#525 Portable Charging a MacBook, How Photos Optimizes Photo Storage, Peau Productions to Modify Your GoPro, Robb Dunewood

I start off with a rant about a dreadful experience with a Cox tech support guy blaming the Mac for why their email servers weren’t working. Steve and I will be in the live chat room at podfeet.com/live during the WWDC keynote at 10am on June 8th, hope you’ll join us. I walk through the data I collected to prove that you can charge a 12″ MacBook with a phone battery charger. In Dumb Question Corner Rick asks detailed questions on how Photos figures out how to manager the storage when we choose optimize storage. Interview from NAB with Peau Productions about how they can add filters and lenses to your GoPro. I do some speed tests on the OWC Envoy Pro Mini thumb-drive sized SSD. In this week’s episode we’re joined by Robb Dunewood of the SMR Podcast to talk about living in an agnostic technology world.


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You NEED the new DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter

Allison interviews Michael Perry from DJI about their latest quadcopter, the Phantom 3. The Advanced Phantom 3 includes a 3-axis stabilized 1080p camera that streams 720p video to your smart device. The Professional model includes a 4K video camera. Flight time of the Phantom 3 has been extended to 23 minutes under ideal conditions. The Phantom 3 Advanced model sells for $999 US and the Professional model sells for $1259 US, all inclusive out of the box. The setting is the NAB ShowStoppers 2015 show floor.

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A 240GB SSD in the Form Factor of a Thumb Drive from OWC

envoy_pro_mini on top of external drive for scaleWhether you have a diminutive ultrabook like a Macbook Air with a tiny SSD or a beefy desktop with a giant drive in it, you still want more storage. You know how it is, the more space you have the more you need, right? I think it’s like with houses, if you have 4 bedrooms and only two people, you’ll manage to fill up every room in the house. I believe it stems back to our inherent laziness that if it’s harder to keep things tidy than it is to be sloppy then we revert to our slovenly instincts. Ok, two of you out there are saying, “Not ME!” but I’m betting I speak to the rest of you. Personally I bought a 1TB SSD in my recent MacBook Pro but somehow I only have 140GB free on it!

In the old days (which were about 15 minutes ago by my watch) we used external USB drives mostly for backup because it just wasn’t fast enough to keep our live data externally. USB 1 transferred data at 12 Mbit/sec. USB 2 brought us a 40X speed increase up to 480 Mbit/sec but that still wasn’t fast enough. The speed problems were exacerbated by the use of spinning drives because SSDs were still so expensive. Today’s computers now sport the shiny new USB 3 ports at 5Gbit/sec, and SSDs have plummeted in price so it might just be worth while to use external storage for real time use.
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A Mac You Can Charge from a Portable Phone Battery

graph as describedIf you’re anything like me, you’re constantly surveying rooms in hotels and at conferences and at friends houses for places to plug in your electronics. Smartphones phones, tablets, computers and now even watches are all seeking a charge. Heck, even my books need to be charged now that I use a Kindle.

One of the great joys of Apple’s recent laptop lines over the past few years is their ever longer battery life. When Apple says “all day battery” they really mean it. The new 12″ Macbook is no exception. I’ve really enjoyed playing with it most of the day and then just charging at night. Many people have scoffed at this adorable computer because of its single port because they worry about charging AND using external devices. But if you never have to plug it into power while you’re going about your day I don’t see why it’s such a big deal.
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How Does the Photos App Manage My Storage?

In Dumb Question Corner this week we hear from Rick. He writes:

photos_mbp 370GBHi Allison,
I have a dumb question about Photos.app. I have all my photos in Photos.app and use iCloud Photo Library. My iMac is set to store all the originals, and my Macbook Pro, iPad and iPhone all are set to Optimize Storage. This is working well for me.

Here’s my question: When I view a photo on my iPad for example, it immediately shows me a low resolution thumbnail while it downloads the full resolution file to my device. That’s good so far. So let’s say I view 2 dozen raw images on my iPad (or any of my other devices set to Optimize Storage) and Photos.app downloads the full resolution copies for me. How long do these stay on my device? I really don’t want them to stay on my device hogging space once I have viewed them. Will they revert to an optimized thumb nail version, or will they stay on my iPad, iPhone or Macbook as full resolution files? Is there a way to make sure they return to an optimized storage state?

