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MobileViews Podcast 297

Jon Westfall and I recorded this on July 14 – hence the future references to Amazon Prime Day. In this podcast, we also discussed:

  1. The day before Amazon Prime Day 2019
  2. A partial apology to Google and, maybe, Samsung: Mouse Bluetooth flakiness with Samsung Chromebook Plus due to that particular mouse. Logitech M535 BT mouse working fine so far.
  3. Pete’s QBasic / QuickBasic Site
    Last regular update in 2008. Last update note Oct. 2018. But, it is still up and running!
  4. Techmeme the Ride Home: The Man Who Could Have Been Bill Gates? The Gary Kildall Story Parts 1 and 2
  5. Farewell to Microsoft Internet Games on Windows XP, Windows ME, and Windows 7
    Didn’t know there was such a thing as Microsoft Internet Games since Windows Me
  6. The largest platform for Microsoft Word is not Windows?
    Microsoft Word for Android has been installed more than 1 billion times
  7. Microsoft office truly is a great platform now that it’s all connected. They’ve got the best of both worlds compared to Apple’s “Blob only now a filesystem” approach to iCloud. Microsoft didn’t try to high filesystem, but yet still gives the ease of blob through “Recently Used”.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 293: Google Pixel 3a phone & tech at Disneyworld


Jon Westfall and I are back to podcasting after a brief hiatus while Jon was on a “secret mission” (vacationing at Disneyworld).

This podcast has two discussion topics:

1. Todd’s new Google Pixel 3a
2. Jon’s overview and observations of technology used at Disneyworld

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 290: What is Mastodon? w/guest Ryan Ozawa

Jon Westfall and I are back after a one week hiatus. And, we’re joined by social media guru Ryan Ozawa.

  1. “Happy” spring forward Daylight Savings Day (I guess)
  2. Also happy National Mario Day (Mar10 – get it?)
  3. A brief history of Wi-Fi security protocols from “oh my, that’s bad” to WPA3
    WPA3 (ratified Jan. 2018) NFC for authentication
  4. A recent Windows 10 update is hurting game performance and messing with mice
  5. Jon is looking forward to experiencing the latest Disney tech in an upcoming trip to Disney World
  6. Social media guru Ryan Ozawa joins us to discuss a social platform that he rediscovered and believes is the future of social – away from the current giant services: Mastodon

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 288: MobileViews Podcast 288: Skype speech-to-text, Google Chromebook Offers, CircleIn, 2014 then and now

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss

  1. While looking for Bokeh feature (apparently only for Windows), we found
    Skype (personal) for MacOS “subtitles on” feature
  2. Using Android apps on a Chromebook (the closest thing Google has to a tablet these days)
  3. Google Chromebook Offers
  4. Concepts – Sketch, Design, Illustrate Android app on a Chromebook
  5. CircleIn App – A new service for students that is making waves in K-12 and Higher Ed. Saw a presentation this week on it and met with Director of Innovation. Really excited to partner with them.
  6. Technology pain points – 2014 and now

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 285: iPad mini 5 & AirPod 2 rumors, Just Press Record app pick, & more


In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Follow-up to Microsoft Outlook.com support issue
  2. More iPad mini 5 and AirPod 2 rumors. Very few details
  3. Chrome OS Instant Tethering reportedly arriving for more Android devices
  4. Jon did a bit of python programming this week – first time – pretty impressed, although some things just seem too simple!
  5. Jon’s App Review: “Just Press Record” on iOS ($4.99). Kudos for it being exactly what it claims to be.
  6. Jon’s Pixel a Day has been going really well so far. (Discussed in Podcast 282). Also enjoying have a iPad with cellular data.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 284: Rants about cloud services’ customer support

In this Podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Outlook Premium (product no longer offered) subscription needs to be renewed next month. But, I need to change the credit card and the web UI won’t let me. Only online help available is a useless virtual assistant. Will try phone number.

    UPDATE 1: I’m on hold with Microsoft Store customer service as I post this blog item.
    UPDATE 2: I spoke with Microsoft Store Support who transferred me to Accounts and Billings. The total elapsed time was about 28 minutes. However, the customer service person was able to change the billing to use the correct credit card.

  2. Google to pay $40 million for Fossil’s secret smartwatch tech – new products incoming
  3. Microsoft shutting down Windows Phone over the next year or so
    Is there a clear path to Android or iPhone?
  4. Jon’s Walmart Pay experience. Seamless.
  5. CBS All Access: No Star Trek Short Treks when purchased through Amazon Prime?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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