MacCast 2006.11.14

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 166. Disney claims success with iTunes. Where are the others? FOX movies coming to iTunes? Apple delays 17″ Core 2 Duo MacBook shipments. Rosetta performance increases under 10.4.8. Buy the album after a track, Apple may want to give you credit. Apple appoints new legal leader. iPod integrated in-flight entertainment coming. Apple release EFI Firmware updates for Intel Macs. Follow-up on suggestions for the new “Mac” guys in the Apple ads. Issues with “fsck” and full hash tables. Silencing your Mac at startup. How to move the “full screen” movie controller. Quality Issues with MacBook Pro and Powerbook G4 LCDs? My thoughts on refurbished vs. new Macs. Question about OS X secure empty trash. My thoughts on the Microsoft Zune. A scary iSight trick. Help support the show, visit

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  1. Dickie | Nov 15 2006 - 09:18

    I haven’t listened to today’s show yet, but kudos on covering the Zune (what a gimmicky piece of crap). One of my blogger friends was just invited to a special Zune preview party in LA last week, and even as someone who owns a PC/is definitely not a Mac Geek, he said that the Zune was incredibly lame. Vive le iPod!

  2. rish | Nov 15 2006 - 11:50

    another great show Adam, keep it up;

    btw here’s how i mute the startup sound of my mac:
    I simply mute the volume before shutting it down. The next time I switch it on, there is no startup sound.

  3. Dorothy | Nov 15 2006 - 01:27

    I also have a 17″ Powerbook (purchased April 2005) that has recently experienced the infamous 1-pixel vertical lines – two have propogated on my screen. I have AppleCare and will take mine to a local certified Apple repair. I also am following the thread Adam linked in the show notes and printed out the discussion thread to take with me to the repair store. Listener Elizabeth’s experience of getting a cosmetic excuse from her Apple repair is ridiculous(!) I know another who had the same lines problems (he had at least 8 lines) get his 17 inch screen entirely replaced – fortunately he had Apple Care. I can’t imagine how expensive a replacement cost for a new screen would be! Certainly a lot more than the cost of AC.

  4. Carl | Nov 16 2006 - 09:15

    On stopping the start up sound. A program I use is called MacPilot, it disables the sound (amongst other things) and I’ve never had any problems with my eMac after using it.

  5. Luke | Nov 16 2006 - 03:24

    Hi adam, bad news this maccast won’t play on my 5th gen iPod or iTunes 7. It compleatly stops at about 15:28. Whats going on?

  6. Luis | Nov 16 2006 - 07:51


    I have a 5th gen iPod too and it play well all the way. Just for your information. I have no clue what could be wrong with yours.


  7. Dani | Nov 17 2006 - 10:39

    Mine did the exact same thing, Luke.

  8. Neil McDougall | Nov 18 2006 - 07:41

    I would never advise anybody to buy a refurbished Mac. To me that’s like buying somebody elses problem. It’s been returned for a reason, and Apple might or might not have fixed it correctly. Yes it still has a warranty, but do you want that headache? In my line of work (Apple certified Mac tech) I’ve seen plenty of refurb Macs, and most have had to be sent back for repairs, some numerous times. Especially the flat panel iMacs.

    It just doesn’t seem worth taking that chance in order to save $150.

  9. maccast | Nov 18 2006 - 10:06

    Luke and Dani,
    So far these are the only two reports i have on this issue. So it seems to be isolated. Were you able to re-download? any one else with this issue, please email me. Thanks.

  10. Dave | Nov 19 2006 - 10:18


    You mentioned paint comming off of black macbooks. I ran accross a product from Marware that could benefit some macbook/powerbook/macbook pro owners. I found mine at an apple store. I don’t think I paid $35 for it, more like $20-30. Here is a direct link:

    Short Version:

    The texture is almost like a soft felt or leather. It peels off WITHOUT leaving any residue behind.

    Have used one on my 12″ powerbook for about 1 year and my MacBook (black) for about 3 months and really like it.

    It keeps the palm rest from getting discolored or scratched and the paint from being worn. Have no idea how long they will last since I haven’t worn mine out yet.

    Keep up the good work,

  11. Dave | Nov 19 2006 - 10:13

    Snooped the Marware website some more and found the product I actually use. The price is $19.95. Includes palmrest and keyboard cover.

    Comes in White and Black. Site says NOT to use black version on White MacBooks.


  12. Chris | Nov 19 2006 - 09:18

    I too had no problems listening to the podcast on my 5th Gen iPod

  13. Utti | Nov 20 2006 - 04:23

    If you hold down the mute button (F3) on startup, it automatically mutes the music, and doesnt affect the actual volume when in tiger.

    Great show by the way

  14. Dani | Nov 20 2006 - 08:53

    My problem was with the enhanced version. It kept stopping in the same place, after 15 minutes or so. The chapters were also messed up, and only showed the chapters from that first 15 minutes. I tried playing in quicktime, too and it did the same thing. I was able to listen to the episode by getting the mp3 version from your site.

  15. Jeremy M Nelson | Nov 21 2006 - 02:58

    I just picked up a Zune yesterday – (I have already owned 4 different iPods and still own the video) and I must say that I really like it. It has much to offer that the iPod does not – larger video screen, wi-fi, fm radio, nice interface. I think with time and a few hacks (Dvorak agrees), this will be the #2 player. I am a huge Mac geek – I even got myself certification in the Mac OS and I own a number of macs. I think it would be a huge mistake to write off the Zune. I thought it might be a mistake when I bought one the other day – but I must say that I am really impressed.