One of the last links to old school Apple is leaving and we are doooooomed. No not really, but Jony is leaving sorta, and the Men are here to discuss that and if you listen to the after show, the latest in VERY casual evening and work wear.
Guy’s Pick: Need a chat client for a livestream? Minnitchat will give you most of what you need and it’s free and easy to set up in WordPress. This gives you 100 users which should be enough for most casual requirements. Paid tiers give you a lot more.
While it might not be EXACTLY dead, it isn’t at all well and guest host Dave Ginsburg from the “In Touch with iOS” and the “Off the Charts Horse Racing” podcasts and Guy have a chat about it. Also tariffs, predators, the new DC Apple Store, and what iPhones might be dropped for iOS 13.
OK, listen carefully. There is NO after show in this MyMac Podcast. Seriously…none…zip…nada. We’re actually trying to make a concerted effort to get the show length down, so we naturally easily went over an hour. Maybe later this week we’ll put out a supplemental after show, but it’s not in this one. What is in this one is Guy’s new teeth, Gaz’s news snippets earlier than usual, and lot’s of other stuff. STOP looking at the end for the after show!
Guy is finally back from his east coast extravaganza where he and Tracey spent a significant amount of time not feeling well. Gaz finally has a music snippet for Gaz’s news snippets, and they discuss all the new Apple hardware. It’s enough to make you feel like a Funky Poodle.
Apples gives and then takes away…layers of confusion and it’s hard to say whether this was a good thing to take or a bad thing to give. Could be both. Meanwhile the GMen don’t dwell on it because of a short attention span and instead talk about ideology, Steve Jobs, the FBI, East Texas, and streaming game services. Oh and some kerfuffle about Facebook and privacy but hey, it’s Tuesday.
Guy’s Pick: Behringer’s UMC204HD is a really good audio interface and is apparently popular and that has been noticed by retailers as the price has jumped by 25% or more since I bought mine last year at $80 but which is now $130. It has midas-ish pre-amps that are very clean and efficient and some of the best at this price point. It’s one to consider if you’re looking for an audio interface, but look for bargains as the price seems to be fluctuating.
The GMen are not overly fond of analysts and all their blather, so when two directly contradict each other, it cause for a case of the giggles…or sniffles in Guy’s case. Guy also keeps hearing about ARM-based Macs and Gaz keeps poking him for reactions!
Guy’s Pick: Going to use the next few shows to talk about my mobile podcasting set up as far as what I use. This time, it’s a tale of two mics, but the one I’ll recommend is the Sennheiser e835 dynamic mic. It’s about $100 from Amazon. It’s a dynamic mic (means unpowered) with a cardioid pickup (tightly focused for sound pickup) and a frequency response of 40-16KHz. Needs a lot of clean gain as most dynamic mics go but it’s great at background noise rejection.
No podcast last week because Guy was at death’s door! That’s IF “Death’s door” was sniffling, a little coughing, and making everyone around him miserable by complaining. Come to think of it, many did want to kill him before he felt better. This week though, they catch up on all the MyMac stuff, a little news, if Apple should buy Netflix, and laughing that Samsung wants to open exclusive Samsung stores.
Guy’s Pick: One of my favorite tools in podcasting especially when I have to convert video to audio is, no surprise, Audio Converter Pro from Fatima Malagouen (also known as geranium-soft software) $6.99 in the Mac App Store
Gaz’s Pick: Spectacle I need specs more and more but this isn’t quite what you think Windows Management and manipulation
Guy manages to half destroy his mancave and Gaz wants to go museum hopping! Also, Apple sells a lot of stuff but not as much as they promised they would (proooooomised!), FaceTime flaws, and Google/FaceBook did a naughty thing!
Guy’s Pick: Looking to try your hand at podcasting, but find a DAW like GarageBand intimidating? Well take a look at the free Spreaker app. Pretty much everything set up for you and it will record to your local drive. If you want to sign up and use the Spreaker service you also get chat support with your audience.
