This week I guested on the Connected podcast where Federico and I had an extended discussion of the new iPadOS Files and Siri Shortcuts applications and I tried to understand the Connected contest rules.
This week I guested on the Download podcast. Aleen Simms and I joined Stephen Hackett and Jason Snell to talk about Apple’s play services including Apple TV+, Apple Card, Apple Arcade, Apple News+ and so many other things that start with the word “Apple”.
This week I was a guest on the Friends in Your Ears podcast. Anže Tomić and I joined Kathy Campbell to talk about some of our favorite podcasts and how we got into this racket. It's a short show but a lot of fun and worth checking out.
I recently joined my pal Chuck Joiner on his MacVoices podcast to talk about my recent field guide releases and the big switch to video. In addition to being a staple of Macintosh podcasting, Chuck is a longtime friend and I had a lot of fun checking in with him.
I joined Sam Glover at the Lawyerist podcast to talk about getting more from your iPhone. The Lawyerist is one of the few lawyer-focused websites that is not dreadful. Indeed it is quite the opposite. On this show, we talked about the iPhone Field Guide and how to be productive with that computer in your pocket.
A few week ago I guested on Brett Terpstra’s Systematic podcast. You would probably think I did that to hawk the new book I wrote with Brett. In that case, you would be right … but only for a few minutes. We quickly moved on to picking some of our favorite things, and the intended 20 minute recording turned into 60 minutes in the blink of an eye.
This week I joined in the latest episode of Clockwise. In it we discuss the breaking announcement of the Amazon Echo Look, deconstruct Uber's latest bad news, marvel at Samsung's record Galaxy S8 orders, and cower in fear at tech companies taking personal data and selling it to other tech companies.
If you've been missing my dulcet tones, I've got several new podcasts:
Paul Minors has a great productivity minded podcast. On it I talked about some of my own personal workflows and my thoughts on "productivity" in general.
iMore writer and artist Serenity Caldwell joins the Mac Power Users to talk about the iPad, Mac, the new iPhone, and artist workflows.
The "Live" show has been renamed MPU+. We discuss what to do with Macs that Sierra has left behind, the problem with "free" software, Network vs. Direct Attached storage, listeners share their feedback on Amazon and tips for using Ulysses and Scrivener. We also learn how to print to PDF from Apple Mail and much more.
Today I joined Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean on the Small Business Show podcast to talk about some of the challenges and joys I faced starting my own law practice. It was lots of fun and you can listen right here. The show is for a more general audience but I still managed to geek the joint up.
I recently guested on the Technical Difficulties podcast where we talked about important things, like iBooks Author and Star Wars. If you haven't yet, you should really check out the show notes. Outstanding.
This week I showed up in not one, but two podcasts:
We often collect topics that aren't worth getting their own show but at the same time bigger than a few minutes of feedback. We did this in episode 168 with a variety of topics including iPad styli, cable cutting, offsite backup, and home sound systems. I also spent ten minutes explaining how I brew tea. Katie's disdain for this topic was both palpable and delightful all at once.
Dave Stachowiak was kind enough to let me guest on his show where I talked about email and productivity in general. It was a lot of fun and Dave produces a great show.
There are two podcatchers which seem to command a lot of loyalty, Instacast and Downcast. I started out with Instacast and then migrated to Downcast about a year ago. A few months ago, Instacast released a Mac client that brought me back into the fold. I decided to wait awhile before writing about it to first make sure that the switch would stick. It did.
The Instacast user interface has improved since the last time I used it. A lot. The interface on both the Mac and iOS clients gives you a list of podcasts you’ve subscribed to and episodes available for download. The settings let you determine exactly what to do with each podcast you subscribe to. Some may only download the latest episode and others may download all unplayed podcasts. It’s up to you. (You can even download episodes over a cell network, which is really handy about 10 minutes before boarding a plane.)
In addition to the standard view, you can also create lists and smart lists. I use several smart lists including Partially Played (to help me finish shows I paused) and Most Recent.
The big reason for my switch was the release of the Mac app and the ability sync podcasts. I spend a lot of time behind a Mac. The Mac, iPad, and iPhone sync flawlessly. I can now listen to a show while at my Mac and pick up later in my car from my iPhone exactly where I left off on my Mac. Instacast doesn’t just sync listening position. If you delete an episode entirely, that also syncs between the devices. I like to clear out my feeds as much as possible and I particularly appreciate this feature.
With the switch back to Instacast, I didn’t find many WTF moments. Every thing works as I’d expect it to and I’m happy with the switch. There are rumblings that Downcast will get it’s own Mac app and I’ll probably be checking it out. Honestly though, I have all the features I need from a podcatcher and I don’t see a big reason for moving again.
Yesterday I was a guest on the Maccast and had the pleasure of talking with Adam Christianson and Ken Ray about several Apple-related topics including memory upgrades, the future of television, and the deification of Steve Jobs. It was a lot of fun and you can download it now.
I recently sat down (virtually) with Mike Vardy and Mike Schechter to talk about nerdy things on the Mikes on Mics show. We talked about self-publishing and saying "no". I really like those guys and the show was a lot of fun.