No matter what some may say, there is no such thing as good or bad news, there’s just news. However the LACK of news lately has been Maddening (pun intended), so the announcement of an event on Tuesday, September 14th fills our hearts with glee, sunshine and rainbows, THAT IS good news!
Guy:- Two picks. The Inn at Leona is a fabulous place to stay with a wonderful staff and so much ambiance you could choke on it. Reasonably priced rooms too. Also the Strasburg Railroad is a 45 minute to the past that if you don’t enjoy, well then you just suck. COVID rules shut down their reservation system the day before, so we had the entire dining car to ourselves. Just luck of the draw, but it still would have been fun even full up.
Guy is away and so I very nearly decided to take the week off from recording as well, then I met up up a listener and he said ‘what’s all this about no recording next week’ so I said well come on and we’ll do a show, so with no further ado……. Karl the Mad Madden
Remember when simplicity was actually almost built-in to Apple products? When presenters would stand on stage and say “All you need to do is push this button and we’ll do all the heavy lifting.” Those days? LONG gone.
Recent experiments by Guy has made him start to think. A dangerous precedent that you would believe the world would want to avoid, but they did it anyway. Is the current crop of emulation of not just X86 coded apps, but iOS and iPadOS apps a look into the future? Are we getting closer to that time when what OS you’re running is irrelevant? That’s the subject for the next section anyway.
That pesky Apple Car just won’t go away! Just when you thought it was safe to start looking at what analysts say again, this crops up once again proving the old saying…”Analysts are idiots who will say anything to get you to part ways with your money in the direction they’re being paid to tell you to spend it at.”. OK, the saying might not be old, in fact we may have made it up here on the spot, but it it doesn’t make it any less true.
BIG thanks to Karl Madden from the Mac and Forth podcast for stepping in and keeping Guy sane…company while Gaz was away. Apple is the company that gives and then takes away. Announcements have been made that they are going to start scanning users Photos library to help stop underage exploitation and while that is a lofty goal, what does it mean in regards to user’s privacy that Apple has touted in their press clippings?
Gaz is off doing all things Gaz this week so Karl Madden of the Mac and Forth Podcast graciously allowed himself to be blackmailed into being on. For fulfilling his end of the deal, those pictures will never be released to the general public. They go into their recording setup and gear because there’s not really all that much else going on and Guy LOVES talking about that stuff.
With fall about to drop in about a month, a lot people begin to focus of new iPhones. However with the transition away from Intel for the Macs, it has been a very chaotic kind of year not even including a global pandemic. The M1 Macs have been pretty good, but there’s lots of room for improvement with the Macs that haven’t gotten out of the labs yet.
We talked about some of the new features coming up for macOS Monterey last week and said we’d talk some more about it this week…which is what we’re going to do. So that shouldn’t be all that surprising.
The first public beta for macOS Monterey is now out and SO many people are talking about, so we thought we might too! Because we’re all about getting out the information our listeners demand! Oooor…we just like jumping on any bandwagon that we can. There’ll be more on this next week for the bits we didn’t get to this time.
Lots of talk from Capital Hill in regards to those naughty big tech companies. Congress wants them to play by the same rules as the average person. As if the average person could create a big tech company…or that they could either. Oddly enough, Apple is probably in less of a fix as the other four by these bills definition.
There are several standards in regards to home automation. Reaching back into the Jurassic age there was X-10 which made it possible to connect several devices to a home security monitored (by someone else) system. However it wasn’t very interactive once set up. Coming into the modern age besides Apple’s Homekit there’s Belkin’s Wemo (now discontinued), SmartThings, Ankuoo, D-Link, and TP-Link amongst others.
Guy has returned from Walton country ablaze with success after bagging multiple Mooses…meece, mice? LOT’S of plural Moose. So no matter what he says after this, he’s obviously lying. WWDC 21 starts on Monday which is probably when most people will hear this podcast. So there’s no real point in speculating much about what it’ll all be about. So a few randoms things will be thrown in instead.
Today Guy is in Walton country apparently he’s decided that he and his his family are going to spend time together and have no electrical equipment so they all have to call out goodnight to each other. Though before they reach their destination we did try to connect with Guy but couldn’t.
We are about 2 weeks away from WWDC 2021 and expectations are high! As in, anyone making predictions and claiming to have any accuracy is probably on illegal medication. That won’t stop the GMen from making predictions though because they’re naturally high…on LIFE!
According to some, Apple and Google’s market dominance in Smartphone operating systems is stifling competition. While some of their points are valid, they also are ignoring the consequences of opening the ecosystems to everyone.
Guy’s microphone this week is the Audio Technica ATM510. This is a dynamic microphone that costs around $100.
43 years and 14 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still crunching data to reveal secrets of the interstellar medium
For Pick’s Sake
Guy:- Man, haven’t picked one of these in awhile. Zombie Tsunami for iOS (also playable on the Mac if running Big Sur). Easy side scroller with just two things for zombies to do. Eat and Jump. Free with in-app purchases.
WWDC is coming up in less than a month so we’re bound to hear about all the great changes in Apple’s various operating systems for developers. Except there’s one that rules above all the others. Be advised there’s no after show this week due to some technical issues with the recording software. The whole second part of the show would have been lost except we had the video recording that we were able to pull from. Sorry about that.
The first products from Apple’s last event are starting to show up, but we figured everyone is tired of talking about that OLD stuff. So let’s talk about what might (by might we mean eventually) be showing up at a slickly produced and kept at about an hour or so Apple event near you soon.