Mac Snac 005 – iPad Unboxing

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Cool Stuff, Mac Snac

In case you missed it on my YouTube or Facebook pages here’s my video unboxing the iPad WiFi 32 GB

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My Real World iPad Battery Test

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Reviews

A few days ago I sent out a tweet stating I was having trouble outlasting my new iPad’s battery. It was about 2:40 AM and I had been using the device heavily since about 10:30 AM the day before. What I hadn’t done is keep track of exactly how much time the iPad was powered on and actually in use. Many of you tweeted to ask me to post exactly how much powered up usage time I got with my new Wi-Fi wonder slate. Well here it is:

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10:04:20.5. I would say that is meeting Apple’s stated tech specs. I did have Wi-Fi on the whole time and I did a variety of tasks from reading books and watching video to surfing the web and reading RSS feeds. As a bonus I also wrote this blog post using the WordPress app for iPad. Typing on the on-screen keyboard is amazingly good (if not a little messy). So, in addition to the amazing battery life I’m finding that the iPad is also a very capable alternative to my Macbook Pro when I want a more agile and lighter weight alternative.

And oh, in case your wondering about charging time. Using the included 10W USB Power Adapter I was able to go from 0 to 100% charge in approximately 4 hours.

Maccast Apple 9/9/09 Live Event Chat

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Cool Stuff, Live Event

Join us for a live Maccast Skype chat starting at around 9:30 AM PDT. We’ll have the conversation going until the end of Apple’s live “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll” event which starts today (09/09) at 10:00 AM PDT. We are using Skype this time because iChat rooms have a 35 person limit. If you have Skype already installed, use the link below to join If you don’t have Skype you can download it and use it for free at Skype.com. The Skype room limit is 150, so it will still be first come first served. See you there.

Maccast 2009.05.01

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. iPhone and Verizon rumors continue. Snow Leopard adds YouTube spots. Latest iPhone beta requires new iTunes. Mobile Me now offers 24/7 chat support. Apple goes on hiring spree. What’s up next for Apple hardware? WWDC is sold out, again. Don’t forget Automator. Snitch on Mac connections. Converting audio in iTunes. Keeping Macs in Sync. Fox News Gadgets & Games appearance.

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New music, HeavensaLie by Lacuna Coil (iTunes)

EOL: Lego Luxo Jr. iMac G4 (Link)

When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. — Bernard Bailey

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Maccast 2009.04.26

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 264. Apple’s Q2 results. Not too shabby. Vendors vie for Apple Netbook. More next gen iPhone stuff. 1 Billionth app downloaded from App store. Feedback on online backup services. Formatting USB drives, another tip. Correction on iPod recycle credit. Shortcuts for display sleep. Review of MAXPower 802.11 USB 2.0 Stick Adapter. Challanges of getting ‘Back to your Mac’. Managing ‘remembered’ Wi-fi networks.

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New music, She’s Changing My Mind by John Hoskinson (iTunes)

EOL: One Image to Rule Them All (Link)

Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student.. — George Iles

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Maccast 2009.03.30

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 261. Apple AT&T 3G hard sell. 10.5.7 appears near completion. Snow Leopard set to show it’s spots? Macs without borders. Dubious duplicators dupe developers. Apple update roundup. Macworld 2010 dates announced. Migrating Appleworks database files. MySQL or Filemaker. AirPhones review. Beware of using partitions for redundant backups Macbook cases cracking. Anatomy of your iTunes folder. Microsoft’s new Mac price attack ad

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New music, All of My Idols are Dead by Killola

EOL: Sit on it Steve! (Link)

I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing. — Johnny Carson (1925 – 2005)

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Maccast 2009.03.23

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 260. iPhone 3.0 announcement. What’s missing from iPhone 3.0? What about new iPhone hardware? Apple discontinues BT headset. AT&T to offer contract-less iPhones. OS X Security Expert says Mac is easy pick’ins. Mac sales slowed in February. HD Movies find their way to iTunes. Some final Apple updates.

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New music, Lately by Spaceman Spiff

EOL: I got nothin’.

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!. — H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)

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Maccast 2009.03.16

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 259. Mac netbook rumors gaining strength. Apple release talking iPod Shuffle. iTunes 8.1 released. Pre iPhone 3.0 announcement. More on DIY Mini upgrades. A case for in-bag Macbook protection. Trouble on the Universal Magic Bus. Macworld 2009: Iomega. Using iWork to open Appleworks docs. Removing duplicates in iPhoto.

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New music, Rosie by Young Dubliners (iTunes)

EOL: When you gotta go, ya gotta… (Link)

Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places. — E. Joseph Cossman

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Maccast 2009.03.07

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 258. Airport Extreme and Time Capsule updates. New Mac Minis. New iMacs. New Mac Pro. Macbook Pro update. Hinges failing on Macbook Airs. Apple keeps inventory low. Improving fuzzy external monitors. GUI for Safari 4 hidden preferences. Kindle Book Reader for iPhone and iPod Touch. Review: EOS Wireless Speaker System. Macworld 2009: Filemaker. Pricey Apple RAM, why? Sharing files in Leopard.

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New music, No Excuses by We Are The Audience

EOL: iScream, you scream…

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.— Paul Harvey

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Maccast 2009.02.19

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 256. Apple gearing up for VOD service? Sacconaghi chatting up Apple’s bright future. New iPhone going matte. Apple may be taking the App Store offline. A bunch of iPhone stories and stats. Security and Java Updates from Apple. Mobile Me adds easy iDisk File Sharing. A couple more Snow Leopard features leaked. Apple wants to keep option to jail Jailbreakers. 17″ Unibody Macbook Pro dissected. Quicklook in the Finder. iPhone calendar colors now syncing? Resize Faces add new face box the normal way. Macworld 2009: Intuit Quickbooks. Understudy adds Hulu and Netflix to FrontRow. Apple TV syncing and storage. Protecting yourself from Trojans

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New music, Buy You a Life by Young Dubliners (iTunes)

EOL: Apple Disk ][ Mini (Link)

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

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