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Help I Got A Mac PodcastThe Help I Got A Mac podcast was originally launched after I, Cliff Ravenscraft, purchased my very first Apple/Mac computer. I recall my initial excitement about owning a Mac wearing off after about two weeks. I had become quite frustrated with how the Mac OS differed from the Windows OS. I needed help and that’s why I launched this show and titled it, “Help I Got A Mac!”

In the Fall of 2007, I met Chris Beiting, a former Apple Store Genius who came to my rescue with a willingness to answer any and all my Mac related questions. I invited him to join me me on a weekly basis and we have now provided more than 100 hours of content devoted to helping the brand new Mac Switcher and discussing all things Apple, including Macs, iPhones, iPods, iPads, and iEverything Else.

In September 2011, Chris was preparing to become a father for the very first time. After 179 episodes, we made the difficult decision to stop the weekly production of this show.

Here’s the deal, Chris and I may randomly produce and episode here and there to discuss major Apple related announcements. It is for this reason that I will leave the subscription links below. I will do my best to also promote these random episodes through the social networks and on our mailing list.

If you like this show, you may also like the Podcast Answer Man, Social Media Serenity, and Business Tech Weekly podcasts. Of course we invite you to please check out the complete list of our podcasts.

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180 Help I Got A Mac – The Final Epsode

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 1, 2012

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Well my friends, all great things must come to an end and Chris and I bring you this final episode of Help I Got A Mac.
If you have not yet heard about why this and several other shows have been canceled, please listen to episode 242 of Podcast Answer Man which will explain everything in detail.
Link to that episode:
http://podcastanswerman.com/242/
In this final episode of Help I Got A Back, Chris and I discuss the following:

– Chris dumps his iPhone 4s for an android phone.
– Are we looking forward to iPad 3?
– Anything new on Apple TV?
– Mountain Lion
– Steve Jobs Biography
– Inside Apple Book
– Fox Report on Nightline
– iPhone 5 coming this year?
– Tim Cook as CEO
– iTextBooks

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In this episode of Help I Got A Mac, Chris and I talk about our reactions to the announcement that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple, as well as how we felt about the media coverage related to this news story.

Most of the episode is totally geek love for Apple and why we are such Apple Fan Boys! It's hard to believe that I have gone from being an Apple Hater to Apple Fan Boy in what seems to be such a short period of time.

We also talk about the news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world, may be stepping out of the PC making business.

We wrapped up the episode with some pretty sad news of our own. We are currently removing this podcast from our weekly production schedule. Chris' schedule has been quite hectic these past few weeks/months and Baby Beiting is due in just two weeks. Chris has requested some time off to adjust to life with the new arrival to his family.

This IS NOT the end of Help I Got A Mac. Chris and I will be back to cover any major Apple news items, such as new product announcements, Keynotes, etc. If you enjoy Help I Got A Mac, we strongly encourage you to stay subscribed as we will have some random episodes here and there and Chris says that he does expect to come back to the show on a weekly basis when he feels like he has adjusted to the changes that are about to come his way.

We'll be back soon! Until then, please check out our other podcasts here at https://gspn.tv/shows.

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176 Help I Got A Mac – Tweak Your Lion

by Cliff Ravenscraft on August 11, 2011

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In this episode of Help I Got A Mac, Cliff and Chris discuss the following:

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In this episode we cover the following topics:

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In this episode of Help I Got A Mac, Chris and I discuss the following:

  • New iMacs are released: http://goo.gl/lxN1
  • Microsoft’s Quarterly Profit Falls Below Apple’s for First Time in 20 Years
  • iOS 4.3.3 update released today: http://goo.gl/z7dCa
  • Game – Order And Chaos $6.99 – 99 cents a month or six months for $3
  • ClooudApp – http://getcloudapp.com
  • The Daily – Lost 10 Million!!!!

Also, in this episode, we talk about the first real Mac malware attack in the wild. Here are some steps that you may want to consider:

1. To ensure you do not automatically download the app, uncheck the following: Safari > Preferences > General > uncheck “Open ‘safe' files after downloading.”

