Pixel Corps TV

Episode Guide


September 25th, 2008

MacBreak Weekly 107: I'm Not A PC

Zune 3, PC ads counterpunch, Podcaster, Adobe CS4, and more.

September 19th, 2008

MacBreak Weekly 106: Podcaster Denied

iTunes Genius, stock thoughts, lighter and thinner, no App for you, and more.

September 13th, 2008

MacBreak Weekly 105: Don't Lick The Glass

The iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iTunes 8, Genius, and more.

September 5th, 2008

MacBreak Weekly 104: In A World Made Of Chrome

The Voice is silent, expected iPod announcements, tablets, Mac Pros, the Google browser, and more.

August 28th, 2008

MacBreak Weekly 103: I Banish You!

Microsoft prepares anti-switch ads, is Apple slipping?, and iPod rumors...

August 22nd, 2008

MacBreak Weekly 102: Oily Rags and MagSafe Connectors

iPhone cut and paste, MobileMe, subscription iTunes, Android, firmware 2.0.2, and more.

August 18th, 2008

MacBreak Weekly 101: Getaway Day

Has Apple's reach exceeded its grasp, cool iPhone apps, and iPhone lemons...

MacBreak Weekly

Get the latest Mac news and views from the top journalists covering Apple today. This roundtable discussion is audio only, and complements the video only MacBreak. Another great show from the Pixel Corps and the TWiT.tv network.
MacBreak Weekly Audio podcast
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September 25th, 2008

MacBreak Weekly 107: I'm Not A PC

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Completely reformatting/resetting the iPhone

Submitted by salsadancer on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 00:28

Could you post the exact instructions for completely doing an iPhone mind wipe and firmware install that you have talked about several times on the show. I'm having some of the same lag time issues, esp. in contacts that I think you all have talked about.

Thank you.

MobileMe issue

Submitted by FullMetalPhotog... on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 18:47

I am a MobileMe user. I have been using it for my email, website, and blog. I use it on a professional level. I am a photographer who is on the go. I started out as a .Mac user. I went with MobileMe (.Mac) because I was able to make daily changes form my laptop, I could set up up galleries that newspapers could download photos or use idisk to transfer graphic files.
For me MobileMe with my laptop and iPhone became my virtual office.
The .Mac change into MobileMe was not just a disaster in push email it was a complete melt down in the web services. I could not upload photos and podcast for a week. I could not make changes to my web galleries. For me this was a real pain because I use the photo galleries for clients to view images and download images. To add to the pain they change all my web addresses for my .Mac account to galleryme.com so I had to then notify my clients of the changes. Apple failed to notify people of these changes, then for about 2 weeks apple stop responding emails about their web services.
For the past week I have been fixing bugs in my website and blog.

Have Camera, Will Travel
Website: http://www.ralphberrettphotography.com/
Blog: http://www.fullmetalphotographer.com


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Unknown 911 Call

Submitted by jmatt on Sat, 05/31/2008 - 14:55

The 911 hang-up call Leo spoke about, that he was sure no one made, might be a prelude to something worse. Remember justin.tv was the victim of a spoofed call to 911 where the jokester reporting a stabbing. Police arrived with "guns drawn" according to news reports. Hope twitlive.tv doesn't fall victim.

Clancy spoiler

Submitted by jmatt on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 03:23

The Audible "Debt of Honor" recommendation with addition of "Executive Orders," both by Tom Clancy, revealed the spoiler to the reader. (I'm in the middle of Debt of Honor and got burned.)

To ensure I was ready at the edge of my seat I jumped online to B&N and then Amazon to check for a well priced version of Executive Orders. I wanted to to have it on hand at a moments notice for the stunning ending and transition to the next as described.

Alas, both vendors' descriptions and annotated reader comments presented next to Executive Orders clearly outlined Debt of Honor's cliffhager in describing Executive Orders as the follow-up novel.

Had such a big deal not have been made about the two book's relationships, I'd have finished the first in normal fashion and then ordered (or would have driven to the store to get) Executive Orders. This period of anticipation was by the author's design.

So Andy in your effusive bubbling to endear us to the author, your relationship with him, and the books, you managed to screw a reader out of the very thrill you wanted the reader to experience. Irony thy name is Ihnatko.

iTunes download issues

Submitted by stuartmcintyre on Fri, 04/11/2008 - 07:56

Does anyone else have a problem with MBW/TWIP where iTunes says "The network connection could not be made" and shows "err=-3150"?

I subscribe to 30+ podcasts, and it is only these that give this error, and it happens repeatedly and is consistent.

I wonder if it is related to the podtrac redirect that is part of every podcast RSS feed entry?



Submitted by jfoster on Fri, 04/11/2008 - 22:42

the error happens because the person posting the show has to manually edit the RSS file after it comes out of Podcast Maker. the process is being automated so your bug will get fixed shortly.


Submitted by stuartmcintyre on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 11:04

Thanks John, great info. I look forward to it being fixed...

