189: Obsolescence Isn’t What It Used to Be


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00:00:08   From Relay FM, this is Upgrade, Episode 189 for April 16, 2018.

00:00:16   I am Jason Snell, and I am not usually the person who reads this part, but Myke Hurley is on assignment.

00:00:22   He's in the United States for the Atlanta Pen Show, and you can check out that special live episode of The Pen Addict.

00:00:28   This episode, by the way, brought to you by FreshBooks, Pingdom, and Peacalc.

00:00:32   And my special co-host for this episode, returning triumphantly, is Mr. Merlin Mann.

00:00:39   Hi, Merlin.

00:00:39   Hey, buddy. How's it going? Thanks for having me on.

00:00:41   It's pretty good. Pretty good. Thanks for joining me. I really appreciate you coming on my podcast,

00:00:46   because Myke abandoned me.

00:00:47   Having a pretty busy day today?

00:00:49   Nah.

00:00:50   Yeah. Well, listen, nobody cares about any of that. It's important that we get to Snell Talk.

00:00:53   Oh, yes.

00:00:54   We have a question this week for Snell Talk. This is from listener Meher.

00:00:57   Listen to me here, we'd like to ask Jason, how's the weather today?

00:01:01   Good question, excellent question. I like this a lot. I'm so glad Myke's not here.

00:01:05   I picked this one up myself.

00:01:07   So it was a really nice sunny day, a really nice spring day yesterday.

00:01:14   Today, clouds are rolling in, wind's picking up, it's gonna rain later.

00:01:19   For you too, because we share the weather, you and I.

00:01:22   Well, thank you to listen to me here. This is a trick question because it also gives me the chance to say thank you

00:01:28   To Jason who gave me much help in picking out. I've been envious of your weather setup for a long time

00:01:35   Well, not your weather that you get but envious of your weather monitoring panopticon for a long time and you're right

00:01:41   Robot that floats around in my backyard measuring wet. I'm very wet again and

00:01:48   So you were very instrumental and it was actually a challenge on another show I do to do something about the weather and

00:01:53   And you really were very helpful and now I have a weather station and I can without looking outside

00:02:00   I can find out like how foggy it is. It's really nice. Yeah, it's cool. I like it, too

00:02:04   I'm always fascinated by the weather and I keep remembering

00:02:07   It's gonna be a sad day when my weather station finally dies

00:02:10   But like I installed it when my son it was my during my paternity leave when my son was born and you know

00:02:15   he's about to go into high school. So that thing's been out there a long time and it still works,

00:02:20   which is pretty great. And I'm glad, so welcome to the world of the weather stations. You got a,

00:02:29   it's come a long way since 2004. - It really has, the prices have come down. And I mean,

00:02:37   the thing that I always want to say to people, this is why I sought you out as my rabbi,

00:02:41   is that you do have to be careful, read very carefully.

00:02:44   And in my case, I had two bullets

00:02:45   that really I needed to hit.

00:02:47   One of them was that a lot of them that you get,

00:02:50   they're really a weather monitor,

00:02:52   where it just goes to an ugly screen in your house.

00:02:55   So A, I wanted one that would be able to connect

00:02:59   to the internet and would be compatible

00:03:02   with the Weather Underground network.

00:03:05   And it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to set up,

00:03:08   but you just set it up once and it goes.

00:03:10   And now I can see my weather from anywhere.

00:03:12   It's the best.

00:03:13   - Yeah, the weather underground is the big thing.

00:03:15   When I got mine, first off,

00:03:19   mine came with a really ugly console, which we still have.

00:03:22   The nice thing about it is that that's got

00:03:24   like a little interface plug that used to go

00:03:27   to your PC parallel port or whatever.

00:03:30   - That used to be the only way.

00:03:31   - Right, and then your PC would run the software.

00:03:33   And one of the nice things that's allowed me

00:03:35   to keep using this 2004 vintage weather station

00:03:38   is that they, that company, still uses that same technology for their console and everything,

00:03:44   and they released, a few years ago, they released an IP module that's basically like an Ethernet

00:03:50   port. And so now that's plugged into the console, and the console receives the data from the weather

00:03:55   station and just sends it down my home network to the internet. And that's great. Like, that solves

00:04:02   so many problems, because back in the day, it was all about just being on the computer. And now,

00:04:06   these lower-cost weather stations, and some of them are just monitors and they'll give you a

00:04:10   little screen that you can look at, but some of them, you know, if you get the ones that are kind

00:04:15   of Wi-Fi enabled or they've got a little smart home base station or something, they'll talk to

00:04:20   the internet and they'll either, you know, work with like software that you can install on your

00:04:25   Mac if you want to do it that way, but most of them will go to a cloud service and a lot of them

00:04:30   will go to Weather Underground, at which point, you know, you're in their little network of

00:04:36   of personal weather stations and they generate a page for your station that sits there and

00:04:40   you don't have to build your own page like I had to do back in the day. They've got a

00:04:45   personal weather station page.

00:04:47   And you're giving back to the community a little bit. It's nice. I mean, you're helping

00:04:50   people to... I mean, one nice thing, I just sent you the very ugly monitor that I bought

00:04:55   for this that I can't believe my wife lets me have in the house. But one thing that's

00:04:59   nice is you get this nice kind of like arsenal of tools like between general weather underground

00:05:05   plus dark sky, plus this, plus I got to say IFTTT.

00:05:10   It's really super handy.

00:05:11   So I can do stuff like say, hey, let

00:05:14   me know if the temperature tonight is going to drop--

00:05:16   my station's going to drop below,

00:05:18   like I think I said arbitrarily, something like 64 degrees.

00:05:21   But tell me if it's going to be cool enough

00:05:22   that I might want to turn the heat on before bed.

00:05:24   You know, and we'll just leave it on all the time.

00:05:26   But I realize this is weather nerd stuff.

00:05:29   But I did want the opportunity to publicly thank you for that.

00:05:32   I'm actually really, really enjoying it.

00:05:34   I'm glad you are, and of course I'm happy to help people with their weather station

00:05:38   needs because I'm apparently that guy.

00:05:40   I should also mention I have a thing called BitBar, which is this open source utility

00:05:45   you can search for.

00:05:46   I think it was designed by a guy who wanted to track Bitcoin prices, but it's actually

00:05:52   brilliant.

00:05:53   What's a little more power here?

00:05:54   And I think he realized that it had wider applications, so he revised it to be a little

00:05:58   more broad.

00:05:59   can I'll put a link in the show notes to it but bit bar is cool because it's it'll

00:06:05   put anything in your menu bar like literally it'll put anything in your menu

00:06:10   bar that you can tell it is a little bit like like like the late belated status

00:06:14   bar or status the piano the panic app that doesn't work that's killing me

00:06:18   right now well that was like pretty this is like it puts it in your Mac menu bar

00:06:23   so it's basically like but you can put anything there so he built he wrote it

00:06:26   for like Bitcoin prices but it's it just uses you can use like command line to

00:06:31   put anything in your menu bar and so I now have my current temperature for my

00:06:37   weather station in my Mac menu bar which is which is cool because it's literally

00:06:41   my weather station software has a I could probably query like the API for

00:06:46   weather underground but my weather station has a file it generates every

00:06:50   two minutes that's literally like just the temperature and all the script does

00:06:54   is say, "Hey, love that file. Put that in the menu bar." And that's all it does. There's

00:06:59   some emoji that pop up for, like, if it's raining or whatever. And it actually has a

00:07:03   little thing in parentheses that's like the temperature diff between now and this time

00:07:07   yesterday, which can be very useful where it's like, "Whoa, it's way colder today."

00:07:11   Like, I like that stuff.

00:07:13   You also market marketed me a little bit here because you put in one simple line of text

00:07:17   and I've already ordered something.

00:07:18   Oh, no.

00:07:19   Oh, my God. I need you so much.

00:07:20   Did you buy a metric time?

00:07:22   maybe. Tell people about this. This is so nerdy and cool. So I have for a long time,

00:07:29   we used to have those, first they were slim devices and then they were Logitech squeeze

00:07:33   boxes, the music players. And that was our before Sonos. That was kind of how we did

00:07:38   digital music in our house. And I love those things. And then Logitech bought them and

00:07:43   ruined them because that's what Logitech does. But I kept one around because it's got a plug-in

00:07:49   for a custom clock and so we had this place in the living room right above the TV that

00:07:54   showed the current time and the current temperature based on the weather station. It was really

00:07:58   cool. And it's gotten to the point now where those things are all kind of dying, but we

00:08:04   still have a couple that work. But I don't use them for music anymore. They're literally

00:08:10   they just sit there turned off with the clock showing because it's something that we use.

00:08:15   and I talked to my wife about it and she's like, "Oh yeah, I look at that all the time."

00:08:19   And I bought a little sensor to stick outside and a couple little plastic things that you

00:08:23   can just look at to see the outside temperature. It's not the same. They don't have the same

00:08:27   application. And it was big, like the text. You could sit on the couch and you could see

00:08:31   the time and the temperature. And then I was up at Twit the other week. Well, this actually,

00:08:36   a few months ago, I was up there doing screensavers with Leo Laporte. And right behind their set

00:08:41   for screensavers, they've got a whole bunch of junk like screens and little gadgets and

00:08:46   stuff and they had this little box that's showing the time and it's these little white

00:08:51   squares in a grid. If you're old enough, if you're as old as we are, you'll remember this.

00:08:56   It looks kind of like the display on the Goodyear blimp. Yeah, that's right because it's a grid.

00:09:00   I used to, I had a model Goodyear blimp when I was a kid and you could color in the things

00:09:06   and slide them in and then turn it on and it would make a little... I totally had that.

00:09:09   you know kids want to run the scoreboard on the side of a blimp.

00:09:12   We were just down in San Jose and we saw the Goodyear blimp. It was just there. It was just there hanging out.

00:09:15   It's very blocky but look at all the stuff that this thing does.

00:09:18   And it's super bright and part of it's capable of being in color.

00:09:21   And it seems to be designed as a desk clock and it's got buttons on it so you can have a bunch of different plugins that show different kinds of data.

00:09:29   And you can have them rotate or you can have an interface.

00:09:31   And I think there's a music player aspect and it'll connect to Bluetooth.

00:09:34   There's a bunch of other stuff that it does.

00:09:36   But I just saw it as a screen, and I was really worried when I was up at Twit that this was

00:09:41   some like Arduino or Raspberry Pi project that involved soldering, because let me tell

00:09:48   you, I'm not interested in projects that involve soldering. That's where I draw the

00:09:52   line. If hot metal, molten metal is involved, I am out. I'm out of there. I can't do

00:09:58   that. So I'm up there a couple weeks ago, and I say to Leo, "What is this thing?"

00:10:04   I finally remembered to ask, because I just had it in the back of my mind, like, "Oh,

00:10:07   I wonder if that is a solution to my problem." And I'm girding myself for the, "Well, there

00:10:13   will be soldering," kind of moment. And he says, "Oh, yeah, it's the thing, it's the

00:10:17   lometric time. It's, yeah, you can just buy it online." He said, "It's a little expensive,

00:10:22   though." And I thought to myself, "Oh, geez, I'm going to go there and I'm going to find

00:10:25   that it's the perfect solution. It's going to cost $700." And it's $200. It's not cheap.

00:10:31   right." But at the same time, I thought about it and I was like, "No, but this is the answer,

00:10:37   literally the answer to this thing. I have Google searched so many different things to

00:10:41   find something that will do what I need. I've looked at so many different things that say

00:10:46   they're connected displays that turned out to be something you put outside of Walmart."

00:10:51   Which is like, "No, no, that's overkill for my living room."

00:10:54   Like one of those Costco open-close signs. Yeah, it's a scoreboard for a baseball park.

