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100: ‘People Are Gay All the Time’ With John Moltz


00:00:00   you ever get the feeling like maybe Yosemite isn't fully baked occasionally

00:00:04   so yeah so i went back in and i futzed with my input volume and i think it's

00:00:10   i think it might have been that i don't know i also restarted and did about 10 other things so i

00:00:14   can't tell exactly and the worst part is you just you just recorded a show two hours ago

00:00:20   and everything exactly yeah i don't know what happened i i i did unplug and plug stuff back

00:00:26   in but that shouldn't happen. I really cannot explain it. Now there's a new Skype 7 out

00:00:34   and I'm definitely afraid to. Oh my god no. You should just like keep one machine in pristine

00:00:40   working condition and never unplug anything or restart it. That's sort of what I do with

00:00:46   my MacBook Air. Like I haven't upgraded it to Yosemite. I'm being like old man conservative

00:00:52   You know, like if it ain't broke,

00:00:54   don't fix it with this machine.

00:00:56   And it's still, you know,

00:00:58   and I don't update new versions of Skype,

00:01:01   and it still gives me problems.

00:01:02   You know, like trying to be real conservative

00:01:04   about what I do with the software

00:01:05   on this particular machine,

00:01:07   it doesn't seem to make a difference.

00:01:10   - I upgrade everything.

00:01:13   (laughs)

00:01:15   I have very little discipline.

00:01:22   - Did you run, so you run, so you have another machine

00:01:23   you ran the beta on and stuff like that?

00:01:26   - Yeah, it's been very complicated.

00:01:29   It's been complicated the last few months

00:01:30   because I've had, I had from Apple,

00:01:35   and this wasn't just like a special treat

00:01:37   for John Gruber thing, it was,

00:01:39   a lot of us got it.

00:01:43   They gave us review units at WWDC,

00:01:45   like it was a 15 inch MacBook Pro

00:01:47   with Yosemite already installed.

00:01:49   'Cause they actually wanted us to be, you know,

00:01:51   write about it yeah serious so I had that right yeah he might have he might

00:02:02   have needed he might have needed five but you know they gave him they gave him

00:02:06   an iPhone I don't know if you listen to ATP but he got an iPhone 6 so that he

00:02:14   not to review the iPhone 6 but so he could write about continuity features

00:02:20   which was actually really really awesome that he you know there's a big help to

00:02:24   him you know they've been very helpful at stuff like that but that machine is

00:02:29   gone but now I'm down to two machines I've got a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and

00:02:34   I've already you know I've started life you know I just got it like a month ago

00:02:38   it started on Yosemite it's never seen anything but and in my old MacBook Air I

00:02:42   just keep running minus one I had to get my wife needed a new machine and I had

00:02:47   to make sure I got it before Yosemite came on everything

00:02:50   because she would freak.

00:02:52   - You think so?

00:02:55   - She doesn't like me to change her operating system.

00:02:58   - No?

00:02:59   Oh, we've had this discussion before too,

00:03:01   but she doesn't like it either.

00:03:02   Like you'll walk by like her iPhone or whatever

00:03:04   and like there'll be like a badge,

00:03:06   like on the app store.

00:03:07   - Oh yeah, that.

00:03:08   Oh my God.

00:03:09   - 57 apps.

00:03:10   - Oh my God, that thing.

00:03:11   - Do you update your apps automatically?

00:03:16   Do you have the app store set?

00:03:17   See, I don't have it set to update automatically,

00:03:19   but I do like OCD, like every time there's updates,

00:03:24   I install them.

00:03:25   But the reason I don't do it automatically

00:03:27   is I wanna know when there's new ones

00:03:28   and I like to read the release notes.

00:03:30   - Well, that's probably safer.

00:03:31   - And just in case, you know,

00:03:35   I can't remember the last time that I've had like an app

00:03:40   that I didn't wanna update.

00:03:41   It's been years, you know,

00:03:42   But just in case there's some kind of regression in an app.

00:03:50   Yeah.

00:03:50   It happens.

00:03:51   It does definitely happen.

00:03:54   Right, like the equivalent of what they did with pages

00:03:57   and the iWork suite on Mac going from online to whatever

00:04:02   they call the new ones.

00:04:03   Yeah, and basically some of that is just

00:04:05   because of the way the app store worked, the approval process.

00:04:09   Because normally developers would just roll back

00:04:12   something that was you know there was a glitch in it or something and they can't

00:04:16   they can't do that it's got it's you know they have to they have to resubmit

00:04:20   all right yeah complicated you know I noticed on while I'm talking about pages

00:04:26   I my big complaint and the thing that I could not stand about the update to

00:04:31   pages in particular is that for the few things I use word processing for like

00:04:37   for example with sponsors sometimes you know if I send them an invoice I have a

00:04:41   pages template and it's really nice I've got nice typography on it and for years

00:04:46   now maybe even ten years Mac OS X has had wonderful built-in system level

00:04:51   typography so that like an open type font that has small caps and alternate

00:04:59   you know the figures the the old style figures where the numbers drop below the

00:05:04   baseline or sometimes go above the baseline and you can system wide you

00:05:10   You could just open TextEdit, the free text, just the replacement for simple text.

00:05:15   Go to the Fonts panel, open the Typography panel, and you get this wonderful typography

00:05:20   controls.

00:05:21   And my templates were all set up with small caps for certain things and stuff like that.

00:05:26   And pages, the new version of pages last year, the 2013 version, dropped support for all

00:05:31   of that in the name of compatibility with iOS, which doesn't have any of those typography

00:05:37   features anymore.

00:05:39   So I stuck with the pages, like pages in particular, I stuck with the 09 version.

00:05:43   Like numbers, I don't know.

00:05:44   I don't know what the, I'm such a simpleton using a spreadsheet that

00:05:50   I didn't notice anything worse in numbers.

00:05:54   So I used the new version of numbers, but I used the old version of pages.

00:05:57   But I noticed with the latest version of pages, it is so complicated.

00:06:01   They had an update with Yosemite, and

00:06:05   I opened it hoping that the typography stuff was back.

00:06:08   it's not like you create a new document in pages and you have a font that has

00:06:13   true small caps not like the fake you know fakie fake small caps but real

00:06:17   small caps there's no way to turn text into small caps in the new version of

00:06:22   pages but if you open in a pages o9 document in the new version of pages and

00:06:28   you already have small caps it now still supports it it doesn't make it go away

00:06:33   So it and it seems like what you can do it doesn't I I didn't get into it too

00:06:40   deep but it seems like what you can do is you can open a new version in pages

00:06:43   you can switch to text edit and make your text in you know use the advanced

00:06:49   OS X typography features copy and paste it go back to pages and paste and it

00:06:54   works. That's weird. So so it's really really like it it you know it's like it

00:07:00   It seems like they're making some kind of progress on that front, but it's actually

00:07:03   more complicated than it was a year ago when it was just a simple answer, "No, you can't

00:07:08   use those features anymore."

00:07:12   It's like that whole thing they did with iMovie years ago.

00:07:15   Yeah, yeah, when they switched from being a sort of very basic, traditional, non-linear

00:07:22   video editor to whatever it was.

00:07:25   Right.

00:07:26   We haven't seen that guy recently.

00:07:29   Yeah, it's a lot of reason. What's that guy's name?

00:07:31   Randy you will us. Yeah, it's Randy still there

00:07:34   You know, I thought he may not be there anymore. That's a very good question

00:07:40   I I heard something about him possibly leaving not like out of any you know that he was in trouble, but sort of

00:07:46   You know that he'd been there he'd been you know

00:07:49   Burned out, you know that you know that

00:07:51   You know just had been there on major major software projects for years and years and he might not be there

00:07:57   I'm not sure it's a good question. Anybody who knows a little birdies

00:08:00   You can tell me and then I'll do it. I'm sure Randy listens to the show

00:08:03   You know, you'd be surprised actually I mean that was half joke but half not joke. All right, I

00:08:09   Actually got a very nice email from somebody at Comcast from the show with my last week

00:08:15   It was actually very very nice email somebody is you know seems to be a true fan of the show and they said that they

00:08:22   Were they were half laughing half crying. Oh, man

00:08:25   the first hour of this show.

00:08:28   They've since been fired.

00:08:31   The ATP guys had a good bit about--

00:08:35   no, he was not the guy.

00:08:36   The guy who I want to hear from is

00:08:38   I want to hear from the guy who made that graphic.

00:08:40   I want to hear the story of how that graphic came.

00:08:47   No, but the ATP guys had a good bit about the way

00:08:51   that the iWorks apps regressed feature-wise,

00:08:54   and comparing and contrast that with Microsoft, which never takes features away. If Word ever

00:09:01   gains advanced typography features, you can bank on it that it's never going to lose them

00:09:06   in the future. The other thing that they brought up, and this to me is so crazy, it's like

00:09:13   I cannot believe that it's true, and I didn't even know it. I actually have it marked to

00:09:18   do more research on it and link it up from Daring Fireball. But apparently, the new version

00:09:22   of at least pages but maybe it's the whole iWorks suite, no longer reads documents, iWorks

00:09:30   documents that are older than the versions created by the 09 versions.

00:09:33   Jared Polin Really?

00:09:34   So, like, yeah.

00:09:36   So like pages, like the oldest pages document you can open now and then current version

00:09:42   of pages is from pages 09.

00:09:44   Anything created with a version of pages earlier than pages 09 will no longer open in pages

00:09:49   which is crazy.

00:09:50   crazy because I was about to delete the old version you know the o9 version

00:09:55   because it puts that stuff in a folder and I was thinking I can just get rid of

00:09:59   that I work o9 folder it's not no no it's crazy or at the very least and it

00:10:05   sounds like such it's such busy work but you really like the sensible idea you

00:10:11   know what you really need to do is find every single I works document that you

00:10:14   have and open it in like if make sure see if you have seriously this is what

00:10:22   you we would have to do what we will have to do is is open up every version

00:10:26   any document we can find that's older than oh nine and make sure it's saved as

00:10:31   oh nine at the very least I'll have to go back I'm sure I've got some someplace

00:10:35   but I don't probably can't find them right now to try it but I will make sure

00:10:40   I'm gonna add a note and put that into show notes and I will have a link where

00:10:44   everybody can do that but I got to write from it from term but it's so crazy and

00:10:47   they you know the ATP can rightly point it out that for that is exactly like

00:10:52   where Microsoft is so great because like you just know I'm like you know that

00:10:58   word today like go by the latest version of Microsoft Word you know it opens a

00:11:04   DOS Word 1.0 document no well you know that it does why would you bet against

00:11:10   I'm not against that at all.

00:11:12   - Right?

00:11:13   - I could probably test that too, actually.

00:11:15   - Right.

00:11:16   Like if you'd set up like a 1984,

00:11:20   like PC running like DOS 2

00:11:23   and like the first version of Microsoft Word for DOS,

00:11:25   I don't even know what,

00:11:26   maybe DOS came out later in 1984,

00:11:29   whatever the first year that DOS had a Microsoft Word,

00:11:33   create a document and save it.

00:11:35   I guarantee you that that document will open

00:11:37   with full fidelity in today's Microsoft Word.

00:11:40   - Did you use Word back in the day?

00:11:45   - No, I was always a Mac write man.

00:11:48   - Oh, okay, Mac write.

00:11:50   - Okay, yeah.

00:11:52   - Yeah, I used Word until, what was it, Word six

00:11:55   where they screwed everything up.

00:11:56   And then I started using Word Perfect.

00:12:00   - On a Mac?

00:12:02   - Yeah. - Really?

00:12:03   - Yeah, my wife and I used Word Perfect for years,

00:12:06   even like long after it had been basically forgotten.

00:12:11   - I don't even know if I ever even used WordPerfect

00:12:14   on the map.

00:12:15   - It was kind of nice and it was pretty,

00:12:17   I guess the thing was it was always popular.

00:12:19   WordPerfect was huge in the legal community, I think,

00:12:23   if I remember correctly for some reason.

00:12:25   And then Word was like everywhere else.

00:12:28   And yeah, it was a big problem for a lot of,

00:12:33   I think and that's kind of what drove a lot of people

00:12:36   to switch to PCs because it's like they were using Word

00:12:41   and they had to switch to Word anyway.

00:12:43   And so they're using Word Perfect

00:12:45   and they had to switch to on a Mac

00:12:46   and they had to switch to Word anyway.

00:12:48   And so they're like, well, I might as well just switch.

00:12:51   I gotta buy a license.

00:12:52   So I'm just gonna go buy a PC.

00:12:55   - One thing from that era was that there were no demos

00:12:59   for commercial software

00:13:01   and the commercial software was very expensive.

00:13:04   So your only options were to pirate it

00:13:07   or spend a significant amount of money.

00:13:09   Like probably, I'm guessing like a WordPerfect for Mac

00:13:14   was probably like $149.

00:13:17   - Oh, that was like the student license.

00:13:20   - Yeah, maybe even $199.

00:13:22   - They were really expensive.

00:13:24   - That's like $1990, which is,

00:13:28   it's long enough ago that inflation has some--

00:13:32   We were still using the gold standard back then.

00:13:37   You could take that dollar and exchange it for gold with the government.

00:13:43   No, I was always a MacRight man.

00:13:47   Part of it maybe was just that I don't think I had to pay for it.

00:13:49   I think because at Drexel, we had like a university-wide site license for everything from Claris.

00:13:56   You could just go to the student center and at least my first couple of years, like the

00:14:02   early 90s, like 91, 92, you'd go to the student center with blank floppies and there was a

00:14:07   machine where you would just put them in and it would one by one, you'd say, "I want the

00:14:13   whole Claris suite."

00:14:14   I forget what else they had, but it was like MacWrite and something else.

00:14:20   We had Excel though because there wasn't a Claris spreadsheet at the time and we had

00:14:25   university-wide site license for Excel too and you would just go there with you

00:14:29   know you all you had to do is bring your own floppies and you bring your own

00:14:32   floppies and you'd get like officially licensed install disks for Excel and Mac

00:14:37   right you know I always like my current I can remember not getting getting

00:14:43   unofficially licensed shop onto a floppy disk yeah it's crazy that it is

00:14:54   is absolutely crazy which was like 1.44 megabytes if it was double density high

00:14:59   density right there was like the original floppy okay you know that now

00:15:07   there were 400 K one Syracuse a Syracuse it always dings me on this because I've

00:15:12   whenever we go retro on this show I always say that they started at 800 but

00:15:16   No, like 1984's Max had 400k 3.5 inch floppies and then the 800 was for a while.

00:15:26   So that was a middle step.

00:15:27   I think the 800 were called double density and then high density.

00:15:31   The 1.4, high density.

00:15:34   Ran out of numbers.

00:15:35   Remember you could take a double density, the 800k one, and if you punched a hole in

00:15:41   the corner you could it that the floppy drive would treat it as a high-density

00:15:47   what yeah because there was like two for backwards compatibility the way that

00:15:53   they did it was the high-density the ones that were you know 1.4 megabyte

00:16:00   capacity were the exact same form factor as the 800k ones so you could put it in

00:16:05   the same drive but the way the drive would recognize that it was high-density

00:16:09   is that the high density ones had a hole in the corner.

