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MobileViews Podcast 361: Jon’s Siri Shortcuts tips

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Preparing to move from Google Photos to Microsoft OneDrive Photos
  2. To M1 iPad Pro or not (or wait for an iPad mini 6)?
  3. Jon’s Siri Shortcut Supercharging.
    Shortcuts evolved out of the Workflow app.
    Share Sheet Shortcuts – “Edit any Web Page” is useful.
    Menus! “Walking Menu”, “Day Menu”, “Weekend Menu” etc…
    “Run Script over SSH” – supports SSH keys! If you use a centralized .ssh/authorized_keys then just add this one to .ssh/authorized_keys2 on most systems.
    Log Stand Hour – add a 1 minute walking workout to a previous hour with 0 calories.
    Shortcut on watch faces, and then schedule watch faces to change using a Personal Automation.
    Shortcuts to MS Office documents – use the “Open URL” action. Get the share link for your office document (e.g., the link you’d share to your collaborator) and then use the following url scheme: ms-excel:ofe|u| full documentation (ofe = open for editing, ofv = open for viewing)
    Charty (iOS app) = data visualization using Shortcuts. Charty
    Reddit Sub-Reddit on Shortcuts is full of ideas.
    Charty. Plot data from Shortcuts

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 360: Guest tech expert Rocco Augusto; Jon & Todd’s so-so Apple predictions


Jon Westfall and I are joined by tech expert Rocco Augusto for this podcast.

  1. Chromebook “everything” button (search button) enhanced
  2. Jon and Todd’s Apple’s 4/20 product announcements predictions scorecard. We were a dismal 5 of 9
  3. Catching up with our old friend Rocco Augusto! Couple of links related to the many things we learned from and about Rocco.
    – Roku (for whom Rocco works) has an Apple TV channel that you can add to watch on your Roku streaming device
    – A Penoval USI Pen that he has been using with a Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 359: Speculation about Apple’s 4/20 announcements



In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Apple April 20 announcements speculation
    iPad Pro
    Mini LED for 12.9 model? Meh?
    M1?
    Apple Pencil 3
    Spring loaded tip?
    Kano Harry Potter coding Kit
    iPad Pro Magic Keyboard 2
    Current model is interesting but too expensive. Have been very happy with Anker, Arteck, & Logitech Bluetooth keyboards for under $50
    iOS 14.5
    Unlock iPhone with mask on using Apple Watch
    iPad mini 6
    Smaller bezel, bigger screen, same overall size?
    AirTags
    How many years have we been hearing about this?
    AirPods 3
    Apple TV
    I switched to Roku years ago. Apple TV is too expensive
    New Macs
    Probably not. Usually announced during WWDC

    Apple Watch Birthday is April 24 (Next Saturday) – 2015 – 2021

  2. Jon: Laptop phone home

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcasts 358: Jon’s new book-Set Up and Manage Your Virtual Private Server Making System Administration Accessible to Professionals


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Jon’s new book! Set Up and Manage Your Virtual Private ServerMaking System Administration Accessible to Professionals
  2. Why there really aren’t 2 million podcasts
  3. This caught me by surprise recently: New Google Play Store UI kills the hamburger menu, for better or for worse
    This trend is not limited to Google’s Android UI. I noticed that Microsoft Teams has had settings in the user profile area for a while now
  4. Social Media Use in 2021
    Somewhat surprised by this: With the exception of YouTube and Reddit, most platforms show little growth since 2019
  5. Google: Take a look at these pandemic pastimes

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 357: Mostly Star Trek tech


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Apple Arcade just got a huge update of new games, including some mobile classics
  2. Jon’s discussion on the accuracy of fitness gadgets
  3. Star Trek props – the TNG Bluetooth comm badge
    Jon has the TOS Communicator, the TOS Phaser, and the TOS Phaser & Rock from the Wand Company as well
  4. The Wand Co: Tricorder
  5. Microsoft revealed the latest truths about working from home. One is truly disturbing

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 356:Tech expert Johan van Mierlo – B2B custom mobile device mounts


This week, Jon Westfall and I caught up with our old friend and, like us, former Microsoft MVP, Johan van Mierlo.

  1. MobileViews podcast 355 was published as planned last week. So, the MacOS Big Sur update to my Intel-based MacBook Pro (2019) didn’t break the audio software.
  2. Todd’s Rant: Lenovo Chromebook C330 purchased only in October 2019 (17 months ago). Keyboard went bad about two months ago. On the other hand, the Samsung Chromebook Plus (my first Chromebook) which I received in April 2017 has a fully functional keyboard despite being 4 years old. I’m using it right now to type this rant in our show notes
  3. Catching up with Johan and what his company is up to (Proclip USA). Johan gave Jon and me a fascinating mini-seminar on B2B activity in the custom mobile device mount industry.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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