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This week, your three favorite geeks delve into some of the coolest tech finds for Apple users, share insightful tips, and answer listener questions. Let’s explore the highlights of Mac Geek Gab 977, aired on Monday, April 17th, 2023.

Cool Stuff Found

The podcast starts with an interesting collection of cool stuff found by the hosts and listeners. Gary shares a wonderful resource called “Make Something Wonderful” on Apple Books. Next, Ben introduces Jitouch, a handy tool that enhances multi-touch gestures for mouse and trackpad users. Pilot Pete follows with his recommendation of TimeKettle WT2-Edge Translator Earbuds, an innovative device for real-time translation. Saurabh brings attention to Smart Scroll, a convenient tool to speed up scrolling on your Mac, while John recommends DoYourClone, an application that allows you to create bootable external clones of your Mac.

Dave’s Experience Downgrading from macOS Ventura to Monterey

In this segment, Dave shares his experience downgrading from macOS Ventura to Monterey. He explains that while he noticed improvements in Logic’s performance and CoreAudio device responsiveness, he advises listeners not to follow his example, as downgrading can be risky and may cause issues.

More Cool Stuff Found

The podcast continues with more cool finds, such as Dave’s discovery of TwelveSouth AirFly SE, a Bluetooth accessory for airplane entertainment systems. John Payne contributes by mentioning the New File Menu app, a helpful right-click application for Mac users. Barry brings nostalgia with MuffinTerm, a software to connect to old-school BBSes. Dave then talks about MacUpdater 3, an app that includes auto-updates, deeper versions, and more features for maintaining your Mac. Lastly, in honor of Earth Day, Dave recommends Anker’s bio-based cables.

Your Questions Answered and Tips Shared

John F. Braun, Dave Hamilton, and Pilot Pete address various listener questions and share valuable tips. They discuss the possible reasons behind DukeSilver’s MacBook discharging during sleep and suggest using Sleep Aid to resolve the issue. Joe shares advice about tracking places to visit with Google Maps, and the hosts provide guidance on using the feature effectively. Larry’s question on WiFi/Eero connection issues is tackled, while J-Bryner seeks an explanation for numbers being added to remote volume names. Lastly, Dave shares his experience with Siri’s devolving functionality, particularly in audibly providing elevation data.


Mac Geek Gab 977 delivers an insightful and engaging discussion on cool gadgets, software, and tips for Apple users. Dave, John, and Pilot Pete continue to answer listener questions and provide valuable advice to help users get the most out of their devices. Subscribe now so you won’t miss out on future episodes for more exciting discoveries and tips!

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Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton is a podcaster, a publisher, and a nerd who has spent the past three decades of his career educating thousands of computer users. In addition to Mac Geek Gab podcast (now in its 19th year!), Dave is co-host of Business Brain and Gig Gab, two other shows to check out! Dave is also the co-founder and CEO of BackBeat Media, a boutique network of podcasts and websites that represents fiercely-independent publishers, of which Dave considers himself one. He has been involved in online publishing since 1998, when he co-founded The Mac Observer, a popular Apple news site which was acquired in 2021. Technology isn't the only thing Dave's a nerd about: he's also a drummer, playing in Bitter Pill, Fling, and various other projects in and around the New Hampshire seacoast where he and his wife, Lisa, live and raised their two children. Dave's reachable for a limited amount of paid consulting at DaveTheNerd.com and you can find to him on Mastodon, Bluesky, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, too!


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