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#96667 20120714 - Show #403

Posted by Harry_The_Bustard on 14 September 2012 - 05:16 PM

In the Show Notes section "Using iCloud iCal Sync under Snow Leopard" replace...

The path should be /XXXXXXXXXX/principal


The path should be /XXXXXXXXXX/principal/

...and all should be fine. (The latter is how it appears on the source resource.) It may be worth noting that MobileMe had set my Server Path to "1.nnnnnnnnn" and that I had to drop the "1." prefix from this setting.

#89635 Mac 20 Questions Podcast

Posted by wizardgold on 09 March 2009 - 03:01 AM

I have created a podcast called Mac 20 Questions. So far I have recorded 21 interviews and published 18 of them. In the podcast the interviewee answers 20 questions about how they use their Mac. Basically it is a conversation about the hardware the software that people use on a daily basis.

The podcast is available in iTunes and of course from the web site Mac20Q.

I would like to invite you to listen and also to be interviewed on the show. Come and tell us how you use your computer and what sort of things you create with it. Whether you are a power user or a new to the Mac person it doesn't matter. It is all about gathering a lot of different views and experiences.

There is a contact form on the Mac 20 Questions website and you can also get me on Twitter where my user name is Wizardgold

I conduct the interview via Skype and you can contact me on Skype directly also by the user name of Wizgold

:rolleyes: I am looking forward to hearing from you.

David Allen

#67550 Mini Secret Feature in iChat?

Posted by kineticlegend on 01 May 2007 - 09:46 PM

So I was looking over the iChat part of the Mac OS X website for the leopard sneak peek, and noticed something that I hadn't seen before on Tiger's iChat: Just to the right of the person named: "Karin Svensson" (in the iChat preview movie) there is a little airport radar-like fan. Any ideas as to what it is for? I realize that the developer copies of leopard probably have the new leopard iChat version with this mini-feature thing, so if anyone out there who has a copy of leopard and is brave enough please shed some light :)

#6144 Mac aquariuam Kits

Posted by James on 27 July 2005 - 06:53 AM

Does anybody know of any company that ships iMac (and older all in one macs) aquarium kits internationally? (By international I mean ship to Australia). There is a guy in Australia that does the all in one mac kits but he is on the other side of the country and won't ship them anywhere (says that risk of kits being broken is high). I'd have to take the macs there personally and bring them back - bit expensive just for aquariums/terrariums.

I have a blueberry imac that has past its use by date (well it won't start and the original owner just wanted to get rid of it) and a couple of really old 12" macs and want to have a go at turning them into terrariums or aquariums.

#2005 VOTE: Name the MacCast Logo Contest

Posted by MacCast on 28 April 2005 - 11:33 PM

OK, thank you to everyone who submitted names for this they were all fun and very creative. I have selected my 5 favorites. You now have one week to vote. We are on an honor system here, so please only vote once for your favorite. If there is any abuse I will hand pick the winner. The winner will get a MacCast T-Shirt and coffe mug.

#96559 Happy Birthday, Adam!

Posted by Huskermn on 26 July 2012 - 04:51 AM

Rather post here than Facebook, Twitter, etc.

#88329 Bamboo Writing Tablet

Posted by goodapple on 16 December 2008 - 09:49 PM

I got the Bamboo Fun made by Wacom about 5 months ago and have been using it to edit photos and create cool pictures using it. Comes with the pen and a mouse that can be sed on it. It is intended to replace your mouse, but I still use my mouse, just a little easier. Now it comes in some different colors. I got the smallest one in black for a grand total of $100.00. Not a bad price for something like this.

This little tablet fits on my desk easily and its there and ready to go when I need it.
When I first got this though, I had some problems with downloading the giving software, but got that all straightened out later. Comes with a nice tutorial on how to use and all of the different features of it, like the programmable buttons.

This is a picture of the one I have:
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As you can see it is also sleek and, really cool!

