Memory Protection Puts Podcast on Ice

Maine—December 1, 2021—Josh McGrath & Matt Smith today announced that they will suspend production of the Memory Protection Podcast indefinitely. They said there is a small chance they will resume the podcast in the future, but that there are no plans to do so at this time.

November 2001: iPod History

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We're back for more iPod discussion this month. The device was conceived, developed, and released in the span of 10 months, and marked a turn for Apple. It was a new (but not the first) push into consumer devices with a focus on their Digital Hub initiative. The move would prove extraordinarily successful and transform Apple from a computer manufacturer into a mainstream consumer brand. We dive into the history, our own iPod experiences, the legacy of the music player that changed the world, and more!

October 2001: The iPod

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This is the big one folks! That's right it's the introduction of the iPod, that iconic pocket-sized device that changed how we listen to music. We review the tapes to see how it all went down at Apple Town Hall on October 23, 2001—it's a classic JobsNote. It's also the start of the spooky season so Apple introduces a satanic PowerBook, and Matt has a tale of the dead rising from the grave as he resurrects Shenmue 2 from it's dormant state. Buckle up it's going to be a good one.

September 2001: Seybold & AppleScript

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September means Seybold for Apple. Steve and Phil walk us through all of the improvements that are coming to Mac OS with OS X 10.1. We get deep into a discussion about scripting and automation on the Mac, Matt waxes on about Shenmue for one final(?) time, and Josh finds a way to use automate Matt out of future episode intros.

August 2001: Apple & Nintendo

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Get ready for a lazy summer episode, baby! The most interesting thing Apple did this month was release Mac OS 9.2.1, so Josh & Matt take up a topic that they've been thinking about for a while: Apple & Nintendo; they seem similar right? They're both hardware and software vendors with total control over their product vision, and they focus intensely on how their products are designed and how they are used. This month we put those assumptions to the test and see just how similar Apple & Nintendo really are.

We also take a letter from a listener and put the Karnov debate to bed.

July 2001: Macworld New York 2001

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It's the summertime. Time for fun in the sun, taking a dip in a cool lake, and spending a day inside a dark room watching Apple introduce their new desktop line of computers. It's an interesting month for Apple, as we join Steve Jobs on stage at Macworld New York to examine the next version of OS X (10.1), The final iteration of the iMac G3 and new G4 towers. This is a keynote that throws a lot at you, literally.

June 2001: A Man, a Cube, and a Dream

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Join us as we cast our gaze back to the 1960s with the creation of the internet and then jump forward to the early 1990s to witness the advent of the World Wide Web. We speak in metaphor, struggle to pluralize Tim Berners-Lee, and get deep into Karnov.

May 2001: WWDC & iBooks

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It's May 2021, and this month we discuss May 2001 - How about that! We're on a new schedule for a new season of Memory Protection. We have two events to review this month: WWDC 2001 and the "Your Life, To Go" event. We check the bottom line & get fiscal as we discuss iBooks, Education, and Mac OS X.

March 2001: Mac OS X 10.0 - Primetime

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The time has come, it's the moment that every classic Mac enthusiast has been waiting for: the release of Mac OS X. We dive into two very different reviews with very similar conclusions. We discuss how user experience paradigmns have changed for computer users over the last 20 years and why old conceptual models of human computer interaction may not be necessary anymore. Josh discusses the merits of native application development, and we lament the user interface choices game designers make in a new segment we like to call: Get off My Lawn (#GOML).

February 2001: Macworld Tokyo 2001

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This month we indulge in a shorter episode as Steve Jobs jets off to Japan to unleash the most (flower) powerful iMacs yet. We discuss the disturbing effect the new iMacs have on us, as well as their lukewarm reception and legacy. Matt loses all concentration and Josh falls down an iTools rabbit hole.

January 2001: Macworld 2001 San Francisco

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It's a new year and Apple is pulling out all the stops at Macworld 2001 San Francisco. This Stevenote has it all: "configurizable" hardware, "fierce" software, professional-grade bake-offs—oh, and don't forget the power & sex(?!). Tune in as we give ourselves new nicknames and discuss Apple's next iMac moment with the announcement of the Titanium PowerBook G4, iTunes, iDVD, and more.

