September 12, 2012


Mac Roundtable 2012.09.12 Episode #116

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 11:06 pm

Katie Floyd: Mac Power Users @katiefloyd
Chuck Joiner: The MacVoices Group at @chuckjoiner
Allison Sheridan: NosillaCast at @podfeet

Hardware Engineering

  • Glass and Aluminum < --oddly excited about the anodized aluminum back
  • Thinner and Lighter
  • 4′ Display
  • 16×9
  • one more row of Apps
  • Tech Specs

  • 802.11n (5 GHz) Dual Channel!
  • A6
  • 2x CPU
  • 2x Graphics
  • 22% Smaller
  • Camera- Even better

  • Panorama – goodbye apps
  • 28MB photo
  • Audio

  • 3 Micorphones for Better Audio Quality
  • Noise cancelling ear piece
  • Wide Band Audio – natural sounding voice (requires carrier support – no US carriers mentioned in Keynote)
  • Lightning Connector

  • All Digital, Adaptive, More Durable (Reversable)
  • Adapters Available
  • Does not support Audio Pass Through
  • But Phil specifically mentioned Speakers and use in the Car and listening to Music?
  • JP Morgan says the iPhone 5 colid measurably move the needle on the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • iOS 6

  • Not much new here
  • Really looking forward to Siri
  • iTunes

  • Cleaner interface
  • new stores for iOS devices
  • iCloud Sync for location – what info are they taking about my movies?
  • Available October
  • iPod Nano

  • No Clip
  • Bluetooth but no Wi-Fi
  • Video is Back
  • No Apps (yet)
  • The Podcast Problem
  • iPod Touch

  • Larger Screen
  • A5 Chip
  • No 3G/LTE
  • Better Camera with LED Flash
  • iPod touch Loop – WTF?’
  • AirPlay
  • Siri
  • Colors< -- Is it just me or does this scream "Teeny Bopper"?
  • Older iPod Touch Still Available
  • “Engineered for Maximum Funness” – Are you trying to piss off the English Teachers?
  • HeadPhones:

  • Earpods – Seriously, what’s with these names
  • General Thoughts:

  • What’s up with Doubling Down on Secrecy
  • Were there any surprises?
  • Thought Price Points for iPod Touch was High
  • What does Price Point of iPod touch mean for iPad Mini?
  • iPod Classic Still around – still ignored
  • Play

    September 4, 2012


    Mac Roundtable 2012.09.04 Episode #115

    Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 4:46 am

    This episode is hosted by –

    Apple v Samsung

    Al – I know it’s been talked to death but I haven’t gotten to talk about it yet so I’d love to…
    Maybe we could talk the FUD angle? What was REALLY in the case and what wasn’t?

    Definitive list of the patents

    The REAL source of the problem is neither Apple nor Samsung, both have feduciary duties to their shareholders. The real problem is the US Patent System:
    1) patents are given too easily
    2) patents are given for ideas
    3) patents last too long for the fast-moving tech industry

    Software idea patents are utterly un-necessary and they really stifle innovation. Trade dress and copyright law already prevent copying of code and of look and feel. If software idea patents had been around all along we’d not have Keynote because Micrsoft would own the idea of a presentation app! Europe does not allow software idea patents BTW.

    Mini iPad Rumours

    Looks fairly certain now… where do we see it fitting in?
    Does a new Kindle Fire matter?
    Many people want this form factor – some people have pockets?
    Physical Books – not what they’re cracked up to be (personal opinion/experience)

    Java Exploit

    Bart was irritated that it was broadcast as a Mac problem (even CNET)
    Java Zero-Day vulnerability surfaces – via US CERT
    Links on podfeet on how to disable Java in your browsers:



    August 15, 2012


    Mac Roundtable 2012.08.15 Episode #114

    Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 8:46 am

    This edition features:

    Bart Busschots – & www.impodcast.comTwitter
    Katie Floyd, Twitter
    Chuck Joiner – The MacVoices Group, Twitter
    Steve Stanger (, Twitter

    – Do we need it? Do we want it?

    How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking by Mat Honan

    How we screwed (almost) the whole Apple community
    – Journalism or irresponsibility?
    – What lessons to learn from it?

    Interconnectivity of Online LIfe?
    – How do we detangle the web?

    Katies blog post – Shared Data is No Bargain


    Chuck –Enhanced Bass Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Earphones by Monoprice

    Steve – Snapheal
    Remove extra objects, text, imperfections from images and perform photo enhancements in just few clicks. (Just like Photoshops Content aware fill)

    Bart – Launch Centre Pro

    Bart Plug – has been updated with some new features and V0.2 of the open source library has been released.

