MacCast 08.30.2006 - Show #156
V Opening
V Opening Music
* Music is Say Anything by Manda and the Marbles
V News
V Bluetooth iPods without a new model?
* A Pioneer Electronics spokesman claims that Apple will soon be introducing a Bluetooth iPod adapter.
* They said Apple is readying the new add-on which will work with their new DEH car stereo head units.
* The device would also work with other Bluetooth audio devices like speakers and headphones.
* This rumor is obviously not new and last year Motorola also claimed Apple was getting ready release an iPod Bluetooth adapter. Wonder what's taking so long?
V A device commonly known as an "iPod"
* Passengers on a flight from Chicago to Ottawa got quite a scare when a "suspicious" package was found in the aircraft bathroom
* The plane landed safely and was taken to a remote area of the runway. Passenger were lead off and questions while officials investigated the package while bomb sniffing does and disposal teams stood at the ready.
* After some tense moments it was announced the device was, "an electronic device commonly known as an iPod." Whew.
* My question is for the aircraft employee who found the "device", How do you not know what an iPod is?
V Three new Apple "Get a Mac" Ads posted
* The ads aired during the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday
* Cover MagSafe, iPhoto Books and Spyware
* Available for viewing on Apple's Get a Mac site
Apple, "Get a Mac"
* Apple has also created a new silhouette iPod/iTunes ad with Bob Dylan wearing an iPod while performing a song from his new album, Modern Times.
V Intel shipping "Merom" Core 2 Duo chips
* Intel announced that system based on the Core 2 Duo "Merom" mobile processors are now shipping
* There are few if any systems that appear to be "immediately" available, although many like Dell, Alienware and Toshiba announced the availability of new systems.
* The Meroms, like the desktop "Conroe", consume less power and run cooler than the current line of Core Duo processors.
* Many are hoping Apple will update their MacBook and MacBook Pros to feature the new chips.
* Tests by ExtremeTech show gains of up to 40 percent in some applications over Core Duo processors, despite having only a 9% advantage in clock speed
* Recently a buyer for a co-location facility said he was denied a bulk order of Mac Minis until after Labor Day, the last time he was denied a bulk order from Apple was days before the release of the Intel Mac Mini.
V Greenpeace gives Apple low marks for environmental responsibility
* Greenpeace has released an environmental report card for technology companies, detailing the use of toxic chemicals, recycling, and quality of take-back programs
* Apple received a score of 2.7 out of 10.
* Apple did poorly for its its lack of PVC-free and/or BFR-free models in it's product line and for its lack of publicly available precautionary steps, chemical management use, and lack of a timeline for PVC fade out.
* Apple did receive a "partially good" rating for its overall amount recycled products.
* Nokia, Dell, HP, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung were the only companies to score above 5 and Apple, Sony, LGE, Panasonic, Toshiba, Fujitsu-Siemens, Acer, Motorola, and Lenovo all failed.
V Apple opens new Canadian Retail Store
* The Apple Store Sherway Gardens will open in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday, September 2, 2006 at 9:30 AM.
* They will give away T-shirts to the first 1,0000 customers
* The store features a Studio where you can get help with your digital media projects.
* Apple in-store workshops (free)
V Listener Ellie recommends Apple Pro Care
Apple ProCare
* USD $99.00/yr.
* 1 hour of one-on-one training per/week, yearly tune up (clean keyboard), Transfer of all data to new Mac, Next in line, first on the bench” service on all in-store repairs. Schedule appointments at the Genius Bar up to 7 days in advance.
V VIsta may run on new Boot Camp
* Windows Vista Pre-RC1 build (5536)
Vista Pre-RC1(5536)
* At least one site is reporting that the new Vista Pre-RC1 build (5536) works now on Intel Macs without hacking.
Vista on BootCamp
* The site claims the installation procedure is the same as with Windows XP SP2.
V Apple drops price of ATI X1900
* Apple has lowered the BTO price of the ATI X1900XT Mac edition from $350 to $250. The ATI X1900XT has not been released yet and increases ship time to 3-4 weeks.
