TechFan #182 – Been Too Long

On October 17, 2014, in TechFan Podcast, by Tim Robertson

Tim and David discuss the news from the Apple event this week, including the release of Yosemite, a new iMac and Mac mini, iPads, and much more. Plus, Tim has a new blog!

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Not New Video Games (Tim’s new blog)

About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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DIY Data Doubler Kit for Mac Mini – Review

On December 18, 2013, in Hard Drive, How-To, Mac mini, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Data Doubler for Mac Mini with 240GB SSD and Tool Kit
Company: OWC
Price: $225.00 USD

Just a year ago, I replaced the hard drive in my new MacBook Pro with a 256GB SSD. The difference in speed and performance just blew me away. So as I continued to use my 2011 Mac Mini with its original 500GB hard drive, everything just seemed to get slower and slower until I couldn’t take it anymore. I did my research and decided I was going to order a DIY Data Doubler kit with a 240GB SSD and tool kit from OWC.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Wifi Safari
TechFan Podcast #81

On June 15, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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A huge week of Apple related happenings on both the Macintosh and iOS fronts. Tim and David discuss that, Vizio making a push into the computer market, and the possibility of the XPad!

TV Maker Vizio Launches First Laptops and All-in-One PCs
Microsoft to Build Its Own Windows 8 Tablet?

About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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You Say You Want a Revolution
MyMac Podcast #357

On July 7, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy is back from Ohio so the GMen are right on the job! We find out who Herbert Stein is and why he just can’t continue, Guy sells his Mac Mini at a fantastic price that no one else can get (but tells you what it is anyway). They’re then joined by Mark Schulman from MultiEducator Inc to talk about his American History app for iOS called Revolutionary War which leads into a short argument over whether independence from the UK was a good idea or not. More iCloud and Final Cut Pro X talk and Apples scores in a BIG way in Asia!

No App picks this week as we’re too geared up for Lion (roar snarl!)

Contact info: Drop us a line and let us know you want to be on the show. Gaz and Guy on Twitter, and, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501. Also go into iTunes and leave some feedback.

My first exposure to the Mac as a work place computer was in 2006 during an internship at JAPAN MAGAZIN, Germanys’ largest magazine for Japanese culture and lifestyle. Let’s just say these machines were not the ones to entice a long-time Windows user to switch to the Mac platform. I personally had a hard time trying to establish a fast workflow with early OS X operating systems and the outdated hardware. My job was writing articles. For this I had to research constantly, which involved a lot of browsing the web with Safari and writing text.

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About Roman Woznik

Student: University of Cologne Chinese/Politics Employed: eco - Association of the German Internet Industry

MyMac Podcast 311 – Someone Returns, again

On September 17, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast
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Gaz and Guy welcome Tim back‚again, to the podcast where he regales us with some pretty exciting news. He’s taking a top spot with MacSpecialist in Chicago AND starting a new Podcast to be called TechFan. We go over the iOS possibly replacing OS X (and we don’t agree), some more about the iPod Nano, a discussion on FTP and what may replace that too. We (well mostly Gaz and Tim) do some comparisons between the new AppleTV and the Mac Mini while Gaz replaces a drive in an Apple Time Capsule.
Contact info: Want to be on the show as a listener invite yourself? It’s as simple as a Fast-Food Drive-through and we promise NOT to mess up your order!. Gaz and Guy on Twitter,, or our Skype direct number 703-436-9501.
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We don’t need no stinking security!
MyMac Podcast 308

On August 26, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast
Gaz’s problems continue with his much maligned Mac Mini and we also talk about security on OS X and how, if you try REALLY hard and go out of your way to do something dumb, you can get malware on your Mac. Speaking of which, we give you a bunch of different ways to use Windows on your Mac. Call our Skype number (703-436-9501)
We would love to have YOU come on as a listener invite! We don’t bite (much).
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Doodle Bowling (iTunes Link)
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MyMac Podcast 307: With Listener invite Gaz!‚ or Guy

On August 20, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Gaz is back from a work and holiday break from the podcast and got to see the Royal Air Force Red Arrows acrobatic flying team. Guy obviously confuses the US Navy Blue Angels and the US Air Force Thunderbirds and he’s really, really sorry about that. They gab a bit about the iPad on the road, the Magic TrackPad, and Gaz’s problems with his Mac Mini. We go on as well about iPhones and Verizon. We FINALLY get to the 2nd part of the Gaz and David Cohen interview (because we both like David so there!)
Email us here, or call our Skype number (703-436-9501)to leave a message. We want YOU as a listener invite!

