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MobileViews Podcast 439: Testing Cleanfeed for podcasting; the end of 3G; City of Heroes redux


Cleanfeed.net

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I recorded the first few minutes of the session using Cleanfeed.net and then switched to Microsoft Teams for an A-B audio comparison.

The last 3G network in the US (Verizon’s) is turned off
Ourodev.com: Install your own City of Heroes server
Jon’s 22 year old shareware is still available on Archive.org
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MobileViews Podcast 438: Hawaii Techies Edition #6 w/Guest Paul Lawler -2022 favs. Farewell to Dark Sky & Slingbox


Guest: Paul Lawler

Frequent podcast guest panelist Paul Lawler joins me for MobileViews Podcast 438 Hawaii Techies Edition #6. Our wide ranging discussion includes:

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MobileViews Podcast 436: Hawaii Techies #5 guest Ryan Ozawa-from Meta to Substack

Ryan Ozawa

Ryan Ozawa

This is my first retirement podcast! It is also the first time I’ve originated a Zoom call to record a podcast. And, I learned, Zoom asks you to update itself if it finds itself installed on an M1-based Mac. It is also the first podcast recorded on a Mac running MacOS 13.x. Audio software tends to get fussy when Apple updates MacOS, so I still haven’t updated my “production” Mac used for every podcast in the past couple of years. Rogue Amoeba Audio Hijack Pro only recently was updated to support MacOS 13.1. And, it requires reducing security in MacOS to be used. I also learned that its recommended workflow for recording a podcast using Zoom is rubbish. Using Rogue Amoeba’s recommended template results in an echo of the person running Audio Hijack. Removing that part of the workflow removes that problem.

Audio Hijack Pro 4 workflow to use with Zoom for recording podcasts

Questions for Ryan Ozawa

  • Moving Hawaii Bulletin from Meta Bulletin to Substack
  • Hawaii in-person tech events
  • Twitter alternatives: Mastadon and Post
  • Have you tried the Arc browser? I’m on the waiting list

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MobileViews Podcast 429: The need for Certified Minimally Viable End-users



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  • USB-C tester/multimeter
  • M2 iPad Pro battery life is horrible. Significant battery loss when in Airplane Mode
  • Discovery: Apple Watch Chargers can get dirty, and when they do, they don’t charge properly and can actually cause discharge.
  • Waiting for iPadOS 16.2: External extended display for M1/M2 iPads and Freeform. Mid-December?
  • Horrible idea:
    Bloomberg-Apple’s Next Change for Siri: Dropping ‘Hey’ From ‘Hey Siri’ Trigger
  • Todd’s Rant (in a caring way): People should not be allowed to use a computer for business purposes unless:
    They have a professional IT support team and a defined set of processes and practices that they are required to follow
    Lacking an IT support team, they go through a process to certify them as a minimally viable end-user
    Why?
    Cyber-security
    Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

    What IT support doesn’t fix:
    Fully-justified text with no understanding of typography: Kerning, tracking, leading
    Documents formatting that looks more like a ransom note than a document
    Center justified columns of numbers in spreadsheets
    Spreadsheets formatted as a report when it needs to organized for analysis
    Slides packed with text far exceeding the 7×7 rule

    Jon’s corollary: I can add into this the advice I tell my students: You can be the most articulate and well-educated person, but if the product you’re putting out looks like crap, you will be judged by it. And never let me hear you say “But people don’t notice that…” They notice, consciously or unconsciously.

  • Jon’s funny story about his Withings Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Jon has a Popupiano to join his Populele

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MobileViews Podcast 423: Chromebook new apps/tips; deciding to buy new devices; Apple October announcements expectations



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Handy ChromeOS/Chromebook features you might not know about. Chromebooks have a richer toolset that it did just a year or two ago
    • The built-in Gallery app can edit PDF documents
    • The built-in Scan app can scan from your scanner. It can even use the form feeder
    • The built-in Screencast app lets you record video presentations with transcriptions but only displays on other Chromebooks
    • The built-in Cursive app lets stylus-enabled Chromebook users create handwritten notes
    • On newer Chromebooks (or least the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5) the old Google search key with a magnifying glass icon is now a button icon with a solid large dot in the middle and a thin ring around it. Google renamed the search key the “everything key” a few years ago. It is the same search icon that you see at the bottom left of a Chromebook’s display.
    • After Google Cloud Print was shut down at the end of 2020, I had a difficulty printing to printers on my WiFi network. However, recently, for reasons I don’t understand, there haven’t been any problems printing to a WiFi printer
  2. Discussion Topic: when do you upgrade your “tools” – concept being that sometimes we upgrade for fun, but for your daily drivers, how do you know when it’s time to upgrade? Can you know when your work could move faster?
  3. Unannounced but expected Apple October product announcements

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MobileViews Podcast 419: Back to school tech with guest Don Sorcinelli


Dr. Jon Westfall (a university professor), Don Sorcinelli (father of a incoming college freshman), and I (former college student and father of a graduated college student) discuss back to school technology.While focusing on the present, we also reminisce tech in college over the past decades.

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