July 2, 2006


2006.07.03 – 010

Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 11:01 pm

Welcome to episode 10 of the Mac Roundtable.

This week we discuss:

The Apple World Wide Developer Conference and Steve Jobs Keynote. Does demo of Leopard point to an early release or is it par for the course? Is Apple releasing products at a more rapid rate in an attempt to keep their stock rising? Does this rapid release schedule have an impact on quality? Apple changes TV ads to shift support for Windows XP from BootCamp to Parallels. Does this mean Apple will drop BootCamp? Is virtualization coming to OS 10.5 Leopard? What is the value of Apple .Mac? Is .Mac worth it and if so for who? A new multipart series on Podcasting. This episode we discuss show prep. Should you script out your show or outline? What software to use for shownotes? How to come up with topics and content.

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 WWDC
Apple BootCamp
Apple .Mac
MySync (just acquired my MarkSpace)
BBEdit 8
OmniOutliner Pro

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  1. Apple has alot of potential with the direction that they’re going in both the universal binary idea and in the idea behind parallels.

    I’m not sure if there are technical problems with this but I see Apple very close to having the perfectly nimble system. If IBM comes out with a very fast PPC chip they can use it, if Intel keeps the portable processor advantage they can use it, if AMD holds the high power chips Apple can use them, if the Cell processor delivers on the promises we heard a few months ago Apple can use it.

    In the virtualization realm, Apple has the best OS but if you need or want a windows program you can run it on the mac with very little trade-off. The potential I see is in that they could be close to having a system that, of course, runs Mac software but potentially could run Windows programs without Windows a la WINE/Crossover Office. That, of course, needs to be perfected but if they do, watch out! We can already run linux program on OSX if you have the tenacity to geek your way thru it. Apple could easily make using Linux software run easily on OSX if they saw it as sufficiently profitable.

    With a system that can run on whichever processor is fastest for the particular platform and can run basically every piece of software out there no one could stop them!

    Unless Google does.

    Comment by Scott — July 3, 2006 @ 11:41 am

  2. Addendum to comment #1:
    Crossover Office for the MacIntel:

    Note: As a web designer the programs that interest me are various versions of IE. Especially if I could run ie6 to test a page then open up ie7 and test.

    Comment by Scott — July 4, 2006 @ 3:21 am

  3. Some thoughts on .mac’s usefulness and value from one perspective:

    As a professional artist I use .mac to host my website,www.johnwalkerillustration.com and a related, password protected, ftp site for client file transfer. The ftp site has been a lifesaver on a couple of occasions and the monthly fee for webhosting alone is very competitive.

    I also use .mac to create websites on the fly to display new projects, experiment, etc. (I use Rapidweaver for site building which works great with .mac), not to mention personal sites with family photos and downloads. I love the fact that I can have a site up and running in a matter of minutes and then just as easily take it down when I wish to. Four sites this month, two the next and the fee is the same. This type of service may be available elsewhere, I don’t know, but I do know the whole process is so much easier -mac like- than other options I’ve explored.

    I also host a couple of groups since that feature has been added, one a professional illustrators group and another for friends.There were a lot of growing pains with the new group feature at first but they seem to have been straightened out and my pc friends can join in too.

    Backup is a great easy to use program and sync, even with a few glitches lately, has for the most part worked well too.

    Now none of these services on their own including Sync, Backup, extra Gargeband loops, etc. may be worth the subscription price but the bottom line-if you use the services and features .mac is a great deal.

    Comment by John — July 4, 2006 @ 5:18 am

  4. Addendum to Comment #1
    I finally got around to posting my thoughts more completely.

    Comment by scott — July 9, 2006 @ 6:48 am

  5. Addendum to Comment #1
    I finally got around to posting my thoughts more completely.

    Comment by scott — July 9, 2006 @ 6:50 am

  6. Addendum to Comment #1

    [[I really wish I could edit previous comments instead of having to post new ones to correct things!]]

    I finally got around to posting my thoughts more completely.

    Sorry, it is a new WordPress instalation and I found something I hadn’t changed yet.

    Comment by scott — July 9, 2006 @ 8:46 am

  7. You mentioned that you can add discounted subs to your .mac account before renewall. I purchased one when I got a new Macbook Pro 17 inch – but I cannot find anywhere in the account info to add anything other than disk space etc..?? Can you help.
    Love all the podcasts

    Comment by John Tweddell — July 11, 2006 @ 11:52 pm

  8. To Renew Via a Registration number or activation code…

    To use an activation key:

    Go to http://www.mac.com/activate and follow the onscreen instructions.

    Comment by macreviewcast — July 12, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

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