Mac Roundtable Crew Events - You Don't Want to Miss These!

If you are going to Macworld|iWorld this week, be sure to check out the Mac Roundtable crew in action with their separate events or the full fledged live Mac Roundtable Podcast. It's a great opportunity to learn, socialize, and visit with some of the best folks in the Mac community. This is your only opportunity to meet up with all of your favorites hosts (except me) as they make the trek to San Francisco this week.

Hosts: Adam Christianson, Chuck Joiner, David Sparks, Katie Floyd, Victor Caijio, Steve Stanger, Dave Hamilton, John Braun, Allison Sheridan, John Chambers, Ken Ray, and Jeff Gamet will all be on site, so come by and say hi.

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Thursday 1/26

10a-10:45a - David Sparks is opening the tip jar with  "40 OS X Tips in 40 Minutes".

11a-11:45a - Dave Hamilton talks 'Backing Up Your Mac - What You Need To Know".

11a-11:45a - Allison Sheridan is "Blindfolded". Do you really need a description for that? Don't miss it.

1p- 1:45p - Don McAllister gives your the "Hidden Secrets of QuickTime OS X".

1p- 1:45p - Chuck Joiner give some much needed advice on "Parenting in the Mobile Internet Age".


Friday 1/ 27

10a - 10:45a - Annual "MacRoundtable Podcast - LIVE!!"

11a - 11:45a - Katie Floyd & David Sparks w/ special guest Merlin Mann and actor Rob Corddry - "Mac Power User Workflow" live episode.

1p- 1:45p - Chuck Joiner shows you the "Mac, iPad, and iPhone Essentials: The Stuff You Gotta Have".

2p - 2:45p - Jeff Gamet breaks out "iCloud's Little Helpers: Easy Ways to Get More Out of Apple's Cloud Service". He might even wear pants!

2p - 2:45p - Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun answer your questions with a LIVE "Mac Geek Gab!!"

Party Time Friday

8p-?? - Dave Hamilton hosts the epic annual Cirque du Mac party.

They ask, Why no Podcast? This is why.

It's been over six months since I have been able to justify taking the time to make some new episodes of Mac Tips Daily!. Well, I found out that as time passes, things change.

1. - Garage Band 11 came out. This is my tool of choice for creating a podcast, and sure enough, I updated it when iLife 11 came out. The editor totally changed and was implementing a new feature I didn't want. Flex Time editing.  On top of that, during the upgrade, it didn't transfer all of my preset equalization and enhancements I use for the show. You may notice it sounds different. 

The Flex Time editing was the biggest problem. Typically, when you want to edit a flub out of some audio, you mouse over the section and do Command-X.  This 'cuts' it out. When I tried this, it kept trying to force me into this 'flex time' editor that simply changed the pitch and was auto-tuning my voice. Hmm.. maybe that's how they 'auto-tune the news'. But anyway, it was annoying.  So, I found the solution, and that is what the new episode is all about. Editing audio the old GB 09' way!

2. My podcast host, Libsyn, changed their whole format since the last time I uploaded an episode. I used to use Podcast Maker to do all of the RSS for my show. It used to be a great solution, but over time, Libsyn has made it more and more difficult to do. Their FTP rules changed, and since I hosted my feed with Feedburner, that also threw some advanced configuration into the mix. I literally had to write myself a tutorial on how to post an episode. Posting a show has continued to be an arduous task since they started doing this. I think I have it figured out now.. how to post and get the feed working. But, the downside is that I can no longer use Podcast Maker to do it, at least with this new workflow. Perhaps one day I will look into it, but for now, I guess I am forced into using Libsyn's automated web interface. I'm not happy about it, and still since I use Feedburner, it's not as easy as upload, title, and publish.

3. I currently have no Podcast Advertising. Funny how lack of content makes them leave. But that's ok.  Also, lack of user donations and support clearly have an effect on when I publish. When I get donations, it obligates me to put some content out there. The first 300 episodes were a labor of love and hobby, but after awhile you like to see some compensation (even just the $10/mo. I have paid for all of these years to keep the shows online). I want to keep the show free, and that is what I am continuing to do. It still gets downloaded and people enjoy it, and I really love teaching about the Mac. But, at the same time, I still get emails of people saying I should change the name.... to "Mac Tips Occasionally". Those same people that love the show. Maybe I should change it. Just remember, a 2-3 minute show is about one hour to produce (if I'm lucky!). That's about 20 hours a month on a regular schedule.  

4. This isn't a complaint post. Just my thoughts, and answers to the email I get on a continual basis. 

5. Today's episode was a headache to do, but it is what I needed to do to get up to speed on all of these changes.  This show took 4 hours to produce and get uploaded. I hope you enjoy!

Mac Tips Daily! #403 - Enjoy!

Nearly 400 Episodes

Since I started Mac Tips Daily! back in 2005 I've cycled through daily episodes (first year), to weekly(second year), to monthly(third year), to sometimes(this year!)...  

Now here it is almost 4 years to the month and I'm finally going to reach 400 episodes. Episode 399 just went into the feed, and #400 will come out Dec 31st. It's pretty exciting actually. I've kind of put the show on the back burner but never have forgotten the reason I started the show.

I'll write up a little more about it before the year ends, but if you have unsubscribed or iTunes unsubscribed you since there haven't been new episodes, you may want to CLICK here to resubscribe and ensure that you get our monumental episode.

It's coming... I promise.  

Zune HD Talk on The MacJury

I was invited to be a guest on Chuck Joiners 'The MacJury' last week. It was a great show with good commentary from me, Peter Cohen from Macworld, Chris Foresman from ArsTechnica, Jeff Gamet from The MacObserver, and Chuck himself. We contrast the differences between what the iPod has to offer compared to the Zune HD.

Check it out:

The MacJury Episode #916 - Debating the Microsoft ZuneHD vs. the iPod, Subscriptions Music and More!

Mac 20 Questions Interview

mac20q.jpgI was recently a guest on the new Mac 20 Questions Podcast. Catch my interview here I talk about all kinds of things -- 20 of them in fact. Be sure to check it out.