2. Searching for the application and deleting it directly may fail, saying the app is in use. To stop it running, check Activity Monitor (in Applications > Utilities) and disable anything that relates to MacDefender.

3. Look in /Library/StartupItems and, same place, LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons for references to the malware app.

4. Once quit, head to the Applications folder and drag the MacDefender app to the trash, then delete trash.

5. To ensure all references to the app are cleared, run a search using Spotlight and delete all MacDefender references you find.

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In this episode of Help I Got A Mac, Cliff is joined by Father Roderick as they discuss the following topics:

  • iPad 2 – If you have the original iPad, should you wait for iPad 3?
  • iPad GarageBand
  • iPad iMovie
  • iOS 4.3
  • iPhone 5 Rumors
  • New Flipboard update
  • The Daily Reivew

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In this episode, Cliff covered the following topics:

  • Apple store down this morning. Likely due to refresh of the new MacBook Pros.
  • Apple will hold a special iPad event on Wednesday March 2nd.
  • AT&T offers Free Mobile To ANY Mobile Calling on certain plans
  • CashTrails Expense Tracking Application.
  • I used Bulkr Pro to download all 4,089 of my photos from my Flickr Pro Account.
  • Denise – Version iPhone Story – No Lines
  • Chuck Miller – iTunes 10.1.2 won’t sync outlook data.
  • Andy Traub – Wait for iPhone 5 or go with it? & How do you get off the Upgrade Plan?

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In this episode, Cliff and Chris discuss the following toipcs:

  • Cliff’s update on the Mac App Store purchase on previously owned iWork Apps.
  • Samsung says Galaxy Tab sales to consumers: http://goo.gl/rgnJg
  • Verizon turns on iPhone 4 pre-order countdown: http://goo.gl/Mimu8
  • News Corp's The Daily iPad Newspaper Will Cost $1 a Week: http://goo.gl/kQ5V3
  • US Today App for the iPad is free

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In this episode, Cliff covered the following topics:

– Spotify Signs First U.S. Music Deal with Sony – http://goo.gl/xR2pB

– White iPhone may be just around the corner – http://goo.gl/fYOjS

– Apple Shares Drop 5% following Steve Job’s Medical Leave – http://goo.gl/OcNy9

– iPod Touch Now Accounts for half of iPod Sales – http://goo.gl/Rm68Y

– Talkatone App – http://itunes.apple.com/app/id397648381

– Virgin Mobile MyFi Update

– Changes to gpsn.tv Plus Membership – https://gspn.tv/plus

– Join The Community at http://gspncommunity.com

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In this episode, Cliff and Chris discuss the following topics:
– Verizon iPhone is official!
– Verizon iPad coming with connectivity built in.
– iOS 4.3 beta is out with some rather cool features
– Multi-Touch Gestures
– Rumor of no more home button on iPad/iPhone
– Cliff has heard that the rotation lock may come back to the switch on the side of the iPad.
– VirginMobile to cap unlimited MiFi at 5gb starting in Feb.
– Stephen Cross called in regarding Mobile Me Thoughts
– Anne called in about her new iMac and about Automator
– Geoff Gentry called in about Twitter For Mac
– Mitchell called in to ask if there was an alternative to iDVD – Roxio Toast!
– With the new Mac App Store, can you buy once and use on all systems?
– Crissy From Long Island – iMovie Woes.

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In this episode, Cliff and Christ talk about the following topics:

-When will MobileMe become more reliable?

-10.6.6 Update is out and includes the App Store!

– Official Twitter Client For The Mac is Here!

– Did Apple just Confirm the CDMA iPhone?

– Google Accidently Shows off Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

– Who Needs Spotify? Introducing Slacker Premium – http://goo.gl/vZwgD

– iP46 iHome Device

– Chris Talks About Real Racing 2

– Cliff has been playing Fruit Ninja with the kids on multi-player.

