Written by: Adam Christianson
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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 165. Core 2 Duo MacBooks released. Sundance Channel documentaries available on iTunes. Nvidia to acquire Portal Player. Apple offers PowerMac G5 power supply repair. Justin Long is no longer a “Mac”. Follow-up to OS X remote access solutions. iTunes CD ripping fails? Be patient. Apple is not the best choice for non-warranty service. Apple won’t cover “cosmetic” issues. Corrupt MIME mail attachments from PC users. Solutions for long term storage of large files and data. You have heard of speed reading, try speed listening.
New music, Going to the Party by Mobius Donut
Would you just stop rubbing your body up against mine, because I can’t concentrate when you do that. — Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
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Regarding file transfers…
To securely transfer files between macs remotely I use Fugu which is a GUI for ssh/sftp. You just need to remote mac sharing set to allow remote login (permits ssh) and to know the IP address. Once you connect you have secure full access to your files.
Doug’s scripts has a script called “Make Bookmarkable” which does the m4a to m4b conversion painlessly. There is also a script called “Quick Convert” that lets you check the file type on the fly and if you select AAC it asks if you want to make it bookmarkable. Easy.
Great show, as usual.
With Hamachi you have 256-bit AES encryption. So you can use the FTP feature built into Mac OS X knowing that all its traffic will be encrypted by HamachiX.
Hamachi is 100% secure, if you don’t believe this, listen to what Gibson said about Hamachi: http://aolradio.podcast.aol.com/sn/SN-018.mp3
(there is no way the mediation server can get your information)
In refrence to you speed listening bit, I’ve been doing this with podcast in iTunes for awhile now by using an applescript that I call from the iTunes script menue. When I call this script it grabs the current track I am listening to and starts playing it in quicktime at 1.x speed from the same point I was listenting to in iTunes. And yes, the AV controlls work in the non pro version of quick time. Here’s the script:
tell application “iTunes”
set my_track to location of current track
set my_seconds to player position
tell application “QuickTime Player”
set my_movie to first movie
set ts to time scale of my_movie
set current time of my_movie to my_seconds * ts
set rate of my_movie to 1.5 — starts playing
Thanks for the great show!
About Apple non-warranty repairs:
It’s interesting. My screen stopped working (intermittently at first) on my Powerbook 12″. PowerBookResQ had a repair service. They couldn’t find the problem and quoted a $800 for parts and $125 for labor (assuming a logic board problem).
They couldn’t actually replicate the problem so it came back to me (and I lost $50).
The screen blinked out again, so I visited the Apple Store because I couldn’t deal anymore. Imagine my surprised when they quoted me $310 for shipping, inspection, parts, and labor, no matter what the cause was (logic board, LCD, etc.). That seems pretty fair to me (anyone know of a place with a cheaper flat rate repair?).
Apple found the problem, replaced my LCD, next day’d it back to me and it’s been rock solid ever since.
This podcast stopped working about 2 minutes in!! (subscribed through iTunes). You might want to get that sorted.
I believe simply changing the extension of an aac to .m4p will only work on Windows. On a Mac you have to actually change the file type. You can do that using the developer tools “SetFile” command.
Love the show, I don’t mind them long at all.