MobileViews Mini-podcast 44: Initial attempt to use Google Meet to record a podcast

Paul Lawler helped me test using Google Meet to record a podcast using its built-in recording feature. It was supposed to be a 3 to 5 minute effort. Unfortunately, one of the extensions in Google Chrome blocked video from me and audio from Paul to me. Fortunately, it occured to me to run Google Meet in a Chrome Incognito window which would not have any extensions. This worked. However, we noticed well into the mini-podcast recording session that Paul’s video was not transmitting. This was fixed by his turnng video on his end off and then back on.
This was not exactly a frictionless exercise. Fortunately, it was a valuable learning exercise. We also discussed the friction involved in using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Apple Facetime, Descript, Riverside.fm, and Adobe Podcast Studio beta to record podcasts with remote participants.

Both the audio-only podcast (above) and the YouTube video (below) versions are embedded here.

Available via Apple iTunes.
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MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

MobileViews Podcast 504: When should kids get tech gadgets? Happy 20th b-day to Gmail; Bye-bye Google Podcasts


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In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  • The upcoming solar eclipse on April 8
  • Gmail’s 20th birthday
  • So long to Google Podcast
  • Canva buying Affinity
  • Discussion: What is the appropriate age for kids to have access to technology/gadgets/screens?

Available via Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

MobileViews Mini-podcast 43: Guest co-host Paul Lawler; Testing Moana wireless lav mic; April 8 total eclipse


In this mini-podcast I’m joined by frequent guest co-host Paul Lawler. We recorded this in-person in a busy restaurant named “Loco Moco” while eating lunch to test the Maono wireless lavalier microphone pair with a USB-C receiver. This mic set has built-in noise reduction which I augmented by post-processing it using Adobe Podcast Enhance set at 50% enhancement. Also included/spliced in are a few seconds of raw audio from a standalone voice recorder to give an idea of the ambient noise level in the restaurant during the podcasting session.

Paul (an avid amateur astronomer) provides information about the upcoming total eclipse on April 8, 2024 and the unfortunate news that we, in Hawaii, will not see much of this eclipse (17% obscuration). We also discuss some of his recent 3D printing efforts. One of his projects, an old style UK Police Box, bears a strong resemblance to an important object in one of our mutual favorite TV series: the BBC’s Doctor Who.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

MobileViews Podcast 503: Cloud podcasting recording options; US DOJ vs. Apple; Twitter/X



Is this podcast John Westfall and I discuss:

  • Waiting for Adobe Podcast Studio beta to stabilize. Looking at other cloud-based podcast recording services: Descript/SquadCast, Riverside.fm, Spotify for Podcasters (formerly Anchor.fm)
  • Google Podcast service & app EOL soon: April 4
  • Thermal printer for 8.5×11-inch pages
  • US DOJ vs. Apple.- iPhone monopoly?
    • Our insider view of the rise and fall of Windows Mobile/Windows Phone
  • What now X/Twitter?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

MobileViews Podcast 502:Adventures with Adobe Podcast in 501; focused Copilots; thermal printing; when to upgrade?

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  • Adobe Podcast Studio beta adventures in podcast 501
  • Still no new iPad models!
  • Discipline specific Microsoft Copilot services
  • Another Google service bites the dust on March 24: Google Keen
  • Thermal vs. ink printers
  • What makes it worth upgrading your “core” tech products?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

MobileViews Podcast 501: Advice for aspiring techies; Lost a panelist audio track for this podcast!


This podcast’s discussion may sound a bit unusual. There’s a reason for that. We’ve been using Adobe Podcast Studio “beta” since late last summer. In general, it has worked pretty well although we’ve encountered a few bugs along the way. However, we ran into a really unusual error recording this podcast. The panel consisted of me (Todd Ogasawara), co-host Dr. Jon Westfall, and guest panelists Frank McPherson and Don Sorcinelli. However, for some as yet unknown reason, Don’s audio track was not uploaded. Fortunately, Adobe let me know about an undocumented debugging tool that let met salvage the remaining tracks. I brought these tracks into Audacity and deleted the silent sections which should have contained Don’s contribution to the discussion.

With that explanation out of the way, this is what we discussed in this podcast.

  • Daylight Savings
  • Frank’s Android phone experiences since the G1 was released in October 2008
  • Advice for young aspiring technologiists
  • New MacBooks but no new iPads (yet)?
  • iOS 17.4’s podcast transcription
  • Todd’s recent fav gadget: A smart air compressor/tire inflator 
  • DisplayLink drivers
  • Jon started using AI to illustrate his years of “Bad Joke Saturdays” jokes

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com