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The Real Deal 178: Macs

Tom and Rafe discuss what they love and hate about Macintosh computers.

Tom and Rafe discuss what they love and hate about Apple computers.

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Things I love
Sleep/wake, uptime (record for me is 7 days, only interrupted due to SW update)

Things I hate
build quality. No lie. 2 of 2 machines back to shop

Things I’ve never gotten used to
Crappy mouse tracking

Tips for using both
sync folders with Foldershare – NO MORE – No Sugarsync or Dropbox, but you have to pay
Use Synergy for side-by-side

Apps I have on Mac that aren’t replicated on PC:
Only 1: Things

Just upgraded hard drive in my Mac –


Video Spin from Pinnacle




Hi Guys. I was a bit dismayed to hear Windows 7 will have to be a clean install for all Windows XP users. I’ve got some years worth of programs and settings and data. Perhaps a good topic would be clean installs: saving data, best ways to partition and reinstall. I am thinking any programs I’ve got by download are just going to be gone, unless I can find and save the original download file, is that correct?
Thanks for this show, its great.


Answer: Yes, we could do a whole show. The quickest advice we could give though is to use the Windows data transfer feature. Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools> Files and settings transfer wizard. And save all that to an external drive. Make sure it got all the folders you care about. Also backup any installers you have from programs you downloaded. If not, you’ll have to download them again.

Or… use an upgrade as a opportunity for a thorough cleaning of your system.


[leftover from 177]

Dear Brian & Rafe,

I’m a long-time listener of Real Deal, as well as a number of other CNET
podcasts. I am interested in building a computer for myself,
preferrably somehing with some guts for gaming and streaming video. Do
you know of any good resources on the web where I can find some how-to
as well as some tips & tricks for building a machine? I’m also looking
into doing this as a sideline and making a few bucks on the aide. Any
info you can provide would be most helpful. Thanks!

– Tony the insurance adjuster in Miami


Cooley: Start with the specific video apps and games you have in mind that will tax a machine and work backwards through the recommended specs and, more importantly, into the forums for the real deal on the specific stuff like multi-core support, RAM levels, video card support and hard drive data paths.

Rafe: Hang out at AnandTech and TomsHardware for guides and tips. Especially the forums. Read reviews on Newegg. But forget the business of building boxes. Margins are razor-slim, and you have to support your users. Ugh.


Dear Tom & Rafe,

I was trying to finish rebuilding my aunts computer before bed and I had my external drive plugged in to put all her data back on the clean machine. I had partitioned her HD so she would have a windows drive and a backup drive. Somehow in the tiredness and rush I accidentally deleted the Mac partion of the external HD from the windows disk manager. I plugged into the mac, but it said nothing was there. I put it back in windows and re-made the exact same partition, (perhaps my 2nd mistake) but the data still cannot be read from Mac or Win.

I feel like that data is still there, the partition was not formatted or anything, just the partition table removed & put back. In a regular file cabinet that would just mean a pile of folders on the floor that needed sorting. What does it mean for the computer? On various machines, I have XP, Vista, 7-RC, & Umbutu and a Macbook. Will any of that help the data be recovered? Is there anyway to recover that data easily natively in the OS’s or can you recommend some other software?

Thanks so much for your time & efforts in all areas of computing =)



Answer: You're right the data is probably still there. You can try Photorec as a good tool for reading data off a drive that has been repartitioned or otherwise had the file tables altered.

PC Inspector is another good one


Scanner software for Cooley

Try VueScan…I have had it working with my old hp scanjet. It relies on internal drivers…not system. Works with most scanners.

They have a free trial:
Jeff K


In episode 177 a caller asked if there was a way to automatically add TV shows to a google calendar. Although I haven’t found a service that does this, I use the next best thing, an RSS feed

Basically pick all of your favourite shows, then click on the Create Feed button, and the site will provide a custom URL with an RSS feed of just the TV shows you selected, you can then view that in any RSS reader.

The other alternative would be to use to look at the individual shows, but this is time consuming.


Hi Rafe, Tom (and possible Brian),

On episode 177, Brian Cooley was talking about how some of his legacy software and drivers wouldn’t work in 64 bit vista. However, after using Windows 7 RC 64 bit for a while, I discovered that not only do 32 bit apps work perfectly in XP Mode, but 32 bit drivers also work. This has made some otherwise unusable products useable in 64 bit. Hope that helps Brian, even though he would still have to wait until October.


Ross from CT

I just listened to “The Real Deal 177″ podcast and heard that you couldn’t figure out how to set up a FTP server on your WHS.

I use FTP Manager from CompuGeek Software. It a WHS Add-in that I got from the We Got Served website (www, It installed easly and works great.

I created a new user account on the WHS and pointed the FTP server to home on it’s personal folder. I’ve been using it for over a year now and have had no problems.

Enjoyed the show.

Howard Parr

Caddo Mills, TX


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