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Author: Ed Cormany and Brian Sutorius

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A podcast looking back at the history of Apple and the Mac community. Hosted by Ed Cormany and Brian Sutorius.
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e88 – The iPad at 10

e88 – The iPad at 10

2020-01-2701:59:38

In our final regular episode, we celebrate a great milestone: the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the iPad.
e87 – Desktop Publishing

e87 – Desktop Publishing

2019-12-1401:22:04

This episode we cover the desktop publishing revolution, the Apple-led trifecta that kicked it off in the late '80s, and how it's evolved over three decades. For a holiday bonus, Ed talks about how he used a Mac to design and lay out his family's Christmas cards in the '90s. And finally, we wrap up the year with an announcement.
e86 – General Magic

e86 – General Magic

2019-11-0201:21:19

A team of ex-Apple engineers in the early 90s made a product that flopped worse than the Newton but might be the reason we have iPhones today. We look at the little-known history of General Magic and the newly released documentary about the company.
e85 – Apple Kremlinology

e85 – Apple Kremlinology

2019-09-2801:13:57

Apple hardly ever gives away information about upcoming products…unless you believe that there are secret clues in hidden places. We look at what Apple may (or may not) have signaled in event invitations and product codenames over the years.
e84 – Apple.com

e84 – Apple.com

2019-08-2401:23:47

Apple's online presence has evolved significantly since the days of the early web. From rainbow imagemaps to WebObjects to epic scrolljacking, we tour the technology and content of Apple dot com.
e83 – Mac Mods

e83 – Mac Mods

2019-07-1301:16:05

Brian made a summer project of putting a Mac Mini in a Macintosh Classic and it got us thinking about all kinds of mods people have done with old Apple hardware. Besides the "Classic Mini", we cover Macquariums, unexpected iLamps, weight-bearing cheese graters, and more.
e82 – Pro

e82 – Pro

2019-06-1501:14:51

The announcement of the 2019 Mac Pro got us thinking about what Apple has called "Pro" in the past. That includes incredibly expensive hard drives, printers with RAM slots, an OS patch release, and even its employees!
e81 – The NeXT Transition

e81 – The NeXT Transition

2019-05-1801:29:19

Mac OS as we know it today can be traced to one major event: Apple's decision to scrap internal attempts at creating a new operating system and to acquire NeXT instead. We look at how influential NeXTSTEP was in the creation of Mac OS X and just how much of it still lives on in Apple's products…sometimes in surprising places.
As Apple turns its attention to TV and movies, so do we! In this episode we pick our favorite appearances by Macs and other Apple products on the big and small screens.
e79 – Bungie

e79 – Bungie

2019-02-2301:23:22

This episode is all about the venerable game developer Bungie and how they got their start on the Classic Mac. We cover all their titles, including a trio of Marathons, terrible code names, and the coolest game Steve Jobs had ever seen.
e78 – Apple Audio

e78 – Apple Audio

2019-01-1901:04:18

Apple has been building computers — and standalone products — with sound capabilities for over 40 years. We discuss 1-bit audio, incredible hardware hacks, usable and unusable old speakers, a CD drive with a horrible logo, and even the HomePod.
e77 - Word Processors

e77 - Word Processors

2018-12-1501:38:47

This episode, we trace the evolution of Mac word processing from MacWrite to the present. Along the way we find a secret moose, complain about Microsoft, and learn that some apps have true staying power.
For our 4th anniversary episode, we return to our roots of discussing classic Mac sound design. We cover the tragic backstory of the Wild Eep, the immortal Sosumi, the poorly named "ChuToy", and much more.
e75 – MacAddict

e75 – MacAddict

2018-10-2001:16:28

This episode we revisit MacAddict magazine and its freakin' awesome coverage of the Apple world in the late '90s.
We'll be doing our first live event on Twitch, on Monday September 24 at 8:30 PM Eastern time. We'll be streaming Myst on its 25th birthday!
e74 – The Rumor Mill

e74 – The Rumor Mill

2018-09-0801:12:19

With an iPhone event right around the corner, the rumor mill is operating at full capacity. We examine how this important part of the Apple world got to where it is today, from wild speculations, to Apple lawsuits, to outright hoaxes.
e73 – The iMac at 20

e73 – The iMac at 20

2018-08-1101:02:03

We celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the original iMac, tracing how the revolutionary Bondi gumdrop evolved into flagship desktop Mac of today.
e72 – The App Store at 10

e72 – The App Store at 10

2018-07-1401:21:49

We celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the App Store launching on July 10, 2008. After a brief history of the store itself, we pick some of our favorite, most influential early iOS apps.
e71 – Apple Typography

e71 – Apple Typography

2018-06-1601:14:42

Great typography has been part of Apple products since the original Macintosh. From 1-bit wonders to Thinking Different in Garamond to SF Mono, we examine decades of Apple's fonts on screen and in print.
e70 – AirPort

e70 – AirPort

2018-05-1201:10:38

Apple has officially discontinued its AirPort line of wireless products after nearly 20 years(!) We examine how our Wi-Fi has evolved from the original iBook until today.
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