Outlook contact to Address Book. Managing iPod playback order. Getting around the iTunes tax. Speeding up the Dashboard. iTunes 7 and the disappearing podcast bug. More tips on deleting Mac Apps. Software to better manage and use iPhoto keywords. Locating large files in OS X. Fix for the iCal Alarm issue. Backups and drive formats. Toggling info in the iPod graph in iTunes 7. iLike not the first iTunes music social network service. Fixing battery, power and fan issues on your Macs. ScreenCasts Online Offer.

New music, What I should have said by Melissa

There’s always work at the post office.Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

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  1. Rozza | Oct 26 2006 - 10:42

    iLike and Last FM are both good, i think i prefer iLike cause i have a good and simple username (rory), anyway. iLike has the sidebar aspect that i REALLY like. This means i dont have to open the last fm application, although, the radio idea is really good. It would be fantastic if you could get lastfm intergration with iLike! but, thats my 2 cents. Funny thing is, i saw adam listening to eMC 10/26/2006 through the ilike sidebar and then i downloaded it. XD

  2. André van Haren | Oct 27 2006 - 04:58


    First… I love your pod cast, I listen to it on my ipod during my job as a dish washer.

    Anyway, I was wondering if you know about this funny error on the Mac. I noticed that when I have my msn messenger window open and I can see my photo in it and the message next to that, this message changes every time into the title of the track that I am listening to in itunes. So, for example, the msn messenger is open, I click on a track in itunes. That exact title shows up in my messenger text. Not very helpful for anything, but funny anyway.

    Greetings from Sweden!


  3. haydn | Oct 27 2006 - 05:35

    Great show Adam – maccast is my first port of call when I’m looking at switch podcast to listen to.

    Re: the xserve delay – seems like there could have been production issues but given Intel’s announcement that they’re releasing quad core chips mid November I wonder if Apple have deliberately delayed in order to provide a verticle performance leap on release

  4. macFanDave | Oct 27 2006 - 11:52

    It’s funny to hear two of the podcasters you listen to talking to each other! I might have a nugget of info that might help Simon about the “missing” AAC file:

    When I upgraded to iTunes 7, I found that some of my podcasts ended up in the Audiobooks section of the Library. Maybe that’s where his AAC file ended up?

  5. Neil McDougall | Oct 27 2006 - 11:56

    Hey Adam
    In regards to the user who was having problems with the formatting of his external backup drive, you failed to mention his biggest mistake, and one I see a lot of people make. An overfull internal hard drive. He said that his internal drive was too full to install the 10.4.8 update on, and when he tried, it hosed the OS. YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE YOUR HARD DRIVE THIS FULL!!!!! You should never have less than 10% free space on your drive. Never. And if this user had a MacBook and couldn’t install the 10.4.8 update, he must have been running at less than 1% of capacity. When you start packing yor drive like this, virtual memory doesn’t work right, directory corruption problems occur: it’s ugly.

    Remember the 10% rule folks.

  6. Hens Zimmerman | Oct 27 2006 - 11:22

    Hi Adam!

    Love the show, listen to it always (usually on my bike to or from work, iPod 5th gen 60 GB). I’m using a PPC iMac and I just bought myself a 17″ Intel Core 2 Duo MBP… woohooo… can’t wait ’till they deliver it. I switched to Mac two years ago when Logic was discontinued on the PC and am an Apple fan ever since.

    Hey, and I’m a podcaster myself:

    It’s a show about audio engineering, mainly using Logic and Protools on OSX. I do it in English as good as I can. …ahem… ~ cough ~

    Keep up the great work.

    Hens (from The Netherlands)

  7. Greg Fitzgerald | Oct 28 2006 - 06:13

    Hey Adam, I really love the show. I just wanted to comment on the new iPod schematics you talked about.

    I really hope Apple doesn’t get rid of the ‘click wheel’ I think the click wheel is the reason the iPod has over 80% market share of MP3 players.

    I was a Windows user up until recently. I was looking at MP3 players and of course looked at the iPod. 1 minute with the iPod, the ease of use, the size, feel, and most of all the click wheel… and I was hooked. I was so impressed that I recently bought a 17″ iMac, and feel the same way about the iMac. I’ll never buy a windows machine again.

    I’m not sure if a click wheel bezel around the iPod Video would have the same functionality and ease of use as a wheel. I hope it does, because I plan on buying one as soon as they come out.

    Thanks again for putting such a great show together, I look forward to listening every week.

    Lake Orion, Michigan

  8. studio34 | Oct 29 2006 - 04:42

    Hey Adam,

    Listen to your podcast every week – recently while travelling down the west coast of Australia car camping!

    Re: deleting apps on the Mac and all other files. This is meant to be great and it’s free:


  9. Naz | Oct 29 2006 - 05:43

    Hi Adam,

    First of all, I love your show – its the only podcast I actually listen to.

    Keep up the good work.

    Concerning the user that had the backup problem, you said that OS X doesn’t write to HFS as its a windows format, did you mean to say NTFS? HFS is the Mac OS standard file system – I know you can’t install OS X on a HFS volume, it needs to be on HFS+ but HFS according to Apple is a Mac format (older) while NTFS is definately windows.

    Anyway, I look forward to the next show,


  10. Russ Vollmer | Oct 29 2006 - 04:12

    Hi Adam,

    Great show as always. The MacCast is my favorite podcast.

    In regard to migrating Microsoft outlook:

    When I switched my personal systems from Windows to Mac last year, I found a simple and free way to migrate my contacts from Outlook to Address book using vCard format. It works in Outlook 2003 and possibly in earlier versions too.

    In the Outlook contact list or address card view, press ctrl+a to select all the contacts. On the menu bar, click on Actions, Forward as vCard. This will open a new email with all the contacts attached as vCards. Send it to an email address accessible from your mac.

    If you open the email in the OS X Mail program, you should be able to drag and drop the vCards directly into address book.

    Be conscious of the total size of your email. I had 1,058 contacts which totaled 5 meg, too large for my email host at the time. To get around this limitation, I emailed the contacts in two emails instead of one by selecting only portions of the contacts listed.

    Hope someone will find this useful.


  11. John Dickinson | Oct 31 2006 - 05:35

    Hey Adam,
    Love the show and appreciate how much work you put into it. Just called Apple in Australia regarding downgrading a Macbook Pro (core 2 duo) to a 100GB 7200RPM drive and was told that it is only possible with the 17 inch model and not the 15 inch. I was advised that this is also the case in the US. It doesn’t make sense to me at all but thought you might like to know.



  12. richard | Nov 02 2006 - 10:29

    Hi Adam –

    regarding migrating to Outlook from a Windows machine to a Mac using an iPod. My iPod is formatted for my Mac and is enabled for disk use. When I plug it into my Windows machine, I’m told that the disk isn’t formatted. What am I doing wrong?


  13. Robert Marking | Nov 03 2006 - 12:58


    In regards to Danny’s question about reclaiming hard disk space. I would just like to mention an application I’ve found very useful. It is a freeware/donationware application called “Disk Inventory X” and can be downloaded from It has a nice GUI interface and shows the sizes of files and folders using treemaps.

    Thank for all the hard work you do to make this show possible!