TechFan #175 – The Boob Tube

On August 22, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Owen Rubin joins Tim Robertson to discuss their favorite television series, SSD’s in Macs, and much more!

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OWC Mercury Pro External Blu Ray Burner – Review

On July 18, 2014, in Review, by Nick Rodriguez

OWC Mercury Pro External Blu Ray Burner
Manufacturer: OWC
MSRP $167.99


Physical media is dead, right? Well, I think we should just wait a moment here. There are still tons of great uses for physical media today. One of the best I can think of is for backing up. However, with today’s large files CDs and DVDs don’t hold enough data. It’s now time to think about Blu-ray. Blu-ray may conjure up thoughts of the latest Hollywood films, but you can fit quite a few gigabytes on a Blu-ray disc.

These days, thanks to the shrinking size of MacBooks and iMacs Apple has decided to forego optical drives altogether. This is where OWC Mercury Pro external Blu-ray burner comes in. It works perfectly with Macs and PCs alike, and will read and write just about anything you can throw at it.
For this review, I was only able to test on a Mac as I do not personally own a PC. That being said, this drive comes supplied with every cable you ever need for both Mac and PC. Thank you! It is such a huge pet peeve of mine when the company does not include all of the cables you need to hook up your new gadget. Thankfully you need not worry about that here. OWC has you covered, even some free blank Blu-ray media is included!

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TechFan Podcast #151- Guy Plus

On February 23, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Guy Serle from the MyMac Podcast joins Tim and David for a spirited episode of TechFan. WhatApp is now owned by FaceBook, we discuss Google+, advertising during online videos, Cortana from Halo coming to Windows Phone, Tesla and Apple, and much more!

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Anomaly by Peter Cawdron
Feedback by Peter Cawdon
Auria LE

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Newer Technology miniStack Max
Company: Other World Computing
Price: $319.19

There are many types of products on the market that help you cope with your storage, DVD/CD playback, or connection needs. You can easily go to a local store and pick up a few pieces of hardware like a Blu-ray player so you can view movies ,or a hard drive to store extra files of backups, or possibly a USB hub so you can meet your demand of USB connections.

Or instead you could use a product called the miniStack Max. The miniStack Max packs a whopping amount of hardware in a sleek aluminum body. You have many options when purchasing a miniStack Max. In total, 20 options. There are four different kits; within the first three kits there are six different storage size options from zero GB all the way to 4.0 TB.

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Voyager S3 – A Review

On March 7, 2013, in Hard Drive, Review, by Rich Lefko

Voyager S3 External HD Dock
Company: Other World Computing
Price: $37.99

S3 loaded


NewerTech offers a variety of hard drive docking solutions for those of us who prefer to use bare hard drives for external storage.  These docks also come in handy for those who need access to a hard drive they pulled out of a Mac or Windows machine.

MyMac’s David Cohen reviewed the NewerTech Voyager Q Hard Drive dock back in September of 2009.

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Guy’s audio on the floor was pretty bad (Tim has the GOOD Microphone), so Guy waited until he got home to try and clean it up. You can be the judge of how well he (or didn’t) do. These are the last five developer interviews on the Macworld Expo floor from Guy and Tim.

Some links:
Comixology by comiXology Free
CoPilot iOS GPS app by ALK Technologies
Sennheiser Microphones
iRig products by IK Multimedia
Other World Computing

Music from:
Fresh Body Shop – Bring Me Down

“Stuff” for your MacPro

On January 10, 2012, in Features, by Rich Lefko

If you own a MacPro, like me, then you know that this is Apple’s most expandable Macintosh computer though there have been rumors as of late as to whether or not Apple will continue to manufacture them. I think not building some kind of expandable Macintosh computer would be a mistake. Apple needs one model of computer that can be customized by the user.

The current MacPro model can hold up to four internal hard drives, you can add PCI Cards, and you can even install a second optical drive. The geek in me loves to play with all of these options, if for no other reason, just because you can.

Today we are going to look at a variety of “stuff” for our MacPro.

