September 10, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.09.10 Episode #219

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 7:07 pm

Hosts this week include:
Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast @podfeet
Chuck Joiner – MacVoices @chuckjoiner
Bart Busschots – @bbusschots
Don McAllister – ScreenCasts Online @donmcallister
Steve Stanger – @tmasteve

In this episode we talk about today’s announcement of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.


August 25, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.08.25 Episode #218

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 9:16 pm

Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast
Bart Busschots – – coming in September – Let’s Talk Photography & Let’s Talk Apple podcasts at
Steve Stanger –
John F Braun –
Chuck Joiner – Chuck Joiner –,


Cinematic new ad for the new Mac Pro –

Balmer calls it a day
– LOLed when the stock shot up on the news :) < --Wonder if he had the last laugh tho - how much money did he MAKE by quitting because of stock valuation? - Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley on TWiT Breaking news: said everything bad that happened but said we have to look at the good too...but didn't list anything good Secure computing
– Network Traffic – Wireshark
– Log Me In/Back to My Mac
– Encryption – Macs, Time Machine, Backups, External drives, Wifi
– Mail – see NosillaCast #412 ( where Bart explained how to enable S/MIME secure Mail and #432 ( where Bart explained PGP/GPG vs S/MIME

Bart – TotalTerminal (free)
Steve – Readkit($4.99/US)
John – GPGTools – (donationware)
Don’s ScreenCastsOnline free video on GPGTools:
THIS VIDEO (I forgot my phone)
Al – Mobi Eye-Fi Card ($50)
Chuck – Logitech UE Mobile Boombox ($90)


August 3, 2013


The Sale has Begun to Help Tim’s Wife

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 10:37 pm

Hey everyone, Allison here. Steve and I have made it 90% through the equipment Tim Verpoorten’s wife Alice sent to us (she spent $2800 shipping 22 boxes!) and we’re finally putting it up on Amazon for sale. We’ve set up an Amazon Storefront at:

One tricky bit – if you click on the image or link, it will take you to all sales of that type of item, so click on “used from” to get right to Tim’s item. We’ll be adding LOTS more items over the next few weeks so maybe make a reminder to check the link every few days?

We also have a few specialty items for sale on eBay:
Seiko SNK809 Wrist Watch for Men
NEW Lucien Piccard Men WHITE Rosegold OVERSIZE DIAL Emboss 28104BR WATCH
FirmTek SeriTek 5PM 5 Bay Hot Swap External SATA Port RAID Hard Drive Enclosure
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for PC, Mac

UPDATE: We cleared $2500 in sales so far, which means we’re still $300 short of breaking even on the Estate Sale costs of shipping to us. Working on posting more items – we just posted a bunch of bare drives, a cool auto-backup solution called Clickfree and there’s some awesome studio headphones in there too!

If you have enough equipment of your own but you’d like to help defray the costs she spent to ship everything to us – the Paypal button below will be dedicated to donations for Alice until we finish the sales.


July 18, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.07.18 Episode #217

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 10:28 pm

Mac Roundtable 217 is hosted by:
Chuck JoinerMacVoices Twitter,
Allison Sheridan NosillaCast @podfeet on Twitter
Bart Busschots @bbusschots on Twitter
Adam Christianson Maccast @maccast on Twitter,

In this more serious episode of the Mac Roundtable we talk about what kinds of things we, as geeks, can do to help our friends and families in case something ever happens to us.

Making Arrangements
– Not just “final arrangements” but in event of emergencies, natural disasters, accidents
– Hurricanes, tornados, floods, fires make houses and offices disappear
– Does your partner/family/trusted freind know where the keys to your digital kingdom are?
– Do they know what it is you care about and would like to see preserved?
– Have you spoken with them about how they could do that?
– Have you told them what’s valuable and what’s junk in your nerd cave?

Backup Backup Backup
– Because something as simple as thurough burglary or a house fire could easily lose you both your computer and your backup disk(s), it really is vital to get at least one copy off-site.
– If you have the luxury of a fast internet connection, cloud-based backups are a great option – particularly those that run in the background without you having to remember to do anything
– If you don’t have the luxury of a fast internet conneciton, keeping an ENCRYPTED disk in your parents house or your office drawer in work is a great option.
– Backups come in two versions – clones, and versioned backups – they solve very different problems, so you really should have at least one of each
– Bart’s setup is an encrypted TimeMachine disk which never leaves the house (a versioned backup for those ‘oops I guess I deleted that 6 months ago by mistake’ moments), and a pair of identical encrypted clone backups which I rotate between home an a trusted off-site location. The reason to have a pair is that if you only have one, the night you bring it home to do a backup, you have all your eggs in one basket – if you do that multiple times a week, you are un-protected much too often. By having two there will be times when both are away from the house (where the Time Machine still is in case the safe location is destroyed), but never times when all my eggs are in one basket. He rotates his clones 3 to 4 times a week depending on how creative I’m being that week.

– Password managers – 1Password, LastPass
LastPass allows you to share passwords – you can share your master password between accounts so your partner has the keys to your kingdom
– Printed copies in safe-deposit box
– Be sure you can give someone access to master password for your password manager
– Be sure you supply the master password for your Mac and/or iDevices.
– What about 2-factor authentication?
– Have you added someone else’s nunber as an alternate ID
– Do they have access to your backup 2-fact keys?