December 2000: Josh and Matt Start a Productivity Podcast

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It's the end of another year, a strange year to live through in 2020 and a strange year for Apple in retrospect. Apple kept pretty quiet in 2000, releasing only what was necessary as they prepared for the launch of Mac OS X in 2001, as well as the PowerBook G4, iTunes, and iPod. We look back on Apple's transitional 2000 and discuss how using 20 year old computers have given us a new perspective on the technology we use today. Matt pulls out his Bean Stash and Josh goes through the looking glass as he discovers much more about a lost product from 2000.

November 2000: Days of Future Flash

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Apple kept it's news under lock and key in November 2000, so while they hunker down in 2000 and we all hunker down in 2020 let's learn about the software Stove Jobs loved to hate, FutureSplash Macromedia Adobe Flash. We discuss the history of Flash, it's rise to prominence in the late 90's, it's eventual decline when the iPhone busted onto the scene, and it's suprisingly long life behind the scenes on some of your favorite TV shows.

October 2000: Chip History 3: GPBoo!

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What would October be without a spooky story? This month Josh & Matt weave a frightening tale of the history of Apple & nVidia. Thrill at the twists! Scream at the betrayals! Delight as Memory Protection's mascot Chip History makes a spooktastic return as we discuss Graphics Processing Boonits..... uh, Units.

September 2000: Mac OS X Public Beta

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It's Public Beta time, Mac OS X Public Beta that is. Apple scores a coup by including QuickTime on the new Madonna album. We explore the beta and find out how close or (different) the original iteration of Mac OS X really was from OS 9 and we discuss John Siracusa's Ars Technica review. It's a Best in Show kind of episode, folks.

Memory Protection Desktop Wallpapers

We created some desktop wallpapers as a tribute to the classic Mac OS wallpapers. If you love the show, and old Apple wallpaper design this might fill that very specific hole in your life.

August 2000: iMovie 2: Duel of the Fates

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What do you do with that shiny new G4 sitting silently on your desk? You make an iMovie thats what! Matt & Josh take iMovie 2 for a spin and see if it's still as easy as Apple claimed it would be 20 years later. We both make a couple of really excellent iMovies, Matt waxes poetic about Dreamweaver, and Josh gets aggressive with the fans after he lets his auteur status go to his head.

July 2000: Macworld 2000 with Stephen Hackett

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What time is it? That's right, it's MacWorld time! This month Josh & Matt are joined by Stephen Hackett ( & to discuss Steve Jobs' Macworld New York keynote where Apple announces the PowerMac G4 Cube. We continue to shake things up by streamlining Hot Cocoa and our Recommendations.

June 2000 Supplemental: Bungie's Oni

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We're back! We found the original audio from our previous episode for your listening pleasure. The world turns upside down as we discuss Microsoft's antitrust lawsuit, and Microsoft's purchase of Bungie, disappointing Mac fans the world over. In honor of Bungie's Mac roots, we review their last Mac game (before Halo's eventual release), Oni. Is this fast-paced anime beat-em-up any good? Listen and find out.

June 2000: Chip History 2: Son of Chip History

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This month we go back to the Mac... to the future. That's right, the time vortex has us again and we find ourselves in the distant future, the year 2005. We discuss Apple's chip transitions, the 2005 switch from PowerPC to Intel, and how that compares to the 2020 Intel to Apple Silicon announcement. We can't escape Star Wars: Episode One Racer, and oh, BTW, we're a MSFT podcast now...

May 2000: The Train Is Leaving the Station

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Welcome back to Memory Protection! This month we peek under the hood at WWDC 2000. What do we find? Well, after a couple of missteps where Matt & Josh both watch the wrong keynote... Not much. When we do find the right information, what's there isn't all that great. Buckle up Memory Protectors, Mac OS X is going to be delayed(ish) and Apple snuck a QuickTime CD into your breakfast cereal.

April 2000: You've Got To Have It.

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Welcome back to Memory Protection! This month we wise up, buy some old macs and finally talk definitively about what we have, for the last year been talking about only speculatively. We unearth more iMac ripoffs, talk about Microsoft more than normal and get our fingers stinky as we try out Mac OS 9 for the first time in almost 20 years.

