Interviews

Interview with Janice Stillman of The Old Farmer's Almanac

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I read the announcement that "The Old Farmer’s Almanac" now has an iPad version and I realized that even though I've heard about it many times, I actually have no clue what The Old Farmer’s Almanac is.

So I got in touch with Janice Stillman, the 13th editor of the Almanac and its first female editor to tell me what the Almanac is, what it does and how it's still interesting and relevant in the 21st century!

Click here to listen to the Interview with Janice Stillman of The Old Farmer's Almanac.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

YML Interview with Documentarian Ken Burns

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As I said when we played this interview on Wednesday, I'm an unabashed fanboy of documentarian Ken Burns. I was honoured to have been able to interview about his new iPad app.

Because it was such a good interview (even if I do say so myself), I'm breaking it out here as a separate MP3 file. I hope you enjoy it.

YML Interview - "Thomas Matthews, Executive Editor, Wine Spectator"

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I'm Canadian. Therefore, I love beer.

But I have also started to acquire a taste for wine. I still know next to nothing about it but it's fun to learn more.

The folks at Wine Spectator have updated their excellent WineRatings+ iOS app and I spoke to the Executive Editor, Thomas Matthews, about wine, the magazine and their app.

Click here to listen to the interview with Thomas Matthews, Executive Editor, Wine Spectator.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

YML Interview - "Michael Hiltzik, How Apple invites facile analysis"

Last week I spoke to Michael Hiltzik, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has written the books "Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age" and "The New Deal: A Modern History". He also wrote a very interesting article on the Los Angeles Times site, "How Apple invites facile analysis".

Click here to listen to the interview with Michael Hiltzik.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Ken Segall on jcp, Apple and Ron Johnson

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I had a great conversation with Ken Segall, former Apple and NeXT Creative Director (and the guy who coined the term "iMac"), about Apple's former VP of Retail Ron Johnson and the challenges he faces as the CEO of JC Penny. You can read Ken's article, "Meanwhile, over at Ron Johnson’s place…" here.

Click here to listen to the interview with Ken Segall on jcp, Apple and Ron Johnson.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Paul Scandariato, Doxie One

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Paul Scandariato is the Vice President of Marketing for Apparent Software, makers of the very cute and very useful Doxie line of "personal scanners". They have just announced their latest model, the Doxie One and Paul sat down with YML to talk about it.

Click here to listen the interview with Paul Scandariato about the Doxie One.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Ken Segall on Skeuomorphism

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"Skeuomorphism" is a word you may have heard about and you've certainly expereinced it even if you don't know what it means (or how to say it).

Ken Segall is a former creative director of Apple ad agency TBWA/Chiat/Day and the author of "Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success". He recently wrote an article titled The great skeuomorphism misunderstanding and joined Your Mac Life to talk about the issue.

FYI: This is the same interview that was played on this past week's full Your Mac Life show.

Click here to listen the interview with Ken Segall on skeuomorphism.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Ben Bajarin of Techpinions about the iPad mini

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Ben Bajarin is a Principal Analyst at Creative Strategies and columnist at Tech.Pinions. Shawn checked in with him last week to get his personal and professional opinion on Apple's iPad min.

Interview with Ben Bajarin of Techpinions about the iPad mini.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with John Moltz about Microsoft's Surface

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A Very Nice Web Site's John Moltz went up to Seattle to check out the launch of Microsoft's Surface tablet at their very own Microsoft Store. He was kind enough to sit down with YML to give his impressions of the store, the launch event and the Surface itself.

Click here for the Interview with John Moltz about Microsoft's Surface.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Dave Hamilton about Apple's Fusion Drive

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Dave Hamilton of The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab wrote an article - "Digging Into Apple’s Fusion Drive Details" - that helped to explain Apple's announcement of the new kind of drive in the latest version of the iMac and Mac mini. He took the time to talk to Your Mac Life about the Drives.

Click here for the Interview with Dave Hamilton about Apple's Fusion Drive.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Orangutan Outreach's Richard Zimmerman

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A New York based not-for-profit called "Orangutan Outreach" has begun a program called called "Apps for Apes" in twelve zoos across North America. They are letting the orangutans play with (but not use on their own) donated iPads.

Like other highly intelligent creatures, orangutans can get bored or depressed without mental stimulation. The iPads, or more specifically, the apps on them, help keep them entertained. Apparently, apps created for children are popular and the apes are said to be fond of nature documentaries by David Attenborough. Insert your own joke here.

