MacCast 01.01.2006 - Show #111
V Opening
V Opening Music
* Music is Say Anything by Manda and the Marbles
V News
V iPod Battery Settlement moves forward. Finally!
* The appeal filed in the settlement has been thrown out so Apple can now move forward with it's original plans to send out the settlements.
V New Intel Logo
* New logo shows the company name surrounded by an oval swirl and no longer has the lowered "e".

* They are also replacing the "Intel Inside" slogan with the tag, "Leap Ahead".
* New branding is said to emphasize Intels move from just PCs and into consumer products. This includes their new "media center" technology the Viiv (five). Hopefully that includes a new consumer Mac Mini DVR?
Intel Viiv
* We already know the new processors will drop the "M" label in favor of "Core". The Core Duo and Core Solo.
V Have OS X updates damaged Powerbooks?
* The Unofficial Apple Web Log, is reporting a potential lawsuit in the works over PowerBook lower memory slot issue. - Powerbook lawsuit
* I had heard of this issue from several listeners, but this new info alleges that when users upgrade to 10.3.9, 10.4.0, and 10.4.1 on their 15" PowerBooks it actually damages the motherboard firmware controller or chipset.
* Site with more info on the issue and link to the lawsuit page
V Sony "rootkit" settlement includes iTunes option
* As part of their compensation one option in the suit offers the settlement members 3 free album downloads for each "rootkit" CD they purchased. In addition the CD is replaced with a non-DRMd version.
V Jonathan Ive inducted into the Order of the British Empire
* Apples VP of Design has been inducted into the Order of the British Empire as a Commander (a CBE honor) by the Queen.
V Has Apple outsourced the next PowerMac motherboard?
* AppleInsider is reporting that they have to Intel
* Claims Apples own resources are spread thin prepping the Intel iBooks, PowerBooks, iMacs and Mac Minis and they need to outsource to meet a 3Q 2006 ship date for PowerMacs.
* Will Apple lose control of the design? What about secrecy? Another potential source for leaks.
* Apple will continue to do the industrial and case design.
V Feedback, Comments and Commentary
V Apple redesigned support site
* I may be late in noticing this, but it looks like Apple has redesigned its support web site—support
* Looks a little cleaner and more organized to me.
* Also, check out the new MacMini "Big Ideas" section if you haven't seen it yet. Has cool stuff people are doing with MacMinis, like the Millennium Falcon case mod.
MacMini "Big Ideas"
V Followup on Bluetooth keyboards and startup keys
* Listener Jonathan pointed out that if you own a Bluetooth keyboard that you cannot zap the PRAM.
* Many listeners sent in email saying they could zap the PRAM with their Apple Bluetooth keyboards.
* May be model dependent as Listener Dan told me he can zap on his PowerMac G5, but not his 17" PowerBook.
V Follow-up on Spellcheck in Firefox
* Spellbound Extension. A port of the spellchecker code and user interface from the Mozilla Suite's Composer.
V Listener Brian claims the reason the built-in OS X spell check feature doesn't work in Firefox or Camino is that they are Carbon and not a Cocoa apps.
* Not sure if this is true. I know that Camino uses the Cocoa Interface toolkit and Firefox uses Javascript for UI.
* Looking at the Mozilla developer roadmap, built-in spellchecking is a planned feature for Firefox 2.0
V The easy way to convert DVDs to iPod format
* From Mike Talmadge of Thoughtout
* Tyler Loch of iSquint released a stripped down version of Handbrake called HandBrake Lite.—handbrakelite
V New Mac? Try the Migration Assistant.
* Starts up when you first startup your new Mac. Also available in the Application-->Utilities folder
* Can go from another Mac via a direct Firewire connection or can be from a full backup, like a Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper image.
* I used it when I upgraded from OS 10.3 to 10.4.
V Clarifying Mac PC file sharing
* Play comment from Alison
* Depending on which account you are trying to access it will make a difference as to what you can access.
* You will need to have an account on the Mac to allow you to access the 'Public' shares of other users.
* SharePoints software will give you better control over sharing—sharepoints
V New podcast, Typical Mac User
* Victor of the Typical PC User Podcast is a confirmed "switcher" and has just launched the Typical Mac User Podcast.
* Will be geared toward recent switchers and new Mac users.
* Listener Mark says you may want to check out which is Mac site focused on PC switchers
V Closing
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* Show notes.
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V "I Cannot Be With You" by South Oval
* The PodSafe Music Network
* Band info on CD—southoval