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In this episode, we cover the following topics:
– Huge game sales on App Store for iOS devices
– Cliff’s new favorite game is called Trainyard Express
– AppleTV sells 1 million units
– MacApp store will launch on January 6th
– You have to see this iPad Killer video: http://goo.gl/v9iRE

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Topics Covered In This Episode:
– Celebrating 5 Years
– Cliff’s Glif came in and it is awesome.
– Rumor: New iMacs & MacBook Pros first half of 2011.
– Business Insider names iPad “Biggest Tech Winner” of 2010.
Google Voice App Now Supports iPad/iPod Touch.
– Chris got an Apple TV!
– Google Chrome Cr-48
– Chrome for a Cause!

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Topics Covered In This Episode:
– Netflix/ABC/Disney streaming deal
– 90 Second Previews now in iTunes
– “MobileMe Will Get a Lot Better in 2011”
– INFINITY BLADE IS OUT!!! – http://bit.ly/ehWDLs
– Angry Birds: Seasons – quite possibly the greatest advent calendar ever!
– Lot’s of other gaming release announcements.

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Topics Covered In This Episode:
– Find My iPhone now Free with iOS 4.2 – http://goo.gl/Mqy1H
– President George W. Bush is an iPad user
– Flash 10.2 beta is out: http://goo.gl/n1pr9
– Angry Birds: Seasons update! – http://bit.ly/hWd7Qv
– Verizon's 4G Network to Launch Next Week, No Handsets Until Mid-2011 – http://bit.ly/gTnj6s
– Gowalla 3 – HUGE HUGE HUGE update – http://bit.ly/h3Cl7X
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Topics Covered In This Episode:
– Beetles On iTunes Is A Day We Will Never Forget?
– Google Voice Officially Released for iPhone this past Tuesday
– You can now edit Google Docs from the iPad & iPhone
– Just how big is the gaming market on iOS?
– The MacBook Spill
– The Ravenscraft family’s major purchase from Apple

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144 Help I Got A Mac – What Is A Do Do Case?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 11, 2010

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NEWS:
– Goodbye Xserve…RIP – Apple has announced the discontinuation of Xserve, the company's rack-mountable server solution as of January 31, 2011. Steve Jobs told to a user via an email that they just “don’t sell that much” of the enterprise server.

– OS 10.6.5 Released Yesterday – Improvements with graphics and game performance, better exchange support and various bug fixes – download was a whopping 518 megs.

– The Samsung Galaxy Tab is DOA? – Awful review from Gizmodo “a trainwreck” and “There is no way to not feel like a total dorkface while typing on this thing.” http://gizmo.do/dyfYIq

– iOS 4.2 rumored to be out this week – All signs point to Friday. What to expect.

– Chris’ desired iPad case: http://www.dodocase.com

– Games: Monkey Island iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-secret-monkey-island-special/id390454624?mt=8

Monkey Island 2 iPad:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monkey-island-2-special-edition/id376928597?mt=8

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News:
– White iPhone Dead? http://www.tuaw.com/2010/10/28/white-iphone-disappears-from-online-apple-store/
– iPad Now on Sale at Verizon & ATT Stores: http://bit.ly/aZ90ZL
– Valve Releases Left 4 Dead just in time for Halloween: Chris will riff on this.
– iDOS released for iOS then pulled a few hours later: http://toucharcade.com/2010/10/26/idos/

Plants vs. Zombies is on sale for iPhone – $.99 and for the iPad $5

Crissy wrote in:
Cliff & Chris,
Just wanted to update you and let you know that I ordered my Mac yesterday – I got the Macbook Pro 13 inch, with the 500gb harddrive. I also got the one on one service from Apple. I'm just waiting for it to arrive – late this week or early next week. Thanks for the help.

Oh, also Apple offers quite a few workshops for free at the Apple store, I attended the “Why You'll Love A Mac” and any doubts I had about getting it quickly melted away. Anyone thinking about getting a Mac product should take a look on the website and see if they have a workshop. But they should probably make sure they can afford whatever they're going for a workshop for, I have not doubt they'll get sucked in.