00:16:14   And if you took like it was that people may I don't know if you could just use a hole

00:16:19   punch but there was like a thing that people made you could buy that you would you would

00:16:22   punch a hole in an 800k disc and then the drive would treat it as a high density one

00:16:29   even though like the manufacturer hadn't like made it for that like that's how loose and

00:16:34   loosey-goosey we were with our data back then. Needless to say those floppies

00:16:41   sometimes had a little bit of a problem. No, that's how the world worked

00:16:46   back then. And you could fit, you had to be able to fit an app on one disk. I

00:16:50   guess you could, there were installers for bigger software where the

00:16:55   software would run across multiple disks and it would be like a zip file or the

00:17:01   Equivalent that was spread across multiple. Yeah, right. Yeah. I remember that. I remember that you could you could use store

00:17:08   you could use stuff it to

00:17:10   spread them across multiple

00:17:12   Disks I had this is a dumb story, but I'm gonna tell it anyway

00:17:16   I found my so I my son loves playing with the old computers. They've got lying around cuz like, you know cuz I'm a hoarder and

00:17:22   There we have got I we still got a perform a 6400 and we came we were down in the basement

00:17:29   We came across a box full of zip disks and he's like oh, it's like what are these?

00:17:33   I'll just we should try these and so so we went through this ridiculous process because so I was like, okay

00:17:39   We'll get the zip I still have the zip drive. So we get the zip drive out and plug it into the

00:17:43   6400 we start the 6400 up and

00:17:47   There's a password on it and I can't remember what the password is. And so, okay, that's fine

00:17:53   There's a way around that and the way is like if you boot off of something else you can get

00:17:58   You can get in and just delete. This is the high security on OS 9. She could just delete a file in the in the

00:18:05   In the systems the preferences folder go into the system folder go to the preferences folder

00:18:11   You just delete a file and then restart that's fine, but you got to start with something else

00:18:14   Well that model won't start off a floppy disk so you have to start off a CD drive

00:18:18   Well the CD drive was broken in the 6400

00:18:22   so

00:18:24   You know and I don't know why I get this compulsion to do this, but I'm like I got to solve this problem now

00:18:28   It's like not only do I have to solve this problem. I gotta stay up late solving this problem

00:18:33   So I pull the drive the hard drive

00:18:36   6400 and I take it up and I put it in my my power Mac my g4 power Mac

00:18:43   As an extra drive start up delete the file

00:18:46   take it back down put it back in the 6400 and

00:18:50   And as I'm putting it back in the 6400

00:18:53   and reconnecting everything,

00:18:54   I have the zip drive sitting on top of the 6400

00:18:59   and just down in the basement where there's cement floor

00:19:02   and I knock the zip drive off and I break the zip drive.

00:19:05   I went through this huge process and in the end,

00:19:09   I destroyed the thing that I was trying

00:19:11   to connect to the Mac.

00:19:12   - So you bought the zip drive?

00:19:16   - Well, now I'm looking at new zip drives.

00:19:19   So I'm in the market for a new zip drive.

00:19:21   Now, I did look on eBay and it's like 15, 20 bucks

00:19:26   to get an old zip drive and I was like, what am I doing?

00:19:29   At the point where it actually came to shelling out money.

00:19:31   My time is worthless, but my money is not.

00:19:34   (both laughing)

00:19:36   - Exactly, like you easily burned 10 times that in time.

00:19:41   You easily burned hundreds of dollars worth of hours.

00:19:46   Like imagine if somebody commissioned you

00:19:50   to write an article that would take that long

00:19:52   and then they said, and it pays $15.

00:19:55   You'd be like, no, no thank you.

00:19:57   Right, but when it came time to actually give somebody

00:20:00   15 bucks for an old zip drive, it was like,

00:20:02   oh man, no way am I wasting money on that.

00:20:04   - So I actually had caused to use Word recently,

00:20:09   speaking of the price of Word and being able to get

00:20:15   license because you could just get it like an office 360 license for

00:20:18   You can pay but pay by the month and it's like seven bucks a month or something like that

00:20:23   for just the regular

00:20:25   Yeah, I mean so there's no for the Mac version. There's no like enterprise stuff. There's no access

00:20:30   that I saw that that this week and that they you know the news, you know

00:20:36   The big news story this week from Microsoft was I mean, I don't know if it was within the last week

00:20:41   But that they've made the the mobile versions of the office apps

00:20:46   free to use like pretty much

00:20:49   No, sir the basic functionality of it. Yes, but it's read, you know read read write

00:20:56   Yeah, like they I think before it was like you could read documents, but you couldn't write them

00:20:59   And now you can edit them and you can't do track changes

00:21:04   And probably a couple letter. I mean, I'm sure there's some other stuff but the big one

00:21:08   I think that people often use as track changes and right you have to pay for a license for

00:21:13   And that's and they came out with Android versions - oh is that we missed that part of that story that's interesting

00:21:20   Uh, I think so. I mean, I mean, I think they definitely and said that they were going to do that

00:21:27   and

00:21:29   There was some there was somebody I saw somebody retweeted. Yeah, okay an executive from Google saying can't wait to see the versions for Android

00:21:37   Yeah, Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your Android

00:21:43   phone.

00:21:44   You can access, view, and edit your Microsoft Word, Excel, and I'm guessing it's ..

00:21:49   Yeah.

00:21:50   Yeah, they have Android versions.

00:21:54   It seems, you know, that – and again, you know, with Microsoft, it's like almost the

00:22:01   same boat as with Apple with, you know, what would they have done if the old CEO was still

00:22:06   except you know balmer isn't dead but it does seem though but this it does seem

00:22:11   though that this is a balmer had to go for this now yeah type of thing like and

00:22:19   and it makes you wonder how different Microsoft's position in mobile might have

00:22:25   been if they had done years ago right like what if they had done it in 2009 at

00:22:33   least for iOS because let's face it but in 2009 Android wasn't good as a platform wasn't

00:22:39   good enough for stuff like office but if at least for the iPhone they had done it then

00:22:47   and then in 2010 when the iPad came out they would have already been on iOS and that could

00:22:52   have you know if the iPad had debuted in a world where there's already a functional Microsoft

00:23:00   Office Suite, that could have really changed their status overall in the post PC world.

00:23:09   Yeah, I'm just wondering if it really, with so much, I mean, because the Office products

00:23:14   aren't really tied into the way that people work as much as they used to be.

00:23:23   So much of our things that we produce are for the web, and Office apps are not, applications

00:23:30   are not really used for web production.

00:23:33   Well for us that's true, and I suspect it's true for a lot of the people who listen to

00:23:38   like our shows, but my test for what goes on in the real world is always the snooping

00:23:44   I do in airports, you know, not snooping, but you know, looking over, what's this guy,

00:23:49   You know, as I go to the bathroom on the plane, just look at what's on people's screens.

00:23:53   That's what I do.

00:23:55   And I've noticed a lot.

00:23:57   I've mentioned this before, but I see it over and over again.

00:23:59   I noticed a lot of business people who, you know, just judging by their attire and judging

00:24:04   by the fact that they have PCs and that a lot of times I see PowerPoint and Excel.

00:24:12   I see an awful lot of Excel.

00:24:13   and I also see a lot of Outlook email,

00:24:17   like Windows Outlook.

00:24:19   And then I see them an hour and a half into the flight,

00:24:25   they fold up the laptop and then they take out an iPad

00:24:29   for the rest of the flight.

00:24:30   I see it over and over and over again.

00:24:33   Right, it's like they wanna get caught up on their email

00:24:37   or they're working on a thing in Excel

00:24:40   and as soon as they're done with it,

00:24:42   For you know when it's time to like relax they go to an iPad. Yeah, you sure they're not just popping the keyboard off their surface

00:24:49   You know what it's funny I

00:24:53   We can make fun of the surface, but I've seen more and more of them in the world

00:24:58   I haven't definitely am it's no longer a fluke

00:25:00   Well, I don't think it's selling great, but it's not it's not as

00:25:04   All right much. It's not quite a punch line. Yes to be

00:25:09   It's I see more of them than I see people using Windows phones

00:25:13   And again, maybe I'm now maybe it's just easier to notice because people if I see someone using a surface

00:25:19   it's pretty easy to identify it as a surface and

00:25:22   It's it's kind of hard to tell what phone somebody's using right? You can usually tell iPhone right phone

00:25:29   Right from the back without seeing the screen. It's you can usually tell iPhone or not iPhone

00:25:34   But if it's a not iPhone who the hell knows what it is

00:25:37   Unless you can see the screen but on the other hand if you can see the screen Windows Phone is so distinctive

00:25:42   Ui-wise, I think it's pretty easy. Yeah

00:25:45   And I don't see many of them I see a lot more surface. Yep tablets

00:25:50   Did you see the whole thing where?

00:25:53   Where the the election night the CNN anchors were

00:25:58   Were paid to use surfaces have and then right just sort of like pretty much exactly like they've done with the NFL

00:26:07   all for like a year or two where every they've they've like carpet bombed the

00:26:13   all the NFL studio teams you know like where they let's go back halftime let's

00:26:19   get here the halftime report and everybody in the studio has a surface in

00:26:23   front of them well on it and CNN shots where you could tell that they're their

00:26:29   surfaces were being used to pop up an iPad it's so stand everybody loves the

00:26:36   kickstand. Right. Makes a great stand for your iPad. I really do mean this. I think

00:26:42   as like a marketing move that's actually worse. It was overall the overall net effect of that

00:26:49   campaign that was actually worse. Because I think there were more people who noticed

00:26:54   you know who caught on to the you know they were actually propping up iPads angle than

00:26:58   who noticed you know from TV like hey it looks like a Microsoft Surface. It's actually worse.

00:27:06   I think it actually hurts their efforts

00:27:08   'cause it makes it seem like their product's a joke.

00:27:11   - I'm actually in the, I might be in the market for a PC

00:27:16   'cause my son who likes to play games

00:27:19   and has most of his buddies are PC users.

00:27:23   He's got like this identification thing now

00:27:25   where he wants to get a PC.

00:27:28   And it's like some of the Minecraft stuff

00:27:32   is actually a little bit easier to manage

00:27:35   because some of the on a PC because the installers are specific installers that are written for

00:27:41   Windows instead of other clients and where they're less they're more generic on the Mac and Linux.

00:27:49   So so the it's an it's a weird problem to have to be in this in that market because

00:27:57   I can't figure out what I mean I have no idea what to get like trying to find a laptop a Windows

00:28:04   laptop that is you know with my with my Mac standard it's really difficult

00:28:10   there's nothing of the same quality at least not in the same kind of price

00:28:16   range most of the stuff is plastic and the higher-end stuff like there's the

00:28:22   razor blade is supposed to be a great gaming laptop PC but he wants a laptop

00:28:28   yeah well I think he should have a laptop yeah he'd like to yeah I mean he

00:28:33   moves around a lot and and you know you'd like to take it with him when we

00:28:38   travel and stuff like that so but the razor blade starts at like 1900 bucks

00:28:43   and I'm not gonna give you know he's gonna spill like a like a $1,900 $1,900

00:28:49   for start starting price for a razor blade yeah it's a nice looking computer

00:28:54   I mean it's like it's like a black you know it looks like a I say that I I just

00:28:59   realized that I said that like I was totally offended and I just I just blew

00:29:02   I just blew like thirty five hundred dollars on my my MacBook Pro

00:29:06   Which I didn't blink at because I know that it's an excellent machine and it's made of aluminum and as an SSD and a retina

00:29:13   Screen and it's from Apple and it's really nice and I just assumed that the nicest PC there is couldn't possibly

00:29:18   I realized that's that that was a very

00:29:22   biased

00:29:25   No, I can totally you know, you don't buy a ten-year-old

00:29:28   No, I'm not buying a 19 or a laptop and then the other ones are the alien the alienwares are supposedly decent gaming laptops

00:29:35   but they start 11 like $1,100 and

00:29:38   I don't know they're big clunky, you know there

00:29:42   So it wouldn't you know, I'm not sure if this is this experiment is going to take or not

00:29:48   Do you you don't think though that?

00:29:53   What's it called when you reboot a Mac into Windows boot camp boot camp is not the solution

00:29:59   Well, he needs a new machine because he's using an old he's using my old MacBook Pro, which is like a 2010

00:30:06   Alright, and he's you know, he's banged it up pretty

00:30:10   Well, and the truth is I mean I I mean among you know, there's what there's video editing

00:30:18   I mean, there's a few things that that work wise really push a machine these days

00:30:21   But gaming it's always going to be at

00:30:24   Always I mean until the end of our lives. It's gonna you know, there's never gonna be

00:30:28   a

00:30:30   decrease in pushing the limits of computing, you know and then gain, you know, a four-year-old computer in the gaming world is ancient

00:30:38   combine that with the fact that

00:30:40   MacBooks aren't exactly known for being optimized for gaming in the first place when they're brand new and you can really you know

00:30:46   I can see how it's a problem. Yeah, I mean so I could get you know, I could get like a

00:30:51   dollar Lenovo that has a nice video card in it. I mean the thing is made out of

00:30:58   plastic the outside is terrible but it comes with 8 gigs of RAM and it's got a

00:31:03   good video card in it. Well hold that thought let's come back to this. Yeah.

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00:34:53   All right, so to me, your story about not knowing

00:34:59   what to get for Hank for a PC is,

00:35:04   I feel the exact same way and I feel like it's just one of those, it's a chasm between

00:35:11   Apple people and PC people that's only widened over the years.

00:35:16   Because to me, one of the great things about being all in on the Apple platform is that

00:35:20   it's so easy to know what the best thing to get is.

00:35:23   Right.

00:35:24   You know, if I want the best iPad, I know to get the iPad Air 2 and, you know, just

00:35:29   decide which color I want and whether I want cellular and you know how much

00:35:34   storage I want and that's it. Whereas if I want the best Android tablet who knows

00:35:38   what it is if I want the best Windows gaming PC who knows.

00:35:42   Yeah I mean there's there's some like I said there's a few manufacturers that

00:35:48   specialize in that kind of thing and but you know you go to go to Lenovo site too

00:35:54   and I mean any kind of leaning towards Lenovo just because I don't know I mean

00:35:59   and they've heard that they're okay as opposed to some of the rest of them.

00:36:03   It seems like a lot of the other ones really have decreased in quality over the years.

00:36:06   And a bunch of people have gone out of business and people got bought.

00:36:11   And the dizzying array of options that you're presented with for just laptops on just Lenovo's

00:36:20   site is ridiculous.

00:36:22   I can't make heads or tails on any of this stuff.

00:36:26   there's a section for there is a you know, there's like, it's

00:36:30   like a matrix. It's like a product matrix of different

00:36:33   numbers. And within those numbers, they'll say one's good

00:36:37   for home and good ones good for gaming once good for business.

00:36:41   But I don't know. But then you have to basically like navigate

00:36:45   through those numbers and like, that doesn't make any sense to

00:36:48   me, though. Yeah. I mean, gaming is to me either. Gaming is the

00:36:51   only one that makes sense to me because gaming means it's going

00:36:54   to have high-powered graphics.

00:36:57   If they're being honest and saying this one's good for gaming, it means it's good graphics.

00:37:04   Or at least gaming optimized graphics.

00:37:09   You could have...

00:37:11   Like a Mac Pro might have very powerful graphics, but it's probably more...

00:37:15   The drivers are more optimized towards professional applications than gaming.

00:37:20   Whereas a gaming PC, you know what it means.

00:37:23   Set up for all the stuff on Steam to be optimized, you know, right, right

00:37:27   But what's the difference in a machine that's good for home and good for business?