00:10:59   That's too much. So I did what you may have just done, which is while I was standing there

00:11:05   prepping the show that we were about to record for Twit, I just bought it. And I had to build

00:11:13   an app, which like literally is just loading again another text file. It's like a little

00:11:19   JSON formatted file on my server that shows the temp and the time. It took me about half

00:11:25   an hour to figure that out. And that's it. The squeeze box got pulled out. The

00:11:29   lometric time is now where it used to be. It's brighter. The display is lower

00:11:33   resolution, but it's so big and bright. It's really easy to read. And all it is

00:11:39   doing is saying like 222, 61 degrees. That's all it's doing. And it

00:11:44   totally does it. So that was a fun little project and also weather-related. So

00:11:50   there you go. It's a fun gadget. If it was not sitting up above my TV, I might

00:11:54   actually play with some of the other plugins and stuff, but for now it's like

00:11:58   that's all I want is I want a really bright display that shows

00:12:02   the time and the current temperature from my own weather station.

00:12:05   I don't know any other product. But you could find out how your Bitcoin's doing probably.

00:12:08   I could. I certainly could. In fact, the Limetric website shows you all sorts

00:12:12   of interesting things you can do with the Limetric time, many of which are completely ludicrous.

00:12:17   I like the one with the big exclamation point that says "Gas leak!"

00:12:21   That's my favorite too. In case you don't notice that there's a gas leak, your clock will say "gas leak" on it.

00:12:28   So that's useful.

00:12:30   So we should probably thank listener Meher very much for the question.

00:12:33   And if people have questions for you, Jason, what do they do?

00:12:36   They go onto the Twitter and they use the hashtag SnellTalk.

00:12:39   Yeah, and it can be about anything, even the weather.

00:12:42   Even the weather.

00:12:43   It's true. We have much more to talk about, actually.

00:12:47   But we have a little bit of follow-up. But I made you blue 20 minutes on weather.

00:12:52   Yep, I love it. It's great. The cat's away, the mice are playing, that's just how it is.

00:12:57   Let's talk about some follow-up first, which is old speakers. We just put this in right before

00:13:02   the show started, old speakers, because I was telling you about this Verge story from

00:13:07   Heim-Gartenberg. That is, it's a funny story, which is my Airplay speakers have become obsolete

00:13:14   because their app hasn't been updated in four years, subhead mistakes were made. And the

00:13:19   idea is basically he's got these AirPlay speakers that are on his Wi-Fi network and he says,

00:13:23   "I can never change my Wi-Fi network's name or password ever again, or my speakers will

00:13:28   stop working because the only way to set their settings is to use an app and the app is 32

00:13:35   bit so it doesn't run anymore." Amazing, right?

00:13:37   It is, and I think this is a problem we're going to start seeing more and more of. I

00:13:41   I mean, I already feel this pain with IoT stuff.

00:13:44   I mean, just coming into the whole internet of things

00:13:46   environment, I mean, it's generous to call it the Wild

00:13:49   West.

00:13:50   When you get into things like-- is it Arduino?

00:13:51   Is that what it's called?

00:13:52   I think so.

00:13:53   I don't know.

00:13:54   Does it involve soldering?

00:13:55   Don't ask me.

00:13:55   No soldering.

00:13:56   No soldering allowed.

00:13:57   Hey, how comfortable are you with Linux?

00:13:59   You get that stuff, you get the Raspberry Pi.

00:14:01   It's the soldering of computers is what Linux is.

00:14:04   Computer equivalent of soldering, yeah.

00:14:06   I mean, I haven't gone that far, but it does kind of frustrate

00:14:09   me a little bit that some stuff, you know,

00:14:11   for various Apple reasons doesn't work with HomeKit.

00:14:15   HomeKit is not on the Mac yet.

00:14:17   There's frustrating things about that.

00:14:18   But there's also just this idea that I

00:14:20   suspect that one reason people are

00:14:23   reluctant to get into this, privacy stuff aside-- very

00:14:25   important, very much understand the privacy concerns.

00:14:28   But also just the fact that there's not--

00:14:30   it's sort of like--

00:14:31   I don't even remember what the other one's called anymore.

00:14:33   Blu-ray versus--

00:14:34   HD DVD.

00:14:35   Right, there has not been--

00:14:37   I found one of those the other day.

00:14:37   I was like, oh, look.

00:14:38   my HD DVD that I can't play anywhere.

00:14:41   BetaMax versus VHS, that really has not shaken out except in this case there's at least three

00:14:46   or four big players.

00:14:47   And in the case there was that one dingus that Google bought out that was like the be-all,

00:14:52   do-all meta hub and then they just kind of discontinued support for that.

00:14:56   And that can be real frustrating.

00:14:57   You're not going to, I mean, what if you went out and invested something along the lines

00:15:01   of a Sonos system and then all of a sudden they just lost interest in updating the app.

00:15:04   I mean, now you're kind of stuck.

00:15:06   and I have talked about this, but it's like I really don't like the idea that my purchase

00:15:10   of a thermostat two years ago suddenly will dictate all future like purchases I have to

00:15:18   make for my home because it turns out that I have fallen into a, you know, a Wald's garden

00:15:23   without my knowledge and now I'm stuck inside it. This case is interesting. Somebody pointed

00:15:28   out by the way and tweeted at Neely Patel from The Verge that the good news is that

00:15:34   these Knox speakers even though their app is 32-bit so you can't run it anymore. You

00:15:38   could maybe find an old phone somebody's got, but they also run an apparently un-passworded

00:15:45   web server in them. So if you can find their IP address on your local network, you can

00:15:48   just go there and change the settings there, which that's the good news. The bad news is,

00:15:53   yes, your speakers have been running an unsecured web server for the entire time that you've

00:15:57   had them. So, you know. But I'm the guy with the iPod Hi-Fi, so what do I know?

00:16:04   Yeah, I still got some old jam boxes kicking around that we actually don't use too much now that we listen on.

00:16:13   I mean, we do some Bluetooth speaker-ing, but most of it is with speakers that are capable of other things as well.

00:16:19   And I was really amazed. I just fired a couple of these up the other day and charged them and they still work.

00:16:23   I have not had luck running the Jawbone app to do the full update.

00:16:28   That's being a little bulky for me. And the truth is, you have to be a pretty canny Googler.

00:16:33   I don't think they make those speakers anymore.

00:16:36   They're all in on the-- what are they called?

00:16:39   Like little Fitbit-style dingus.

00:16:41   I forget what it's called.

00:16:42   But that's what Job Bonus is all in on now.

00:16:45   The up.

00:16:46   Yes, right.

00:16:47   So you do have to do a little bit of canny Googling

00:16:49   just to even find the app that you need.

00:16:50   And then once you run the app, it runs in your menu bar.

00:16:53   It wants to be on all the time.

00:16:54   And then when you click on My Devices,

00:16:56   it actually takes you to a web page on the web

00:17:00   that then I guess is handshaking somehow with the app on your Mac.

00:17:03   And of course, now I have, because I have a MacBook,

00:17:06   I have numerous dongles just to get to even that point.

00:17:09   So it becomes hard to trace exactly what you need to do to get your speakers up to date.

00:17:14   - Yeah, and this is the thing that smart tech is cool,

00:17:18   but you are putting yourself at risk of being obsolete for computer reasons instead.

00:17:25   Like, again, the iPod HiFi, yeah, it's got a dock connector on top,

00:17:28   and that's dead and it was charging by a fire wire so it was did actually even

00:17:32   before the dock connector was out it was really incompatible but it's got the

00:17:35   it's got the three and a half inch plug which is not yet incompatible with my

00:17:39   computer so that's good it's savage but it works I saw somebody over the weekend

00:17:43   saying something along the lines of oh this is my life now I just had to reboot

00:17:46   a light switch yeah oh I I did a I did a light bulb firmware update at one point

00:17:51   and that was like well this is so it's come to this you gotta make sure they're

00:17:55   all on make sure they're talking about my little metric time clock thingy i

00:17:59   mean the difference between that in the squeeze box is the squeeze box ran some

00:18:03   server software which while while branded by logitech it the way that slim

00:18:09   devices put it together originally it's an open source project and it runs in

00:18:12   pearl so theoretically if you maintain this squeeze box hardware you might have

00:18:18   to write some stuff yourself or you might like loose features they used to

00:18:21   support more streaming services and all of those api's died and there's nobody

00:18:24   there to update them from a corporation that can make a deal, so they all kind of died.

00:18:28   I mean, there's stuff that died, but the core server is in Perl. It just runs, and it runs

00:18:33   fine. And that's my fear with the Limetric Time stuff, is like, I have to kind of go

00:18:37   to their app, and although I can make an app on their website, and I can point it at--all

00:18:43   it's doing is calling my server, I do have this moment where I realize if that company

00:18:47   goes out of business, unless they're very, very nice in relocating the intellectual property

00:18:53   somewhere, that thing will just die and there's nothing I can do about it. And that's just--

00:18:59   it bugs me, but at the same time, that's the trade-off. It's like, so much of what we have

00:19:04   now, you are making a trade-off for privacy or you're making a trade-off of inconvenience

00:19:09   or being in a walled garden, or you're taking a risk, whether it's something like this or

00:19:13   it's a Kickstarter project, you're taking a risk like I hope they don't die and don't

00:19:17   get bought by somebody who kills all the products, which is what happened when Logitech bought

00:19:20   slim devices. So you know, you're making gambles all over the place. So obsolescence isn't

00:19:25   what it used to be. That's what I'm really saying here.

00:19:29   Obsolescence 2.0, yeah. Yeah, that's right. Now about to be replaced

00:19:33   with 3.0 beta of obsolescence. But I don't know, old speakers. Casey Alissa's dad's old

00:19:40   record player probably still is fine. That's all I'm saying.

00:19:44   All those records still sound so warm. Yeah, they do. It's the ritual, Marlon. It's

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00:21:09   I want late payments. Like, I love late payments that I can bug people and try to

00:21:13   catch money out of them that they own.

00:21:14   I think there's a cat in one of the Richard Scarry books, and that's all it

00:21:17   aspires to be is to be someone who bugs people about getting paid.

00:21:21   But FreshBooks lets you, it automates the late payment reminder so you can

00:21:25   spend less time chasing those payments and more time doing your job, which is

00:21:28   the way to do it. And when you email a client an invoice, you do get to see

00:21:32   that they've seen it. So they're like, "Oh, I don't know. I must have missed

00:21:35   that one you could you can this is now a personal choice but you can say well

00:21:39   actually three days ago you open that email so give me my money but you know

00:21:44   it's a tool in the arsenal because in the end you can do what you love but

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00:22:19   Just a great sponsor. In some ways, it's a shame that they frame it as invoicing, because

00:22:24   the invoicing part is, you know, just computers do that. But the way that they provide you

00:22:27   those payment gateways, that changes everything. You know, you're not out there waiting for

00:22:31   a check like a sucker. I mean, people can just pay it. They want to use a credit card,

00:22:34   could do that. It makes it so easy. Very nice. This is a segment we do, if you're not familiar

00:22:40   with the upgrade program, Merlin, called Upstream. Upstream. It's a new-ish segment where we

00:22:46   talk about the, you know, Apple is, we talk about Apple a lot and Apple is making this

00:22:53   foray into video streaming services. It's going to have its own service next year sometime,

00:22:58   probably. That's the story now. And there's a lot of action going on there. Now you know

00:23:03   I talk about this with Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter on TV Talk Machine, a podcast

00:23:08   I do with him on Fridays.

00:23:10   But Myke and I try to talk about it from the kind of bringing it to the tech podcast world

00:23:15   and talking about it in that context and what Apple's up to.

00:23:19   And last week, Apple was up to something because they made a deal with, I guess, the estate

00:23:24   of Isaac Asimov to get the rights to a TV show based on the foundation books, which

00:23:32   have basically never been adapted. A bunch of people have tried and failed, but this

00:23:36   is now set up with a production company. And David Goyer and Josh Friedman are the creatives

00:23:43   behind it. And so Apple, I guess, didn't make the deal with Asimov Estate. Apple made the

00:23:47   deal with a production company that had already made that deal. But it's like a whole chain

00:23:50   of deals—I hope they use FreshBooks—that let them do this thing. And it's fascinating

00:23:56   because Foundation—I read this, and Foundation was a very important early science fiction

00:24:02   It's been incredibly influential. But if you go back and read them, and I did a couple years ago for The Incomparable,

00:24:08   what you find is it's not really written for, I would say, a modern audience. Asimov was an ideas guy, and he was brimming with ideas.

