MobileViews Podcast 346: Looking 5 years backward & forward

In this first podcast for 2021 Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Waiting for new 2021 detachable Chromebooks
    Whatever follows the hard to find 2020 Lenovo Chromebook Duet
    Saw the Duet in person for the first time last week.
  2. Doodling using a Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook, Lenovo USI Pen, & Infinite Painter
  3. First M1 Macbook Air rant.
    60w Anker USB-C PD port can charge a 2019 MacBook Pro that ships with a 61W charger.
    However, it only slow charges a 2020 M1 MacBook Air that ships with a 30W charger
  4. 5 Years ago on MobileViews we were discussing the rumors about AirPods (https://9to5mac.com/2016/01/08/iphone-7-wireless-headphones-beats/) and the rumors that the IPhone 7 wouldn’t have a headphone jack (http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/01/report-next-generation-iphone-design-will-ditch-the-3-5mm-headphone-jack/”) Interesting to think about how the jury is still out about 3.5 mm jacks within the geek community (I still find some people very sad about the lack of them), but no one seems to think Apple made a huge mistake with two separate earbuds with no connecting wire, although Todd said we were guaranteed to lose one or both of them
  5. In 5 years, what do we think will be “settled” that’s currently a big tech debate:
    Privacy: I see more and more people either outright taking back their data, or choosing providers that prioritize privacy over lower price points (e.g., bad news for Google).
    Related: AirGap for All – people will become more interested in holding all of the keys for their data, rather than rely on the big players to secure them.
    The desktop looks more like mobile but not in the ways we thought it would (e.g., low powered chips with severe performance drops (e.g., ARM)) – we’ll have the low powered chips, but with better performance. Bad news for Intel unless they figure out how to copy Apple Sillica. The death of the x86 or amd64 architecture?
    USB-C for everything? Maybe? Still surprised at the number of Micro USB connectors my devices use.
    Cloud computing finally goes mainstream – schools being the last holdout, but after the pandemic, will teachers want to go back to pencil/paper/storing everything on a USB stick? Will Students want to take a step backwards? Business got the cloud computing memo in 2010, perhaps 2020 will finally get some of the holdouts on board.

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MobileViews Podcast 345: Looking back on 2020 work tech w/Paul Lawler & Don Sorcinelli


Paul Lawler & Don Sorcinelli join Jon Westfall and me to (mostly) discuss what we noticed about and the tech we used for working in organization during the ongoing pandemic

  1. Laptops, desktop sales see ‘renaissance;’ shortages won’t ease until 2022

    But some analysts now expect 2020 will close at about 300 million shipments, up roughly 15% from a year ago. Tablets are experiencing even faster growth. (same as 2008 peak number)

  2. I hate how much I love Apple’s Airpods Max – Really interesting how many bloggers / reviewers hate the fact that they really like a $549 headset.
  3. People pay attention to background image quality but not audio quality. Ironically, it turns out I had audio issues when recording this podcast
  4. USB microphones
  5. Lav mics (wired and wireless)
  6. Bluetooth headphones
  7. Bluetooth keyboards
  8. The iPad mini 5 and Anker Bluetooth mini-keyboard as a mobile mini workstation
  9. Trimming down to one laptop (Jon)
  10. The challenge of teaching university level classes (Jon and Paul)
  11. Pandemic tech etiquette and best practices

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MobileViews Podcast 344: Gadget gifts w/guest panelists MobileViews Podcast 344: Gadget gifts w/Sven Johannsen, Paul Lawler, Frank McPherson & Don Sorcinelli


Jon Westfall and I are joined by guest panelists Sven Johannsen, Paul Lawler, Frank McPherson & Don Sorcinelli to discuss tech/gadget gifts. We all got out first look at Microsoft Skype’s “Together Mode”. The consumer version looks different that the Teams enterprise Gallery Mode and doesn’t offer any background options.

Some of the more unique and affordable selections in our lists:

  • ColorCoral keyboard cleaning slime
  • Wearable EKG monitor
  • Tile Pro (replaceable battery)
  • Oxo Good Grips: Brush for keyboards and microfiber for dust on displays
  • Heroclips: Carbiner with hook clip

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MobileViews Podcast 343: Bidding an annoyed farewell to 2020 – tech



Jon Westfall and I are joined by guest panelists Sven Johannsen, Paul Lawler, and Don Sorcinelli for this marathon 2 hour podcast. We discuss:

  1. 2020 tech surprises
  2. Favorite 2020 tech either from 2020 and or first used in 2020
  3. Disappointing 2020 tech
  4. Tech we want to try in 2020 but couldn’t get

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 342: App Store Best of 2020 winners, Pi Boy, M1 apps



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Mac App Store not featuring apps recompiled for M1 anymore
  2. Apple presents App Store Best of 2020 winners
  3. Jon’s PiBoy Adventures
  4. Instant Pot WiFi
    2.4Ghz (like all IoT devices)
    App works well
  5. MacOS Sidecar does not support iPad mini 4 or 5?
    Downloaded Duet for MacOS. Bought iPad app years ago

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MobileViews Podcast 341: Affordable tech gift suggestions

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Chromebooks can run Android apps and has a Linux subsystem
    MacOS Big Sur can run iOS apps on M1 Macs
    Windows 10 supports Linux subsystems. Now, Microsoft working on Android subsystem for Windows 10
  2. Preventing Big Sur update on my 2019 MacBook Pro
  3. Jon’s iOS Programming Notes:
    WidgetKit is interesting in how it uses timelines to display content, allowing a developer to load several “hours” (or minutes) of events into the future with one refresh.
    Swift has changed way too quickly – if you find a tutorial from 2014-18, it’s probably worthless.
    Hard to debug background refresh tasks (Or at least I’m finding it difficult)
    https://books.apple.com/us/book/develop-in-swift-explorations/id1511184149
  4. Affordable tech gifts?
  5. $50. Apple Beats Flex bluetooth earbuds
    $90. Has been on sale (normally $150) on Amazon recently
    $30.
    Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse
    $30. Arteck Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse Combo Ultra Compact Slim
    $30. Bluetooth Headset, Jelly Comb Noise Canceling (single ear) Wireless Earpiece
    $10 – $20. Sugru Moldable Glue
    $11 – USB Rechargeable Milk Frother – great for blending drinks, like Jon’s protein hot chocolate (double chocolate whey powder + black coffee)
    $10 – OXO Good Grips Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner
    $20 (Normally $30) – Arboleaf Digital Scale (Bluetooth, body fat analyzer)
    $15 – Boncas Flexible Arc Lighter (USB Rechargeable)
    $36 – KableCARD
    $18 – Anker Powerline 3 in 1 Cable
    $100. Raspberry Pi 400 (if it ever becomes widely available)
    $90 – PiBoy Base Kit – Jon’s fully loaded one should be here Tuesday (Ordered 8/15).

  6. Spurious Correlations

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