    Katie – CEO Case for iPad


    July 28, 2012


    Mac Roundtable 2012.07.28 Episode #113

    Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 2:55 pm

    Allison Sheridan NosillaCast Mac Podcast @podfeet
    Katie Floyd Mac Power Users: @katiefloyd
    Bart Busschots – International Mac Podcast: @bbusschots
    Tim Verpoorten  @surfbits
    John F. Braun @johnfbraun @macgeekgab

    Mountain Lion

    • Who’s Upgraded & Who Hasn’t?
      • Bart – I played dangerously and just upgraded all my machines – I’ve not yet noticed any problems (I did do two full backups before playing dangerously though)
      • Tim – My Mac Pro cannot be updated to ML without a firmware hack (, but I have an updated video card that can handle it, 16 gigs of ram, and an SSD drive. Should Apple allow users to install ML on a Mac if the user feels they can run it?
      • John – I upgraded on my MBP Early 2008 running Lion, all seems well
        • TIP…WHen installing, you can view installation log, save to disk, good to stay amused or diagnose install issues
      • Katie – yep running beta for weeks
      • Allison – Wirecast Studio won’t be ready till mid-August so my primary MBP can’t go yet, so I used my spare MacBook for the upgrade
      • Mountain Lion Supported Models:
    • Disappointments
      • Angry about Airplay limitations – nothing pre mid-2011? (Allison)
      • My friend Kevin got a hand me down mac from his son. bought new RAM last week, installed Snow Leopard at the Apple Store on Monday so he could go to Lion on Tuesday…and Lion was gone. what the heck does he do? (Allison)
      • First app I tried to install I had to get rid of Gatekeeper (Desktop Presenter from
        • Apps that are already on your Mac when you up-grade get grand-fathered in to Gatekeeper – this probably why I’ve not hit any snags
        • Apple said in the keynote that you could make exceptions – but I can’t find out how on the intertubes, and all my un-signed apps are grandfathered in.
        • Workaround – right click -> Open
      • Don’t like VIP implementation – isn’t just new messages
      • 802.11g Airport Express no longer works
      • Snapz Pro doesn’t quite work, Ambrosia yet again has an app that doesn’t quite work under new OS  (coming soon though:
      • None of my VM software (VMWare, VirtualBox) works, will need to upgrade, what did they change to kill all the VM software? It’s not a matter of ‘Killing’ – you can’t expect something so low-level to just work on a whole new OS without so much as an app update! BTW – the latest version of VirtualBox works fine according to
      • Odd screen color bug after upgrade, had to go to Displays | Scaled then manually choose resolution to fix.  In other news, there’s now a “Best for built-in display” option.  Big Brother is going ot make all the decisions for us now, eh? Or – they are making things easy for human beings?
      • Crashplan was disabled, had to select and reinstall JVM, seems to be working again.
      • No way to choose how long to snooze calendar alerts – some things I want to be reminded of in 5 mins, some in a day – why was this feature removed?

    Favorite Features

    • Love Safari 6
      • Cool “Ask websites not to track me” and “prevent search engines from providing suggestions” privacy options
      • Web site and search entry field are the same, BLOW MY MIND
      • Safari 6 killed the “Activity” section so you can’t use that as a workaround to download videos
      • Privacy – can tell sites not to track me
    • You have to love the built-in security features. Gatekeeper + FileVault2 really gives a lot of protection.
      • Yeah what’s with warnings around accessing contact list, what are apps (so far I’ve had WeatherBug, DashBoard and SpamSieve request access) trying to do?
    • I like the privacy controlls around the Addressbook APIs
    • I think we are not seeing it’s full potential yet, but the Twitter & Flickr integration and the sharing panes are going to become really useful as more and more apps start to use these APIs
    • Simiarly – I think Notification Centre has great potential, but ATM, most of my apps are still writting to Growl.
    • New version of mail, why?  Disabled my mail plug-ins, again (is there official support for mail plugins? Or are these hacks? Hacks will break, that’s the nature of hacking!)

    The Future of the Mac App Store

    • Great article from Marco Arment: and followup: (what’s great about it? No facts, no figures, no great insights that I can see)
    • Mass exodus since Sandboxing <– no stats on what “mass” means, how do we know this is true? I have a total of 1 apps that left (TextExpander) out of 50 – I don’t buy this  OTT “mass exodus” scare mongering
    • App Store use to be my “go to place” for Apps – but can we “trust it” with so many good apps being pulled. Makes me reconsider purchasing from the App Store
      • I can see how this is a problem for power apps that need to poke around in non-standard things that are not covered by the current set of sandbox entitlements – but for simple apps, I just don’t see the danger. Solitaire isn’t going anywhere 🙂
      • TextExpander have proven that having an app you bought leave the app store does not have to be a bad thing for users. The upgrade from V3 of TE from the App to V4 outside the App Store was painless. I was really impressed at how smooth the process was. If Smile can do it, so can other devs
    • Still lack of Trials/Paid Upgrades – Likely Apple has just decided they don’t want to do this.
      • I just don’t get this. You can’t try apps before you buy, and if you choose badly based on just screenshots and reviews your only recourse is to open a support ticket and hope Apple are in a good mood. This is bad for users, and for Apple. Total waste of time and effort all round!
    • I noticed that now if you go to Software Update… in the Apple menu, it goes to the App Store!


