UGR #532: Upgrading Your Mac with Larry O’Connor of Other World Computing, Editing Photos in iPhoto 5 with Kevin Wolfe and Mac News Braintrust with Bryan Chaffin


To upgrade your existing Mac or buy a new one: that’s the question, and we get answers from an expert. We also learn that you don’t have to be a graphics wiz to make your digital photos look better with the tools in Apple’s iPhoto 5, and find out what’s important in the week’s Mac headlines.

Larry O’Connor
Larry O’Connor of Other World Computing, one of the most respected Mac vendors around, delivers information and insight into the age-old question of whether upgrading an older Mac is money well spent. Larry covers processor upgrades, RAM, hard drives and more in this in-depth interview that you’ll want to hear before you spend another dollar on your Mac.

Kevin Wolf
J. Kevin Wolfe, the author of Serious Editing in iPhoto 5, talks about what can be accomplished in the latest version of Apple’s digital picture software, and how you can make your photos look good without having to invest the time or money in a separate image editing program.

Bryan Chaffin
Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer and The iPod Observer provides his thoughts and analysis on the week’s Apple headlines in the Mac News Braintrust segment.

UGR #531: Winn Schwartau Isn’t “Mad as Hell” Any More, Campus MovieFest Update with David Roemer and Mac News Braintrust with Jim Dalrymple


We follow up with a high-profile, real-world, outspoken switcher to learn his conclusions after a few months on the Mac, get the latest on moviemaking on campus and learn what one of the most influential names in Mac news thinks about last week’s announcements.

Winn Schwartau
Winn Schwartau, PC security expert, author and columnist, after several months of using Macs as his productivity platform of choice, tells us why he’s no longer “Mad as Hell.” Winn’s insights into the Mac platform from his unique perspective are required listening for any Mac advocate and anyone who is evaluating their computing choices.

David Roemer
David Roemer of Campus MovieFest is back with information on the largest student moviemaking event yet, how they’ve attracted new corporate sponsors, and their plans to visit twenty more universities in the next few months

Jim Dalrymple
This week’s Mac News Braintrust panelist is Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral. Jim delivers thoughts on Apple’s announcements from last week, including some personal observations based on first-hand experience.

User Group Report #530: Vodcasting with Christopher Breen, In-Depth with, Mac News Braintrust with Dennis Sellers and Thanks to an Apple Regional Liaison


What’s a vodcast? What can you learn from one? What can the internet’s #1 stock photography web site offer you, the iLife-loving Mac user? How can you share your very best digital photos and make some money doing it? What’s the hottest Mac news and why? All these and more questions are answered in this week’s show.

Christopher Breen
Christopher Breen, the editor of talks about his new vodcast, why he’s jumping back into the world of video, the challenges of producing a vodcast and how you can learn from his experience to make your own videos better.

Patrick Lor Kellythompson

Patrick Lor and Kelly Thompson of profile their amazing web site, go in-depth on how it works, deliver some hints on how to find what you’re looking for and outline their growing community of contributing photographers in a bonus-length interview.

Dennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers of Macsimum News discusses the recent Macintosh news and what it can mean to you. The pulling of the Mac mini promotion, HP dropping the iPod, the future of the tower Mac form factor and more are all on Dennis’ mind this week.

User Group Report #529: Getting Scientific On Your Mac with George Storm, Matching Your Colors with ColorIQ and Mac News Braintrust with Brian Chaffin of The Mac Observer


Want to do scientific data input on your Mac? Find out what the hot new product was at the ADHOC/MacHack Conference, learn how you can keep your digital photos’ colors more consistent and get the latest commentary on the Mac news headlines.

George Storm
George Storm, an associate of Perfectly Scientific, Inc. and founder of the Seattle XCoders, talks about the bTop-1 interface board that gets data from the physical world into your Mac, his group’s focus on programming, and how you might be able to borrow his robot.

Erik Rogers
Erik Rogers of ColorIQ explains how his company’s flagship product, IQ Match, can help you keep your images looking both good and consistent as they move from digital camera to screen, screen to printer, and beyond, and how they made an early connection with user groups.

Bryan Chaffin
Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer and The iPod Observer delivers this week’s Mac News Braintrust segment.

User Group Report #528: Mac Annoyances and Macs and Windows with John Rizzo, Virginia MUG at Digital Edge Expo, Twenty Years of North Coast Mac Users Group, Mac News Braintrust with Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral, Vendor Offers for MUGs and More


Dealing with Mac and other technology annoyances, Macs working with Windows networks, a user group going out of their way to participate in an Expo, another celebrating 20 years, Mac news commentary, vendor offers and more are all included in this week’s show.

John Rizzo
John Rizzo, author of Mac Annoyances from O’Reilly, talks about those little things that bother every Mac user and how to deal with them, the web site where you can find all sorts of good information on dealing with annoying technology issues (not just on the Mac), making Macs and Windows play nice together nicely on networks and much more in our in-depth interview.

Judy Morse
Judy Morse of The Virginia Macintosh Users Group talks about her group’s upcoming participation in Digital Edge Expo, a new technology event in Washington D.C., why this is a stretch for them, and why they’re doing it anyway.

Larry Hrusovsky
Larry Hrusovsky of The North Coast Macintosh Users Group of Ohio talks about his group, what makes it special, and how they will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a special pic and raffle of a Mac mini.

JIm Dalrymple
Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral is this week’s Mac News Braintrust commentator, discussing what’s important in the Mac headlines and why.