iGot a Mac - Ep. 30 - Out of our twenties
Intro & Welcome - Podcast with the Mac Switcher!
.Mac to turn into .Me or MobileMe or whatever? - (From TUAW) Over the weekend, the rumor mills went crazy with reports that Apple had bought a new domain name from their registrar (Mark Monitor). The domain name in question:me.com, which would agree withprevious reports of
Apple re-branding their .Mac service as "Mobile Me." It seems Apple is
re-launching their .Mac service as an Exchange style service that might
even be moving onto other mobile platforms as well as other OSes
(including Windows). The latest rumor today from MacDailyNews is that
the service might even go Free Ad-Supported.
Apple to Launch Back-to-School promotion tomorrow - (From MacRumors) Apple is expected to
launch its Back to School promotion tomorrow, and on the eve of its
launch, we've learned that Apple is indeed going to be making it their biggest ever. According
to our sources, Apple will be offering a free 8GB iPod Touch ($299) to
college students who buy a qualifying Mac (MacBook, MacBook Pro,
MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Pro). Alternatively, students may choose to get
an 8GB iPod Nano ($199). The promotion will run from June 3 to
September 15th, 2008.
Listener Questions & Feedback
I've recently purchased an iPhone and love it! I don't know how I
managed without it. Anyway, I currently use Google Calendar for all of
my calendar needs, however, it is difficult to use with the iPhone. So
my question is this, I know you rely heavily on calendaring and to-do
lists, are you using iCal for this purpose? If not what do you suggest?
PUPSPALS WROTE: After hearing the discussion about music videos in
itunes on the recent show, I thought I'd add my 2 cents:
I've found that music videos cannot be added to the side bar of iTunes
like other types. You can have Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts,
Audiobooks, iPod Games, Radio & I think something else, but not
music videos. Seems dumb to me. Especially since once the video kind
is set to Music Video, the video no longer appears in the Movies or TV
show section. It took me a long time to find where my music video went
the first time I did this!
To set your own video to a music video: get info on the video
(apple(comand)-i, or file - get info), click the Video tab, select
Music Video from the Video Kind pull down list, click OK.
So... to end both problems, I created a smart playlist.
option-click the + sign on the bottom left, or apple(command)-option-N, or file - new smart playlist.
Program it as follows:
Video Kind is Music Video
& check Live Updating.
Now anytime you buy or set up a video as a music video, you can now
find it quickly. As an added plus, if you have a 5th gen iPod or
higher, this playlist can be synced as discussed in the show & you
can watch the videos there.
I've also had these music videos' audio play when I shuffle my iPod.
Which, to me, is nice. But if you don't like that, be sure to say
"skip when shuffling" in the options tab when you get info on the
TECCA WROTE: Hey guys,
Ive been thinking of buying a macbook pro for a while now.
And since its my birthday soon i think this is a good time to purchase it.
A few questions i have tho:
1. Im planning to use the 17 inch macbook pro for study purposes aswell
and since most of the programs used in the study are windows based, i
want to use vmware fusion / paralels.
I was wondering if there are any big diffrences between these 2 programs.
Also i wonder if when i use windows through these programs will
evrything be compatible as in can i use all the programs i would use
without any problems.
2. Can i install both an xp and vista vm?
3. Are there any essentiel programs u guys recommand me to purchase when i buy my backbook pro?
Thnx for your help guys!
Keep up with the good work.
P.S.: Sorry for any spelling mistakes made since im from the netherlands
LEWSMIND RESPONDED: 1. I only have direct experience with Parallels,
but it is amazing. Especially compared to the old days of Virtual PC.
When you're running Windows XP in Parallels it is just as fast as if it
was running on a PC (maybe faster). There are a couple sites with
benchmarks, and they usually say that either program is fine, or that
Parallels is slightly faster.
All your programs should work just fine. The only potential issue is if
the software needs some very specific piece of hardware to work.
2. You can install as many virtual machines as you have hard drive
space, but XP is going to run the best. Vista doesn't run so hot on
PC's so it won't run much better on a Mac. I would recommend only
running one virtual machine at a time, or you'll see a big performance
3. It's tough to suggest essential programs, because we don't know what
you'll be using the machine for. With that said, I would replace Safari
with Firefox, replace iChat with Adium. If you list what apps you are
used to using on the PC we could help out with Mac alternatives.