May 15, 2011


Mac Roundtable 2011.05.15 Episode #100

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 4:20 pm

This show is hosted by:

Allison Sheridan: NosillaCast at

Katie Floyd: Mac Power Users at

John F Braun: Mac Geek Gab at

Tim Verpoorten: Mac ReviewCast at

Woohoo 100 episodes!

Topics in this show include:

Skype bought by Microsoft – what does that mean to podcasting? is there a chance they won’t screw this up?

  • It’s Microsoft, how can they not screw this up?

Display problem with new MacBook Pros – screen flicker on Apple cinema displays using Thunderbolt & shift of the bottom 1/4 of the screen (not fixed by recent firmware update)

Confusion about where your applications came from when it comes time to reinstall

  • Mac App Store (MAS)
  • Direct from developer – where’s my license key/serial number
  • Direct from developer – but they used a web link for authorization
  • If you have CRL checking ON in Keychain Access | Certificates, many operations in MAS take FOREVER
  • What’s CRL? CRL is Certificate Revocation List, it’s a way for an application to see if any of the certificates it normally trusts have been Revoked. Here’s an article with more detail

How excited are we about Final Cut X?

  • Very excited expect I won’t be upgrading until…
  • Lion is released
  • New Mac Pros are released
  • I’m finished with all the client jobs I’m in the middle of doing with the current FCP 3

Mac Security – is it time to worry?

  • Fake anti-virus download
  • Want to be clear that this was Malware, best defense is to just not automatically install an app, or disable “Open “safe” files after downloading” in Safari General preferences
  • Skype payload bug
  • Also good discussion, if someone you don’t know sends you an attachment, it could be this attack, more detail here
  • Tim runs antivirus apps on all the Macs that other household members use, none on his own
  • But what’s in the virus definitions if there are still no viruses (defined as self-replicating malware)

Video/Audio movement between Macs and iPads and other media devices

Semi-proprietary hard drive in recent iMacs (temp sensor must be part of drive and attach to special Apple cable, otherwise, fans go nuts) should one expect being able to upgrade HD in iMac. Mac Pro, sure, that’s why there’s multiple drive bays.




  1. […] 2011.05.15 Episode #100 I joined Allison Sheridan, Tim Verpoorten and John F. Braun this week on Mac Roundtable Podcast Episode 100 In this episode we discuss Microsoft buying Skype, reinstalling apps from multiple locations in the […]

    Pingback by Mac Roundtable 2011.05.15 Episode #100 « — May 16, 2011 @ 8:03 am

  2. A comment about Mac malware. You guys got to hung up about viruses. You need to worry about trojans, keyloggers, Mac botnets calling home with your Mac computer, Java exploits, Flash exploits, bad i-frames with selected Mac malware picking out Mac based browser headers attacking browser vulnerabilities. It is all coming to the Mac.

    Intego is the gold standard for Mac AV. Excellent logging!! Sophos free is just too basic.

    That means real-time scans and NOT on demand scans like ClamXav.


    Comment by Ted — May 17, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

  3. Added note: Intego VirusBarrier X6 also patches or blocks malware writers from manipulating known vulnerabilities till Apple can fix them. They have done this a couple of times.

    Comment by Ted — May 17, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  4. Here is another new variant of a Blackhole RAT


    Comment by Ted — May 19, 2011 @ 4:56 am

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