MyMac Podcast 298 – Who the heck is Tom?

On June 17, 2010, in contest, Mac mini, Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Some talk about databases (ACK!) and feedback from Reb Bliefernich which leads into a discussion about iPhoto and managing your pictures. The contest for the 300th podcast is soon going to end! You’re running out of time to enter for some grate free stuff! This week we talk about Hazel for NoodleSoft and Fotomagico Pro 3 from Boinx Software. We also apologize to Tom Schmidt for going outside the box for that weird suggestion from last week. Lastly we have a bit of a chat about Apple’s new Mac Mini! Is it the greatest thing ever or is Apple sending mixed signals about their product lines?

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iPhoto Library Manager

The 300th podcast is getting ever closer! You only have until June 25th to enter. Here are some of the prizes!

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MyMac Podcast 296 – iPad HIGH! Mac Mini Low

On June 3, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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The GMen start out with some listener feedback from Australia. Gaz has ANOTHER problem with some of his Apple gear. THIS time it’s his Mac Mini. We go into a little detail about ProSoft Engineering’s Data Rescue and Drive Genius and JoeSoft’s Hear gets a mention. Guy fixes his Tae Kwon Do instructor’s Mac and doesn’t get a roundhouse kick to the face.

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Kanex Mini DisplayPort Adapter To HDMI 1080p Video w/ Digital Audio
Company: Kanex, Inc.

Price: $69.99

Apple’s incorporation of the Mini DisplayPort in its newer computers has produced big changes for people who wish to send video and audio-out signals from the Macs to drive their HD televisions with an HDMI signal. Currently, the Unibody MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iMac all use Mini DisplayPort.

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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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In a recent Podcast, editor Tim Robertson mentioned the fact that the introduction of the Mac Mini might well have made my recent Scroll Down Book “Buying Used Macs” somewhat obsolete. The argument boils down to this: with the Mac Mini offering Internet connectivity, enough horsepower to run most home and office software, and support for all the modern USB and FireWire peripherals, is there really any need to buy a used Mac at all? After all, for $500 you not only get a fast, modern Mac that should work well with the keyboard, mouse, and monitor you already have, but you also get peace of mind knowing your purchase comes with a twelve month warranty and compatibility with the Mac OS for at least the next couple of years.

Bolstering Tim’s argument was his observation that sales of used Macs on eBay seem to have been depressed for a while, with Macs that might have sold briskly a year ago now sitting around for days without being bid on. But is this observation really to do with the Mac Mini? Is this really the end of used Mac market?

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About Neale Monks

Neale Monks has used Macs since 1990, when he was won over by the simplicity of printing from a networked Mac compared to doing the same thing with networked PCs. Since that time he's written for several Macintosh magazines including Macworld and Macformat as well as, InformIT, Peachpit, TidBITs, and the now-defunct AppleLust web site. Besides using Macs to make his living every day of the week, he likes to tinker about with vintage Macs, and a few years back wrote an e-book called 'Buying Used Macs' published through Neale has a degree in zoology and a PhD in palaeontology. He lives in the market town of Berkhamsted on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.

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What If – The Mac mini was a full size computer?

On January 28, 2005, in Opinion, by Tim Robertson

Heaps of praise is being cried out from every corner, from the hobbyist websites to CNN, and all of it directed at the Mac mini. Revolutionary is often heard; though the truth is there has been PC’s with a small form factor for many years now. (However, a tiny or portable desktop PC is never cheap, at least until Apple released the Mac mini.) Still, the good press is nice for a longtime Mac veteran such as myself. I clearly remember the last time Apple got this sort of good press, and it really did change the paradigm of computing: the release of the original iMac. Soon, every product under the sun was coming out in bold colored plastic cases. And it was the iMac that helped Apple turn the corner to profitability.

But I want to take a step back, and pose a “What-If” scenario for you. What if Apple released a sub-$500 Mac, but it was actually as large as the G5?

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On January 27, 2005, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast’s PodCast (Still no name, help!) is now ready for downloading. Hosted by Tim Robertson and Chad Perry! This week, special guest Tad Scheeler!

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PodCast Show Notes: 1/27/05

Apple lowers Mac Mini prices on BTO!

Jim Heid’s video at PeachPit. Very cool, check it out!

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On January 20, 2005, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast PodCast for January 20th, 2005. Download the MP3 here. Tim and Chad shop online for a Mac mini. With upgrades, how does the price compare to a low-end iMac G5? Also, the dog keeps licking Tim. And now our RSS works thanks to David Every! 32:59 seconds long at 15,879K in size.

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