#96729 Any tips on minimizing compression when editing video?

Posted by shockwavedave on 14 November 2012 - 08:15 AM

I've recently come across some oldish (late 90s, early 00s) home movies I had converted to DVD from VHS. Quality, of course, is only as good as the source, but I would like to preserve as much of it as possible. My goal is to get these videos into iTunes to watch on the Apple TV, and possibly put up on youtube as well. But some simple editing, like splitting at combining, is necessary. I've got several apps that can accomplish this, but the various workflows have shown mixed results, including compressing the already so-so quality further. If anybody has any input as to minimizing the amount of compression, I would appreciate it.

The first step is, of course, to rip the DVDs. For that I use Handbrake and the preset for Apple TV 3 (though I only have a 2, future planning) and allow for a large file size. For the splitting/joining I need to do, I have use iMovie, Quicktime X, or Visual Hub. I also see different options for export formats, like Quicktime or MP4. Which would be recommended? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

#93625 How many Apple products do you own and why?

Posted by NorCal Explorer on 16 May 2010 - 07:32 PM

I am new here so I am curious how fanatic some people are here for Apple products. I currently have a blue & white G3 tower, a pismo (firewire), iMac G3 700 mhz SE, and my main computer a iMac 20" 2.4 ghz mid-2007 running 10.6.3 snow leopard.

The blue & white G3 tower is used for as a type of itunes server, the 500 mhz pismo is a laptop given to me by a friend and is used for just to kill time when away, the iMac G3 was my second mac and I just can not seem to part with it, and finally my main machine, the 20" iMac does everything from photo and video editing to play music to my Apple express in the living room. For some strange reason I tend towards G3 models maybe I hate to see machines with a few good years in them go to the dump.

#93340 Recording English reading

Posted by peccom on 18 April 2010 - 09:45 PM


I am looking for someone, male or female, who can record reading words, idioms, and sentences in English. The sound files can be in aiff, wave, or mov with mono and 16bit. I am trying to create English learning materials which is to be sold online.

If you are interested, please send me a email. We can discuss further in detail.


#96840 Setting up Shared Permissions - Show #435 2013.03.13

Posted by MacCast on 19 March 2013 - 10:38 PM

Listener Alan had a great idea to use a little AppleScript and Folder Actions to solve the issue of creating a folder that could share documents and files between two user accounts on the same Mac.


In MacCast dated 2013.03.13, listener Dan asked for an easier way to save files to the users 'Public' folder so that they could be edited by other users. I thought that this is a problem that could be solved by using a folder action through Applescript. Below is an Applescript which changes permissions to (-rw-r--rw-) of any file placed into the folder in what I think is an elegant albeit very geeky way. Although not as nerdy as ACL's.   ;-) 
on adding folder items to targetFolder after receiving addedItems
set myList to every item of addedItems
repeat with i from 1 to the count of myList
tell application "System Events"
set posixPath to the POSIX path of item i of myList
do shell script ("chmod 664 " & "'" & posixPath & "'")
end tell
end repeat
end adding folder items to
Save this script as an application in the user's Library folder under "Scripts/Folder Action Scripts"
or if you want every user to be able to have the same functionality, save the application to the system library 
"/Library/Scripts/Folder Action Scripts". Create the folder if it isn't present.
Next step is to right/control click on the folder that has shared access, select "Folder Actions Setup" and select the folder action you just saved and thats it
This script works for 1 or more files transferred into the shared folder, and works irrespective of how you put files into it (saving, dragging, copy/paste).

#96632 Playlists in InstaCast

Posted by kimgh on 18 August 2012 - 04:32 PM

Is anyone using the playlist feature in InstaCast? I find that they don't work: when a podcast in the list ends, the next one requires me to start in manually. Vemedio is unresponsive; apparently it's a one man show and the guy is overwhelmed.

