Another great Mac Roundtable podcast! Can’t wait for the next one!
I forgot who brought up the comment on up-converting DVD players but I think that’s a great question. Hardware/software up-converting up to 1080i would create graininess wouldn’t it? Again, I think that’s a great thought and would love to hear it on the next Mac Roundtable.
I do have a comment as well about hooking up a MacBook/Mac Mini to an HDTV. My old setup was my MacBook (Late 2007) hooked up to a Toshiba 37″ LCD HDTV at 720p via Mini-DVI to VGA straight to the TV. It had great picture quality but I found that there was a laggy part of the screen at the top right that would mainly while watching video. I went to Best Buy and purchased a Mini-DVI to DVI converter and a DVI to HDMI Dynex cable. This fixed the problem but also brought along a higher quality picture. I’d definitely recommend going the HDMI route to anyone using their MacBook [Pro]/Mac Mini on HDTV’s.
A side note, I went from Mini-DVI to DVI, then to DVI to HDMI because I read that DVI and HDMI are essentially the same digital signal. I’m not sure if you’ll get the same result using a Mini-DVI to VGA and a VGA to HDMI cable.
Great show! Can’t wait until the next one! Happy 50th!
I really enjoyed this episode. Great hearing your comments about what type of blogging software you use for all your individual websites. I run a couple of sites on drupal (http://www.mytwitterverse.com and also a site for my church at http://www.bteministries.org)
I’m no master of Drupal by any means, but the latest version of Drupal is pretty easy to install now. If you haven’t tried Drupal 6, give it a go.
I also use mailstewared for backups. I back up all my email with mail steward in addition to keeping archives on gmail. I created a smart folder which sorts all mail that is older than 3 months. After a back up in mail steward I then delete all mail from mail.app that meets the criteria of 3 months or older. It helps keep mail.app running fast and snappy.
On the mail thing, I was a longtime user of Outlook in Windows, and always used the export feature to archive off folders to which I had gathered my ready-to-archive emails – much like the fellow on the podcast using PowerMail. However, on the Mac, I ended up going with Mozilla Thunderbird, and discovered something very interesting…
My biggest complaint with the archiving thing was that it took time to export loads of messages, or to import them if I want to search them. It made my archives less transparent. In Thunderbird, you can move everything to a folder you want to archive, then quit the app, move the corresponding folders out of the folder where the data is stored, and then restart Thunderbird. Bam! They’re just gone. If I want to search my archives, I just reverse the process, and drop the folders back in. No waiting (up tp 30 min!) to import/export large collections of email. It’s instant.