Your Mac Life for August 9, 2017 - **CANCELLED**

Unfortunately, real life rears its ugly head and Shawn has to work this evening, so tonight's show (August 9th) is cancelled.

Shawn sends his apologies and looks forward to seeing y'all next week.



Out here in the boondocks, 20cm (7") of snow is expected to fall in the next few hours. That's ON TOP OF the 80cm (31") we got over this past weekend.

It's already started snowing and, if the past storms are any indication, I'll be experiencing power failures, surges, and brownouts in about two hours. :(

So I’m going to cancel the show tonight. I can’t afford to leave all this gear plugged in and have it get fried. I don’t have backups of the gear and I can’t afford to replace it. Sorry.

YML January 25, 2017 - Tonight's Show Cancelled

Hi all,

Unfortunately, Shawn's internet is down, which means tonight's show has to be cancelled. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Hope to see you next week!

Sly (for Shawn)


Sorry everyone! I've gotta cancel tonight's YML. I'm having some *amazingly* painful stomach and lower cramps. I can't sit still for more than 15 mins before I need to get up and walk around. :(

No idea what the issue is but I can't do a show where I can't sit still. :(

I hope all of our American listeners have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

YML for September 28, 2016

Hey all,

Due to a massive power outage near the YML Studio (services slowly being restored but power is still out at Shawn's place), tonight's YML show is cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Shawn hopes to be back next Wednesday...same bat time, same bat channel.



OK...making it the past two hours, my headache has gotten worse, I'm still coughing up phlegm balls, I'm tired and in need of a nap and my back is killing me. I'm *definitely* getting sick....tonight's Your Mac Life is cancelled.... :(


I've been on the phone most of the afternoon with my ISP. Seems the cheap ass router they provided me has blown up AGAIN. They can't get me another one until Thursday or Friday show tonight. :(

REMINDER: No YML Show Tonight (September 16, 2015)

Just a reminder that Shawn and Kim are away this week so there will be no show. If you want to follow along on their adventures, head on over to Shawn's Diary of a Mad Man website for all the scoop.

Shawn and Kim will be back next week.


PLEASE NOTE: No YML for Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shawn's Macbook Pro is under the weather and has to stay overnight for observation (hehe) at the Apple Store. Unfortunately, that means there will be no show tonight (Feb 18th). :-(

Our apologies for the inconvenience. Hope to see you next week!

Sly (for Shawn)

Wed, January 21, 2015 - ANNOUNCEMENT: No Show Tonight

Hi all,

Shawn is having some technical issues (his router decided today would be a good to take a break), so unfortunately that means no internet access for him, and therefore, no YML show tonight. He hopes to be back up and running by next week's show; we hope to see you then.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


Wed, October 15, 2014

Hi all,

Shawn is experiencing a power outage at show headquarters and unfortunately that means there will be no Your Mac Life show tonight, October 15, 2014. Our apologies for the inconvenience and short notice. Should this week's show be rescheduled, we'll let you know, otherwise, we hope to see you next week.

Sly (for Shawn)

(SHAWN UPDATE: Sorry YMLers. The wiring in my apartment is done poorly. If I forget and plug one thing in wrong, I trip the circuit breaker. And the breaker box is in the landlord's part of the house and I don't have access over there. :( )

Christina Warren of Mashable

I was joined on tonight's YML by Christina Warren of Mashable. Christina has been openly and bravely speaking up about her depression and, in light of the recent suicide of Robin Williams, I wanted to talk to her about what depression is and what can be done about it.

I encourage you to read Christina's article, "After Aaron Swartz: The Tech World Must Talk About Depression" and to educate yourself about the subject.

You can listen and download the MP3 here.

Cheryl Tarrant of Distressed FX

I was joined on the Your Mac Life show by Cheryl Tarrant, an amazing fine art photographer who is one of the principals behind the wonderful Distressed FX iOS app.

Cheryl talked about her art, her inspirations in the beautiful East Tennessee area and how the app works.

You can download or listen to the interview here. As always, we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you think. And just go ahead and buy Distressed FX - it's only 99 cents!

Oakland A's First Base Coach Tye Waller Interview

Had a fun conversation with Oakland A's First Base Coach Tye Waller on Wednesday's show but there seems to have been some audio issues with the recording. So here is the interview broken out on its own you can download or listen to. Our apologies for the problems.

Test 2

Testing Google Hangouts

No YML: Sept 4

I am not getting out of the hospital in time for tomorrow night's show so it's cancelled.

Here's a link to the CTV Story by Ryan White, CTV Calgary

One female is in serious, non life-threatening condition and a male is in stable condition after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car Saturday afternoon.

The crash occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of Macleod Trail and 12 Ave. S.E. The man and the woman were both wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

EMS transported the two patients to hospital. Police are investigating the crash.

Car vs Motorcycle

Thoughts on the iPhone 4

Dear Shawn,

I've been thinking a bit about the iPhone 4 launch and all the attendant hyperbole and downright whining going on. Tuesday morning, I hopped online to reserve our iPhone 4s. 3 minutes later, both were reserved. Every time I utter that, I feel a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out "I hate you!" and were suddenly silenced.

The 600,000 number has been thrown around quite a bit, but it's not the relevant number. 600,000 is merely the number of iPhones that were successfully reserved before they ran out of their reserved stock. It is not the number of people who were online attempting to reserve one. I don't know if anyone knows the real number, but it could be an order of magnitude higher.

When someone says that AT&T or Apple "should have known" how high the demand was going to be, I ask the question "Do you actually know how high it was?" Imagine if your store usually gets 50 customers for its events. Knowing that you've got unusually high demand, you plan for 100 - 200. Then you get socked with 1000.

