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Hosted by David Sparks and Katie Floyd.

#13: Task Management Smackdown

November 2, 2009 at 8:58PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

We’ve gotten a lot of requests for this episode, so here it is, our Task Management Smackdown. In one corner, David and The Omni Group’s Omni Focus. In another, Katie and Cultured Code’s Things. The duo discuss their system for managing tasks and how their preferred application helps to get things done. The verdict: the [...]

#12: Troubleshooting Your Mac

October 14, 2009 at 8:55PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

Macs are typically very reliable machines, but from time to time they can cause you trouble. In this episode, we discuss recommendations for identifying and fixing problems. We also discuss tips for keeping your Mac running smoothly and discuss more listner feedabck on our security episode. Links of Interest: Reboot a Mac with Terminal VersionTracker [...]

#11: Services and Macworld 2010

September 28, 2009 at 9:43PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

This episode provides an introduction to automation. Subjects include Applescript, Automator, and Snow Leopard Services. We also had Macworld Expo Director Paul Kent on to talk about Macworld Expo and Conference 2010. Links of Interest: Automator Applescript Snow Leopard Services Applescript 1-2-3 MacBreak Video Services Episode Listener Ken’s Post on Evernote Service David’s Post [...]

#10: Mac Security

September 13, 2009 at 8:46PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

This episode includes a survey of security issues for Mac owners. Subjects include virus and trojans, phishing and web security, and physical security and insurance. Links of Interest: Norton Anti-Virus for Mac McAfee VirusScan for Mac Virus Barrier ClamX PGP Encryption TrueCrypt Open DNS OS X Filevault MacSparky Secure Disk Image Screencast #2 George [...]

#9: Getting Ready for Snow Leopard

August 16, 2009 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

We know, we were supposed to do a show about security this week. But with all the news coming out about Snow Leopard we just couldn’t help ourselves. In this episode we talk about how to get your Mac ready for Snow Leopard and our tips for a smooth install process. Links of Interest: Snow [...]

#8: Backup!

August 9, 2009 at 5:57PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

In this episode, David and Katie discuss backup tools, strategies and plans. Next show: Security Links of Interest SuperDuper Carbon Copy Cloner Time Machine Time Capsule Drobo MobileMe Mozy Backblaze Carbonite Amazon S3 Backjack Crashplan iDrive Microsoft Skydrive Chronosync Chronosync Agent.

#7: LaunchBar Blackbelt

July 26, 2009 at 11:05AM • 1 hour 9 minutes

In this episode we cover popular application launcher, LaunchBar. This episode goes beyond the basics and includes are several power user tips. We recommend you listen to this one in front of a Mac equipped with LaunchBar. Enjoy. LaunchBar Discount Code – 15% Off, Valid through August 31. DT-37F9-D8EB Links of Interest LaunchBar LaunchBar Features [...]

#6: Setting Up A New Mac

July 10, 2009 at 9:57AM • 1 hour 11 minutes

In this episode we talk all about setting up a new Mac. Do you want to migrate your data or start from scratch? What are the options for getting your old data on your new Mac? Katie and David explore the options and share their tips and tricks. Links of Interest Carbon Copy Cloner SuperDuper.

#5: Word Processing and Writing

June 27, 2009 at 10:18PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

Episode five takes on word processing and writing on your Mac. It is no longer all about Microsoft Word. Apple’s own Pages is becoming a contender and there are several other tools that will help you write better. Links of Interest: Microsoft Office OpenOffice NeoOffice Apple Pages Scrivener WriteRoom MacSpeech Dictate TextExpander OmniGraphSketcher The Scourge [...]

#4: Staying in Sync

June 3, 2009 at 7:32PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

In our fourth episode we talk about a subject that plagues many Mac users, keeping thing in sync. Whether you’re trying to sync documents or data to another computer, a mobile device, or the cloud we talk about various products and services to allow you to always have your data available no matter where you [...]