June 12, 2011


Mac Roundtable 2011.06.11 Episode #102

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 11:04 am

This week’s show is hosted by:

Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast podfeet.com @podfeet
Katie Floyd – Mac Power Users macpowerusers.com @katiefloyd
John F. Braun – Mac Geek Gab macgeekgab.com @johnfbraun @macgeekgab
David Sparks – Mac Power Users macpowerusers.com MacSparky macsparky.com @macsparky

Lion – Questions/Concerns

  • Is there an ability to do a “fresh” install
  • We know there’s a “hack for the boot CD”
  • What if I don’t have Snow Leopard? What about grandpa, move him or not?
  • What if I have limited Bandwidth?
  • What’s with all the gesture stuff?  Will one *need* trackpad or touch surface to use OS X?   will this be too confusing? What about special needs users?
  • FileVault 2!  Done right, and works on external drives too
  • Windows migration, take that, Microsoft!
  • Autosave & versioning – particular about window locations this is good…or is it?
  • Will developers have to write to the APIs?

iOS 5 – Questions/Concerns

  • Many of these offered on other devices/platforms (PC-free, WiFi sync) about time
  • Hope Twitter won’t be a baby like they have been with third party devs when it comes to development of clients
  • Are we marking the iPad as a PC replacement now? Can iCloud really replace a PC for Backup, Software updates and Sync?
  • What about Podcasts? will they wirelessly sync
  • “Wireless Sync” to your Mac still requires a power cable
  • What about Game Center?
  • Importance of iMessage – is it important?
  • LOVE camera avail from lock screen

iCloud – Questions/Concerns

  • Here’s the article with details on the transition http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4597 (keep your me.com or mac.com email address and move your MobileMe mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks)
  • What about my other MobileMe stuff?  Publishing photos via iWeb?  Back to my Mac? what about iDisk? is iWeb gone? (Hope not)
  • Big Picture – Different visions
  • What if cloud isn’t available?  How does this work on local networks?  Will this make DropBox obsolete.
  • I think this will make the need for Dropbox even greater with no iDisk?
  • Will people actually spend more money on other services to replace iDisk?
  • Will people actually spend more money on other services to replace MobileMe functionality?
  • Novice users at my MUG were very concerned about MobileMe going away, they don’t want multiple services for cloud storage (dropbox), photos (flickr, and others) and their own domains (homepage). They want something simple and “Mac like”

Katie: CardMunch cardmunch.comitunes.apple.com/us/app/cardmunch-business-card-reader – Free
David: Reeder for Mac – itunes.apple.com/us/app/reeder $10
John: Verbatim InSight 320 drive verbatim.com $119
Allison: Flexiglass from nulana.com/flexiglass $8



  1. I’m glad Allison liked Flexiglass, the program I suggested might reduce her frustration with inability to move Mac Windows around (and resize them) like is built into Windows 7.

    But Flexiglass was always available at the developer site both for trial download and purchase. I bought direct from the developer and received the latest version. Allison bought from the Mac APP Store which did not deliver to her the latest version.

    The Mac App store is a handy place to buy. But consider buying direct from developers when you can. When you buy direct, the Developer gets all you pay. When you buy from the App Store, Apple takes 30% I’m pretty sure most independent developers need the money more than Apple with its, what, $55 Billion hoard.

    Comment by George from Tulsa — June 14, 2011 @ 1:14 am

  2. Well . . . updating Comment 1 Above. The “Flexiglass” in-app “BUY NOW” button jumps back to the nulana website where there is a Purchase button, just confusingly located under, “Are you running Leopard.”

    Sigh. Nothing is simple

    Comment by George from Tulsa — June 14, 2011 @ 1:21 am

  3. Hey gang, love the show, especially this episode.
    In the TextEdit Help topic “Use document versions” I found the following about the frequency of autosaves:

    “When you’re actively editing a document, TextEdit saves a version every hour, but more frequently when you’re making significant changes to the document. TextEdit also saves a version when you open a document, save or duplicate a document, lock or rename a document, or revert to a previous version.”

    Also, the same page talks about what is stored:

    “TextEdit periodically prunes saved versions so that they’re easier to browse. Hourly versions are kept for 24 hours, and early revisions are available on a daily basis until they’re a month old, when they’re available on a weekly basis. TextEdit deletes all versions when you delete a document.”

    I don’t know if that’s an autosave standard or just TextEdit but it’s a clue at least.

    Comment by Deverill — July 29, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  4. Uh oh, the above comment was meant for episode #103. Sorry about the confusion. Delete it from here if you like… I’ll copy it there.

    Comment by Deverill — July 29, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

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