312: Outgrade


00:00:00   It's good to get out of the house. I know, right?

00:00:09   Well, I mean, you sit inside for so long and you're at your desk, you're talking into

00:00:13   a microphone. It's good to get out in the outdoor spaces and move around.

00:00:18   Mmhmm. I mean, we've been stuck inside for a while. It's nice to spend some time together.

00:00:22   I figure, you know, while we're actually just here together anyway, I guess we could basically

00:00:28   pretty much just do something like upgrade anyway.

00:00:31   Yeah, I mean, if you and I go somewhere and we have a chat for an hour and a half.

00:00:36   It's always upgrade.

00:00:37   Isn't that really just an episode of upgrade?

00:00:39   It always is. It doesn't matter. From Relay FM. Upgrade 312. This is a weekend outdoor

00:00:47   edition.

00:00:48   Sure. I hope there aren't any breaking, you know, news items over the weekend while we're

00:00:54   out here.

00:00:55   Could you imagine that? All right. Should we see what's on the radio? We'll get this

00:00:59   thing started.

00:01:00   Yeah, let's let's we'll get some tunes. Look at some tunes.

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00:01:42   Every conversation that we have seems to start with a Snell Talk question now anyway. So

00:01:46   I guess I'll just ask you one. I saw a question from Peter who wanted to know what your favorite

00:01:51   board game was.

00:01:53   I mean, anytime you ask me a question, is it a Snell Talk question?

00:01:57   Mmhmm.

00:01:59   If Jason answers the question in the woods.

00:02:03   Mmmhmm. Wow. That's a strange way to think of it. I do have, I guess, a favorite board

00:02:11   game. This is a hard question. I really like Carcassonne, which isn't quite a board game

00:02:15   because it's like a tile laying game. But it's, you know, you're basically making a

00:02:20   board on a tabletop.

00:02:22   A tabletop game. That's the better phrase now, isn't it? Rather than board game, tabletop

00:02:27   game.

00:02:28   Yeah.

00:02:29   Because it encompasses all that stuff.

00:02:31   We have a bunch in rotation with my family Ticket to Ride, still pretty popular. Love

00:02:38   that one where you've got to make like trains, chains of like railroad routes across the

00:02:43   country. I don't know what else. We've had a lot of good ones over the years. But, you

00:02:50   know, Carcassonne is the one that I always want to play and that nobody else wants to

00:02:52   play with me. And that, it probably suggests that it's my favorite. So I'm going to say

00:02:57   that one. But there are lots of great board games. We've been playing Cryptid a little

00:03:03   bit, which is a really, really fun game that's kind of like Mastermind, except way more complicated.

00:03:10   It's a deduction game where basically there's a map and everybody's been given information

00:03:15   about a piece of unique information. And if you put the pieces together, you can find

00:03:22   out where the Cryptid is on the map. There's a hidden monster or animal or something that

00:03:28   can only be in one space on the map. And there are different solutions every time. They give

00:03:33   you a whole set of these solutions. And so what you have to do is by observing the answers

00:03:39   that all the other players give to your questions, you have to start to deduce what they know,

00:03:44   what the rule is that they know. And then if you put the rules together, you know where

00:03:49   the Cryptid is. And it takes a little bit to understand how the game works, but once

00:03:54   it works, it works really well. Because you can figure it out. And it's one of those games

00:03:59   that as you start playing it, you're like, "I don't even know what I'm doing here." And

00:04:02   then there's a moment where suddenly you're like, "Oh, I'm starting to figure it out."

00:04:07   And then somebody figures it out and they win. So Cryptid is a good one that's in rotation

00:04:11   right now.

00:04:12   I always feel like I would enjoy more board games but never play board games or tabletop

00:04:17   games.

00:04:18   Yeah. Yeah. I'm surprised we haven't done more of it during the pandemic here since

00:04:23   we have all four people at our house. But it just has not happened as often. I think

00:04:30   part of it, it's nice to do it, but also everybody's just kind of stressed out and sad and it doesn't

00:04:38   always. We get together for dinner and then usually the only other family activity that

00:04:43   we engage in is watching episodes of Taskmaster, which is good, or an occasional movie. But

00:04:51   the board game doesn't happen as often as maybe I wish it did.

00:04:53   Because I guess with the kids, most people these days, they're just looking to try and

00:05:00   have interactions with the people they would normally be interacting with, right?

00:05:03   Yeah.

00:05:04   But we're all over-socializing digitally to try and make up for the in-person.

00:05:08   Yeah. Yeah. They've got stuff to do. My daughter is a college... I mean, it's summer, she would

00:05:17   be home, but she's a college student and she's had this six-month period where she can't

00:05:22   be a college student essentially and is living in a house with her parents, which is the

00:05:27   worst. So I don't know. It's definitely a challenge. We should talk about that maybe

00:05:31   a little bit later about our pandemic lives and what's been going on with that. That's

00:05:37   worth talking about on the trek. We'll have time to talk. Just going to be two guys walking

00:05:43   around.

00:05:44   Are we nearly there yet?

00:05:47   Yep. All right. Well, let's get going.

00:05:51   Have you got any more thoughts on Epic and Apple?

00:05:56   Is this like follow-up, Myke? Is that where we are?

00:05:59   Sure.

00:06:00   Are we still doing up right here? Is that what's happening?

00:06:02   We're in like follow-up Grove or something right now, right?

00:06:06   All right. I like this idea. I like this idea. It's outdoor podcast.

00:06:10   But again, this is why every conversation between us is an episode of Upgrade because

00:06:15   what else would we be talking about, right? Of course, this is what we're talking about.

00:06:19   Well, so what's funny is that on the last episode, you started editing the show. I went

00:06:28   for a run. I came back drenched in sweat to find...

00:06:32   Like 20 minutes from me.

00:06:34   Breaking news that Apple has threatened Epic with kicking them off of the platform entirely

00:06:44   and invalidating their developer accounts and stuff like that. And I think that's where

00:06:51   we are. We'll see. Hopefully nothing breaks over the weekend.

00:06:53   But we're not going to know anyway.

00:06:55   We won't know. We're going to be secluded. We're going to be out here in the middle of

00:06:58   nowhere. We won't know. But I don't know. I don't consider this... I feel like this

00:07:07   is the logical next move for Apple to make. And I wonder if Epic... I assume Epic kind

00:07:12   of... kind of knew. I'm curious to see how Epic responds because I think Apple's move

00:07:18   is basically to say, "Take the bad version. Revert your app. Revert your app and take

00:07:27   the bypassing of the in-app purchase system out of the store. And then you're fine."

00:07:36   I know that... For me, I look at that and I think there is a fairly straightforward way

00:07:43   for this to move forward, which is for Epic, now that it's sort of made its point to revert

00:07:50   its app and continue its lawsuit and say, "Look, we tried to do this. They prevented

00:07:55   it. They told us that they were going to invalidate all of our stuff. So we took it off. The lawsuit

00:08:00   proceeds and they get to have their day in court and they get to have this conversation

00:08:04   and it continues on." We'll see if Epic does that, right? I don't know. They are... They're

00:08:12   certainly going to make hay while they can, right? Because they've got this whole... They're

00:08:17   going to do this whole free Fortnite thing, which is like... I've been saying up to now

00:08:22   that this has all been publicity. Now it's becoming marketing. Yeah. They've got a whole

00:08:28   thing going on and have been doing it the weekend that we're going into now. They've

00:08:35   got... It's called the Free Fortnite Cup because it's basically... I think it's next week sometime.

00:08:39   They're going to have the new season of Fortnite, which won't come to iOS because they won't

00:08:45   need to update the app for the new season. So they're treating this as a last hurrah

00:08:52   for iOS players is the way that they're kind of treating it. Because it's like, "Well, because

00:08:57   of Apple, you're not going to get the next season. So we're going to do this big competition."

00:09:02   And they're doing #FreeFortnite merch. And they have the Tim Cook Apple head guy, right?

00:09:12   Tart Tycoon, which is a fantastic name, by the way. I think that's very funny. So that's

00:09:18   like a skin that you can get in the game to participate in. I think Apple is going to

00:09:27   hold them to "We're going to kick you out," in a week. But I think Epic will go to the

00:09:36   11th hour before they make the update because they are using this still as a tactic in trying

00:09:48   to turn public opinion. I mean, we spoke about it last time, and the thing that is irresponsible

00:09:54   on Epic's part is the ramifications or the nervousness that could be felt by their development

00:10:01   community for the Unreal Engine. And so you've got to assume, because you're right in what

00:10:06   you said, right? This is the obvious move for Apple. So you have to assume that Epic

00:10:12   has guessed that this would happen, right? We have to make that assumption because otherwise

00:10:17   they were not thinking enough steps ahead when it seemed like they were thinking steps

00:10:22   ahead for themselves. They should have planned the whole thing out. So my hope would be that

00:10:27   they have an update, that they are ready to submit, but they're going to wait until the

00:10:32   final moment so they keep everything in the store. And then you're right, at that point,

00:10:36   they have another thing where they can go, "Oh, look, and they forced us to do this because

00:10:41   we care about our community," that kind of thing.

00:10:43   But the fight goes on in the courts. Also, they're trying to get a restraining order,

00:10:49   right? So you want to have that play out because if you don't have to do it, if the court forces

00:10:53   Apple to keep their developer accounts alive in some fashion—

00:10:58   And that's like wins all around for Epic because they keep making more money, which they are.

00:11:02   I think they said like half of their transactions over the last little while have gone through

00:11:07   their own system and not the iOS system. So they're making a ton of money out of this.

00:11:12   And then it's like more fuel for the fire, right? Because a court stepped in and said,

00:11:16   "That's not fair, Apple." That's what they want to happen, right?