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Macworld Expo 2011 Day 1 Part 1
MyMac Podcast 332

On January 27, 2011, in Macintosh, Macworld Expo, by The MyMac Podcast

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Macworld Expo Day 1 coverage kicks off with Guy Serle, Tim Robertson, and Owen Rubin hitting the showroom floor. Interviews include Rick, a Macworld attendee, Other World Computing, and Algoriddem.

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Six unusual items you’ll want to buy for yourself: FireWire adapter plug, 10.6 training DVD, cooling pad, photography book, Snow Leopard tutorial, and laptop battery.

FireWire 800-400 Adapter Plug
Company: Newer Technology / Other World Computing

Price: $10

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DIY Upgrade Bundle

On July 21, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by Rich Lefko

DIY Upgrade Bundle
Other World Computing

Price: $162.99 (320GB Samsung 5400 RPM+ OWC On-The-Go USB 2.0/eSATA enclosure)

When I bought my MacBook it came with a “spacious” 80GB hard drive (HD). That HD filled up pretty quick and I moved to a 160 GB HD which was the largest 2.5” drive (that is the thickness HD measurement that fits in a portable) available at the time. Now I’ve filled that up. After watching HD capacity grow over the past year (it’s up to 500 GB now) I decided to upgrade my MacBook drive.

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MyMac Podcast 190
Marriage of Mediocrity

On June 27, 2008, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Do you have any fond memories of old computer games? Tim and David do, and chat about 3D Monster Maze for the ZX81 and Dungeons of Daggorath for the TRS-80. This is the last week for Bill Gates at Microsoft, and we chat about the possible Yahoo – Microsoft merger in the segment we call the Marriage of Mediocrity. Sam Levin kicks off the show with two Cool Mac Picks, the Myvu and Partners In Rhyme.

Other World Computing pick of the week:
NLU Products BodyGuardz for Apple iPhone
We would love your feedback! Email us at or leave a voice message at 1-801-938-5559

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Partners In Rhyme
3D Monster Maze
Dungeons of Daggorath

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MyMac Podcast #120
Apple Store Event

On March 12, 2007, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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This, our 120th weekly podcast episode, was recorded live at the Apple Store. Tim and Chad give away a ton of software and hardware during the events Apple Quiz. We also interview Dan Knight, publisher of, as well as Joel Mueller from Plus we announce the winners of our home contest. All that, plus a special moment at the end of the show.

This podcast is sponsored by
Wiley Publishing
Other World Computing
Griffin Technologies
McGraw-Hill Publishing

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The Garage Band Loops Contest – Sponsored by & Other World Computing

Starting February 1st, and ending February 21st, you are invited to participate in our first ever Garage Band Loops contest, in which the winner will receive an OWC Neptune 120GB External FireWire drive!

To participate, simply create the best song, using only the GarageBand application from Apple Computer, Inc., part of the brand-new iLife ’04 suite.

Participants are asked to create a song no longer than 3:00 minutes, and then email your song to The winner will be chosen before February 28th, 2004, and will receive courtesy of Other World Computing an OWC Neptune 120GB external Firewire 400 hard drive.

The winner will be chosen by the staff of, and the top three songs, including the winner, will be showcased in QuickTime format at

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Life at the Expo, The Prequel
MWSF ’03

On January 14, 2003, in Macworld Expo, by David Weeks


On December 4 Nemo received an email PR announcement from Formac for a private offsite viewing of their new line of digital video and display products. The swanky W Hotel, across the street from Moscone Convention Center, was the designated location. Nemo had been trying to obtain review units from Formac for a year without success, and this was a real opportunity.

One week later email solicitations for Macworld PR meetings arrived from Maxtor, E-Book Systems, and Intego, followed several days later by requests from Exabyte, Macromedia, Aladdin, Roxio, Iomega, SmithMicro, Alias/Wavefront, eMedia, Sybex, Other World Computing, LaCie, Olympus, Peachpit, H-P, ProSoft and O’Reilly.

During Nemo’s first Macworld, in 2001, he ran around Moscone Center like a crazy person, conversing here and there and writing up the experiences in an ongoing manic conversation with our readers. At the 2002 conference Weeks+Nemo delivered an intense combined diary and essay of their days at Macworld, complete with pictures of varying quantity.

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