GNC-2009-10-12 #519 Off to Vegas!

Ok folks one show at home and then off to Vegas, there will be no Friday show this week due to BlogWorld and New Media Expo make sure you check out some podcasts over at TechPodcasts.com. I will be back with you from Florida a week from today with a early evening live show.

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Show Links:
Judge does not punish Lawyer
Some Startup Commentary
Snow Leopard Killing user Accounts!
Hyperdrive testing at Hadron Collider? Whats Next?
The inventor of web says he is sorry!
Apple Time Capsule has its own countdown!
More info on Comcast Botnet Battle!
Ultimate Media Converter.
Digital iPhone Cheapskates?
Winer on Future Safe Archives.
Windows Mobile 6.5 Bad reviews!
Sidekick Failure due to Third Party.
T-Mobile allows cancellation of Sidekick Contracts!
What caused the Sidekick Failure?
Data, Data, Data Everywhere!
Photoshop on iPhone!
Twitter not doing Videos Native.
New Jailbreak for iPhone 3.1.2 Available.
100 Years of the Sky is Falling.
App that can save Lives.
45 Vintage Fonts.
More details on Font Suite against NBC.
20 Fantastic iPhone Apps for Parents!
The battle against company behind Pirate Bay.
10 Billion to get schools and Libraries wired with Fiber!
NASA Happy Public Disappointed!
Dyson Blade free Fan “Amazing”
Zune MarketPlace for Mac?
Brit hacker may find new home in Fed Pen!
Getting a unemployment check do not have ads on your Blog!
IOC not happy with Olympic Pictures with CC License.
Radio Stations to pay Performance Fees (Serves them right)
Gourmet Magazine dead because of Bloggers and Twitter Users?
Redskin Fans Read Up..
Soyuz and Clown back from ISS.

GNC-2009-06-05 #483 Video is a Main Topic!

Newsletter subscribers check your emails for clues but you have to listen as well to win. I talk about the Video Gravy train for a bit tonight. Looking for input from non podcasters details on the show. As we head into the summer months you will want to remember to take the show with you as you roll outside to do yard work heck you can even have fun with it by shouting out in agreement when I hit some company with criticism.

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Show Topic Notes:
Mark is correct free ride on Video is about Over!
Sony Digital Copies on UMD Library to be Available
45mps Wireless downloads on Airlines?
Palm Pre iTunes Support Funky
Cool Clock but way to Pricey
Great 4th of July Prank
AT&T Prepaid Data Plans Good Idea!
Have you tried Bing?
Steve Jobs how bad was it?
iPhone Video? Weird ring to it!
FTC shuts down Webhost with 15k Customers
Cirque to be next ISS Tourist
Endeavor good for Launch on 6-13.
Atlantis back at Kennedy Space Center.
RIAA no Takers in 6 Months for ISP Cooperation plan???
EFF to track Terms of Service Changes
10 Hot Jobs
Warrantless Wiretapping and Surveilance Suit tossed out!
This is Hogwash how long have we been holding reg Phones?
Hulu looking to get your Money?
DOJ looking at Hiring in the Valley.
Oprah hottest Tech Ticket in Town.
Record Video Watching Last Month!
Manage files in OSX outside of the horrid Finder
YouTube coming to your Flat Screen!
Tuesday Next week will be a big Patch Tuesday
ICANN Finally taking action on DNS Security
Stem Cells Treatment cause site to be regained!
DVD Sniffing Dog makes big bust!
MSI Air PC
Go get them Cher!

Four Things the Mac OS Does to Confuse a Windows User

First off I will say that I love the Mac OS and I love the Windows OS. (How about that for staying neutral?) Listeners to my Fogview Podcast know I switched to the Mac about six months ago when my main Windows XP computer died. I had an iMac that I was using for video editing and my photography work so I started using that for my daily work. I know there are a lot of Mac fan-boys out there but I’m not one of them. A computer is a computer and each type has it’s advantages and disadvantages. I enjoy using and learning about the Mac OS but I still do a lot of my work on my new Windows Vista machine.

I found that the Mac has it share of “spinning beach balls” just like Windows has it hourglass when the CPU is overloaded and can’t do one more thing. I have programs crash on the Mac just like they crash on Windows. I don’t have to worry about viruses and spyware on the Mac like I do on Windows, but I know that could change in the future.

Mac_exampleWhat I would like to mention is the four things that still confuse me as a newbie “Mac switcher.”

  1. Closing a window on the Mac doesn’t close the program.
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clicked the close window icon and realize later that the program is still running. Most Window programs go away when they are closed.
  2. The program menu bar is at the top of the screen instead of at the top of the window. This is related to the first item because if I close a program’s window (i.e. iTunes), I now see another program underneath it but I’m still in the program I thought I closed. If I try to access the menu for the program that I see on the screen, I will be accessing the menu for the program I thought I closed. (See the screen shot on the right for an example of what I’m talking about: iTunes menu and Aperture window)
  3. Control = Alt and Alt = Command keys
    Yes, the keys are switched, at least for how I normally think of them in Windows. For example, I press Ctrl-C to copy in Windows, and Command-C in Mac. Alt-tab to switch programs in Windows and Command-tab in Mac. (The last two are not switched, which only adds to the confusion.)
  4. Home and End act like Page Up and Page Down instead of begin/end
    If I’m typing something in Windows, the Home/End keys will move the cursor to the begin/end of the line I’m typing. On the Mac it generally shifts the content of the window up and down on the screen and doesn’t change the cursor location. (I realize that each program can use the Home/End keys as they see fit, but in the Windows world these keys always seem to work the way I expect — or at least the way I’ve come to expect of them.)