00:11:19   And if the court doesn't step in, then the question is, what will they do? Because they've

00:11:26   made the fact that they're marketing that this is the end, basically. But again, that

00:11:31   may be completely disingenuous. I don't believe anything Epic says, right? Because they are

00:11:36   playing a game here. And their marketing is part of the game. So I don't actually believe

00:11:40   when they say, "Oh, this is the end." I don't believe them. It may be, and that may be their

00:11:44   strategy, but I certainly don't lend it any extra credence. So they think, you know, I

00:11:56   don't know. The risk to them is pretty great. And I don't believe them relenting changes

00:12:03   their argument at all in terms of their court case, which is, "We tried to do this. They

00:12:08   forced us to back out of it." All of these things still apply. I don't actually think

00:12:14   it makes an appreciable difference to the case that they're trying to make. In fact,

00:12:18   it may strengthen their case to say that we had to relent because Apple threatened all

00:12:24   of these other things if we went through to it. But I also think it's the only card Apple

00:12:29   has to play is what they did. And this is a bad analogy, but if I own a chain of grocery

00:12:39   stores and you shoplift in one of my grocery stores, I don't just ban you from the one

00:12:45   store, right? I ban you from all my stores. If I have jewelry stores and you rob one of

00:12:51   my stores, you don't get to come back in the other stores. And I know this is an imperfect

00:12:56   analogy, but what is Apple supposed to do? One of their developers specifically, antagonistically,

00:13:05   knowingly broke the rules. As the rulemaker, and again, Apple hides behind its rules a

00:13:13   lot, and I think it's often very disingenuous because it says, "Well, we're just enforcing

00:13:17   the rules," but they make the rules. They're responsible for the rules. But to have somebody

00:13:20   roll in and say, "We're just going to ignore your rules. Try to stop us," I think you have

00:13:25   to respond. I think you have to say, "No," because it's not just even epic. It's literally

00:13:31   everybody else if they don't do it. And so this is the only move Apple can make is say,

00:13:38   "Look, if you are going to ignore our rules, we're going to lower the boom," but I think

00:13:43   it's really important that Apple said, "All you have to do to solve this is turn, is revert.

00:13:49   You don't have to drop your lawsuit. You don't have to do any of these other things. You

00:13:51   need to revert to the version that doesn't break the rules." That's it. That's all. And

00:13:58   I think that's Apple's essentially last move, and then it's either up to the courts or Epic

00:14:04   to make the next move.

00:14:05   Well, actually, I think it's not great, right? Because, you know, we spoke about this. My

00:14:10   point still stands. I think Apple should make changes, and it should look like it's coming

00:14:18   from them rather than them being forced one way or another. But I actually, I agree. Like,

00:14:22   this is what they should do, because what you can't have other developers see, that

00:14:28   if you break the rules, you can get what you want. That's not how rules work. You can't

00:14:36   do that. And again, I fundamentally disagree with the rules. Like, the rules need to change

00:14:43   now. But for as long as the rules are what they are, well, Apple will have to make a

00:14:49   point of anybody that willingly, openly, and fragrantly—is it "fragrantly" or "fragrantly"?

00:14:56   I can't say that word, though. I can't say it with the "L." I just found that one out.

00:15:02   Interesting. It's good no one can hear me say this. We're all the one in the woods.

00:15:05   Yeah, if Myke says a word in the woods, does it actually—does anyone hear it?

00:15:10   Nobody, luckily, except you, and you won't make fun of me.

00:15:12   No, I am making surreptitious title suggestions on this tree over here.

00:15:17   Just chiseling them in.

00:15:19   Asclimation point, "S."

00:15:22   So, like, because they aren't breaking them so publicly?

00:15:27   Yeah.

00:15:29   So fragrantly?

00:15:30   Yeah, what are you supposed to do? Again, I don't love Apple's rules, and I do think

00:15:34   Apple needs to change. I'm not on Apple's side in the sense of everything Apple does

00:15:38   good, but if you're the rulemaker and you've got all these people and somebody breaks your

00:15:42   rules, if you ignore the rules, why do we even have the rules at that point? And it's

00:15:48   either you're selectively enforcing the rules, which is really bad, or there are no rules,

00:15:53   which is also bad. So I think they had to respond, and I think that the reason it's

00:15:57   worded the way it is, which is just revert your app to before you had the in-app purchase

00:16:03   thing that breaks the rules, that's in there for them to say, "We're not asking you

00:16:08   to do anything else. We're not asking you to stop suing us." Right? Like, they could

00:16:13   have said, "Drop all lawsuits and we'll..." But, you know, they didn't. So is it a threat?

00:16:21   Yes, it is. Is it... You know, they were saying that this is retaliation. And I don't think

00:16:30   it is. I don't think it's retaliation. I think it's cause and effect. And that's the difference.

00:16:34   Like, I don't think Apple is retaliating in the sense that, "Oh, boy, because you sued

00:16:41   us, we're coming to get you." I think Apple is trying to look like they are following

00:16:47   what would happen in any situation like this, even though it's not the case.

00:16:51   I think the problem is, I can't remember any "case law" of this. Because developers have

00:17:01   broken the rules. You remember all those, like the Facebook thing?

00:17:04   Oh, yeah. Facebook, Uber.

00:17:06   Uber. And Apple's never publicly said, "We're going to kick you out of the App Store."

00:17:12   I think with Uber, maybe that did happen.

00:17:15   I think there was a report of stuff that Tim Cook said on the phone, right? The issue,

00:17:22   the difference is, Apple gave this as a press quote to press outlets, right?

00:17:29   Because this is all happening publicly. But I think the hammer is back there, and I would

00:17:33   be unsurprised if it has not been wielded at times in those phone calls, those unpleasant

00:17:40   phone calls that you get from somebody high up at Apple who says, "Look, you gotta cut

00:17:44   this out." Because Apple does hold the hammer. It's not like Uber won't work on the iPhone

00:17:52   through a web browser, but you don't want to use the web browser, you want to use the

00:17:55   app. Or maybe it doesn't work. I don't know. Facebook will work on a web browser if it

00:17:58   comes to that. But you gotta have rules, right? You gotta put your foot down if you're Apple

00:18:02   at some point and say, "We can and should debate the rules." Because you and I both

00:18:09   said, "I don't like the rules. I think Apple's rules are too restrictive." And I think that

00:18:15   Apple's visibility here and their PR visibility is really bad. At the same time, the system

00:18:24   is what it is right now, and I think Apple has to say, "Look, you're violating the rules."

00:18:32   And that's not an unreasonable thing for them to do, to say, "You're violating the rules."

00:18:37   And, essentially, stop violating the rules and continue to sue us, essentially, right?

00:18:43   Because I do think that the lawsuit should continue regardless because, essentially,

00:18:47   Epic has been prevented from doing the thing they wanted to do by Apple. And, potentially,

00:18:52   Apple's response with bringing the hammer has given them more fodder for their lawsuit.

00:18:58   And I think that's fine. But at the same time, Epic is putting... I don't really care if

00:19:02   Fortnite comes back in the store or not. That's up to Epic. But it is putting its development

00:19:06   partners at risk. And as several people have pointed out in the last week, the possibility

00:19:13   that Unreal Engine is compromised in terms of Apple's platforms is going to cause a chilling

00:19:23   effect among some developers. So the longer this goes on, the more harm is done to part

00:19:31   of Epic's business. I do wonder, since Epic seems to be very sneaky and has lots of different

00:19:35   plans and ploys, I do wonder if they have a plan to spin off Unreal Engine in a separate

00:19:43   company or something in order to separate it from what Epic is doing.

00:19:47   Yeah, they could do that. They could totally do that.

00:19:49   I'm surprised they... Right? And just say, "No, no, they're separate. They're not related

00:19:52   to this." Because, again, if I was a client of theirs and relied on them for my business

00:19:56   and I cared about Apple's platforms, I would be really mad at them right now.

00:20:01   There's blood on the water, though. And this is something Apple doesn't want, right?

00:20:06   I think this is one of the reasons that they're lashing out.

00:20:08   And as somebody who wants change, I'm glad that this is happening, because this is the

00:20:13   only way you're going to get Apple to change anything, is either force them through laws

00:20:17   or regulations or make it so bad that they have to change to save face. And so that part

00:20:23   of it, I'm actually kind of great about, because this is the only way it's ever going to happen,

00:20:27   it seems.

00:20:29   There's many reports of companies getting disgruntled, but one of the ones that at least

00:20:35   has been public is there's a trade group of newspapers that are saying that they want

00:20:42   the cut to be 15%, like they want the Amazon deal. And it's funny because the Wall Street

00:20:49   Journal is in there, which is just a funny parallel from, I think we were talking a week

00:20:54   or so ago, about them being apparently really super happy with Apple News+, even though

00:20:59   the Apple News+ cut is like 50%. But this is about these newspaper developers not wanting

00:21:07   to pay 30% on their subscriptions that they get with their users in their own apps, right?

00:21:13   They want 15% all the time, not just after the first year. And they're saying Apple is

00:21:20   like, "preventing them from investing in quality journalism."

00:21:26   Well, I mean, if you've got a payment dispute with Apple, now is the time to get it out there.

00:21:30   Yeah, now's the time. Because it maybe is the only time in recent memory where the average

00:21:40   person would even be aware of the fact that Apple takes a cut from developers, you know?

00:21:46   Because Fortnite's big enough that it may have gotten into more people's purview.

00:21:52   Right.

00:21:53   So, every great walk, in my opinion, deserves breaks. You know, like I like to take a break

00:22:00   every now and again.

00:22:02   Yeah, I think we're getting up to the creek here, which is where I wanted to stop instead

00:22:06   of camp. So, yeah, we're getting close. We're getting close. We take a break.

00:22:11   Okay, then I'll talk to you about ExpressVPN.

00:22:13   Oh, good!

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00:23:49   Hey Myke, I'm not actually here anymore. I've used a VPN to put me over there by that

00:23:54   tree.

00:23:55   Oh, sorry. It's very clever. Look at that.

00:23:57   I can get tree Netflix now.

00:23:59   I wish that you had a better pun than tree Netflix, you know, like some kind of like,

00:24:05   maybe like fishing Netflix?

00:24:06   Fishing Netflix, yes.

00:24:08   There you go. Look at that same brain. We are at the stream.

00:24:12   We're at the stream now, right? Okay, we, um, while we're setting up camp, we might

00:24:17   as well, you know, talk, but we'll get the tent out. Like, let's do this.

00:24:22   Alright.

00:24:23   We'll do some fishing Netflix.

00:24:25   And we are.

00:24:27   Later. Later.

00:24:28   Stream. So let me tell you about some stuff that I've been reading, Jason.

00:24:33   Sure.

00:24:34   There's a couple of Apple TV+ things. They've picked up a movie from Idris Elba. It's a

00:24:39   spy movie. This is a, even though this is kind of, this is kind of a strange one because

00:24:45   Apple have a first look deal with Idris Elba, but this wasn't that. They won this movie

00:24:51   in a bidding war. It's being produced by Elba and Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chun. It's not

00:24:59   really anything known about this movie right now, except that Idris Elba's in it and it's

00:25:03   a spy movie.

00:25:04   A spy movie with romance.

00:25:06   Ooh. What a peculiar mix.

00:25:10   What a twist.

00:25:12   So, you know, I think this is like, you know.

00:25:14   Finally. Finally a spy movie with romance.

00:25:16   Finally.

00:25:17   At long last.

00:25:18   This is what we can count on with Apple, some real innovation. I haven't watched it yet,

00:25:21   by the way, but I've seen lots of people saying that Ted Lasso's really good.

00:25:26   It's so good.

00:25:27   Are you seeing some of it?

