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Michael is from Houston in Texas and has a plethora of Mac computers that he uses for business and pleasure. He makes training films using Final Cut Pro and is a heavy user of Aperture. Michael has a pedigree with Macs going back to the Apple 2. Obviously this amounts to a huge amount of experience with the Mac.

He tells us a little about using classic and changing to OS X. He is not keen on using a Mouse preferring to use a trackball. He uses a
and USB Edirol mixer to connect it up. He reckons his PR40 is the best mic to use when you consider the antique clocks he has chiming in the background from time to time.

I use a Samson C03U mic similar to the
both are USB mics.
I recommended to him and he said he is off to the shop to buy it after we finish recording. I even passed on some tips about selecting part of a sound wave to delete so that you don’t get and extra clicks in the audio.
He reckons that Adobe will probably take some time to get a version out for Snow Leopard because they can drag their feet a bit some times in reaction to new operating systems. Multi Threading is going to be the big thing with Snow leopard and being about to make use of the multi core computers.
He told me there is a huge difference between having 2GB and 4 GB in the MacBook. So I will have to do something about putting in the extra in my MacBook too.
The office he works in is a mixture of Macs and Windows and has to use MS Excel because it is the only spreadsheet that will open the spreadsheets that get sent to him. For his personal office type of thing he will use iWork. He wishes that it wasn’t totally necessary to revolve around microsoft products in business.
Not quite a cool aid drinker but will always recommend a Mac to people when the ask what sort of computer to get.
Michael likes to use Firefox for the add ons you can use and will sometimes go back to Safari and now and then Camino. Depends on which is working the best right now, and for now it is Safari 4. Fluid gets a mention also, this is an app which you use to make a application specific to a web site.
is used for some video chatting  with his mates which include who was featured in the previous podcast and Rob Saunders who will be in a Podcast here soon and Michael  uses a Logitech web cam to get the video in.

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Matt Hillyer from Iowa, which is somewhere in the middle of America. He is a busy fella working and studying too. He has a MacBook Pro and is a video podcaster. Although he had a Mac many years ago he is really a recent switcher, with a bit of Mac history.

He has a 24 inch screen connected to his MackBookPro. He has to use Microsoft office running in Parallels for the work side of things, but uses Pages and iWork for his studying. He able to convert pages documents to office compatible versions.

He has a whole pile of Apple products and has recently bought a turn by turn GPS application for his iPhone. He bought the Western USA maps  which was a 900 mb download.

He has a 5Mb download internet connection and I tell him how lucky he is compared to my lowly 2Mb download speed. I have just got started with WiMax which is a long distance radio connection. As I am only 0.6 miles from the antenna so it is not too bad.

Matthew has been trying out the Safari 4 beta that many of us have been trying out. Did you know that it is possible to use a terminal command to put the tabs where ther were in Safari 3. I have Safari 4 but still prefer to use Firefox. I like being able to easily set the new site to open up in a new tab rather than a new window.

The choice for a microphone is a and chose it so that no mixer was required. He tells me that the snowball is quite big but does a good job for him. With his podcasting he got an App from and it is a Tricaster thing so he can feed in video and produce a TV show live with it.

I mention Photoshop TV on the podcast. The guys on that have a small TV studio for producing their show, It is a great place to learn more about how to use Photoshop. get a mention because Matthew is so impressed with .

Backups are important and that’s why I always ask people about their backup strategy. gets a mention here along with and Time Machine.

Podcasts Matthew recommends. ScreencastsOnline of course and the podcasts that are Typically Victor.

The SteathMac Podcast. Matthew has been running the podcast since last September which is a video type of podcast showing things he does with the computer.

He recommends by Cali Lewis. Podfeet from Allison Sheridan. and a few other web sites in the Podcast. Have a listen

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I met through Twitter and it seems that the is where we met all of our new friends these days. As Paul was saying about Mac’s and is also a bit true of Twitter, there is a cameraderie between the users of certain software, or hardware or hogs.

Seesmic is a site I have not mentioned on here yet but it is well worth a look it a site for video social networking. too.


Favourite Podcasts

Apple Quick Tips (It’s a video podcasts from Apple only a minute or 2 each but quite useful)
Buzz Out Loud
Buzz Report
Car Tech Video
Cranky Geeks
The Disciplined Investor
FLOSS Weekly
Friday Night Comedy Podcast (Hillarious Comedy shows from the BBC)
The Guild
Hot Cocoa
International Mac Podcast
Mac OS Ken
Mac OS Ken Day 6
Mac Round Table Podcast
MacBreak Weekly
No Agenda
PCMag Radio
Robert Llewellyn’s Machine of the Week
Scam School
Stephen Fry’s PODGRAMS
Technet Radio
This Week in Photography
This Week in Tech
Tiki Bar TV
The Totally Rad Show
Typical Mac User Podcast
Windows Weekly
Wine Library TV
You look Nice Today
Your Mac Life

VMWare Fusion
Adium for Chat
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
Adobe Flash CS4
Final Cut Studio 2
Microsoft Office 2007 via VMware Fusion
Microsoft Office 2008
iPhone Developers Kit

Internet Explorer via VMware Fusion

Rhode Podcaster Microphone
AKG K77 Monitor headphones
Drobo and Droboshare
Apple TV
Nintendo Wii
Xbox 360
Sony PS3
iPhone 2G
iPhone 3G
2002 Harley Davidson V-Rod
2005 Harley Davidson Roadking

What a long list of playthings, After all of that I am thinking I don’t have enough toys. I will have to go and get some gadget therapy.

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