I spoke to Orangutan Outreach's Executive Director, Richard Zimmerman about the program, the orangutans and how you can get involved and help these wonderful animals.

Click here for the interview with Richard Zimmerman.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Jamie Lee Curtis, Author of "Where Do Balloons Go?"

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Award winning actress and New York Times best selling author Jamie Lee Curtis has turned one of her books, "Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery", into an iPad book, full of wonderful illustrations, clever animations and even little Easter Eggs.

I was lucky enough to spend a short time talking to Ms Curtis and I wasted far too much of it being a fan boy. But she was kind and gracious and utterly lovely. I hope you enjoy listening to the interview as much as I did doing it.

Click here for the interview with Jamie Lee Curtis.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Next Issue Media's CTO, Keith Barraclough

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Next Issue Media wants to be "the Netflix of magazines" and the have just released an iPad app that allows you access to 39 digital magazines - TIME, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Bon Appétit, Golf Digest and many more.

I spoke to NIM's CTO, Keith Barraclough about the company, their offerings and how they are doing digital differently. Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Ron Avitzur, The Graphing Calculator Story

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Ron Avitzur is a former programming contractor at Apple back in the 1990s. When his project was cancelled, he didn't take the opportunity to join a startup or travel or sit back on his laurels - he snuck back into 1 Infinite Loop to finish the job!

I spoke to Ron about what it was like to work on the ultimate "skunkworks" job at Apple and how he managed to pull it off.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Eric Cheng of Lytro

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Eric Cheng is the Director of Photography for Lytro (and a very accomplished photographer in his own right). I met Eric at a Lytro demo at the Apple Store in San Francisco during WWDC last week and he agreed to talk about the fascinating Lytro "light field" camera.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Lex Friedman about Sandboxing

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Lex Friedman is a Staff Writer at Macworld magazine and has written an excellent article called, "Sandboxing deadline arrives: What it means for Apple, developers, and you"

As the article says, "Sandboxing refers to compartmentalizing what data and features a specific app is granted access to; apps each can metaphorically play exclusively in their own sandbox, accessing only that data which Apple has granted that app entitlements to see." but it's not quite as simple and cut and dried as that. Lex helps Shawn understand what it is and how it will affect users and developers.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Ensley Eikenburg of Frommer's Travel Guides

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Frommer's is an acknowledged expert in the field of travel guides. They are now taking their expertise and creating stunning "Day by Day" guides for the iPad and iPhone that will be essentials for travelers at every level.

We had a wonderful chat with Ensley Eikenburg, Associate Publisher, Frommer's Travel Guides, about the guides, what you'll find in them and how you can get the most out of your travel experience.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Anne Geddes about "My First Five Years"

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While you may not be familair with her name, you are certainly familiar with her iconic photography of babies in unusual yet compelling situations. She has a new Mac app out called "My First Five Years" and she was kind enough to spend some time talking about it and her photography with with YML this week.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Ken Segall, author of "Insanely Simple"

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As an ad agency creative director, Ken Segall was a key player in Apple’s resurrection. He helped create marketing campaigns such as "Think Different" and was the guy who "named the iMac".

His new book, Insanely Simple, "explains the ten elements of Simplicity that drive Apple’s success, illustrating each with previously untold stories. It takes you inside Steve Jobs’s world to show you how he enforced the rules of Simplicity—sometimes with humor, sometimes with brutality, but always with amazing success."

He was kind enough to spend an extended period of time with YML this week. Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Ian Schray of WellRedApps on DropKey

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Regular YML listeners know that one of our co-hosts, Ian Schray, is also one of the founders of WellRedApps. You also know he's been teasing us with an announcement for months now. Well, it's finally here.

Today, WellRedApps announced DropKey - a new utility for Mac OS X Lion that allows users to quickly and easily encrypt sensitive documents. Ian and Shawn talked about what Public-Key Cryptography is and how you can use DropKey to take advantage of it.

Click here to listen to the interview.

It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Rich Mogull discussing the Flashback Trojan

Rich Mogull is the foremost security expert in the Mac community and writes for TidBITS and Macworld. He has just penned an article, "What you need to know about the Flashback trojan" that we encourage you to read.