00:25:28   I've watched the first three episodes. And if we weren't out here, I'd be watching episode

00:25:32   four right now. It's so good. It's really good. It is. I think everybody's surprised.

00:25:37   Looking at the trailer, I thought maybe it would be right in my wheelhouse because it

00:25:41   is, you know, it's funny, but it seems like it's got heart and they're kind of headed

00:25:47   for the uplifting story about sports team coming together kind of thing. But it's also

00:25:52   really kind of warm and genuine. And it's got a lot of the great kind of culture clash

00:25:57   things between the American and all the English people. And then it's also like American

00:26:02   sports versus English sports culture clash. It's funny. It's sweet. It's yeah, it's really

00:26:09   good. If you haven't tried it because you thought, why would I ever watch a show that's

00:26:13   based on a commercial? Although to be fair, those commercials were based on a character

00:26:18   that they had come up with beforehand, just as a comedy kind of character. And then NBC

00:26:25   was like, we have this idea for these promo bits. And they said, well, we could use this

00:26:28   character that we've joked about. And that was where it came from. But, you know, in

00:26:33   the end, it's a bunch of very talented comedy producers and writers. And they made this

00:26:39   10 episode Apple TV, which has now been picked up for a second season. Yeah. Yeah. Apple

00:26:45   already picked it up. I feel like those are almost a fait accompli that those Apple TV

00:26:50   shows are going to get a second season. But they did after like a week of "Tetlasso" being

00:26:56   out there. And the reviews have all been really good, including from some sports related places

00:27:02   that would generally, you know, probably frown on fictional sports shows that are silly.

00:27:08   But it's good. I like it. "Tetlasso." Yeah. People should check it out.

00:27:12   I have a conspiracy theory for you. Oh, OK. So an Upgrading tweeted it was both and said

00:27:20   they liked it. And Jason Stedek has faved the tweet, like the tweet. Oh. But this isn't

00:27:26   the first time that I've seen this. So I believe it was Karen Pittman who played Mia Jordan

00:27:34   on "The Morning Show." I think it was I think it was a similar thing happened. Somebody

00:27:39   tweeted or I tweeted about it and she faved it. I wonder if Apple has some kind of like

00:27:48   like some kind of like like thing going on here where either they recommend people do

00:27:52   this or they get people to do it because I then went to Jason Stedek's Twitter account.

00:28:00   Jason Stedek's doesn't tweet at all. There's no tweets on Jason Stedek's Twitter account.

00:28:07   But there are lots of likes that don't mention Jason Stedek because they just mentioned Ted

00:28:12   Lasso. Hmm. So I wonder if this is like a guerrilla market and campaign type thing or

00:28:20   they these people could also just be super pleased about the fact that people like the

00:28:25   show. But it's it's a funny thing to me because I've noticed it happen multiple times now

00:28:30   where because it is a similar thing for me the last time, which is I didn't mention anybody

00:28:36   in the tweet. I think I just tweeted about how good "The Morning Show" was and saw people

00:28:41   that were on the show saving the tweet. So I don't know. But I think it's a funny little

00:28:47   thing that happened. Yeah, something's going on there. Yep. But I'm looking forward to

00:28:52   that one. Oh, production has resumed on for all mankind. There were two episodes left

00:28:56   and they're finishing them off now. I think it started last week or something. And this

00:28:59   is shot in the U.S. It's shot in Culver City on the Sony lot. So they are apparently again

00:29:06   my theory is just everybody stay in space suits the whole time. When I see this stuff

00:29:13   about TV and movies, my feeling on it is just like it is a close our eyes, cross our fingers.

00:29:21   Yeah, I think there's some truth to that. Although I read an article about it that said

00:29:25   that this is a lot of it's what you used to think of as a closed set, which is like for

00:29:30   love scenes and things like that. They would do that. Right. Essential personality. So

00:29:36   yeah, just like with with sports, actually, they've kind of grouped everybody together.

00:29:40   I get the impression that in Hollywood everybody wants to be on the set. And like if you can

00:29:47   get near the set, you get on the set. And so what they've done is they've said, OK,

00:29:51   we know we have a culture of allowing people to go various places, but now that's going

00:29:55   to change. And so there's like the people who need access to the set and the people

00:29:58   who need access to the set, like when it's shooting and the people who are going to be

00:30:01   here and, you know, we're going to handle the food this way and we're going to handle

00:30:05   the makeup this way and the wardrobe this way, like in order to make it safer. So whether

00:30:11   it's safe or not is anybody's guess. But I think it's interesting that by all accounts,

00:30:16   they are trying really hard to change the way that this stuff is done to minimize the

00:30:20   number of people who are in any particular environment. Presumably everybody who is not

00:30:24   on camera is masked as well and that there's way fewer people than there used to be around

00:30:29   the sets. And I've seen some actors say it's actually a little bit eerie that there are

00:30:33   so few people around because you're used to this kind of like a big bustling set. But

00:30:39   that's the whole idea here is to minimize the exposure and all that. But you're right.

00:30:42   I think there's an aspect of this which is really crossing your fingers and hoping for

00:30:46   the best. But that's true. I mean, true of everything. That's true of sports too, right?

00:30:50   Where it's like, well, let's see. Let's see how this works. And nobody really knows the

00:30:54   answer. But I suppose somebody has to go first and somebody has to give it a try. And this

00:30:58   is an interesting one because it's not even a long shoot. They like literally they have

00:31:02   two episodes left and then they can wrap the season. So I can see that especially as wanting

00:31:08   to get over the finish line. I'm expecting we're going to get this show within kind of

00:31:13   the timeframe we would have expected. I think so if they can cap off because presumably

00:31:18   they have edited and probably edited and done the effects for the rest of the eight, right?

00:31:25   Or at least are on schedule to do that because that was all before it shut down in March.

00:31:29   They've had since March to continue post-production on that stuff. And some of the post-production

00:31:34   stuff is slower. Like music especially is slower because if you used an orchestra to

00:31:38   do your music before, you can't get the musicians together. So they are doing virtual

00:31:42   orchestras where everybody's recording their parts separately and then they have to edit

00:31:45   it all together, which is really hard. But still they've got time to produce it. So now

00:31:50   with these last two episodes, I wonder if they're going to be able to fairly easily

00:31:55   kind of start rolling them out remembering that it's also Apple TV. So it's weekly.

00:32:01   So they even if they drop the first three episodes, they've got another seven weeks.

00:32:06   So they've got another whatever five weeks six weeks before they get to these these

00:32:11   two episodes. So if they're lucky enough that these episodes are late in the season

00:32:16   gives them more pattern. I bet they don't for the second season. I would be surprised

00:32:22   if they if they dropped multiple ones. I think they might have done that just at the

00:32:26   start because the service was new. Yeah, except that they still have done it like Ted

00:32:31   Lasso dropped three episodes. Oh really? But for a season two, I think you're right.

00:32:35   Like that's the question is for season two. Do you need three episodes? And we haven't

00:32:40   had a season two on Apple TV. Have we really nothing? So there hasn't been one yet. So

00:32:45   I think that's the question is will they drop one episode if I were them I would because

00:32:50   I want to ration these, you know live-action episodes that I don't have that many of I

00:32:55   don't if I if it's going to be weekly, I don't need the first three now, you know,

00:32:59   we watched the first three Ted Lassos over the course of three or four days and then

00:33:03   I was queuing up episode 4 and oh, it's not there yet because it drops on Friday and this

00:33:09   was like we watched by Monday Tuesday Wednesday and then Thursday comes around and like that

00:33:16   episode isn't there like oh, right. This is a weekly show. So they trained me into watching

00:33:20   it on demand whenever I wanted and then they had to retrain me into watching it weekly.

00:33:24   So I will say I really actually ended up enjoying a lot the waiting for all mankind and from

00:33:30   the morning show. I love it. I think I think I know that some people like to watch in a

00:33:35   binge, but the beauty is if you wait you can watch it in a binge, but I love the idea of

00:33:39   rolling something out initially with that week between episodes because you get to build

00:33:45   suspense and talk about it. I couldn't have watched and you can space it. The last half

00:33:50   of that season in a binge. It would have been too much. I liked having the room to breathe.

00:33:55   So that was good. Reese Witherspoon's next project for Apple TV+ is a music competition

00:34:04   show called My Kind of Country. Wow, reality TV, huh? That sentence is like was a surprise

00:34:13   to me when I read it. I don't really know enough about Reese Witherspoon. I guess that

00:34:18   she's a big fan of country music would be my assumption here. And again, if you're confused

00:34:23   about why Reese Witherspoon is attached to this, this is all through her production company

00:34:27   Hello Sunshine, which has multiple projects in the works with Apple TV+ by now. She's

00:34:33   from Nashville. So you know, that's Music City USA. Didn't know that, but that makes

00:34:40   sense. But yeah, so I mean, Witherspoon has been doing just great work here, right? But

00:34:46   like the amount of things that she's been able to get going with Apple and others. So

00:34:51   like, I'm intrigued about this. It's a, you know, like we talk about this a lot, like

00:34:56   having a breath in your catalogue to meet lots of people where they are. And this kind

00:35:04   of reality show is something that people love, right? Like music reality shows. I don't

00:35:11   know of there being a popular country music focused reality show. So maybe this is a niche

00:35:17   to get into. And I guess it makes sense in a way for Apple to want to have content like

00:35:25   this. But I guess it would just be remained to be seen if it will work out for them. This

00:35:32   kind of show feels like a big investment to do, right?

00:35:35   Yeah, and whether this kind of show works on Apple TV+, right? This is, it's a funny

00:35:42   thing. Hasan Minhaj's show got cancelled on Netflix. Yeah. And a lot of people, I saw

00:35:52   some stories that were like, why doesn't, why doesn't the timely talk show work on Netflix?

00:36:00   Because they tried it a bunch and they've all kind of flopped. And I think the answer

00:36:05   is that it doesn't fit with Netflix's algorithm or with its audience, or it's not what people

00:36:11   want from Netflix. And I think that there's some truth in that. Like, just because there's

00:36:18   a kind of TV show that is successful doesn't mean it'll be successful everywhere. Like,

00:36:25   you know, John Oliver's show is very successful on HBO as far as I can tell. And people talk

00:36:30   about it and like it and I like it a lot. If that was a Netflix show, I think they would

00:36:37   have cancelled it after two years or a year and a half. And I don't think, I think it's

00:36:42   that simple. It's like Netflix is programming to maximize Netflix's subscriptions and Netflix's

00:36:49   audience. And what Netflix looks for is not necessarily what other places look for. Netflix

00:36:55   viewers not only are a different group of people, but they're looking for something

00:37:00   in particular from Netflix. I don't think people go on Netflix thinking, I want to see

00:37:05   this week's episode of a news comedy show. I just, I don't think they do. I don't think

00:37:11   people think of next week's anything on Netflix. And that has to do with Netflix and who, what

00:37:18   we want out of it. So I say this to say that Apple doing a reality competition show of

00:37:25   a kind with my kind of country, it's going to be interesting to see, is that what Apple

00:37:33   TV's viewers want from Apple TV Plus? I don't know. And at this point it may be so

00:37:40   early in the lifespan of this service that nobody knows or that they're cultivating an

00:37:46   audience and they're trying to bring in an audience that's going to watch this. But I

00:37:49   think it's a question of what works and what doesn't work on Apple TV Plus in the long

00:37:53   haul. Because I do think that the same show put on a network, put on a cable channel,

00:38:00   put on HBO, put on Peacock, put on Apple TV Plus, put on CBS All Access, like we'll have

00:38:08   a different outcome on every single one of those and it'll be a spectrum.