    • Allison: AirParrot from gives non Mountain Lion (or pre-2011 macs) Airplay. $10 for one license, $30 for a family pack of 5.
    • Tim: Olympics iOS apps:
    • John : Colloquy – Mac IRC Client & for embedded IRC browser plugin
    • Bart: Carbon Copy Cloner – new version has been updated for Mountain Lion, and had transitioned from donationware to paid software. Those who donated get the new version free, and it is at 25% off ($29.96) for everyone until 12 August (full price $39.95).
    • Katie – Tweetbot for Mac (public alpha) –
    • Steve Sheridan – Web Video Downloader for Firefox v6.8 now that Safari Activity trick is gone

    July 18, 2012


    Mac Roundtable 2012.07.18 Episode #112

    Filed under: Podcast — themacattack @ 10:03 am

    The panel for this edition includes:

    Chuck Joiner – The MacVoices Group, Twitter
    David Sparks –, Twitter
    Adam Christianson – Maccast, Twitter
    Steve Stanger –, Twitter

    Topics Discussed:
    Getting ready for Mointain Lion
    Tablets everywhere
    Are fewer events, less news killing Apple’s buzz?
    Our Social Media Strategies – Who uses what, why, and how?

    App Compatibility Table
    [Article] Are fewer events, less news killing Apple’s buzz?

    David – Cheatsheet
    Steve – Scanner Pro
    Chuck – 645 Pro
    Adam – Dermandar (iTunes) – Website


    April 19, 2012


    Mac Roundtable 2012.04.18 Episode #111

    Filed under: Podcast — ChuckJoiner @ 8:08 am

    The panel for this edition includes:

    Chuck Joiner – The MacVoices Group @chuckjoiner
    Jeff Gamet – The Mac Observer
    John F. Braun – Mac Geek Gab @johnfbraun @macgeekgab
    Bart Busschots – @bbusschots

    Topics Discussed:

    • Apple Stock Price Swings – what’s behind them?
    • Facebook buy Instagram for one biiiiiiiillion dollars:
    • what are people worried about?
    • was it worth a billion dollars?
    • a discussion on the rights you give away and don’t when you upload content to social media services
    • Tangent – social media: Facebook -v- Google+ -v- Twitter
    • The new Security Reality
    • time to re-assess your situation
    • we discuss Apple’s schizophrenic attitude to security
    • what can people do to protect themselves (ALWAYS patch, consider disabling Java & Flash, consider free AV, or even paid AV)
    • free AV from ClamXav – (AVOID the crippled Mac App Store version)
    • Little Snitch is another tool people may find useful for watching what their computer is at



    March 10, 2012


    Mac Roundtable 2012.03.10 Episode #110

    Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 4:19 pm

    Allison Sheridan: NosillaCast Mac Podcast @podfeet
    Bart Busschots: International Mac Podcast @bbusschots
    Jeff Gamet (with bells on): The Mac Observer @jgamet
    Don McAllister: ScreenCastsOnline @donmcallister
    Ken Ray, man of mystery: Mac OS Ken @macosken

    The iPad that shall not be named

    • Screen resolution
      • 2048×1536 – 3.14MP – 264 ppi
    • 4G
      • Which carrier to select?
    • Size (wifi dimensions)

    • Chart comparing iPad 1,2,3
      comparison of thickness, volume, weight and pixels from iPads 1 2 and 3rd gen
    • .37 in thick vs. .34 for the iPad 2 (9.4mm vs. 8.8mm)
    • 1.44 lbs vs. 1.33 lbs for the iPad 2 (652g vs. 601g)
    • still thinner & lighter than iPad 1
    • bigger battery presumably? 10 hr battery is on wifi, not 4G
    • Has iFixit taken it apart yet?
  • Camera
    • back camera improvement 0.7MP –> 5MP 
    • front camera no change (.3MP/VGA)
    • video stabilization
  • Processor(s)
    • Dual-core A5X
    • Quad Core graphics
    • Does this matter beyond gamers?
  • Voice Dictation
    • not Siri
  • AirPlay Mirroring
    • 720p to AppleTV gen 2 and 3 – not 1080p like new AppleTV
  • Why it’s called the New iPad
  • $100 drop in iPad 2 price
  • iOS 5.1

    • 20MB download limit upped to 50MB
    • Delete one photo from Photostream – but doesn’t really delete the photo in photostream
    • New backgrounds
    • Swipe up for Camera is AWESOME – will save my dying home button 🙂
    • Japanese Siri

    AppleTV gen 3

    iPhoto on iOS

    • Universal app
    • The loss-less editor with brushes is surprisingly Aperture like
    • No ability to calibrate screen – so not useful for pros or serious photographers/videographers You can’t even use it to proof stuff without calibration
    • To normal users it’s a very cool and useful app

    iWork on iOS

    • Don will tell us what’s new?
    • What’s new? Not a lot – bigger graphics?