V Apple adds Google CEO to it's Board of Directors
* Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, was elected to Apple’s board of directors at their meeting Tuesday.
* Just days ago Google started selling a Google branded iPod wrap for the 5th Gen iPod on their Google Store
Google iPod Wrap
V Feedback, Comments and Commentary
V The 64-bit question
* 2 factors, the amount of data the CPU can process in a single clock cycle and amount of memory the processor can access and handle.
V Over simplifying things:
* The bit rating determines the largest numerical number that processor can handle (2 to the power of the bit rating). 32-bit is 2^32 or roughly 4.3 billion and 64-bit is 2^64 or roughly 18.4 quintillion. So huge deal when dealing the large mathematical equations
* 32-bit processors can handle and address up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit enables the memory limit to be raised to a 16 exabyte capacity. Most current systems, Mac Pro, included set a more reasonable artificial limit on this.
* But beyond the 64-bit processor you also need 64-bit OS and apps. Tiger added 64-bit support for command line apps, but was not available to Cocoa apps.
* Leopard changes that. The problem is while most apps will gain some benefit from 64-bit the increases for many apps may not be that great and it will require a fair amount of work for developers. Some apps may even be a little slower going from 32- to 64-bits because of inflated code, which means less of it fits in the processor’s L1 and L2 caches.
* 64-bit requires developer to re-write their code and every library, framework, and plug-in their programs use will have to be modified and recompiled. Plus 64-bit apps will only work on G5 Macs or Macs with Core 2 processors. G3, G4 and Intel Core Macs are out.
V So who benefits?
* Applications that require huge amounts of memory (more than 4GB) or apps that need random access within data sets larger than 2GB.
* Applications that deal with large math calculations and large data bases. Math, science, research.
* Video encoding, 3-D rendering, gaming (?)
V Dashboard widget hacking
V Listener James points out a couple ways for putting Widgets on the desktop.
V Activate widget developer mode. There are many ways to do this:
* Use a terminal command line, "defaults write devmode YES". Basically editing the plist, requires login and logout to relaunch Dashboard.
* Use a application like TinkerTool
* Amnesty Widget Browser
Amnesty Widget Browser
V Resources for widget development
* Apple Widget Development overview
Widget Devleopment Overview
* MacDevCenter, "Lets build a Dashboard Widget"
Lets build a Dashboard Widget
V Troubleshooting help from the Console Log
* Utilities-->Applications-->Console
* Click the Logs icon in the toolbar to see the list of logs.
* console.log, system.log and the CrashReporter logs under ~/Library/Logs I find most useful.
* Can use the search filter with keywords like "crash" or exception", can also cut and paste parts into Google to search for possible causes
* These can be a big help to developers in troubleshooting conflicts or bugs.
V Parallels not yet working on the Mac Pro
* Quick comment about thread on Parallels forum
Parallels not on Mac Pro yet
* Causes kernel panics. They are working on a fix.
* Not well advertised on Parallels site, it appears in small copy on the product page.
V Easy way to Share Video Podcasts
* Listener Ricardo wanted a way to create a DVD from his video Podcasts
* Use iDVD 6. Click on the Media tab, choose itunes and select your video library. Drag in your video podcasts. Need to be in H.264 or MPEG-4 format. .MOV won't work, but you can convert them in iTunes (convert for iPod) or with Quicktime Pro.
* Quality will depend a lot on the original file, but should be comparable to what you see when you connect your video iPod to your TV.
* Depending on your iDVD setting you should be able to get 1-2 hours per DVD.
V Lyrics for older iPods
* Listener Thomas points out that older iPod don't have support for lyrics, but if they support notes (iPods that have a dock connector) you can get the "iPod Lyrics to Notes" scripts from Doug's Scripts.
iPod Lyrics to Notes
* It will save the notes in Album/Artists folders in a Lyrics folder in your iPod Notes. Each "lyric" note will also have a link to play the song on your iPod.
V Closing
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V "I Don't Have a Job" by The Majestic Twelve
* From listener Mark who is a friend of the band and got permission.
* Mild language warning.
* Latest CD is available on their web site as a free downlaod.
* Artists web site