00:38:13   It's dependent on the content that you have that surrounds those shows, right? So I never

00:38:19   even really think about going to Netflix to watch a movie. I don't really think about

00:38:24   that. For me, Netflix is seasons of stuff that I can watch all of right now.

00:38:32   Yeah, and that's the part that I think doesn't get considered enough, which is it's

00:38:36   not even necessarily that Netflix doesn't like these kinds of shows because they keep

00:38:41   trying them. I think Netflix would love one of them to be successful, but that Netflix

00:38:46   is fighting against its own brand identity. Like that Netflix is not the best vehicle

00:38:52   for a weekly news-based comedy/satire show.

00:38:59   It seems like Patriot Act has probably been their best one so far because they've kept

00:39:04   it around. They kept renewing it. What, it was like six seasons, I think?

00:39:08   Well, it's six batches, but they only went eight episodes past the initial order. They

00:39:12   ordered like 32 episodes and then at some point, like six months ago, they added eight

00:39:17   more and then they dropped it. So they made a big commitment up front, but they really

00:39:23   didn't fulfill much beyond the initial commitment. And that is actually what happened

00:39:27   with the Jill McHale show, which is a very different kind of show and yet also kind of

00:39:32   timely. That was his revival of the soup that he used to do, which is basically picking

00:39:37   up like reality TV shows of the week and making fun of them. And I love that show. I thought

00:39:42   it was hilarious, but they picked it up for one little season.

00:39:45   That's a huge show to me.

00:39:46   Yeah, well, I mean, essentially, except on Netflix. And it didn't work for Netflix.

00:39:50   Clearly, they did order six more episodes, drop them as a binge, which was very weird,

00:39:55   I think as an experiment of like, what if we did it and it wasn't timely and we dropped

00:39:58   a whole season of it? And then they're like, yeah, that didn't work either. And then

00:40:01   they walked away. So I think Netflix would love for something like this to work. I think

00:40:05   they would love to have something like a John Oliver or a or a daily show where people came

00:40:12   because they wanted to see and it was buzz worthy and all of that. And I think I think

00:40:17   this is a case of Netflix maybe of being a victim of its own success, where it's so good

00:40:21   at binge watching TV seasons that that's what people come to Netflix for now. And there

00:40:28   are turns out there are limits to that and that there's some things that you don't people

00:40:31   don't want to get from Netflix. So it's kind of funny because Netflix is the is the death

00:40:36   star of TV right now. But this is an interesting example where maybe they just, you know, they

00:40:42   can't do it. They can't they can't fit this one into their brand.

00:40:46   Has some exciting news for you, Jason. Oh, a text adventure is ready. It's done. The

00:40:52   cool text upgrade text adventure. Oh, yeah, we did that. We did the text adventure a little

00:40:56   while ago. And it is complete. I've been working on it. Yeah, I know you keep sending me versions

00:41:01   of it. Here's the latest. Yep. So it's completed. I listened to the final one today. It's ready

00:41:07   to go. August twenty ninth. We're going to have it available for really if our members

00:41:12   so this coming weekend to six weekend next weekend, which is a great way for people to

00:41:18   if they haven't given upgrade plus a shot yet, but they love to text adventures every

00:41:22   year, you can sign up the upgrade plus member and you'll get both upgrade plus and the crossover

00:41:28   feed, which is where there's the which is where the text adventure will be found. So

00:41:33   we have like this feed is called relay FM crossover and it includes tons of great content

00:41:40   from over the years where we've done these specials every year. If you don't know what

00:41:44   the Texas venture specials are, then you can find out. I'm also going to play a trailer

00:41:49   at the end of this episode that doesn't exist. Oh good. Is that a is why do you I was wondering

00:41:55   why you brought the cassette player out? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I'll play you a trailer back hanging

00:42:00   off your backpack like that, but it's got the text adventure on I get it. So the text

00:42:04   adventure is available in the crossover feed where there's lots of other wonderful content

00:42:08   and I'm already a member Myke. Why do you keep telling me these things? Well, if you're

00:42:12   not and if you don't know where to get it, we got one you go to get upgrade plus dot

00:42:15   com Jason you can do that right now if you want to hear that birds get upgrade plus dot

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00:42:26   feed is, there'll be a link in the show notes where you can just tap that sign in and you

00:42:30   can immediately subscribe to crossover. I put that link in the in carved on the bark

00:42:35   of this tree over here, which is good. Good. Good. The show notes this jury we call show

00:42:40   notes. It's really fun. There'll be a trailer at the end of the episode and if you want

00:42:45   it, go to get upgrade plus dot com and sign up if you're already really a member, you

00:42:49   can get it too. And thank you so much for your support. Also, I know you're really excited

00:42:52   about fishing Netflix, but I've got a better idea now. Okay. tree pn it's a tree based

00:42:58   VPN. Right. I'd prefer fishing Netflix. Okay, fine. That was funny. Not that tree pn wasn't

00:43:06   funny to of course, Jason. Sorry. Sorry. No, three pn was great. It was the best. I don't

00:43:12   need your pity. I have one other thing, Jason. I'm really excited about right now. You may

00:43:17   remember we raised a ton of money last year for St. Jude Children's Cancer Research Hospital.

00:43:22   Mm hmm. I do. We're doing it again. Doing it again. We're partnering with St. Jude once

00:43:26   again. We're going to be raising money now and throughout September. So as we get into

00:43:31   September, you can expect to hear much more about that and like about St. Jude's mission

00:43:35   and the cause because that's something that's near and dear to all of us. And September

00:43:40   is childhood cancer awareness month. But you can donate or people could donate now. So

00:43:45   you might want to carve into another tree. Jason st. Jude dot org slash relay. I have

00:43:49   written that down here already as you were talking with pebbles. I've just spelled it

00:43:54   out here along the bank. That's a good one. Creek. People can see it. So the next people

00:43:57   who come by will see see the pebbles that say St. Jude dot org slash the slash is a is

00:44:02   a stick is really you'd be efficient. St. Jude slash relay. And we're doing the podcast

00:44:08   on again on Friday, September 18th from 2 to 8 p.m. Eastern at twitch dot TV slash relay

00:44:13   FM. It's a virtual podcast. Yeah. Because you aren't allowed to travel. And that's the

00:44:19   only difference is me and Steven in the same place. Everybody else was virtual last time.

00:44:24   So it's actually allowing us to do some new and very fun things. We we had already been

00:44:30   working on the podcast on. I'm not even kidding. Like from before covered. Right. We started

00:44:36   working on it then. So it but we hadn't started too much. So we didn't have to like been a

00:44:42   bunch of plans. We were able to adapt a bunch of stuff and we're able to still do things

00:44:46   this year that we'd hoped to do last year but couldn't get together in time. We're doing

00:44:50   them this year, even though it's all virtual. So I think it's going to be really fun. And

00:44:54   what I also like about doing the podcast with on now is I think people will have more time

00:44:59   to spend with us to watch it. Right. It's true. So I made a little bit earlier in the day

00:45:05   because I'm going to be in London. I didn't want it to go into what would have been I think

00:45:10   3 or 4 in the morning for me. So we're doing 2 to 8 p.m. Eastern time which ends at 1 in the

00:45:14   morning. Yeah. But one I can do three would have been that would have would have gone a

00:45:19   little bit loopy towards the end. And are you going to dress up. Of course I am. OK.

00:45:24   Me and Adina were talking today about what we were going to wear. Got to dress up. Got to

00:45:30   dress up. No it doesn't take that away. But anyway stju.org/relay. We're going to talk about

00:45:35   this a bunch. But please go there now. Donate what you can. We want to do it again. We want

00:45:40   to raise three hundred and fifteen thousand dollars which I know is a huge amount of money.

00:45:44   But we did it last year. So let's do it again. Just tap on the on the stick tap on the stick

00:45:49   on the bank of the creek and you'll go there. Do you see that over there. What looks like a little

00:45:56   cave or something. Oh yeah. Well we could we could check it out. Let's let's I mean it's a bit

00:46:02   of a hike. We're going to walk I think down there and then cross over the stream. But we could do

00:46:07   that. I think we should do that. All right. I mean it's it's not nightfall yet. You know we got

00:46:12   time before before we have to turn in. So sure. You know thinking about that like going into a

00:46:17   cave after having been inside my own little cave. Oh there's a new cave. It's a new cave. New

00:46:24   caves are exciting right. Outdoor cave. Yeah because I am in a new cave most of the week now

00:46:30   back like I say back. I mean and recording from mega studio like four days a week. I'm working

00:46:36   and recording from there now. The only day I don't record from mega studio is is or work from

00:46:42   mega studio is Mondays because I'm still working out how I'll do this show from there. Because

00:46:50   because we record. I mean I have a couple of shows that I record around the same time in the day

00:46:55   that I record upgrade which is like around five or six p.m. But I don't edit them. So like I'm

00:47:01   still trying to work out that process because like I'm usually done with upgrade around

00:47:09   sometime between nine and 10 p.m. which would then be difficult for coming home and having dinner.

00:47:16   It's a tad late. Yes. So I'm still working out. We've we've got some ideas like that could just

00:47:22   be a night of the week where we get takeout because we have great takeout options at the studio.

00:47:26   Would you do something like record upgrade and then just take the files home? I thought about

00:47:31   that but eventually at some point I don't want to have any gear at home for like properly

00:47:38   sitting down and recording. So I want to work out the process. Yeah I guess I'm just saying

00:47:43   if you could if you could just take the files home and edit at home after dinner instead. I don't

00:47:48   know. Yeah I mean that would work. I've already told you I'm not getting up any earlier though.

00:47:52   No this is it was never a thing to move it earlier. I would never have asked that wasn't the

00:47:57   thing. It was just about me working out my process because I know there's a way to do it. I just

00:48:02   sure I've got a couple of options and I just haven't yet worked out which one I want to take.