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#524 iPhone Screen Replacement, Boinx TV 2, How Hard is Screencasting, Contour RollerMouse Red, What Mac Laptop Should You Get, Crypt::HSXKPasswd

Honda Bob and I replace the screens on two iPhone 5s, Interview with Boinx Software’s Sebastian Wölfe about Boinx TV 2. I answer the question, “How hard can screencasting be?” Interview with Contour Design about their ergonomic input device, Contour RollerMouse Red. I answer the question of what Mac laptop people should get. In the Clarify ad I explain how to restore three finger drag on the new 12″ Macbook. In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Bart explains how he’s formalizing the code for xkpasswd.net so you can install it on your Mac or PC or Linux box to create secure, memorable passwords locally but to your own specifications. It’s a teaser episode, in our next installment we’ll actually get to play with it.


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How to Choose a Mac Laptop

12_inch_macbookApple has brought out several new products lately that are making it hard to choose a laptop. It’s easy to tell people what to buy based on your own needs but that doesn’t mean your answer would be right for them. Now that Apple has a pretty deep bench of laptops, it’s even harder to tell the right answer. Recently my husband Steve, our friend Ron and I all bought new laptops (as our second machines) and we bought 3 completely different models. That got me thinking that a nice little Q and A would help people determine which model is right for them.

I want a Mac laptop, what should I get?

Check out the 12″ Macbook. Weighing in at an amazing 2 pounds, it has a gorgeous retina screen and a battery that lasts all day. It’s got that fancy Force Touch trackpad and the new scissor key keyboard. It even comes in three colors, silver, space grey or gold.

The 12″ Macbook isn’t powerful enough for me with that Core M processor. I know its not powerful because I heard about one article that said it was the same speed as the 2011 Macbook Air. I like to think of myself as a power user. Of course I haven’t tested the new 12″ Macbook with my applications nor have I read any reviews since that first article was published.

Ok, can I suggest the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro? You can max it out with the Intel i7 Processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It’s a fabulous workhorse of a machine. It’s recently been updated to include the Force Touch trackpad so you’ll have all the bells and whistles.

But the 15″ Macbook Pro is too darn heavy at 4.46 Pounds.

Maybe the 13″ Macbook Pro is right for you. It too can be maxed out to an Intel i7, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Like the 15″ model, and the 13″ has the Force Touch trackpad now too.

But the 13″ Macbook Pro is still too heavy at nearly 3.5 pounds and it’s so thick and chunky at .71 inches thick.

I bet you’d enjoy the 13″ Macbook Air. It’s at least thinner on one edge than the 13″ MacBook Pro, it weighs 15% less at just a smidgen under 3 pounds. It’s got the power you seek since you can push the Macbook Air up to an Intel i7 but you’ll be capped at 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD but that’s still pretty amazing in that little laptop. This machine was recently upgraded to the newest Intel Broadwell chipset which makes it faster while requiring less power so the battery life is insane.

But I want a retina screen!

Go away and leave me alone.

How Hard Can Screencasting Be?

screenflow_logoOne of my favorite things about doing the NosillaCast is the emails I get from people when they send in their first audio review for the show. They usually go something like this, “Wow, that was HARD! I had to re-record 28 times and it took me forever to do a 3 minute review! How do you do it every week?” I love it because these people come away really appreciating the sport that is podcasting. Of course after they do a few they get the hang of it and aren’t so amazed any more but at least it’s fun for a while.

I bring this up because I’ve experienced the same thing on the flip side doing videos for Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online. You cannot believe how hard it is to do what he does. I’m only doing a tutorial every couple of months and it’s positively exhausting. Here’s the typical process:
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Honda Mechanic Repairs a Cracked iPhone Screen

phone_bobs_fingersMy daughter was nicknamed Jibblies by her roommates in college because she has shaky hands. Most of the time her jibblies aren’t a problem but a few weeks ago she wanted to take a picture and asked her husband for his iPhone…which she promptly dropped and shattered the screen. Two days later, she dropped her OWN iPhone…shattering the screen.

The good news for Lindsay was that when I bought her’s for Christmas, I bought it with AppleCare. I’m a HUGE proponent of AppleCare, especially for things we can carry around. The iPhone deal (in the US at least) is that it extends your hardware warranty from 1 to 2 years and phone support from 90 days to 2 years. But it also gives you two repairs for any kind of accidental damage. You do have to pay $79 for each repair but it’s cheaper than the $109 Apple charges to replace the screen and they give you the refurb on the spot instead of waiting days for a repair, and it protects you from other kinds of accidental damage like that pesky water electronics seem to seek.
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