December 30, 2010


Mac Roundtable 2010.12.29 Episode #95

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 10:42 am

This week’s show was hosted by:

Steve Stanger – The Mac Attack
Victor Cajiao – Typical Mac User Podcast
Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast &
John F. Braun – Mac Geek Gab
Joseph Nilo –
David Sparks –

Apple Resources

Resources for those that got new Apple goodies this holiday season. sites, books, etc.

iPad Guide: 25+ Essential Resources for Your Apple Tablet:

Mac OS X The Missing Manual Series by David Pogue:

Mac At Work by our very own David Sparks:

Dr. Bob Levitus’ books – he writes iPad for Dummies, iPhone for Dummies, Snow Leopard for Dummies:

New & Upgraded Macs in the MRT House

Joseph Nilo talks 12 Core MacPro and LED display. How is this beast, who needs one etc.

John F Braun:

MacBook Pro Repaired! Replaced logic board (claimed GPU issue, I’ve heard of this before with some Nvidia chipsets) upper case (which includes trackpad which was reporting errors in console) and keyboard.

While MacBook was being repaired, took drive out and decided, rather than wrestle with PowerMac G5 and data migration, get a Mac mini instead!
– Migration Assistant
– 2GB of RAM is not enough!
– Getting old Time Machine Backup working with new machine
10.5: Repair Time Machine after logic board changes
– Requires use of “fsaclctl” command, which isn’t included with Snow Leopard!
– Pacifist, extract it from Leopard DVD

Allison Sheridan – MacBook Pro added 60GB SSD from OWC in optical drive bay

David Sparks – MacBook Air 13″

Tagging Photos and more

How about the benefits of tagging photos, music, files etc on our Macs as well as other places on the net like Flickr etc? Do we do it? should we do it?

Tags from Gravity Apps

Picks of the Week

Allison – Twelve South Compass Portable Stand for iPad $39.95

Victor: Good Sync $29.99

Steve – Ergonomic Snow Shovel & Flickpad for the iPad –

John – Calcium Chloride for melting snow.  Gets melting point down below other chemicals, and doesn’t damage concrete/pavement like some other chemicals. Melting Snow and Ice with Salts:

But seriously, this is the external case I got

EZQuest Pro Audio/Video Enclosure
FireWire 800, and High-Speed USB 2.0
with EZQuest IDE/ATA to SATA Adapter

Glenlivet single-malt scotch for when the power goes out. And Colorista 2 from
and FxFactory Pro from

Hazel –
Brookstone Helicopter —



  1. As Allison and others noted, TAGS are a lot of work without a lot of return. Spotlight searches file names and file contents.

    There’s no certainty that a TAG system will translate across platforms.

    But hard coded names will. There’s a great OS X program to bulk name files. NAME MANGLER. Look on PodFeet #189 where I reviewed Name Mangler, and where Allison posted a tutorial done in her favorite Screensteps.

    The BIG SECRET is that if you name a folder and drag it onto the iPhoto icon on the Dock, iPhoto will import the folder as an event. Even better if you’ve named the files in the folder as Name Mangler makes easy.

    There’s a different trick for Aperture, also discussed in my tutorial. But the end is the same. Drag a named folder into Aperture, and Aperture uses it to create a named workflow.

    Give your files (Excel, Word, Photos, whatever, good names and tags are just surplus, extra work.

    Comment by George from Tulsa — December 30, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

  2. spotlight tags is one of the many reasons why i use a great app on all my Mac…Default Folder X. I use it some much now when I work on others machines (Friends who i often help) I end up selling them on it!

    Love the MRT Crew Thanks for a great show!


    Comment by Dennis — January 8, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

  3. Hi

    I was just listening to the podcast and you were talking about the LED display and about it’s true color.
    As a knowledge about LED displays is that they are very sensitive to temperature changes and if they show the correct color.
    So to say is that when you calibrate your monitor you get great result but as soon the temperature changes like being on for a long time or it get turned of or goes to sleep. the temperature changes and you lose the color correctness. This is also true to back lit monitors but not in the same extent as the LED.
    I had a long talk about this with one of my friends that is a “guru” in the field and he do not recomend a LED as a color true monitor.
    If this is of importance go for a monitor like ColorEdge CG245W that have a built in calibrator and is a much more color correct screen. With this i think you land in about 1500-2000dollars so it is on the pricy side.

    Comment by John(Create4D) — January 25, 2011 @ 3:49 am

  4. Regarding tags, I find a lot of value with my aircraft photos. Naming the project/roll by the time and or location is fine, but doesn’t help me find all my photos of 747s. Especially if there is more than one aircraft type in a photo. I also add a tag for the airport/airfield. At this point, given the date is in the EXIF data, the file, folder or project names are often immaterial.

    Comment by Allister — January 26, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

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