Episode 14: Pirates of Silicon Valley, 20 Years Later

Episode 14: Pirate of Silicon Valley, 20 Years Later

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

For our fourteenth regular show, we bask in the post-WWDC hangover with a couple of mini-reviews. Dan takes a look at the SteamLink app and compares it to the hardware version, while Jake offer his initial thoughts on the PowerBeats Pro. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we follow up on some HomeKit compatible switches courtesy of the “Friends of Hue” program and take a first look at a DIY camera solution. In our main topic, we fire up the time machine and go back twenty years to revisit “Pirates of Silicon Valley” and see if it stands the test of time.

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Our show is edited by Nathan Mace (antiwraith on Ars). Our theme song is composed by the wondrous Space Vixen, who you can find on twitter @cat_cornett and their music at spacevixen.bandcamp.com.

You can find Dan on Twitter @kefkafloyd. Against his better judgement, Jake is now on twitter @jakepugh. You can leave feedback by tweeting @icongardenshow or posting on the Icon Garden thread at the Mac Ach forum by going to http://bit.ly/tigsthread . You can subscribe to our show on your podcast platform of choice, or visit our website at icongardenshow.com.

Next Time in the Garden:

WWDC Wrap-up

Bonus Episode 2: WWDC 2019 Keynote Special

Bonus Episode: WWDC 2019 Keynote Special

It's Dubba Dubba Dee Cee Time!

For this special edition of the Icon Garden, we spend some time discussing and pontificating on the 2019 WWDC Keynote presentation held on June 3, 2019. We talk about the product launch of the year: yes folks, the Mac Pro lives! And makes wallets everywhere scream. We then take a look at some of the standout features of all the new operating systems: iOS 13, tvOS 13, macOS 10.15, WatchOS 6, and the new set member of the family, ipadOS! Please join us for this special edition of the Icon Garden!

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Our show is edited by Nathan Mace (antiwraith on Ars). Our theme song is composed by the wondrous Space Vixen, who you can find on twitter @cat_cornett and their music at spacevixen.bandcamp.com.

You can find Dan on Twitter @kefkafloyd. Against his better judgement, Jake is now on twitter @jakepugh. You can leave feedback by tweeting @icongardenshow or posting on the Icon Garden thread at the Mac Ach forum by going to http://bit.ly/tigsthread . You can subscribe to our show on your podcast platform of choice, or visit our website at icongardenshow.com.

Next Time in the Garden:

Pirate of Silicon Valley, 20 Years Later

Episode 13: A Head in the Clouds

Episode 13: A Head in the Clouds

Cloud goes up, cloud goes down.

For our thirteenth regular show, we take a look at the highlights of the fortnightly news, starting off as all good podcasts do, with news of the EU starting an Apple/Spotify probe, BMW continues to do CarPlay wrong, and we give our last chance WWDC predictions for the record. In the HomeKit Chronicles, Jake contemplates the process of moving HomeKit stuff as his house goes to the market, and we have a moment of silence for Nest. In our main topic, we dig into all things cloud...storage, syncing, backup (or lack of...) and Dan tries to sell Jake on the virtues of Synology.

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Our show is edited by Nathan Mace (antiwraith on Ars). Our theme song is composed by the wondrous Space Vixen, who you can find on twitter @cat_cornett and their music at spacevixen.bandcamp.com.

You can find Dan on Twitter @kefkafloyd. Against his better judgement, Jake is now on twitter @jakepugh. You can leave feedback by tweeting @icongardenshow or posting on the Icon Garden thread at the Mac Ach forum by going to http://bit.ly/tigsthread . You can subscribe to our show on your podcast platform of choice, or visit our website at icongardenshow.com.

Next Time in the Garden:

WWDC Special Presentation!

Episode 12: I Tune, You Tune, We All Tune for iTunes

They just don’t write ‘em like that anymore.

