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Austin Update Podcast – The Move to Austin & Introduction

Austin Update Podcast – Episode 001 – “The Move to Austin & Introduction”

Welcome to the first episode of the Austin Update Podcast, hosted by Eric “ET” Timmer. This show is a newbies look at Austin, Texas.

Show Notes:

  • Host Introduction — A little background of who “ET” is to give you some context to the stories, comments, and opinions that are shared on the show.
  • The Move to Austin
  • The Home Search
  • Buying the House
  • Don’t take 35!!
  • Travis Lake — Windy Point and the Oasis Restaurant/Bar
  • MT Supermarket

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That Mac Show – 0106 iPhone 6 Phat


That Mac Show – Episode 106
On this episode of That Mac Show we cover the newest rumors coming out of Asia regarding the iPhone 6. We discuss the trails and tribulations of owning and operating a Hackintosh. We talk about how CarPlay will be available from aftermarket car stereo manufactures like Alpine and Pioneer. We also give you some iPad games to occupy your time with, one free-to-play and one for a fee. Plus a lot more news and commentary from the Apple universe.

Show Notes:
Pioneer Car Stereos
Junk Jack X
Ukulele (Amazon Link)

That Mac Show Episode 0103 – Hachintosh Me

That Mac Show Episode 0103 – Hachintosh Me


On this weeks show we talk about my experiences with building a Hackintosh, both the pluses and the minuses.  As usual we give you the updates from the wold of Apple and related technologies.

Show Notes:

That Mac Show’s Project Hackintosh 2014 – Fast as All Getup
Microsoft Office Update Coming 2014 – Do we even care anymore?
How Son-san got the iPhone
Toyota Adding CarPlay, Sike
Google Drive Price Drop – Will Apple and DropBox do the same?
iOS 8 Leaked Screenshots

Download That Mac Show – Episode 0103

That Mac Show – 0102 – We’re Moving to

***That Mac Show is moving to ***

TMS 0102 – iOS All Up in Your CarPlay


How it going fellow Mmmmmm Mac folks? On this weeks show we discuss

Show Notes: 

OS X Beta 10.9.3 now with 4K Controls in System Preferences
iPhone 5s/5c Price Drops $119/$29 with 2 Year Contract
CarPlay puts iOS in cars (Ferrari, Benz, Volvo)
That Mac Show Hackintosh Build
iTunes  Festival iOS App Update
Sega’s New iOS App – Go Dance

How to Podcast with GarageBand 10

How do you podcast with GarageBand 10? Thanks to Apple removing the nice little podcast button, it looks like we are on our own to figure this out. While, I haven’t spent too much time digging deep into the GarageBand 10 software, but I have figured out how to do my podcast with it.

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The good thing is that Apple was nice enough to keep, and probably add a lot more, all the functionality that you need.  So, instead of the Podcast icon we had before, you know how to click on the “Empty Project” icon.

1. Select Empty Project.

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2. Next you will select the microphone picture which says “Record using a microphone or line input device”.  In the bottom right corner you can select the recording source, or you can do it later in the GarageBand Preferences.  If you do select the source now, a window will popup. After selecting your input source,  click the “Create” button.

3. By default the track has two irritating things selected, well for me anyways.  The two purple icons in the below screen shot. The “count in” and the “click” sound.  For musicians these are probably helpful, but for me they just get in the way. So if I were you…I would turn them off.

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4. Click the record button, and if everything is setup correctly you will be recording your voice.  If you don’t see the levels moving, then you probably don’t have the correct input source selected.

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5. To stop the recording click the stop button. (duh) (^_^)

6. Double click on the track you recorded to have it display in the bottom of the window, which makes it big enough to edit, if you need to remove a cough or sneeze or “ummmmm”.

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7. Now Share it.  Share—>Export Song to Disk is what I use.  You can change the format by using the Quality drop-down menu.

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8. GarageBand outputs .m4a audio files as you can see in the screenshot below.

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9. After opening the .m4a in iTunes you can right click and convert it to an MP3.

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10. Lastly, I will do a video showing these steps in more detail, but for now this will get you started in the right direction.

Cheap Way to Podcast with a Mac

Mac Podcast
Podcasting with a Mac:
Because there are about a million setups for a podcast, I am going to show you the easiest and cheapest way to get good quality sound for a very reasonable cost.  Of course, the sky is the limit but for a beginning podcaster it’s better to actually get 12-20 shows under your belt before going to crazy with the equipment. Luckily, podcasting on the Mac is very easy to do.

The Mic: 
For the beginning Mac podcaster there is only one mic to chose, and that is the Audio-Technica. There are two models that are basically the exact microphone but they just look a bit different.  I will let you decide which one looks more your style. Of course, I am going to give you my opinion and tell you the one I bought, lol.  Before I tell you which I want to let you know that these mics will let you grow if you decide to go crazy and all kinds of mixers and other hardware to the equation.  They allow you to use USB and XLR (the fancy microphone connectors in most mixers).  So, for about $40-50 bucks you can start podcast over USB, and if you upgrade your studio later you can use the XLR connector.

Audio-Technica AT2005 USB/XLR
Audio-Technica ATR2100 USB/XLR

The Software:
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The software for podcasting on the Mac is very easy. You can use one of two free solutions. First of all is GarageBand, which comes with every new Mac. The second free option for podcasting on the Mac is Audacity, which is open source and is available for just about every operating system. You can even run this on G3, G4, and G5 Macs, if you still have one of those laying around.

2014 Mac Mini – What That Mac Show Wants to See


If you have been reading the blog and listening to the podcast, you know I am in the market for a new Mac, and the Mac Mini is on the list.  Due to the 2 year old hardware, I have not pulled the trigger, even though my current MacBook Pro is just about 4 years old.

I could actually care less if Apple changed the form factor what-so-ever.  I think the current size and shape is just about perfect.  What I want to see changed is inside.  Here is what “i” want to see in the new Mac Mini:

Low End Mac Mini:

  • Dual Core “Haswell” i5
  • Normal hard disk
  • 8GB RAM
  • Thunderbolt 2 Ports (keep the USB3, HDMI, etc…)
  • Intel Iris Pro graphics

High End Mac Mini:

  • Quad Core “Hasewell” i5 (optional i7 of course)
  • SSD/Fusion drive
  • 8GB RAM
  • Thunderbolt 2 Porst (keep the USB3, HDMI, etc…)
  • NVIDIA GeForce of some type


I think the current pricing is pretty fair considering the form factor and the quality of the components, and of course…..All the great free software that Apple gives you.

There is only one more month until my birthday, so I am hoping Apple surprises me with a brand new Mac Mini as a present (of course I will buy it myself).  If not then it’s time to decide if I will pull the trigger on a loaded 27″ iMac or maybe even a low end Mac Pro.

Yeah I know I am all over the place with this decision. It’s not even the money, since a current i7 Mac Mini is probably more than enough to cover my needs. It’s all about the WANTS!! (^_^)