Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Leo says that with video, he'll have big files and he'll want to transfer them as fast as possible. He could use remote desktop, but it has a lot of overhead. Leo recommends using a Secure File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or Secure Copy Protocol (SCP). It'll be faster and more secure, and he'll have less issues with drop outs. OSX has a command line FTP built in, but there's also a good application called Transmit that will do it really well. It's as easy as dragging the file onto the icon.
Von is making a short documentary film for class on the topic of 2D vs. 3D movies. Leo says he's not really a fan of 3D because he doesn't have full binocular vision. Although he saw some amazing 3D at Universal Studios: Hollywood, where he saw the Transformers and King Kong. Very realistic and enjoyable. But regular 3D movies aren't like that. Leo think it's actually distracting from the movie itself. It's not natural in the way it's done in movies. Brightness is also an issue. Then there's the glasses that have to be worn.
Jim recently cut his cable subscription, and now is kind of regretting it because he can't watch the World Series. MLB Live was supposed to carry all of the post season, but they have stopped after the NLCS. It's due to the cable and satellite companies that are preventing access from the Internet. Live events are the weakness of cord cutting in that users can't watch live TV. The time is coming, but the carriers aren't going into that willingly. Meanwhile, we're out of luck.
Leo says that there's probably copy protection on older purchased tracks that Neil bought online. The good news is that for $25, iTunes Match will let him replace the songs he bought that were copy protected with DRM free ones. Not only will he be able to replace all his music with DRM free, but they'll be upgraded to 256KB quality music. Even if he only does it once, it's a bargain.
Kerry has an iPad, and he doesn't like to update because when they do, certain things he uses and enjoys disappear. For instance, the music app used to be for video and audio, and now it's separated. He hates how the videos are listed. VLC may be a good option, but there are dozens more video viewers in the app store.
Neil Young is developing a player and audio format called Pono. It's 192 khz/24 bit. Leo says that's a lot of detail and data there and it's likely to be indistinguishable from analog recordings. Scheduled to launch next year. Young says that as a musician, he believes we aren't getting all the information that live performance, or studio gives us.
James can't find his Media Extender software anymore, and found out it's not being supported anymore. He was using it to stream to his son's Xbox. There are other things, such as Plex, that will do this same thing. Plex is even based on Xbox Media Center so that could be a good option.
Lukestratton from the chatroom says if he installs this hotfix rollup at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/900325, it contains Media Extender.