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, June 7, 2020, and this is show number 787.
This week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond was unlike any other before it. I have always tried to make the Podfeet Podcasts a place you can count on to focus on tech. We’ve really needed to have that oasis in the past few months I think. But this week I decided to take a pause and talk to Robb Dunewood of the SMR Podcast about what it’s like being a black man in America. This was of course inspired by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis. I wanted to have Robb on to describe to us what the daily life is like for black men across this country. I’ve heard some of Robb’s stories before but I was floored at the relentlessness of how he and his fellow African Americans are treated by the police as a matter of course.
It’s not an easy episode to listen to but probably the most important Chit Chat I’ve ever recorded. I hope you’ll open your minds and listen. If you’d rather read, I’ve included the transcript of the call on created by otter.ai. I’d like to thank listener Heidi Proctor for urging me to create the transcript for the hearing impaired, but even more for doing the tough job of editing out any mistakes otter.ai made. We left it very conversational with all the ums and ahs you normally hear, but the pure transcription errors have been removed. There are time stamps for each section so if anything isn’t clear you can jump to that time in the audio conversation for clarification.
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Thanks Jonathan, that was terrific! Jonathan mentioned knowing that LG had fixed their quality problems but didn’t remember what the problem was when their high-res monitors first came out. The original 5K LG monitors had a shielding problem which caused radio frequency interference problems with WiFi routers. LG fixed the problem in 2017. I put a link in the shownotes to an article explaining the problem and how LG fixed it.
I too, was trepidatious about getting an LG monitor after the problems, but Steve bought me the 5K at least 4 years ago and it’s been rock solid for me. Looking back, I’m wondering if I would have been fine with a 4K for half the price! In any case, I can back Jon up on how great these displays are. Having all those pixels and screen real estate, while providing a Thunderbolt 3 interface (or shall I call it the Port of the Future ™nuclearJon) to charge my Mac and have full-speed peripherals.
As he mentioned, the webcam in the 5K LG display is really good. I hate to admit this, but lately I’ve noticed that I’m choosing the LG’s webcam over my Logitech c920 because the color seems to be better. That’s a huge endorsement. I also use the speakers built into the display all the time and they sound great to me.
I am very far from being an audiophile, and I listen primarily to spoken word rather than music so you probably don’t want to base your monitor decision on my endorsement of the speakers in the 5K LG! I did ask Steve to listen to the LG playing “More Than a Feeling” by Boston, the song he always uses because it’s got a lot of low and high end in it. He compared the sound to the 27″ iMac and he said it was at least comparable. The iMac is a little tinny on the high end and the LG is a little muddy on the low end. Overall he said that for speakers in a flat-panel monitor, he’d give it a rating of “pretty good”.
Thanks again for the review, nuclearJon and I sure hope you find more fun stuff to review for us, that was better than “pretty good”, it was terrific!
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