Well Melissa returns and Kevin is out, a bit like a Whack-a-Host game. The show must go on and the rest of the gang soldier forth. We start with a great discussion about how best to share photos amongst a group both privately and publicly. How we do it with our friends and family. What services work and what services don’t and the ones that have disappeared. Speaking of which Melissa points us to an article at The Mac Observer about cloud services. This article looks at defunct cloud services and how to protect yourself. Then Mike Reveals his newest purchases an iPad and an Android tablet as he evaluates his tablet strategy.
We close out the show with our picks. Melissa leads off with her choice of a year of Amazon Prime for a pick. Next up is Elisa with her choice of a turntable to play physical records on. If you would like to read her review of this very turntable follow this link to it on the MyMac website. Mike rounds us out with his pick of a universal dock that makes your Android phone into a full fledged laptop. It is called the Superbook.
Yes we are back again and Melissa isn’t so we push on without her. We start off with Elisa telling us about her latest musical adventure to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and what she saw there. She finds the ear worm song by Mouth and MacNeal. She then tells us about all the other fun she had. Then Mike and Kevin try to expand Elisa’s music collection even more with some Johnny Cash songs. The main discussion moves on to Amazon and Elisa points us to an article about the benefits of an Amazon Prime subscription. That leads us to Mike’s topic about digital assistants and how we use them in our lives. Followed by a discussion of Amazon’s latest announcements for Echo View and how we could torture Mike with it.
We close out the show with our picks as usual. We start off with Elisa’s that goes right along with her recent travel and that is a membership to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Next is Mike’s desire to carry all of his gadgets within easy reach so he chooses a ScottEvest. We end with Kevin’s desire to wrap himself in screens by choosing a Dell Ultrasharp display.
We start this week out down a host. Elisa is off on a musical traveling adventure. There will be questions about it next week. We then talk about Kevin’s attempt to hack his Kindle Fire to put Google play store on it. This leads to a good discussion about the benefits, pros and cons of having an Amazon Prime membership. Following this we move into another retro gaming discussion involving some family fun and of course some more purchases.
We then round out the show with a variety of picks. Kevin starts us off by choosing the DJI Gimble for his iPhone to do better videos. Melissa jumps fast to get the recently released iPad most likely the 128GB version. Mike feeds his audio addiction choosing the On Vocal headphones for listening to anything and everything.
The pre-show banter spills over into the opening of the show with the usual amount of goo. After we clear up the goo, we move on to Kevin’s new addiction. He is now collecting Nintendo Gameboys and the associated games. It provides for some family bonding time which greatly interests Melissa. The other part of his inspiration is the newly discovered YouTube channel for Metal Jesus Rocks and several others related to retro gaming. Less we forget The Club Nintendo Podcast right here on our network. Next we discuss the need to stay involved in Android and a possible upcoming tablet purchase for Kevin or Mike. We discuss the pros and cons for buying these types of tablets.
We then round out the show with a wide variety of picks. Mike has a two part pick with a gaming system The Razor Stealth and the Razor Core to go with it. We then move to something a bit unusual, Elisa chooses a new refrigerator for pick. Kevin picks something not for himself but, for his children a new iMac. Lastly Melissa thinks fast and chooses a new 65” TV with al the bells and whistles.
This week’s discussion goes bad quickly when Elisa talks about her continued trials and tribulations with her cell phone bill. This leads to a discussion about all the cell carriers and the MVNO carriers that both Mike and Kevin use. Both of them have unlocked phones. After that we discuss Mike’s purchase that he blames Elisa for, in a nice way of course. He has bought the Nintendo Switch. We have a short discussion about the good and bad of this new console in the short time Mike has had it.
We wrap the show with our picks for the week. First it is Elisa with her choice of the Red Sox Destinations. A baseball fans dream tour of games. Next up Kevin has a need, a need for speed. He chooses The NASCAR Experience so he can drive really fast. After that is Mike’s pick and he is being more practical. He chooses the Troy-Bilt Flex system to take care of all kinds of yard work. We wrap up with Melissa’s musical fantasy of a drum set. Which she may also use to drive the neighbors a bit crazy.
We confirm this week that Kevin is mostly alive except to Melissa, so the Apple Watch weirdness continues.
This week’s discussion begins around Mike’s wardrobe choices as unusual as they are. Next we move on to our experiences with the recent iOS upgrade and some of the issues we faced on older devices. Mike then brings up an article from Mashable about people having sexual fantasies about their digital devices and how we anthropomorphize objects in our lives. Next is a brief discussion of the hack that wasn’t for iCloud which, leads us into a discussion about 2 step verification versus 2 factor verification. Melissa gives a great explanation of the difference. We then wrap our discussion on the ups and downs of providing tech support to family, friends and neighbors.
We wrap the show with our picks for this week. We start out with Mikes choice of Mini Desktop that could have all kinds of uses. Next up Kevin wants a gaming laptop after he saw a glowing video review over at Mobiletechreview.com. Lisa thinks fast and comes up with great outdoor fire pit to roast marshmallows with and drink wine around. Melissa rounds it out by feeding into Kevin’s fear of being watched with a home video surveillance system.
On last note, at about the 50 minute mark Melissa started having some strange audio problems that is responsible for generating the intermittent chirps you will hear.
This week we have the continuation of the Apple Watch saga and the inaccuracies Elisa and Kevin are still experiencing. We then discuss the recent updates MacOS, iOS and what we do or don’t think of them. Next Kevin brings up his aging Mac Mini and its lack of WiFi communication. Melissa has a need to track vehicle mileage for business expenses. Mike offers some suggestions using Automatic. Then we move on to our ISP’s being able to sell your browsing data and all the things that are watching and listening to us
We finish up with our picks. Melissa starts out with choosing an iPad Pro because her 4th generation is just too slow.Kevin keeps the tablet theme going with the Pixel C from Google. Back to Elisa and her love of music and concerts, she chooses tickets to The Classic East. we finish up with Mike’s pick of something to help him around the yard a 20 cubic foot dump cart.