Better Password System

Submitted by Chewie on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 20:42

Guys -- here's a great password system that is:

a. Easy to remember
b. Secure
c. Unique for each place

Here's what you do:

1. Start with a secure password you can remember. Include numbers, letters and symbols. For simplicity, you may want to use "hacker speak". For example, Student would become 5ud3nt.

2. For each new web site, use some characters in the domain name to attach to your secure password. For example, you might add the first letter of the domain to the end of the password, and the last letter of the domain to the front of the password.

Here's an example:

My default password is R@nd0m

When I log in to PixelCorps.tv, the password becomes sR@nd0mp

When I log in to digg.com, it becomes gR@nd0md

And so on...

Good Job

Submitted by mjward on Tue, 04/08/2008 - 14:32

Good show guys. I enjoyed hearing the details of hardware and software usage. Alex, I agree, the info regarding hard drives and usage was very useful, timely and much appreciated. It is nice to hear how you fellas are selecting and using gear in the real world. Mac news is nice but your Weekly #83 had more useful info. Your weekly software recommendations are SUPERB as well. MacBreak in all the various formats are some of the most worthwhile podcasts around.

Thanks guys.


Where is AI on cover art?

Submitted by shameyreed on Sun, 04/06/2008 - 15:03

Hey guys, this one came close to jumping the shark- not in terms of quality and content, still very good-- I mean the Gizmodo/CES shark. Is this a snot nose hacker show about sticking it to the man or a collection of seasoned Mac-centric veterans talking about a new creative economy?

Alex of all people! Ok, so maybe you didn't pull a full Fonzarelli, but it sure looked like you tried on the leather jacket and maybe straddled the bike, revving the engine for a bit.

There are lots of ways to hack the business models of the media producers we patronize-- is that really what you want to focus on? Even for a pick of the week?

Come on now- step away from the bike, think of your family, think of your audience- you don't need to do this man.

AI- nice Rat Hole solo mate- who'd of thought you had it in you. I dub thee the Crushed Velvet Fog.

Shamey Reed

Re: Where is AI on cover art?

Submitted by jmatt on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 04:08

Amen. I was so curious whether the lot has jumped the shark I spent a pence for pixelcorps and twit (dot) tv site numbers. Half of peak and declining gently and steadily like a kiddie slide. Golly, this is from top of the heap to shark jumping in two years (complete with the requisite awards on the twit side.) It might be actually over and no one's bothered to tell the hosts and guests. And one beloved is building a studio. Grab your nether region, twist, open your eyes and look around: whatever it takes to wake up. MBW we hardly knew ye.


Submitted by selfstro on Sat, 04/05/2008 - 14:32

Thank you, Alex, for finally using the REAL tagline at the end of the show! Every time Leo says "another MacBreak has... broke", I cringe a little. I think he missed the episode where "break time is over" was chosen.

Know why the Air looks different?

Submitted by ronmtec on Tue, 03/25/2008 - 13:54

Airlien technology.

iPod subscription model end user rights

Submitted by jamms on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 05:15

I can't believe that I know people who complain about the difficulty, not even touching the legality, of backing up THEIR DVDs, and yet support a music subscription model. Some may say it's not the same, yet I can't see losing control over content I pay for being a good thing.

Vara Software Picks from MBW 078

Submitted by rgreaves on Sat, 02/23/2008 - 00:40


Wirecast 3
Screen Flow
Videocue 2

Also, who said I drank your milkshake on a TWiT podcast recently

Submitted by phillipc on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 04:08

Funny because I didn't get it then, but the movie I was going to see was "There Will Be Blood"


Listening to the podcast on the way to a movie

Submitted by phillipc on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 04:06

I was driving my V8 pickup truck in my newest athletic shoes (Apple gave them to me in 2004), but I had to stop to get coffee at Caribou because I don't like Starbucks. I have a MacBook Pro but I'm not arrogant, it's not arrogant to say Mac's are better because it's the truth! BTW, I will be voting Republican :-)

Microsoft cash holdings vs Apple

Submitted by barkingsheltie on Mon, 02/04/2008 - 19:56

One of Scott's comments caught my attention during this past podcast - that Microsoft's cash holdings far outstripped Apples. He said something about the interest payments alone are greater than apple's gross profit.

I believe Apple's are on the order of 18 billion (last financials) - recent article (from daringfireball) concerning the attempted purchase of Yahoo by Microsoft indicates MS has about 20 billion on hand, and may have to possibly borrow to finance this purchase (half will be cash, half will be stock offering).

Anyway, clearly then MS cash holdings do not dwarf Apple's. I do agree with Scott that the street often looks to this as one measure of a companies worth - and once again seems to defy the recent tumble in their stock compared with the likes of MS and other tech companies.

I think you're right

Submitted by Nate on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 00:53

I'm no stock expert, but looking at the balance sheets, Microsoft has $21 billion in cash and short term investments while Apple has $18 billion in cash and short term investments. I believe these are the numbers being used when investors talk about cash holdings.

