MyMac Podcast 151

On October 27, 2007, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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A special weekend edition of the podcast looking at Leopard. First up, Tim talks about installing the new Mac OS on both his G5 and Macbook Pro machines. Robert chimes in from his cell phone twice, once about buying Leopard, and again with his first impressions after installing it on an older iBook G4. Finally, John Nemo records four interviews from the Apple store, a really fun segment!

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No Mac Mini? Say It Isn’t So!

On June 15, 2007, in Opinion, by Dan Robinson

Granted I’m not your typical Mac user.

It can be argued persuasively I’m not your typical anything.

However, I am fond of the Mac Mini and recommend it frequently to my clients. Photographers, graphic artists, and web developers especially need what the Mini offers.

Many power users have a G5 Tower or Mac Pro. Many more have iMacs.

What they also get with their professional-grade machines is heat. According to Apple, even asleep, my G5 tower consumes 140 watts and puts out 410 BTU. (Your mileage will vary) Awake, It’s a as much as a whopping 604 watts and over 2,000 BTUs, making my office five degrees warmer than the rest of my house! You haven’t lived until you hear all the fans ramp up and my G5 goes into hovercraft mode at 3 a.m.

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The Problem Solving Guy – 1

On March 4, 2005, in How-To, by Guy Serle

Based on Guy Serle’s generous, well-informed responses to John “Nemo” Nemerovski’s blog entitled “February is COMPUTER FRUSTRATION MONTH,” the duo teamed up for this first in an ongoing, unpredictable series of troubleshooting features. We welcome your suggestions for future subjects, plus any comments, wisecracks, and flames on or off the topic under consideration.

Guy and Nemo

NEMO: Hey, Guy, I’m confused about RAM for the newest series of Apple desktop, laptop, and tower computers, both G5 and G4. I know that the G5 towers need to have memory installed in matched pairs, but I’m not
really sure why. Can you please explain?

GUY: The answer to your question about matched pairs of RAM in G5 Towers is simple. There are so few Macs in relation to PCs that memory gets lonely and needs a pal to hang with. After all, one is the loneliest number that you ever knew. The G4s were a lot less picky about what type of memory you could plug in (those sluts).

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About Guy Serle

Guy is a long-time Mac user (since 1987) and insists on inflicting his opinions on technology even when others around him wishes he wouldn't. He's married and the father of two sons. He used to take Tae Kwon Do until the shame of being beaten up by teenagers became too great. He now gets his fix for personal humiliation each week as the co-host of the MyMac Podcast with GazMaz

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iMac – Incredible Value or Overpriced Sucker Bet?

On September 7, 2004, in Opinion, by Chris Seibold

When Apple introduces a new product people are going to complain and their number one complaint is going to be cost. Like heat flowing from a hotter body to a colder one the whining is inevitable. Of course this time it seems particularly bad, it feels as though my computer is parked behind a constantly revving 747. The best way to whine is with your dollars: if you think it is too expensive then don’t buy one. Well that’s not good enough, you gotta bitch right?

Of course you do and the number one gripe is why does a $1,500 computer include such a crappy graphics card? A fine argument, I’m down with you cause, you know, iLife relies heavily on the GPU.. What? It doesn’t? In that case I definitely agree because you need a 9800 or better to run Motion, andWhat? If you’re a Motion user you’re a G5 owner? Well of course you need that super awesome video card for games Now just shut your whining pie hole for half a second. If you’re really into games don’t you have a PC you built yourself. Or an Xbox? Geeze the gaming specs for video cards change so fast that unless you have a spring-loaded AGP slot you can’t keep up. So keep the game grievances to yourself. I know similarly priced all in one PC’s have way better graphics card, just look at the Sony VAIO W. The Sony features a high-end integrated graphics chip that uses your system memory. Sure the VIAO costs way more but.. What’s that? Integrated video sucks? Well never mind then.

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G5 vs Powerbook, One Tough Call

On September 3, 2003, in Opinion, by Chris Seibold

(Note: This is a very self referential column, I’d stop reading now)

Now that the G5’s are shipping, I’ve got new computer fever in a bad way. All the symptoms: massive envy, eight gigabytes worth of lust, bugs crawling on my skin. Skip the last one, that’s hygiene issue. I don’t need a G5 anymore than I need a Hummer. Which is: not at all. But I want a G5, you know, for the coolness factor. Add to the lust inspired by the coolness factor the fact that the G5 is a brand new chip and allow for the extra cool perforated form factor and you’ve got one salivating Mac user. So I started dropping not subtle hints, cause my birthday is coming up.

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G5! The Apple Killing Chip?

On August 12, 2003, in Features, by Chris Seibold

It has been bantered about by some that the upcoming G5 could be one decidedly long-lived computer. Friends have opined that your grandchildren will be using the next G5 you buy, even an IBM executive said that the 64 bit G5 was probably overkill for desktops. Then you have any number of sites talking about how the G5 is really a workstation powered computer wrapped up in a pro level desktop. Others feel differently, they maintain that the processor and the up to 8 GB of accompanying memory will soon be taxed be programmers. I don’t which scenario to buy into, if it’s the latter then everything is pretty groovy. If the former is correct and the G5 is so monstrously powerful that your grand kids will get good use out of it then we have a situation, a bad situation. So fire up the Bat signal and hope Michael Keaton shows up instead of George Clooney, cause we’ll need a cool Batman to take on this issue.

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Holy Goodness, the G5 You Don

On July 21, 2003, in Opinion, by Chris Seibold

There’s been some controversy about the G5, some folks aver that this is a computer so powerful you’re grandchildren will be using your hand me down Mac long after you’ve reached thermal equilibrium, while others proclaim that developers will soon find a way to tax the G5 to the point where you’ll be begging for a G6. Who’s right? How would I know,? I’m a pretty bad prognosticator, I picked soap to win the battle against France. Hence I won’t make a bold prediction about the longevity of the G5 but I will opine on another issue: If you’re spending your own money you don’t need a G5, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get one.

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Some reporters and pundants are calling the new G5 case design a Cheese
Grater? No, no, no! You don’t understand! Apple’s new PC case design is leading the whole PC industry (again).

Apple Computer, with the new G5 changed the way computer builders are going
to be thinking about how their components are to be laid out in their cases.
Why? Because Apple came up with a whole new paradigm of computer design
that perhaps no one had ever thought of. Watch also, as all the other major
PCs start to put fully ventilated faces on their best desktop models.

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About Roger Born

Teacher, Writer, General Troublemaker. Christian Minister since 1973. Aerospace commercial artist, 1975 - 1995. Fighting cancer since 1994. Graduate 1997 from HIU.EDU with MBA in business communication, and MA in early church history. Writer at MyMac since 1999. Tech writer until 2002. Lives in Silver Lakes CA. Married to Connie (HS English teacher), with four children and 5 grandchildren. Teaches on Internet forums and local classes. Website: Blog archives and latest novel "Confessions of a Time Traveler" at

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