Maccast 2007.07.26

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 193. Apple’s Q2 Earnings better than expected. Duke Wi-fi not hit by iPhone. New Leopard build not well received. iPhone hacking forges on. 6th Gen iPod won’t have the touch. Listener tip and comment from last show. Theories on “The iPhone Gap”. Premiere of the I have something to say segment, Convincing PC owners to switch. Dvorak is OK with the Mac. 10.4.10 brings Airport woes for some. Migrating data to a new Mac. Alternative Paint apps.

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  1. Dougan | Jul 27 2007 - 02:11

    I have no plans to buy a 4-8gb iPhone. (I’m a satisfied T-Mobile customer.) It seems like Apple is going for simplicity with the flash based players.

    If the 6th gen iPod has the same interface as the iPhone, then I’ll hold off replacing the 30gb video iPod I lost a few months ago. But I’d really be disappointed if the 6th gen iPod is scaled back in storage capacity just to make it look cool. I’d prefer they keep the hard drive.

    I’m one of those geeks who has lots and lots of media I like to have on me.

  2. Brion | Jul 27 2007 - 03:10

    Doesn’t it make sense that the 124,000 iPhone gap be due to people who purchased iPhones online through the Apple store?

    I believe it was a 6-8 week delivery which would obviously mean that the phones would not have been activated with AT&T.

  3. Jerry Krinock | Jul 28 2007 - 05:55


    I’m surprised that cleaning caches makes your Mac run faster. I had always thought that caching speeds things up; that’s why Apple has designed them in. Have you ever noticed that the second time you do some task it always runs much faster than it did the first time? I guess that this is due to caching. And subjectively, I have seen this difference between first and second runs grow increasingly wider over the years. I conclude that recent versions of the Mac OS are increasingly using caches to improve speed.

    Last week I was debugging a shell script and accidentally moved my entire home directory. I moved it back almost immediately, but oh my gosh my Intel Core Duo Mac Mini was SO SLOW after I did that. Opening an email message took 30 seconds. Restarting did not help, but it gradually regained its speed over they next day of use. My explanation: the caches got disconnected and speed improved back to normal as they repopulated.

    Of course, I’m only an electrical engineer with not much knowledge of operating systems, and so this is all educated conjecture.

  4. The Troll | Jul 29 2007 - 08:27

    I just don’t see why apple would hold off on the latest technology for the 6gen ipod, it doesn’t seem there would be much of a new market for it, if they put a touch/wide screen ipod out there almost everybody who owns a 5.5 gen would want one! butt if they just shorten it around an inch not to many people are going to switch to it.

  5. Rene | Jul 30 2007 - 01:09

    I’m curious how many people outside the US have bought an iPhone on June 29 and 30. We even have an iPhone in a Dutch museum for communication here, because the museum thinks the iPhone is that important an innovation. Visitors can get a cardboard replica ;-)

  6. manish jain | Jul 30 2007 - 11:45

    ugh…no chapter markers.

  7. In response to the question of Peter in the last MacCast: I use BluePhoneElite on a daily basis to send and receive SMS with my Sony-Ericsson k610i phone. It’s an ideal solution, because it enables you to manage messages both on the Mac and the phone that you can reach by clicking on an icon in the menu bar. A message pops up on the screen when a message is delivered. Actually, as I seldom call with my phone, it seldom comes out of my bag during the day. A V2 beta version of BPE is available that should even enable you to make voice calls via BlueTooth. However, this function needs to be improved still, as it appears to be a bit buggy still.
    Adam, thanks for the show. I really look forward to it every week, and I hope that you will be able to combine it with your other activities. All the best from Maastricht, Holland.