Episode 16: Honor Steve Jobs by learning something new, something outside your comfort zone

We dedicate this week’s episode to Steve Jobs, but rather than send up his life’s work, which we already did after he retired, we decided to salute Steve Jobs’s legacy of thinking different and of learning new skills.

This episode looks at education and how school almost beat the creativity out of him. This episode also encourages students to look outside their majors, to take random classes and to experiment.

The original Macintosh and personal computers owe their great typography to Steve Jobs randomly taking a calligraphy class (or rather dropping into it). Steve was a life-long student. While Steve Jobs may be best known for founding a great tech company, his appreciation for design and the liberal arts really helped move the industry forward and helped make computers more personal.

More journalists should learn about technology and computer science. More engineers should learn more about the arts and writing. We could all stand to know more than just our majors and careers.

What made Steve Job great was not that he was the world’s best designer or engineer, but rather that he could get people to put it all together. He understood at least a little bit of everything that Apple did. That allowed him to get designers, hardware engineers and software developers to work together to create products that were a cut above competitors.

Perhaps the best way to honor Steve Jobs is to learn something new. Go ahead, go outside your comfort zone. Think different.

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Episode 15: The iPhone 4S is the fifth iPhone but not the iPhone 5

Everyone is up in arms that Apple called its latest iPhone the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 5.

Why? We suspect that some people can’t handle anything less than new models going in numeric sequence. In all honesty, the iPhone 4S is everything that we expected and would be more than worthy to go by the name the iPhone 5.

We do delve into the psychology of naming products. Would calling it the iPhone 5 have been a better idea? Was this a branding fail or is this something we should expect more of going forward?

So, why isn’t this called the iPhone 5? Simple, it has the same design as the iPhone 4. Apple did the same thing with the iPhone 3GS a few years ago.

Don’t let the name fool you. This phone is significantly faster, has a much nicer camera and has a really cool personal assistant feature called Siri.

Will we be buying this phone? Who do we recommend it for? What do we see as the future of iOS and the iPhone?

We’ll have a review of the iPhone 4S the weekend it comes out, and the upcoming iOS5 and iCloud are a big part of this story. So, stay tuned for Episode 15S.


Episode 14: The Facebook profiles they are a-changin’

Jeremy and I dedicate this entire episode to the changes hitting Facebook.

What do we like? What don’t we like? How do we think people will react?

Jeremy is concerned about how older users (a big growth area) will react to the changes. Some of the changes are admittedly rather big. But change is how Facebook got to the top in the first place.

We’re fans of subscriptions, and we think this feature is a response to Google+.

Timeline is a beautiful and striking reimagining of the Facebook profile, but will it be too drastic for some users? We would love to hear your feedback.

I mean this in all honestly, this is our best episode yet.

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Episode 13: Your password sucks. No really, it does. And it endangers us all.

This week we talk about password security and how having one password for everything — no matter how secure you think it is — is a very bad idea.

If one website where you have an account is comprised, hackers could have access to your username, email and password. They will then try those same combinations on countless websites, particularly financial websites.

So, yes, your email password matters. That password you have on that random forum matters. They all matter.

That leads us to discuss 1Password, which allows you to remember one password on your computer that can unlock unique passwords on every website you join. Password managers are your best way to stay safe on the Internet.

Then we discuss the rumored Kindle tablet, which we’re all pretty sure is going to happen this fall. But we think it may be going more after the Nook Color than the iPad.

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Episode 12: Our Steve Note

We celebrate the career and genius of Steve Jobs this week.

This podcast would not have happened without Steve Jobs and Apple. No other tech company celebrates the humanities and liberal arts like Apple does.

We also discuss life at Apple beyond Steve Jobs. Is Tim Cook up to it? What will Steve’s role be at Apple moving forward?

What will Steve be most proud of about his time at Apple?

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Episode 11: The glory days

Sorry for the delay with posting this episode. Hurricane Irene knocked out my power and then my vacation knocked out my will to edit this episode. But here it is, and it’s one of our best. I promise.

Onto the show.

Twitter exploded after the earthquake in Virginia.  Twitter had more traffic from the earthquake than it did when Bin Laden was killed. People in NYC found out about the earthquake from Twitter before the earthquake made it to NYC.

Think about that for a second.

My first impulse was to check twitter after the earthquake happened. At first, we weren’t sure what happened at my work. Many of us wondered if nearby construction was the the cause of the shaking, but Twitter quickly educated me to the fact that people all over were feeling the same thing.

We discuss how it’s time for a disruption in textbooks. And why are ebooks just like print textbooks? Ebooks, by definition, are electronic. The good news is that there are some people innovating in the textbook space by incorporating video and other multimedia content.

And don’t get us started on the new law banning Missouri educators from interacting with students on social media. OK, get us started.

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Episode 10: Angry Avians (using the iPad for work)

We discuss how we use our iPads for work and how tablets can make us more productive.

Safari on the iPad would almost be worth the price of admission alone. It’s a really great app. So are Mail and iCal. We don’t discuss this built in apps, however, and instead focus on some of the really strong third-party apps that help us be more productive.

Here are some of the applications we talk about:

  • Omnioutliner — A great outlining program, especially helpful in meetings.
  • Omnifocus — A GTD, task management program. Built for David Allen’s system. Very handy for staying on top of multiple projects at once.
  • Reeder — The best RSS program around, complete with great social media and Instapaper integration.
  • Instapaper — If you love to read and reading is an important part of your job, you need Instapaper ASAP.
  • Twitterific — Our favorite Twitter app.
  • Kindle/iBooks — Great for reading books, papers and reports.
  • TripIt — Your travel companion.
  • Pages — Word processing on the go. Not bad for taking notes in meetings either.
  • Numbers — Spreadsheets on the go, also helpful for being able to view spreadsheets in meetings.
  • Keynote — Presentations on the go.
  • WordPress — Post to WordPress blogs, such as this site. Works better than logging in through the Web.

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