This is Only a Test 131 – Oversharing Inc. – 7/19/2012

On this week’s show, Norm grips a tablet, Joey reviews whisky, and Will makes soft grunting noises. All that, plus stories from Comic-Con 2012, Windows 8’s general availability date, the problem with cyborgs, and another episode of fake outtakes.

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  1. BlatantNinja23 just replied to your comment:

    Assuming you use windows, you can just do this with windows backup. When in the process of setting it up just choose “let me choose” instead of what is selected by default.

    Im already backing up everything on a on another drive, unless theres a secondary drive or backup option i dont know about

    What you want is Windows Live Mesh. Very easy to set up and use.

    While Mesh works great for keeping PCs or Skydrive in sync, i need something that keeps an external drive in sync while connected. Mesh for this wont always be available or a connivence

    Most drives come with this software nowadays but I was hoping there was something out there that would be a tad better.

    To view this thread, follow the link below:
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  2. Yo, Joey’s good. Don’t be a stranger, Joe Bags. Side note: I wish I could go barefoot at work.

  3. Supermassivepodcast! Not quite Octoberkast but damn.

    I learnt to type on a wordprocessor with an 1.5″ high green and blue lcd screen with a 3.5 floppy slot.

    Will has very odd ideas about whisky/whiskey he seems to be treating the overarching definition as a brand name and vice versa, weird.

  4. From what I understand, Office 365 is for small business (and enterprise, if they don’t want just the desktop apps). Office Web Apps is the Microsoft equivalent to Google Docs. (EDIT – Never mind. I was unaware that there’s a consumer 365 now. This… I don’t… I’m confused. Good job Microsoft.)

    Also, I told myself I wasn’t going to bother with Riddler Challenges… but now I am. Up to 67% overall now, 60% on Enigma Conundrum, and 246/400 secrets. I can’t see me getting 100% for the entire game because I suck at the combat challenge rooms. But doing Riddler stuff is now what I do during podcasts, so I image that they’ll all eventually get done?

  5. At my University generally we submit our essays and documentation as PDFs, or the professor will specify a particular file type. Most professors dislike receiving essays from students in all different formats, docx, doc, rtf, Specifically because pdf will display documents with consistent page and style formatting. For example all our programming machines use Linux, forcing us to use Open Office. If you ever tried opening a .doc(x) file in Open Office, all the formatting always gets screwed!

    Paper is still an acceptable alternative means to submit assignments.

  6. I’m in University and I’ve only had a handful of courses over the years that had me submit papers electronically (one asked for .rtf, one asked for pdfs, and the rest asked for .doc). So yeah, paper is still king, at least from my experience.

  7. Will, I’m sure a hundred other people have already corrected you, but let me join the chorus.

    You’re wrong.

    Scotch is Scotch whiskey.

    Bourbon is Bourbon whiskey.

    Jameson is Irish whiskey.

    end of story.

  8. Can someone show me the link to these $9 Monoprice headphones? I couldn’t find them, but I would be very interested in buying a pair or two.

  9. I’m guessing that whether or not professors want paper copies or not depends greatly on the field of study. I’m working on my master’s in history. Most of my profs prefer paper documents. It’s easier to make notes lengthy or otherwise in margins and in between the double spaced lines. I also don’t think that e-books work to well in my line of research. I need actual page numbers when I cite a certain publication of a book and while I just got a $79 Kindle I don’t think I would be willing to confidently cite the 0$ version of the Candide I got off the Amazon marketplace, same for many of the free versions of classics I’ve gotten. While I need to read these works and it might work for pleasure reading, for times when you actually need to cite works I prefer to have a hard copy from a certain date and publisher so that my citation is easily found (if not readily available you can get to it if you try hard enough, some documents are rare). It could be that I’m in an archaic field but my dean of graduate studies for history usually records most Q&As between the faculty and students and distributes it after the fact in MP3 form over university channels for people who miss those things. (What to do with your history degree, how to prepare for your thesis, etc).

    I just can’t imagine doing genuine research with a bunch of books open to e-reader pages on my desktop. I really think I need most if not all of those physical docs around me. Granted when I’m doing shorter papers I take docs where I can find them, and in a 20 or so page paper I might forgo printing off a PDF or a research paper or two and just refer to the digital copy but those have pages.

    As far as composing documents so far in grad school, any one or two page thing I’ve had to write up I’ve done in Google docs most of those assignments don’t really need end or footnotes. Quick one or two page reviews of books, if you want one I could provide one, all the ones I did were very clinical directly answering professor’s questions. However when you get to the meat of the class and you have to turn in your actual paper that the whole class has been riding on and all that other stuff has been wiggleroom. You want Word. Google has an ok spell-check, but no grammar check, at least not that I’m aware of or it would be interrupting me right now. Also I’m pretty sure that Zotero doesn’t work with google docs but it’s pretty awesome for citations in an academic setting.

    In an academic setting or any other setting that should be recognized people need to cite their sources, Zotero is an easy way to do that for many academic pursuits, it basically does your end notes or foot notes for you. It’s a plugin for MS Word, though word is incorporating it’s features, I still like Zotero a little better because I can just got to WorldCat and find a book and add it to my list of sources without having punch everything in manually.

  10. I haven’t listened yet, but I see people talking about how they submit work in their college and thought I’d chime in. All of my classes required assignment work to be submitted online, and the majority had their complete notes online too. Only one class had notes that weren’t exact duplicates of what the lecturer taught in class, but the notes still covered everything he had covered, pretty much.

    Also Joey’s new nickname is hover-elbows Joey.

  11. Yea, correct me if I’m wrong but…

    I thought Scotch IS Whiskey but just aged longer and distilled a little differently.

    From Scotland of course.

  12. At my University generally we submit our essays and documentation as PDFs, or the professor will specify a particular file type. Most professors dislike receiving essays from students in all different formats, docx, doc, rtf, Specifically because pdf will display documents with consistent page and style formatting. For example all our programming machines use Linux, forcing us to use Open Office. If you ever tried opening a .doc(x) file in Open Office, all the formatting always gets screwed!

    Paper is still an acceptable alternative means to submit assignments.

    It was pretty much the same at my university a few years ago. I usually preferred to use PDF because of the consistent formatting.

  13. I went to school for graphic design, so obviously not the same as turning in an essay, but for the most part we would copy our files (.pdf, .psd, .ai, ect..) off our thumb drives or whatever either onto the instructors PC or to a network location.

    For many projects we would also have to print whatever it was on 11×17 to present it to the class. Printing was not provided, so at first I had to go to Kinko’s or whatever other crappy overpriced print shop in the area. I then wised up and got my own printer which made life much easier, especially for package design classes later on. Having to rush to the print shop before it closed or before class was a nightmare, especially if you then realized you made some sort of mistake.

  14. Minor correction about your discussion on the Metal Gear REX vs. flying car. REX is actually the walking tank from Metal Gear Solid.

    http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/Metal_Gear_REX

    The jumping mechs you guys were referring to are actually from Metal Gear Solid 4 and the new game. I imagine that REX would actually be pretty smooth for getting around in.

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