Category Archives: inThirty

inThirty – 30 Episodes Later and What We Learned

Over the course of the last thirty episodes I have learned a tremendous amount in what it means to produce a podcast.  From the difficulties of recording a skype call (Very difficult), to making time every week, to promoting the show, someone has to do it.

It started when @justinfreid (http://justinfreid.com) introduced me to @harrycmarks (http://curiousrat.com), and asked if I would be interested in talking about technology.  My initial answer was that of skepticism.  Why would anyone want to listen to me?  We had to differentiate ourselves from the thousands of other tech podcasts.  With great tech luminaries that have insider information, or have been covering tech for so long, we needed an angle.

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inThirty – Let’s iBook It

 

Let’s iBook It

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You know what students need more of? Time spent staring at a screen!
Apple’s recently announced their push into digital textbooks with iBooks 2.0 and @chaimtime and @harrycmarks have it out over whether students should trade their old, moldy geography books (which still split Germany into East and West) for shiny new iPads (which also play Angry Birds).

Show Notes
iBooks 2.0 / iTunesU | Apple
A Teacher’s Take on iBooks | ChaimTime
“A Teacher’s Take on iBooks 2.0″ – Rebuttal | Curious Rat

An Ode To Chaim (Repost from InThirty.net)

Written by Michael “Just Another Tech Blog” DeGusta –

 

An Ode to Chaim

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Twas the middle of October, with a chill in the air,
When Google did say Nexus was nearly there.
And Chaim he did cheer & Chaim he did shout,
For he did truly believe his new phone would soon be about.

But the weeks they dragged on,
The rumors did ramble,
And Chaim he did fret.
To Costco he came,
And from Costco he went.

“No no” said the phone lady “it’s not here just yet”
Citing blogs & posts Chaim did protest,
But alas, there was no Nexus to get.

At last ’twas the day Verizon promised did arrive.
Chaim got out of work, and went for a drive.
To Costco he returned, eager and spry.
But alas he was told: “Sorry, you do not qualify.”

Twenty dollars he was told the additional cost,
And to a Verizon store he must travel
Without voice guidance he surely would have been lost!
But his wits did not unravel.

And so back in the warmth of his house
He did face unlock & he did Google hangout.
Then dear Chaim locked his Nexus away for the night,
Warm in his knowledge that it was the best,
At least until he’d had a good night’s rest.

–Michael Degusta | http://theunderstatement.com

inThirty – Unwrapping the Galaxy Nexus

 

Unwrapping the Galaxy Nexus

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 Someone must have been a good boy this year because he just unwrapped a Galaxy Nexus! After Chaim paid a small $20 upgrade fee on top of the $299 price tag for the phone, and signed a 2 year 4G data contract with Verizon which included a stipulation that he “not be evil” while using it, he quickly unboxed his precious. Next, he got to Hanging Out on Google+, not using Google Wallet because Verizon won’t allow it, and finding out the battery door is made of plastic as thin as Saran wrap. Then he joined Harry, Justin, and special guest Michael Degusta of theunderstatement.com, to share the thrills and ills of being a proud user of Google’s flagship phone.

We find out if Ice Cream sandwich is as delectable as Google claims and whether or not Chaim’s hands are big enough to reach the outer edges of the Galaxy’s 4.6″ screen. Chaim runs his first 4G speedtest but decides against joining the recording from his phone, and we examine the tug-of-war between Google and the cell carriers.
Should you put a Galaxy Nexus in your stocking? Listen to find out.

Show Notes
Google Galaxy Nexus

Holiday Gift Wrap Up

 Holiday Gift Wrap Up

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 Holiday shopping is tough, and we’ve just made it tougher as we each suggest three gifts for your most beloved nerd.  Listen in to find out which inThirty host gives the most fun gifts and which might be a little too into Dexter.

All Chaim wants for Chanukah is a Galaxy Nexus, will it be under the menorah? Will he shoot his eye out with it?
This is no Black Friday Sale, folks, everything is marked up, as in HTML.

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inThirty – What’s Your Carrier IQ?

 

What’s Your Carrier IQ?

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Either don your tinfoil hat and ditch your smartphone or get comfortable sharing your personal thoughts with the engineer who’s in charge of the datacenter your texts and emails pass through. Guess which member of inThirty chooses which?
We discuss the impact of Carrier IQ and whether asking users to opt in to data collection is essential. We move on to discussing privacy more broadly before deciding to move out to a shack in the woods.
Don’t look over your shoulder, I think someone’s watching you.

Show notes:
Carrier IQ interview: inside the brave new world of carrier phone tracking | The Verge

Apple: Carrier IQ still on iPhone 4, but we don’t read your e-mail and texts | Ars Technica

Facebook FTC Privacy Case Has Been Settled | Huffington Post

GCreep: Google Engineer Stalked Teens, Spied on Chats (Updated) | Gawker

InThirty.net – The Mother of All Bloggers

 

The Mother of All Bloggers

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You think you know everything there is to know about Mommy Blogs? Think again.
The Mother of All Bloggers (a title proudly bestowed by the inThirty team) Elizabeth Norton joins us to discuss to how she uses technology to keep in touch with a close nit group of fellow mothers. Elizabeth, without a single pregnant pause, takes us through her method of keeping her offline and online worlds in balance and lets us in on the secret of the best way to get Play-Doh out of a USB port.

Thank you Elizabeth!

Show Notes

ElizabethNorton.com | Website

Elizabeth Norton | Google+

inThirty – 16 – The Evolution of Money

 

The Evolution of Money

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Money, money, money, money…MONEY: We talk with Skyler Fox (@beefyfunk), an expert in payment processing and customer loyalty about NFC, RFID, CARD and every other financial acronym we can wrap our minds around. Not even Skyler, however, is able to answer the question: Can a Galaxy Nexus use its built in NFC to pay for itself?

inThirty – Windows Phone 7

 

Windows Phone 7

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It’s good to be cing, and it’s good to have Klout. Harry earned a free Windows Phone 7, a Samsung Focus, for his courageous tweeting and shared it (and pizza) with his fellow inThirty hosts. We pick it apart and marvel at its simplicity and the lack of Blue Screens of Death, though its connector software did nearly fry Harry’s MacBook. The tiles, the font, the understated elegance, how could this have come from Microsoft?

PS The first commenter to leave the exact timestamp for Chaim’s Rick Perry moment gets 5 Klout points.

Show Notes

A Windows Phone 7.5 Review from a Dedicated iOS User” | Curious Rat

Klout

Pioneer Studios Closed by Microsoft” | Windows Phone Thoughts

Samsung Focus | Samsung.com