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Sorry but no Your Mac Life tonight. I’ve got *excruciating* pain in my left shoulder and can’t raise my arm. The pain is so bad it’s causing me to have flashes and dizzy spells for a few seconds. I’ve actually been lying down most of the day. I’m typing one handed (insert your own joke here). No idea what caused it but it’s too painful to try to do a show through. Any movement of my shoulder feels like someone is driving a stake through it. :(


Sorry folks. Home life bullshit is intruding on Podcast Day. Sorry.


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)

YML Listener Christmas Video!

Thanks to everyone who sent in a holiday greeting this year!


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!

Who's got two thumbs and is sick as a dog?

This guy! :(

I feel like 240lbs of warmed over shit. Achey, sore, back is killing me, head hurts, throat is raw, hacking, phlegmy cough....NOT GOOD....

So sadly, and for the second week in a row, I'm going to have to cancel Your Mac Life for this evening. Sorry folks. I can't sit up long enough to do a show even if I *could* talk without hacking up a lung. :(

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 official....in 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.... :(

Your Mac Life is on the new Apple TV!

Thanks to DJ Macintosh, you can now watch Your Mac Life directly through your Apple TV!

You can buy it for only 99 cents. You can find it by searching for "Your Mac Life" on the Apple TV App Store. Thanks DJ!


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 so...no show tonight. :(


Thanks to all the YML'ers who sent in their video Christmas greetings!

Your Mac Lifer's Christmas Greetings #1

Your Mac Lifer's Christmas Greetings #2

Send Some Christmas Cheer!

The holidays are never a lot of fun for me but particularly this year. So, I want to do something a little different to help me (and hopefully others!) get through the Christmas Funk.


I was thinking that there are so many great YML listeners I've never met, never seen, never heard. I wanted to remedy that and the simplest way is for you to send me a holiday video greeting!

It's easy - Make sure you've got some good lighting, grab your iPhone, turn on your camera app, flip the camera around to front facing and hit record. Then, do a mental "...3....2...1...." countdown and just say.....something!

Start with, "Hi! My name is....and I live in....." and then go with....

"Merry Christmas Shawn and all the Your Mac Life listeners!"

"Happy Holidays from the ....family to Your Mac Life!"

"I want to wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to.....(include anyone you'd like!)..."

You get the idea. Make it short and simple. Include the kids. Include your dog. Include your co-workers. MAKE IT FUN. Then, email the video to me at ChristmasCheer [at] yml [dot] me and I'll include it in a montage to be played on next week's YML Christmas show. I'll also include the video here and post it to Facebook and Twitter.

I think it would be great to get a bunch of these so send the idea to anyone you'd like and let's start a new YML tradition for the holidays.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing your holiday video greetings!


Sorry folks. I hate doing this but I have to cancel tonight's Your Mac Life show. It hasn't been a good few days for me and I don't have the mental energy or the ability to concentrate on the show. I know I've done this a lot in the past year and I apologize to all of you.

I hope to be back next week. We'll do the drawing for the Secret Santa Apple TV on the next show.

Apple TV Giveaway!

One of our Your Mac Life “Secret Santas” is giving away a 64GB Apple TV in November - Details on tonight's show!


After Yet Another Move :( I'm now in a new (AND REALLY EXPENSIVE!) apartment in Chilliwack, BC. I wisely arranged to have the Cable Guy come out this morning so things would be set up in time for tonight's YML show.

How “lucky” am I? My cable guy got into an accident and now can’t make it to turn on the Intrawebs for me. So, no Your Mac Life tonight. :(


Sorry folks. There's been a major family emergency. Everyone here at YML Headquarters is fine but we won't be able to do a show this evening. Our apologies. We hope to be back next week!


As many of you know, we live in a small "village" called Rosedale which itself is outside a small town called Chilliwack which is east of the city of Vancouver.

What that all means is, getting to Vancouver is a bit of a trek, usually an hour to the city limits from here.

But today, we need to go to the airport to drop someone off and that means (because Vancouver has no direct highway link to the airport) the trip will take at least 90+ minutes - and even that assumes there will be no traffic. And this is Vancouver - THERE'S ALWAYS TRAFFIC.

Worse, the return trip to Rosedale will be right in the heart of the rush hour - not only in the city proper but on the Trans-Canada highway, too. It likely means a minimum 2 hour trip back home.

So there's ZERO CHANCE of us getting back in time to do a Your Mac Life show this evening.


I know we said last week that we would do a Your Mac Life show this Wednesday evening but that is before I cleared it with YML_Kim....ooops... :)

In honor of her adopted nation and the country of my birth, we are riding our motorcycles to a Native Canadian celebration, eating smoked salmon and watching fireworks!

To all my Canadian friends, I hope you have a wonderful Canada celebration!


Sorry folks. The issues from last week's show have only gotten worse.

Due to the move out here to the wilds of Chilliwack, BC, we've been siphoning (with permission) our neighbour's internet access via wifi. But the connection is *awful* and drops constantly. It's OK for web browsing (although, it feels like dial up hell!) but is no where near good enough for broadcast audio and video.

A Tech is coming out to install dedicated wifi for us but until that happens (hopefully, later today), we can't do a show.


Your Mac Life's IRC Chat Room for today's Apple Event!

Here is the IRC Chat Room:

Join the Chat Room during the today's Apple Event! You can also connect on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 7pm PT or from 8:30pm to 10pm ET for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to Your Mac Life (onair [at] yourmaclifeshow [dot] com).

Tune in to find out why MacFormat UK named Your Mac Life one of the "Top Ten Podcasts in the World"!

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. :( )

Tonight's YML - CANCELLED :(

First YML in Vancouver, BC WON'T be tonight either! :(

Unbelievable. If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all....

So we couldn't do a show last week because of bandwidth issues. We can't do one this week because my work machine, a Macbook Pro, gave up its logic board and died on me. It's at the Apple store getting fixed as we speak (at a cost of $600(!)) but won't be ready for tonight's show.

And even if it was, Doofussan here managed to remember the microphones...and the cables...and the power supply...but forgot to bring the Behringer Mixing Board from Calgary....sigh....

The only real good news was I bought a Mac mini to enable us to do a little more for the shows in the future.

And, if you'd like, you can still join us in the IRC this evening - we might be able to pull together some rudimentary audio in the next couple of hours....fingers crossed....

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

YML tonight - Gus Mueller of Acorn and Shawn talks about sex with Mary Roka!

This week on Your Mac Life: "Tonight - Gus Mueller of Acorn and Shawn talks about sex with Mary Roka!"

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Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.