00:24:20   He was not really a characters guy or a plot guy. So you read the books and you're like,

00:24:28   it's almost as if Gene Roddenberry dropped down like the Bible for Star Trek, but no

00:24:32   episodes and then walked away. Or like two episodes, like a couple pilot episodes, and

00:24:38   that was it. And so I actually think this Foundation thing might be a good idea because

00:24:44   it puts the responsibility of kind of creating the details of the story, the characters,

00:24:51   and the plot lines in the hands of the creative TV people using Asimov's work as kind of just

00:24:57   the base instead of having like a whole bunch of well-loved characters everybody

00:25:01   knows them they know what they look like they know what they're supposed to do

00:25:03   they know exactly what the plot is sort of like Game of Thrones was like up

00:25:07   until they ran out of books and so like I think this may be better like it's

00:25:12   it's still a gamble because everything is a gamble but I think this might be

00:25:16   better I don't know if you've read foundation or not but I haven't but I

00:25:20   read your article a very good article about on six colors and I I think I

00:25:24   I agree with you. First of all, if Tim, for whatever reason, can ever not make it onto

00:25:31   the podcast and you need somebody to sit in and have red wine, please have me because

00:25:34   I love that show. The Times of Confusion, Platinum TV.

00:25:36   So much television out there.

00:25:38   I'm so interested. I feel like you, me, and Joe Steele could just do a show about this

00:25:43   stuff because I am finding it increasingly very interesting, not specifically with regard

00:25:49   to Apple and Foundation, but just the way that stuff like Netflix--

00:25:53   I talked about this on some show.

00:25:56   I want to say back to work recently.

00:25:57   One of the many podcasts that you're on.

00:25:59   But I was talking about how, for one thing--

00:26:03   oh, no, it was Systematic with Bret Terpstra.

00:26:05   And I was thinking how it's in the same way

00:26:07   that I think people don't think of themselves as computer users and Apple

00:26:12   users as much as they used to.

00:26:13   We do still think about ourselves as consumers of content.

00:26:16   And in an age where you can get Netflix on almost any kind of device, like if it's got

00:26:21   a light-up screen, you can pretty much get Netflix on it.

00:26:24   And I feel like that's sneaking in.

00:26:26   Everybody gets that Netflix is a big deal.

00:26:29   We have that experience.

00:26:30   We had this experience yesterday.

00:26:31   We turned on Netflix.

00:26:32   Guess what?

00:26:33   Lost in Space.

00:26:34   Rated PG.

00:26:35   I can watch it with my kid.

00:26:36   I had no idea this was coming.

00:26:37   Here's this thing on there.

00:26:39   And I don't know.

00:26:40   I mean, I know this is just a quickie for Upstream, but can you update me?

00:26:45   I understand the TV landscape flawlessly, but I thought you might want to explain to

00:26:48   your listeners.

00:26:49   Where do you think Apple is going with the addition of stuff like this?

00:26:54   Do you think they're going to get more into...

00:26:57   I mean, this is interesting because there are people who've read these books and love

00:27:00   them, and I know they're very influential, but it's not the same kind of nostalgia reboot

00:27:06   update idea that you see with a lot of things.

00:27:08   And what you're describing here, this can be heavily modernized for a current world.

00:27:12   I mean, do you think--

00:27:14   I don't know.

00:27:14   I'm just curious what you think about how this fits in.

00:27:16   I consume a ton of Hulu, a ton of Netflix,

00:27:20   giant amounts of YouTube.

00:27:21   I'm still struggling to understand

00:27:24   where the Apple TV offering is going to fit into my world.

00:27:27   And I know you've talked about it,

00:27:29   but as you get more pieces to that puzzle,

00:27:31   where do you see it fitting into the, if not today's,

00:27:35   ecosystem, the emerging ecosystem

00:27:37   of streaming services?

00:27:38   I think the reason this is the platinum age,

00:27:39   and the reason there's too much TV,

00:27:40   because it's a land rush, because everybody's realizing that the digital revolution means

00:27:47   that you don't need access to a cable system in order to get your content out there and

00:27:52   to build a business. And actually Disney's really excited about it because they released

00:27:57   their new streaming service, ESPN Plus, which is like a $5 a month or $6 a month streaming

00:28:02   service. And they talked again, as they've talked for a while now about this idea that

00:28:07   They want to become increasingly direct-to-consumer company, eliminating the middleman and saying,

00:28:14   basically, "You pay Disney, and Disney gives you content."

00:28:17   And they like that, right?

00:28:18   They like just, "Yes, give us the cash, and we'll give you your Star Wars shows, and we'll

00:28:22   give you your Marvel shows, and we'll give you ESPN, we'll give you some hurling and

00:28:29   rugby and things, the second division soccer on ESPN Plus."

00:28:34   And they are able to do that now because they've got, you can just use the internet for streaming.

00:28:41   And Apple wants to be in that conversation.

00:28:43   I think that's a big part of this is, I think it's unrealistic to think that in five years

00:28:49   or ten years, there are going to be dozens and dozens of $10 a month video streaming

00:28:55   services, all of which are paying top shelf creators to do 20 shows a year of, 20 series

00:29:04   of 12 or 10 episodes a year for billions of dollars. It's not sustainable, I think.

00:29:09   It makes this feel a little bit like the Pets.com era, where we know it's a loss leader to deliver

00:29:15   this giant cat food for free or for $5 or whatever.

00:29:19   I think there's going to be a crash where the people who are working in television now,

00:29:24   I think a lot of the jobs will go away eventually because I think in the end it won't be sustainable

00:29:30   to the degree it is now. I don't know how brutal a crash it will be, but I think there

00:29:33   be one. And this is when I talk to people and they're like, "Another streaming service?

00:29:36   I don't want to spend another $10 a month for another streaming service." And I mean,

00:29:41   first off, they're not mandatory. It was just like if you heard about a great show on HBO

00:29:46   and you weren't paying for HBO, you could grouse about it. But there was a solution,

00:29:50   which is you could pay for HBO and get it, or you just don't and you don't. And those

00:29:53   are kind of your choices. But I do think that in the long run, we won't be paying for 15

00:30:00   streaming services, stuff's going to get bundled together, and you're going to be sort of cutting

00:30:06   the cord eventually. Everybody is going to not be thinking of television as like paying

00:30:11   for cable TV. It's all going to be streaming services. Amazon's aggressively bundling services

00:30:16   together inside of Prime Video already. Stuff like that's going to continue happening where

00:30:21   you can buy services inside of other services or you can buy bundles. And Apple wants in

00:30:26   on all that. Apple wants something exclusive, I think, that will probably only run on their

00:30:31   stuff. I think they want that.

00:30:32   Okay, that's key. That's key. So you feel like this will run probably on Apple TV? You

00:30:37   don't think this is something you'll get on Roku?

00:30:39   I don't think it is. I think that would be really interesting if that happened, but it

00:30:43   would be contrary to all of Apple's strategy up to now. I think the only reason Apple Music

00:30:47   is on Android is because Beats was on Android, and so they decided to keep it around. But

00:30:51   I think ultimately this is the reason Apple is spending this money is primarily to attach

00:30:55   people to Apple's platforms. And Apple wants to be in the game and Apple wants to be considered

00:31:01   and Apple wants to be one of those big players and help set the scene here. And they want

00:31:05   to be, ultimately, they want to be one of the last ones left standing when the music

00:31:10   stops, because there will be a reckoning. And Apple has the money to be a player. I

00:31:15   think that's what you see with a lot of this stuff is who's got the money to ante up for

00:31:20   this game because it's a high-stakes game and if you aren't paying top-notch creators

00:31:25   and getting great content and you know the story is that Jeff Bezos told the people at

00:31:29   Amazon he wants the next Game of Thrones. He doesn't want like little quirky comedies

00:31:35   that win Golden Globe Awards as much as I liked Mozart and the Jungle which just got

00:31:38   canceled. It was not going to be a worldwide phenomenon and that's the shifting to a blockbuster

00:31:47   to it, like I want that Game of Thrones, I want that Blockbuster, I think that's all

00:31:51   part of this, which is people want the huge hits, the must-watches, because they want

00:31:56   to be indispensable, because there will come a time when there are so many different services

00:32:01   that people are going to be forced to choose which ones they're going to stay with, and

00:32:05   that's going to probably kill, you know, not necessarily kill the niche players that are

00:32:09   kind of like, you know, like something like Acorn that's just like British TV and other

00:32:14   European TV and other Commonwealth TV. Or like, for people younger than us,

00:32:19   Crunchyroll. Exactly right. I see Crunchyroll show up on Roku or Apple TV or

00:32:24   whatever and I don't think about it but my daughter's friends watch tons of anime.

00:32:29   And those I think have a real chance to succeed although they might also get

00:32:33   kind of bought and sucked into a bigger player but like the big players who are

00:32:37   like the game they're playing is prestige television scripted. Like, how many of those

00:32:45   can make it? There was a time when there was literally just HBO and Showtime, and now we

00:32:50   have kind of this increasing number of people playing that game, and Netflix has taken it

00:32:54   to a whole, you know, even higher level. And you can do that for a while, but in the end

00:33:00   I don't think the world is going to accept ten of those or whatever. So I think there

00:33:08   will be a reckoning at some point. But Apple wants to be in the game. Apple wants to be

00:33:12   talked about. And I think Apple really does want something to break through where everybody's

00:33:15   like, "Oh my God, I need that Ron Moore sci-fi show," or "I need amazing stories," or "I

00:33:20   need the Jennifer Aniston Reese Witherspoon drama that is a buzz-worthy drama," or whatever

00:33:27   breaks through or shows breakthrough because that's good for them because then they're

00:33:31   like well yeah you can you can only watch that on your iPhone or your iPad or your Apple

00:33:35   TV. The only thing that, gosh I got a lot of thoughts about this and I know we're still

00:33:39   early in the show, but it feels like they're doing a play like with Amazon Prime in some

00:33:45   ways it seems like they're maybe skating where the puck was. It feels like they're doing

00:33:49   a little bit of an HBO play where they they want the the prestige. It's just that HBO

00:33:54   run on a lot of different things. The thing that I find concerning, again, we haven't

00:34:01   seen much, there's nothing to look at yet to evaluate this, but it just feels like that

00:34:06   Venn diagram gets pretty tight of people who have Apple products and would want this particular

00:34:10   thing. They're closing off a lot of the markets. It's a little bit like the days when Steve

00:34:15   initially didn't want iPods to work with Windows, that kind of thing.

00:34:20   I agree that the like, if they wanted the streaming service to be the most successful,

00:34:25   it could be as a streaming service you'd want it everywhere. I'm not sure that Apple as

00:34:31   a company is investing in a streaming service because they want to have a successful streaming

00:34:36   service business, right? Like maybe they do. Maybe they've completely changed their approach.

00:34:40   And the services line in their budget is about like anything. It could be literally anything

00:34:46   you could think of as a service. It doesn't have to be tied to Apple's hardware or platforms

00:34:50   in any other way. But I have a hard time believing that. I think in the end they see it as a

00:34:55   means to an end, which is getting people in their ecosystem and not just making whatever

00:35:01   $10 a month off of somebody who's using a Roku box. But I could be wrong. I mean, that

00:35:05   would be a very different thing for them. It contributes to developing and growing.

00:35:11   I hate when people use that verb that way, but basically trying to get more of a halo

00:35:15   effect. The idea is like you love your iPhone, now check out these other things.

00:35:18   Yeah, yeah, and maybe a little bit of like, "Oh, that's a really buzz-worthy show, but

00:35:22   you got to have an Apple device to watch it, or you have to wait." And that they want that.

00:35:26   Kind of like the Star Trek show, sort of, with CBS a little bit?

00:35:29   Yeah, well, I mean, with CBS, they're really just trying to build a business. I think the

00:35:35   smart thing, because that makes Star Trek fans really angry about the fact that in the

00:35:38   US, it's Netflix everywhere else but the US and Canada, but Star Trek fans in the US are

00:35:43   really grumpy that that show got on CBS All Access and not on something else. It was basically

00:35:48   you need to pay for this one show.

