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MacBreak 74: Hot Lips and Hawkeye

MacBreak Weekly 74: Hot Lips and Hawkeye


Hosts: Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, Andy Ihnatko, and Rich Siegel


A look back at Macworld, Office spreads out, MacHeist, .Mac future bright and cloudy, certain gestures and more.

Here's a direct MP3 download of MBW 74.

I think this might be one of my favorite episodes of MacBreak Weekly. Say what you will about the podcast medium, it's amazing to be able to pull an articulate person like Rich Siegel into your conversation midway -- (~00:38:15) -- just via IM and a phone number. Very cool.

So. That said. I really want the promoters and developer-fans of MacHeist to have their opportunity to respond to what Rich (and we) had to say. Clearly we all think a lot of the Mac indie community, so it'd be valuable to continue the conversation in a way that's fair and civil for everybody.

Directions on how to get your voice heard appear around (~00:57:11) of this episode.

update 2008-01-25 08:21:01

Philip Ryu and Awaken's Jerry Brace will be on MacBreak Weekly next week to respond to Rich Siegel's criticisms of MacHeist in show 74.

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MacHeist is an awesome deal....ends tonight

For those who think MacHeist is a scam, is wrong, etc....there are (at this posting) about 36,500 people who disagree with you. Over $400,000 has been raised for some great charities. There is an excellent lead-in to the bundle by doing multiple "heists", which are puzzles which we get together and collaborate on to come to a final solution, for which we get prizes in the form of loot (shareware apps) and discount coupons. In my instance, I did each mission and had $10 worth of discounts. Therefore, the bundle of apps worth right at $500 cost me $39. Only using 1 or 2 apps more than pays for it. If you add in the cost of the 'loot' we received, the value goes up to around $800.....unbelievable. That's why so many people think there's a catch. But there's not. It's to promote indie Mac shareware and support various charities. Plus, we have a heck of a lot of fun doing the heists.

The forums are fantastic.
The level of involvement of the developers, especially Jerry Brace with Awaken, has been tremendous. I assure you, he has a lifelong fan base because of his attentiveness to detail. People have ripped Cha-Ching a lot, but the new version 2.0 is being released soon, and I think it will convert a whole lot of skeptics. Juan with Cha-Ching has been quite involved with us as well. So have Sophia with CoverSutra and Dave with 1Password. There are others, but those stick in my head as being the most active on our message boards.

When I initially purchased the bundle, I thought there were 3 or 4 apps that I would use regularly. Surprisingly, I'm not using those as much, but using several of the others multiple times a day. Reading the forums shows I am not in the minority. I've found that I couldn't make it without Awaken, 1Password, and Notebook (a referral app) -- incidentally, those are not the apps I bought the bundle for.

Someone commented about these not being full versions. The apps in the bundle are full versions, and the devs told us at the launch party that we would have free upgrades thru the next major verions (and we even got exclusive access to some releases). The apps that are not full versions are the ones that were in the loot (rewards for solving the puzzles). Regarding the two referral apps...I'm not sure about LaunchBar, but Notebook will be a paid ($19.95) upgrade when they go to version 3.0. However, that's still a heck of a lot better than $69.95!

Do I have any regrets about MacHeist? No

Will I buy the bundle again? In a heartbeat




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