00:37:31   I mean, I guess that home is mostly just considered email and web surfing

00:37:35   And why this I don't know and business and I always get the sense that businesses somebody else is paying for this

00:37:42   So this is a more expensive computer see I don't know I kind of feel like it's such an artificial

00:37:49   distinction that it dates back to the you know, like

00:37:53   back to when we were talking with like word 5 and Ward 6 like 1989 and 90 when like

00:37:58   Business would want like a networking card

00:38:01   like when it was a card that you actually had to install in the back of the computer so you could plug Ethernet in or

00:38:06   Something like that and an Ethernet card was a couple hundred bucks and it was expensive and there's no way you'd want that at home

00:38:12   Because nobody had Ethernet at home. Yeah, and so there were you know, like

00:38:17   physical differences between what you'd want in a business environment than a home environment whereas

00:38:22   Because it's a distinction that's meaningless today.

00:38:26   I mean, there's a reason why Apple doesn't have business versus home distinctions in

00:38:30   any of their products.

00:38:32   Right?

00:38:33   There's no business iPhone and home iPhone.

00:38:37   And in fact, it's the fact that they didn't do that and they don't have any such distinctions

00:38:42   is what's driven this whole, I think, revolutionary bring your own device to work thing that's

00:38:50   really gotten and you know gaining momentum in like the biggest and most

00:38:55   buttoned up corporate environments yeah I really think I mean that whole good

00:39:00   better best thing that they did rounds 2000 right was that that's now I think

00:39:07   it was even earlier okay so maybe it started earlier and that went like up

00:39:11   to like 2003 or something like that and then they think they started dropping it

00:39:15   was brilliant and I think they should I frankly think they should still do that

00:39:19   I think they do internally but it's it's a little bit blurrier, you know, it's yeah

00:39:26   Well, and the other thing they did was well they had good better and best

00:39:32   but then where they had just had the simple four-way product matrix of

00:39:35   pro not pro

00:39:39   Portable not portable, you know, right and there was so there was the not pro portable was the iBook and the pro

00:39:47   portable was the MacBook or I guess it was the power book then you know iMac

00:39:52   was the not Pro desktop and the power Mac power Mac I was gonna say Mac Pro

00:39:59   right power Mac was the pro desktop and that was it and then within each one

00:40:03   there was good better best yeah so it's a little bit more complicated now but

00:40:08   not too much I don't think it's gonna be really come I have no idea what they're

00:40:12   you're gonna do next year with the iPhone.

00:40:13   - Well, shelf that, 'cause I think

00:40:17   that's a deep conversation. - That is a deep one, yeah.

00:40:19   - I think we should return to it,

00:40:22   but I don't think it's hard to go in

00:40:24   and buy a MacBook today.

00:40:25   I think, you know, what would you rather do?

00:40:29   Would you rather pay?

00:40:30   I think it'll get more complex, maybe more complex

00:40:33   if the rumored retina MacBook Airs are coming as, you know,

00:40:38   like in the early months of next year,

00:40:41   which I think is probably true.

00:40:43   I think if the iMac has gone retina,

00:40:46   I think the MacBook Air is probably next.

00:40:49   And I think suddenly that becomes

00:40:51   a little tougher decision to make.

00:40:53   - But that's a transition.

00:40:54   - Right.

00:40:55   And if anything, it's only gonna steer more people

00:40:57   towards spending a little less

00:40:58   and getting the retina MacBook Air

00:41:01   instead of a retina MacBook, 13 inch MacBook Pro.

00:41:05   Which I think would save people money

00:41:09   instead of making people pay more.

00:41:11   - Right.

00:41:11   - But it's still, right now today though,

00:41:13   it's a very easy decision.

00:41:14   It's like, do you want the really nice machine

00:41:17   and yeah, it's gonna be a little thicker and heavier

00:41:19   or do you want the cheaper, lighter one, which is the Air?

00:41:23   - Yeah.

00:41:24   It was pretty easy.

00:41:27   I mean, knowing the, getting my wife a machine

00:41:29   was actually relatively simple

00:41:32   because she's got a monitor, she's got an external monitor.

00:41:36   So she didn't need a huge screen.

00:41:37   So 10 inch and definitely the air obviously.

00:41:42   And then it was just storage space

00:41:46   and she's got a fairly big iPhoto library.

00:41:48   So she needed, she couldn't take the 128 gig hard drive.

00:41:53   And I was, I think, okay, if you wanna get a machine now,

00:41:58   it really makes sense to get eight gigs of RAM

00:41:59   instead of four.

00:42:00   - Yeah.

00:42:01   - And so that was it.

00:42:02   - Yeah, that's it, yeah.

00:42:05   There are no other, no other really,

00:42:06   no really any other considerations whatsoever.

00:42:09   - Yeah, and I'm not, you know,

00:42:11   and I'm sure that on the flip side,

00:42:12   it's like what drives, like this conversation of what,

00:42:15   how great it is that we don't have too many choices to make

00:42:18   is exactly what drives PC--

00:42:19   - Sure.

00:42:20   - PC fans nuts, and they think that--

00:42:23   - And Android fans.

00:42:25   - Right, well, 'cause I think they're the same people,

00:42:27   you know, I think that, you know,

00:42:29   the people who most like the fact

00:42:31   that they can configure, can build,

00:42:34   can still build their own PCs for the desktop,

00:42:36   are the sort of people who think it's wonderful

00:42:41   that there are so many Android phones to choose from.

00:42:44   My thing was that I'm seriously thinking about,

00:42:49   like in the next couple of weeks,

00:42:50   probably like maybe like for the month of December,

00:42:54   to try, I haven't done it in like two years,

00:42:56   is give Android a shot and try living for two weeks

00:42:59   with an Android phone.

00:43:02   And so I asked around, I was waiting for the Nexus 6 to ship,

00:43:05   which I almost certainly knew I wasn't going to want

00:43:07   because it's so huge.

00:43:09   But it came out and the reviews came out yesterday

00:43:13   and a lot of them are really, really bad.

00:43:16   Josh Topolsky had pictures from it

00:43:19   and he thinks the camera is actually worse

00:43:22   than last year's Nexus 5 and both of them are way worse

00:43:24   than the iPhone camera, low light.

00:43:27   It's a really shitty camera.

00:43:29   And that to me is a deal breaker right there.

00:43:31   - Right.

00:43:31   But it's, you know, so my just basic question to Twitter and to my Twitter followers is,

00:43:37   okay, let's say I want to give Android Lollipop, you know, the new 5.0 version of Android,

00:43:42   which I do think from the outside, not having used it, looks like the first one, first version

00:43:47   of Android ever that's pretty well designed.

00:43:49   Right.

00:43:50   So that's why I want to try it.

00:43:52   And I have no interest in trying Android 4 point anything on any phone because I know

00:43:57   that I don't like it.

00:43:58   I know I've used it.

00:43:59   I've spent enough time with Android 4 devices

00:44:01   that I know I don't like the design.

00:44:03   So it has to be 5.0.

00:44:05   Which phone should I get?

00:44:06   And there's no clear, like, this is the best one to get.

00:44:10   - Yeah, yeah.

00:44:12   - More or less it comes down to the two most popular answers

00:44:14   were the Nexus 5, which is the year old Nexus phone,

00:44:18   and the Moto X.

00:44:21   Moto X is more expensive though.

00:44:23   It would cost me like 500 bucks.

00:44:25   - No HTC?

00:44:28   No, because HTC's M8, which did get some votes,

00:44:32   and most of the people who voted for it said it's easily

00:44:37   the best build quality of any Android phone.

00:44:39   But all HTC has promised for the M8

00:44:42   is that it'll get lollipop within the next 90 days, which

00:44:46   probably means 89 days from now.

00:44:50   Yeah, I've talked about my Nexus 7 on the show before.

00:44:56   And it's the original one.

00:44:58   And so the other day, I thought--

00:45:00   because Lollipop just came out not that long ago--

00:45:03   I thought, oh, well, maybe I can see

00:45:04   if I can get Lollipop on that device,

00:45:08   because it wasn't included in the beta program originally.

00:45:11   It was tried back in the summer, and it was not

00:45:15   one of the devices that you could install the early release

00:45:19   on.

00:45:21   And still, there is no release for that device.

00:45:24   And how old is that?

00:45:25   was very confusing, so that's.

00:45:28   When did that come out two years ago,

00:45:31   two and a half years ago, I want to say.

00:45:33   Yeah, because it came out the summer before the iPad mini.

00:45:40   And. It's just it's just a little odd to me

00:45:46   that a lollipop is quote out, but it's not that they haven't created

00:45:50   and apparently they're going to create a build for it, but they haven't done it yet.

00:45:53   No, yeah, they're not good at stuff like that. And it's a you know, and it's from Google. It's a Google, right?

00:45:59   It's a Google device

00:46:01   They're not there

00:46:05   I my broad impression of Google overall. I was I forget I was talking about this on Twitter the other day, but that

00:46:12   It's like one of those adages and I know it's you know, it's it's obviously not

00:46:17   Mathematically true, but you know, you know the first 90 percent of the effort takes half your time

00:46:23   and

00:46:25   The other 10% takes the other 90% of your time. Yeah, it's that last 10% always is

00:46:31   Not really 10% It's really more like half of anything any big project

00:46:37   and

00:46:39   Google is really bad at it at going into that, you know

00:46:44   And to me that like that like the hard part and for all the gripes people have about you know

00:46:50   Like iOS new versions of iOS running poorly on the oldest supported

00:46:55   Phones, you know or tab or iPads at least they do run and it's a lot more effort to make that happen

00:47:02   Then I think people give Apple credit for it. Yeah, and

00:47:05   It's you know, Google just punts on all that usually

00:47:09   I mean I'd see our live with Android pretty much every every year

00:47:12   Like they've never really had a release that has good support even for their Nexus devices that are more than a year old. Yeah

00:47:19   - Yeah.

00:47:21   - Because it's hard, it's really, really hard.

00:47:23   And they just don't even try.

00:47:26   But the consensus seems to be that if I want the best,

00:47:30   like the state of the art Android experience today,

00:47:33   get a Moto X.

00:47:34   The new Moto X, 'cause they kept the name

00:47:37   the same year after year.

00:47:38   - That's interesting, I wouldn't have thought that.

00:47:44   - Yeah, and everybody seems to agree with it too.

00:47:46   Like the consensus is it's the best build quality,

00:47:49   It's a good, you know, a competitive camera and Motorola's extension.

00:47:57   It's not just a pure, you know, like the way that the Nexus has the pure Google Android

00:48:02   experience like Android 5.0 with nothing, you know, unadulterated.

00:48:08   That Moto X's version is pretty close to stock and the only thing they really do is they

00:48:14   they add their own applications as system apps

00:48:17   that you can't delete,

00:48:18   but they don't change the system itself.

00:48:20   Like the notification center,

00:48:22   it looks like the pure Android notification center,

00:48:25   and stuff like that.

00:48:27   It's a lot more, it's really, really close to stock Android

00:48:32   with a few Motorola sprinkles,

00:48:34   as opposed to the HTC and Samsung way

00:48:37   of sort of getting in at the system level

00:48:39   and decorating it. - Right, right.

00:48:42   I would love to try Xiaomi

00:48:44   Phone yeah, I would too. I don't know how you could get your hands on one of them. Yeah, I don't either

00:48:48   And I from what I've read I suspect that while it would be fun to use

00:48:52   It's probably crappy enough that you write it want it

00:48:55   You wouldn't want to blow a couple hundred bucks on it because it's you know, right?

00:48:58   But I'd love to see what the user experience I mean what the what the software is like. Yeah, because it's substantially different

00:49:04   From the look of it. Yeah, very very custom. Yeah

00:49:09   And I don't know what's gonna happen, you know people keep talking about oh look out because Xiaomi's going worldwide now

00:49:17   And I don't know what's gonna happen if they come to the United States. I don't think they could my goal. Yeah

00:49:24   Yeah, I don't think they ever will come to any I don't think they're ever gonna come to a country with strong IP laws

00:49:30   Right. I really don't and they're gonna stick, you know, I think they can they can grow

00:49:35   They have a lot of room to grow just staying in the Asian countries where they're mm-hmm

00:49:40   Because the way that they operate in a way that they so shamelessly copy stuff that I just don't see how they're gonna

00:49:46   I just don't see how they could do it. Yeah, I wouldn't think that

00:49:52   They wouldn't be there five minutes before they get right

00:49:56   Slapped with a suit. Yeah. Well and let's um

00:50:00   Come back well when we come back let's talk about

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00:55:32   So next year's iPhones I a lot of people have been talking about this

00:55:37   Is what that what are they gonna do with the four inch size? Is that what you're thinking? Mm-hmm

00:55:43   - Yeah, because I've seen a lot of people

00:55:47   have been publishing their whatever,

00:55:49   like a month with the iPhone 6 Plus

00:55:52   or a month with the iPhone 6.

00:55:54   And everybody seems to really like them.

00:55:56   I like the device well enough.

00:55:58   I've got a 6.

00:55:59   But what I mostly like about it is the extra features

00:56:04   as opposed to the larger screen.

00:56:07   If I could, I would actually go back to the 4-inch.

00:56:11   - I would too.

00:56:12   In fact, I did it for two weeks.

00:56:14   I went back just to see what I thought.

00:56:17   I actually took my SIM card out and went back to my 5S

00:56:21   for two full weeks and really liked it.

00:56:24   But ultimately went back to the 6

00:56:28   because I can definitely tell,

00:56:31   I can absolutely Pepsi challenge the superior photos,

00:56:35   especially indoors.

00:56:37   It's possible that outdoors in sunlight,

00:56:39   I couldn't Pepsi challenge the photos,

00:56:41   but indoors I can definitely do it.

00:56:43   There's so much less noise on the,

00:56:46   and brighter exposures in really low light on the six

00:56:52   that it's, that alone almost makes it, seals the deal.

00:56:56   I also can tell, and this is something I didn't,

00:57:00   like when I wrote my review of it, that I didn't notice,

00:57:03   and it's the sort of thing that,

00:57:04   it's why I wish that I could always take six weeks

00:57:07   to write these reviews like I used to

00:57:09   before I got the review units

00:57:10   as opposed to doing it in like one week.

00:57:12   But like in the first week with the two new phones,

00:57:15   I noticed that the screens were nice,

00:57:16   but I didn't notice that they were actually nicer

00:57:19   than the 5S.

00:57:21   - Yeah, I didn't either.

00:57:22   - And there's that whole,

00:57:25   the big thing that I was obsessed with the first week

00:57:27   was the increase in pixels per inch on the 6 Plus,

00:57:31   that they went to this 1920 by 1080 resolution

00:57:36   and it runs at 3x retina, but on the fly they scale it down to like this weird 2.7x scaling

00:57:45   factor.

00:57:47   And I spent the whole week like you know taking my glasses on, taking them off, getting it

00:57:51   you know squinting real close at it, trying to see if I could see you know the scaling

00:57:55   and how much nicer.

00:57:57   And it really, the 6+ really does look nicer to me like you get really close to it and

00:58:00   text looks better because there's more pixels per inch.

00:58:03   Even though they're scaling and it's not true 3X, it really does look better than 2X.

00:58:07   And this regular 6 has the same 326 pixels per inch as the 5S.

00:58:13   I didn't notice this in the first week with the phone because I was obsessed with just

00:58:16   the pixels per inch.