I've scanned reviews of Instacast for mention of a problem with playlists and saw nothing about that. Either no reviewer has actually used the feature or I have a bad copy of the app or some other glitch that makes it not work for me.

So: anyone with any success on this?


#84611 3G iPhone Announced!

Posted by Oliver Barker on 09 June 2008 - 07:57 PM

Just to get it to the maccast forum quickly I have copied this from iPod Touch Fans and owe all credit to them!

Previewed Apps
1) Super Monkey Ball- $9.99
2) Ebay Native- $0
3) Loopt (native location-aware social network)- $0
4) TypePad (native blog app)- $0
5) Mobile News Network (from associated press, location aware news app)- $0
6) Enigmo (physics based game)- $9.99
7) Cro-Mag Rally (3D racing game)- $9.99
8) Band (price not mentioned?)
9) MLB native app (including video highlights)
10) Modality (learning application for the parts of the body)
11) Medical App 2 from MIMvista (medical imager)
-- About a dozen more medical apps will be coming, but they weren't shown--
12) 3D Fantasy Adventure from Digital Legends

Other Updates
1) Push support for Devs
2) iWork Support
3) MS Office Support
4) Scientific Calculator

Application Distribution
1)AppStore Info

1) No fee for posting free Applications
2) Applications < 10mb can be over cellular signal or wifi
3) Applications > 10mb over wifi or iTunes

2) Enterprise Distribution

1) Can create/ distribute apps for only their intranet
2) Will only be able to run on their own internet

3) Ad-Hoc Distribution

1) One iPhone connects to other and transfers the app directly to them
2) Can connect to up to 100 other iPhones

1) Personal push server
2) Interfaces with desktop applications (Mail, iCal, Address Book for Mac/ Outlook for PC)
3) Me.com

1) Very cool looking email client
2) iCalendar look-alike
3) Contacts integrating Google Maps
4) iPhoto look-alike
5) iDisk Support (send people info directly through App)
6) $99 per year-- 20GB of storage
7) Replacing .mac

iPhone 3G (new iPhone)
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1) Black Back
2) Thinner at edges
3) Full plastic back
4) Flush iPhone jack
5) Same display & Camera
6) Better audio quality

Battery Life

1) > 300 hours standby
2) 3G Talk time 5 hours/ 2G Talk Time 8-10 hours
3) Browsing 5-6 hours
4) Video 7-8 hours
5) Music 24 hours


1) 3G Network Support
2) GPS Built in


1) Distributed in 70 countries
2) Coming out in the 22 biggest on July 11


1) 8gb- $199
2) 16gb- $299 (also has a white version)

#65537 Great story from a new to Mac user

Posted by ramtha on 16 March 2007 - 09:01 AM

A friend of mine stayed in touch with a few of his university pals, despite them all being spread around the country.

A couple of weeks back we met up for a beer and he brought one of them out with him, Gaz - who's Dad, a senior tech support for a big local chemical company, tagged along for the crack.

We where chatting the night away and the subject of computers inevitably came up. Being that when they where students my mate Matt and Gaz studied graphic design, at the time they naturally used Macs, but Gaz - since slipping into the real world of work - had been using PCs, but was looking to get back to a real computer.

Gaz's Dad, Brian, immediately piped up all the usual crap about how pixies from the bottom of the garden come round your house and steel your children when you use "one of those Mac things" - Myself and Matt didn't really have to say much, save for the usual, "Well you would say that, in your world computers are frightening" and that one about being able to run Linux and Windows in a virtual machine alongside OS X - all for the want of a copy of Parallels.

Fast forward a few weeks to last night. Me and Matt hooked up to watch the Newcastle United match down the pub. Turns out he got a phone call from Gaz a couple of nights after our conversation with his Dad. When they got home Gaz showed his Dad Apple.com and all the things which have happened in the Mac world since system 7 - his Dad's last experience of Mac OS.

