Maccast 2007.04.04

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 182. Apple Unveils Higher Quality DRM-Free Music on iTunes, Other iTunes Store & iPod News. Apple opens first retail Store in Italy, Boot Camp update adds Vista support, AirPort Base Station Update 2007-001 for Mac, Cingular offers iPhone ship date details. Follow-up: Recycling your old computer. My experience with AppleTV. Apple TV OS hacked to boot on MacBook. Changing or creating keyboard shortcuts. Review of File Salvage. Using times zone support in iCal. Can you lock the Mac to one wi-fi access point? Teach Mac.

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  1. Bob | Apr 04 2007 - 07:13

    You mentioned that the iPod is the only device that can sync with iTunes. I think that in general that is probably true, however, using MissingSync I can sync any playlist in iTunes with my Palm PDA automatically whenever I hotsync.

  2. Jack | Apr 04 2007 - 09:47

    Jobs said that albums would be DRM free at 256 kbps only at the current price. Obviously there is a push from record labels for album sales. If you think about it, combined with the complete my album feature this is a good thing if you decide you want an album.

  3. Jack | Apr 04 2007 - 09:47

    Also, when asked if Steve Jobs’ letter influenced EMI’s decisions, The EMI CEO said that they have always known Steve’s views on the subject. So I think Jobs deserves the credit he is getting.

  4. Maggie | Apr 04 2007 - 11:13

    Regarding the user whose kids were hopping wi-fi networks:

    There are two distinct things you need to do to stop this.

    1) Never ever let them be administrators on the machine. You don’t necessarily have to lock them all the way down, but do not allow their account to be an administrator.
    * If everyone’s using the same account, then that;s the first thing to change; give the kids a separate non-admin account.
    * Make sure your account does have admin rights and make sure your kids don’t know your password (change it often or they’ll figure it out – they’re kids, learning is what they do). Any major changes to the system will now require you to enter your username and password.
    * Administrative privileges are controlled by the “Allow user to administer this computer” option in the Accounts panel in System Preferences.

    2) Now, don’t allow non-admin account to change network (or other low level) settings.
    * Open System Preferences from your (administrative) account. Select ‘Security’ and check “Require password to unlock each secure system preference”.
    * Click the lock in the left-hand corner to disable any changes. Now any panel which has a lock in the lower corner will require an admini account to unlock it.
    * Click Show All up top to go back to the System Preferences and then select ‘Network’.
    * Select “Airport” from the Show: menu. Notice that you’ll need to click the lock to make changes. Do so and enter your password to unlock this panel. You want “By default, join:” to list only your wireless access point (delete all others)
    * Next click “Options” and make sure the top option is set to “keep looking for recent networks” and that under “Require administrator password to:” both boxes are checked (“change wireless networks” and “create computer-to-computer networks”).
    * Click the lock again to lock it and disallow any further changes.

    Now, only an administrator account can change the wirless default network.

    Hope that’s what you’re after!

  5. Greg | Apr 05 2007 - 07:18

    I was just in my local Apple store yesterday, which is currently shrunk down to a 20 x 20 area, as the rest is under construction / renovation. My guess is to make ready for the iPhone.

    Anyway, I got my first view of the Apple TV, and I agree Adam, the picture on the Sony Bravia was not very good. The photos looked great, but the TV and movies were very pixelated with a fair amount of motion artifact. When veiwing the same video on the iPods a few feet down the counter, the picture looks great. I just don’t think the quality is quite there yet for HDTVs.

    Great show as usual.


  6. Walafrid | Apr 06 2007 - 03:03

    Thanks for another good show Adam, just one small thing that I noticed—the ‘…’ symbol is actually got by pressing ‘alt+;’. I think you said it was ‘cmd+;’. No big deal though!



  7. rick | Apr 06 2007 - 01:05

    regarding the posting by maggie (#4 above) about restricting access to wi-fi networkds, I tried the method described and did not work exactly as expected.

    First I clicked the lock and entered my admin password to make changes to my airport settings.

    Then, “by default join:” gives me two options: preferred networks or automatic. So I selected “preferred networks”. Then I deleted all listed networks except mine.

    Under Options > Require Admin Password to: I checked both boxes (change wireless network and create computer to computer networks). The problem is that now I have to enter my admin password every time I want to join my own network. Which is a hassle. So I unchecked that box.

    I thought that as long as my network is the only one listed as preferred network, I would not have to enter any password anymore.

  8. Pawel | Apr 08 2007 - 05:19

    just heard the podcast and I envy very much the Italian guys for their real Apple Store. I’m a listener of your podcast and you got me so sold on idea of switching that I have already decided, saved up for the macbookpro but somehow cannot buy.
    I still have in memory the lousy service and not-so-friendly personnel of the only store selling apple stuff in Poland couple of years ago. Even the recently created iSpot shops/booths selling primarily iPods and accessories somehow cannot change that perception of mine.
    i was almost conceding I may have too high expectations when I bumped into this page:
    I’m not alone. And still hesitating to get my first mac.

    keep up the great work Adam!


  9. Jon | Apr 09 2007 - 10:43

    With reguard to the lack of an on/off button on the Apple TV, the unit can be put into standby mode by holding the play/pause button for six seconds. This has significantly reduced the heat generated by my AppleTV when not in use.

  10. Scott Russell | Apr 15 2007 - 05:01

    On the recommendation of the podcast caller, I tried out File Salvage. Unfortunately, it’s success rate for recovering my files was 0% — yes, zero percent.

    I installed it, then deleted some files, then scanned the drive for their recovery using the app — but it found nothing to rescue. Weird. It made me wonder if the call was just a well-crafted advertisement for an unimpressive product. Anybody else try it?

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