March 2000: QuickTime's Quick-Crimes

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Memory Protectors Unite! This month we look forward?! Josh & Matt don't have a shiny new keynote to watch so they get excited about web browser release notes instead. They talk over Apple's future releases and how their product matrix starts to extend into software as well as hardware - Why Apple's (current) software strategy favors consumers over pros, and Steve's iMovie dream finally comes true.

February 2000: Chip History

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Welcome back Memory Protectors! This month sees Apple jetting off to Tokyo for Macworld 2000 where Phil tries Sushi for the first time. There isn't much to report other than a few product announcements. We discuss Apple's big bear codenames for OS X, Josh's deep, deep knowledge of wine & apple varieties, we announce our contest winner from last month, and we dive into Apple's diverse choices when it comes to processor architechture with a new segment we like to call: Chip History.

January 2000: Steve's Turtlenectar

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Welcome back to Memory Protection! This month we're left speechless as Steve Jobs teaches us all about his brand-new 'lickable' Aqua interface for Mac OS X. Phil Schiller becomes more powerful than we could have ever imagined, Ron Burgess is spent & Steve gets to keep his job.

If you're into great audio quality, get ready because Matt got a new mic. and everything sounds 💯.

December 1999: Welcome to the Willennium

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Welcome back to Memory Protection! This month we depart from our Apple focus to discuss the crisis that was Y2K. What is it? What does it mean? How did we prevent it, how much did it cost and what were its effects on society? Has the success of Y2K made us complacent in the face of larger more catastrophic global issues?

November 1999: Phenomenal Adoption

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Welcome back to Memory Protection! This month we get lost in Apple's web of mergers and acquisitions as we close on the miWillenium. We get to a point where we don't know how to end the show, similar to the point in these show notes, I just don't know how to stop...

October 1999: Amaz!ng Features

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Welcome back to Memory Protection! This month we get a little goofy for the spooky season. Apple is firing on all cylinders in October 1999 as Steve introduces the iMac/DV/SE, the exceptional iMovie Introduction, Phil's pacificst run of Quake 3. Matt discovers that his recycling bin is haunted & Josh spins a cautionary tale of motion sickness while playing Star Wars Episode I: Racer (...with his mom).

September 1999: Steve & Jony: A Fast & Furious Film

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Welcome back to Memory Protection! September '99 was a slow month for Apple news, so Josh & Matt decided to tackle a subject that they have been thinking about since May. They talk Macintosh, the iMac & the iPad. 3 variations on a theme, 3 attempts to redefine what computers are and who they are made for.

This is a fun episode, specs have been known.

August 1999: What’s Better Than Three G’s?

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Welcome back to Memory Protection! We thought it couldn't happen again, and yet yes, it’s happened again! This month Josh & Matt watch another keynote...This time we leave the boring bits by the wayside and dig into what the people really want to hear about: that hot new MacOS 9 Voiceprint feature. Just kidding, we know you want all the details on Apple's new PowerMac G4 and Cinema Display and boy have we got the details, in addition to opinions and a weird energy. Josh was sleepy for this one!

July 1999: Pepsi Skullman

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Welcome back to Memory Protection! This month Josh & Matt experience a strange sense of déjà vu as we take a trip to Apple's Macworld Keynote. We talk about destiny, the completion of the product matrix Steve created when he reclaimed his brushed metal throne, a future that never came to pass where Sherlock and Quicktime were the way you interfaced with the internet. Oh, and the time vortex...

June 1999: Fun Once

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Welcome to the 2nd episode of Memory Protection, where Josh and Matt get serious about the show notes.

This week we discuss: Beige boxes, the iMacification of everything, Apple’s penchant for designing divisive user interfaces and whether or not Steve Jobs is prepping the company for a big sale.

May 1999: WWDC and the MacMan

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In this first episode of the podcast we look back to May 1999, with a focus on WWDC. Things are looking good for Apple after a rough decade and a very phlegmy Steve shows us his vision for the company. For your consideration: open the podcast doors Hal, awkward game demos never go out of style, keyboard & mouse here to stay, and MacMan.