Get this - Apparently Gaz's Dad was so impressed with Parallels, not only did he order a Mac Book for himself but he bought Gaz an iMac as well - and now he wants to propose that everyone in his department gets a Mac because, quote, "It makes Windows look like a dangerous Christmas toy".

I've never been so impressed with a switcher story as this, because I can't help feeling largely responsible. I think he must have heard the words coming out of his own mouth, when he tried to argue Windows was the way to go and genuinely had a road to Damascus moment.

"Without walls and fences, who needs Windows and Gates?"

#9736 The Winners!!

Posted by MacCast on 08 September 2005 - 10:21 AM

News - roblamb
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Reviews - macfan
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Comment - peterweisz
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Tips & Tricks - rtteachr
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Questions - Sky and zwarbot
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Answers - Sky and zwarbot
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Follow-up - tdream
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Congratulations to everyone! :D

#96859 FileVault Lacking Security

Posted by Harry_The_Bustard on 16 April 2013 - 06:45 AM

I did a clean install of Leopard on a G4 Mac mini recently and used the Migration Assistant to restore the two principal user accounts - a Limited one and an Administrator - from a Time Machine backup.  I didn't copy across "Settings", I think, and certainly not "Other files & folders" as it had problems in respect of being seen on a network - my guess being that the problem might lay therein.  On completion I logged into the Administrator account as expected but when I tried to do the same with the Limited one I discovered the password didn't work.  I also found that the Master password that had been set didn't work - or at least none of the several usual ones I might have used did - and so I was forced to boot from a system disk and use the option provided by that to change the password on the account.  (I later got the Master password option working - perhaps after trying the right one - though I was sure I tried that before.)  So, all was well but given that the account I temporarily lost access to was protected by FileVault it struck me that such a level of security can be easily overcome and so is not that valuable.  P.S. I know there are other means of securing data - e.g. a password-protected disk image - but unless that can be implemented to work transparently to a user then that's not ideal.

#96858 Corrupted Reminders

Posted by Harry_The_Bustard on 16 April 2013 - 02:35 AM

I have a handful of regular - i.e. repeating - Reminders and recently discovered that none of them had popped up this month.  (Two were due on the 1st and another on the 7th then the 14th - the former being monthly and the latter being weekly.)  On examining them they all had a peculiar structure with features I'd not seen before and which I see no reference to on the relevant Apple resources.  Prior to them being corrupted - as I'm presuming they have been - they had the following set...

 - Remind me "On a day" with a date and time.
 - Repeat: Every Week or Every Month.

...and now they have the following additional fields...

 - Due (Checked)
 - All-Day (Not Checked)
 - Date (Set)
 - Time (Set)

...between the previously-existing fields mentioned and with the Repeat field being set to "Never Repeat".

I can't think of anything that I've changed of late and so have no explanation.

I've just recreated the Reminders and will monitor their behaviour closely in the coming weeks.


P.S. I use iCloud synchronised with iCal on Snow Leopard via a hack (actually detailed on the show) which I've had in place for at least six months without issue and the only iOS device that I synchronise with that is a second generation iPod touch running 4.2.1 which requires iTunes to do so and is synchronised most every day for my podcasts.

#96822 Where is the 128Gb iPad?

Posted by Roll on 04 February 2013 - 06:58 AM

Or did I just imagine that Apple released one today? Nothing on their site or store. No resellers seem to mention it. Not really in the market for one just now, just very curious to find out more and strange I can't find it anywhere.

#88627 The new iPhoto makes me drool

Posted by haivu on 07 January 2009 - 01:04 AM

I will probably buy the new iLife just for iPhoto's faces feature. What else do you like?

#95044 Proofreading service

Posted by John Bowdler on 23 January 2011 - 04:21 AM

John Bowdler is a freelance proofreader and copy-editor.

John is a member, and the Finance Director, of the Society for Proofreader and Editors. He also trained at the Publishing Training Centre. He is much travelled and has a background in finance and training with interests in Cosmology, Theology and Philosophy.