00:35:50   That sounds like nobody particularly loves using that app.

00:35:53   Yeah, well, yeah. So the funny thing about it is, though, that was, I think from a business

00:35:58   perspective, as far as I can tell, a great success for them because they got a lot of

00:36:04   people to sign up for CBS All Access, their streaming service, and they're trying to build

00:36:09   that service. And they got names, and they got people to advertise to, and some of them

00:36:12   maybe stayed as subscribers and some of them will come back next time. And they did it

00:36:17   all with a show that the Netflix purchase basically paid for. So everything was about

00:36:22   building a future business and making a profit on it. And it was an investment for them.

00:36:28   And it would have been easier for them to take a bigger profit and be on Netflix everywhere

00:36:34   in the world. But in the US they're like, "Yeah, but we want to build our own. We want

00:36:37   to have our own thing." And CBS doesn't do it the way other companies do it, but they

00:36:41   They do have a strategy and they have been very successful as a business.

00:36:45   There are a lot of stories about how, you know, there's rumors about Viacom and CBS

00:36:49   coming back together because they used to be together and they got split apart.

00:36:53   And the funny thing about the story is that 10 years ago when they got split apart, CBS

00:36:58   was viewed as this legacy business that it was like, "Good luck Les Moonves, head of

00:37:02   CBS, with your legacy network business," whereas the cable TV business was viewed as this.

00:37:07   Like that was the shining growth opportunity.

00:37:10   now when the owner or like majority shareholder of both is trying to get

00:37:15   them both together again, Sherry Redstone, the perception is like CBS doesn't want

00:37:19   to touch Viacom because CBS has actually been very profitable and successful and

00:37:24   Viacom is seen as being troubled. That's one of my favorite running observations from Tim

00:37:28   on TV Talk Machine is just that idea of like, "Hey, CBS, you know, you may not make

00:37:33   it into the power rankings too often but like keep doing what you're doing." It's

00:37:36   not for me but like it's working. It's a successful business and that's the thing about

00:37:39   Star Trek is like Star Trek fans are grumpy about it being on that show being on CBS All

00:37:43   Access but it was a good business move like it was a really smart business move I think

00:37:47   the real question is do they have the budget and do they have I know they've got some ambition

00:37:51   but do they have the budget to build that thing into something that people keep as a

00:37:55   subscription year round and they have like three or four original shows on it now so

00:38:00   I keep thinking and as a Star Trek fan I will admit that this is also some some wish casting

00:38:05   happening here, but I keep thinking you own Star Trek, you have a streaming service, why

00:38:11   are you not developing multiple Star Trek shows now? You launched one, you got a second

00:38:16   season of that coming, like, put your money in here, because this is a franchise you could

00:38:20   run with and get people to subscribe, but instead they've got like the Star Trek thing

00:38:26   and they've got like the Good Wife spinoff and they've got a comedy show and I think

00:38:31   there's another drama that's coming and it's just kind of scattershot now. So that's the

00:38:35   question for CBS is not that it wasn't a bad move it's that like what's your big

00:38:39   plan here is it to just are they are they hoping to get a lot of I mean isn't

00:38:44   there isn't it fair to say that their demo tends to skew a little older on

00:38:48   network but I think I'm on stop on streaming there there it's a much

00:38:53   younger audience they said but times of confusion it is a wacky time I have one

00:38:59   other upstream thing I wanted to mention which is something that also came up on

00:39:02   on TV Talk Machine, which is FanTV, which is a really great app. It used to be FanHatton.

00:39:07   It's a place where you could go and like find out like where's that movie? Where's that

00:39:10   TV show? Where's it available? What streaming services is it on? Is it for rent or for sale

00:39:14   at iTunes or Amazon? Is it on cable? Where is it? And it died. It's already well and

00:39:22   truly dead. I think it died today. I think today is the death of FanTV. And it got bought

00:39:29   by TiVo or maybe Rovio, which became TiVo, and it just got sucked into the maw of that

00:39:34   intellectual property whirlwind and is gone. So a lot of people were asking like, "Well,

00:39:41   what app should I use or web service should I use to track my shows?" Whether it's like,

00:39:45   "What shows should I watch now?" or whether it's, "Can I stream this in this place or

00:39:50   in that place?" And I have a few recommendations for people. Like, I heard from a bunch of

00:39:55   people last week about this that just watch dot-com is great that there's

00:40:00   tracked dot TV TR a k t dot TV TV time dot-com and their apps for most of these

00:40:06   things to somebody recommended can I stream it which is literally can I

00:40:10   stream dot it

00:40:12   although last time I used it it was not reliable for me it was saying things

00:40:16   were not streamable that were can I stream it use was the first one I knew

00:40:19   of for doing that, but it's been pretty undependable.

00:40:23   The Just Watch has something I like a lot,

00:40:26   which is once you go in and get your account set up,

00:40:28   you get to basically pick which of the streaming services

00:40:31   you want, which makes it a lot easier to go in and find stuff.

00:40:34   So you could say, well, I'd be willing to buy it from here,

00:40:37   but not from there.

00:40:37   And then when you bring in something like-- what's

00:40:39   it called?

00:40:39   Movie-- I know this is movies, not TV, but movies anywhere.

00:40:42   Have you talked about that much here?

00:40:44   We talked about it a little bit.

00:40:45   I mean, boy, such a fascinating time right now.

00:40:49   when you get your stuff like where where does that exist where can you get it

00:40:52   where does it live you know Siri on Apple TV helps with that an okay amount

00:40:57   it doesn't gobble up all of the apps but that's that's the trick right is like

00:41:00   who are the apps willing to put themselves in the search my Tivo

00:41:03   honestly and this is why they bought fan TV I think my Tivo does a great job my

00:41:08   Tivo actually has a pretty good job of knowing what streaming based on the

00:41:11   streaming services it supports anyway it can say so I could get I could get

00:41:15   Seinfeld reruns from any of these places and it'll say this show's current season

00:41:18   is on CBS but the past season's on Hulu and it'll show you all the episodes and

00:41:22   the ones that are on Hulu will play on Hulu and the ones that are on CBS you

00:41:26   can record on CBS and it does it that way for everything which is pretty clever.

00:41:29   TV Times cool too. I don't use the website much but I do use it on my phone.

00:41:34   That really wants to be like I guess like all of these it really wants to be

00:41:38   kind of a maybe along the lines of letterbox for movies it wants to be a

00:41:42   social network it wants to be something where you're sharing it with people and

00:41:45   And they're seeing your reviews and stuff.

00:41:48   But TV time's pretty good.

00:41:49   I just loaded up with all the shows, especially ones

00:41:51   that aren't-- like, like, when's Doctor Who come back on,

00:41:53   and stuff like that.

00:41:54   All the shows, Marlin?

00:41:55   All the great shows.

00:41:57   They're all in there.

00:41:59   Yeah.

00:42:00   I also just want to mention, this is not strictly germane,

00:42:03   but if you don't know about this, listeners,

00:42:05   Flixable is very, very good.

00:42:08   It's not for tracking, but it does one thing very well.

00:42:12   And that is, it is a website that shows you, basically,

00:42:15   sorted by date when stuff got added to Netflix. So if like me you've ever struggled to figure

00:42:20   out what's new, you know there is new stuff, but in their infinite scrolling interface,

00:42:24   the infinite carousel of hell, Flixable is really great. They have a tab for movies,

00:42:29   a tab for TV, and it's a great way to just pop in every week or two and say, "Oh, did

00:42:32   I miss anything?" Like here's this spate of Indian subcontinent sitcoms that they've added

00:42:38   or whatever. But you'll also see there's Wild Wild Country, here's stuff that was recently

00:42:41   added to keep you from losing your mind as a Netflix user try flexible f l i x a b l e

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00:45:36   Jared: Uh, some news we should talk about.

00:45:38   I wrote a, I did a dumb thing just because I thought it would be funny and it kind of

00:45:43   turned into a bigger thing.

00:45:46   It starts with this story, though. Apple put a time bomb in the latest version of Mac OS.

00:45:52   It's kind of weird. 1013.4 came out a couple weeks ago, but they put a time bomb in for

00:45:57   like Thursday the 12th at midnight local time. And after that point, if you launched an app

00:46:04   that was a 32-bit app—

00:46:05   This is in High Sierra.

00:46:06   Yeah, so High Sierra only, the latest version of High Sierra. 1013.4. So, such a catchy

00:46:13   set of numbers that is. It will put up a little box that says basically this is an old app,

00:46:22   email the developer, shame them, which you shouldn't do. You should check on your developer's

00:46:29   website and see if they've already made a statement about it. And then if they haven't,

00:46:34   you could send them a very nice email. I imagine that's what most people do. They probably

00:46:37   go and check. They probably do, yeah. It says this app is not optimized for your Mac. It

00:46:41   to be updated by its developer—again, it's not you, it's them—to improve compatibility.

00:46:47   Also, by the way, 32-bit Apple apps don't get this warning, because Apple does not want

00:46:53   you to contact them about their apps that are not being updated. And this is—now,

00:46:58   there's a lot of panic that could happen here, and it doesn't need to happen. In fact,

00:47:01   I was kind of talking Marco down via sending text messages to Casey when they were doing

00:47:06   ATP last week about this, because it had just sort of broken right before, and I'd written

00:47:09   my article about it, that even though—so Apple has said in the past, this is not news,

00:47:16   that in a future version of Mac OS, 32-bit apps won't run anymore. They have said that.

00:47:22   But a key thing—

00:47:24   On the infinite timescale.

00:47:25   Exactly right. On an infinite timescale. Well, no software is going to run on an infinite

00:47:30   timescale, except for Unix. It will be around forever. But what they said at WWDC last year was,

00:47:36   in the next version of macOS, so the one that comes out this fall, 32-bit apps—well, let's see,

00:47:45   High Sierra, they said the one that's out now will be the last version of macOS to run 32-bit apps

00:47:52   without compromise. And I checked on this, because there's some nuance here,

00:47:57   because the implication from that is they will run, but there will be an unstated compromise.

00:48:03   And I asked around and I can say that I was told yes, that interpretation is exactly right.

00:48:12   This fall's macOS updates not going to not run them, but there will be an unstated compromise.

00:48:18   Who knows what that is? It could be an annoying dialog box, even more annoying than this one.

00:48:22   It could be that you have to, by default, they don't run and you have to reboot and do something

00:48:26   and set something in order for it to run. And then Apple can say, "Haha, you don't get this

00:48:30   awesome feature at 100% or at all because you're in the wrong mode. There's lots of

00:48:34   complexity there that might make you not want to run them, but they're not going to be completely

00:48:40   shut out this fall. But, you know, next fall, probably is my guess, right? Maybe not, maybe

00:48:46   not, but probably, which means this is like an 18 month warning. This is a gentle transition.

00:48:52   But it's definitely one of the, it's a classic, it's a classic warning shot from Apple. I

00:48:57   I mean, Apple watchers will over time realize that when Apple issues this kind of, I guess

00:49:04   you could call it a warning, but definitely a heads up.

00:49:06   Make your way toward the exits.

00:49:09   Make your way toward the exits.

00:49:10   We're not saying that you have to run.

00:49:12   There's plenty of time, but you will need to make your way toward the exits.

00:49:16   I don't know if it's because of this particular computer I'm on because I'm an old man and

00:49:19   I am very reluctant to update.

00:49:21   My MacBook, adorable, has High Sierra, but I'm just running Sierra.

00:49:25   So when you look at, so you can do this by going to system information and then going

00:49:32   to the application section, subsection in hardware and see which ones are available.

00:49:36   I'm seeing a lot, a whole lot of stuff, including a lot of surprising Apple apps.

00:49:43   Oh yeah.

00:49:44   There's a lot of that's, that's why Apple, I mean, and to be fair, Apple's got the home

00:49:47   field advantage here.

00:49:48   App Apple can keep those 32 bit apps around as long as they want and keep them running

00:49:53   or they can only update them to 64-bit when they release the version that only runs 64-bit.

00:50:03   They're their own time table, right?

