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MobileViews Podcast 404: Error-not found; Jon’s Populele; Apple self-repair; Google I/O program; & more



In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google I/O program (May 11 & 12)
  2. Noto emoji, a new black and white emoji font with less color
  3. Apple’s Self Service Repair now available
    Self Service Repair Store
  4. GnuCashGnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

    Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.

  5. Jon’s trying Humanity this week – app that is supposed to tell you what your actual age is and help you “reverse” aging.
  6. Jon bought a Populele 2 for $100 on eBay (Open Box)

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MobileViews Podcast 403: Paper or digital? When and why?



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Jon will be re-starting the Battling Pickle Podcast for the summer (His podcast for students in online classes & everyone else who is interested).
  2. Jon discovered a new app this week, Cyclemeter, a cycling computer app that is extremely detailed. Can track bike riding (as you’d expect) and other activities, like Walking!

    I chimed in about using RunKeeper for iPhone. You can see a memorable walk for me in the map here

  3. Apple App Store appears to be widely removing outdated apps
    One of my [Jon’s] MacOS Apps will be removed in a few weeks if I don’t update it. Haven’t updated it since 2016 and… yeah… I’m not going to worry about it being taken down. It was a freeware open port tester that I mostly used as a proof of concept.
  4. Eliza Scriptwriter’s Manual February, 1968 (PDF) “A Manual for the Use of the ELIZA Conversational Computer System
    Ref to Replika discussion two weeks ago
  5. Discussion Topic: When do you want paper vs. digital

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MobileViews Podcast 402


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Note to self: Upgrade to Audio Hijack 4.0
  2. The joy of USB-C PD (power distribution) when away from home

  3. New Fitbit feature makes AFib detection more accessible
    Does not say when the feature will be available or which current devices (if any) can support it
  4. Fi unlimited plans now start at $20
    Title is slightly misleading. $20 unlimited per line for 4 or more lines. Still a good deal. $50 for a single line. Also, a good deal. However, you need the Unlimited Plus plan if you need service outside of the US
  5. Jon bought a different form of mobile technology. A RadExpand 5 Electric Bike. Siri is much more necessary on a bike than a walk! Mobile tech is crazy though – my bike’s LCD screen has a USB port to charge your phone while you bike.
  6. Discussion Topic: Do you use version control for anything? If so, professionally and personally? Thinking about using Git more for various things, including (of course) code and configuration files. But wondering about extensive explorations: Word Docs, Powerpoints, etc…?

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MobileViews Podcast 401



In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Upgrade notice just after firing up Audio Hijack to record this podcast
    What’s new in Audio Hijack 4
    $29 to upgrade. $64 for a new license
  2. iFixit inks deal with Google – Any chance we’d ever see something like this from Apple or Microsoft? Or on other Google products than Pixel? Apple is launching something but we haven’t seen anything yet.
  3. Ref: Nov. 17, 2021 Apple announces Self Service Repair
    Announced for early 2022. Still a no-show
  4. 8 useful Apple Shortcuts. Some great ones here including quick access to the Built-in sounds (So you don’t have to go through accessibility to hear the ocean for a bit)
  5. Jon started talking to an AI For Science… and to see if these things are any better than they used to be.

    Moflin

    Tomboy

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MobileViews Podcast 400!


  1. Surprise! Windows 11 is NOT popular. Techradar: Windows 11 just isn’t as popular as MS wanted it to be
  2. In-app(car) purchases? The Aui Q4 E-Tron sync HVAC function. TheDrive: Sync HVAC function behind a paywall on an Audi Q4 E-Tron
  3. Dyson Zone air purifying headphones NOT an April Fools joke? Dyson Zone: air purifying headphones
  4. A college professor (Jon) wonders if Google’s writing assistant will mask student skill levels when adjusting teaching for classes. The Verge Google wants you to write better
  5. CNET: Apple iOS 15.4.1 Update: Fixes for Battery-Drain Bug, Security Issues
  6. Looking back at “potential” podcast topics from 2014 that we didn’t discuss back then. What is still around in 2022?

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MobileViews Podcast 399: Looking back at the Boston Pocket PC Users Group w/Jack Cook, Steven Hughes, & Don Sorcinelli


Jon Westfall and I are joined by old friends Jack Cook, Steven Hughes (who we last heard from in podcast 187 way back in Dec. 2016), and Don Sorcinelli to look back at the Boston Pocket PC Users Group that I was an admirer off. Unfortunately, I’m the only member of this podcast that did not actually attend any of their meetings! We also discuss:

  1. Todd’s mini-rant about the reviving a Dell Inspiron 15 5500 (2015 model) by running Windows 10 system refresh and re-discovering that its magnet screen closure mechanism that shuts down if you are wearing a metallic/magnetic smartwatch band.
  2. We also discovered that Microsoft Teams recently put a time limit (60 minutes) on group personal conference calls. It cut us off without warning after at 60 minutes!
  3. Jon’s three questions for our panelists:
    What’s the best piece of hardware you’ve used in the past year – any type of device.
    What’s the best software find you’ve had?
    What’s the best tech accessory you’ve discovered?
  4. Steven Hughes’ list of tech gadget/services recommendations!
    Hardware:
    Kia eNiro
    Dell 43-inch display
    Mouse Wrist Guard
    Software:
    Penbook for Windows
    Penbook for iOS (for iPad) there is a beta available for iPhone via their website https://user.camp/apps/penbook-ios/
    Ultimate Guitar Tab for iOS
    Ultimate Guitar Tab for Android

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