For our twelfth regular show, first we look back at the news of the fortnight, including Apples second quarter earnings report, iOS 13 and MacOS 10.15 leaks, a settlement between Apple and Qualcomm, the discontinuation of the LG 4K displays, in-store keyboard replacements, and the Galaxy Flop...er, Fold. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we take a look at 5 of the top requests from forum members and users as WWDC draws near. In our main topic, as the potential breakup of iTunes becomes more and more likely, we look back at the history of iTunes and its predecessors, and discuss what we like and don't like about it and try to answer the question: Is it possible to please the graybeards and power users in any foreseeable iTunes breakup?

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Our show is edited by Nathan Mace (antiwraith on Ars). Our theme song is composed by the wondrous Space Vixen, who you can find on twitter @cat_cornett and their music at spacevixen.bandcamp.com.

You can find Dan on Twitter @kefkafloyd. Against his better judgement, Jake is now on twitter @jakepugh. You can leave feedback by tweeting @icongardenshow or posting on the Icon Garden thread at the Mac Ach forum by going to http://bit.ly/tigsthread . You can subscribe to our show on your podcast platform of choice, or visit our website at icongardenshow.com.

Next Time in the Garden:

A Head in the Clouds

Episode 11: The First iPhone

Episode 11: The First iPhone

My phone is so smart, S-M-R-T

For our eleventh regular show, first we look back at the news of the fortnight, including Netflix shenanigans on iOS with Airplay, new iMac performance, potential Apple Store overreach in Sydney and Stockholm, revisiting the loupedeck, and the predicted breakup of iTunes. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we look at dimmers, switches, and assorted physical interfaces. In our main topic, we spend some time talking in depth about the original iPhone from 2007. What came before and why did it take so long to get it right? Join us for ANOTHER trip down memory lane!

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Our show is edited by Nathan Mace (antiwraith on Ars). Our theme song is composed by the wondrous Space Vixen, who you can find on twitter @cat_cornett and their music at spacevixen.bandcamp.com.

You can find Dan on Twitter @kefkafloyd. Against his better judgement, Jake is now on twitter @jakepugh. You can leave feedback by tweeting @icongardenshow or posting on the Icon Garden thread at the Mac Ach forum by going to http://bit.ly/tigsthread . You can subscribe to our show on your podcast platform of choice, or visit our website at icongardenshow.com.

Next Time in the Garden:

ITune, YouTune, We All Tune for iTunes

Episode 10: Visiting the Fruit Stand

Episode 10: Visiting the Fruit Stand

Behold: Apple Store! Your one stop shop for mysteriously expensive computers!

For our tenth regular show, first we look back at the news of the fortnight, including preliminary reports that the Apple Card will not support joint accounts, new OS versions: iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, WatchOS 5.2, and MacOS 10.14.4, the departure of chip architect Gerard Williams III, and a moment of silence for AirPower. We then dig into a mini-review of the newly released AirPods 2 (with wireless charging!). In the HomeKit Chronicles, HomeKit support is now live on the first smart TVs, and Jake makes a connectivity breakthrough that must be shared. In our main topic, we spend some time talking in depth about the Apple Store experience, past, present, and future? What we love, what was not as great, and where did we get our Apple products in the dark days of yesteryear? Also, a special guest stops by to say hi.

Show Notes:

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Our show is edited by Nathan Mace (antiwraith on Ars). Our theme song is composed by the wondrous Space Vixen, who you can find on twitter @cat_cornett and their music at spacevixen.bandcamp.com.

You can find Dan on Twitter @kefkafloyd. Against his better judgement, Jake is now on twitter @jakepugh. You can leave feedback by tweeting @icongardenshow or posting on the Icon Garden thread at the Mac Ach forum by going to http://bit.ly/tigsthread . You can subscribe to our show on your podcast platform of choice, or visit our website at icongardenshow.com.

Next Time in the Garden:

The First iPhone

Episode 9: What's Eating the Mac Pro?

You Macs Have Nothing to Worry About. I’m a Professional.