00:58:18   And the 6 had the same pixels per inch for the 5S, so I didn't really bother looking

00:58:21   at it too much.

00:58:22   But now, lo these almost what, two months later, and with me having gone back to the

00:58:28   S for two weeks and now back to the 6. I can really notice that the 6, you know, the fact

00:58:36   that it has the same pixels per inch aside is so much, has a really nice improvement

00:58:40   to the screen. And I know that they talked about the fact that they added a polarizing

00:58:45   filter or a new polarizing filter so it looks better with polarized sunglasses. But I think

00:58:50   something to do with that also, the screen is even closer to the glass than before. It's

00:58:58   even you know I know that I raved about it endlessly when they first went Retina with

00:59:02   the iPhone 4 that it really looked like the pixels are closer to the glass. But now it's

00:59:07   so much closer that it makes like my iPhone 5 look like the screen is too far behind the

00:59:12   glass. And it even makes all of my iPads, everything I look at other than the phone

00:59:16   look like the pixels are too far under the glass. And that's really nice. But bottom

00:59:23   is it's all about the feel in my hand and I like the four inch feel in my hand

00:59:27   better I do I use my phone so much of the time that I use my phone I really

00:59:31   only have one hand it writes it's just humongous it's a humongous issue for me

00:59:37   yeah I can I can't bring myself to to get into reachability I do you use

00:59:42   reachability not much you know even though I even though my complaint is

00:59:46   about not being able to reach stuff at the top with my grip it never occurs to

00:59:50   me. So instead I'm doing this thing where I'm gently palming

00:59:55   it right and I have no there's no support at the bottom and

00:59:58   I'm reaching across the phone to get to the upper right hand

01:00:00   corner. I'm doing it right now, which is why my mouth is

01:00:03   turning away from the microphone, but and I just I

01:00:06   know I'm gonna drop it at some point because it's not a it's

01:00:09   not a secure hold but reachability. I mean to me, it's

01:00:13   nice that it's there, but it doesn't it often doesn't fire

01:00:17   for me on the first try.

01:00:19   And so then I'm doing this extra thing

01:00:22   that I didn't used to have to do.

01:00:24   And sometimes it's not working

01:00:25   and it's not solving the problem for me.

01:00:30   - Definitely.

01:00:33   It just never occurs to me to use it.

01:00:35   It's part of what I love about iOS

01:00:38   is even more than Mac OS X.

01:00:41   To me, the system makes such a coherent sense.

01:00:46   the design of the way that you go in and out of apps

01:00:48   and navigate within an app.

01:00:50   It's like I'm in, I'm just, whenever I'm using my iPhone,

01:00:53   I'm just in a certain mental zone.

01:00:56   And it, using reachability takes me out of that, you know,

01:00:59   because it's not on screen.

01:01:01   Like part of what to me the magic of iOS is

01:01:05   that everything is on the screen.

01:01:08   Anything you can do is something you can see on the screen.

01:01:12   And that's a profound decrease in abstraction.

01:01:17   Like that's why I think that the hardware back button

01:01:26   that Android uses, even though they draw it on screen now,

01:01:30   on most phones, but the fact that it's outside the rules

01:01:34   of the system, it just never occurs to me to use it

01:01:37   when I'm using Android.

01:01:38   And--

01:01:39   - Yeah, I find it hard to remember that

01:01:41   that's what you're supposed to do.

01:01:42   that the only thing you ever have to do in iOS

01:01:45   that's hardware related is hit the home button,

01:01:50   software-wise, and then there's things like volume,

01:01:53   but that volume makes sense that it's hardware

01:01:55   because it's not the software you're manipulating,

01:01:57   it's what the actual, it makes sense that it's hardware

01:01:59   'cause it's the device that's emitting the sound.

01:02:02   And using reachability just takes me outside that zone.

01:02:07   It feels like it's not on the screen.

01:02:10   - Right.

01:02:12   If somehow I could just swipe my thumb down

01:02:15   and the phone would magically know

01:02:17   that I'm swiping down to read something,

01:02:18   I'd probably use it all the time.

01:02:20   But there's of course no way the phone could read your mind

01:02:22   and know that you're swiping down for reachability

01:02:25   as opposed to-- - Some other thing, yeah.

01:02:27   - Yeah, you know, if it could though,

01:02:30   read your mind in theory.

01:02:32   You know, I mean, I know that it's,

01:02:34   I'm just saying, I would use it all the time.

01:02:36   I would just drag the screen down

01:02:38   and you know, hit the back button.

01:02:41   but it's a big issue for me.

01:02:42   I also, I really, really don't like the size of it

01:02:46   in my jeans and I keep--

01:02:49   - That I don't notice actually.

01:02:51   I really don't notice the difference there.

01:02:53   - I definitely do.

01:02:54   I think part of it too is that when I wrote my review

01:02:56   in September, it was still somewhat shorts weather.

01:02:59   I might've spent more time with shorts, I don't know,

01:03:02   but it's, and I keep toggling the mute switch

01:03:07   as I take it in and out of my jeans.

01:03:09   I also I just don't like it I even like the flat sides of the iPhone 5s I kind of

01:03:19   like that but I also kind of like the new one too I mean I love the feel it's

01:03:22   I like the smooth feel too I'll talk that one up to a wash because if if

01:03:28   there were in theory a 4.0 inch iPhone 6 that had this shape I wouldn't be

01:03:36   complaining about it I guess. Yeah I wouldn't either. But I do think my thing

01:03:41   is that I noticed after switching back to the 5s for two weeks that it the flat

01:03:45   sides make for a nicer iPhone as camera. Oh yeah. Holding it to take a picture it

01:03:52   feels more natural in my hands to have my fingers pinching flat sides than round

01:03:57   sides. But I'll call that a wash. It's overall though how easy it is to reach

01:04:02   everything with holding the phone in one hand and how big it is in my pocket. Yeah.

01:04:06   I mean sometimes it's I mean like so so

01:04:08   Our friend Nevin mergen's game came out last night

01:04:12   space age and

01:04:15   Downloaded that and and you know, it's nice having a larger screen to play a game

01:04:21   But I don't think to me it's not enough. It's not no, you know, I have an iPad

01:04:27   It's not nice enough on the phone to make the difference for me. Yeah. No, no question when you're using it

01:04:34   It's you know, there are certainly reasons to to prefer a bigger screen

01:04:38   I mean I I I watch most most of the in the summer when I'm when baseball season's in and I watch

01:04:44   Seriously, I watch you know, I don't know over 100 Yankee games a year the ones I don't watch on TV

01:04:49   I usually watch on my iPad, but I wind up just for convenience sake sometimes watching them on my phone and obviously

01:04:56   Watching something that's the equivalent of TV like a ballgame the bigger the screen the better, you know, right even the 6+ is better

01:05:04   You know, but that's to me isn't important enough to optimize which phone I get.

01:05:10   If there were a 4.0 inch iPhone 6, like a third size, zero hesitation, 100% certainty,

01:05:17   that's the one I would have bought.

01:05:18   Yeah, me too.

01:05:19   Well, I think, I mean, at this point I wanted to try it, try the bigger size and see if

01:05:24   I liked it better, but I've come to the conclusion that I don't.

01:05:28   Right.

01:05:29   It's not even, it would be, it's an easier decision than almost any other in the Apple

01:05:33   product line and no hesitation. I think the iPhone 6 is... I don't... and I... here's

01:05:39   the big... here's the thing that I think gets lost in this is that people who'd love big

01:05:44   phones and I know that they truly do. There are people who love the 5... the 6 Plus, you

01:05:48   know. For whatever reason, they seem to... as a group to lump them all together, they

01:05:57   seem to think just unilaterally big phones are better and now that the iPhone has bigger

01:06:05   screens, iPhone users will see what they've been missing out on for years. Everybody will

01:06:09   see it and will appreciate it. I don't doubt that they're right but I really do think though

01:06:15   that there are... I'm certain now having used it for this bunch and having gone back that

01:06:22   It's the scale of form factors that people want in phones definitely goes beneath 4.7

01:06:31   inches.

01:06:32   So my short version is not that the iPhone 6 is too big, it's that it's too big to be

01:06:39   the smallest iPhone.

01:06:45   Not that I'm doubting that there are some people who love this size and that it's perfect

01:06:48   for them.

01:06:49   So, what are they going to do next year?

01:06:51   I

01:06:53   Don't know I would be surprised if they don't update the that the four inch form factor though what I hope they do is

01:07:04   is

01:07:06   Expand the top of the line, you know, which would be next year. I would expect an a9

01:07:12   system on a chip and

01:07:14   You know an even better camera

01:07:16   I would what I hope they do is expand to three sizes and that they you know, whatever they call it, you know

01:07:23   Yeah, if it's me, I don't know if they're gonna stick with this thing where they you know, you use the same

01:07:29   You know if next year's

01:07:31   4.7 inch is exact same physical size as this and they call it the 6s and

01:07:35   they called the other one the 6s plus and they fit the same cases and

01:07:40   Maybe they just update the colors of the metal to show that they're new ones

01:07:45   And introduce I don't know an iPhone 6 air call it the iPhone 6 air and make it the 4 inch size

01:07:52   With like I said

01:07:57   What I would hope for is they would have the a9 and the new camera and all that the Apple pay

01:08:03   But well, I think it'll have Apple pen no matter what what I think is more likely is

01:08:09   That they would make it

01:08:12   do it sort of like they did the 5c two years ago and

01:08:15   That the for it. This is what I think is more likely that the four inch size there will be a new phone

01:08:21   But it'll be like the 5c might be even might even be plastic, right?

01:08:27   and would have the

01:08:30   internal specs of these phones

01:08:33   thus a

01:08:36   A8 these 2014 and I don't have dead of the nine. Yeah, and the camera from this phone and

01:08:42   And it would be you know, $100 lower starting price than the success. Yeah, that sounds more likely to me

01:08:50   I think it's way more likely because I think they have to think they can't price it equivalent. They can't mate

01:08:55   Yeah, I think you know, well, I scream the screen size alone isn't enough for it to warrant $100 difference, right?

01:09:02   You know that that's it would they be?

01:09:05   eating into their

01:09:07   Profit margins too much, you know that you know, they can't justify, you know wouldn't cost them $100 less to do it

01:09:13   so I think it would be more likely that it would be like the 6c the iPhone 6c and

01:09:19   It would be four inches, but it would be a year behind on the specs to me

01:09:23   The plastic seems to belong at the bottom of the line though because what happens then?

01:09:27   I mean you can't you can't then take the 5s and move it down to the free model and have a plastic

01:09:34   Maybe I guess you could put this the screen size is the same. I mean, that's what they did with the five, right?

01:09:39   You know, they had the four s

01:09:42   When the 5c came out

01:09:44   At the bottom, but that was a different screen size

01:09:48   And it doesn't seem like they could push down. I mean, maybe they could just make a new

01:09:53   new 5c

01:09:57   So then the bottom two would be both plastic

01:10:01   Yeah, something like that. I don't know but that's what I worried that they're going to do and and I worry that

01:10:07   On the CPU side I would I probably would just

01:10:13   prefer

01:10:16   Size alone and I'll take the year-old

01:10:19   CPU specs and get the smaller one, but I'm

01:10:24   very much

01:10:26   Worried that the camera in next year's iPhone will be so much better again than this year's

01:10:31   that yeah even though I'm so impressed this year with this camera I think next

01:10:36   year's camera is gonna be so much better that I won't that I'll be stuck getting

01:10:40   the 4.7 inch one again for the camera even though I would take the a the year

01:10:44   old a8 because I don't really play a lot of games and stuff like that and it's

01:10:48   you know I don't know that that getting an improved a9 would mean that much to

01:10:53   me but the improved camera would yeah I mentioned this a few episodes ago but I

01:11:01   don't have any firm thing about it but I heard like a rumor of a rumor from a

01:11:06   like a birdie who knows a birdie like way distant but that well number one

01:11:11   it's it's not looking at every single year the cameras gotten better on the

01:11:16   iPhone I think except for the first except for the 3g the the you know the

01:11:22   the 2008 iPhone had the same camera as the original 2007.

01:11:26   Like still didn't shoot video,

01:11:28   still was really looked like a phone camera.

01:11:30   But ever since the 3GS,

01:11:33   every single year the iPhone camera

01:11:35   has gotten noticeably better.

01:11:37   Like enough better that it was,

01:11:39   the camera alone was tempting to be the reason

01:11:42   that you upgrade every single year.

01:11:44   At least if you care about photography.

01:11:48   And so there's no reason to think that's gonna stop anyway.

01:11:51   But the specific thing I heard is that there,

01:11:53   it's like next year's camera might be like

01:11:56   the biggest camera jump ever that they've got like--

01:11:58   - Oh yeah, really?

01:11:59   - Yeah, that it's, I don't even know,

01:12:02   I don't even know what sense this makes,

01:12:03   but that I've heard that it's some kind of weird

01:12:05   two lens system, where like the back camera uses two lenses

01:12:09   and I don't know, somehow that it takes it up

01:12:13   into SLR quality imagery.

01:12:16   And I don't know, that, well, and in some ways,

01:12:19   And that's what I've heard, but it can't really mean SLR quality,

01:12:23   'cause a lot of what makes SLR, and in the digital age,

01:12:28   the 4/3 cameras, which aren't SLR, but you know what I mean.

01:12:32   What it means is big sensor.

01:12:34   And a lot of what makes cameras with big sensors

01:12:38   have better imagery is physics.

01:12:41   There's physics involved, and you have to really

01:12:43   have to have a big sensor. - The distance between

01:12:44   the lenses, right? - Right.

01:12:45   But that there's something they could do with two lenses,

01:12:48   I don't know, that just makes the photos,

01:12:51   not at a technical level SLR quality,

01:12:53   but at a practical level for consumers taking pictures,

01:12:57   closer to SLRs, I don't know.

01:13:02   But that it's a big enough jump

01:13:03   that anybody who cares about the photography,

01:13:05   even if you really want a four inch phone again,

01:13:08   you're gonna get the 4.7.

01:13:10   - Yeah, I feel like the last two cameras

01:13:12   have been plenty of camera for me.

01:13:15   I'm not as big a camera buff as you are.

01:13:18   And for years it did seem like, yeah, okay, okay,

01:13:21   I'm basically taking pictures with this

01:13:25   because it's the one that's in my pocket.

01:13:27   And I don't feel like that anymore.

01:13:29   Like it's practically speaking caught up

01:13:32   to almost everything that I need.

01:13:33   - Yeah.

01:13:35   - It's just they've gotten so good.

01:13:37   - Yeah.

01:13:38   And I'm a guy who's, every couple of years,

01:13:42   not every year, like every couple of years

01:13:43   I'll drop 800 or $1,000 on a new camera.

01:13:46   - I don't do that.

01:13:47   I really do care about some of that stuff.

01:13:48   And I really, I could just see looking at my,

01:13:52   you know, like my Lightroom archive,

01:13:54   that every year it's more and more,

01:13:57   or less and less photos shot with anything

01:14:00   other than the iPhone.

01:14:01   - Yeah.

01:14:02   - It's always, it just gets more and more,

01:14:05   even like on vacation, and I have the camera camera camera

01:14:08   with me, and it's like, eh, I don't feel like walking

01:14:10   around with that on my neck, I'll just use my iPhone.