00:48:09   But there isn't like an immediate need because it's like my original plan for the studio

00:48:16   is that like we would have been by now all moved in. I would have no gear here except like

00:48:22   emergency travel gear. I'd have like a laptop a microphone an XLR cable and a zoom recorder

00:48:28   which is just what I would put in my bags whenever I would go away and would record from outside

00:48:34   of home. But I never got to do that. I mean it was kind of funny right where like now

00:48:41   I can look back on it. I think we'd had the studio lease for like three or four weeks and then

00:48:46   went into lockdown. So just you know we've only been I've been recording from there for a couple

00:48:52   of weeks now right like and going there like three or four days a week and I'm trying to stick

00:48:57   with at least four days a week now. So that's nice. So how's it going to get out and have

00:49:03   a place outside because this isn't just the lockdown. I mean before the lockdown before the

00:49:08   pandemic you could go out and do things but your work was constrained in your house in

00:49:17   Mega office which it seems less Mega now I would imagine.

00:49:25   It's like mini office. So you know leaving the pandemic kind of aside for a minute believe it or not

00:49:32   and just looking at your work routine you're going for the first time in a long time you're

00:49:38   leaving your home for you know several hours several days a week to go somewhere else and

00:49:45   work. That's a big change. Because that was it was the thing right like my out of home studio

00:49:51   was not informed by lockdown. I made the decision way before then and it was because I wanted

00:49:59   I had been I had been working from home for five years and I have come to realize that

00:50:07   was all awesome but I want a bit more structure again like I've done it for long enough now

00:50:13   where I wanted to change it up and it may be that like in another five years I want to work

00:50:19   from home again but will be in a different in a larger home maybe in a larger home right so it

00:50:24   will be easier like we only have three main rooms in this house we have like our living room

00:50:32   and kitchen which is one room then we have two bedrooms and one of the bedrooms is occupied

00:50:38   by the studio and so that means that like all I am in is one of those three rooms all the

00:50:46   time basically right and I felt like I needed more room to breathe plus Adina is working

00:50:56   with me now like so I have a UK company as well which is like a whole thing and but I

00:51:03   walk on up a project through my UK based company and we run that together and it was

00:51:10   becoming trickier and trickier for us to both be able to have enough space to work so we

00:51:16   had made the decision that we would get an out of home studio so we would have more space

00:51:22   to expand and I wanted it to also be like a comfortable place to be because if we were

00:51:28   going to do it I mean some of my work days will begin at 10 in the morning and end at

00:51:34   10 at night so I wanted it to be a space where we could be comfortable in for long periods

00:51:39   of time as well because I have like these weird holes in the middle of my day sometimes

00:51:44   right where like I've got all the stuff I need done for the morning but I'm not recording

00:51:49   anything for like another three hours so having somewhere comfortable to be during that waiting

00:51:55   period of time would also be good.

00:51:57   You have like I assume like coffee or tea making things and I don't know do you have

00:52:01   a little refrigerator or something in there?

00:52:03   We don't yeah but that's the plan we just haven't gotten that yet.

00:52:06   We're now like even though we've had the lease on this place for six months we're back

00:52:12   to like week seven.

00:52:14   Right.

00:52:15   Right so the main thing was before we could start really filling it out of everything

00:52:20   else we needed is it had to be recording ready and it is now.

00:52:23   Hey that is a big cave.

00:52:26   That is a big cave this is bigger than mega studio.

00:52:29   Oh yeah hey hello!

00:52:31   Oh wow.

00:52:34   We could explore this cave a little.

00:52:36   I mean let's walk into the cave while we're talking I mean it's huge it's like it's

00:52:41   barely even a cave this far out this is spectacular all right no you were saying sorry.

00:52:46   But yeah so it's been we're still kind of filling it out still working out what we need

00:52:51   but like it's been a great change for me mentally now to have this place it's given

00:52:58   me renewed energy for work and putting more activity into my day like which I think is

00:53:03   helping with my energy right and it's forcing structure for me in a different way and I'm

00:53:10   having way more of a feeling of like being home which I haven't had in a long time in

00:53:18   the idea of like I'll do that tomorrow I'm home now.

00:53:23   Oh yeah yeah.

00:53:25   Right and I I'd lost that like I really lost that and so I like having that feeling.

00:53:32   Having that feeling again that that's nice.

00:53:35   This is one of the reasons believe it or not this is one of the reasons why I shut down

00:53:39   my computer when I'm done for the day and then I can close the garage door.

00:53:44   Yeah.

00:53:45   The door you know not the big rolling garage door but the door to the to the rest of the

00:53:49   house in the garage and on a weekend depending on what I'm doing like there are weekends

00:53:55   where the computer never comes on and people send me things and I'm like I'll do that

00:54:01   when I'm back at the computer and it's just it's not as as dramatic as having it be home

00:54:06   and office but putting any barrier between the one and the other can really pay off mentally

00:54:13   I think in in forcing you to section your time and and say that's that goes in the other

00:54:19   bucket I'm not going to deal with that right now it's just going to wait until later.

00:54:24   Yeah I don't know exactly why or how but like I just got not good at separating all

00:54:30   that stuff apart you know.

00:54:32   Yeah it's hard it's hard when it all mixes together and you're not leaving the house

00:54:36   and it's all just kind of running together and it's it's you know kind of more efficient

00:54:40   in many ways to just be able to ping pong back and forth but I think that it takes a

00:54:44   toll mentally.

00:54:46   I mean you mentioned having everyone at home again.

00:54:51   Is that changing your work?

00:54:55   You know I'd say as much as I talk about my home office and you know being out here

00:55:02   in the garage and having this be my my place my domain I used the rest of the house more

00:55:11   than I thought and that has been the biggest change for me is I used to do you know to

00:55:21   take a break like I talked about that iPad setup I have right where I've got this iPad

00:55:25   stand and the keyboard and all of that that's not something I do in the garage that's

00:55:29   something I do in the house I take it into the house to the by the kitchen and I stand

00:55:33   at the bar and I do it.

00:55:35   Well I can't do that because there's people all the time there's always somebody around

00:55:42   whereas I used to be able to do that and there was nobody else in the house but me.

00:55:46   So that that has been a challenge in the in the summer months when it's a nice day I can

00:55:51   go in the backyard and work and that is still you know that's still a great kind of like

00:55:55   play shift for me when I'm capable of doing that.

00:55:58   So that's been nice when I when I can do that but I've realized that yeah I definitely

00:56:02   took advantage of the emptiness of the house to expand my my workspace and different

00:56:09   options.

00:56:10   Also the pandemic has closed down another one of my place shifting tricks which was

00:56:15   going to Starbucks and writing my column which I did a lot just to get you gets me out of

00:56:24   the house and puts me in an environment.

00:56:26   I think I knew you did that.

00:56:27   Oh yeah yeah I've been I've been writing it a you know writing the Macworld column

00:56:31   especially at Starbucks not every week but but I was doing that a lot that we used to

00:56:35   have a Starbucks within walking distance and it was great and I would just walk over

00:56:38   there and then they closed it and I was very sad but I still went maybe every other week

00:56:43   ish to one that I could drive to.

00:56:47   But obviously pandemic is the end of that.

00:56:50   The good thing about that is that you're there and it's like well I'm here.

00:56:53   I went to all the effort to come here.

00:56:55   It would be awfully stupid if I didn't do what I came here to do which is write my column

00:56:58   and it sort of like forces me to focus on doing the job which I find that I find that

00:57:04   very not only am I a different place and I'm there's kind of like the hubbub of people

00:57:09   and I've also kind of like forced my own hand of saying you know you'll feel really stupid

00:57:15   if you leave here having spent an hour sitting here and done nothing and it totally works

00:57:20   like I would sit down.

00:57:21   That's definitely part of the effect that I'm getting in the studio.

00:57:24   Yeah.

00:57:25   So I would sit down like I'm not going to waste the time that I'm here because otherwise

00:57:28   why am I here and so I would sit down and I would write you know thousand words or whatever

00:57:32   in a fairly short amount of time.

00:57:33   It was great.

00:57:34   Finish my hot chocolate leave maybe pop into the supermarket and then go home and I've

00:57:38   lost that.

00:57:39   Yeah.

00:57:40   Paying a rent on a room really gives you that feeling.

00:57:44   More than a hot chocolate at Starbucks.

00:57:46   Yeah for sure.

00:57:47   Yeah.

00:57:48   Yeah.

00:57:49   Yeah.

00:57:50   No but it is that is one of the effects of that.

00:57:52   So anyway that's one of the ways that it's affected me is I'm largely unaffected by this

00:57:56   because I work at home but that and I feel very lucky to have my setup here and be very

00:58:03   comfortable in it.

00:58:05   But there are definitely you know having a lot of people in the house has definitely

00:58:11   added added some some complications to that.

00:58:14   It's great.

00:58:15   It's great having my daughter home.

00:58:18   You know it's tough because my son is now doing online classes every day.

00:58:22   He is.

00:58:23   That's not we bought him a new chair but you know he's sitting at a desk watching Zoom

00:58:29   lectures.

00:58:31   Yeah.

00:58:33   Yeah.

00:58:35   But you know that that sounds kind of terrible for him but better than being in school maybe.

00:58:41   I think so.

00:58:42   I think so.

00:58:43   Yeah.

00:58:44   I know this is a very different situation for lots of different people but I can imagine

00:58:50   that for many parents if they have the choice available to them that's the choice that they

00:58:54   would want to be able to take.

00:58:56   Right.

00:58:57   Right.

00:58:58   Well I'm really glad that you're using your you're using your studio because I mean you

00:59:03   got up right to the precipice and then everything locked down.

00:59:07   And I it's got to be I mean you're you're essentially going to another space that you

00:59:11   control.

00:59:12   So it's got a lot less stress than if you were going into an office with lots of people

00:59:16   it really is your space.

00:59:18   And it gives you you know you you've essentially expanded your house in a way right.

00:59:24   That is what it feels like.

00:59:28   But it's another another home another workspace however you want to describe it.

00:59:32   It's a place that you both can go.

00:59:35   And it's not the place that you've been.

00:59:39   And it probably puts you in a context that is you know more of a even when you're in

00:59:44   one of those holes in your schedule you're still at at work right.

00:59:50   It's incredibly difficult to buy office furniture right now though.

00:59:55   I bet you try and buy a chair right like a good chair or a good desk.

01:00:01   Super difficult to do.

01:00:03   Really very very difficult to do.

01:00:06   Huh.

01:00:07   Hey what is that.

01:00:09   Do you see that.

01:00:12   Over there in the corner.

01:00:13   Do you see that.

01:00:14   It's kind of dark over there.