Of all the differences I mentioned, #4 is the one thing I have not been able to get use too. I’m always trying to use the Home/End keys on the Mac to move my cursor around when editing text (I admit that I make lots of typing mistakes). I try to use it when entering URLs into the browser, Google search strings, emails I’m composing, and blogs entries (like this one), and I’m always surprised at the results. I would love for a Mac user to tell me what keys will do a similar thing on the Mac.

Learning to use a Mac has been a fun thing and helps to keep my brain engaged. I picked up a great book that helped answer the question of “How do I do that on the Mac.” It’s called “Switching to the Mac, The Missing Manual” by David Pogue. I highly recommend it if you’re thinking about switching too.

I’m not a Mac expert but I will write more in the future about my experience navigating in a Mac world from a Windows map. Stay tuned.

73’s, Tom

GNC-2008-02-12 #347

I have changed locations again and I am now in the greater Washington DC area and look forward to having dinner with folks in the DC area in Wed in Old Town.

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Show Notes:
User Supported Podcast
Apple OSX Updated
Artificial Energy Island
Starbucks Free WiFi
Future of Firefox
Windows Firewall (Comedy)
Android Review
3g iPhone should AT&T Bother?
YouTube Pirate Bay Video
Vista SP1 and Hackers Win
Are you a Work Maniac?
Our Internal Clocks
Brits Blow it!
Artifical Intelligence Air Traffic Controllers
Danish Pirate Bay Block Increases Traffic
Things you do not say to your Boss
DKIM to Stop Email Phishing
25 Firefox Extensions
Hadron Collider
Internet Advertising Climbs 27%
Microsoft responds to Yahoo
CNN iReport
Yahoo Shareholders
Teen Hacks iPhone Again
Yahoo + AOL
Engineer Charged with Espionage

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GNC-2007-08-31 #298 Abridged Show Notes

I talk about Hawaii Road Runner Turbo RR plus some upcoming thoughts for show 300 and some other milestones I will hit on that show.

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Show Notes:
OS X Leopard vs Vista
Getting off the Grid not Always the Best
Popup Ads on Hyperlink driving you nuts?
Zune 2
What’s hot on Wikipedia
High Production HD Equipment Needs
Be Safe Surfing at Starbucks
AutoPatcher Service smashed by Microsoft
Power2Charge
Want to buy some data center gear with me?
Apple Good Cop – AT&T Bad Cop
HP Delays MediaSmart Home Server!
Cell Carrier Sprint-Nextel Fined
IBM NANO Technology Media Storage
Fair Use Group Formed Supported by Microsoft, Google
What’s Killing your companies Bandwidth?
Too Many Small Parts
Windows Genuine Advantage Concerns
7 Great Blogging Tips
Facebook Friend Wheel
DEMO becomes Free
RIAA accused of being a Illegal Cartel
MPAA in confirmed dirty pool
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GNC-2007-08-24 #296

Vacation has went Terrific very productive, late start on the show tonight. Big thanks to all of the shows sponsors the support has been terrific.

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Show Notes:
Connect to WiFi in London get Arrested
FCC Sets 700Mhz Auction Date
SoundExchange Drops DRM Requirement
Firefox Ad-Blocker
FCC wants Cable TV via Ala Carte
my.nytimes.com review
Next Gen iPod running OS-X?
13 Billion P2P Damage?
NASA Photo, Movie and Graphics Archive
YouTube Fans Not Happy with Video Ads
iPhone Hardware Unlock
Huge Gaping Hole in Universe
Attacks on Windows Machines with ServerProtect
Taxi Drivers to Strike over GPS
DTV Coming!
Paypal Site gets a face lift
Univ Tennessee Students Fighting RIAA
Saturn Electric Rings Weird
Fly 1st Class at Coach Prices
Moon Image
School Uniform with Embed GPS
Voyager at 30

Apple vs Hacker in OS X PC Showdown

The battle and speculation about the take down notices Apple has been serving to various websites is going to get ugly before it gets better, apparently the hacker who has learned a lot more than Apple wants him to about OS X running on Windows based PC has started a blog. The MacNN site did not post the link to the Hackers Blog but the race is on to have OS X running functionally on computers that run windows today. As I have discussed in a earlier posting that if this happens Apple potentially could loose millions of dollars.

This will shape up to ultimately being a huge legal battle, but OS X will at some point be functioning on a Windows based PC.

But I can’t wait to walk into a Apple store and boot my HP Pavilion up for everyone to see running OS X! [MacNN]

So you want to run OSX on the Intel Based PC on your Desk?

That’s right my geek friends have a spare computer laying around and I think you could have yourself a weekend of fun loading Apple OSX (Developers Edition) on your Intel based PC that you have stored in a closet. May be a bit buggy but it sure will be a lot of fun to show it off to the geek next door who just purchased a dual processor G5. [Extreme Tech]

Rub it in a little and install the build on a high end Pentium 4 that you got for $500.00

Convergence of Windows and Apple continue

As I know have been using my Mac off and on for about a 9 months while still living in a Windows world most of the time I can say that the thing that annoys me the most is the lack of toolbars on the applications I find myself getting irritated that the menus are not on the applications top bar. It really is annoying call it a personal pet peeve. Now it appears Windows may be trying to clean up the menu bar and I almost shouted no at the desktop. But if this trend continues and as each vendor copies each others ideas we will continue to see the operating systems converge.

Up to this point the only thing that I can honestly say that OSX does better than windows is their install process. When I remove installed applications I know they are gone. Windows has gotten better over the years but I still find too many applications leaving files and entries behind. Other than that productivity and ease of use is equal. I have yet to run an application on my Mac that was any better or worse than any I have running on my Windows box.

Oh the Apple is definitely more pretty but hey its a computer not a fashion statement. [PCWorld]