July 18, 2013

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Mac Roundtable 2013.07.18 Episode #217

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 10:28 pm

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

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.

Passwords
– 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?

Services
– 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.).

Hardware
– 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” – http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.ie/2013/04/plan-your-digital-afterlife-with.html
– 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

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June 11, 2013

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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: SteveStanger.com | twitter

John F. Braun: Mac Geek Gab | Twitter

Chuck Joiner: MacVoices | Twitter

Allison Sheridan: NosillaCast at Podfeet.com | Twitter

Jeff Gamet: The Mac Observer | Twitter

Links:

WWDC Keynote video

OSX preview

Macbook Air

Mac Pro

iOS 7 preview

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May 24, 2013

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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.

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May 19, 2013

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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

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Mac Roundtable 2013.05.15 Episode #215

Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 10:17 am

Panel:

Dave Hamilton – Mac Geek Gab PodcastTwitter, , App.net

Chuck JoinerMacVoices, Twitter App.net

Don McAllister – ScreenCastsOnlineTwitter App.net

Steve Stangerstevestanger.com, Twitter

 
Topics: 

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?

 

Picks:

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+ 

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April 12, 2013

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Mac Roundtable 2013.034.12 Episode #214

Filed under: Podcast — themacattack @ 2:51 pm

Panel:

Chuck JoinerMacVoices, Twitter, App.net

Allison SheridanNosillaCast Mac Podcast, @podfeet

Steve Stangerstevestanger.com, @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?

Picks:

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.

 

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March 19, 2013

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Mac Roundtable 2013.03.18 Episode #213

Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 10:17 am

Panel:

Katie Floyd Mac Power Userskatiefloyd.me Twitter

Jeff Gamet – The Mac ObserverTwitter

Chuck JoinerMacVoices, Twitter, App.net

Steve StangerMy About.me page, Twitter

Topics include:

 – Google’s killing of Reader

 – Dropbox buying Mailbox

 – Does Apple need a bigger iPhone
 

Picks:

Katie – Dataman Pro

Jeff – IFTTT 

Chuck – CloudPull Free

          – CloudPull Premium

Steve – Clear for iOS and OSX 

 

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January 27, 2013

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Mac Roundtable 2013.01.27 Episode #212

Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 2:28 pm

This special Pre-Macworld/iWorld 2013 edition has discussion of the event, the history of some of the MRT panel with the show, and what some of the panelists will be doing at the show. You will hear from:

Chuck Joiner – The MacVoices GroupTwitterApp.net

Katie FloydMac Power Users, twitter

With special virtual appearances by:

John F Braunmacgeekgab.com @johnfbraun @macgeekgab

Jonathan CostThinkmac.net, Twitter – MacTipsDaily

Dave Hamiltonmacobserver.com/ macgeekgab.com/ @davehamilton

Don McAllister – ScreenCastsOnline @donmcallister

Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast at http://podfeet.com @podfeet

David SparksMacSparky, Mac Power Users, twitter

 

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January 3, 2013

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Mac Roundtable 2012.10.23 Episode #120

Filed under: Podcast — themacattack @ 3:00 pm

Mac Roundtable #120

The Panel:

Chuck JoinerThe MacVoices Group, Twitter, App.net

Steve StangerSteveStanger.com, Twitter

Jonathan CostThinkmac.net, Twitter – MacTipsDaily

Some of the topics discussed: Death of Netbooks – Anyone Surprised? Anyone care? BlueStacks – Android Mobile Apps on the Mac, Hackulous shuts down – Piracy on iOS defeated?…and much more.

Picks:

Steve – Alien Breed – iOS game

Jonathan – iOS Remote controls for TVs, Media controls, etc.
Viera Remote
TiVo Remote
Roku Remote
Apple TV Remote

Chuck – Google app

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November 14, 2012

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Mac Roundtable 2012.11.14 Episode #119

Filed under: Podcast — macroundtable @ 11:07 am

This edition features:

Bart BusschotsThe International Mac Podcast, www.bartb.ie (Twitter, Flickr, YouTube etc. linked from there)

Adam ChristiansonMaccast, Twitter, App.net

Chuck JoinerThe MacVoices Group, Twitter, App.net

Topics covered by the panel include:

 – Windows’ Boss Steven Sinofsky leaving Microsoft

 – Experiences with Android, Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface

 – Pixel Density Wars

 – Linux on older Macs

 – Macs recognizing 3 TB hard drives

 – Apple’s changing culture – contribution matching, pet project time and more

 – Black Friday shopping – tech and otherwise

 – The challenges of multiple social media sites

Picks

 – Bart: Check The Weather (iOS Universal app) – cleanest and most elegant weather app I’ve yet seen –  (€1.79) ($1.99)

 – Adam: Byword

 – Chuck: dealmacdeal newsdealnews’ Black Friday newsletterBlack Friday App – dealnews.com, Inc.

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