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Episode 318 – Hugs and Kissses – 9/17/2015

This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the latest iOS 9 release news, the problems with ad blocking, the NASA worm logo, Amazon’s new products, Super Mario Maker, and Facebook’s Do Not Like button. Enjoy!

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18 thoughts on “Episode 318 – Hugs and Kissses – 9/17/2015

  1. Hope you get to see Carmack talk, that guy along with Michael Abrash of course are just fascinating speakers. They really make the future of VR come alive with their vision and insights. Last years talks I still watch on You Tube.

  2. Tou are wrong about the email thing. Before there was DNS (early 1980s), there was a “bang path” address where basically you put the explicit path of systems to some large central/popular hub system… so a bang path email address for “user” would look like bighub!smallerhub!bigsys!mysystem!username which was ungainly at best, and incomprehensible at worst. More info here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UUCP#Mail_routing

    This explains a lot of the obscure email re-writing commands in the original MTA, Sendmail. It could re-write the string of systems to substitute a quicker or less congested email path. Once the original DNS system was created using Bind (Berkeley Internet Name Domain), we got our familar “@” address for email. For a long time, you could use either type of address, but no one uses it now, and it is probably filtered out now to prevent abuses…I don’t know for sure, but I’ll find out.

  3. It seems crazy now, but I remember going into a technical book-store to buy a listing of internet addresses, some of them were just vending machines you could ping or finger to see how cold the drinks were. All of our internet software was stuff cobbled together by radio HAM enthusiasts.

    This was back in the day when any attempt to sell or advertise on the internet would be met by condemnation from users and admins. HTTP bypassed these social protocols. How times have changed.

    When it comes to pop-ups, I want a choice, third party blockers are too risky.

  4. In response to the advertising talk in the middle of this podcast I wanted to voice my thoughts. I will admit that I probably spend more time on the web then I should and because of that even with adblock I see plenty of ads. I really do not mind the ads that are at the top of the page or the bottom. I don’t mind the ads that are like a page break between paragraphs I am reading. But what really grinds my gears are the ads that flash, or pop up over the page I am looking at, or the ones that follow me on the way down a page. If I am looking at a website and getting distracted the whole time I am reading or looking at content I just wont go back to that website.

  5. While it wasn’t really much of a game, the actual story of the Telltale Back to the Future game was perfect for a 4th Back to the Future film. Great character beats (especially in examining Doc Brown), fun twists in timeline logic, a great addition in the person of Edna Strickland. Plus, the guy who does the Mary McFly voice impression is truly amazing. When the real Michael J. Fox shows up in the last episode (and what a GREAT ending), you’ve grown so use to the impersonator that the real McCoy almost doesn’t sound right anymore.

    Heck, even the soundtrack with some of Trixie Trotter’s songs is pretty good.

    If you haven’t experienced this, I highly recommend it!

  6. RE: Entry level iOS devices starting at 16 GB

    My parents both purchased the entry level iPhones, and, when running into the memory limitations, my dad asked “if we don’t need the bottom end iPhone, who does?” Users are paying a premium for Apple products, because they expect them to just work, and, trust that the entry level products will meet their entry level needs. Yes, users should know what they’re buying, but, they’re also trusting that Apple wouldn’t sell a pointlessly crippled product.

  7. Photos and music. Happened to my mom when she was traveling and taking pictures with her friends, and was very frustrating for her.

  8. No doubt, but to be fair that’s probably not the use case for a 16GB model. That’s someone who is streaming music exclusively and not taking too many photos, or offloading them to a computer occasionally. I agree that it’s ironic that the cheapest phone requires the most technical savvy. Perhaps that’s the problem.

  9. The $50 Fire tablet seems really interesting. That’s the kind of price point I could get one just to muck about with.

    Does anyone know if you could load Android onto that?

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