So this not a regular MyMac Podcast with all the stuff we normally do, but there are some familiar bits. Little warning, the language is saltier than normal, but nothing you couldn’t say on network TV. They talk about the follies of following Guy’s tech advice (who knew?), and visitors vaguely feline come a calling. Guy talks about losing his cat Shadow and Christmas prep for the GMen. Greg from NC sends in a few bumpers and they weirdly talk about the NFL.
So we’re in the middle of doing the show when this weird vaguely looking like a UK telephone box but not enough to get sued over suddenly appears! Out pops Karl and Dean from the Mac & Forth podcast! It wasn’t set up or contrived at all! We talk about the events over the last year and generally just have a good time. What did you think we were going to do?
A longer show than we’ve done in awhile. If you like nonsensical meanderings about ultra-wideband technology that won’t be adequately explained and an extra long after show with pub singers, then you’ll LOVE this week’s episode! If you don’t…well you won’t enjoy it as much.
So there’s a new 16-inch MacBook Pro but the GMen completely ignore it because frankly, EVERYONE else was talking about it already. Instead they talk about the Goldman Sachs algorithm used to determine credit worthiness for the Apple Card. Sound boring? Is this your first time here?
With all the changes in Apple over the last few years, their BIG growth hasn’t been with phones or computers, but with services and the bottom line is starting to reflect that. The GMen have a lengthy discussion about that and naturally resolve the entire issue…sure we did.
Missed last week by “accident” so we make up for this week with shenanigans and tomfoolery and dare you to tell the difference! Actually lots of tech talk about Gaz’s travels to various Apple Stores and Guy’s dentistry whoas, AirPods Pros, and holy guacamole, LOT’s of operating system updates.
So Guy called me 5 mins before the podcast to say that he wanted to be known by another name today so as per his request I’d like to say hi to Karl. We discuss Apple Arcade and also what we think Apple might bring to another event, that is if they have one.
Guy is back from his techmergency trip to help his brother. He spent more trying to leave however than he did actually IN Florida and his weird adventure is all laid out here. Gaz is happy Guy is back because that means he doesn’t have to do a solo show. Our listeners are happy because…because…well, they MUST be happy about something.
So Macstock for 2019 is over but the drama continues! Guy talks about his experiences getting there and the great time he had, while Gaz’s Mac woes took up much of his time while Guy was gallivanting around. Also, check out the new chapter marks to help you get around the program!
Audio from all the livecasts Guy did while at Macstock 2019. David Cohen and Tim Robertson from TechFan, Dave Hamilton from the Mac Geek Gab, David Ginsburg from In Touch with iOS, Allison Sheridan from the NosillaCast, the organizer of MacStock and host of For Mac Eyes Only Mike Potter, Lori from the Macstock sponsor Other World Computing, and Chuck Joiner from MacVoices!
The fallout from Jony Ive’s departure from Apple continues….but not very well. The GMen look into some of the more ridiculous stories that have sprung up since the announcements. Also, a new contest for the first time in like forever.
One of the last links to old school Apple is leaving and we are doooooomed. No not really, but Jony is leaving sorta, and the Men are here to discuss that and if you listen to the after show, the latest in VERY casual evening and work wear.
Guy’s Pick: Need a chat client for a livestream? Minnitchat will give you most of what you need and it’s free and easy to set up in WordPress. This gives you 100 users which should be enough for most casual requirements. Paid tiers give you a lot more.
While it might not be EXACTLY dead, it isn’t at all well and guest host Dave Ginsburg from the “In Touch with iOS” and the “Off the Charts Horse Racing” podcasts and Guy have a chat about it. Also tariffs, predators, the new DC Apple Store, and what iPhones might be dropped for iOS 13.
OK, listen carefully. There is NO after show in this MyMac Podcast. Seriously…none…zip…nada. We’re actually trying to make a concerted effort to get the show length down, so we naturally easily went over an hour. Maybe later this week we’ll put out a supplemental after show, but it’s not in this one. What is in this one is Guy’s new teeth, Gaz’s news snippets earlier than usual, and lot’s of other stuff. STOP looking at the end for the after show!
Guy is finally back from his east coast extravaganza where he and Tracey spent a significant amount of time not feeling well. Gaz finally has a music snippet for Gaz’s news snippets, and they discuss all the new Apple hardware. It’s enough to make you feel like a Funky Poodle.
Apples gives and then takes away…layers of confusion and it’s hard to say whether this was a good thing to take or a bad thing to give. Could be both. Meanwhile the GMen don’t dwell on it because of a short attention span and instead talk about ideology, Steve Jobs, the FBI, East Texas, and streaming game services. Oh and some kerfuffle about Facebook and privacy but hey, it’s Tuesday.
Guy’s Pick: Behringer’s UMC204HD is a really good audio interface and is apparently popular and that has been noticed by retailers as the price has jumped by 25% or more since I bought mine last year at $80 but which is now $130. It has midas-ish pre-amps that are very clean and efficient and some of the best at this price point. It’s one to consider if you’re looking for an audio interface, but look for bargains as the price seems to be fluctuating.
The GMen are not overly fond of analysts and all their blather, so when two directly contradict each other, it cause for a case of the giggles…or sniffles in Guy’s case. Guy also keeps hearing about ARM-based Macs and Gaz keeps poking him for reactions!
Guy’s Pick: Going to use the next few shows to talk about my mobile podcasting set up as far as what I use. This time, it’s a tale of two mics, but the one I’ll recommend is the Sennheiser e835 dynamic mic. It’s about $100 from Amazon. It’s a dynamic mic (means unpowered) with a cardioid pickup (tightly focused for sound pickup) and a frequency response of 40-16KHz. Needs a lot of clean gain as most dynamic mics go but it’s great at background noise rejection.
No podcast last week because Guy was at death’s door! That’s IF “Death’s door” was sniffling, a little coughing, and making everyone around him miserable by complaining. Come to think of it, many did want to kill him before he felt better. This week though, they catch up on all the MyMac stuff, a little news, if Apple should buy Netflix, and laughing that Samsung wants to open exclusive Samsung stores.
Guy’s Pick: One of my favorite tools in podcasting especially when I have to convert video to audio is, no surprise, Audio Converter Pro from Fatima Malagouen (also known as geranium-soft software) $6.99 in the Mac App Store
Gaz’s Pick: Spectacle I need specs more and more but this isn’t quite what you think Windows Management and manipulation