Mac Observer Podcasts

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin.

The Mac Observer's Apple Context Machine

The Apple Context Machine is Mac, iPhone, and iPod news and analysis that puts the facts in perspective, brought to you with a sense of humor. Hosts Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin put the Apple world into context.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab

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

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TT8: A High Sierra USB installer, Raspberry Pi AirPrint server, and tmutil 8:30 AM Oct. 26th, 2017

A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on...

Podcast Archives

  1. Oct. 26th, 2017
    Terminal Tinkering Podcast
    A High Sierra USB installer, Raspberry Pi AirPrint server, and tmutil – Terminal Tinkering 8

    It's time for another installation of Terminal Tinkering, and this week your host Jeff Butts has plenty in store. Watch and learn about tmutil, using a Raspberry Pi as an AirPrint server, and creating a USB installer for macOS High Sierra.

  2. Oct. 25th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Amazon’s Key to Your Home, HomeKit Lights, Port-Free iPhones – ACM 434

    Amazon Key will let delivery people into your home when you aren't there, and Bryan and Jeff discuss the pros and cons. Jeff also gives Bryan a primer on starting off with HomeKit devices that don't need a third party hub. They cap the show with the idea that Apple could be working towards a completely-sealed iPhone.

  3. Oct. 25th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Entertainment Industry Strategy, Stranger Things Season 2 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-25

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's entertainment industry strategy, plus they wax poetic about this week's Stranger Things Season 2 premiere on Netflix.

  4. Oct. 24th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone X Pre-order Tips, APFS Snapshots Rant- TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-24

    Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up some tips on improving your odds of getting a launch day iPhone X, plus they look at Apple's almost hidden APFS Snapshots feature.

  5. Oct. 23rd, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    We Fiddled with Ditto – Mac Geek Gab 680

    Are photos still bloating up your iPhone? Having trouble upgrading to High Sierra or Downgrading to Sierra? Need to Sync two folders on your Mac? These are just some of the questions your two favorite geeks answer this week!

  6. Oct. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Mystery Writer Elizabeth Craig

    Elizabeth Craig is an accomplished mystery writer and novelist. Her works include the Southern Quilting Mysteries, Memphis Barbeque Mysteries, and Myrtle Clover Cozy Mysteries. Elizabeth grew up fascinated by the Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden mysteries as well as the works of Agatha Christie, especially Hercule Poirot. Later, she majored in English in college and just knew she would become a writer, but lamented that there weren't any courses that actually taught one how to write fiction. She learned on her own. We chatted about how she came to write, the art and craft of writing, and some of our favorite TV mystery shows. Elizabeth's career is inspiring, and today she teaches other fiction writers the basics at her blog. Even if you've never aspired to mystery writing, you'll want to hear her story.

  7. Oct. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Gifting Air Travel by the Hour, iPad Controlled VW Bus – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-23

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Butts and Andrew Orr to chat about Skyhour app's new ability to gift air travel by the hour. They also look at VW's plans for an iPad-controlled VW Bus.

  8. Oct. 20th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Animoji Trademark Lawsuit, Apple’s Sloppy UI Problem – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-20

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to share their take on the Animoji trademark lawsuit against Apple, and to look at Apple's lack of consistency in macOS and iOS interface details.

  9. Oct. 20th, 2017
    Terminal Tinkering Podcast
    Helpful Terminal commands, Homebrew, and ffmpeg – Terminal Tinkering 7

    Tune in for another episode of Terminal Tinkering, and learn about helpful Terminal commands, Homebrew, and the video tool ffmpeg.

  10. Oct. 19th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    KRACK Update and China’s Apple Watch LTE Ban – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-19

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet for an update on the KRACK Wi-Fi hack, plus they look at China blocking LTE support for the Apple Watch Series 3.

  11. Oct. 18th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Society and iPhone Addiction, Apple and GE, iPhone X Paradigms – ACM 433

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by special guest Jeff Butts to go deep on societal implications of iPhone and smartphone addiction. They also talk about the big announcement from Apple and GE for Industrial IoT devices, as well as the new paradigms in Apple's iPhone X.

  12. Oct. 18th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Cheap (Legal?) Movie Downloads and The (Self-Inflicted?) Effects of Apple’s RDF – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-18

    The movie studios let you add digital movies to your library for two dollars, and Apple's reality distortion field is still strong – and perhaps self-inflicted – and that's what Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro discuss with guest-host Dave Hamilton on today's TDO. Press play... and enjoy!

  13. Oct. 17th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Benchmarking High Sierra on Older Macs, Who’s to Blame for iPhone Addiction – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-17

    John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to examine benchmarks showing that High Sierra is faster on older Macs than Sierra. They also talk about the issue of smartphone addiction, who's to blame, and whether or not it's a problem for Apple.

  14. Oct. 16th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK – Mac Geek Gab 679

    Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK are the topics today, but that means you’re in for a real treat. The goal is for everyone to learn at least four (4!) new things, but today you’re guaranteed to learn a whole lot more. Download, press play, and enjoy!

  15. Oct. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with TMO Contributor Kelly Guimont

    Kelly Guimont does TextExpander technical support for Smile Software. She's also a podcaster and a TMO Contributor. And she joins the TMO Daily Observations (TDO) Podcast with me on most Wednesdays. On a recent TDO episode, Kelly revealed that she holds her iPhone in a very special way with one hand. Just how she operates the iPhone in that mode and how she manages her apps created a very interesting follow-up discussion in this podcast. Kelly also shared her thoughts on the latest iTunes, version 12.7., that eliminated app support. (Apple has since mildly reversed course.) Kelly and I really let loose here, so don't miss the fun!

  16. Oct. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    KRACK WPA2 Flaw Explained, Qualcomm’s Push for iPhone Production Ban – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-16

    Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss the impact the KRACK WPA2 WiFi security threat will have on us, plus they look at Qualcomm's push to ban iPhone manufacturing in China.