01:14:14   But I do, I think the camera is what it's gonna come down to

01:14:16   for me next year, unless they do what I really,

01:14:19   really hope they do is put three phones at the top of the.

01:14:24   - Yeah, that would be what I would hope to.

01:14:26   - But I don't think they will.

01:14:27   - I agree, yeah.

01:14:29   But I still think I would probably go back to,

01:14:32   stick with the relatively same internals as this phone

01:14:37   in a four inch screen.

01:14:39   - Yeah, I think if the camera isn't vastly improved,

01:14:43   if it's, you know, I would be very tempted

01:14:46   just to get that phone.

01:14:47   I noticed too, and here's the other anecdotal thing,

01:14:51   is like two or three weeks ago,

01:14:52   there was a little, a small indie Mac conference

01:14:56   here in Philly, Coco Love.

01:14:57   I didn't speak at it, but I went to it,

01:15:01   and you know, I don't know, 150 Mac nerds, iOS development.

01:15:06   You know, some friends, Marco was here,

01:15:11   Dave Whiskus and Brent were here,

01:15:13   But I met a lot of new people to,

01:15:15   I don't really get out much.

01:15:16   So even though it was local, even the local people,

01:15:19   a lot of them were new to me.

01:15:21   And people noticed, it occurred during

01:15:25   that two week stretch where I went back to my 5S.

01:15:27   And a lot of people noticed that I was using a 5S.

01:15:30   And they asked.

01:15:32   And almost every single person who I talked to about it

01:15:36   was nodding their head in agreement.

01:15:39   that yeah, they were all people who had the 6,

01:15:43   not the 6 Plus, and all were thinking the same thing

01:15:46   that I love so much about this new phone,

01:15:49   except that it's bigger.

01:15:50   - Yeah.

01:15:52   - So there's definitely, and it's not just,

01:15:54   you and I are not outliers.

01:15:56   We may not be the majority,

01:15:58   like the split across the product line

01:16:02   may not be 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 if they did this,

01:16:04   but I think that it's, I think it's maybe close

01:16:07   at least a quarter of people would prefer the four inch size. Yeah I think so too. I mean I talked to

01:16:13   it seems like most of the people I talk to actually are you know so I've got a friend who who has

01:16:18   giant oven-sized hands and so he got a six plus and he feels like he's home because you know he

01:16:26   had a four which was so he was like waiting you know thinking they're gonna make a new they're

01:16:30   gonna make one that's bigger and I'm gonna wait for that and so he got the six plus when I came

01:16:35   out and he's just like it's perfect for him but you know like our neighbor up

01:16:41   the street was we were talking before the phone these phones came out she said

01:16:46   she said it's gonna be bigger I don't even like I've got a four I don't even

01:16:49   want a bigger phone than this you know my mom is on a 3GS and I keep saying

01:16:55   when are you gonna get a new phone you need to get a new phone looks like she's

01:16:58   not even getting software updates anymore and and then it was like okay

01:17:03   "Well, if I get one, what are you gonna get?

01:17:04   "What should I get?"

01:17:05   And I go like, "Well, I guess you should get the,"

01:17:07   and it's like, "I don't want a huge phone,

01:17:08   "so I guess you should get the 5S."

01:17:12   And my wife, same thing, she's like,

01:17:15   "I don't want that big a phone,

01:17:16   "I just don't want it that big."

01:17:18   So all the people I know who are in the market now

01:17:23   are not terribly excited about the larger firm factor.

01:17:26   - Right.

01:17:28   - And I think it's a complicated product marketing problem

01:17:33   where I think part of it, clearly there are people,

01:17:39   I mean, I know this, that there are people who love,

01:17:42   like your big-handed friend, who love the six plus.

01:17:45   And I know that there are people with tiny hands

01:17:48   who love the six plus.

01:17:49   And I know, from talking to Ben Thompson, huge,

01:17:54   Every woman in Asia has a big, like, fablet-sized,

01:17:59   six-inch phone, and they were all,

01:18:01   all of them who wanted an iPhone

01:18:02   were all waiting for the six plus.

01:18:04   And, you know, it's almost like for some of the people,

01:18:08   like women with really small hands,

01:18:10   that they couldn't use the iPhone 4 one-handed either.

01:18:12   So the whole one-handed thing wasn't an issue anyway,

01:18:14   so you might as well get a big one.

01:18:16   So I know that it's not just an issue,

01:18:17   it's not just appealing to people with large hands.

01:18:20   It's, you know, it's across the board.

01:18:22   Some people just use their phone two-handed all the time.

01:18:25   If so, why not get the biggest one?

01:18:28   But it's not just nerds either.

01:18:33   It's not just me.

01:18:33   Like Amy, who uses her iPhone very differently from me,

01:18:36   she's nowhere near,

01:18:37   she's not on it anywhere near as much as I am.

01:18:39   But she doesn't like the six size either.

01:18:42   She thinks it's ridiculously big.

01:18:44   And she can't even, she really can't even believe

01:18:47   that there's a bigger size.

01:18:48   (laughing)

01:18:49   - It's pretty astounding when you see it

01:18:51   for the first time.

01:18:53   - Yeah.

01:18:53   - Whoa, that's a lot of phone.

01:18:57   - It, you know what, and it's funny,

01:18:58   it's funny 'cause I even had one as a review unit

01:19:01   and I used it for a week, but at the Coco Love Conference,

01:19:05   you know, when everybody had it on their phone,

01:19:06   everybody had them out all the time.

01:19:07   And there were people, of course, not just the people who,

01:19:09   you know, who were nodding their head in agreement with me

01:19:11   that the 6 is too big, but there were, of course,

01:19:13   other people who had the 6 Plus and you see them with it

01:19:15   and it's like, wow, it was a big ass phone.

01:19:18   - Yeah.

01:19:19   - I don't know, I'll never get over it.

01:19:21   I've got my old 4 sitting here and it just feels really good.

01:19:27   I do.

01:19:28   I love the 4.

01:19:28   It's small.

01:19:30   That feels like a phone to me.

01:19:32   Yeah.

01:19:33   It had a good feel.

01:19:34   I like the 5S too.

01:19:36   Bottom line for me, the 5S is at this point peak iPhone.

01:19:39   That it's actually to me the overall--

01:19:41   the overall best iPhone ever made to me is the 5S.

01:19:45   Yeah, I agree.

01:19:45   I agree.

01:19:46   Because the 5 was the right form factor,

01:19:49   but it got dinged up badly.

01:19:50   It wasn't as nice a build.

01:19:54   - Right.

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01:23:41   your book I don't talk about your book yeah we took or what you guys know

01:23:44   that's fine we were talking about I was talking about having to use word yeah

01:23:49   and that's what that's what I have used I was gonna ask about that well here's

01:23:53   so here's the deal you've have you ever written a book before no so you've

01:23:56   written your first book we're part of my first but it's a co-authored so it's

01:24:01   It's myself and two other fine authors, James Clark and Cory Dustman.

01:24:09   And we have written the Visual Guide to Minecraft for Peach Pit Press, our good friends at Peach

01:24:15   Pit Press.

01:24:17   And it's a getting started book for people who are interested in getting into Minecraft

01:24:24   or interested in learning a little bit more about some things like how to build houses,

01:24:31   to use redstone. Redstone is really kind of an amazing thing if you haven't gotten into

01:24:36   redstone in Minecraft. There's a good section on how to use redstone. You're laughing because

01:24:42   you think it's a little quick.

01:24:43   I'm laughing because I don't know what it means. I think redstone is the stuff that

01:24:45   -- Jonas called me over one day and he said, "Here, watch this." And he had a thing and

01:24:50   he pulled a lever and then like a fuse left, let off, and like a fuse burned and then he

01:24:57   had like a fireworks show ready to go.

01:24:59   Yeah, that was probably there was probably some redstone. Yeah, anything using a lever is probably

01:25:04   Probably redstone. I mean in the great the cool thing about redstone is it kind of teaches particularly for kids teaches

01:25:11   It's like it's almost like programming because they're they're gates

01:25:14   So you can set up a series of different gates and by using these gates you're basically using it's basically the same

01:25:21   Fundamental theory that is inside every computer. All right, it's logic, right?

01:25:27   I like you know and sonors and stuff like yeah, and you know and one day can't came to me

01:25:33   he's like I you know I saw this thing on you know as usual on YouTube and

01:25:38   somebody had made a an elevator in Minecraft using redstone and he's like I want to

01:25:44   make this thing, but I can't figure out because you know most of these YouTube videos are

01:25:49   created by a

01:25:52   lot of them are created by like 14 year olds or

01:25:55   You know right people who don't necessarily have the best video production skills and and presentation skills

01:26:03   And this guy was better than that most

01:26:05   But he also got like halfway through and realized that he had screwed something up and just like trying to correct it on the fly

01:26:10   So it was pretty aggravating for me having to put that together

01:26:15   But we got through it. We got it done anyway, so some of that stuff is in

01:26:20   Is in the book my section is that I got I got the beginning section, which is how to you know basic game?

01:26:27   installation and using the interface and then also

01:26:30   surviving surviving your first day

01:26:33   Which if your first you know that for me that was like that the hard part getting into the game was like okay?

01:26:40   You just get dropped in this world, and there are no instructions really whatsoever, and it's like so what am I supposed to do?

01:26:45   How do I?

01:26:46   How do I move around here? What am I what's my what's my goal here?

01:26:50   And so I talked about that and then do some basic introduction and like in how to set up a server

01:26:56   I did that section and how to install mods

01:26:58   Now your section is also available as its own standalone book

01:27:03   Yeah, all of the section, you know

01:27:05   all of them are so, you know if you if you go so you can go to Peach Pit press and and it's peach pit

01:27:10   calm and look at look up the visual guide to Minecraft and you can get any of the

01:27:15   sections separately as

01:27:17   Ebooks or you can get the book and we're also we're also doing some video stuff that goes along with that

01:27:24   So you buy the book?

01:27:26   You'll get access to that once it's available. It's not quite up yet

01:27:30   So that's why you badmouth the 14 year olds who make the YouTube videos

01:27:34   You're you're saying you're saying that the videos that accompany the visual guide to Minecraft are

01:27:41   They don't get halfway through and realize that they hadn't set up the right yeah at the bottom of the elevator. That's right

01:27:46   That's right. In fact, they made me do over some

01:27:49   That I did

01:27:52   It's a good sign, which is it interesting which was and so we talked about like computer performance like gaming performance on

01:27:59   Laptops and so I have my my regular machine is a 2012

01:28:04   10 inch 11 inch whatever it is air

01:28:07   with four

01:28:10   megabytes of RAM or megabytes. Yeah, four megabytes of RAM. It's a special order.

01:28:14   Four gigs of RAM. It's a 1991 commemorative MacBook Air.

01:28:19   What were those little things that you could dock into the...

01:28:23   Oh yeah. Anyway, and I had done some screen capture stuff before. I thought, okay,

01:28:32   that won't be a problem. But it's one thing to do screen capture stuff of just like web browsing

01:28:38   or moving files around in the finder. When you're playing a game and you're also running screen

01:28:43   capture, you know like a fairly processor intensive game like Minecraft and also trying to run screen

01:28:48   capture software, it's a problem. So the fan was going, things were slowing down and it was

01:28:55   it was not working right. So I actually had to get Hank's MacBook Pro has eight gigs of RAM in it.

01:29:01   That was the most powerful, the most RAM that we had in the house. So I had to borrow Hank's

01:29:08   "Thanks MacBook Pro to actually do the video production for this thing."

01:29:11   How did you get started on this? Like how did... Whose idea was it to write this book?

01:29:19   So...

01:29:19   Basic idea though, is that a dummy like me who's been blabbering on this show for months now about

01:29:24   being not understanding what the hell Minecraft is. This is... I've just started the book. I got

01:29:28   it last night. But it seems to me like at the very least it's going to answer the basic question of

01:29:33   what the hell is going on, right? Which is really what I want. So I cannot tell you how happy I am

01:29:38   that this book exists.

01:29:39   I honestly, this is like the book of the year for me.

01:29:44   Because it is a major part of my life, this game.

01:29:49   Because I love my son and I'm really--

01:29:52   - It's 'cause you're a parent.

01:29:53   - Yeah, and I'm really, it's like the first time

01:29:55   he's really gotten into something computer.

01:29:59   He's more into Minecraft than anything else

01:30:02   he's ever been into.

01:30:03   And so I wanna be a part of that.

01:30:04   And I almost feel like, I feel like I'm the dad

01:30:08   Who never played sports and my kid wants to play baseball and now you're telling me that you got to run around these be I don't

01:30:13   Even understand, you know, that's how I feel about Minecraft

01:30:16   Yeah, yeah, like the dad who grew up in England and therefore never never heard of baseball, you know

01:30:21   And now I live in the United States and my kid wants to play base, right? Right, right

01:30:25   Yes, how did you how did you get involved with this?

01:30:27   So well, he I mean he so he had he's got a buddy who got him into Minecraft, you know

01:30:31   Just like you know, you gotta play Minecraft. You gotta play minecraft

01:30:34   So so he started playing Minecraft like a couple of years ago now, I think.

01:30:38   And, you know, and I same thing, I just like watched it from afar

01:30:42   and then thought, Oh, yeah, I should.

01:30:45   You know, he was looking for someone else to play with.

01:30:47   And so I thought, OK, I'll I'll start playing.

01:30:48   But then I had that, you know, that reaction like that first like,

01:30:51   I don't know what the heck I'm doing.

01:30:53   So I actually watched a YouTube video that said, here's how to,

01:30:56   you know, like what you should try and do on your first day.

01:30:59   And and then we played it for

01:31:04   So he probably played it for at least a few months.

01:31:06   So I played it for like a year and a half or something like that. And.

01:31:09   Last spring, I wrote that article for the magazine about. Right.

01:31:16   The the basically the moguls of

01:31:19   Minecraft YouTube world about that guy, Stampi and Diamond

01:31:24   Minecart and other people who are making ridiculous amounts of money

01:31:31   doing these videos, these let's play videos of Minecraft on YouTube.

01:31:35   Who's the guy who's trying to get to the edge of the universe?

01:31:37   I don't know. I don't remember that guy's name.

01:31:40   Right. But yeah, it's just like there's just

01:31:43   there's so many people who are making Minecraft.

01:31:46   And some of these guys make make very good money doing it.

01:31:50   And just from the YouTube, just from the YouTube.

01:31:54   Yeah, yeah, the ads. Right.

01:31:57   So that guy, Stampi,

01:32:00   I'm trying to remember his name off the top of my head.

01:32:02   Joseph, Joseph Garrett.

01:32:03   He, the Financial Times was trying to figure out

01:32:08   how much he made.

01:32:09   And they estimated that he grosses

01:32:12   between 80,000 and $800,000 a month

01:32:17   doing these videos.

01:32:19   And Google takes a cut of that.

01:32:23   They take like 45% and then his network that he works with

01:32:28   that does promotion for him takes a cut of that so he's not he's not netting

01:32:32   that but still but his operation it as an operation no heading between thirty

01:32:37   thousand and three hundred thousand dollars a month boy I can't believe

01:32:40   Google takes that much yeah apparently I guess I can yeah I mean there it's

01:32:44   something like that yeah I mean I may not have the exact number but it's it's

01:32:48   in that range I don't know I got our 30% seems like the gentleman's cap yeah you

01:32:54   know like right you know I mean like everybody can complain that Apple takes

01:32:58   30% and I know Amazon has some things where they take 30 just seems like 30% is the gentleman's cap for

01:33:04   You know slicing off a top of every dollar that comes through your corporate thing anything more than that seems a little outrageous

01:33:12   Yeah, but anyway keep going

01:33:14   so

01:33:17   Cliff Colby who is a guy who works at?