We talk to Rich about what the trojan is, where it comes from and how to protect yourself now and in the future.

Click here to listen to the interview. It's also posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section so it's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Jake Harms, iMac Aquariums

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We've all had aquariums in our lives but I bet you've never seen one as cool-geeky as this one!

Jake Harms rescues old iMacs destined for the scrap heap and expertly turns them into fish tanks that would look good in any room or office. I talked to Jake about the idea, how he turns the iMacs into aquariums and how you can back him on Kickstarter and get your very own!

Click here to listen and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Interview with Andrew Allen of FiftyThree talking about Paper

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Last week, the folks at FiftyThree released their first app called Paper. Today, I spoke to Andrew Allen of FiftyThree about the app.

Click here to listen and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think!

Sir Jonathan Ive: The iMan cometh

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Sir Jonathan Ive, Jony to his friends, is arguably one of the world’s most influential Londoners. The 45-year-old was born in Chingford — and went to the same school as David Beckham. He met his wife, Heather Pegg, while in secondary school. They married in 1987, have twin sons and now live in San Francisco.

As Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, he is the driving force behind the firm’s products, from the Mac computer to the iPod, iPhone and, most recently the iPad. He spoke exclusively to the Evening Standard at the firm’s Cupertino headquarters.

YML Interview with Sacramento County Coroner Greg Wyatt

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There are two types of coroners - the TV kind and the real world kind. The TV ones are more celebrated but the real world kind are more interesting.

YML was lucky enough to talk to Sacramento County Coroner Greg Wyatt, fresh off his session at the 2012 Macworld. Greg talked about what a coroner does, the technology they have available and how he uses Macs and iPads in his his job.

And you'll be happy to hear that even though he may have a creepy job, he's a fun and engaging interview subject.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

YML Interview with Photographer Clark Little

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Photography is a passion here at Your Mac Life and we always enjoy talking about it with experts. Clark Little is not only an expert, he's a one of a kind photographer.

Little is not only lucky enough to be a Mac user living in Hawaii but also a surfer who has found a remarkable photographic niche - shorebreak photography.

Clark talks to YML about the shooting, the gear, the computers and the software e uses to create his amazing images.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Johan-Till Broer of Garmin

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Regular show listeners know we are huge Garmin fans at Your Mac Life. The company is showing off a variety of iOS apps at this year's Macworld|iWorld and we had a chance to talk to Johan-Till Broer of Garmin.

Johan told us not only about Garmin's fitness apps but also about the improvements and additions to their well known navigation apps - some of them might surprise you!

And, just for the length of the show, Garmin is offering $10 off the Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA, North America, and onDemand apps and all their NAVIGON apps. They've also reduced the prices of their North American turn-by-turn navigation apps by $10 during Macworld.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Patrick O'Neill, CEO of olloclip

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DSLRs are great but bulky and cumbersome. The iPhone is a wonderful camera phone but you often find yourself wishing for some of the features and abilities of a DSLR. olloclip to the rescue!

The olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone 4/4S that includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one small, convenient package that easily fits in your pocket. I spoke to Patrick O'Neill, CEO of olloclip, about the product and even "convinced" him to give Macworld|iWorld showgoers a Show Special! You're welcome. :)

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Patrick O'Neill, CEO of olloclip

DSLRs are great but bulky and cumbersome. The iPhone is a wonderful camera phone but you often find yourself wishing for some of the features and abilities of a DSLR. olloclip to the rescue!

The olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone 4/4S that includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one small, convenient package that easily fits in your pocket. I spoke to Patrick O'Neill, CEO of olloclip, about the product and even "convinced" him to give Macworld|iWorld showgoers a Show Special! You're welcome. :)

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!

Macworld|iWorld Interview with Jason Palmer of Epson

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Projectors have come a long way since they were too big to carry and needed a team of A/V geeks to operate.

Epson has been a leader in projection technology for both business and home and their latest model, the MegaPlex MG-850HD, carries on the tradition. We spoke to Epson's Senior Marketing Manager for Home Theater, Jason Palmer, about the features of the new model and found out they will be torture testing it in the Moscone Center for the rest of the week.

You can listen to the interview at this link and it is posted to the iTunes Store under the Your Mac Life Podcast section. It's probably just easier if you went ahead and subscribed to Your Mac Life on iTunes.

As always, we hope you enjoy it and lt us know what you think!