NosillaCast is now on Alpha Geek Radio at mobile.alphageekradio.com. What would make a 30 year Apple Fan Girl choose Roku over AppleTV? RHA MA600i Earbuds review by Donald Burr of otakunopodcast.com. In Chit Chat Across the Pond, David Sparks of Mac Power Users and MacSparky.com joins us to talk about how he uses mind maps to write books.
Review of RHA MA600i Earbuds by Donald Burr of Otaku No Podcast
Problem to be solved
- Needed a new pair of earbuds
- Been using the Apple in-ears, and they are “ok”, but I managed to lose the rubber ear pieces
- Bought a few cheap pairs but they sucked and broke
- Heard about the RHA MA600i earbuds on before you buy, they got favorable review, so decided to try them out
- Cost is high ($90) but I figured since you get what you pay for and you shouldn’t throw good money after bad, they might be worth it
- And I was right!
What I was looking for
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When Todd Whitehead of Alpha Geek Radio approached me to see if I wanted the NosillaCast on one of his channels, I was delighted to say yes. I sent a note back asking if I simply send him the link to the audio stream that I’m already piping over to the podfeet.com/live page and to the NosillaCast app and to iTunes Radio, but he said there was more to do that just that. He and I connected on Skype and we were immediately geek friends for life. He actually had the exact same metal poster on his wall that someone put up on my door at work – it’s an official membership in the National Sarcasm Society poster, with the motto, “Like we NEED your support.”
Anyway, he started taking me through a process to create a whole new audio feed using a free and open source tool called butt, which stands for “broadcast using this tool”. It allows me to capture my audio feed and instead of sending it to the Icecast server like I do for the other services, it sends it to his Shoutcast server and then he can have his way with the audio. It started to look a little complicated so while we were chatting I whipped open Clarify and started taking screenshots. I told him what I was doing and he was immediately intrigued by what Clarify could do. I only had to sing a few bars before he was a convert. It was great he had this attitude because it meant I could ask him to hold up while I threw in an annotation of something I’d be afraid I’d forget and he was very patient waiting. He knew that in the end HE would be the beneficiary of this document because for the NEXT guy he’d have a tutorial!
As we went through the steps I realized that there was some one-time setup stuff, but then some stuff that has to happen every time I go live (which Steve “volunteered” to do for me). this was a perfect place to use the new feature of Clarify 2 (still in free beta) which allows sub-steps. I made the one-time only stuff the first big step and the weekly stuff a second big step. It makes it really easy now for Steve to jump to his part and follow along till he gets the hang of it.
I shipped it off as a PDF to Todd, and I believe his exact quote was something along the lines, of “Holy crap this is awesome!” I’m paraphrasing just a bit but you get his point. This tutorial will save him gobs of time, and will help others he adds to Alpha Geek Radio be able to remember what he’s taught them.
I used Clarify THREE TIMES this week alone to help other people, and had to choose which story to use for this weeks’ ad. Go check out that free trial of the beta over at the link in the shownotes and impress your colleagues too!
Chit Chat Across the Pond
Main Topic – Mind Maps
David Sparks joins us of the Mac Power Users and MacSparky.com and author of a zillion books, including the iBooks Field Guides:
Mind Map nerds
What we use them for
Which applications we like
- Anyone still use Mind Manager?
David and Katie did a Cooking Ideas show on Mac Power Users at: http://www.macpowerusers.com/2012/04/23/mpu-082-cooking-ideas/
Which platform is best? Mac? iPad? iPhone?
Import/Export – here’s where David explains his opml dance from Mind Maps to Outlining programs and back
– King of outlining programs Omni Outliner for $50
– Tree for $15 (Allison bought after David recommended)
– Cloud Outliner – lite version is free, kind of janky and then nagware too.
Why does David like Markdown and what’s it for?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.