In this mammoth episode, we’ve got some random CES observations, a review of the Avantree Bluetooth over-the-ear headset from George from Tulsa, a CES interview with an innovative hearing aid called Eargo, a story of Thunderbolt docks and USB-C from me, another CES interview about LiFi for Internet connectivity with OLEDcomm, a hot tip from Knightwise about how to reinstall Mac App Store apps using the command line, an augmented reality toothbrush from Kolibree called Magik from CES, and as if that weren’t enough content, we’ve got an out-of-band Security Bits update with Bart Busschots with the lates news about Spectre and Meltdown.
Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, January 14, 2018, and this is show number 662. Well buckle up, kids, this show might just break the sound barrier (the longest show). We’ve got two listener recordings, two articles from me, four CES interviews (we have 28 total!), AND a bonus Security Bits with an update on what we now know about Spectre and Meltdown a week later. This week I think you’ll be really glad we now have chapter marks in the podcast. For example, if you’re Kevin, you might want to the interview where Steve Sheridan is actually in front of the microphone while he interviews a gentleman from Johnson Space Center about NASA’s Orion Capsule on the SLS. So sit back and enjoy the extended NosillaCast for this week.
Before we kick into gear, I wanted to tell you that Chit Chat Across the Pond was with Joe Dugandzic while we were at CES. You may remember him as the Smarter Home Life guy, but this time he’s on the show to explain how his YouTube channel for Smarter Home Life actually turned into a full-time job working for a Smart Home Hub company called Lynky. In a few weeks we’ll be playing an interview with him about the Lynky hub itself, while this is a story of success that I thought was really fun and interesting. You can listen to the episode at podfeet.com or you can subscribe to the Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite feed or even the full Chit Chat Across the Pond feed if you want all the chit chatty goodness.
When George sent in the audio file, I heard a bit of a hum on the recording and I instinctively dropped the recording into Audacity to do noise reduction. I mentioned it to him and he pointed out that that was cheating since the point was for you to hear the quality of the recording doing the very headset he was reviewing! George is smarter than me. In any case, thanks, George for yet another great review.
I simply LOVE this. I love everything Knightwise does, but this is such a great, useful tip. You may have noticed that Knightwise records in the car off the top of his head. That means there’s never any written content to which you can refer from his reviews. I was so inspired that I wrote this up myself with the full instructions including screenshots and download links and even an explanation of where to start. Heck, I even explain that mas is spelled m-a-s, not m-a-s-s so you can find it! Thank you so much Knightwise!
Patreon and Amazon
I am so grateful to all of you who help support the Podfeet Podcasts via Patreon. By sending a dollar or two per NosillaCast, you help pay the hosting fees, travel to places like CES, NAB and CSUN, and the cost of the gear and software I use and review on the shows. A dollar or two doesn’t sound like it would make much of a dent in the costs, but since so many people do, it really does help.
An interesting thing about Patreon is how transparent they are with the data. If you go to podfeet.com/patreon, you can see that there are 61 patrons and in theory I should receive $74 per new episode. At 52 episodes per year of the NosillaCast, that adds up to just under $4000. It doesn’t cover the entire cost of doing the show just yet, but it’s getting there.
Anyway, my point is that a small donation can add up to a lot of money when a lot of people jump on board. Just this week Richard Appiah and Ron Reimann started supporting the Podfeet Podcasts by using Patreon. Hope you’ll consider doing it too, but only if you have some spare change available at the end of the month. Head on over to podfeet.com/patreon and show your support.
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