Maccast 2009.11.13

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 284. Lots of interesting Apple numbers. Apple can’t get any respect. iTunes getting more polish. Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update. iPhone attacks target Jailbreakers. Mini Display Port made VESA Standard. Apple works to make Holiday shopping easier. Safari 4.0.4 Update. Apple rolls out iTunes Preview. Apple retail keeps growing up. Apple TV Issues after 3.0.1 update. More Magic Mouse feedback. Questions about a stolen Mac. New vs. unplayed in iTunes. Windows virtualization vs. Bootcamp. Thoughts on being a pirate. Maccast Nominated for a Podcast Award. Vote now!.

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  1. Udo Thiel | Nov 14 2009 - 07:27

    Regarding piracy: while I do share a lot of your opions on this topic, I am 100% sure that Adobe would never ever lower the price of Photoshop if the sales would go up. This is because pricing for a product isn’t based on production costs alone, especially if it is software. The reason for Photoshop being so expensive is a) the target audience, which is mainly professionals (for mainstream audience there is Elements, which is much more affordable), and b) competition/market domination. Photoshop has reached such a dominant position in the market that competitors have a hard time to enter the market. Therefore the argument that you brought up, i.e. “Those big companies have so much money that a little piracy won’t hit them” is a pretty valid one on first glance. But the answer is not “OK so steal from them”, but instead “Support alternative products from smaller companies”.

    Same goes for running Windows on a Mac: I think you forgot to mention that the first step should be searching for an alternative solution that runs natively on the Mac. While there might be scenarios that do require Windows, my belief is that the best solution is to do some research first and try to eliminate the requirement for Windows. Unless you’re heavily into games, there is Mac software for everything out there.

  2. Jeff Miller | Nov 15 2009 - 01:30

    As far as Magic Mouse capabilities go try out the freeware BetterTouchTool. It supports vertical two finger swipes, two finger and three finger clicks and other features such as setting the sensitivity much higher.

    These features work quite work and this tool is still being developed. There are also some shareware programs that support pinch and expand and other features. I can now access Expose and use Middleclick.

    Not sure why Apple didn’t support more features in the preference pane considering all that the MM is actually capable of. Surely we will see more functionality in the future.

    As for your comment on trying the MM in a store, I agree the experience is much different when sitting down and using it as a normal mouse. I think that the MM is beyond just the best mouse Apple has made, a fairly low bar – but a mouse worthy of competing against the best of other mice. Having used plenty of excellent Microsoft and Logitech mice I now prefer the MM. The scrolling feature alone makes me miss it as soon as I have to use my Mouse at work.

  3. Yoram Snir | Nov 15 2009 - 08:18

    Regarding your show note: Cost, both you have to buy Windows. The additional cost of VMWare or Parallels. USD $80

    I’m using Sun’s VirtualBox, it is open source and free. It is just the best in stability. I have very complex server environment with lot’s of development environments, Oracle Server, SQL Server , and a lot more, running perfectly on late 2008 iMac 24″ (the slowest 2.66 GHz).

    With that said, I’ve configured the networking so I’m developing iPhone client on the Host that communicates with the server on the guest machine (it works like magic).

    Now try to do this with bootcamp ;-)