00:50:06   But for example, do you feel confident that we'll still be able to, for example, run firmware

00:50:12   password utility?

00:50:13   They'll probably give that a little...

00:50:15   I think not.

00:50:16   I think not.

00:50:18   Well that brings to...

00:50:20   hardware and stuff like that is part of this story, right? Because it's not just old software,

00:50:24   it's old hardware. Like I did, so the dumb thing that I did, because I thought it would

00:50:28   be funny, is when I realized that Apple's apps didn't generate the warning, I filed

00:50:33   a bug, because they always say file a radar. I filed a radar for QuickTime Player 7 saying,

00:50:40   "Oh, QuickTime Player 7 isn't 64-bit, so you should do that." And that was closed with

00:50:47   prejudice as we're not going to do that." It's like, "All right, fair." So then I wrote

00:50:52   another bug report, which was, "Oh, QuickTime Player 10 doesn't have all these features

00:50:57   that are in QuickTime Player 7, and since QuickTime Player 7 is going away, you should

00:51:01   probably put them in QuickTime Player 10. Check and mate." Right? I'm waiting for that

00:51:06   to be closed. It hasn't been closed yet, I'm sure it will. Or closed as a duplicate, because

00:51:10   people have been complaining about this. It's the reason QuickTime Player 7, which is ancient,

00:51:15   runs and is still kicking around is because just this weekend I used it to

00:51:20   put an audio soundtrack on top of a video that I had that was a different

00:51:26   soundtrack and then we did an incomparable like commentary track about

00:51:31   Star Wars and I have a Star Wars mp4 and I have this wave file of our commentary

00:51:37   you did two versions and I did yeah because there's a special editions which

00:51:41   we didn't watch and I you know basically in QuickTime I just like add the audio

00:51:44   track in and then export it out as an MP4 and boom I've got an MP4 with the

00:51:49   new audio track in it was you know this is why we we keep it around but Apple's

00:51:54   QuickTime API's never really got updated for 64-bit QuickTime Player 10 doesn't

00:51:58   apparently really use the old QuickTime at all it's just kind of QuickTime in

00:52:02   name only or for the most part Greg Pak the comic book writer and also

00:52:07   sometimes filmmaker tweeted at me like oh does this mean Final Cut 7 is finally

00:52:13   gonna die and I was like yeah actually yeah it does that's for all the people

00:52:17   who are holding out and doesn't mean it's gonna stop working but it means

00:52:20   that if you update to the version after the version that comes this fall it may

00:52:24   not run anymore at all what about the old garage band you think the old garage

00:52:27   band is garage band 6 or whatever that's 32 bed that'll stop running but so here's

00:52:33   the thing it's not like if you're really committed to old software you can keep

00:52:36   your old computer with your old software and not update and you can still use it

00:52:40   and it's okay. The problem is that if you are fully dedicated to the Final Cut Pro 7

00:52:45   lifestyle and you still edit all your movies on it and you don't care, you can keep buying

00:52:52   computers that run it up to the point where Apple releases an OS that doesn't support

00:52:57   it, at which point you have to just keep using your old computer forever. And that's where

00:53:03   the incompatibility really hurts you is, "Oh, I can use Final Cut 7 and you use it for several

00:53:11   years and you're like, 'Oh, it's fine,' and then your computer breaks and you're like,

00:53:14   'Oh, I guess I need a new Mac.'" Uh-oh. Because it won't. And that's, I mean, this is life,

00:53:21   right? I mean, software doesn't last forever. OSes always get updated and break old software.

00:53:25   This is just a more dramatic kind of large-scale example of it. But this stuff happens. It's

00:53:32   just if it's something that you love that is going away, it's hard. So it's not, again,

00:53:39   you can make your way to the exit slowly, but this is Apple just continuing to push

00:53:45   things along. I do wonder about that without compromise, though. I do wonder if by default

00:53:49   they won't run and there'll be some whizzy new feature that they introduced this fall

00:53:55   that will just not work in that mode. So that's the question, how painful will that compromise

00:54:02   if you're still running 32-bit apps. Oh, the DVD player, by the way. DVD player is

00:54:06   32-bit. Unclear whether Apple's gonna update that or just say, you know, run a

00:54:12   virtual machine of Lion to get that. So many groupers title case

00:54:17   service that I run. So many of the old Ecamm utilities. Yeah, well, they're all

00:54:22   QuickTime. They can't go to 64-bit as long as they're based on QuickTime.

00:54:25   What's gonna really suck, though, is this is also another pretty good

00:54:31   example of as many warnings as they give to people. If there is a day where they just

00:54:36   cut the cord, think about the terrible mixture of, let's say you're somebody who is using

00:54:42   a Mac with these old apps and maybe you're not reading the trades, it's just going to

00:54:46   be one day they're going to open it up and be like, "What happened to my Mac?"

00:54:49   Right, right. Because that moment where it's, well, I think this is part of the compromises

00:54:54   story though, is like this fall that'll happen is my theory. I think that's maybe the most

00:54:59   likely thing is this fall you remember when they introduced gatekeeper and suddenly that

00:55:04   app you downloaded from some shady place on the internet and you double clicked it and

00:55:07   goes whoa you downloaded this from some weird place and by default I won't let you run it

00:55:11   but you can go to the system preferences and change it so that I'll let you run it fine

00:55:16   live dangerously right well I think I think maybe it'll be something like that where you

00:55:19   open it up and be like okay I can't run 32-bit apps in this mode because this is super awesome

00:55:24   mode of Mac OS, you know, Monterey Bay Otter. And then you're--but you can go in and turn

00:55:32   it to less awesome mode and reboot, and everything will be kind of drab and gray, but you can

00:55:38   run your old apps. And as a user, you're like, "Oh, hmm, okay, I'll do that." And so if you

00:55:44   do that, then maybe the next year when you update again and it says, "Sorry, super awesome

00:55:49   mode is the only mode now and you can't run 32-bit apps," you'll be a little less surprised.

00:55:53   I think you still might be grumpy about it and you may be surprised, but I feel like

00:55:57   this that actually is one of the values in doing the with compromises step.

00:56:03   Is it like it's like, no, no, no, no, we're serious.

00:56:05   This is going to go away.

00:56:07   Like puts it in your fit.

00:56:08   This is like, this is it puts it in your face.

00:56:10   Once the next step will be to get it like where you're going to have to start changing

00:56:14   settings to run it.

00:56:15   And then the final step is it doesn't run.

00:56:17   I don't know.

00:56:19   It's going to frustrate people.

00:56:20   It's a performance issue.

00:56:22   Is that the idea?

00:56:22   I think that's part of it. Metal is a 64-bit thing. It's performance to a degree, but I

00:56:29   think it's also just maintenance. It will be easier when they can just say, "Everything

00:56:35   in the system runs 64-bit clean. We don't have to translate. There's nothing we have

00:56:41   to do. All the old crud goes away. All that 32-bit code." And that includes QuickTime.

00:56:46   like it's gone, right? 32-bit QuickTime, gone. I imagine that that's less maintenance work

00:56:52   and that the system will be better for it as a, you know, as a gestalt, as an overall

00:56:58   system, right? You're ripping out the legacy stuff. The problem is when you rip out the

00:57:02   legacy stuff, you take stuff people are using with it. And I mean, you could argue that

00:57:07   that's one of the reasons Windows was so bad for so long is that Microsoft's customers

00:57:11   did not let them rip anything out ever. I mean, it was very hard, much harder than Apple.

00:57:17   Right, this might need to run on a set-top box in Vietnam, like, "We need to keep this."

00:57:22   Yeah, exactly right. And so, you know, Apple's good at transitions, and this is actually

00:57:28   kind of a long and kind one. I'm not saying that people who are angry about it can be

00:57:32   angry about it, because if you're losing your favorite app, it makes sense. I will point

00:57:36   out for a while now it's been legal to run Mac OS in a virtual machine and as ridiculous

00:57:44   as it is if you have an app that you absolutely have to run and it's a 32-bit app you could

00:57:49   probably make a virtual machine of High Sierra or Sierra or El Capitan or Yosemite or you

00:57:55   know or anything that's covered by that license in VMware or Parallels and keep it around

00:58:02   and it will run and it's legal to do that with old operating system versions.

00:58:06   And that may be one way that people keep some of this stuff alive.

00:58:08   I wouldn't recommend using Final Cut Pro 7 in emulation, right?

00:58:13   Auntie Sue is not going to do that to keep her favorite Solitaire game going.

00:58:17   Well, that's where the real bummer is going to happen.

00:58:20   Now Auntie Sue may just keep her old computer.

00:58:24   But until they put out that Mac Pro, she's been waiting for it.

00:58:27   Exactly right.

00:58:28   Finally, she says, "I've been using this G5 for 15 years,

00:58:32   and now I'm going to upgrade to the Turbo Charger Solitaire. And then there's the thing that Myke

00:58:36   and I have been talking about for a while now, which is there's also the rumors it's the elephant,

00:58:40   because last week was all of the parables. Like the elephant in the room here is what's the future

00:58:46   of the Mac, because there's like going to 64-bit and there's the rumors about leaving Intel behind

00:58:51   and there's this question of like what do they do with, are they going to do something like the

00:58:56   rumor about Marzipan where it's like iOS apps that also run on the Mac. All these things are swirling

00:59:01   around because I have those moments where I think, I don't know, if 32-bit, old 32-bit

00:59:08   Mac software maybe may not be the only thing we're going to be asked to leave

00:59:12   behind on this platform in the next few years. I don't know. At some point if

00:59:17   you leave everything behind there's nothing left. It's a platform

00:59:21   transition and not just a software transition inside a platform, but Apple

00:59:25   may test us on that one. Yeah, so anyway 32-bit apps, check it out. You can find

00:59:29   out what apps you're running that are 32-bit. First off, if you're running

00:59:32   1013.4, it will tell you now that we're past April 12th. It will tell you the first time

00:59:38   you launch it, only the first time. I dropped in a little link to this. I mean,

00:59:42   most people might not probably know how to do this, but OS X daily has a real quick little

00:59:46   how-to on using your little Apple menu and finding where you can locate these.

00:59:49   Yeah, about this Mac, click on System Report, click on Applications, and one of the columns

00:59:53   is Intel 64-bit and it says yes or no. You can even sort it, sort it and then look at

00:59:59   all the nos. All the Adobe apps. My Adobe Air updater, oh no. I know, I found some files

01:00:06   that I had a welcome to Lion, or getting started with Lion app. Oh wow. Deep down in a really

01:00:15   weird folder somewhere. I sent Stephen Hackett because I know he likes really old Mac things,

01:00:20   a link to that. It was just, um, yeah, I had welcomed to know it was welcome to leopard.

01:00:26   Wow. Welcome to tiger. And also a MacBook pro user's guide for a MacBook pro that included

01:00:32   an apple remote, a DVI to VGA adapter and a CD drive. So that's like, great. How long has that

01:00:38   been in my mini migrations of my, my Mac? Nobody needs those ports anymore. No, no, it's not that,

01:00:46   not that important. I wanted to talk to you because you're on this podcast and I want you

01:00:53   to explain something because there was news about how a new version of the app Drafts is coming out.

01:00:58   There's Drafts 5 and they've got a Drafts Pro and you know I love drafts.

01:01:03   That's funny. That's a good one. You get a ding for that.

01:01:07   First pick in the draft, I'll pick the app Drafts. So I want to ask you about this because I have

01:01:13   heard people extol the virtues of drafts, and I have to admit I think I've never

01:01:17   really gotten it. And I'm somebody who writes things on my iPad and my

01:01:22   iPhone, I write articles on my iPad, I do all sorts of stuff on iOS, and I know

01:01:27   people rave about this, and now with this new version coming out, I thought I'm

01:01:31   going to have somebody on who can probably talk to me about like why, you

01:01:36   know, why this app works and, you know, does it change your approach to putting

01:01:40   text into an iOS device?

01:01:42   Yeah, I just dropped in a link to a podcast I did with Greg Pierce and visiting with Rene

01:01:50   Ritchie to talk about drafts.

01:01:51   But you know, everybody has such a different approach and a different mindset for how we

01:01:55   use our various devices.

