January 2015


MobileViews Podcast 108: 3D printer advice from an expert; Windows 10 Technical Preview 2

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) start this podcast with a brief discussion of Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 (build 9926), discuss some recent software changes (Microsoft Outlook for iOS & Android, Microsoft Office for Android, and the newly free Google Earth Pro for Windows and Mac). Then we discuss 3D design and printing with expert Emil Reyes (website: iZEDZO!).

Jon’s mobile app pick: Memoir for iOS

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MobileViews Podcast 107: A cautionary tale of disk drive disaster & data recovery

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) spend the first couple of minutes of this podcast reviewing some of many announcements Microsoft made in the past week.

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 build 9926 (ref: Thurrott.com What’s New? and Visual Tour)
  • Surface Hub
  • HoloLens
  • Universal apps
  • No Windows RT 10 update?
  • MSFT bought Revolution Analytics (R based company). Although the firm started up in 2007, it has a bit of history since its CEO is Norman Nie who co-created SPSS in the 1960s. (ref: Wired.com)

Then, we’re joined for the remainder of the podcast speaking with my friend Warren Loos who experienced a disk drive disaster that led him to use the services of a hard drive recovery firm …and…more. Warren had a Drobo multi-drive backup system, used Apple’s Mac OS/X Time Machine automated backup system, and used the Crash Plan cloud backup service. So, what perfect storm led to what at first appeared to be the loss of terabytes of photographs? Listen and learn. It is a cautionary tale for those of us who “think” our backup plans are sufficient. I know I need to rethink how my backups of family photos and the like are done today and how they should be done going forward.

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MobileViews Podcast 106: Happy 2015!

For the first MobileViews podcast of 2015, Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) assembled a variety of topics and products to discuss:

  • Top download apps from iTunes in 2014 (Ref: MacRumors)
  • Monster Digital On-The-Go USB 16GB Storage. Thumb drive with micro-USB instead of full size connector.
  • T-Mobile pre-paid plans cheaper than to mostly identical post-paid plans.
  • Apple Pay
  • Essential Apps over Travel: GasBuddy (To know where the cheapest gas was on my route), Google Voice (No cell reception at my in-laws), Transmit by Panic (Same company that makes Coda) – mobile FTP/SFTP client, didn’t have to pull out the laptop as much!)
  • Evernote Scanable for iOS
  • App Pick of the Week: Jon: Pocket Informant (Can be overkill but set up right and it takes up less space than icons for Calendar, ToodleDo, Reminders, & Contacts)

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