MacBreak Weekly 400: The Return of the Rathole

Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, Alex Lindsay, and Merlin Mann and I look back at the first MacBreak Weekly for our 400th episode, MacBook Air line gets updated, Apple's earnings report, and more.

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EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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MacBreak Weekly 400: The Return of the Rathole


Hey, Rene :-)

I've recently become a listener to MacBreak Weekly, and I have to say that it's a superb show, not least because it is hosted by *professional* people who are a real delight to listen to and who respect one another sincerely, who aren't bozos and who talk with respect and without bias - totally the opposite of what we see on 98% of the internet text-based "discussions", mainly voiced by people with "hatred" or strong agendas.

MacBreak Weekly has totally changed my perception of how people interact and discuss the technology industry, most likely because text format is the majority of what we ingest online, and mis-interpretations are easily drawn. Now, when I visit online forums such as "Macrumors" etc, and see (most) people blindly posting utter nonsense and bickering like children, I think to myself "How would MacBreak Weekly analyse this?" - when you take 2-2.5hrs to slowly, intelligently and methodically analyse and discuss issues, face to face (as near as!) then one tends to get far more intelligent, informed conclusions than can be found on the majority of online "communities". It also helps that you guys are mature (I'd guess 40+? hehe) and have wider industry insight and experience than the average man on the street (ergo, forums) with respect to how things have panned out in the past, and therefore how they're likely to conclude in the future.

It's hard to express what I mean - suffice it to say that I load my iPod with one episode per day, and listen to (at least!) one episode per day, and never tire of the calm, intelligent and respectful discussions you have about all things Apple.

God bless you Rene, Leo, Alex and Andy (and guests, and others).

Thank you for showing me a better way to summarise what's happening in Apple circles.

Have a lovely day... and Happy 400th! :-D

Matt Foot, England :-)

Just finished the podcast and, as always Rene, you were great and added to the discussion. But all these TWiT shows are getting pretty unbearable. I really don't see what Leo adds to the discussion other than a professional radio voice. He just keeps getting distracted and derailing the conversation by talking about something new he just bought.

Leo has broad experience in covering technology and is very good in moderating discussions when he's not distracted. ;-) He's leaned pretty heavily anti-Apple for a few years now and that turned me off MBW for a while until Rene saved the show for me. Although I still listen to Windows Weekly and All About Android semi-regularly, most of Rene's podcasts & the Android Central podcast are on auto-download. Much better analyses and discussion.

I have stoped listening to MBW because of Leos (and Abdys) anti Apple stance. I just listened to this one because of Merlin. It used to be my favourite podcast. I still listen to Windows Weekly because Paul and Mary Jo gets to talk about what they know without Leo interrupting.