For our ninth regular show, first we look back at an exciting fortnight, including the our special coverage of the March 25th Apple event, the escalating spat between Apple and Spotify, a date has been set for WWDC, the return of CorelDraw, preliminary rulings in the Apple/Qualcomm patent war, and a wrap up to the saga of the Keychain flaw. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we take a deep dive into the IKEA Tradfri lighting system as we continue to look at all things lights. In our main topic, we speculate on the semi-announced Mac Pro revision and discuss where we've been, the good, the, band, and what we want to see in the most pro of all pro macs in 2019.

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You can find Dan on Twitter @kefkafloyd. Against his better judgement, Jake is now on twitter @jakepugh. You can leave feedback by tweeting @icongardenshow or posting on the Icon Garden thread at the Mac Ach forum by going to http://bit.ly/tigsthread . You can subscribe to our show on your podcast platform of choice, or visit our website at icongardenshow.com.

Next Time in the Garden:

A Visit to the Fruit Stand

Bonus Episode 1: ”It's Show Time”

Bonus Episode: ”It's Show Time” Media Event

It's Showtime, Synergy!

For this special edition of the Icon Garden, we spend some time discussing and pontificating on the Apple Services Event held on March 25, 2019. We talk about the product launches that occurred leading up to the event and talk about the announcements made at the event and what we are excited about and what we need to hear more details on before passing judgement. Please join us for this special edition of the Icon Garden!

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Episode 8: Peripheral Paraphernalia

Episode 8: Peripheral Paraphernalia

Click and Clack, the Keyboard switch brothers

For our eighth regular show, first we look at a few items of Apple news, including the annual Apple shareholder meeting, more on the ongoing dispute with Qualcomm, Apple celebrate International Women's Day, more cord confusion, and patent fun in East Texas. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we talk about the cornerstone of most HomeKit setups and dig into all things lights. We take a dive into the various connection methods and the pros and cons of each and review offerings from Hue, Sylvania, Eve, and VOCOlinc.. In our main topic, we take look at all things peripheral and input devices. The good, the bad, and the just plain weird. We talk about our personal favorite keyboards, mice, and all things in-between, and Jake makes an impulse purchase.

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You can find Dan on Twitter @kefkafloyd. Against his better judgement, Jake is now on twitter @jakepugh. You can leave feedback by tweeting @icongardenshow or posting on the Icon Garden thread at the Mac Ach forum by going to http://bit.ly/tigsthread . You can subscribe to our show on your podcast platform of choice, or visit our website at icongardenshow.com.

Next Time in the Garden:

What's Eating the Mac Pro?

Episode 7: Clone High

Episode 7: Clone High

Let's kick Intel's ass! Oh, wait...

For our seventh regular show, first we look at a few items of Apple news, including an Apple event scheduled for March 25, more on the ongoing enterprise certificate kerfluffle, a fix to the FaceTime bug, clandestine screen recording by some apps, more on Toyota and CarPlay, and the lack of a mac bug bounty program. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we talk about a promising hire at Apple, and dig into garage door openers as a segue into the world of homebridge. In our main topic, we fire up the time machine for a trip back to the 90s and the era that brought us a plethora of piñatas...or clone macs as it were. the good, the bad, and the surprisingly short clone era are remembered in all their glory.

Show Notes:

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Our show is edited by Nathan Mace (antiwraith on Ars). Our theme song is composed by the wondrous Space Vixen, who you can find on twitter @cat_cornett and their music at spacevixen.bandcamp.com.

You can find Dan on Twitter @kefkafloyd. Against his better judgement, Jake is now on twitter @jakepugh. You can leave feedback by tweeting @icongardenshow or posting on the Icon Garden thread at the Mac Ach forum by going to http://bit.ly/tigsthread . You can subscribe to our show on your podcast platform of choice, or visit our website at icongardenshow.com.

Next time in the Garden:

Peripheral Paraphernalia