01:00:16   I just saw something shining like it looks like a door.

01:00:21   Let me turn on my flashlight.

01:00:24   I didn't know you would have been useful if you could.

01:00:26   Well it's my phone.

01:00:28   Oh right yeah.

01:00:30   Torch sorry torch.

01:00:31   Who would want an actual flashlight.

01:00:32   Am I right.

01:00:34   I think Casey Liss.

01:00:39   But yeah I think that it is super super rusty.

01:00:44   But is it. How could there be a door in the back of a cave.

01:00:47   That's crazy. What is.

01:00:50   I feel like we should dash over to that door.

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01:01:40   Well I mean you know that my daughter's done some driving for door dash.

01:01:43   Yes.

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01:03:01   Yeah it is a door.

01:03:03   All right.

01:03:04   It's like a it's like a ring or something.

01:03:06   Let me pull let me pull.

01:03:07   Yes stand back.

01:03:08   I'm going to hold the hold the hold the light on me.

01:03:10   Let me.

01:03:13   What is this in a cave.

01:03:18   I mean this is finished that that was that's just a rough cave but this is just a like a.

01:03:25   Why would there be like a storage room in inside it.

01:03:30   I mean I guess I'm going to go once does need storage rooms to let's just don't even say cave monsters.

01:03:35   Okay sorry sorry sorry cave.

01:03:38   Although this is more like a basement monster would be in here check this out.

01:03:43   There's a layer of dust no one's been here in a long time.

01:03:48   Oh man.

01:03:49   Now look at this old computer.

01:03:51   Can you imagine.

01:03:54   How much faster an Apple Silicon Mac could be from this computer.

01:03:58   It's mind boggling.

01:04:00   I mean even a new chart maybe maybe.

01:04:03   I've got a whiteboard over here right.

01:04:05   I want to draw for you Jason a chart that I saw on on your Verifying website.

01:04:13   Do those pens do those dry erase pens even work.

01:04:16   That's good enough.

01:04:18   All right let's say I mean I suppose it could be a permanent marker and they're not going to know we're here but yeah sure.

01:04:22   Draw me a map.

01:04:23   Draw me a chart.

01:04:24   So I've got an x axis for you here which is power consumption and a y axis is just performance.

01:04:28   This was a graph that was shown at a WWDC session.

01:04:33   And so we have typical desktops we're going to put in a box here and typical notebooks we're going to put in a box here.

01:04:40   And basically the way that I outline this on the graph is saying that a typical desktop is going to consume more power and perform better right.

01:04:48   And typical notebooks will have less performance and consume less power.

01:04:51   We know this already right.

01:04:53   Yes.

01:04:54   This is this is the way like this is the two computer classes they are displayed on a graph in this way.

01:04:59   Yeah you're doing you're doing that the Apple WWDC slide.

01:05:03   Yeah.

01:05:04   But on that now I'm just going to take a big big pen and I'm just going to draw a big like hazy area up the top left.

01:05:11   Oh least power consumption most performance.

01:05:14   And we're just going to label that max of Apple Silicon.

01:05:18   OK.

01:05:18   Right.

01:05:19   Just right.

01:05:20   Let's see what you're doing here.

01:05:21   In this top corner here.

01:05:23   Right.

01:05:24   So this is what Apple was trying to show people.

01:05:27   They're trying to say that like I guess every Mac of Apple Silicon will perform well and not consume a lot of power.

01:05:34   Like what is going on here.

01:05:36   Do you think.

01:05:38   Well it's it's a Bezos chart in a way.

01:05:43   It is a Bezos chart.

01:05:45   It is.

01:05:46   It's just oh it's good is here and good is here and bad is here.

01:05:54   Yeah.

01:05:56   I what I find fascinating is that Apple Apple seems to be suggesting that the max with Apple Silicon are going to be faster than existing notebooks but that some will also offer lower power consumption.

01:06:12   It's a it's a whole like there's a lot unsaid here and I'm sure it's based on reality but it's also like like you like rub that rub that little upper left thing to make it even more kind of hazy right.

01:06:24   Like just take off some of the some of the pen there.

01:06:28   But it's intriguing right because it's all positioned above notebooks in terms of performance and it's all positioned to the left of desktops in terms of power consumption.

01:06:39   So this is Apple not making any promises while also promising that they're going to have this whole line that's going to use less power than all their desktops and that is going to be more powerful than almost all their notebooks.

01:06:52   Yeah, like what they're basically trying to show with this is what our hopes and dreams are which is every chip is better than the one it replaces for what it's supposed to be.

01:07:02   Right.

01:07:03   Okay, let me draw you a chart that okay.

01:07:04   How about that?

01:07:05   I'm going to use this part of I'm going to erase this setup skull.

01:07:09   I don't know.

01:07:10   I'm just going to erase it.

01:07:11   I don't know what they're drawn here.

01:07:12   Okay.

01:07:13   Let's okay, I'm going to draw you a chart of Apple processor performance.

01:07:22   So we're going to start here bottom left.

01:07:23   I like that you have this all in your brain.

01:07:25   Well, of course I do.

01:07:27   This is pretty simple.

01:07:29   It's like just the processors the A10 and the A11 and the A12 and the A13 right basically a straight line tracking up and to the right.

01:07:39   So we can assume from that that like an A14 would just kind of consider continue up.

01:07:46   Yeah, so the A14 will be the next chip that we'd find in say the next iPhone the next iPad maybe.

01:07:51   Yeah, and maybe that chip is faster than we expect that it's gotten faster the pace of speed boosts have gotten faster maybe but let's just assume it's kind of on on pace.

01:08:04   Now I'm going to draw a little circle here under the A13 which is the processor that's in the iPhone 11.

01:08:11   Okay, what's that right?

01:08:14   Or is that or is it the iPhone 12?

01:08:17   I can't I can't read my own writing sometimes.

01:08:19   It's the iPhone 11 because iPhone 12 is the next one.

01:08:23   Yeah, I think so is the next one that will have the A14 in it.

01:08:26   Right.

01:08:27   So A13 iPhone 11 this little circle below it.

01:08:29   That is that is the top of the line iMac from last year.

01:08:37   Okay.

01:08:38   So I can draw another little circle above it and it would probably be the top of the line iMac for this year.

01:08:44   Right.

01:08:45   They're in the ballpark.

01:08:45   Hovering around on what is this single core?

01:08:48   Single core, right?

01:08:51   Well, okay.

01:08:53   So first off let's just call it what it is. The fastest iMac is basically as fast as the fastest iPhone.

01:08:59   Okay.

01:09:00   At single core, which is ridiculous, but that's where we are.

01:09:04   Okay.

01:09:05   So first thing I'm going to do is say if the A14 is in, you know, maybe the A14 is the basis of not only the iPhone 12 but the new iPads and whenever they come, a new iPad Pro.

01:09:21   And they have a certain number of processor cores and there's also a speed boost.

01:09:26   We'll get to the processor cores in a second.

01:09:28   But like is it is it unreasonable to think that there would be a Mac variant of this that would be faster because that presumably the Macs are going to have cooling in a way that an iPhone and iPad couldn't.

01:09:40   So potentially here in single core, you could have like I'm going to draw another big circle up here way above the A14 for the M14.

01:09:49   I'm going to call it that.

01:09:50   Don't try to stop me.

01:09:52   Like, okay, so already even if the even if the new Apple Silicon Macs only have an A14, which they won't.

01:10:01   It's already faster than the fastest iMac.

01:10:06   Just the just the trend line of a single core.

01:10:09   But let's throw in let's throw in multiple cores because, you know, these these iOS processors that Apple's doing are multi core.

01:10:20   And probably one of the ways that Apple will make them more conducive to the Mac is at least at the high end is adding more cores to them.

01:10:26   Yeah.

01:10:26   So if I if I move, you know, we keep that line kind of more or less the same.

01:10:31   But we say that it's multi processor performance now, multi core performance.

01:10:34   And I can draw in like the Mac Pro is going to be way up here, like the macro 28 core Mac Pro is going to be the king of the hill.

01:10:40   OK, but the like an eight core iMac, 10 core iMac, eight core MacBook Pro 16.

01:10:46   You know, they're all faster than the A13 because they have more cores, more performance cores.

01:10:54   So, OK, fair enough.

01:10:56   But I think if you if I draw a line through from like the iPad and iPad Pro with the number of cores in an A14X, let's say on an iPad Pro.

01:11:07   Yeah, it's in the ballpark.

01:11:09   It's like faster than the MacBook Pro.

01:11:10   Yeah, because the current iPad Pros are running the A12Z, which is faster than the A13, though.

01:11:18   Right. But a generation behind.

01:11:20   Exactly.

01:11:21   So we assume that I mean, if you follow those trend lines to an A13Z, if that ever is made, we don't know.

01:11:29   Or X.

01:11:30   Or X would probably be in the region of that MacBook Pro.

01:11:35   Of the MacBook Pro.

01:11:37   Right. And then you do if you take it to 14 and use that as the basis and add cores and call the A14X, it's going to be even faster.

01:11:44   And again, and here's here's the possibility is imagine now that Apple, what makes it a Mac processor instead of an iPad processor is that they add more cores.

01:11:56   Once you start adding more cores, it's very easy to kind of conservatively extrapolate that a Mac and 8 performance core Mac M14 processor is faster than all but the very fastest build to order Mac Pros and iMac Pros.

01:12:20   Right. And that's the chip that could go in an iMac.

01:12:25   Yeah.

01:12:26   Or even a MacBook Pro.

01:12:27   Yeah.

01:12:28   So so, you know, when you look at my imaginary charts and and Apple's imaginary charts, I think it's just we we everything we do about Apple Silicon is speculative.

01:12:41   But if you look at the trends of Apple's processor speed growth over time and then you consider that a Mac variant would probably have more cores.

01:12:50   It's really hard to imagine that the Apple Silicon Macs won't be way faster than Intel Max.

01:12:59   And I think that's interesting.

01:13:00   Like, again, it's all made up.

01:13:02   We're making a lot of it's back of an envelope.

01:13:05   I mean, I'm doing on a whiteboard here, but it's essentially the back of a napkin kind of calculation.

01:13:08   But once I did this calculation, it became apparent to me that, like, we should expect spectacular performance from these systems.

01:13:20   I think especially the desktops, because, yes, the laptops will still, I reckon, and I'm sure you do, too, follow the high efficiency and the performance core model that we see in the mobile devices.

01:13:37   Right. Although if it's if they do, if one of the first Apple Silicon Macs is a MacBook Pro, that'll have a cooling system in it that I think I think you could put in an iMac and a MacBook Pro.

01:13:48   You could put in the same processor, which is which is one that's got more cores, maybe than is in the iPad Pro.

