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Merlin on MacBreak Weekly 75

MacBreak Weekly 75: MacHeist Replies


Hosts: Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, Andy Ihnatko, Scott Bourne, and Alex Lindsay


Guests: Philip Ryu of MacHeist, Andrew Welch of Ambrosia.

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Apple reports record earnings… then stock tanks, Philip Ryu of MacHeist and Andrew Welch of Ambrosia give counterpoints to MacHeist discussion, and more.

Here's a direct MP3 download of our marathon 107 minute, nearly-ruined-by-Skype-farts MBW 75.

And, hey, whaddaya know? MBW is having its Diamond Anniversary. I should pick up a necklace or an industrial drill for Leo.

This week, Leo invited Philip and Andrew on to talk about MacHeist. I hope they feel like they got a fair hearing and were able to say their piece. For myself, I'm still not sure how I feel about MacHeist, but I'm persuaded that the process is improved over the first time it was offered. On a personal level, it was cool to be given a chance to talk to Andrew, whose Ambrosia Software has been with me like a secret friend for almost as long as I've used a Mac.

This time around my pick of the week is Airfoil by Rogue Amoeba (although I also profess my affection for lots of other stuff Paul makes). Good interview from last year with Paul over on Ars Technica.

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12" macbooks....

Seeing as Merlin is still talking all about the 12" Apple laptops in MBW, and I believe he (and Leo) was tossing around figures like $600 bucks, I just wanted to put my two cents in... First off, I agree, the form factor is far more appealing to me than the Air (for the record I own a 17" MacBook Pro and I own a 12" Aluminum Powerbook for the already obvious reason that the 17", while a great machine, is too damn big to be convenient for travel.) Back to the point at hand though... I do travel a lot for work, and the use of a superdrive is very handy on flights, as is the ability to actually open it on the tiny tray table and see what you're doing. But seriously, who the hell is paying $600 for one? Here in RI I often see on Craigslist 12" iBook G4s in the $250-350 range and 12" PowerBook G4's in the $400-450 range (usually they're the aluminum version.) Hell I can get a Intel Macbook for around $700(white)or $800(black) If I watch Craigslist closely enough for a week or two... with that kind of pricing differential, all I'm trying to say here is I really wouldn't advise anyone to be paying in the $600 neighborhood for a 12" Powerbook... Unless it's some Magical 12" that can boot Leopard without giving you enough time to take a shower, shave, and get dressed (okay, I'm exaggerating here, that would be the Mac Plus booting system 6. :-) But just so we're clear here, were there to be a 12" Intel MacBook Pro available to buy, were' talking removable battery, 2+ or more gigs of RAM versus 640 MB, and of course blazing fast Tiger or Leopard... If there was one available... Damn straight I'd buy one...




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