Maccast 2008.05.11

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 226. 3G iPhone coming soon? iPhone plans for total global domination. NBC back on iTunes, sorta? Applecare now available for Apple TV. Informal Maccast iPhone data usage survey results. Using an old Mac as a mail server. Exchange to iCal/iPhone syncing. Troubleshooting drives behaving badly. Review: iFrogz Nano Audiowrapz Treadz. Cloned vs. TimeMachine backups. Getting files into “special” iTunes libraries.

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  1. zionlion | May 12 2008 - 01:57

    Hi Adam,

    Just felt compelled to comment on the issues of carriers “capping” data usage on the iPhone.

    I feel its unhelpful to try and justify this tight fisted practice by stating that the usage is “acceptable” because “most” users wont exceed the limits. I have to then ask “why are the caps in-place?”

    With ISP’s and Carriers alike trying to con users out of bandwidth by advertising “unlimited” in adds we should all be outraged by this practice and criticise them whenever appropriate.

    Another great show and cant believe you are still committed to us geeks even during moving, fantastic! :)

    Thank you

  2. David | May 12 2008 - 10:38

    Hi Adam,

    Just a quick comment about the iPhone data caps you talked about. I am fairly certain that wifi data isn’t a factor in that equation (it wouldn’t make sense for it to be). Most users opt for wifi over EDGE because of the speed advantage, but what about when the iPhone goes 3G? I think that we can expect to see those numbers going up when that happens and hopefully for us in the States we’ll still be enjoying unlimited data access.

    Personally, when I’m at home or at school I’m almost always on wifi. At least for me I know that those usage numbers are probably a little misleading.

    Thanks for a great show as always!

  3. Jonathan Carr | May 13 2008 - 12:22

    it is actually much easier than you suggest in this week’s show to restore from a catastrophic failure using Time Machine (provided you are using Time Machine to do a FULL backup of your system). All you need do is reinitialize or replace (if necessary) the failed drive, connect the Time Machine volume, and boot from your Mac OS X Install DVD.

    The full procedure can be found here:

  4. Klaus-Peter Istvan Dudas | May 13 2008 - 03:40

    Wow, it seems that most of you are very light iPhone data users, I have been using about 750MB a month, that is without having EDGE. O2 has not rolled out EDGE in Liverpool, UK, yet, so I am limited using GPRS. Having 5 e-mail accounts synced to the iPhone and doing a bit of browsing quickly uses up data though.

    I have no problem with data caps, the term Unlimited should be a reserved word though, like Champaign. Operators should be able to choose either or, not both. I saw a poster the other day for mobile internet, stating “Unlimited* Usage – *3GB limit”! Surely that is dishonest and unfair advertising?

  5. Wilson | May 14 2008 - 12:37

    Is it true that the USB port on the left side of the MacBook Pro is faster than the right? When I connect my Time Machine backups drive to my left port it starts making a beeping sound and it actually doesn’t even show up on my desktop. I know the port isn’t bad because when I connect my iPod to it, it works fine.

  6. John | May 14 2008 - 11:22

    Just a note on the 3G iphone and network interoperability. I think it will only work on the AT&T network in the US as AT&T uses the European standard Frequency of 1900 mhz, while T-mobile is launching on 1700 Mhz.

  7. Marty | May 15 2008 - 02:34


    Maybe I’m missing something, but wouldn’t the easiest solution for your user with mp3 podcasts be to simply contact the website in question and ask them to put the back-episodes on the feed? Or to set up a separate ‘archive’ feed? If they’re willing to keep the links up as MP3s, I wouldn’t think it a big deal to put them back up as a subscription.


  8. Tom | May 16 2008 - 09:18

    Hey Adam, Just wondering if you could provide the resource you used to pass on the info about the different USB ports on the MacBooks and MBPs?

  9. Joel Motylinski | May 19 2008 - 05:59

    I just had the unfortunate opportunity to restore the hard drive on my 6 week old MacBook Pro. I had a Super Duper backup that was 1 week old and a Time Machine back up that was 3 days old. I first restored from the SuperDuper back up from a USB external HD. That took about 1.5 hours to restore 70 gig of data. When I determined that the SuperDuper back had in fact backed up my PC files from VMFusion, I decided to test my Time Machine backup to recover additional data. The restore took 4-5 hours using ethernet. In both cases I had followed Johnathan’s procedure above and started up from my OS 10.5 Install disks. The results were the same. Time Machine just took longer which I attributed to the ethernet connection rather than the USB connection.

  10. Calum | May 20 2008 - 11:26

    “Compared to offerings from Sun and Microsoft, $499 is great value for OS X Server Edition”.

    I don’t know about Microsoft, but that’s not really true of Sun… Solaris 10 is probably the most secure and robust server OS out there, and it’s absolutely free to download and use, you only need to pay if you want a support contract. Same for OpenSolaris, although it’s not really aimed at server usage, yet.

    (Also, IIRC that $499 will only get you the Tiger version of OS X Server, not the Leopard edition!)

  11. Cornellius | May 20 2008 - 12:24

    Dear Adam,

    what happened to your podcast? I downloaded your recent Podcast, because the last time I consumed it was 2007. I skipped it there because it was too stiff and all the news were available on the net. But still, it was a pleasure listening to you.

    But this time, I thought you changed completely. Unfortunately not for the postive besides your growth into business. I felt lie just listening to commercials. You are naming a lot of agengies, software labels, other Podcast alliances, brands, 3rd party firms, etc, “visit”, “support our bla,bla”, “our partner really is the best in …”. And the best: No news on Mac or Apple. Just loads of iPhone. Yeah right! Gotta make some space for more copmmercial.

    35% Mac-based, and 65% spam and commercial.

    I know, you won’t give a cent about this post, but I was one of your first listeners. I will never forget the best quality and independent journalism in your podcasts in 2004 (december) to end 2006.

    I am proud that you monitized your biz, but somethings lost. I will unsubcribe your podcast.

    I have no problem when someone/something evolves, especially in our fast-paces times. But please be honest. Count the brands and commercials.

    Really sad.

  12. Giovanni | May 22 2008 - 09:54

    Hi Adam,

    just a short followup to a listener question.
    It is indeed possible to add mp3 files as podcasts to itunes from outside iTunes because XCast (my favorite podcatcher, does that. I think it uses a mix of metadata editing and applescript to achieve that. May be, it is possible to ask for more details to the developer.

    Thanks for the show.