Category: Internet

Podcasts: What I’m listening to (part 1)

A few years ago, the TWiT network were about the only people putting out decent tech-related Podcasts. Now though, you have to spend a lot of time going through Podcasts to weed out the bad ones, rather than find the good ones.

I listen to a lot of different types of Podcasts, but for the purpose of this article, I’ll stick with just the tech-related ones. Generally speaking, I prefer shorter podcasts – they feel more relaxing to listen to and less like a chore I must complete.

70 Decibels podcasts

I came across the 70 Decibels network a while ago and have since subscribed to several of their podcasts. They’re very well produced, and cover a decent range of topics.

In particular, I’ve been listening to 11 Minutes, The 512 Podcast, Enough, and CMD+Space.

Many other tech-related podcasts have turned into something you might expect from a political talk show, with two or three people all talking over each other trying to get attention. None of the shows I’ve mentioned above have this problem.

Other shows available on the 70 Decibels network include cooking, freelancing, science fiction and general technology. All the 70 Decibels Podcasts offer an iTunes subscribe feed, as well as an RSS feed to stay up-to-date with newly released shows.

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Mac OS Ken is one of my favorite Apple-related podcasts because it’s timely, and typically only 10 to 15 minutes long – perfect for listening to during the work commute or lunch. Ken Ray’s daily podcast includes most stories directly related to Apple, many stories indirectly related to Apple that stand a chance of affecting Apple’s business or its users, and tangentially related stories that are funny. Mac OS Ken has an iTunes and RSS subscription link on the homepage.

“My opinion is that management of the app store is a good thing in the long run. This is the biggest reason why apps are so much more successful in the Apple App Store than on Android”

iTunes

I couldn’t agree more. For all the “walled-garden” comments made by Android fans, I’m left with a satisfied feeling at night because my phone gets updated to the latest OS (every time!), and the apps I download from the App Store don’t do anything bad to my phone. That’s not to say some don’t have problems, but for the most part everything just works. (more…)

Protopage: A great iGoogle replacement

Earlier this year, Google made a lot of people absolutely furious when they announced they were shutting down iGoogle. Like many users, iGoogle was my web browser start page. I loved that I could get a preview of my email, RSS feed, calendar, and quick access to the weather, maps and more.

There are few replacements to be found, but after much searching (on Bing!) I came across Protopage, and I’m happy to say it’s a pretty good replacement.

Protopage

Protopage launched in 2005 and is still going strong despite nearly every other start page shutting down or becoming derelict.

Protopage is virtually identical to iGoogle in that it allows you to create start pages filled with widgets to display the information you want, including IMAP, POP and Gmail email, calendars, RSS feeds, Twitter feeds, and lots more. Give it a try, you may just find it to be a suitable replacement for iGoogle.

Oops, I dropped my new iMac

Came across this video over at CultofMac and laughed my butt off. I must say though, it would have been more believable with only one box. There’s no way someone could carry two iMacs the way he did, they’re just too heavy.

Easily find out if your website has been pinned on Pinterest

If you have a blog or website, you probably have some interest in knowing where your visitors are coming from. One of the hottest new social sites on the web is Pinterest, so naturally you’ll want to know if images or pages from your site have been pinned on Pinterest.

Pinterest source

Thankfully, Pinterest makes it easy to see everything from your site on one page. Simply use the Source filter on the Pinterest site by going to:
http://pinterest.com/source/thegraphicmac.com/
Be sure to substitute your web address where you see thegraphicmac.com bolded in the URL above.