For Mac Eyes Only – Feeling a Little EFI

Season 12, Episode 2 (#362)

On this episode of For Mac Eyes Only: In part 1 of a 2-part marathon episode, Mike and Eric discuss the EFI Firmware warning headlines that broke on Friday, what it means to you, and what you should do to protect your Mac.
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For Mac Eyes Only – Reaching the Pinnacle of El Cap

Season 10, Episode 2 (#326)

On this episode of For Mac Eyes Only: Mike is joined by Eric and Dave to take a look at some of El Cap’s hallmark features for folks who haven’t yet taken the plunge with the latest edition of OS X as well as dig a little deeper into the features that we personally like — and dislike!
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For Mac Eyes Only – ListenerPalooza ’15

Season 9, Episode 8 (#314)

On this episode of For Mac Eyes Only: Mike and Eric discuss the recent dust-up over Apple’s software quality and…it’s ListenerPalooza ’15! We tackle listener questions on switching iPhones, copying DVDs to the Mac, using Apple TV “in the wild”, Configuring the Mac’s auto-updates by location, and how to schedule iTunes to launch during peak download hours.
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For Mac Eyes Only – Hiking Into Yosemite

Episode #305

On this episode of For Mac Eyes Only: In part one of a series of specials on OS X Yosemite, Mike and Eric take a peek at what’s new in Yosemite’s System Preferences, give a first look at Notification Center’s new Today feature, investigate iCloud’s Family Sharing option, and begin to explore the updated interface of both Finder and Spotlight.
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For Mac Eyes Only – More on Mavericks

Episode #295

On this episode of For Mac Eyes Only: Mike and Eric take another look at OS X Mavericks as listeners share their own experiences with Apple’s latest OS including; Bluetooth and iTunes woes, PowerPoint via AirPlay, iBooks on the Mac, and problems Mavericks could solve for Mac users and whether those gains will outweigh the headaches.
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For Mac Eyes Only – A Different Sort of Roar

Episode #294

On this episode of For Mac Eyes Only: Mike and Eric take a look at OS X Mavericks’ first week and offer an initial assessment of the Mac’s new OS including what’s great about Apple’s new release and…what could use some improvement. Then Mike offers some quick tips for things you should do before the upgrade.
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Lasting Value – On the Future of Our Older Macs

There is no denying that the world of Mac is changing. The dramatic success of iOS first had a significant impact on Mac OS X back in the days of Snow Leopard.

Snowy was always billed as a release not focused on features, but on stability, and it took a little while longer to arrive than was originally announced. We waited 22 months for it to grace the Apple Store shelves, but at the time, this made a lot of sense — we accepted that Apple’s teams were working hard on their iOS products. Snow Leopard may not have brought us ‘shiny’, but I for one was quite happy to settle with ‘stable’.

Since that time, that narrow focus on iOS has broadened back out. Lion brought some iOS concepts back to the Mac, as well as introduced iCloud. We now await OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion. Scheduled to be released a mere year after Lion, we are promised even more features ‘inspired by iPad’.

Wait a second. What was that? It is due to arrive this summer. Just one year after Lion was released.

A new release of OS X hasn’t come so quickly since the operating system was very young and was still being established and stabilised.

This strikes me as quite a shift, and it brings me to an important issue — how does this affect the lifespans of the Apple products we buy?

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VMware Backtracks on OS X Client Virtualization

Despite apparently lifting restrictions on running client editions of OS X under the new VMware Fusion 4.1 and placing the onus of compliance upon the end-user (see screen shot below), VMware has now backtracked and announced that the ability to virtualize OS X clients as discovered by Macworld’s Jason Snell was “a mistake”.

VMware's Original Statement Regarding OS X Client Virtualization Discovered by Macworld


Today VMware announced this “mistake” would be rectified in a forthcoming patch. (If you ask me, it sounds more like Apple dropped the hammer on VMware.)

Of course that doesn’t mean you can’t go and download the 4.1 update now to enjoy OS X client virtualization until the patch is released…and then who says you need to apply the patch when it’s ready?

VMware’s announcement follows:

VMware Fusion 4.1 was released late last week and includes many great improvements.  One change was the introduction of a new license verification step for users to verify they are in compliance with the OS licensing terms.

When the license verification step was added in VMware Fusion 4.1 the server edition check was omitted. We are preparing an update.

Running Mac OS X client in a virtual machine continues to require Lion (purchased from the Mac App Store or a USB thumb drive.)  Users should always ensure they remain in compliance with any applicable software license agreements.

For Mac Eyes Only – April 15th News Update

Episode #213b

This week on For Mac Eyes Only: Eric guest hosts the show with a brief For Mac Eyes Only News Update.


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> Microsoft Office 2011 Service Pack 1
> Ad Supported Kindle
> NAB: Final Cut Pro X
> The Onion App


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Come Join Us for FMEO Episode 200 – December 29th!

If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall for a FMEO round-table recording session, then tune in this Wednesday, December 29th at 1pm Central Time (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 7pm GMT) to join us for a special episode of For Mac Eyes Only with as many of TeamFMEO as I can cram into a virtual room … and it’s all to help celebrate our 200th episode of FMEO!

In the episode, Gary, Barry, Pam, Eric, and I plan to take a look back at our favorite Mac & Apple related stories of 2010, as well as offer up a few predictions for things we hope to see come from Apple in the new year.

You’ll be able to catch all the action, including live streaming audio and the chat room, by pointing your favorite Mac browser to*: OR

Hope to see you then!


p.s. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, the audio from the session will be released as a regular episode of For Mac Eyes Only soon after we’re done.

*The content will be streaming using which means that you’ll need a browser that supports Flash to listen in.