01:01:57   And there's a pattern that I fell into on starting obviously with my phone that's been

01:02:02   a very interesting pattern for me.

01:02:03   So first of all, I mean, one of the things that's a little bit perplexing about drafts

01:02:07   is that when you open it up, it's just kind of like a big text

01:02:12   field.

01:02:12   It's blank.

01:02:13   You're like, hmm.

01:02:13   It's very blank.

01:02:14   And there aren't a lot of buttons to click.

01:02:16   It's not really clear what you're supposed to do next.

01:02:18   And I think someone could be forgiven for thinking it's just

01:02:21   like a little-- that it really stops at being

01:02:25   a diminished version of notes.

01:02:26   Like, you just type stuff in, and I

01:02:28   guess that goes somewhere.

01:02:30   The quick version is that under the hood,

01:02:34   drafts can do a lot of stuff to your text.

01:02:37   That could be text transformations.

01:02:38   That could be sending it to someplace else.

01:02:41   In the current version, it's not at the level of something

01:02:44   like workflow.

01:02:45   So the new version will do a lot of really, really interesting

01:02:52   stuff.

01:02:53   But rather than get too deep into that,

01:02:54   listen to that podcast if you want to hear more.

01:02:56   And I think Greg's going to be talking

01:02:57   about this a lot in the coming week as the app comes out.

01:02:59   But I can just tell you why it works for me.

01:03:04   Not that it should work for everybody,

01:03:05   but there's a funny thing I discovered about myself once I started using this app.

01:03:11   Ordinarily in the past, if I wanted to send somebody a text message, I'd go to the message app and start typing.

01:03:18   If I wanted to type an email, I'd hit C and compose a new message in Gmail.

01:03:24   There are other kinds of things you'd think to put on the calendar.

01:03:27   The first powerful thing that Drafts does is it can be a starting point for pretty much any kind of text.

01:03:32   So I keep that in my little dock, click it, start typing.

01:03:36   And then a common usage for me in the early days was,

01:03:39   I've always had a particular fetish

01:03:41   for being able to send email without seeing the incoming

01:03:45   email.

01:03:45   So for a long time for me, it's been a holy grail

01:03:48   to not have to open an email app just to send an email.

01:03:50   Because if I'm not in the-- well,

01:03:53   I'm perhaps well known or notorious for this idea

01:03:56   that you shouldn't be doing email all the time.

01:03:58   You should be checking your email at times

01:04:00   when you make time to do something about it.

01:04:02   I still really believe that.

01:04:04   I don't have any email notifications on.

01:04:06   But I do need to send email sometimes.

01:04:07   So just as one example, I have a little functionality in there

01:04:11   where I type something.

01:04:13   I type, you know, lunch downtown next week.

01:04:18   I type two spaces.

01:04:19   I type a little bit of text, hey Jason,

01:04:21   do you want to have lunch at da-da-da-da next week?

01:04:23   Love, Merlin.

01:04:24   And this candy little script knows

01:04:26   that in this context for this command,

01:04:29   take that first line of text in drafts.

01:04:32   that's gonna be the subject line of an email.

01:04:34   Anything after that line is the body of the email.

01:04:37   And so basically I can take my time

01:04:39   to type in this little window,

01:04:40   type the things I need to say, hit a button,

01:04:42   and that then basically pops open a new mail

01:04:44   where I can drop in the person's name,

01:04:47   et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

01:04:48   So the first thing was that became very useful to me

01:04:51   'cause there's lots of times where I want a quick way,

01:04:54   like something I've seen Dan Morin suffer from

01:04:57   that you suffered from.

01:04:58   Any time you do stuff in a CMS, back in the day,

01:05:01   You would learn not to type long things in a text area

01:05:04   because you just couldn't trust it.

01:05:06   The browser might crash, you lose your work.

01:05:08   I imagine you ran into that in the past trying to be a cowboy.

01:05:11   Don't write it in the CMS.

01:05:13   Don't write it in the CMS.

01:05:14   So the simple way that I found it very useful

01:05:17   is that was a real neat way for me to know that whenever

01:05:20   I needed-- even if I knew exactly where it needed to go,

01:05:24   I would often start there.

01:05:26   I had the same interface every time I was dealing with text.

01:05:29   This is not for everybody, but this is for me.

01:05:31   I didn't want to necessarily open the email app.

01:05:33   I didn't want to open the message app.

01:05:34   If it's an important thing, I want to look at it.

01:05:36   I want to see if there's any red lines under it

01:05:37   telling me it's misspelled.

01:05:38   I'm going to look at it, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

01:05:40   So I did that for a pretty good long time.

01:05:42   A lot of times what I would just do is one of my scripts

01:05:44   takes the first line of the drafts file and anything

01:05:50   after it.

01:05:50   And so basically it takes the first line

01:05:52   and creates a new text file on Dropbox with a date stamp

01:05:56   on it.

01:05:57   This becomes a great way for things

01:05:59   to get from the ephemeral world.

01:06:01   I use draft fairly ephemerally.

01:06:03   Many people use it for much more than that.

01:06:04   I use it as a place to start text,

01:06:06   and then I often send it somewhere else.

01:06:08   And then I can go into NV alt, TextMate, or editorial on iOS

01:06:13   and do other stuff with it.

01:06:16   OK, so that in itself is pretty useful.

01:06:17   I don't know if that's enough to make people want to buy it,

01:06:20   but just that first pattern of always starting your text

01:06:23   in this similar kind of area, it makes

01:06:26   you careful about what you're doing and prevents mistakes.

01:06:28   But then I noticed a fascinating thing start to happen

01:06:33   that I would not have noticed if I always

01:06:34   went to the supposed destination app to do it.

01:06:37   So I discovered that a lot of times,

01:06:41   something started as an idea.

01:06:42   And then I started moving my fingers,

01:06:44   and something happened.

01:06:45   And once I was open to the idea that the text could

01:06:48   go anywhere, and I had to think about where it went next,

01:06:51   a funny thing happened.

01:06:52   I realized that a lot of times, I'd

01:06:54   start to write something that I thought

01:06:55   was going to be a text message--

01:06:57   yes-- in drafts.

01:06:58   And I go, you know what?

01:06:59   This is probably better as an email.

01:07:01   I changed my mode of thinking.

01:07:02   And now I'm writing an email in there instead of a text message.

01:07:05   Other times, you're about to write somebody a really snarky email.

01:07:08   And you go, oh, you know what?

01:07:09   This would be better to just be a mean subtweet.

01:07:11   Maybe I should do that instead.

01:07:13   This should really be an angry blog post denouncing this person.

01:07:16   But then there's other ones, too, where how often have you

01:07:19   started to basically complain to somebody about something

01:07:23   or request something from them?

01:07:25   And you end up rubber ducking a little bit.

01:07:27   And by typing, you start to realize the answer

01:07:29   to your own problem.

01:07:30   So you could go into drafts and start

01:07:32   writing a long, mean email about this problem

01:07:35   that somebody's caused for you.

01:07:36   And as you're typing and rubber ducking, you suddenly go, oh,

01:07:39   you know what?

01:07:39   This actually could just be something

01:07:41   that goes to a to-do list, something

01:07:42   I can take care of myself.

01:07:44   And then maybe sometimes-- how about this?

01:07:47   Let's really pop the stack.

01:07:48   Maybe you realize as you're about to communicate

01:07:50   with somebody, you realize, you know what?

01:07:52   I'm really talking to myself, and that's OK.

01:07:54   This actually needs to go into a diary,

01:07:56   or this needs to go into some kind of a running file.

01:07:58   You see where I'm going with this.

01:07:59   Once you open yourself up to that idea,

01:08:01   I think an interesting kind of philosophical change

01:08:03   in writing can happen, which is that you say,

01:08:06   it doesn't matter where this will end up,

01:08:08   really, it can start, it always should start in drafts.

01:08:12   And once I'm done typing the thing that I like,

01:08:14   then I decide what to do with it and where it goes.

01:08:17   And so that's been really powerful for me.

01:08:19   And it's not even getting into the redonkulous number

01:08:22   of things that you can do with this.

01:08:23   You can send it to Fantastical,

01:08:25   or it'll be parsed for natural language.

01:08:27   You could, as I say, send it to Dropbox.

01:08:29   You could append or prepend to a list somewhere.

01:08:32   And that's all available.

01:08:33   You just kind of slide over to this little menu.

01:08:35   And you can send stuff anywhere you want it to be.

01:08:36   And yes, you can send it straight to an email app.

01:08:39   You can send it to Messages.

01:08:41   You could send it to wherever you want it to go.

01:08:43   There's a rich collection of these things

01:08:45   that people put together in a directory where

01:08:47   you can find stuff that'll work for you,

01:08:49   all the way down to things like markdown transformations, HTML

01:08:52   previews. All that kind of stuff is in there and the language is too sophisticated for

01:08:58   me to do from scratch but easy enough for me to change to do the kinds of things I want

01:09:02   to do. So for me, Drafts is where all text starts.

01:09:05   I like the idea, this is the part that I really get, which is instead it's a real shift, right,

01:09:12   because we think in terms, at least, okay, we, I think, and I think a lot of us have

01:09:16   been trained to think in terms of apps on our Macs and especially on our iOS devices,

01:09:21   which is not "I need to write something." It's "I need to open notes for this kind of

01:09:26   -- what kind of text is this?" Then I'll put it in notes. What kind of text is this? I'll

01:09:29   put it in reminders. What kind of text is this? Gmail. This one goes to Fantastical.

01:09:34   This one goes to Google Docs. This one goes to BB Edit, right? Like, in the end, I have

01:09:39   all this overhead that is classifying what I think I'm going to do and pick the right

01:09:46   tool for the job.

01:09:47   It's almost like what app wants me to use it right now.

01:09:50   - Right, right.

01:09:51   And what you're saying is, if you kind of let go of that

01:09:53   and just say, "I'm gonna start it in drafts,"

01:09:56   that doesn't preclude you from finishing it somewhere else,

01:10:01   but it means that you don't actually have to do

01:10:03   that overhead before you start typey typing.

01:10:06   - You put it very well.

01:10:07   And I guess one part I should mention,

01:10:09   'cause it's so important, is that it kind of wants

01:10:12   to be ephemeral, but have a good memory.

01:10:16   So you start typing in one of these.

01:10:18   And first of all, these can all be synced.

01:10:21   I think I was doing it through Dropbox.

01:10:23   I don't even remember.

01:10:24   But now, I mean, in the latest version,

01:10:25   it just works great with iCloud.

01:10:27   So on all of my devices, all my iOS devices,

01:10:30   Drafts is running, as soon as I start typing,

01:10:33   it's basically creating a new file, a new buffer.

01:10:35   It just goes into the cloud.

01:10:36   And at any time, you can go back.

01:10:38   You can do a search for any string

01:10:39   to find what you're looking for.

01:10:40   The new version includes stuff like tags and flagging,

01:10:43   if you like that sort of stuff.

01:10:44   But what you're describing here is,

01:10:46   let's say I get distracted and go somewhere else,

01:10:47   but I don't have to go save it out of a browser window.

01:10:50   It's already saved in there, and I can search all that stuff

01:10:52   very easily.

01:10:53   Another nice new thing-- not new thing, but a nice feature--

01:10:55   is you can select the amount of time

01:10:59   before it automatically creates a new blank page saving

01:11:02   your old one.

01:11:04   So you might want to set that to five minutes.

01:11:06   You might want to set that to one minute, where you're like,

01:11:08   I'll be working on this, move around on the phone,

01:11:10   come back, copy, paste, do whatever.

01:11:11   It's got a great extension where you can create a new file

01:11:15   or append and prepend using iOS extensions, which

01:11:17   is hugely useful when you're making show notes

01:11:19   or something like that.

01:11:21   But then there's a new thing he's added called,

01:11:23   I think it's called Focus Mode, which

01:11:24   is just always leave my last note up until I say otherwise.

01:11:28   So yeah, it really can be adjusted

01:11:31   to however you like to work.