Yes the GMen are without direction. Yes, they meander all over the place. No, that doesn’t have anything to do with the show’s title. It’s a not very clever way to bring up a Macintosh Emulator. They also have a non-second section technical talk about all kinds of things and maybe they’ll start doing that in the second section too…unless they forget.
There’s a great reason why the show has this name, but Guy can’t remember what it is. What he does remember is that buying stuff at Wish is not typically a wish granted. Gaz is editing his time-lapse videos on an iPad instead of his Mac and hacks and viruses just aren’t what they used to be. Lastly, feeling nostalgic for older Apple products? Well like bad food they may be back up again!
It’s traction distraction, what’s your fractions? Guy LOVES microphones and he’s disappointed when a cheap one outperforms an expensive one…especially after he’s bought both! Gaz is distracted by time…and time-lapse. But isn’t time-lapse something that happens anyway? Oh and we suppose the Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas is worth a mention or two.
Guy’s Pick: A very quiet USB microphone. Normally not a good thing but in this case the quiet is noise you didn’t want in the first place. Neewer’s NW-3U USB microphone at $28 is a great buy.
Gaz’s Pick: Anker Soundcore Fully waterproof 360 speaker bought a couple in the post Christmas sales and they are great. I got them for 29 gap each but at 60 maybe I’m not sure, however if you see them on offer GET ONE.
Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker Motion Q Portable 16W
Gaz and Guy are back after a deserved by someone anyway week off. Almost completely without notes and any kind of structure which leads to hilarious shenanigans. Gaz’s got some stories and Guy just loses it several times.
Gaz is away so David Ginsburg from the Off the Charts and In Touch with iOS podcasts joins Guy for what ended up being the third time this week so he’s already tired of Guy’s nonsense probably. All the usual stuff and a discussion over whether or not the new Mac mini could be used as a pro machine.
Guy’s Pick: Loopback 2 from Rogue Amoeba for $99. If you already use Loopback, this is a must have update ($49) and if you don’t and do audio stuff, why haven’t you already gotten it? https://rogueamoeba.com/loopback/
There’s two bundles available as well. You can get the Audio Hijack and Loopback bundle for $130, which is almost $30 off or for $175 get those two along with the Fission Audio editor.
Guy is not feeling well and he’s a miserable person when that happens, but it leads to hilarious hijinks! Gaz finally gets an answer from 1Password, but it’s almost indecipherable. And naturally all the usual nonsense you’ve come to expect from the GMen.
So the countdowns are finally over…or are they? 99 shows to go to Episode 800 and 84 to go to the 500th GMen MyMac Podcast! Nevermind. Guy and Gaz talk about last week’s Apple Education event which other than a crayon and new iPad was a bit of a snoozer.
Lots of products that haven’t been updated and WWDC right around the corner. Should have been an interesting topic but it ended up not so much. No matter when Frisian still provides lots of entertainment value!
Gaz’s Pick/Tip: So I got fed up of not having a clock on my desk top so I bought one from the Mac App store and I like it, the name of the App is UBClock. it sits on your desktop and over any apps you have running, it has various faces, can be made transparent, you can adjust the colours, whether it has a digital face or not, it’s simple, it cost a whole £0.99p (or $0.99cents) so if you’ve been looking for a clock for your desktop well go take a look at this one.
Gaz’s Pick/Tip: I’ve picked it before I’ll probably pick it again but it’s Automator, just go and find a multitude of Automator YouTube videos and crack the lid open of this great application/tool, I’ve put two links one is a straight forward service that Don McAllister shows you how to ReScale an image and a overview/tutorial, get over the guy at the start and your away.
Don’s Tip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V4xsNrOWs8&feature=em-subs_digest
Jame’s Pick: Controversial pick – Microsoft Office for iOS, mainly Excel
We promised or maybe threatened that we would get back to this story and so we have. On an otherwise slow week where talking about the Touchbar…AGAIN would just be boring, Gaz and Guy instead talk about UK Real Estate, dead people on Facebook, and used iPhones. Because we can
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