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For this special episode, Dave Hamilton hosts the “Mac Geek Gab Caucus” live from the Macstock Conference. Joined by a robust panel including Pilot Pete, Allison Sheridan, Jeff Gamet, John F. Braun, and Adam Christianson, they launch into a retrospective on automation on Mac platforms, showcasing their diverse preferences for managing automation tasks. From AppleScript’s humble beginnings to the current state of affairs with JavaScript, IFTTT, and Zapier, listeners are offered a wealth of insight on tools and techniques to enhance their Mac experience. They then segue into the critical subject of backups, reminiscing about the evolution from third-party software to the now ubiquitous Time Machine, and the panelists impart wisdom on the myriad of contemporary options for data protection.

As the conversation flows, the topic of backups converges with the advent of cloud storage, leading the group to discuss the challenges and benefits of the streaming revolution. The divide between the cable cutters and sports devotees gets addressed, offering creative tips for optimizing one’s viewing experience across platforms. The final leg of their journey centers around Apple’s pain points, particularly Siri’s issues, product line complexity, and inconsistent interfaces.

They cap off the episode with Stump The Geeks: answers to live listener queries on web browsers, iCloud spam filters, and Bluetooth connectivity issues on Mac. Guided by their collective motto “Don’t Get Caught,” the caucus offers its gratitude to listeners and opens the floor for impromptu Q&A, ensuring Mac enthusiasts walk away enlightened and entertained. Press play and enjoy!

Thanks to Steve Sheridan for capturing this photo of us all!

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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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