May 27, 2011


Mac Roundtable 2011.05.27 Episode #101

Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 8:40 pm

This show is hosted by:

John F Braun Mac Geek Gab; Twitter

Katie Floyd – Mac Power Users; Twitter

Chuck Joiner – The MacVoices Group Twitter

The panel discuss the new Amazon Mac Software Download Store, iDevices dominating online video consumption, bandwidth caps and monitoring your usage, the controversy over AT&T’s data billing, the recent Skype and Twitter outages, and protecting yourself in an increasingly dangerous online world.

Amazon Mac Store
Special launch promotion Amazon is adding a $5 discount with the coupon code “SAVE5MAC” through June 1st.
The Amazon downloads require OS X 10.5 and higher. Purchases can be downloaded an unlimited number of times and are stored in Amazon’s Games and Software library.


iPhone, iPad Dominate Mobile Video Viewing Market by Jeff Gamet on The Mac Observer

AT&T Hit with iPhone Data Charges Lawsuit by Jeff Gamet on The Mac Observer

Utilities to monitor bandwidth:


DataMan Lite
DataMan Pro

To learn about current Twitter network issues –

Note that the current batch of malware requires the user to do something via an installer, be it clicking on a Continue button, and perhaps entering an admin username/password.

Securing your Mac from the new MacGuard malware variant by Topher Kessler on cnet

Mac Defender: Mostly Harmless by Chuck La Tournous on The Mac Observer


Chuck – Western Digital 3 TB Drive

Katie – Stitcher Radio

John – Square


May 15, 2011


Mac Roundtable 2011.05.15 Episode #100

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 4:20 pm

This show is hosted by:

Allison Sheridan: NosillaCast at

Katie Floyd: Mac Power Users at

John F Braun: Mac Geek Gab at

Tim Verpoorten: Mac ReviewCast at

Woohoo 100 episodes!

Topics in this show include:

Skype bought by Microsoft – what does that mean to podcasting? is there a chance they won’t screw this up?

  • It’s Microsoft, how can they not screw this up?

Display problem with new MacBook Pros – screen flicker on Apple cinema displays using Thunderbolt & shift of the bottom 1/4 of the screen (not fixed by recent firmware update)

Confusion about where your applications came from when it comes time to reinstall

  • Mac App Store (MAS)
  • Direct from developer – where’s my license key/serial number
  • Direct from developer – but they used a web link for authorization
  • If you have CRL checking ON in Keychain Access | Certificates, many operations in MAS take FOREVER
  • What’s CRL? CRL is Certificate Revocation List, it’s a way for an application to see if any of the certificates it normally trusts have been Revoked. Here’s an article with more detail

How excited are we about Final Cut X?

  • Very excited expect I won’t be upgrading until…
  • Lion is released
  • New Mac Pros are released
  • I’m finished with all the client jobs I’m in the middle of doing with the current FCP 3

Mac Security – is it time to worry?

  • Fake anti-virus download
  • Want to be clear that this was Malware, best defense is to just not automatically install an app, or disable “Open “safe” files after downloading” in Safari General preferences
  • Skype payload bug
  • Also good discussion, if someone you don’t know sends you an attachment, it could be this attack, more detail here
  • Tim runs antivirus apps on all the Macs that other household members use, none on his own
  • But what’s in the virus definitions if there are still no viruses (defined as self-replicating malware)

Video/Audio movement between Macs and iPads and other media devices

Semi-proprietary hard drive in recent iMacs (temp sensor must be part of drive and attach to special Apple cable, otherwise, fans go nuts) should one expect being able to upgrade HD in iMac. Mac Pro, sure, that’s why there’s multiple drive bays.