    February 6, 2012


    Mac Roundtable 2012.02.06 Episode #109

    Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 11:00 am

    MacRoundtable #109 – Macworld | iWorld 2012 from MacRoundtable on Vimeo.

    The Mac Roundtable had their very own Tech Talk at Macworld | iWorld 2012! Participating panel members included:

    John F Braun – @johnfbraun @macgeekgab

    Victor Cajiao – @victorcajiao

    Adam Christianson – MacCast @maccast

    Jeff Gamet – @jgamet

    Dave Hamilton – @davehamilton

    Chuck Joiner – The MacVoices Group @chuckjoiner

    Don McAllister – ScreenCastsOnline @donmcallister

    Ken Ray – MacOSKen, Day 6, MacOSKen Live @macosken

    Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast @podfeet

    Steve Stanger – @tmasteve iSee, iShoot, iPhone & The Mac Attack podcasts


    December 21, 2011


    Mac Roundtable 2011.12.20 Episode #108

    Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 12:04 am

    Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast @podfeet
    Chuck Joiner – The MacVoices Group @chuckjoiner
    Steve Stanger – @tmasteve iSee, iShoot, iPhone & The Mac Attack podcasts
    John F Braun – @johnfbraun @macgeekgab
    Jeff Gamet – @jgamet

    Tablets Everywhere!

    Macworld | iWorld Plans
    * iFan Pass is SO inexpensive giving access to the Tech Talks that used to be hundreds of dollars to attend, now only $100:
    * Exhibit hall only is $30 – anyone heard of free passes yet? Traditionally there have been some
    * What do you look forward to the most?
    * presentations?
    * exhibit hall?
    * hanging out with other Mac geeks?
    * Cirque De Mac? Friday 8pm Holywood Studios
    * NosillaCastaways Party? 6-8pm on Friday @Jillians – register at listen to the show to hear the password!
    * San Francisco itself?
    * Who’s doing presenations, what about, and when? (check the schedule as it changes:

    • Allison – Blindfolded! 11am Th 1/26
    • Chuck – Parenting in the Mobile Internet Age 1 PM 1/26; Mac, iPad and iPhone Essentials: The Stuff You Gotta Have 1 PM 1/27
    • Jeff – iCloud’s Little Helpers 2pm 1/27
    • Dave – Backing Up Your Mac, 11am, 1/26; Macworld RapidFire 5pm, 1/26, 5 minutes on using custom search to find pesky preferences.
    • Katie & David – Podcast: Mac Power User Workflows 11am Friday 1/27
    • David – 40 OS X Tips in 40 Minutes 10am Th 1/26
    • Don – Hidden Secrets of Quicktime – 1pm Thursday 1/26
    • Mac Roundtable Crew 10am Friday 1/27
    • John & Dave – Meet the Podcasters, Smile booth, Thu 1/26 3PM
    • John & Dave – Mac Geek Gab Live Fri 1/27 2PM
    • Final Cut Pro Super Users event

    Holiday Tech Gifts


    • Magic Trackpad (not everyone has one yet!)
    • iTunes gift cards are even better now – buy iOS apps and Mac Apps! Like them because we can buy the silliest thing just because we have the credits

    John – New toys I like


    • Buy yourself (or a loved one) more RAM! Still pretty inexpensive.
    • iTunes gift cards
    • A year of online back up (sexy, I know…)
      * Free options to get you started,,,
    • Steve Jobs, Official Biography
    • Cool laptop bag or iPad, iPhone case


    • Apple TV $100
    • Individual iTunes item gifts
    • A month or two of training from



    November 11, 2011


    Mac Roundtable 2011.11.10 Episode #107

    Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 11:43 am

    Mac Roundtable #107 from MacRoundtable on Vimeo.

    Live at BlogWorld L.A. 2011, members of The Mac Roundtable gathered in person to discuss the show. In attendance were:

    Victor Cajiao @victorcajiao

    John Chambers One Minute Tip Twitter: @tipman

    Adam Christianson, MacCast Twitter: @maccast

    Dave Hamilton Twitter: @davehamilton

    Chuck Joiner Twitter: @chuckjoiner

    Don McAllister ScreenCastsOnline – Twitter: @donmcallister

    Allison Sheridan NosillaCast Mac Podcast Twitter: @podfeet

    David Sparks Twitter: @macsparky

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