MacCast 06.21.2006 - Show #145
V Opening
V Opening Music
* Music is Say Anything by Manda and the Marbles
V News
V Apple conducting audit of Chinese "iPod City"
* Apple has started to investigate the Foxconn iPod factories where allegations of unfair treatment of the workers have been made
* Apple will examine working and living conditions as well as interview workers and managers. They will also make sure wages and overtime procedures are being followed and that the factory is operating within Apples vendor code of conduct guidelines.
* We have to recognize that different countries have much different standards of what a "good" wage is.
* The report said $600 US a year, which is less than half a typical yearly salary in China.
V IPhoto update adds new card templates
* iPhoto 6.0.4 is out and adds new greeting card and postcard templates
* Recommended that you backup iPhoto Library before upgrading
V Rumors of Apple iTunes Movie deals abound
* A lot of buzz again about a possible deal between Apple and the Movie studios to sell movies on iTunes
* Apple seems to want to hold firm on a $9.99 selling price, but studios want variable ($9.99-$19.99). Movies on other services are up to $27.99 USD
* I agree with Chistopher Breen at Playlist Magazine, what about quality and burn-ability?
* Better device for watching video? New-iPod or Ultra-portable Mac?
V 50 Cent wants affordable Macs for inner-city residents
* A small note at the end of a recent Forbes article says the rapper is in talks with Apple to produce a new line of affordable computers.
* 50 Cent is also working on a marketing deal with Apple to promote his 3rd album dune around Christmas
V Feedback, Comments and Commentary
V MacCast One Minute Tip #16 - Google Sketchup
* Play MacCast One Minute Tip
Google Sketchup
* One Minute Tip Podcast
V Warning about Monolingual on Intel Macs
* Monolingual will remove PowerPC architecture by default
* This will cause Rosetta not to work
* Need to Archive and Install OS X again to fix it
V More tips on restoring user accounts
V You can do an Archive and Install
* Your current OS X is copied and replaced along with the included apps (iTunes, utilities, etc)
* Apps that install stuff into the system, printer software, Adobe apps, etc will also need to be re-installed
* All other apps, user accounts, preferences are left in place
V In Tiger, home folders can be simply copied back after a clean install
* 1) Copy the original home folder from a backup to the Users folder.
* 2) Now, from the Accounts preference set up a new user using the same short name from the home folder you just copied.
* 3) Mac OS 10.4 will re-permission that home folder to the user ID you just created
* This tip only works in OS 10.4 Tiger
V More ideas for keeping your Mac clean
* Shari points out the Protection Pack from MareWare which sells for $19.95. Soft hand-rests with adhesive that won't leave residue and a keyboard cover.
Marware Laptop Protection Pack
* Listener Kevin likes a product from Monster Cable called iClean. Does not leave residue.
Monster iClean
V Apple may be secretly recalling discolored MacBooks
V I have it from a reliable source that Apple has told Geniuses to "capture" discolored MacBook that come into the store.
* I believe this means the will send it in for service, not sure if they will give you a replacement.
* Not all models seems to have the issue as many that have been in Apple stores since the launch are not discolored.
V What a "Green Roof" really is.
* Several listeners pointed out that in Chicago (and I assume many other places) a "green" roof is a roof with grass, trees, plants, etc. Basically a roof top garden.
* Green roofs not only look nice and are environmental, but can provide better cooling and insulation for the building
* It would be cool if Apple recreated the Icon Garden which was removed from the Apple campus.
V Keywords to determine which iPhotos are in which albums
V A followup trick suggested by many listeners
* 1. to create a new keyword for each album:
choose Preferences --> keyword --> create a new keyword (click the + sign at the bottom)
V 2. to label all your photos in an album with that keyword:
* a) select an album
* b) Edit --> Select all (Command+A)
* c) Photos-->Get Info (Command+I) --> keyword tab --> checkmark the keyword
* 3. In the Library choose View --> Keywords (Command+Shift+K)
V Files won't stay put when dropped on second desktop
* Play question from Scott
* If you know the answer, please post to the followup area on the forum
V Speed up saving in GarageBand 3
* Tom pointed out this tip and I thought the same thing when Adam Curry mentioned this "limitation" in GarageBand
* GarageBand 3 added a feature to include an iLife preview of projects so you cold use them in other iLife apps. This causes a "mixdown" to occur on every save.
V You can turn this feature off to speed things up
* Open garageband -->Go to preferences --> Turn off iLife preview
V Managing network connections and locations
* Play question from Dave
V How to manage locations
* Go to System Preferences-->Network
V Select the location you wish to manage from the Location drop down
* From this menu you can also add new locations or edit existing ones (rename, delete, etc)
V From the Show drop down you can
* View the network status for all active connections
* Configure each connection
V Manage network port configurations for that location
* Enable and disable ports for that location
* Change port names
* Change preferred connection order
V Podcasting PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations
* Listener Bob was looking for a way to do an enhanced podcast of a presentation
V ProfCast podcast presentation software
* Records live presentations, with audio playthrough (speakers)
* Allows export to GarageBand (editing) and publish to iWeb, FTP or local folder.
* Create an enhanced podcast
* Creates the RSS file
V Closing
V Visit the website
* Show notes.
V Keep emails coming. More audio comments.
V 206-222-2788 (20-MACCAST-8)
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V Geek Cam and Widgets
* The Mac Geek Cam is BAck
* Cam Widget and RSS Widgets. Thanks to Jon at The Flip Side
* Thanks to Joe “The Dead Herring” Sayer and Matt Hoult for programming and Jason Saunders for the design work on the original MacCast RSS Widget
V "Badlands" by Ross Neilsen
* On the PodSafe Music Network
* Artist web site
* All music can be viewed at