Crissy from Long Island.


iPad Mute Button:

My thoughts on Apple news about the new MacBook Air Storage on SSD. 2nd Gen iPads, iPhone 5, & iPod Touch models should have SSD at least 128+ gigs. I shouldn't have to decide what I want to take with me. I need the storage space of a iPod Classic but want the apps and features of an iPod Touch. I have a 60 gig iPod 5th gen full of just music, podcasts, and audio books, no room for the videos/tv eps/movies much less books & apps. Until we can stream our personal libraries (of music, videos, books) to our devices anywhere we have to have on-board storage. If you can fit 256 Gigs in .68 inches you should be able to fit in any of the iOS devices.

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Back To The Mac Notes:
Factime For Mac
New MacBook Airs
Mac OSX Lion with full screen, multi-touch and same old features but new name?
App Store for the Mac
New iLife

To Do App Recommendation:
John called in a recommendation for Epic Win. A to do list app that is like a game?

Wacom Tablet – Pen & Touch:
Cliff shares how he is using this tool in his business.

New Kindle For The Mac Update:
– Add, edit, or delete notes and highlights
– Search for words or phrases within the book you're reading
– Multi-column reading mode
– Improved look and feel: Enjoy a slick new look

BlueHost CEO Says Bye Bye To Microsoft:
About 4 years ago I switched all my desktop use to Mac OSX. I love it. And although I believe it is superior to Windows in almost every way (Especially the MACH Kernel) I didn’t really care what we used at Bluehost/Hostmonster/Fastdomain for our office/support computers.

Those days of ignorant bliss are now totally gone. We literally can no longer tolerate Windows in our corporate network. What you say? I know this sounds strange as corporate America is a stalwart Windows using market, but I’ll say it again. We can’t tolerate Windows anymore. It is simply too high a risk. It is UNSECURABLE.

Now I know right now that there are going to be lots of readers that write back saying, “If you know what you are doing then Windows is easy to secure. Only people that aren’t technical enough to do things right get infected.” Uh huh. There are so many zero day vulnerabilities with Windows that I simply can’t keep our network secure. In addition, because of the type of business we are in we are constantly the target of malicious activity directed at our network. We have to protect ourselves, and running Windows feels like bringing a plastic knife to gun fight when it comes to security.

I’m not saying Linux, and Mac OSX aren’t susceptible to viruses or malware, but its so much less that its not even close. Its strange to me that most businesses just accept the fact that their machines will be infected with Malware and that they will just clean it off with the latest scan of their computer. Are you ok with your passwords, personal data, and financial information just flowing out to owners of various botnets? Are you fine to have an army of your office machines sending out spam in the background all day long while you wonder why your internet connection is slow? Clearly the answer for most businesses is yes. I guess after 20 years of Microsoft usage most people are just beaten into submission that computing has to be this way – but it doesn’t have to be. There are alternatives, and we are using them. I hope many of you reading today will consider some of the alternatives.Matt Heaton

Blog Post: http://www.mattheaton.com/?p=237

Evan Agee Got An Email From Steve Jobs

http://www.evanagee.com/blog/2010/10/20/email-steve-jobs/

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What is a Glif?
We discover a new way of opening a pages document without needing pages on your computer.
Learn the Difference between a Mac Snob and an Apple Fan Boy.
MacBook Air? Why we don't like it.
Google Goggles? We talk about how to get it.
Tango Video Call App
UFO On Tape Game

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137 Help I Got A Mac – Three Finger Double Tap

by Cliff Ravenscraft on September 23, 2010

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In this episode, Cliff and Chris talk about the latest updates to iWork for the iPad. Numbers, now at version 1.2, introduces improved exports, object grouping and ungrouping, and better hyperlinks, among other new features. Pages, also updated to version 1.2, provides WebDAV and MobileMe iDisk support, txt file compatibility, and many performance enhancements. The third member of the iWork family, Keynote, has added new animations, the ability to group and animate objects, and export to PowerPoint.

Google Voice apps are now back in the App Store. We recommend GV Mobile +.

Winston called in and asked us for a list of productivity apps for the small to medium size business owner for the iPad. Listen to the episode for that full list.

Murray wants to know how to get movies and tv shows onto the iPad without having to stream them. We share some options in the episode.

To find out why Cliff purchased a Kindle 3, click here for the full Kindle 3 review.

We also received a call from someone who believes their jailbroken iPhone has been hacked.

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