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160 gb hard drive in Apple tv

Submitted by djfx on Wed, 01/16/2008 - 21:33

Didn't Apple release a 160gb hard drive model yesterday as well? [see below]

Select your Apple TV.

160 gb
Mac + PC
802.11n Wi-Fi wireless1
160GB2 hard drive for up to 200 hours of video
Apple Remote
Ships: Within 24 hours
Free Shipping



Submitted by jbg321 on Wed, 01/16/2008 - 23:54

No, Apple has had that out for quite a while...

something goes here

Submitted by jfoster on Tue, 12/25/2007 - 20:45

and here

Programming show?

Submitted by zerogeek on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 14:18

I made an account just so I could ask the question. Didn't Alex talk about a new Pixel Corps show that would talk about and introduce us to programming? I think it was going to be called MacBreak Dev or something like that.

I've been listening to all the MacBreak podcasts waiting for more info... Anyone?

RE: Programming show

Submitted by ariek on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 21:55

Alex announced that the MacBreak Dev would begin the first week of March 2008.

don't wait

Submitted by jfoster on Tue, 12/25/2007 - 20:45

If you really want to get started programming there are some very nice tutorials on cocoadevcentral.com that start from the beginning. There's a very good discussion of Quartz Composer on MacBreak Tech.

Thanks man - that's

Submitted by deludedian on Sun, 01/20/2008 - 03:37

Thanks man - that's perfect.


Helping People Help Others


Submitted by papforthemasses on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 14:09

Are we gonna get an new Macbreak Weekly
covering the Sept. 5th Apple Event? I
only ask as Leo talked as though that
seemed to be the plan after last weeks
MBW netcast/podcast.

RE: MBW 54 HiDef LoTech

Submitted by editdave on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 23:49

Hey all. Been listening since numero uno. My favorite show ever.

So last week, Alex said that if I'd like to down convert my 1080i in iMovie, it'll just ask if I'd like to bust it down to 540p? Has anyone else done this? Is this only a iMovie 08 thing- or can I do this in FCP by creating a capture preset?

By the way- I asked the google before posting and most references assume I already know how to do it or offer tips on how to avoid it...


Submitted by revmark on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 15:27

Alex has been very vocal on so-called "NetApps" such as iTunes. I agree with him. I dont know if you guys use GMail but I found this really col little "NetApp" called MailPane for Mac OS X. It is still in beta but looks very promising. I have been using it now for a few days and while still a bit imature, it show the potential for NetApps.



Dear Roseanne: Never Mind...

Submitted by mntechnogeek on Fri, 04/20/2007 - 16:04

The software is from Digital Heaven and is called AutoMotion. It was one of the giveaways at the famous Final Cut Pro User Group SuperMeet at NAB this year.

Goose Chase of My Own Design

Submitted by mntechnogeek on Mon, 04/09/2007 - 22:57


I'm really not sure if this is the right "bin" but it's as close as I can come. And without a forum, I guess I'll just fire this question off blindly...apologies to everyone who's reading this and expecting something interesting. "Move along...nothing to see here."

BUT! Sometime, somewhere, I believe Kenji mentioned a bit of software that made importing and creating lower thirds a breeze. Can anyone tell me what that product or process is? I'm faced with a page of text to use as source for graphics and I'd love to find a way to automate or simplify the process.

TIA to all.

Where is MacBreak Dev?

Submitted by sage on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 04:05

Just wondering when we can expect to see MacBreak Dev. I am really excited about it.


MBW is here and there

Submitted by jfoster on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 19:06

MacBreak Weekly will stay on the TWiT site in addition to being here. The feed is the same for both sites.

Is MBW shifting too?

Submitted by smperris on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 10:03

I'm just curious but will MBW be moving over here completely?

Shifting TWIM makes sense (it doesn't really seem to fit in with Network Leo - TWIM's my favourite podcast by the way, and I'm not even slightly in the 'biz' as the kids would say) but I would have thought MBW dovetailed nicely with the other TWIT productions.

But hey, as long as the feeds still work, I don't care where it's home is. Incidentally, is it odd that I love MBW and I don't own a Mac?

- shane
Pixelated Dreams

Just trying out the new

Submitted by maggie on Sat, 02/17/2007 - 04:09

Just trying out the new site. Looks great!

So as not to make this a totally superfluous post, I'll add that I got to go into the Ryman after hours before they cut the stage. I'm not a big country fan, but I was definitely in awe just being there where so much musical history's been made. And the acoustics were spooky (I was doing front of house sound work back then which is related to why I got to go in). I mean you could stand on stage and just talk in a conversational voice and be heard amazingly well at the back of the theater. And the place had the most soothing, smooth low-mids. I can't imagine how good a stand-up bass must have sounded there.

Er... OK that wasn't as short as I'd intended... ;)