My debut in Screencasts Online Monthly Magazine as a screencaster (only $4.99 for the issue!) Nite Ize Handleband iPhone Holder for your Bicycle. I’ve decided to give away a six month subscription to Cloak from getcloak.com – listen to the show to find out how to enter to win (or read on). George from Tulsa answered Sandy’s question in our Google Plus Community about how to back up her iOS devices (and others) with the Kingston MobileLite . My iPhone battery woes turn into a great discovery of the application Instruments to run Activity Monitor on your iPhone from your Mac – and of course a tutorial on how to set it up! In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Tom Merritt of the Daily Tech News Show at dailytechnewsshow.com joins us to help me understand the Aereo Supreme Court Case, and the kerfuffle over Net Neutrality and the FCC.
Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Sunday May 4, 2014 and this is show number 469. Last week I think I remembered to tell you that I got to do my first guest screencast for Don’s great show Screencasts Online. I surmised that the video would be in the next issue of the Screencasts Online Monthly Magazine and it turns out it is! This is a great way for you to get your feet wet with Don’s show, and to read some great articles by Mac notables like Katie Floyd, David Sparks, Wally Cherwinski and more. I put a link in the shownotes to the app, and when you get it downloaded, you can buy the latest issue for $4.99. Go check it out, I’m pretty darned proud of my debut in screencasting!
On this week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond I convinced Tom Merritt of the Daily Tech News Show to come on and explain a couple of things to me, one of which is the big kerfuffle going on with the recent FCC ruling in the US about net neutrality. I realized after we recorded that we never technically explained why you might care about any of this. I’d like to set that up right now so that when you get to Chit Chat Across the Pond you’ll understand a little bit better.
Net neutrality means that traffic isn’t prioritized based on how much money someone spends. People who create content care about this a lot because if you’re not already a big player, it’s very hard to become a big player if the big boys are paying to have faster speeds on the Internet. Now why do you care? You might care because you want to see the Internet continue to spawn cool, crazy new ideas that may or may not turn into something you can’t live without. It’s hard to project forward what we’d be missing because we don’t know what innovation is around the corner but we can visualize it by looking at a possible scenario in the past. Imagine if Youtube were a big player with lots of money because they were owned by Google, but Netflix had yet to establish itself as a video giant. If Google had the money to pay Internet service providers to deliver its content for a really good user experience, but fledgling startup Netflix would deliver video that was stuttering and buffering? Would Neflix have grown in popularity so that eventually they could bring us amazing original content like House of Cards?
We can even look at podcasting. Sure Leo Laporte has the biggest podcasting network with the most listeners and viewers, but if we don’t have net neutrality, there’s no way he could compete with the big video players to bring us his videos in such high quality if he had to pay extra to be in a digital fast lane. There’s someone else just around the corner we don’t know about who is hatching the next big thing, and without an open and neutral Internet, we won’t ever find out what it is. Ok, that’s why you might care, now that I’ve set it up with that tease, we’ll go to our regularly scheduled programming and come back to Tom in Chit Chat Across the Pond.
Give Away Cloak
A few shows back I was raving about how great the VPN service Cloak is. We did an interview with them at Macworld and I’ve been using it on my iPhone, iPad and Mac on the free 30 day trial and I love it. I walk into Starbucks and when I join the wifi networks, boom, I’m instantly on VPN because Cloak doesn’t have that network in its white list. I’ve told you this before, but there’s a reason I’m telling you now. At Macworld in my press kit I was given six months of free Cloak service, but I’ve decided not to use it myself, I’m going to give it away and pay for Cloak myself. It’s only $4/month so it’s not a huge deal but I figure I can say for sure that it’s worth every penny if I do this, right? Now don’t expect me to do it every time I get something free, but I’m really excited about this service helping to protect you guys so I want to prove a point.
Now…how do you get your name into the hat? Let’s make it a little bit tricky to remember just as a test of your resolve. Send me an email with the title Cloak Me! and I’ll wait one week after this show goes live to pick a winner. So send your email by Saturday, May 10th and I’ll pick the winner on Sunday. Please don’t enter just because you like to win free stuff, but do enter if you care about securing your online communications when away from home and mooching off of free wifi!
You heard me mention just now that I created a tutorial for you on how to set up Instruments, and you may be thinking that I spent hours and hours doing that. But I didn’t. While I was messing around figuring it out, I simply launched Clarify from clarify-it.com and started taking screenshots. It didn’t matter if I got it right the first time, because it’s easy to rearrange the steps later when I get it figured out. After I had the whole thing figured out, we happened to hit the road for a long drive. I then went back into Clarify and wrote witty narrative for each step, added some annotations to point at the interesting things to click on the screens, put in some sequence steps, and then posted it right from Clarify to podfeet.com. It was so easy. You can test out the new beta of Clarify 2 over at the link in the shownotes for Mac or PC and see how awesome it is yourself! If you buy now, you’ll get a free upgrade to Clarify 2 when it gets released, and it looks like it will be released really soon! Check it out, amaze your friends and family!
Chit Chat Across the Pond
Tom Merritt of the Daily Tech News Show at dailytechnewsshow.com joins us to help me understand two important topics.
- Basically they have a bunch of tiny antennas (not antennae btw) and you rent one
- So you get over the air TV
- Aereo is going to the Supreme court to defend their right to do this workaround
- Les Moonves of CBS (?) says he’ll pull content from over the air TV if Aereo wins
- My question is:
- How do the broadcasters lose money if I get the content in the identical form that I would get it if I had my own antenna at my house? Don’t I still see the commercials?
FCC – net neutrality
One of my pet peeves in the news in general is something big happens but I miss the importance up front so I’m lost for the next two years. Your job is to fix that for all of us!
- Open Internet ruling a couple of years ago
- Genekowski was really on our side?
- So what’s a common carrier?
- “commercially reasonable” – what’s that mean?
- Wheeler – former head of something to do with the cable companies?
- Information Providers are Title 3
- Communications/Telecom Providers are Title 2
- Netflix is paying Verizon (and paid Comcast) to put servers at their sites, so isn’t that non-net neutrality right there?
- If Netflix was on clogged tubes, and their new deal with Verizon fixes that, doesn’t that mean the tubes are less flogged for other video services…like podcasters?
- http://fcc.gov/comments look for 14-28 and make your comments
Other stuff you’d like to plug?
Sword & Laser Anthology http://swordandlaser.com/store
Fantasy Sports League Kickstarter http://fsltonight.com
That’s going to wind this up for this week, many thanks to our sponsor for helping to pay the bills, Blue Mango Learning at bluemangolearning.com makers of Clarify. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at email@example.com, follow me on twitter and app.net @podfeet. Check out the NosillaCast Google Plus Community too – lots of fun over there! If you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.