01:13:54   Whereas something like a MacBook or a MacBook Air might might have the iPad class processor in it.

01:13:59   I don't know. But yes, so you're definitely right there. We have scaled it because laptops, they can put fans in, they can put more performance cores in.

01:14:07   But computers that are permanently plugged in, they can put even more in.

01:14:12   And if we like we can't even fathom what they might be able to do.

01:14:18   We can imagine and we can draw these charts.

01:14:20   But like I think until I saw some of these trend lines that you've been putting on this board here for me to see, it didn't really it hadn't clicked for me about the fact that like, well, this is this is this kind of performance that they are getting are from chips that would not be taken and dropped into these new computers.

01:14:44   Because we're looking at different types of architectures, right? Like you are looking at fans, you are looking at permanent power.

01:14:51   I mean, and in the case of a laptop, a product that people used to plug in in so you can ramp up and ramp down if you need to.

01:15:00   You can end up with very different speeds like this. These charts, these trend lines can be blown out of the water.

01:15:08   And it's important to remember the developer transition kit that's out there that's that Mac Mini with Apple Silicon in it.

01:15:15   I believe that is the A12Z that's in there.

01:15:18   So let's just keep in mind that is essentially again, the X and the Z. The difference is one GPU core is turned on that wasn't before.

01:15:26   It's essentially the A12 from 2018.

01:15:33   It's not even last year's A13. It's an A12.

01:15:38   So the developer transition kit is not a great guide to what performance is going to be, other than to say that's what performance is in a computer that essentially we would think of as being almost two years old.

01:15:51   So I would imagine that Apple Silicon in Macs is going to be based on the A14 architecture and get all of the benefits of that.

01:16:04   So it's going to be way, way more probably than we expect.

01:16:08   Now, you know, Apple is going to balance it. You've got to balance battery life and power consumption, all that.

01:16:13   But because they've got their efficiency cores and because they've got their performance cores, and that's not something that Intel processors have, that leads to some really interesting potential for them to add a lot of power and use it when it's plugged in, you know, or has a fan going.

01:16:33   But also drop away down and get the battery life when you're in other situations.

01:16:38   And that's, I don't know, I just I think when you extrapolate out what the growth of the speed of the processors on the iOS side has been and then imagine that it's going to be that and then probably a little bit more on the Mac side.

01:16:54   It gets really exciting, like, like almost every I would imagine that every Apple Silicon Mac will be faster by a lot than the model it replaces.

01:17:05   But I think it might also be safe to say all of them will be faster than all but a handful of existing Intel Macs.

01:17:14   And all at the highest end, right? I think they'll all be faster than everything but the iMac Pro and Mac Pro and maybe the highest end iMacs.

01:17:24   But as we know, like, but at some point they will have something to replace that as well.

01:17:30   Right. Well, and they say there's a two year transition. I think that's exactly it is that probably the idea of building, they put off the ability, the idea of building a multi multi multi multi core monster processor until later.

01:17:45   Right? Like, get the reasonable eight core, eight performance core processor out the door.

01:17:50   And then down the road, build your 18 core, whatever it is, monster that goes in the Mac Pro.

01:17:58   Just like a bag full of arm chips. Just put them in there. There you go.

01:18:03   Speaking of monsters, did you hear that?

01:18:07   I don't want to. Yeah, I did hear that. And I don't want to talk about monsters.

01:18:11   It could just be an animal or something. I mean, it's not like this is clearly a some sort of abandoned research station.

01:18:16   I mean, they're probably it's just an animal, right? Something that opened the door from the cave.

01:18:23   No, don't like to sound. Oh, wait, look, hold on a second.

01:18:27   There's a there's another door over there. Looks like stairs.

01:18:31   I like that. And that is an exit sign that's not lit up. It's right above it. Yeah.

01:18:35   Why don't we let's see where the stairs go, maybe and close the door behind us.

01:18:40   Yeah. I want to get out of hero and talk about hero.

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01:20:52   Did you hear there's something mechanical going on? Get down, Myke!

01:20:59   Whoa! Wow!

01:21:01   I guess it's time for Ask A Frank.

01:21:03   I guess, what else would we do?

01:21:05   I mean...

01:21:06   Make fun of lasers again!

01:21:07   I guess you never should. You've blown the hard way.

01:21:10   Kenneth! Kenneth might be able to help us. Kenneth has a great question actually.

01:21:14   People that have listened from episode one, would we consider them to give them the title of "Founding Upgradients"?

01:21:21   I don't know. What do you think?

01:21:24   I like the idea of a distinction for people that have been here since the very beginning.

01:21:31   Sure.

01:21:32   But the problem is, how do you prove it?

01:21:35   Maybe if you were, yeah, you were mentioned on an early episode.

01:21:38   So on the TV Talk Machine, which we did for, Tim Goodman and I did for years, and he did for years before that,

01:21:45   we would have what we just called the OG listeners who had been there.

01:21:51   And the reason we knew that they were OG listeners is because they had been on an early episode.

01:21:56   Like they had a letter read or something. And that helps if you can tie it back to that.

01:22:02   Like if you invented the word "upgradient," then you're definitely an original upgradian.

01:22:08   I'd say original. I'd say original upgradients.

01:22:10   Original's good.

01:22:11   I like it. More than founding.

01:22:12   We are the founding upgradients.

01:22:14   We founded, yeah, Upgrade, and then you were original upgradients, maybe? I don't know.

01:22:18   Yeah, I like that.

01:22:19   Yeah, if you can, if people can prove to us that they've been around since the beginning, or very close to the beginning,

01:22:26   they can get the title "Original Upgradient."

01:22:28   All right, we're going to go to the next stairwell. There's a break. There's a pattern in the lasers. There's a break in it.

01:22:34   Okay.

01:22:35   On my signal. Ready?

01:22:36   Yep.

01:22:37   Now!

01:22:38   Okay.

01:22:39   Okay, while we're sitting here, I'm ready for another question.

01:22:45   Ian says, "When reviewing videos and films, like media basically, for podcasts, do you do it in your office, or do you watch in your lounge?"

01:22:56   I don't know what a lounge is. I don't have one of those.

01:22:59   Okay. What do you call the room where you have your TV and your...

01:23:03   The living room.

01:23:04   Living room? Okay, living room. Do you not lounge in the living room?

01:23:08   I lounge wherever I am.

01:23:11   Wherever I lay my hat is my lounge.

01:23:14   Mostly it is in the living room. Sometimes not. And sometimes I will force it on my family. Well, I rarely force the homework on my family. I sometimes force it on my wife.

01:23:27   But usually it's good stuff. The bad stuff I sort of have to watch by myself. And that was an advantage when there was nobody in the house speaking of,

01:23:36   where I would just come out at lunchtime and I'd watch the thing that I needed to watch.

01:23:41   Sometimes these days we'll do... Like I watched an episode of a TV show in the backyard the other day.

01:23:49   Because that's where I was and the other spaces in the house were being taken up by other people. And that's fine too.

01:23:56   But I'm mostly, when I'm reviewing stuff for a podcast, when I'm doing the homework, it's mostly in the living room on the big TV.

01:24:06   Same for me. I still want to be able to relax to watch the program so I can actually watch it properly.

01:24:16   I want to be able to relax and watch it so I'm in the right frame of mind. Even though I might be taking notes or have a different thought process while watching the show or the movie,

01:24:26   I still want to be comfortable with the best sound system, with the best TV. To get the best experience out of the proper areas.

01:24:35   Yeah. I always joke about like, "Oh, I watched this movie as the director intended on an iPhone."

01:24:40   No. They don't want that at all and you should try to get it in the ideal kind of circumstance.

01:24:46   Okay, we're going to the next level now. Ready, Myke?

01:24:49   Ready.

01:24:50   Now!

01:24:51   Okay, what's the next question?

01:24:55   Luke says, "What features would you like to see in a consumer Apple display and what kind of price point do you think it should sit at?"

01:25:04   Oh, wow. I want, I mean, features. I want it to be a 5K or above display. I want it to have a camera, a good camera in it.

01:25:21   Yes. iPhone level or higher. No lower.

01:25:24   I want it to be a Thunderbolt or whatever is the state of the art when it comes out hub so that you can connect a device to it and then connect a bunch of things to the back of the display and have them be connected like with the old Thunderbolt display.

01:25:42   Face ID?

01:25:43   I would love it if that camera also was a Face ID capable kind of sensor. That would be spectacular if that was the case.

01:25:52   And I would like pro display kind of design, right? Or whatever the future Apple design is, right? But like really modern looking.

01:26:04   It should look like what the redesigned iMac looks like, whatever that is.

01:26:07   Yeah, that's a good point.

01:26:08   Yeah.

01:26:09   VESA mounting?

01:26:10   Sure, optional to VESA mount it, for sure.

01:26:14   And then nano texture option.

01:26:17   Nano texture option is great. And then in terms of the price point, I would say find a comparable monitor of that size and have it be a bit more than that, but not too much because it's never going to be the cheapest option because it would be an Apple display.

01:26:35   But I'd like it to not be too overpriced. That's always my dream with Apple products is please don't overprice it so much that it's impossible for me to buy.

01:26:44   Well, it's got to be cheaper than an iMac.

01:26:48   That's true.

01:26:49   Right. So, I mean, I guess the ideal price point is $1300 to $1500. Like when I say ideal, it's like what do we think they would charge and how much can they charge? And the iMac starts at $1800.

01:27:06   Yeah, I mean the LG Ultrafine 27 5K is $1299.

01:27:14   So it's got to be around there. Like $1400 maybe? $1500?

01:27:18   Yeah.

01:27:19   That's about as much as you could get from it because it gets ludicrous, right? Like if you have a display that costs more than a computer when it's consumer grade, right? Like obviously the Pro Display costs more than everything depending on what you're buying.

01:27:34   Apple's argument might be that most people should just buy an iMac and that this is for everyone else.

01:27:40   You also have to be real. Like there's got to be some kind of realisticness to it still.

01:27:46   I would also argue that if it's got an integrated hub and all of that, like they could make it and a good camera and all of that, that it would be like the competition but more expensive but also better in some ways. I don't know. I hope they do one, but I'm still not convinced that they are.

01:28:03   Alright, should we go up another floor? We're nearly at the top of the staircase. Maybe we can finally get out of the way from those lasers.

01:28:09   Yeah, before we do that, I want to say if touch is supported on the Mac, I want touch on that display and I want it to also connect iOS devices so that I could also attach an iPad to it and it would do touch.

01:28:21   Yes, yes and yes.

01:28:23   Alright, let's go. Now!

01:28:28   James asked, "What's your typical setup for video calls? Which camera do you use? Which microphone do you use?"

