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Had a great chat with Justin and especially because I could talk to him about Ireland where I had a super 12 years as a resident in Virginia, Co. Cavan. No one ever knows where Cavan is and even some of the Irish people I have spoken to must have been asleep during the geography class at school. Two of my sons still live in Ireland going to college in Dublin.
Justin is a co presenter for a Mac podcast called Mac Craic which has an Irish slant, obviously. I subscribed to it yesterday in iTunes and I still have to listen to the first episode I have downloaded. I know that is going to be good though as Justin came across very clear, calm and collected in the interview.
In the picture you can see Justin with his Mac Craic co-presenter David, Allison from the excellent NosillaCast and the guy that fixes Honda cars.
Justin tells us how he bought a Mac off Ebay and OSX Tiger was the system he started with. Same as for me when I got the Mac Mini. Justin has to use a Windows machine at work but has used his Mac experience to try and improve his Windows experience. He is a bit of tech head and does a bit of tech support where he works.
being totally up to date Justin gives us some news about legal decisions in France that could possibly affect iPhone users in Europe. Locking the iPhone down to single companies in a country is a pain in the rear. I would have stayed with Vodafone if I could have rather than move to Movistar, Telefonica.
We complain a bit about iTunes and the lock down that stops us getting movies and TV shows here in Europe. Justin would like to get his hands on a Drobo and we talk about back up strategies.
The show sponsor is ScreenFlow from Flip4Mac. I use ScreenFlow to capture what I am doing on my Mac to produce screencasts, (like Don McAllister but obvious not quite as Professional) With ScreenFlow I can zoom in easily on a part of the screen to show some detail with a video event or I can use a mouse event to highlight what I am clicking on. The great part of the application is that I can edit the video captured within ScreenFlow itself. I highly recommend it. The $99 price tag is well worth it for the facilities it has and the quality of video you can make with it.
Justin uses digital cameras, to record video and still images and puts these into iPhoto and iMovie to manipulate. Recently he has been helping his wife to make a slide show into a movie.
Justin has been know to use Crossover for Mac to be able to do some virtualisation, but prefers to keep his Mac free of Windows programs.
Justin has a horror story to tell us of how it cost about $100 to by data recovery software to get back files that were mistakenly deleted.
Another show sponsor is Mozy. A nice way to back up your files to the cloud. I downloaded the application yesterday and set it up to back up some of my files and it has been working well so far.
It has done 3 back ups including the first one. The 2nd and 3rd back ups it only moved some of the files, as in only backed up new or changed files. Sweet. Try it out for free with the up to 2GB option.
Justin gives us the low down on what it is like to buy a computer in Ireland and how there is a need to put an Apple Shop in Dublin. If Apple were to make a 15in MacBook Air he would be highly tempted to take the leap and get one.
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