01:33:19   Peach pit and I have I've known him for years and we talked years that when I was writing crazy Apple rumors

01:33:25   We talked about like doing a book, but I could never get my act together and couldn't figure out what the heck to write

01:33:30   and so cliff saw that article and he's like hey, you know, I think we should do a Minecraft book and and

01:33:35   Get some other people to do

01:33:38   some different sections and be relatively easy to put together so

01:33:41   Let's do it. So he so when we talked to WWDC when I was down there in San Francisco

01:33:48   San Francisco, which is where they're where peach pit is based and

01:33:55   basically wrote it over the summer and into the fall and

01:33:58   Then did the video production how big how big is your section?

01:34:03   I

01:34:05   Think my sections about 40 plus pages 40 to 50 pages something like that. So it's not

01:34:11   Not huge. No. No, it's not huge. All right, but it takes time

01:34:17   Oh, yeah, so it's an interesting it's an interesting process and all of it, you know all of it in word

01:34:22   Which is not my I would that's one of the questions I strength anymore

01:34:27   I mean I used to be okay on it, but you know they do these people book production companies they

01:34:33   They really

01:34:36   They're all in on word. Yeah, it's not just well

01:34:39   We need we just all need to agree on a file format that we all can read

01:34:44   It's because they're like that the change tracking. Yeah, it's mostly

01:34:48   I think that probably the biggest thing is the train change tracking and then after that it's formatting

01:34:53   stuff I don't because they have all these so they have all their

01:34:57   their templates built into

01:35:00   word already, so they provided me a template and I typed into the template and

01:35:06   Then you know I would use they had macros that would do formatting stuff

01:35:13   So yeah, it's a I mean that part

01:35:17   I'm curious about I'm curious because I am a writer I have written a lot. I think I

01:35:24   I think I did a word count I exported everything from daring fireball before XOXO. I didn't

01:35:32   actually include this in my talk but because my talk at XOXO was about what it's like to

01:35:36   have written during fireball you know how I built it into a business and you know the

01:35:39   last 12 years or whatever but I was curious because Jim Kudol asked me a couple months

01:35:44   He was like what how much have you written it during fireball and I'd never counted before so I wrote a script

01:35:49   I exported everything from the linked list and from my articles and then I wrote a script that cut out all the

01:35:54   Block quoted material so the block quotes didn't count. Hey, and it was

01:36:00   remarkably even it was a little bit over 900,000 words for both linked list entries and my like

01:36:07   column length entries

01:36:09   So it's you know close to looks like maybe like within the next year

01:36:14   I'll cross like the two million words mark, which sounds like a lot of words

01:36:19   That's a lot of that is a lot of words. It really does. It's not

01:36:22   No sounds sounds like about it. All right, and the basic I've googled this many times

01:36:29   But the you know books obviously vary great with greatly in length

01:36:32   But like the typical length of a book is somewhere around like 60 to 80 thousand words

01:36:37   You know for like a novel or something like that

01:36:39   So it's you know, like the equivalent of a lot of books

01:36:44   Yeah, but on the other hand, but I've never written I've never written anything in my life

01:36:48   That's more than maybe four thousand words and I don't know that I can like I eat when I was younger

01:36:53   I used to think well eventually you'll have to write a book because that's if you want to be a writer

01:36:58   Ultimately, you think you got it. You got to write a book

01:37:00   But you know, I don't know I'm getting pretty old and I haven't written a book

01:37:05   It's really just I mean particularly for something like this. It's it's just a it's like you're writing a series of articles

01:37:11   You know I wrote different. I wrote a number of different sections about different topics and so each one was

01:37:18   Its own little thing I also think though

01:37:22   And I don't want to be too much like the princess and the P, but I don't know that I could bring myself to

01:37:26   working with word I

01:37:29   Really that was really and that sounds so my struggles with my hardware over the video

01:37:35   production part which is really just my own fault. The word part is was not my

01:37:40   favorite. I you know I'm so picky about what I write that I invented a thing

01:37:45   that people use. I invented markdown specifically because I wasn't happy with

01:37:49   what happened before that you know. I can't imagine writing anything long-form

01:37:53   not in markdown and it seems like writing in markdown and then going and

01:37:58   you know moving it into word would be such a huge pain in the ass. It is I

01:38:01   I tried that at first and then I was like,

01:38:03   okay, this is not working.

01:38:04   - Right, and it doesn't work because

01:38:07   once you have to make edits, you can't go back.

01:38:12   - Right.

01:38:13   - 'Cause that's actually, you know,

01:38:15   like to go back 10 years, 'cause I think we're,

01:38:18   I think this fall is the 10 year anniversary

01:38:21   of Markdown 1.0, but the public beta came out

01:38:24   like in February, so we're past 10 years

01:38:26   of like public Markdown.

01:38:29   But before Markdown was Markdown, it was a series of filters I had in BB Edit that were

01:38:39   like one way.

01:38:41   I would start by writing Markdown, like a very prototypical early version of Markdown

01:38:47   that was mostly just like automatically putting paragraph tags in between blank lines and

01:38:53   asterisks for italics and some kind of shorthand for links.

01:38:59   So, I would write that way and then I would run my, you know, I didn't even have a name

01:39:03   for it, but I would run the script and it would turn it into HTML and then I would copy

01:39:08   and paste the HTML into movable type.

01:39:11   But that grew, it didn't last long because I would think I was done with the article

01:39:17   but then it's like, "No, I'm not really.

01:39:19   I have thought of something new and I want to go back."

01:39:21   But it's too late because now it's already in HTML and I'm stuck writing HTML, which

01:39:24   is the whole reason I started writing the script in the first place to let me use asterisks

01:39:28   And stuff like that. Mm-hmm and it would be even worse

01:39:31   I think it would be even worse to do it with something that's rich text like like yeah word

01:39:36   Yeah, and I know there are probably think there are there are some tools out there that try and help you with that process

01:39:41   but oh, you know, I

01:39:43   just I gave up and

01:39:46   Went ahead and I saw you had stir

01:39:48   I actually started writing in bbedit with markdown

01:39:51   Right, and then when I got to the point where I went I went to move the first section into word

01:39:57   It was like, okay, this is not gonna work at all. No

01:39:59   But if you wrote your own book

01:40:03   You wouldn't yeah in you don't really use right, right? I don't have to you know

01:40:08   Go to someone like peach pet and yeah use their existing process

01:40:11   I mean, I'm sure that there's obviously a way that I could I could just self-publish my own book at this point

01:40:15   And I can do pretty well, but I mean I would be surprised if David Sparks actually writes in word. Ah

01:40:19   Yeah, I should be the guy to talk to you it would actually almost be

01:40:25   hypocritical since like his you know he's written a really really good markdown

01:40:33   book yeah it would be kind of hypocritical if he hadn't written it in

01:40:36   markdown and plus II think he uses I books author right he has recently so

01:40:42   what would be the point I should find there'd be no there would be no point

01:40:46   going to work I wouldn't even be surprised I did read his book and it's

01:40:49   excellent I'll put a link to David's parts markdown book in the show notes

01:40:52   but I'm trying to bulk up the show notes.

01:40:55   I've noticed that a lot of the podcasts

01:40:58   I like have these copious show notes

01:41:00   that are, you know,

01:41:01   just full of links. - That's my value add

01:41:03   to the two podcasts that I'm on.

01:41:05   - And I suffer from podcast amnesia.

01:41:08   As soon as I'm done recording a podcast,

01:41:09   I don't even remember what the hell we talked about.

01:41:11   - Well, I have to listen to it again.

01:41:13   - See, that's-- - That's the only way.

01:41:15   The only way I can do it.

01:41:16   - All right.

01:41:17   But anyway, I'll try, I'll put a link to it.

01:41:19   But I wouldn't even be surprised.

01:41:20   I did read his book,

01:41:21   I have vague recollection that maybe he even included something about how he wrote the book

01:41:26   You know that his production, you know, yeah, and the other person who might know serenity Caldwell

01:41:33   She knows very well versed in the Ike. I don't public. Yeah. I think she knows more about ebook in town than

01:41:41   Anybody I love there's anybody who knows more than serenity. I'd like to meet them

01:41:45   Yeah, I remember her her Singleton talk from two years ago about the the nitty-gritty details of trying to write

01:41:53   trying to create an e-book just for like just for like

01:41:56   EPUB and

01:42:01   Kindles Moby and it was like oh my god. What a nightmare. Yeah

01:42:05   like if you thought it was bad back in the days when you had this special case Internet Explorer and Netscape, it's like

01:42:11   Imagine if one uses HTML and one doesn't even use

01:42:14   So anyway anyway now you use word

01:42:20   Right well my well my I've used word

01:42:25   My license is now lapsed since I'm done writing. I don't even know what I don't know what it's later

01:42:33   I'll get the license again, but I don't even know what word looks like these days

01:42:36   Is it is it the case does everybody Peach Pit use max doesn't matter is it is it is like word at a state?

01:42:42   I don't think they all use Macs.

01:42:45   I don't.

01:42:47   We work.

01:42:48   So the two people that I worked with at Peach Pit were Cliff, who was really basically putting

01:42:53   the deal together, you know, bringing the people together.

01:42:57   And then we had sort of a project manager who I think is actually not a Peach Pit employee,

01:43:04   someone that they contract with.

01:43:05   So and I'm pretty sure she did not use a Mac, but I think Cliff definitely uses a Mac.

01:43:11   So, I don't know, I think they're probably, I bet it's a mixed environment.

01:43:18   I think, I would think that most of the, I don't know, I don't know actually, it seems

01:43:25   like a lot of this stuff must end up going to Adobe at some point, right?

01:43:31   I would guess, yeah.

01:43:32   I would guess that the book is probably actually laid out with InDesign.

01:43:35   Yeah.

01:43:36   Or at least the print book.

01:43:37   Right.

01:43:38   I don't know.

01:43:40   It just seems, I don't know.

01:43:41   But the other thing I'll mention

01:43:43   while we're promoting the book,

01:43:45   if you go to Peach Pit to buy your book,

01:43:47   they have a really sweet deal

01:43:49   where you can get the print version

01:43:52   and a package of eBooks,

01:43:56   EPUB, which works in iBooks,

01:44:00   Moby, which will work on any of your Kindles,

01:44:03   either your app or your actual Kindle device, and a PDF.

01:44:09   They're not like DRM or anything like that

01:44:11   They just put a watermark on it that you know is registered to your name so that you know

01:44:15   If you share it you would be you wouldn't be tempted to share it publicly publicly shamed

01:44:20   Right and well probably taken to prison

01:44:22   But which is to me the the best way to do ebooks, you know

01:44:29   and I know there's other companies like O'Reilly that do that and I know that our friends that

01:44:32   Take control the tidbits folks, you know that they send their you know

01:44:37   Their brains are all cross-platform and no DRM and stuff. Yeah, but that's the best deal in my opinion

01:44:43   $21.59

01:44:46   $21.59 and you get it all. Yeah, which is a really good deal

01:44:50   Yeah

01:44:51   And just to be clear

01:44:52   But we wrap it up that when you go if you go to like the iBook store and search for molt

01:44:56   Minecraft two books show up. No, I swear I'm trying to help you out here trying to

01:45:02   You search for moltz minecraft two books show up and one's more expensive than the other

01:45:06   that's because the one that's more expensive is the one with all three of your contributions and don't buy both because

01:45:12   Your book is just the introduction section of the yes

01:45:15   So I'm I for my my section is the first section of the whole book, right? Right. Let's take a break

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01:50:04   Yeah, as someone who has used corporate internets

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01:50:15   Not within the corporate environment

01:50:17   But it's such a dirty word that it's really like their whole marketing is just based on we know you hear internet and think big

01:50:25   pile of crap

01:50:26   We're not that that's like

01:50:28   (laughing)

01:50:29   Rewriting their marketing.

01:50:31   We know that when you hear that word,

01:50:33   you think, oh God, here it comes.

01:50:35   - It's just so awful that so much corporate software

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01:50:46   that is really good and a pleasure to use.

01:50:49   - Speaking of writing, long form writing

01:50:55   and using markdown, you know where it's really

01:50:58   taking off and I'm fascinated by it is with screenplay authors, people who write movies.

01:51:04   There's two apps called, one's called Slugline, the Stu Mashwich is one of the people behind that

01:51:14   and then there's Highland which is from John August's app company. Highland I think started

01:51:20   more as like a viewer. That's John August's company is quote unquote apps.

01:51:27   They don't use markdown markdown. They use they John and Stu and a couple other

01:51:33   people collaborated with like a tiny like like a 1% sprinkling of a little

01:51:39   bit from me a couple years ago. But they started with markdown and they instead

01:51:44   made like a markdown like syntax they call fountain and it uses like the dot

01:51:49   fountain file extension optimized specifically for the rules of

01:51:54   screenplays. You know what a screenplay looks like. Yeah. It's kind of cool.

01:51:59   And years ago I used and I tinkered around with whatever that that heavy-duty

01:52:03   Final cut. Not Final Cut. Final Draft. Final Draft. Yeah. Yeah. And then you know and

01:52:09   I've also used Scrivener which has some screenplay stuff in it. You can do

01:52:13   you can do that in Scrivener as well. Final Draft is the Microsoft Word of

01:52:17   screenplay writing. It's the 800 pound gorilla on the market. It is tons of features and

01:52:23   the features help drive it and you know the file format is sort of a standard and people

01:52:30   hate it or at least people like for the reason you know there's some people who love Microsoft

01:52:35   Word. I'm not saying again it's the same thing with the phone sizes. I'm not saying that

01:52:38   everybody hates Microsoft Word. Some people love it. I'm sure you know there's people

01:52:43   who just really get into it. I'm sure there's people who love Final Draft but for the type

01:52:47   of people who don't like Word and who would prefer to write a blog post in a simple text

01:52:53   editor with Markdown, if you're like that, you don't like writing your screenplay with

01:52:59   Final Cut or Final Draft. I keep saying Final Cut, Final Draft. And so instead, there's

01:53:04   two of these apps and they're great. And they're friends, it's almost like a friendly competition

01:53:08   because they collaborated on the file format, this .fountain file format between them. But

01:53:14   very very markdown like just with some assumptions based on the rules of

01:53:20   screenplays so like the way that in a screenplay a character name for dialogue

01:53:24   is always all caps so if you write in all caps molt return that it

01:53:30   automatically knows that that's a character name and that the next line is

01:53:35   dialogue mm-hmm and you know if you want to put a word in italics you wrap in an

01:53:39   asterisks, you know, just like markdown. But it lets you use, if you want to, you

01:53:45   could just use something like BB edit and just write in a format that is very

01:53:49   very readable in its native format and then you process it and out comes a PDF

01:53:54   that looks like a screenplay. Everything's in courier, all the margins

01:53:59   are taken care of and stuff like that. But you could use their apps and, you

01:54:03   know, the slug line and fountain and it format does, you know, as you're typing it

01:54:07   looks a little bit more screenplay-y right off the bat instead of, you know,

01:54:12   pure text. But the file format you're saving underneath is just plain text and

01:54:17   then you know you have that peace of mind like going back to our discussion

01:54:20   about like the iWorks apps. Like 20 years from now your screenplay is still just

01:54:23   in a, you know, plain text file. You don't have to worry that slugline is still an

01:54:27   app. You laugh but it's... Yeah, no, I know, I know, I'm laughing, I'm still laughing

01:54:32   having about the iWorks thing.

