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MobileViews Podcast 432: Post-Black Friday purchases w/guest Sven Johannsen


Epson FF-680W Photo Scanner


Jon Westfall and I are joined by frequent guest panelist Sven Johannsen for a Post-Black Friday

  • Anker 551 USB-C Hub (8-in-1, Tablet Stand) Sold out on Anker site. Still available on Amazon. $80. Regular $100
  • The virtues of mini-keyboards
  • Things Todd considered but did not buy
    – A smart guitar
    – Sub $100 display with speakers
    – Mechanical keyboard – too expensive!
  • Lots of good sales at Anker, Chargers, Battery Banks, Cables. (Best Buy, Amazon and Anker seem to match.)
  • (The problem with USB C. It’s a connector. The power and data is all over the place, USB 2., 3, 4, Thunderbolt) Good rundown at Rene Richie: USB-C regulation — the BIG problem
  • Dock/Port replicator for 24” iMac, 6-in-1 USB-C Hub for iMac 24? Color coordinated. $64 (regular $80)
  • Google Store https://store.google.com/?hl=en-US Black Friday (Cyber Monday?)
    Half price Nest Audio, Nest Hub (Best Buy, same)
  • Epson FF-680W Photo Scanner ($399 at Epson, more other places, Amazon $499, Walmart $599) https://epson.com/Clearance-Center/Scanners/FastFoto-FF-680W-Wireless-High-speed-Photo-Scanning-System—Refurbished/p/B11B237201-N?msclkid=923d06eab9961dae33be65692d798f56
    Does three files. Scanned picture, enhanced picture, back of photo

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MobileViews Podcast 431: Evernote changing hands


In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

Audio Hijack 4.0.6

Twitter bought by Elon Musk

Broadcom bought VMware

HP bought Poly (was Polycom)

Evernote, once the king of note-taking apps, has been bought by Bending Spoons

A conversation with Evernote CEO Phil Libin
I had not started numbering the podcasts when this was recorded in January 2009

Jon’s Thoughts: Dedicated Feature-Built Apps vs. Jacks of All Trades
Web Apps vs. Native
Third-Party vs. First-Party: What are our picks (must haves) on either.
One-off vs. Ecosystem
Front Ends vs. Command-Line
Note-taking app Vs. Word Processor
Streaks / Dedicated Task Managers / Planner apps vs. Built-in Tasks (Reminders, Outlook tasks)
Money Management / Calculation Apps vs. Spreadsheets

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Throwback: MobileViews Podcast from Jan. 2009 with then Evernote CEO Phil Libin

The recent sale of Evernote to Bending Spoon reminded me that I interviewed (then) Evernote CEO Phil Libin in January 2009. Evernote was an amazing service/app that I used everyday for many years. I have no idea what Evernote’s future is under its new owner, however, Phil had some very interesting thoughts on the then relatively new ability to have your notes everywhere on many different platforms/surfaces.

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MobileViews Podcast 430: Guest Sven Johannsen; holiday tech gift ideas


Beelink Mini S PC

Beelink Mini-S Mini PC


Frequent guest panelist Sven Johannsen joins Jon Westfall and me for this podcast. We discuss holiday tech gift ideas based on products we have bought and used. We also discussed tolerable (or even welcome) vs. annoying digital advertisements.

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MobileViews Podcast 428: Guest panelist-Don Sorcinelli; Fitbit customer support; M2 iPad Pro impressions; macOS 16 thoughts;holiday tech buying


Don Sorcinelli, Jon Westfall, & Todd Ogasawara

Frequent guest panelist Don Sorcinelli joins Jon Westfall and me for this podcast. In it, we discuss

  • Fitbit customer service
    Out of warranty, Charge 4 display dimmed and then stopped working. It functions as a tracker. Contacted CS via Twitter. They went through my diagnostic steps, noted I was out of warranty, and offered a 35% discount for a replacement. I ordered a Charge 5.
  • new Google widgets to your iPhone
  • Received M2 iPad Pro 11-inch running iPadOS 16.1
    What’s missing?
    – Freeform app
    – Extended external display
    – Opt-in web notifications support

    Coming to terms with Stage Manager
    Apple Pencil
    Hover???
    Procreate compatibility?

  • macOS 16 Ventura
    Stage Manager shows Windows 1.0 tiling was the best way to go???
    iPad -ization of Macs
  • Retiree digital workspace
    Thoughts on Windows 11 UI/UX (ugh). Different <> better
  • Jon’s life on an iPad for a few days at work thoughts
  • Early holiday tech buying

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MobileViews Podcast 427: More on low-cost retiree digital workspace; new iPad models; macOS on M2 iPad rumor; Jon’s MacBook Pro woes


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss

  • Retiree digital work area: Lessons learned so far
    $160 mini-PC
    Only has
    USB Type A port
    One HDMI & one VGA
    Bought an $18 3-way HDMI switcher (shipped, not delivered)
    Could this have been solved by spending more than $80 for the LCD monitor? Probably yes. However, it would probably cost more than $80+$18. And, it might not have 3 HDMI ports
    USB-C hub to HDMI
    Macbook works without power to the USB-C hub
    Chromebook needs to have powered USB-C hub (same hub used for both tests)
    Mini-trackball built into a wired keyboard is not a good user experience
  • New iPad models released
    Always amused/annoyed by tech reviews who only see incremental changes from year to year
    Many of us do NOT upgrade every year/model. I’m moving from a ARM Bionic processor to an M2, bypassing the M1. This is a huge jump for me.
    IPad Pro M2 features no-show
    Qi/wireless charging on screen for Apple Watch, AirPods Pro
    MagSafe charging
    Apple Pencil 3 – me: thank goodness
    However, there is a new Pencil Hover feature only on M2 based iPad Pros. Detect Pencil up to 12mm above the display surface
    Giant iPad – 14 or 15 inch display
  • Just a rumor. But…

    MacWorld: MacOS14 may run on the M2 iPad Pro

    “Simplified” MacOS with, presumably, touchscreen support
    Do you really want MacOS on an iPad?
    Would be nice if I could run the MacOS apps I use to record and process podcasts
    Is Stage Manager in iPadOS16 “good enough”?
    Is the USB-C external display support in iPadOS16 good enough?

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