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Mac Roundtable 2006.06.15 – 009

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Welcome to episode 9 of the Mac Roundtable.

This week we discuss:
Mac longevity. How long do we hold on to our Macs before we feel we need to upgrade. We take a look at Apple’s current retail strategy with the Apple stores and Apples recent move to sell Macs at Best Buy and other “big box” retailers. Is Apples new support for Windows a good thing? How far will Apple go to embrace the Dark Side? Is it time for a revision of the iPods and what new features should be added? Finally we each reveal our favorite Dashboard Widgets.

Join hosts Joseph Nilo from the MacPro Podcast, Tim Verpoorten from MacReviewcast, Adam Christianson from the MacCast and Steve Stanger from The Mac Attack on this weeks podcast.

Links mentioned in this weeks episode:
Apple Dashboard Widgets
Wikipedia Widget
iStat Pro 2.2 (sysstat)
iCal Events
Easy Envelopes
Ambrosia Software
Package Tracker
Stats for AdSense
Sloth Cam
Whoopee Cushion Widget
Mt. St. Helens VolcanoCam Widget
Apple.com Daily Special Widget

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  1. It is wonderful to hear you guys discussing so many topics and still staying fresh and new! I love hearing about your personal preferences and hardware!

    Concerning widgets, I am with Tim. I rarely launch them, but I do use Konfabulator instead for my local weather and my day planner.

    Thanks guys for another great show!

    Comment by debbie T — June 17, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

  2. The discussion regarding ways of acquiring MS Windows as an OEM product was interesting.

    Based on my past experience I can tell you that the major difference between having a Microsoft retail version of Windows and an OEM version is that, if ANYTHING goes wrong, Microsoft will steadfastly refuse to help you if you have an OEM version.

    Comment by Mike K — June 18, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

  3. You talk about why there aren’t Apple computers in ordenary computer stores, the reasson being is that Apple demands som space to their products.

    Here in Denmark, Copenhagen a computer store would love to sell macs, but they didn’t had the space to have the Apple computer as Apple demanded the computers needs in teh store.

    that could be the reason.

    Comment by lars — June 19, 2006 @ 5:25 am

  4. My take on the big box vs. local retailer issue is perhaps more cynical than you were expressing on the show but I think it’s true if you look around. Simply put all across America mom and pop stores are going extinct. Despite frequently worse service and prices that are often not much lower than mom and pop stores the public seems to have a love affair with all things big box. Whether it’s local coffee shops, record/video stores, clothing or computer stores they are all being slowly destroyed by the likes of Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Pretty soon it’s going to be the only choice for many people so let’s hope Apple can provide a good experience. To do this they’ll probably have to offer cash incentives to the sales people at these stores, which is a big reason that the salesmen at Best Buy etc. tend to push certain PC lines and used to push people away from Macs so aggressively.

    Comment by hhaller — June 19, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

  5. Guys, your show never disappoints. Awesome! It is a blast to hear all of you give your insight. I think that the Macs in BestBuy is a good thing and a bad thing..good for Mac users..we have more stores to sell items to us. It really is a bad thing. I already hear many PC sales reps telling customers that Macs dont have any software and only a PC is the way to go. I really hope I am wrong, but I have a feeling history will repeat itself.

    Comment by jim — June 20, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

  6. I thoroughly enjoy the knowledgeable discussion of “everything mac”. Fantastic show from the fantastic four…. :) I am a long time mac user since the mid-eighties but not much of a music person so I dont own an iPod. Your discussion raised the issue of an alternative to the video ipod. That would have to be the PSP by Sony. I don’t play many games but I use the PSP to watch movies(UMD format), surf the web, do email, listen to pod casts either as streamed audio(RSS feed) or downloaded, store photos, store music (the little I do have). The iPod video just does not compete in this area. With wireless connectivity, AAC and h.264 support and the previous features listed the PSP is already where the video iPod needs to go. So take it from a longtime MacAddict user from the beginning days of the mac…the video iPod could learn a thing or two from the PSP… Perhaps they will in the next generation video iPod.

    Comment by Brian Lloyd — June 22, 2006 @ 6:59 am

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