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APFS and Time Machine and Big Sur
Jul 7th, 2020 1:44 PM

John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest iteration of APFS and how it could affect Time Machine drives.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

Mac Geek Gab

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to answer your questions and discuss things of interest to Apple and Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that's both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

Background Mode Podcast

Hosted by John Martellaro from The Mac Observer.

Background Mode

Join The Mac Observer's John Martellaro every week for fascinating interviews with tech industry pros and luminaries. It's more than a show about what they do; it's about who they are.

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer.

Apple Context Machine

Apple Context Machine is a weekly in-depth look at Apple and the tech world from Bryan Chaffin, editor-in-chief of The Mac Observer with special guests from the tech world.

Podcast Archives

  1. Jul. 7th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    APFS and Time Machine and Big Sur – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-07

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest iteration of APFS and how it could affect Time Machine drives.

  2. Jul. 6th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Partner, Many Tricks Software Rob Griffiths – BGM Interview

    Rob Griffiths worked for Apple (1990-95), founded macosxhints.com in 2000, went on to write for Macworld Magazine, has done some podcasting, and is currently a partner at Many Tricks Software, makers of great Mac utilities such as Moom, Witch and Name Mangler.Rob recalled his early years with the T.I. Silent 700, Commodore PET, and Apple II. At Colorado State University, Rob realized programming was not for him and followed a business track. Later, after graduate school, he landed a job with Apple. We chatted about his career, moving on to great years at Macworld Magazine, and then his current partnership at Many Tricks Software. We then delved into WWDC 2020, challenges as an Apple developer, the transition of Macs to Apple Silicon, and the evolution of macOS as a partial touch-screen OS. Good stuff here!

  3. Jul. 6th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Services and Also Hamilton – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-06

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Hamilton's film debut, and Charlotte has an Apple services prediction.

  4. Jul. 6th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    An iCloud of Uncertainty — Mac Geek Gab 823

    When iCloud works, it's great. And, for the most part, that's how it is. But sometimes...it just gets plain wonky. Several of you had several questions about that this week, and Dave and John dig in to get you sorted! That's not all, though. Cool Stuff Found, routers, and even some future stuff is all up for discussion when your two favorite geeks get together this week. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

  5. Jul. 2nd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Arcade Shakeup – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-02

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a reported Apple Arcade shakeup, and the future of the service.

  6. Jul. 2nd, 2020
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Silicon, Target Mode, iOS Apps Coming to Mac, with John Kheit – ACM 533

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about Apple Silicon and the Mac moving to Apple-designed ARM processors. They also talk about Target Mode's demise and something John Kheit predicted years ago: iOS apps coming to the Mac.

  7. Jul. 1st, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    About Intel and Moving Macs to Apple Silicon – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-01

    John Martellaro joins guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss what may have driven Apple's timeline for moving its Mac computers to Apple silicon.

  8. Jun. 30th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New News About News – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-30

    Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss updates to Apple's News app, Google's news partnerships, and iOS 14 updates to News+.

  9. Jun. 29th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Former Apple Senior Director Michael Gartenberg (#11) – BGM Interview

    Michael Gartenberg spent three years as Apple’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to SVP Phil Schiller. He is currently a freelance writer and has become a regular guest here on Background Mode. This BGM Interview is his 11th appearance.We explored the WWDC 2020 Keynote in detail. We started with the production values and layout and how some elements of this new kind of presentation might show up in future events. Then we turned to the Mac on Apple Silicon transition and some of the considerations for users. Later, there was a healthy discussion of iOS 14, Scribble and then macOS 11 Big Sur's design language and how that differs from the nature of the Mac for UNIX users. Michael always delivers keen insights on how Apple markets its products and always helps us better understand the WWDC Keynote.

  10. Jun. 29th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone as a Teenager – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-29

    Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPhone anniversary and what is different (or not) then and now.

  11. Jun. 29th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Full Disks, Slow Speeds, and Low Batteries — Mac Geek Gab 822

    Your questions haven't stopped, and neither have our answers! How to deal with a full disk? What to do for slow internet speeds? How to best manage your battery? All of these topics are addressed, plus Cool Stuff Found, Quick Tips, and more. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things with John and Dave this week!

  12. Jun. 26th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday: Privacy Updates, Macworld All-Star Band Reunion – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-26

    Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest privacy changes from WWDC, and the Macworld All-Star Band reunion.

  13. Jun. 25th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Charlotte’s Bet on AppleOS – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-25

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's future operating systems and the amount of wrong in a theory.

  14. Jun. 24th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC: iOS 14 Preview, Familiar Features – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-24

    Andrew Orr and Jeff Butts join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iOS 14 preview from WWDC, and why a few of those features look familiar...

  15. Jun. 24th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    WWDC Deep Dive – Mac Geek Gab 821

    Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun share their thoughts and experiences with the new technologies Apple announced at WWDC this week.

  16. Jun. 23rd, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford (#9) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Dr. Kiki Sanford makes her ninth appearance on Background Mode. Kiki is a neurophysiologist with a B.S. in conservation biology and a Ph.D. avian neurophysiology from the University of California. She's a popular science communicator and creator/co-host of This Week in Science (TWIS) podcast and radio show.In this episode, we spend the first segment clearing up some confusion about COVID-19. Mask theory of use, the value of lockdowns, how the U.S. is doing compared to Europe, how blood type affects the body's response, presymptomatic vs. asymptomatic, and what we know about how the virus survives on surfaces. In part II, we discussed how computer neural networks trained to learn like developing human brains also need something akin to sleep. Also, how dogs have a genetic desire to save their owner from trouble. And more. As always, Kiki is delightful as she makes science both fun and interesting.

  17. Jun. 23rd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Theoretical Boot Camp – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-23

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss what emulation looks like on newly announced Apple Silicon processors.

  18. Jun. 22nd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    WWDC Keynote Quick Take – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-22

    Bryan Chaffin, Charlotte Henry, and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont for a quick analysis of the WWDC Keynote just after it finished.

  19. Jun. 22nd, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Zooming the Web and Learning Your Ms — Mac Geek Gab 820

    It's hours before WWDC begins, and there's just enough time to get Mac Geek Gab into your hands ahead of the new stuff we're all about to learn. And, with that, we can still learn at least five new things, including how to Zoom (and unzoom) the web, how to encrypt your files, why you might want to change your cable modem password, and what those three Ms mean. Buckle up, press play, and enjoy the ride with John and Dave!

  20. Jun. 21st, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday, Apple’s AR/VR Future – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-19

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news and what Apple's AR/VR past and future look like.