Every one of these people had to access an AT&T account, which then had to be run through all its algorithms to determine what plan they were on and what they were eligible for. I wonder if the waiving of ETF for any who were eligible this year was simply for their own sake in a vain attempt to simplify matters. Again, this is all guessing. The fact remains, however, that the people complaining do not know what the real numbers are. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

As far as bandwidth goes, we must keep in mind not only how extremely expensive it is to service this many people, but also how hard it is to get new towers past red tape, local politicians who want their palms greased, and NIMBYs. It's an annoying situation to be in. If AT&T and Apple want to deflect complaints, however, they might want to consider being a little more open about what the problems really are.

Hedge Fund Financial Model Predicts AAPL to Fall 80% to $45

"BAM Investor's advanced behavioral analysis financial model predicts Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock price to fall to $42 per share as soon as Fall 2010"

That is a *remarkable* prediction - not only for its scope (can any of us really imagine a crash so bad that would cause Apple's stock to fall from its present $271/share all the way down to the predicted $45?) but for its balls if not stupidity.

We'll wait for the fall to see...

Amazon’s Kindle App for iPad vs Apple’s iBooks

One of the main reasons I wanted to buy Apple’s iPad is to use the device as an ebook reader. I’m a big reader, and have thousands of books, but would like to be able to read some books on a portable device.Aside from any discussion of the merits of this, I thought I would look at the two main apps for reading ebooks, Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks.

First, Amazon currently has the edge in device ubiquity, with a Kindle app for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as for the iPad. Apple’s iBooks will, however, be available for these devices in the fall, when the company releases a new version of their software. Amazon also, however, lets you read ebooks on their own device – the Kindle – or on a Mac or PC, with a program that that works on those platforms. Apple will presumably follow suit, with a Mac version of iBooks in the fall, and perhaps even a Windows version.

But the main question remains that of display. Reading an ebook, you want the broadest range of display options, so you can get the maximum reading pleasure from the books you buy.

Amazon’s Kindle App for iPad vs Apple’s iBooks

Analysis: Apple against the World

Apple’s iPhone OS unveiling on Thursday was not the kind of Apple Event where the company shows off a brand-new product, exclaims how it’s the best product the company has ever made, and waits for the oohs and ahs of the invited guests.

Yes, iPhone OS 4.0 was the reason Apple invited the crowd to the company’s Cupertino campus, and that new version of the operating system that runs the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad has some promising new features. But Thursday’s event was a bit less about shiny-product Apple and a bit more about strategic technology company Apple.

Analysis: Apple against the World

Adobe unleashes Creative Suite 5

Adobe has launched the fifth incarnation of its Creative Suite collection of professional applications for print and Web designers and videographers.

This set of coordinated programs, popularly called Adobe CS5, includes new versions of 14 products and their associated apps, four new online services, and a brand new interactive Web design product.

The new CS5 veers in a somewhat different direction than earlier versions with a specific concentration on online services and Web analytics. Creative Suite 5 products, for the first time, include access to Omniture technologies—Web utilities that capture, store, and analyze information generated by Web sites and other sources.

The updates in CS5—more that 250 new features have been integrated throughout the Master Collection of all programs—address not only technical changes in hardware capabilities to make them faster and more efficient, but also strive to solve workflow problems.

Adobe unleashes Creative Suite 5

My Close Encounters with Steve Jobs (Part 1)

At age 28, Steven P. Jobs, Chairman of Apple Computer, was on top of his game—rich, famous, spoiled, and seemingly unrestrained by the usual social mores. He had the chiseled face, jutting jaw and thick black hair of a typical matinee idol.

Yet, he was hardly conventional. The sleeves of the understated gray cashmere sweater he wore that October morning in 1983, on top a simple white, v-neck t-shirt, were pushed up just enough to reveal the coolest watch I had ever seen, strapped high on his left forearm. I wanted very much to get a closer look at it, but I didn’t dare.

My Close Encounters with Steve Jobs (Part 1)

Testing iBlogger from my iPhone

image70364408.jpgSo....does this thing actually work?

Wanna Play Dodgeball?

I'm testing this service out for an idea we have surrounding Macworld Expo.

Watch their demo. If you like what you see, sign up and add "YML @ Macworld Expo" as a friend:

GoGo InFlight WiFi Video from 35,000 ft! cool is this? I'm on a freaking *plane* @ 35,000 ft over Reno, Nevada.....and I'm on the Net!

Click here to watch a short video!

Net access is by and is only on American airline flights to/from SF/NYC, LA/NYC and Miami/NYC. $12.95 for the flight duration.

More in flight video here!

Why Wouldn't this Work? Screw it - Let's give It a Try!

Our firend Jeff La Grua passed this along:

Shawn, got this as a forward of a forward of a forward. Its interesting, and perhaps wholly unrealistic, BUT its an interesting thought exercise, and maybe, just maybe, crazy enough to work.

I am against the $85,000,000, 000.00 bailout of AIG.
Instead, I am in favor of giving $85,000,000, 000 to America
in a "We Deserve It Dividend."

To make the math simple, let us assume there are
200,000,000 bona fide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is
about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So
200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that
equal s $425,000.00. My plan is to give $425,000 to every
person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

Click here to read more about the "We Deserve It Dividend"

Happy Birthday, Sly!

Last Day of August

Last Day of August from blatherskyte on Vimeo.

Video shot by our friend J Curtis in HD using a Panasonic HVX200A.