01:11:33   But all it really requires is-- all it requires

01:11:36   is the vast change in thinking that

01:11:38   says I'm not going to think about the app

01:11:40   until I'm done figuring out what I have to say.

01:11:42   - All right, thank you for that.

01:11:43   - You know, and the guy works hard and it's a good app

01:11:46   and I want to support him.

01:11:47   These are the kinds of apps that have made my life good.

01:11:49   And again, I'm not trying, I don't mean this as a sales job

01:11:53   so much as to say like, you know, philosophically,

01:11:55   if there are apps that mean the world to you, you know,

01:11:58   get out there and support them

01:11:59   because that's what it takes for them to stay alive.

01:12:01   - That's true.

01:12:02   - I'm all for people, you know, charging for their work

01:12:04   and I would pay for this every year, no sweat.

01:12:07   - All right, I will check out version five.

01:12:09   I'll put links in the show notes to their blog posts about what they're doing.

01:12:12   Uh, you ready for some ask upgrade?

01:12:15   Oh, I certainly am.

01:12:16   Wait, what's the sound for that?

01:12:18   Is that choo choo choo?

01:12:19   There's some lasers that happened, but they're warming up now because we have a

01:12:21   sponsor before that.

01:12:22   And I have to admit this is a breaking news in what may be a first for upgrade.

01:12:28   We have a followup from a sponsor, James Thompson, the maker of Peacock.

01:12:34   He wrote down here, the makers of Peacock.

01:12:36   Well, James and Saskia are our TLA systems and they make Peacock.

01:12:39   The scientific calculator, I doubt she approved this.

01:12:41   - It's the Scottish "we."

01:12:42   - I doubt that Saskia approved this text.

01:12:44   Anyway, the makers of PCALC, the scientific calculator

01:12:47   you didn't even know you needed, would like us to point out

01:12:50   that the reverse Polish notation does not, in fact,

01:12:52   involve any form of sausages,

01:12:54   despite what I said two weeks ago.

01:12:55   So just putting it out there.

01:12:57   It does not, you don't actually turn around

01:12:59   and eat a sausage,

01:13:00   and that's not what reverse Polish notation is.

01:13:03   I still don't know what it is.

01:13:04   - It seems very misleading.

01:13:05   - Let me go on, because this is basically,

01:13:07   this ad is going to explain why I'm wrong.

01:13:09   RPN is actually an alternative way of calculating where you enter the numbers

01:13:12   first followed by the operator. So 6 enter 7 multiply would give you the

01:13:19   ultimate answer of 42. It was popularized by Hewlett-Packard with their desktop

01:13:24   calculators in the 70s and 80s and caught on especially with scientists and

01:13:27   engineers, so now you know. But you don't have to use RPN with PCALC. Of course

01:13:32   that's just one of the many options that let you customize it exactly as you wish.

01:13:36   Our friend Dr. Drang has a nice post about how he built his own, like, you can build your own interface.

01:13:43   There's an editing mode where you can move and resize the buttons, replace the ones you don't use.

01:13:48   So you can literally, like, make PCALC's calculator.

01:13:51   It doesn't—it's got a bunch of layouts built in, but you can customize all of them.

01:13:56   You can change all of them. It's crazy.

01:13:59   And if you bought a new iPad, you may be shocked to know the iPad doesn't come with a calculator at all.

01:14:04   Seems like the kind of thing they'd want to include.

01:14:07   Seems weird, yeah, but you can get Peacock.

01:14:09   There's a light version that's free, contains no invasive adverts as they say in Scotland,

01:14:15   or analytics as they also say in Scotland, whatsoever.

01:14:19   And if you like it, you can upgrade to the full version and unlock all of the other features.

01:14:22   Peacock is available on every single Apple platform.

01:14:27   Not kidding. Not kidding.

01:14:29   Although, James, it's not yet capable.

01:14:31   Okay, let me phrase it this way.

01:14:33   - We got it on HomePod, you can get it on Apple TV.

01:14:36   - At WWDC, when they announce that you can do HomePod apps,

01:14:39   I am telling you the first HomePod app that will exist

01:14:42   will be, why don't you tell me that math problem

01:14:45   by James Thompson.

01:14:46   (laughing)

01:14:47   But it is on Apple Watch, it is on Apple TV

01:14:50   if you need to do some calculations on your television,

01:14:52   and if they ever release those AR glasses,

01:14:55   Peacock will certainly be there

01:14:56   with a giant augmented calculator in your face on day one.

01:15:00   search the app store for pcalc or go to pcalc.com/upgrade for more details

01:15:05   and if you're going to WWDC find James he has sweet pcalc pins that he will be

01:15:12   giving away

01:15:13   he's a very nice man and I will also say sunday sunday at the sunburn monster

01:15:18   trucks driving around in the about screen

01:15:21   golden bananas

01:15:25   I use pcalc this is they didn't tell us to say this I use pcalc every weekday

01:15:30   afternoon because my daughter is 10 and she's learning some kind of monkey balls banana

01:15:33   pants math that I don't understand. She does factor rainbows, she does all these things

01:15:37   I don't understand what the hell she's doing. I don't know how to quote unquote help her

01:15:41   but what I do know is when it is time to figure out some wackadoo division thing where she

01:15:45   draws a rainbow and a grid I will open Peacock and I will check the math for myself in my

01:15:49   head to make sure that I did it right. So thank you to James. Is it the new math? Oh

01:15:54   God. It's so confusing. I don't understand it either. There was a whole thing that my

01:16:00   both my kids did, whereas like now, you know, cluster the numbers or something.

01:16:03   I'm like, what? Is that a new thing? Oh, yeah. You could make a part of the

01:16:07   number family or the number story. You're like, well, you're just saying

01:16:09   nouns. Like, that doesn't mean anything. What does that mean? They all nestle together and they

01:16:12   love each other. When I was your age, when I was your age, we just had to

01:16:16   memorize things. Watch out, Merlin. Lasers. Lasers time.

01:16:22   Lister Matt says, "In the context of Marzipan and Apple leaving Intel, could

01:16:28   apps contain both ARM and x86 instructions? Could apps that contain both be feasible?

01:16:35   x86 instructions run by emulation on ARM, but an iMac/Mac Pro, you know, contain both

01:16:42   ARM and x86 for native performance? He says we could call them Fusion apps. And what I'll say

01:16:46   to Matt is we had these, actually, the last time. They're called fat binaries. We had them for the

01:16:52   Intel PowerPC transition. And yes, I would imagine if we're going through a processor transition,

01:16:58   one of the things that Apple will let people do is compile their apps for

01:17:05   both processor architectures inside the bundle. Now that said, they have done some

01:17:11   interesting things with app thinning on the App Store, so it's possible that on

01:17:14   the App Store what you'll do is you'll upload both the binaries and based on

01:17:18   what architecture your computer is running, only that one will download,

01:17:23   right? That may be the modern version of the fat binaries that you upload all the

01:17:27   binaries to the App Store and then only the right one comes down. But Fusion

01:17:32   Apps, we called it "fat binaries" back in the day and it worked fine. Like, they were

01:17:37   a little bit bigger, they were fat, not to shame them, but they were

01:17:40   larger because they contain two executables inside. But the bottom line

01:17:43   was, you just double-click. When I was younger, I was often

01:17:47   criticized for my love of curvy apps.

01:17:49   Yeah, well, you know, I love my curvy apps. Back in the day, when we were kids, you

01:17:53   could have the like the regular app or the husky app. That was your other choice.

01:17:58   They had a whole section for us at Sears. Absolutely, with the tough skins and the agar animals.

01:18:03   I'm glad you explained that to listener Matt because I recognize those all as English

01:18:08   strings. Remember fat binaries? That was the thing. Oh that I remember. Oh sure. Yeah but

01:18:12   this is an x86 arm. There's a lot of confusion going on. It's times of confusion. That's

01:18:17   what made me, oh it's absolutely platinum age. That's why when you were talking about

01:18:19   the 32-bit stuff I was remembering back when was it not Rosetta what was it

01:18:25   called where you could have an old version that would run not an emulation

01:18:29   but like all the Microsoft apps hadn't been updated do you remember these times

01:18:32   well so there were a couple there's Rosetta which was the code translation

01:18:35   where it took a power PC app that didn't have an Intel version and ran it on an

01:18:39   Intel processor there was the blue box or whatever they call a classic which is

01:18:44   when they were you were running an OS 9 app inside OS 10 and basically in the

01:18:47   background hidden away there was a copy of OS 9 running but it would unless you

01:18:54   made it it wouldn't show it to you it would just show the app and that app

01:18:58   behaves completely differently from all the other apps because it was running in

01:19:01   in OS 9 in this emul- not an emulation layer but it was like a virtual machine

01:19:06   kind of layer where was running a virtual copy of OS 9 inside OS 10 it was

01:19:10   super weird. On the computer power of that time that's mental.

01:19:14   Yeah, it worked okay, but again, I think it shows you that Apple's track record of sort

01:19:18   of bending over backwards to smooth a transition as much as possible while not being afraid

01:19:23   to make them. Like, if they follow that rulebook, then we could probably guess about how they're

01:19:28   going to do it for any future transitions they're going to do. They're pretty good at

01:19:31   it, historically, but not afraid to make them, but pretty good at taking all the steps and

01:19:37   building in compatibility.

01:19:38   And they took Kaleidoscope away.

01:19:40   - That's true. I was thinking about how Microsoft's doing their ARM version of Windows 10,

01:19:45   and it's the same thing. They've got a code translation engine for x86 apps.

01:19:49   They run slow, but they run. And it's like, yeah, that's how you have to do that,

01:19:52   as opposed to the old version of Windows RT that they tried, where it was like, yeah,

01:19:56   it doesn't even try. Now they actually try. It's good. Lister Matthew wrote in to say,

01:20:04   "Do you think if Apple do decide to use their A-series chips in the MacBook,

01:20:09   they would enable cellular connectivity for Mac, something like an Apple SIM

01:20:13   built in and LTE bands. So the idea that maybe one of the things you could pick

01:20:17   up if you leave Intel behind is cellular Macs. And I don't think these

01:20:25   things are particularly connected. I felt for a while now, like, the big

01:20:30   problem to doing cellular connectivity on the Mac is that the Mac OS needs to

01:20:33   be updated, to be smart enough to like control who uses the network connection when you're

01:20:39   in a cellular mode, like add in a thing. Like I use Trip Mode and they could do something

01:20:44   like Trip Mode, although it's a little bit fiddly where like literally you say, "When

01:20:48   I'm on cellular, this app doesn't get to use the network because it's photos and it's going

01:20:51   to kill my..." That's what's kept me from getting all in on it is it's a little bit

01:20:55   like Little Snitch where there's a lot of breaking in time and configuring time. Yeah,

01:21:01   in your face for a while when you're when you're configuring it. So now if Apple could

01:21:04   do that, I think that's I think that's more likely the thing is Apple really evangelizing

01:21:09   developers and saying we're going to do cellular max. And by default, your your apps aren't

01:21:14   going to aren't going to be able to use the cell network. And you're going to have to

01:21:17   opt in with these very particular things in order for us not to kill the data allowances

01:21:23   of all of our users. I think that's what they need to do. Like listener Marco, I it seems

01:21:27   it does seem on the one hand crazy to me that they can't do that, especially after you've

01:21:31   had a cellular iPad. You know, it's hard to look back. It seems crazy. They can do it.

01:21:34   They just have not ever prioritized it for whatever reason. I think it's strange, but

01:21:39   they just haven't done it. Do you think part of its battery concerns? Uh, it could be.

01:21:43   It could be the battery is part of it. Um, although the, you know, Mac batteries are

01:21:46   way bigger than, than like phone batteries. Um, they, cause they use, they use more power.

01:21:51   Um, I don't know. I it's, it's, I've heard people say that they thought it was licensing

01:21:56   Well, I mean, just because it seems to stand to reason from a logical standpoint that you're

01:22:01   most likely to use LTE when you're not plugged in.

01:22:04   It's when you're somewhere that's not your house or somewhere that has Wi-Fi.

01:22:07   It's true.

