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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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I bought Macheist II...

It was after listening to MacBreak 74, and the video interview with 1password that Merlin did. To be honest I found the idea that buying MacHeist was a mortal sin to be so stupid that I ignored it almost immediately. If I, a user and not a programmer, picks up this bundle you can not see this as anything more than a win-win scenario. Firstly, nobody buys MacHeist for all the applications offered, They buy it for one or two, and are exposed to the rest for the first time as a result. That is good for those developers, as it means a potential widening of their audience. For me, I wanted 1password, after seeing Merlin's interview with one of it's developers... I thought it would be worth it to me to check out Pixelmator and VextorDesigner... So, I bought the MacHeist bundle... I ended up not really finding Pixelmator or VectorDesigner that useful for me, but at least the designers got a couple of bucks from me for checking out their respective programs rather than the nothing dollars they would have gotten from me if I had only checked out a free demo. On the other hand, 1password has proven to be a really neat application for me, and I found Awaken to be a superior choice over Aurora, which I had been using earlier. My overall point I guess is that exposure for smaller developers is something of value. Now that value could be large or small according to the developer asked. If it's too small, don't get involved in the bundle. It's just that simple... But don't expect that you have the right to determine the value of participating in MacHeist for other software designers.




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