This week we have a discussion on what each of us did to stimulate Amazon’s profits by participating in Prime Day. There were some interesting purchases and purchase recommendations made to friends and family. Then a discussion on the MacOS Sierra adventure Kevin has been having. That leads to a discussion of the oddities that Elisa and Mike have seen in iOS recently. Fun for everyone.
We round out the show with our picks. Mike wants to continue with his home automation expansion and chooses a ceiling fan that is bluetooth enabled. Next Elisa wants to get her cleaning done in a big way and with more power so she chooses a Generac Power washer. Lastly Kevin needs to replace his current desk chair and decides to go big with a LazyBoy chair to cushion his backside.
So Skype decided to plague us with issues but, we managed to record the show despite the problems. We open our discussion talking about Amazon Prime music and streaming music services in general. Is Prime music worth $0.99 for 4 months of service? Can Mike and Elisa convince Kevin it is? Next we move on to Mike’s topic about home brewing a “Google Home” with his new Amazon show. Why would anyone do this you ask? Because, as geeks we like to home brew things. Mike shares a link to a video for the 31 step process to add the “Ask Google” skill.
We round out the show with our picks. Elisa decides to spend her play money on a Nintendo Switch even though she isn’t a gamer. Next up Mike wants to expand his Bluetooth speaker capabilities with the Cassia Hub Audio kit. Lastly Kevin needs more HDMI ports for all his gear so he chooses a Dennon AV Receiver.
This week we have a focus on random topics. We start out with a discussion about fireworks that we have seen or purchased over the years. Kevin recommends checking out fireworks.com one of his favorite places to purchase pyrotechnics for any holiday. Next is our main topic for the evening, video gaming. We hear Mike’s impression of the Nintendo switch to date. Kevin also discusses his early impressions of the Switch. Next Kevin mentions his recent semi-retro gaming purchase of a Nintendo DS Lite. He may have Mike convinced he needs one or that he needs the yet to be released Nintendo 2 DS XL.
We round out the show with our picks. Mike chooses away to power his bike up those tough hills on the way to work. It is the GeoOrbital Wheel a battery power assist to modify any bike. Kevin then shares his pick of a 12.9” iPad Pro fully tricked out.
Well we have 3 out of 4 hosts this week so that is pretty good. First up we find out about Elisa’s travels to Northern Virginia and the traffic she faced. Next Kevin wants to share more of his thoughts on WWDC with Elisa and Mike. We discuss the iPad Pro’s at some length and the coming of iOS 11.How the iPad and iOS 11 combined bring us closer to replacing laptops in some use cases. Elisa shares how her co-host has all but replaced her Mac with just such a combination.Mike shares that he may be coming back to the iPhone. Then we discuss an article about Amazon killing off the unlimited cloud storage option.
We round out the show with our picks. Mike chooses a foldable Travel Bike that is really cool but, will it kill him. Elisa is up next for an outdoor pick of a lovely screened in Gazebo to get Kevin outside. Lastly we round out our picks with Kevin’s choice of a System 76 Linux laptop.
Well we are down two hosts again this week. Mike and Elisa pick up the torch and discuss their thoughts on what was announced last week at Apple’s WWDC Keynote. Their loves, likes and I don’t care about it thoughts. They also talk about how the presentation style has changed for these Keynotes and what they do and don’t like about that. We wrap up the show with a short contribution from Kevin and his thoughts on WWDC.
Well four minus two equals two and that is the number of hosts we have this week. This weeks primary discussion leads off with what we would like to see announced at the WWDC Keynote. This is based off an article Mike links to on ARSTechnica about what may be announced at WWDC. Mike and Kevin both share their wishes and some fears related to the announcements. Then we move on to talking about the newly released book “A God in the Shed” by our friend JF Dubeau who was a guest on the show a few months back. Kevin’s first impressions of the book are great and well worth the read. We also talk about some of JF’s other projects.
We close out the show with our picks. Mike leads off with his choice of something to keep himself and maybe others cool. A portable room AC unit by Black & Decker. Just the thing to help Kevin keep his cool. Kevin has another semi weather related pick he chooses a big UPS by APC to help him keep his gadgets running when the weather knocks out the power.
Well Kevin returns and Melissa is out, so the Whack-a-Host game continues. We start out discussing the issues Kevin faced trying to finally update to MacOS Sierra. Needless to say it didn’t go very well. However with the wisdom of the crowd a new plan of attack is conceived. Elisa also wants to talk about issues she has been having with her MacBook Pro and the idea of her first ever nuke and pave.Next up is a discussion of how Amazon has angered Kevin and the fact he may go full geek on them when he calls. We finish out with a discussion on music triggered by the recent extension of Google Music trial.
We close out the show with our picks. Mike leads off with his choice of a really cool little workbench that gets him back in control of his garage. Next up Elisa chooses the Amazon Echo Show so that she can peek in on Kevin and Mike. Lastly Kevin feeds his retro gaming addiction by choosing the Retron 5 and a wireless controller to play all of the old cartridge games from Nintendo.