01:54:34   Right.

01:54:36   And the other thing, I think the reason that these apps have

01:54:39   taken off is even though Final Draft is still

01:54:42   sort of a standard, the basic gist, though,

01:54:45   is if you're a working screenplay screenwriter,

01:54:51   the canonical format that gets passed around

01:54:54   as you submit your work and studios read it

01:54:56   or even if you're already been hired

01:54:58   and you have to pass a draft is a PDF file.

01:55:00   So it doesn't matter what you use to write it,

01:55:03   you generate a PDF and that's what everybody reads.

01:55:06   And these apps create PDFs that look like

01:55:08   perfect screenplays, there's no, you know,

01:55:10   there is no system in place like with Word,

01:55:13   with change tracking and stuff like that,

01:55:14   that you are obligated to use Final Draft in that way.

01:55:17   I mean, maybe some studios have something like that,

01:55:19   but for the most part, it seems like a lot of, you know,

01:55:22   working screenwriters can just use these apps

01:55:24   and miss out on nothing.

01:55:27   And it pleases me to no end that something I did, you know, and with no almost like 0.00001%

01:55:35   input from me that these guys went out and made something inspired by it that is, you

01:55:39   know, really solves a problem for screenwriters that Markdown solved for me as somebody writing

01:55:45   for a blog.

01:55:46   Right.

01:55:47   I'll put that into books as well.

01:55:49   Do you have any, well, I probably might not want to drop any names, but I mean, you know

01:55:56   there's gotta be some famous people who are using these apps.

01:56:01   - Well, John August, right?

01:56:02   I mean, he made the app.

01:56:04   I don't know.

01:56:04   I don't know of anybody bigger than that,

01:56:06   but John August writes Blockbuster movies.

01:56:08   - Right, right.

01:56:09   - I don't know anybody of any other.

01:56:13   It'd be pretty cool to know, though,

01:56:15   which summer Blockbuster movies were written with these.

01:56:18   That'd be pretty awesome.

01:56:21   Let me think about what else has been in the news.

01:56:25   You know what, it's old news at this point, but Merlin and I didn't even mention it last

01:56:29   week was Tim Cook coming out as gay.

01:56:33   That was I guess about two weeks ago now, but I thought that was so amazingly well done.

01:56:41   It's almost unbelievably how well that played out.

01:56:46   It's not I mean it's in its I think I said on my website that

01:56:51   It's nice

01:56:54   for

01:56:56   People who might be having trouble, you know, I mean a guy like Tim Cook is probably not really

01:57:00   Having trouble as a gate, you know as much trouble as some other people are having as a gay gay people

01:57:05   He probably did growing up though

01:57:07   Yeah, because the south well, I even just leave the south out of it, but he's a little bit older than me

01:57:14   He's I guess he's probably about your age right isn't he around 50. I don't know how old he is

01:57:19   Yes, something seems like that. Maybe a little bit. Maybe slightly older all right. If only there's some way that we could look up

01:57:25   We could probably ask Siri

01:57:29   How old is Tim Cook

01:57:39   Let's see, okay, I found this on the web for how old is. Oh no immediate answer 54 54 years old. Yeah

01:57:46   You know, I grew up in suburban Philadelphia, you know, which is you know

01:57:53   I think relatively speaking a little bit not certainly not socially

01:57:57   super liberal but you know

01:57:59   It's a little bit more liberal than that South and you know when I grew up it being gay was something that it just wasn't

01:58:06   talked about really just wasn't I don't know when I was a kid it just I didn't

01:58:10   really think it was I sort of vaguely knew what it meant but it didn't seem

01:58:15   like it was anybody you know it seemed like something that like maybe one in

01:58:19   10,000 people were gay I don't know it just seemed very very it just seemed

01:58:24   like something that must have been obscure because nobody talked about it

01:58:27   yeah and I'm sure the adults knew that it was more common but it was something

01:58:32   that it was basically not talked about and I think people you know it's like I

01:58:38   think in that era people didn't talk about it with their kids because they

01:58:42   didn't want to give the kid the the idea I was the thought process I think I

01:58:48   don't know it was saying in front of the kid because then the kid will become

01:58:50   curious about what being gay is and the kid might become gay you know and

01:58:55   combine it with works you know combine it with the fact that all like Christian

01:59:01   religions are generally opposed to it. You know, like I grew up in a Catholic

01:59:05   family and it you know the Catholic Church considers it a sin. You know they

01:59:09   consider all sorts of it. I mean skipping church is a sin too but you know sins

01:59:14   are obviously bad things and you know that was under that rubric. And you know

01:59:20   people nobody was gay on TV and I know TV is you know is is not a

01:59:27   reflection of America or of culture as a whole but it it informs it right it's

01:59:33   like what what aspects of culture make it onto TV somehow are like this is the

01:59:38   parts of society this is the parts of our culture that are okay and nobody was

01:59:43   gay on TV which meant it was not okay you know it was weird it was a bad time

01:59:47   I think about this with my son who is the who was the center square guy on Oh

01:59:53   Paul and Paul and on the Hollywood scores in hindsight clearly

01:59:57   He was as gay as anybody who's ever been gay and I had no idea I honestly as a kid this I mean

02:00:07   I'm not that old but I honestly thought that he was just flamboyant

02:00:11   Yeah, I did not I did not realize I had no idea just I didn't know whereas like and I think it's amazing

02:00:19   In one generation that like my son is growing up in a world where you know being gay is you know?

02:00:26   Just like yeah having different colored skin. It's just some people are that way, you know, and you know, we see in Philadelphia

02:00:33   we see, you know people are gay all the time and

02:00:35   You know, they are then friends at his school have you know, some of his friends have two moms and you know

02:00:41   It's it's not even that he did honestly doesn't even think about it. Yeah

02:00:45   I don't Hank's best Frank's best friend from you know since growing up

02:00:49   I mean he met this kid when he was one or two, maybe it was two but very early on and

02:00:54   He's got two moms and we were

02:00:56   fortunate enough to go to their wedding

02:00:59   Which was

02:01:01   About a year ago. Yeah, it's just it's awesome

02:01:05   I cannot I'm so happy that the world has changed in this way

02:01:08   But it's you know, it's not like that everywhere and it certainly wasn't like that for Tim Cook growing up

02:01:14   No, yeah, and it's in it's still not like that for some people and so they think that's why these you know

02:01:20   Somebody who's successful like him

02:01:22   Being able to tell his story is very important

02:01:25   Jonas is middle school. He's in fifth grade now. He's in middle school. They have a club called glow

02:01:32   I think this is so awesome and stands for gay lesbian or whatever. I

02:01:36   Love that. I think that is so awesome because to me that

02:01:42   It sounds a little goofy. It sounds a little fun, but it really sort of expresses the the to me the the

02:01:48   Modern way of thinking which is hey, whatever floats your boat, you know and everybody, you know is different and some people are very different

02:01:56   And it's all okay. I love middle school now. Well fifth grade is called middle school. I don't know. Okay, I guess yeah

02:02:03   But I thought that's such a cool name and it's just to me

02:02:07   Critimizes the difference between you know his world and my world

02:02:11   30 years ago when I was in fifth grade because there was no way they were gonna have a gay let's go on whatever club

02:02:17   It might be. Yeah

02:02:19   You know and I had Syracuse had talked about this on ATP but with that the

02:02:25   we've reached a point in our culture where where

02:02:28   nobody everybody seems to

02:02:31   Agree that you can't be

02:02:36   against

02:02:38   gay

02:02:39   Right. It's it's like culturally agreed upon that. It's just you know, it's discriminatory

02:02:44   It makes you a bad person to be against gays

02:02:47   But you can still be things like against gay marriage like that's still like a culturally acceptable stance to take

02:02:54   Yeah, decreasingly so though

02:02:57   decreasingly show definitely

02:03:00   And it's you know, it's catching up to where racism was. Yeah

02:03:06   I mean some people even people who are opposed to gay marriage now have a hard time not

02:03:11   at least saying that they approve of

02:03:14   civil unions and right and once you do that, you're kind of like okay, what's the

02:03:19   Right, right. It's right what you're drawing this difference between

02:03:23   Religious aspects of marriage and civil aspects of it where but nobody is endorsing a point that religions have to accept it, right?

02:03:31   It's just that legally it has to be called the same thing, right?

02:03:34   And like like the the response so nobody really I'm sure somewhere on you know

02:03:41   Obviously on the dark side of Twitter there where people have anonymous accounts at the you know, all sorts

02:03:47   Oh, yeah, the ugliest thoughts that humans can have are espoused every second I saw

02:03:53   well, I saw something that I couldn't figure out if it was I think it must have been tongue-in-cheek because

02:04:01   The guy was saying, "Tim Cook is gay, so you should switch to Android, and if you want,

02:04:08   I will come to your house and pick up your Apple products."

02:04:13   And it was written, and it wasn't written as a joke.

02:04:17   It seemed like there was at least a decent amount of text where this is an abomination

02:04:25   of nature sort of thing.

02:04:28   Reading like the bottom line was the guy was offering to drive your house and pick up your Apple products

02:04:33   Like the culturally acceptable way to

02:04:41   sort of

02:04:44   you know not just

02:04:46   cheer and clap your hands at

02:04:48   Cook's essay

02:04:51   What is to sort of take us and I saw some of this a fair amount of it is sort of

02:04:57   Who cares this isn't you know, you know, this is why why why why make this public?

02:05:04   This is your make your drawing more attention to to to the issue then, you know

02:05:08   It was totally cool before you actually, you know, Tim Cook actually wrote this story. Why why rub this in our faces?

02:05:14   I mean maybe they wouldn't say it that way but that's sort of how it it comes across. Why are you putting this in my face?

02:05:19   Why are you making me think about?

02:05:21   Things that I don't want to think about

02:05:25   And it's again, I'm just riffing on Syracuse II here, but it's it's true like as a single person, you know one man

02:05:31   However powerful he is that it doesn't make that big a difference that he's now

02:05:37   Publicly out as gay and proud of it than before when he just never spoke about it in public

02:05:42   it doesn't make that big a difference, but it

02:05:44   Well, I think it doesn't make a difference to me particularly. No, but I said, I mean, I think there's a there's a

02:05:50   There are a bunch of people. I mean there you know, it makes a difference if you're gay

02:05:54   I think it but we don't live you know that we're not all isolated from each other

02:05:59   Everything is related and in context, yeah

02:06:01   And you know it and it does matter where we were 10 years ago and 15 years ago, right?

02:06:07   It wasn't that long ago where it was controversial that will and grace had

02:06:11   Two gay characters as you know, the the leads of a prime times network sitcom, right?

02:06:18   whereas now that you mean it wasn't that long ago, but it

02:06:22   It wouldn't be an issue now at all

02:06:24   Right it's but we're coming very fast, but we're not there yet, right and it really does make a difference that there is a

02:06:32   That one of the most powerful leaders in our country is out and proud of being gay

02:06:39   Right. I mean how many how many kids are there right now just teenagers today in this country?

02:06:46   Let alone other countries that are far behind us on this issue socially who?

02:06:52   Are gay and are worried or even scared about telling their parents and coming out to their friends, you know, it's

02:06:59   You know heartbreaking and it's still an issue and to have somebody like Tim Cook saying I I'm proud of it and consider it a gift

02:07:06   from God is

02:07:08   It's historic I really do think it's historic. Yeah, I can't think because I can't think of any other

02:07:15   Executive

02:07:18   He's done. I mean, obviously I follow up a lot closely than any other company

02:07:21   So I'm sure that maybe there's somebody out there who's who's upset that I don't didn't pay attention

02:07:25   There was a guy I don't remember his name

02:07:29   There was a guy who was like a charge of a bank a CEO of a bank

02:07:31   But he didn't come out until after he'd resigned and stepped down or retired or something like that and said that you know

02:07:37   It's that it was really it was it

02:07:39   You know as hard as it was and the other place that's happening now is his professional sports

02:07:44   Right, that's all right

02:07:48   it's uh

02:07:50   Might it's it's because a few things that have traditionally at two places that have traditionally been fairly conservative that are now

02:07:57   being forced to

02:08:00   Open up about

02:08:03   What's really reality? Yeah. I also thought the other thing that was remarkable not just that he did announce it

02:08:09   But I thought it was such a well-written piece. I

02:08:11   reread it's so short very succinct and I

02:08:16   Firmly believe I'm sure that there you know, he didn't write it without any help whatsoever editing or whatever, you know and

02:08:23   From within but I do think that it was his words, you know in the same way to me

02:08:29   It was like like the the Steve Jobs thoughts on music and Steve Jobs was the other one thoughts on flash

02:08:35   Where you could tell that that it was jobs writing it

02:08:38   Yeah, right that there was it wasn't just his name at the bottom of the letter like like like what we know of Steve Jobs

02:08:45   and his obsessions in the way he thinks really came out in those two, I don't

02:08:51   know what you would call them, essays? Essays, yeah. And I can't help but think that

02:08:55   this piece is so very Tim Cook in the way that it's written. There's a

02:09:03   certain meticulousness to it and a tightness of thought and anywhere where

02:09:09   you might be tempted to sort of roll your eyes at the sort of idealism of it,

02:09:14   I think it's genuine. I I don't think there's any reason to I think it's genuinely how he feels that he truly feels like a

02:09:21   social obligation

02:09:23   to

02:09:25   Our society as a whole to make things better in this regard

02:09:30   Yeah

02:09:32   Do you think that there's a?

02:09:34   There's a reason now as opposed to earlier. I

02:09:39   I do.

02:09:41   I don't know.

02:09:43   To a certain degree, it seems like Apple is in a better

02:09:49   position currently in terms of public opinion,

02:09:51   because the stock price is doing better than it was, say,

02:09:53   a year ago.

02:09:55   I do.

02:09:55   I think that-- and who knows?

02:09:59   Maybe he really only came to the decision.

02:10:01   Maybe it was something he was thinking

02:10:02   about maybe doing for a year or two years,

02:10:05   and finally thought-- and maybe it just popped into his head.

02:10:07   Maybe something in September made him think,

02:10:10   you know what, I should come out because this, this.

02:10:14   Who knows how long it was planned?

02:10:16   I don't know.

02:10:17   But in hindsight, it sure feels perfectly timed.

02:10:21   - Yes.

02:10:22   - Right?

02:10:23   Like, in some way,

02:10:25   if he had been out for 15 years,

02:10:32   and had been, had like a long time partner,

02:10:37   You know since before there was even legal gay marriage in California who accompanied him to events and therefore

02:10:44   You know it had been out

02:10:46   While he was coo not CEO

02:10:48   It certainly would have been his right and nobody would

02:10:52   Right-minded would complain about it, but it wouldn't have been as big a deal

02:10:56   I don't think you know somehow it feels right and the fact that it it's

02:11:01   How long is it since Steve Jobs is dead three years right three years? Yeah? Yeah?

02:11:06   2011 as somehow it feels like the right amount of time where the tumultuousness of

02:11:11   Him taking over his past. It seems like this year and and think the transition period is over, right?