– What services are used for what and why? What would someone need to know about these services if something happened to you?
– Dropbox – shared files? Synced files?
– Flickr – photo storage/backup? (not a viable backup for serious photographers, only stores JPEGs, not RAWs, so equivalent to a film shooter backing up prints but not negatives)
– CrashPlan – online backup, versioned backup
– Other off-site backup options – where are they, how to get to them?
– Social media services

Credit Card-funded services
– Cards get cut off…does that mean your service will too? – eventually, yes!
– Beware of PayPal-based subscriptions – they can get cut off instantly when your card goes – I’ve repeatedly lost partial months of subscriptions to Mac OS Ken Day 6 because I had to change the credit card on file for various reasons (card expiry, new card issued by bank out of an abundance of caution etc.).

– Label your power adapters with Sharpies!
or get a label maker
– What do you have, what is it worth?
– Organize your cables into big ziplocs and write “micro USB” for example and put them in drawers. You’ll be happier and more efficient and so will your survivors
– Bart has a secure note in 1Password for every major item he buys including what he paid and warranty expiration

Trusted Geek Friends
– Who can and will help with critical data
– This is the best thing you can do. Someone you trust AND who’s knowledgeable

What do you want to survive you? And what will your family want to survive you?
– web site?
– social media presence(s)?
– photo collection?
– how to fund those, who is caretaker (if one is needed)
– Google recently made the first move towards making this kind of thing easy with their “Inactive Account Manager” –
– Hopefully other service follow Google’s lead soon

Geek syndrome
– We have this need to be “that guy” who has the right cable, that piece of old memory, but that crap ends up someone else’s problem if something happens to us. Maybe label boxes of crap as “crap”? (becuase we know we’r enot going to change our behaviors


June 11, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.06.10 Episode #216

Filed under: Podcast — themacattack @ 10:58 am

There’s nothing the Mac Roundtable crew likes more then an Apple Keynote. On this episode we talk about what was announced at the WWDC Keynote (in only the way the MRT crew can).

(Show note: Chuck did join us for a short time at the beginning of this episode but had to drop out due to poor hotel Internet)

Your hosts:
Steve Stanger: | twitter

John F. Braun: Mac Geek Gab | Twitter

Chuck Joiner: MacVoices | Twitter

Allison Sheridan: NosillaCast at | Twitter

Jeff Gamet: The Mac Observer | Twitter


WWDC Keynote video

OSX preview

Macbook Air

Mac Pro

iOS 7 preview


May 24, 2013


Mac Roundtable – Remembering Tim Verpoorten

Filed under: Podcast — themacattack @ 10:33 am

Adam Christianson got together with Joseph Nilo and Steve Stanger to remember Tim Verpoorten, fellow founding member of the Mac Roundtable.


May 19, 2013


Tim Verpoorten

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 11:20 am

Tim Verpoorten passed away today. He was one of the first Mac podcasters and one of the founding fathers of the Mac Roundtable. More importantly he was our friend, and he loved the community he built with all of you. We wanted to give you a little bit of Tim through a short slideshow of photos of him at Macworld in 2010 and 2011. Please feel free to share your experiences with Tim in the comments.

May 15, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.05.15 Episode #215

Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 10:17 am


Dave Hamilton – Mac Geek Gab PodcastTwitter, ,

Chuck JoinerMacVoices, Twitter

Don McAllister – ScreenCastsOnlineTwitter

Steve, Twitter


Why is so much tech advertising stupid? 

Apple is quiet, very quiet. Do they need to come out with something that’ll “blow our socks off”?

Is this a temporary lull or will Apple have these long gaps between product launches moving forward. What are we expecting to be announced at WWDC.

What is the best leadership style, and who’s got it, for Apple?



Chuck – Apple Pro Video Series – Final Cut Pro X – Second Edition from Ripple Training

Steve – AirParrot 

Don – Up wristband and App – The new version

Dave – Synology Diskstation DS 412+ 


April 12, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.034.12 Episode #214

Filed under: Podcast — themacattack @ 2:51 pm


Chuck JoinerMacVoices, Twitter,

Allison SheridanNosillaCast Mac Podcast, @podfeet

Steve, @tmasteve

Topics include:

What Is Adobe afraid of? At NAB Adobe was giving away free copies of Premiere Pro. (Just one observation (of many) – article)

Are you all buying the Facebook phone?

Will there ever be an end to the Apple is dying stories?

Ambrosia Software layoffs

Apple streaming music service closer to reality – Do we really need or want another music streaming service?


Allison: Viscosity and OpenVPN Connect from the iTunes App Store for iOS. Allison’s setup tutorial:
Chuck: The Padcaster. Interview with the Padcaster folks – MacVoices #13103: NAB – Josh Apter Turns Your iPad Into A Serious Video Tool with The Padcaster.
Steve: Forecast a great interactive weather iOS web app.



March 19, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.03.18 Episode #213

Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 10:17 am


Katie Floyd Mac Power Twitter

Jeff Gamet – The Mac ObserverTwitter

Chuck JoinerMacVoices, Twitter,

Steve StangerMy page, Twitter

Topics include:

 – Google’s killing of Reader

 – Dropbox buying Mailbox

 – Does Apple need a bigger iPhone


Katie – Dataman Pro

Jeff – IFTTT 

Chuck – CloudPull Free

          – CloudPull Premium

Steve – Clear for iOS and OSX 


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