Two major upcoming events propel us over the 100th episode hump. The first is the looming holidays. If, like me, you’ve bought nary a single present, you’ll want to tune into my interview with Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes, who offers gift suggestions for your favorite Mac, iPod, and iPhone user. During that interview we routinely refer to Playlist’s Plays of the Year awards (the year’s best digital-music-oriented gear) and also reference Macworld ’s Holiday Gear Guide from the December 2007 issue.

The second major event is, of course, next month’s Macworld Expo, held from January 14–18. To help prepare you, I offer practical tips for surviving and, more importantly, enjoying your week in San Francisco. I am assisted, in this regard, by a guy dressed as an iPhone.

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Show Notes

Dan reels off a mean mess of products when talking about holiday gifts. Included in our discussion are:


  • Logitech Pure-Fi Elite as well as the Logitech AudioStation
  • B&W Zeppelin Speakers
  • Harman Kardon Go + Play
  • Chestnut Hill Sound George
  • Griffin Technology Evolve
  • Altec Lansing InMotion iM600
  • Headphones

  • Ultimate Ears Triple-fi 10 Pro
  • Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7
  • iPod cases

  • iSkin Duo for 2G iPod nano
  • SwitchEasy Biscuit for 3G iPod nano
  • iPhone accessories

  • Radtech ProCable
  • Belkin Headphone Adapter for iPhone
  • Helium 3.5mm Headphone Adapter
  • Shure Music Phone Adapter
  • Mophie Juice Pack
  • Other

  • External hard drive
  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
  • Additional RAM
  • Shirt Pocket Software’s SuperDuper
  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • Apple TV
  • Sonic Impact Video-55
  • iTunes $50 Gift Cards
  • Apple Composite AV Cable
  • Apple Component AV Cable
  • We go off the rails a bit about Time Machine and backups, Apple TV, Costco, and a wished-for MacBook sub-notebook.

    In my conversation with the guy dressed as an iPhone, I mention a few highlights of San Francisco. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is more than happy to boast of the city’s many pleasures. Check out the SF Bay Area Travel Guide for Leisure & Business Travelers.


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