01:28:34   Wow, I'm using my iMac Pro FaceTime camera because it's 1080 and it looks pretty good and in fact I've got the Logitech external camera and I don't think it looks as good. I don't think the framing is as good. I don't think the metering, the white balance, I don't think any of it is as good.

01:28:52   Which one?

01:28:53   I'm not really using it anymore.

01:28:54   Do you know which Logitech camera you have?

01:28:55   It's an old one, old 1080p one that I bought like five years ago and used with my other devices but I started using it with this iMac Pro but I just don't as much anymore unless I need something that I can point in a different direction or mount in a different way.

01:29:09   Right.

01:29:10   Yeah, and mic, I use my mic that I use for podcasts and my headphones that I use for podcasts. So in my case, that's a Shure SM7B.

01:29:20   So when I'm at my desk, I use my microphone which is a Neumann KMS 105. I love that thing. I now have a webcam, the Logitech Brio. There's a bunch of different models of the Brio but it's a 4K webcam. It looks really good.

01:29:44   It really helps to have a bit of light if you can get a bit of light on you but that's pretty much the same with all cameras but if you can get a bit of external light it really helps but I do like that camera. That one does a good job and I use that.

01:29:58   Or I also will take video calls on my iPad Pro with its camera and using my AirPods. They're like the two different ways that I'll take video calls.

01:30:06   I actually did an experiment and I used Camo.

01:30:10   I've heard about this.

01:30:12   Camo Studio?

01:30:13   Yeah.

01:30:14   I did a podcast where my iPhone camera was my camera.

01:30:20   And that's Reincubate has this app called Camo Studio.

01:30:25   And you plug your iPhone in to your Mac and you run Camo Studio on your Mac and now you have a webcam that is your iPhone.

01:30:34   It doesn't work with all apps but it works with Zoom and I used it on Zoom and it totally worked and I was able to do some stuff that you can manually zoom it to the right zoom level and all that.

01:30:48   And because you're using such a high quality camera you can zoom in a little bit and it doesn't have any impact on the quality of the image.

01:30:56   I was pretty impressed with that.

01:30:58   It's a bit to set it up.

01:30:59   I actually bought a little clip. It's like an iPhone stand clip. So it's clipped back behind my iMac and then I can have it.

01:31:06   I can clip the phone into it and kind of hang it over the edge of my iMac and use it as a webcam.

01:31:12   And I have used that and that's actually pretty cool.

01:31:14   It looks great.

01:31:15   It's fiddly and it's a bit of work but it does actually look really good because that's a way better camera than any other camera you're going to get.

01:31:22   Oh, definitely.

01:31:23   Especially if you use the back camera.

01:31:25   Alright, we're almost at the top here.

01:31:27   Alright, one more level, right?

01:31:28   One more dash.

01:31:29   Are you ready?

01:31:30   Go!

01:31:31   Alright, Lonnie asked, and then we'll get out of here.

01:31:38   How do you organize windows on your Mac?

01:31:41   Do you use an app like Better Touch Tool or something like that for snapping them?

01:31:44   Or do you let them all overlap?

01:31:46   Lonnie, I use my windows as Apple intended. I just use them.

01:31:51   I don't know what to say.

01:31:53   Do you move stuff around to specific places though, like in your mind, do you have your own model of where the windows go?

01:32:00   Yeah, Slack goes in the upper left and Audio Hijack in the lower right.

01:32:03   And yeah, I have places for some of this stuff to go but I just put it there and I don't have any app to move.

01:32:11   I mean, I've got the apps, I just never use them to move things around or snap them.

01:32:15   Do you use multiple desktops?

01:32:18   I do not.

01:32:20   Okay.

01:32:21   I am opposed to multiple desktops. They're great for other people but I'm not interested in them at all.

01:32:27   Okay, interesting.

01:32:29   Two desktops I use.

01:32:31   Huh.

01:32:32   I have all of my recording stuff on one.

01:32:35   So I have Audio Hijack, I have Discord, when we're live I have Safari and Skype.

01:32:42   And then on the other one is all my other apps.

01:32:45   So like, if I was doing work on the Mac, if it wasn't in a web browser or else.

01:32:49   So like all my communication apps are here, so like Messages is here, Slack is here, Email is here, I have Notes, I have OmniFocus, I have Todoist.

01:32:57   I have Toggle, sorry.

01:32:59   They all live on the other desktop.

01:33:01   And they all overlap and I hate it.

01:33:05   I don't like Windows.

01:33:11   Right, like I like, it's one of my favorite things about iOS.

01:33:16   Like I really like the simplicity of iOS.

01:33:19   Like I can either be in one app, I can be in two apps.

01:33:22   Sometimes one can come in from the side or I just go to the other apps.

01:33:26   Like I actually really like that.

01:33:28   I like that model.

01:33:29   I don't like the way that split screen and full screen work on the Mac.

01:33:33   The app is too big.

01:33:35   So I will use Windows, windowing.

01:33:39   But it looks messy to me and I don't like it.

01:33:42   I don't like all these things overlapping.

01:33:44   And yeah, it's not my favorite thing about the Mac to be honest.

01:33:48   Yeah, I can see that.

01:33:51   I think this is one of those cases where I'm just going to admit to being an old school Mac user.

01:33:55   And I like multitasking.

01:33:56   I like having a bunch of different apps because I use a bunch of different apps.

01:33:59   On the iPad I feel differently about it, obviously.

01:34:02   That's just how, but on the Mac I like having my different things.

01:34:06   Also I've got this huge 27 inch screen.

01:34:08   I might think differently about it if I had a smaller screen.

01:34:12   But the screen is so huge and there's almost nothing I do that uses the whole screen.

01:34:17   So instead I've sort of put different things in different places.

01:34:20   And then the dead center is my work space basically.

01:34:25   I know you don't like Windows but that's a window right there.

01:34:29   I think we can go out of it and get out of here.

01:34:32   Well I don't like this window so much I want to get away from this window.

01:34:35   Okay well.

01:34:36   And on the other side of it.

01:34:39   Alright, mine the glass and step on out.

01:34:42   It's fine out here, Myke. It's fine. Come on out.

01:34:45   Well we didn't get eaten by a monster.

01:34:49   We didn't get killed by lasers.

01:34:51   So that's a plus in my book.

01:34:53   Yeah. Mine are vandalism. We wrote on their whiteboard whatever that was for and broke a window.

01:34:58   Oh this window opens. I didn't need to break it at all.

01:35:00   Oh well.

01:35:01   Send me a bill whoever you are.

01:35:03   Sometimes you can't be stopped.

01:35:04   Government research facility.

01:35:05   Yeah well at least we're out.

01:35:06   And there's still some light out. It's not totally dark yet.

01:35:09   I bet we can orient back to the campsite from here.

01:35:11   Yeah I reckon so.

01:35:12   While we're on our way I guess I could play you that text adventure trailer right? On my cassette player.

01:35:19   Oh yeah. Press play. Press play on the cassette player.

01:35:23   Myke. Gray. Welcome to Z-War.

01:35:33   Uh oh. Oh no. It's a zombie. Oh no.

01:35:40   You're at the hospital entrance.

01:35:42   You're outside the hospital where your sister was admitted nine weeks ago.

01:35:46   You may enter to the north. The hospital grounds continue east.

01:35:51   Okay I've already got to redo my map. Okay wait a second.

01:35:54   That didn't last very long.

01:35:57   You read the poorly spelled email you received this morning from your sister.

01:36:03   Halp. Zombie. Apocalypse. XOXO. Francis.

01:36:08   Looks like you right Myke? It's zombie time.

01:36:11   The only real piece of information that we need is what kind of zombies are we dealing with here?

01:36:16   Are they like zombie zombies or are they 28 days later zombies?

01:36:21   If they're zombie zombies, zombie zombies aren't that big of a problem.

01:36:25   I'm hoping it's zombie zombies.

01:36:27   You have a fire extinguisher.

01:36:31   If we have to use this fire extinguisher to extinguish a fire I'm going to be very disappointed.

01:36:35   It turns out this is just a lesson in fire safety this whole adventure.

01:36:40   I guess typical style we check this floor right? Like let's not leave the floor.

01:36:45   Myke you and I we're like a SWAT team here. We're going to cover our corners and we're going to take it floor by floor.

01:36:51   We've got a fire extinguisher just like a good SWAT team.

01:36:55   The theater is filled with the shuffling bodies of zombified patients and staff members.

01:37:00   There are too many zombies here to fight. Upon seeing you they become agitated and start to close in.

01:37:07   Get out. Close the door. Close the door. Don't dead open inside.

01:37:11   Reference acknowledged. Zombies begin to enter the kitchen.

01:37:15   We're f***ing this round. We shouldn't have opened that door huh?

01:37:18   The zombies attack you and bite you and kill you and you die. The end.

01:37:21   You open the heavy door and find a chef.

01:37:27   Say hello.

01:37:28   She says, "You didn't eat anything did you? The chief of staff told me to add vitamin Z to the meatloaf.

01:37:34   After that everything just went to hell."

01:37:36   No, no. I'm going to turn the dial. Okay?

01:37:41   But what I'm saying is we need to do that right now.

01:37:43   You have no sense of exploration Myke.

01:37:46   You guys may not remember the past text adventures but we've had this conversation before.

01:37:50   Set dial to high.

01:37:53   The machine hums and the zombie thrashes around.

01:37:56   But something goes wrong. The machine starts to smoke and the electrodes catch fire.

01:38:00   The zombies eyes burst from their sockets and the power goes out.

01:38:03   Are we in darkness now?

01:38:05   I can't see anything. It's dark.

01:38:07   I guess this is where we use the bullet on ourselves and start over.

01:38:14   Or you could just load your save.

01:38:16   You manage to escape Z-ward with your life but you'll never forgive yourself for the loss of your sister.

01:38:24   The end.

01:38:25   Boo!

01:38:26   Okay. Okay. Alright.

01:38:28   Reload save slot two.

01:38:30   I think that's the most judged we've been by the eletron.

01:38:40   If you want this text adventure it's available for all Relay FM members in the crossover feed.

01:38:45   You can become a member today at GetUpgradePlus.com

01:38:49   This is the world's most ambitious text adventure crossover event.

01:39:02   Yes. It's not that ambitious but still.

01:39:05   Oh that was pretty good.

01:39:06   Sounds good right?

01:39:07   That's the end of the tape I guess. Can you flip it over? What's on the other side? Anything good on the other side?

01:39:11   Oh it is something grey on the other side.

01:39:13   Oh I see what you did there.

01:39:16   It's the song of the summer.

01:39:17   It is.

01:39:18   Summer of fun!

01:39:20   You hear that bears?

01:39:36   Yes.

01:39:38   That's the end of the tape.

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