Maccast 2007.03.25

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 181. MacBooks still plagued by cracks. Rumor of Leopard delays. 10.4.9 not recommend if you use FinalCut 4.5. Elton John expands iTunes offerings. Rumors say iMac may be due for a facelift. Follow-up and warning on Save PDF to Web Receipts. Patch available for Stuffit Finder bug. Apple TV first impressions, tips, and thoughts. Handy iPhoto maintenance tip Review: Pioneer DEH-P5900IB. Reverting your installed version of OS X. What to do with old Apple hardware? Doing more with words in OS X. Changing your spell check language. Warning of Apple Store Order phishing email in the wild. Sound issues after 10.4.9 upgrade a feature not a bug.

New music, The Fever by The Young Immortals [Buy on iTunes]

You see that flash of light in the corner of your eye? That’s your career dissipation light. It just went into high gear.Backdraft (1991)

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  1. iConJohn | Mar 26 2007 - 05:03

    Great job yesterday with both shows Adam! I really enjoyed the Apple TV chat on the Loop and will probably be getting a Mac mini (when Leopard ships) to be the go between Eye TV and my digital hi-def. I agree with you on not paying Comcast for the digital STB (hence your old tv) but have you ever thought of getting an antenna for your roof and getting free hi-def. I’m sure San Diego broadcasts quite a few. Try your zip code with this site

  2. Greg Speck | Mar 26 2007 - 08:35

    As far as AppleTV goes, is far surpases the previous alternatives of EyeHome, and Mac mini. Having both in play, I will most likely put the EyeHome on ebay, and retire the mini. The mini requires overscann to fill the HD screen. It also involved some one who does not mind using keyboard, mouse etc.

    Mini and Front Frow or Media Central work well.

    But AppleTV blows em out of the water. Ease of use, excellent 720 P video output. Fantastic streaming, HI DEF photos, WOW. Even my wife can use this now.

    I have converted many of my movies over, and now rip in H264 and get fantastic results.

    Way to go Apple!

  3. Ian | Mar 26 2007 - 05:04

    Great show Adam.
    It’s interesting you should bring up the cracked case issue on my Macbook (only had it 7 months) as I too now have my first crack on the underside near the vents.
    Luckily I have Applecare so looks like it’ll be taking a trip to my local Apple Shop.

  4. sheala | Mar 26 2007 - 07:20

    Don’t forget that most stores will take your old Mac Hardware and recycle it for you. Many will give you free shipping to ship the old stuff in. Some will even offer trade in specials.

    Personally I’m a fan of the ‘pass it on to someone who might not get a Mac product otherwise’. I’ve made my folks iPod fans, by doing that!

  5. Patrick Stein | Mar 26 2007 - 09:43

    Hi Adam,

    you can recycle your old mac as a secondary display for your new mac with ScreenRecycler.

    Good show, I’m interested how your apple-tv works out, esp. the iPhoto integration.

    Regards – Patrick

  6. Mike | Mar 27 2007 - 10:01

    Wow, thanks for featuring ‘The Fever’

  7. Larry Williams | Mar 27 2007 - 04:16

    You might be interested in this video. This guy can boot the AppleTV from an external hard drive.

  8. Julianne | Mar 27 2007 - 08:11

    I checked my husband’s MacBook as soon as I heard you mention the crack. Sure enough he has one. His MacBook was bought in December (Christmas gift!). I don’t know if we’ll do anything about it. If it’s just cosmetic it sounds like a hassle to leave it to be fixed. I’ll have to look into it more.

  9. David | Mar 31 2007 - 08:41

    The reviews are in and they show the limitations of first generation AppleTV including the poor quality of current iTunes videos for the big screen. My decision is to use a MacIntel with Airport Extreme (n) and Series 3 TIVO boxes ( includes all TV cables) with TIVO wireless adapters. Here is why:

    I pay about $8 per month for Tivo –saved that in not having Showtime etc. Using Amazon Unbox I’m downloading movies/TV episodes via Airport straight to my 2 Series 3s, each with 32 hrs HD storage (300 hour regular def). Using Airport Extreme (n) I am downloading 1.5 hr. movies in 30 min. at TIVO’s best recordable. This is with TIVO wireless adapters spec’d at only 802.11 (g).

    Apple iPhoto Albums show up on TIVO’s Now Playing list with a couple clicks if one has the current Mac TIVO Desktop, 1.9.3 version of TivoToGo –

    With VisualHub and TivoToGo I can export iTune music and videos in TIVO format (but mostly I’ll continue to use my iPod and Mac). Its a winning combination of a Mac’s and iTunes’ links to music, photos, short videos, podcasts, internet videos and Tivo’s DVR/ movie services for the TV.

    Later this year TIVO execs have promised their biggest investors to bring out a lower cost HD box-$300-500 or about the cost of a Mac mini. Later this spring Comcast in an agreement with TIVO will offer a inexpensive TIVO service upgrade for 30 million subscribers.

    If you have a TIVO account and an Amazon account as many people do, TIVO Central will link the two accounts for you with a couple of clicks. After this onetime setup one simply goes to one’s Amazon Media Library page to the one-click-buy/rent button and a a popup menu to send your movie choice to your rec room, bedroom, or library Tivo box. One can rent and hold on your Tivo box for thirty days and play the movie within 24 hours. One can download the rental to two boxes or one can buy, download, play, delete, and redownload a movie as many times as one wants–a great storage saver.

    In short Apple may have the hype and a nice iTunes store but they have a lot of catching up to do and TIVO is quietly moving up fast– just look at its stock value and its business plan at

  10. David | Mar 31 2007 - 08:19

    Here is a better link to see TIVO and Tivo To Go services:

  11. Oscar | Apr 01 2007 - 01:04

    Yeah I have that crack problem theres a couple of pictures, i have apple care if anyone now if apple care is fixing this problem please let me know.

    Great Podcast keep the good job.