02:11:19   Even though Tim Cook spent a lot of time

02:11:23   almost effectively being

02:11:25   CEO while jobs was sick, right? They were still you know jobs was still there

02:11:30   he still had input into how the products were designed and made and

02:11:34   You've gotten to the point now where no one can reasonably say oh that you know, they sure that's a good device

02:11:40   But it was you know, but jobs had his fingers in that so Tim Cook can't claim it as it is own, right?

02:11:46   I've long thought that it even before jobs was sick or what?

02:11:52   You know, maybe he technically was sick because he you know had the cancer

02:11:56   You know the whole period from when the cancer was first diagnosed until he died

02:12:01   I guess he was technically sick the whole time, but even when he was feeling well, and they thought they had everything in remission

02:12:07   I still think that the the delegation of duties like what Tim Cook did at Apple versus what Steve Jobs did Tim Cook was

02:12:14   If you just described his duties to someone who didn't know their titles you'd say well, he's the CEO

02:12:19   Yeah, you know and that Jobs is something else maybe the president or something like that, you know

02:12:25   You used to be a more calm, you know when we were kids a lot of companies had like a CEO and a president

02:12:29   You know, yeah, I think the CEO is more about

02:12:32   Making company-wide decisions and stuff like that, you know stuff about the company and the bureaucracy of the company

02:12:40   Whereas jobs clearly even when he was, you know healthy was more

02:12:44   Solely focused on the products and product development, right? Right

02:12:49   But even so I still the timing just seems so perfect because like you said I think the transition period

02:12:55   Ended this year like the stock stabilized. They've they've they haven't released it, but they've at least unveiled a

02:13:01   Holy of the watch which is wholly formed post Steve

02:13:05   you know and it's

02:13:09   You know, it's remains we've seen how it's going to you know, it isn't out yet

02:13:13   But it certainly seems as though there's no, you know

02:13:16   They're not unable to create a new product that gets people talking that's over the stock is back up

02:13:22   and it just seems like people have finally shut the hell up about the

02:13:26   Wouldn't happen if Steve were still around I mean not entirely but it's like we've passed it. I

02:13:32   Don't know remember a year ago and I can tell you that you never I could look at all in my claim chowder files

02:13:38   But there were a lot of people literally calling for Apple's board to fire Tim Cook, you know fire Tim Cook. He's terrible

02:13:44   You know when the stall yeah, and yeah, you know, we're passing it. It just somehow feels right

02:13:51   Yeah

02:13:53   I'm looking forward to the updated edition of haunted Empire

02:13:57   Has any book had a shorter shelf life

02:14:02   When I wrote about it, I did I wrote I was like I really I almost feel like they knew it because it really does it

02:14:10   Part of what was I thought was bad about the book is it felt rushed. It felt like the editing

02:14:14   It felt like it could have been tighter and I can't help

02:14:17   I think that they've run into rush it out back in February because because they thought it was gonna turn around, right?

02:14:23   They they just you know, I think the writing was on the wall that the thesis of the book was already wrong

02:14:29   Yeah gonna get out quick

02:14:34   Last thing I only thing I can think of I had to send my notes as is

02:14:39   This do you see this thing yesterday with the Twitter?

02:14:43   mission statement

02:14:45   - Yeah, yes.

02:14:46   - Strategy statement.

02:14:48   Well, and I think about--

02:14:49   - Do you have it?

02:14:50   Do you read it?

02:14:50   - I can't even give me one minute,

02:14:51   but I think about it as I compare it to the Tim Cook essay

02:14:55   on coming out as gay and proud and how good the writing is.

02:14:59   And I say this, maybe I value good writing

02:15:02   more than most people because I'm a writer

02:15:04   and I care about it, but I can't help but think,

02:15:05   I have this basic theory in general,

02:15:07   whether it's something personal like Tim Cook's thing

02:15:10   or whether it's something purely business-like,

02:15:13   like a strategy statement that good writing is the result of good thinking

02:15:18   and bad writing is usually the result of sloppy thinking, incomplete thinking, you

02:15:25   know. And here's the Twitter's strategy statement that they released yesterday.

02:15:31   "Reach the largest daily audience in the world by connecting everyone to their

02:15:36   world via our information sharing and distribution platform products and be

02:15:41   one of the top revenue generating internet companies in the world.

02:15:49   And I can't believe more people.

02:15:50   I didn't jump on it right away, but I couldn't believe that I was the first person I saw

02:15:53   to point out that it was not even close to fitting in the length of a tweet.

02:15:58   It's 220 characters.

02:16:01   Right?

02:16:03   Shouldn't your strategy statement fit in a tweet?

02:16:05   And especially if you're Twitter.

02:16:08   It's so bad.

02:16:10   I need to put it into it longer.

02:16:16   Tweet longer, whatever that thing is called.

02:16:19   It's so bad.

02:16:20   It's really bad.

02:16:21   I mean, it's, yeah.

02:16:23   I really find it worrisome.

02:16:26   I find it very worrisome as a platform that I really care about and in some level love,

02:16:31   but that seems to be floundering at an executive level.

02:16:34   know, there's just had some more executive shakeups like where they're

02:16:39   that they've had like three heads of product in the last like two years and

02:16:44   the last one they just demoted was only there six months. It's it's I don't know

02:16:50   very worrisome and this strategy statement doesn't make me feel any

02:16:53   better about it. It's like I wrote the other day about the net neutrality where

02:17:00   it like to me President Obama's

02:17:03   Statement on it was very clearly written and there might be room to disagree

02:17:09   There might be a reasonable argument against it

02:17:11   But I thought that his arguments in favor of it were very clearly expressed one, two, three four

02:17:17   Here's the reasons that we should make sure we keep it keep this sort of not favoring one company's packets over another company's packets

02:17:25   on the internet

02:17:28   Keep it the way it is which has been that all packets are treated equally

02:17:31   and the arguments on the other side from the cable companies and the phone providers are so

02:17:37   Obtuse and it's like you can read them and they're their words

02:17:41   and I know what the words mean but damned if I know what's the

02:17:45   damned if I know what the

02:17:48   What the meaning is yeah other than remember the old Saturday live skit with Frankenstein and

02:17:56   Okay, the caveman and Frankenstein and forget the other one

02:18:01   Yeah

02:18:03   Well, they sang Christmas carols. Yeah, it was like Kevin Nealon was a caveman

02:18:07   Who was Frankenstein, let's

02:18:13   Remember and he all Frankenstein ever said was like fire bad

02:18:18   I can't help but think that the argument and the faith

02:18:23   Against this net neutrality is more or less a knee-jerk

02:18:26   Frankensteinian regulation bad regulation bad

02:18:30   It's basically it right and I'm not one in favor of red tape and bureaucracy

02:18:35   It's not you know, I really think you have to see government regulation as as a continuum, you know

02:18:41   gray scale from light gray to dark gray not

02:18:44   Zero not not binary, you know on or off

02:18:49   And these companies are regulated already would you know it's not like Comcast doesn't face some regulations

02:18:54   It's who are the regulations kind of favor consumers and and small company startups or?

02:19:00   or multi-billion dollar

02:19:03   Conglomerate like let's stack the deck in favor of Verizon who may is making eight billion dollars a quarter because they really need it

02:19:10   Yeah, and I can't I should the whole cynicism behind

02:19:18   that I can't even

02:19:20   Understand because so there was that that comment that tweet by

02:19:25   Ted Cruz

02:19:28   Yes

02:19:29   Senator right from right from Texas grades day to Texas. Yeah, and

02:19:34   He said it's the

02:19:39   Obama care for the internet, right, right, right and let's not have the internet operate at the speed of government, right?

02:19:46   And I tweeted something back to you know some I basically I insulted him

02:19:50   Solted his intelligence is what I did

02:19:53   And and you know and Josh centers is the editor tidbits correctly pointed out that he's the guy graduated like

02:20:02   Magna cum laude from Harvard or something yeah, I can't remember what I think that's right, but and you know he's not

02:20:08   He's actually not an idiot. It's just an asshole I guess yeah

02:20:14   It's just a cynical, you know, yeah, he's yes for who's protecting his buddies at the big cable industries

02:20:21   Yeah, it's he's like a cum-laud

02:20:23   Laudé. How do you pronounce it? I don't know. Yeah, I guess if I ever went to Harvard I didn't

02:20:28   guys like

02:20:30   Well with my grades it never really came never came up

02:20:35   Yeah, it's definitely not a dummy but he's definitely a cynical because he knows how to communicate at this sort of caveman level

02:20:44   of internet, you know, government regulation bad.

02:20:49   And that goes no further than that.

02:20:51   And it, you know, it's the same people who think

02:20:56   that the government should cut back on handouts

02:20:59   and not decrease the size of their Medicare check.

02:21:02   - Sure, and social security.

02:21:05   - Right, it's the other handouts.

02:21:06   - Right, keep government out of my social security.

02:21:09   - Yeah, that's it, keep government out of my social security.

02:21:11   Like that, you ask people if you think

02:21:13   government should stay out of social security and you get like a 60% response rate that

02:21:17   says yes, keep them out of social security. It really doesn't make a lot of sense. But

02:21:22   anyway, I'm deeply worried about Twitter and their strategy.

02:21:25   Yeah, yeah, I'm like thinking about the future of that does not make me very happy.

02:21:31   Yeah, I can't help but think that the translation from whatever language this is written into

02:21:35   English that the reach the largest daily audience in the world by connecting everyone to their

02:21:40   in the world, blah, blah, blah.

02:21:42   Something where they want to be more like Facebook

02:21:46   is to me what that means.

02:21:48   Because Facebook is more popular.

02:21:50   And at the target of this message was not normal people.

02:21:52   It was to bankers and investment people

02:21:54   and people who've kept Twitter's stock.

02:21:59   I think last I checked, it's slightly below

02:22:01   where they IPO'd last year.

02:22:02   So it hasn't cratered, it hasn't tanked,

02:22:05   but nobody has an IPO and hopes that the stock

02:22:07   is flat in the first year.

02:22:10   And so there is some definite skepticism

02:22:12   and that this is addressed at the people

02:22:14   who have more or less kept their stock depressed.

02:22:16   And in the meantime, Facebook is going up and up and up.

02:22:19   And to me, the translation of this is we're going

02:22:22   to somehow try to be more like Facebook.

02:22:23   Whereas to me, the whole point of Twitter

02:22:25   is that it's sort of an anti-Facebook.

02:22:28   And whether that means that inherently

02:22:30   they're always gonna be smaller than Facebook financially

02:22:32   and user-based wise, so be it.

02:22:34   But at least be true to yourself.

02:22:37   and the whole reason that you've had any success at all

02:22:40   is that you're not them.

02:22:42   - Right. - Right?

02:22:43   There's nothing wrong.

02:22:44   Sometimes a great idea isn't going to be

02:22:46   the most successful version of that idea, right?

02:22:49   That Twitter, I think, is genius and is so well designed

02:22:52   and so clever in so many ways,

02:22:54   but maybe the ways that it's genius and simple

02:22:57   inherently mean that it can never be as big as Facebook.

02:23:01   - Right. - And so be it.

02:23:02   It can still be profitable.

02:23:05   That to me is the scary part of their strategy statement.

02:23:10   Is that to me it somehow translates into

02:23:13   we're going to wreck what makes Twitter, Twitter.

02:23:15   - Well, it addresses nothing about

02:23:19   what users like about Twitter.

02:23:21   - No.

02:23:22   - Yeah, and that seems to be,

02:23:26   that to me seems like the thing that you should be doing,

02:23:28   the thing that you should be doing primarily

02:23:32   in your mission statement,

02:23:33   and really only in your mission statement.

02:23:35   I mean, that's what makes a mission statement pithy

02:23:40   and makes it reach people.

02:23:42   And I worked at a financial services company,

02:23:44   but back when it was good, our mission statement--

02:23:49   - Back when the company was good

02:23:51   or when the financial industry was good?

02:23:53   All right, I think it was the whole industry

02:23:55   because you're talking about the whole industry.

02:23:57   I thought you were gonna have to go back 300 years.

02:23:58   - No, no, no, just the company that I worked at.

02:24:00   And their mission statement

02:24:01   was improving financial security for people.

02:24:04   Was it?

02:24:05   - That's not bad.

02:24:05   - Yeah, no, it was great.

02:24:06   - That's actually pretty good.

02:24:07   - Yeah, it was really good.

02:24:08   I mean, just like that's what people were,

02:24:09   you know, they're like with taps into the thing

02:24:11   that people are worried about.

02:24:11   They're worried about their financial security.

02:24:13   They wanna make sure that they can retire.

02:24:15   And that's what we did.

02:24:16   That was, you know, that's what we tried to do anyway.

02:24:19   - Right, it's like a back blaze for your finances.

02:24:21   - Yeah, right.

02:24:22   - Right, let you sleep better at night.

02:24:23   - Exactly.

02:24:24   - Right, I'm not choking, right?

02:24:25   - No, you're right.

02:24:26   - No, that's a good goal, right?

02:24:27   If you feel like your personal,

02:24:29   family's personal finances are in good hands and in sound shape for the future and for

02:24:34   retirement you feel better, you know, just drifting off to sleep at night.

02:24:38   Yeah.

02:24:39   You know, as opposed to being wide-eyed, white-knuckled, you know.

02:24:43   What am I going to do?

02:24:46   Anyway, we should wrap it up.

02:24:48   So now I'm going to be wide-eyed and wake about Twitter.

02:24:50   Yeah, white-knuckled.

02:24:52   And we've already blown it with App.net.

02:24:54   We've already let them sing.

02:24:55   Yeah, right.

02:24:56   We let that slide.

02:24:57   Someday.

02:24:58   It's something we're gonna do now someday. We're gonna come back hat in hand and they're gonna be like

02:25:03   Sorry

02:25:06   Screw you people

02:25:08   told yourself

02:25:10   like everything comes out everything you type into the box and app done that just

02:25:13   JavaScript just turns it into told you so told you so told you so told you so

02:25:18   told you so

02:25:22   Well, I tried

02:25:24   All right, I want to thank our sponsors igloo

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02:25:36   And I want to thank you, John Moltz.

02:25:38   This is episode 100 of this podcast.

02:25:41   Oh, really?

02:25:42   Is that right?

02:25:43   I had no idea.

02:25:44   I was on episode one, you know.

02:25:46   I do.

02:25:47   I remember it very clearly.

02:25:49   So it's a pleasure to have you back on episode 100.

02:25:52   Where can people go to find out more about your book?

02:25:55   I will be posting shortly on verynicewebsite.net about it.

02:26:00   But if you go to peachpit.com and search on Visual Guide to Minecraft or my name, MOLTZ,

02:26:08   it'll come up and for your Minecraft playing enjoyment.

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02:26:15   And I just know it because every time I bring it up on the show, I get an email from people

02:26:18   in the same boat as me and where you were a year ago where your kid is obsessed with

02:26:22   it and you're like, "Is he in a cult?

02:26:24   going on should I be worried and I think the short answer is no it's actually an

02:26:32   incredibly engaging creative outlet and and it is the opposite of like

02:26:38   mindlessness it is it is super engaging and but if you're as lost as I am God

02:26:43   buy this book so and otherwise very nice website dot net yes that's correct

02:26:50   Thank you, John. Thank you. Okay. We got Skype acting all nice. Yeah, finally. Jesus.