01:22:08   Although sometimes, I mean, I use, now that I've got LTE in my iPad, I use it in my Starbucks

01:22:11   and they've got Wi-Fi, but it's terrible and I just don't bother anymore.

01:22:14   I just...

01:22:15   I think what blows me away is going and staying at a hotel or going anywhere with that terrible,

01:22:21   you know, free Wi-Fi, unprotected Wi-Fi.

01:22:24   And the first thing I do and when I'm doing the cost benefit of it, even if it's free

01:22:28   is is just do a speed test.

01:22:31   And last time we did that when we were in Los Angeles, it was mind boggling.

01:22:35   I mean, it was something like 10 times faster to use LTE over the Wi Fi.

01:22:40   Yeah, it was crazy.

01:22:42   Listener Wayne wrote in to say, couldn't the the creatives that Apple has hired so that

01:22:48   can observe them building products for the pro team be the ones who edit all of their

01:22:54   TV shows. I don't think that's a good idea. Yeah, I think that's I think there's like

01:23:00   in the lab. I think maybe Yeah, could Apple ask for access full access to the professionals

01:23:05   who are editing their shows but the way it works is Apple is giving money to a production

01:23:09   company and the production companies handing them a finished show that's happening in Korea.

01:23:13   It's not a thing where there's in the middle there's some people over at Apple who are

01:23:19   editing those shows for them. And I think that that, you know, maybe they could get

01:23:22   access to those things, those people. Of all the things where we get frustrated with Apple,

01:23:26   one of the ones that I find, and I'm not, I am not pining for a Mac Pro like as much

01:23:31   as some of my friends are. I'd love to see it just to know that Apple's still in the

01:23:34   game. But of all of the things, that's the one that sticks out the most to me of like,

01:23:39   Like, you can't see how people would want a really, really tricked-out desktop machine

01:23:45   and a really, really tricked-out laptop.

01:23:48   That's the one where, like, that just—there's got to be something strategic behind why they

01:23:52   are not doing—especially the kind of MacBook Pro that I'd like to have.

01:23:55   Yeah, I don't know.

01:23:57   Strange.

01:23:58   Strange.

01:23:59   I think they're doing—you know, I don't know.

01:24:01   They have—I've had a couple people ask—this is not technically an ask upgrade question,

01:24:05   I've had a bunch of people say it's sort of like the bigger conspiracy theory, which is

01:24:10   that, could it be that the reason that the Mac development has been so sluggish for the

01:24:15   last few years is that everything Apple is doing is for this transitional platform where

01:24:19   they're going to switch everybody over and it's like we don't even want to make a new

01:24:23   Mac over here because in three years you're going to be buying this new thing that's not

01:24:27   quite a Mac and that's...

01:24:28   This has become the Apple version of QAnon where there's this one thing that explains

01:24:33   everything except it doesn't really make any sense.

01:24:35   Yeah, and my answer is yes, it is possible. In fact, we know it is certain that there

01:24:41   are people, I mean, I don't even have to go as far as secret. Like, I think that I think

01:24:45   the answer is yes, Apple has retasked it a lot of its people to work on an ARM based

01:24:51   platform. It's iOS, and the iPad and the iPhone. And that's what and that's what is happening

01:24:59   there. You don't need a big conspiracy. Could there be people pulled off who are working

01:25:03   on getting Mac OS on ARM ready to go or building kind of a proof of concept of future Mac hardware

01:25:10   that is kind of hybridized or is running on ARM laptop but running a version of Mac OS

01:25:18   or a hybrid of Mac OS and iOS. Yeah, I think it's entirely possible. I don't know if that

01:25:22   is, you know, those people getting pulled off is the reason why your particular bugaboo

01:25:29   about what Apple is doing is actually happening. That seems less likely, but it's possible.

01:25:36   I'm sure they're working on Skunk Works projects, some of which we will never see, and some

01:25:40   of which will be the Mac we're using in two years. I'm sure of both of those things.

01:25:46   listener Cory wrote in to say, "I want to ask upgrade when we might hear more from a

01:25:51   podcast tutorial segment. I would love your input." And my answer there is keep watching

01:25:57   the skies, Cory. Myke and I are currently planning, I'm going to pre-promote it now,

01:26:02   it's springtime. Myke and I are currently planning the Summer of Fun. The Summer of

01:26:08   Fun is returning, the upgrade Summer of Fun. It is returning for a new season of fun in

01:26:14   the summer. Fun takes planning. There's a bunch of things going on. So Myke's getting

01:26:17   married this summer and going on his honeymoon. And that means that there are huge gaps in

01:26:23   the upgrade schedule while he's getting married and on his honeymoon. And then not to mention

01:26:27   the fact that I'm going to Europe with my family for a family vacation that ends the

01:26:32   culminates in us going to London and being at Myke's wedding. So we have we have a whole

01:26:37   mess of a summer schedule. The summer schedule being a mess is what causes the upgrade summer

01:26:41   of fun because it forces us to pre record some stuff and come up with some evergreen

01:26:46   topics and some special episodes like when we drafted old max that one time that was

01:26:50   part of the Summer of Fun. So podcast tutorials right in your wheelhouse. So I think we're

01:26:54   going to do a podcasting episode as part of the Summer of Fun. So, you know, I can't tell

01:26:59   you when, but I think it will be during the Summer of Fun, so stay tuned for that, Cory.

01:27:04   This is a great question. Listener Richard asked, "What's your ratio of compliments to

01:27:10   moners for upgrade? Do you get a lot of haters?" And I'm going to say the same thing that I

01:27:16   I think Marco talks about on ATP a lot, which is, you know, podcasts, it's a lot harder

01:27:22   to be a hater of a podcast because you have to put in a huge time investment and it's

01:27:27   harder to just drive by. You get them because it's the internet, but it's a lot harder.

01:27:33   And I would say most of the feedback we get is very nice. People are helpful. They tell

01:27:37   us things that we don't know. They tell us things that we do know. They give us nice

01:27:42   compliments, they have a criticism about something, but I'd say they all, not all, mostly seem

01:27:47   so invested in the podcast that they're trying to help or they're trying to provide constructive

01:27:53   criticism and I don't mind the constructive stuff. And you know, people are people and

01:27:59   they have, everybody's got their weird take on it, but what I really don't like is the

01:28:03   people who are not invested, they don't know who you are, they don't know why you're doing

01:28:06   what you're doing, there's no context. Like the guy who was complaining to me about my

01:28:12   silly post about QuickTime Player 7, where it was like, "You don't understand the context

01:28:19   of this, but why not just do a drive-by unloading on somebody else on the internet?" And podcasts,

01:28:25   it's harder to do that, and that is one of the things that makes podcasts great.

01:28:29   One thing I try to always keep in mind, and I'm not just saying this for clapping, but

01:28:34   It's really nice that people listen and there's something special about podcasts and that

01:28:37   people get a very strong relationship.

01:28:40   If they end up liking it and listening often, you feel like you have a relationship with

01:28:43   that person.

01:28:44   And sometimes what one might say to somebody else, it feels like you know them well enough

01:28:49   that they would know the tone that you mean to strike.

01:28:53   So I think a lot of times it's just because people are very, very involved and they feel

01:28:55   strongly about the topics that you're talking about.

01:28:59   I mean, the only request that I would make is like, let's at least try and misunderstand

01:29:03   each other in thoughtful ways. Let's try and assume that neither of us is deliberately

01:29:08   trying to be a bad human being. And if we both agree to that, then you can have a dialogue

01:29:12   with people. But you know, it's just people, I'm the same way. There's all kinds of times

01:29:16   where I almost say kind of silly things to people because I assume they'll know who I

01:29:21   am and will get my tone based on the fact that I've listened to hundreds of hours of

01:29:24   their podcast when in fact I would just come off as a loon.

01:29:27   Yeah, that is, we talked about that after Myke went to PodCon and I went to see the

01:29:31   the Flop House Live where, and you were there too,

01:29:36   at the Flop House and it was,

01:29:40   that is something that is hard to do.

01:29:41   - That was a really good conversation you guys had.

01:29:43   - Thank you. - That was very good.

01:29:45   - The asymmetry of the relationship between an audience

01:29:48   and somebody who's making the thing.

01:29:50   And it does lead to some weird moments where it's like,

01:29:53   I know your voice, I know your anecdotes.

01:29:55   Sometimes people know the anecdotes way better than I do.

01:29:58   They're like, oh, it's like that time.

01:29:58   - Usually, usually. - It's like that time

01:30:01   in January of 2016 when you had a problem with your car.

01:30:04   - I can't believe you didn't mention that summer job you had.

01:30:06   - I'm like, "How do you even know that?"

01:30:09   And he's like, "Well, you mentioned on Upgrade episode 28."

01:30:12   And I'm like, "Oh my God," right?

01:30:13   So that's the challenges, but I've seen it from both sides.

01:30:17   So it's the example I gave the other day

01:30:19   in Slack somewhere was, you know, I could meet Dan McCoy

01:30:23   and I could say, "Hi, Dan.

01:30:25   I like your cat, Archie, who I've never met,

01:30:26   but I've seen you post your pictures

01:30:28   on the Instagram of Archie, and he's great,

01:30:30   and I'm sorry about your old cat who died. That was very sad. We were all very sad for

01:30:33   you and it's like, yeah, I could do that. That's super weird. But the fact is I do know

01:30:37   the name of Dan's cat and I have seen this cat.

01:30:40   Oh, absolutely. My daughter and I were hanging out this morning and I got a notification

01:30:45   at 9am on my phone that Griffin McElroy's birthday is in two days. And I experienced

01:30:52   that on so many levels because my first thought was, oh, and my daughter and I were like,

01:30:57   we should send him something with clowns or a mobile phone and like some kind of in-joke.

01:31:00   We should send him a birthday present." And then I was like, "You know, we probably shouldn't send

01:31:03   him a birthday present. And I probably should not have his birthday on my phone. What is wrong with

01:31:08   me? Why do I need to know his birthday?" Now I feel like a creep. - Well, and that's the thing.

01:31:13   I think that's, if you're a listener, you have to kind of strike that, that like they don't know you,

01:31:18   but you know them and be, you know, walk, walk softly and be, you know, be careful.

01:31:26   And then if you are on the other side of it, which I occasionally am, and it blows me away that I am

01:31:31   that fortunate enough to have people who like come up to you and tell you they like the stuff

01:31:35   that you do, because that is a super special, wonderful thing, right? It's incumbent on us

01:31:41   and responsible for us to understand that there's asymmetry and that we are in their ears and that

01:31:46   and that they know all these things about us. And that it isn't, it's unusual in terms

01:31:53   of like how our brains are wired, but it's nice and normal. And that, and, and, um, I'm

01:31:59   really bad at taking compliments. I'm terrible at it. It makes me want to go hide. It makes

01:32:04   me want to run away. And I have gotten much better at being able to say it because the

01:32:09   truth is I, it is very kind when people say nice things about you, but you have to remember

01:32:14   like you don't know them but they know you and I feel like if all of us just know understand

01:32:20   what the what the what the relationship is and that like you said these are people who

01:32:25   are everybody here is a good person and we're having a good time then then it all works

01:32:30   out fine but it is it is a little bit strange let's let's be excellent to each other and

01:32:34   that but that's why I also like like being on the other side of it because that was like

01:32:37   in short succession I got both sides of that of being you know going up to the people who

01:32:43   are on a podcast that I listen to all the time and know all the details about and can

01:32:48   say, "Oh, it's like that time," like I had that moment where Elliott Kaelin tweeted about

01:32:51   how he was with his kid at Train Town in Sonoma. And I replied back and I was like, "Hey,"

01:32:55   and all he did was show a picture of an object at Train Town. And I was like, "Hey, it's

01:33:01   Train Town." And I wrote him again and I said, "I'm sorry, I am now Twitter stalking you.

01:33:06   It's just that we used to take our kids to Train Town. I didn't mean to like out your

01:33:10   location where the helicopters are coming now to get you. That's not what I was trying

01:33:15   to do there. But I had that moment where I did cross the line. He was very nice. He was

01:33:18   like, "No, no, no. It's a great place for kids. We're up here visiting my wife's family."

01:33:22   And I didn't respond, "I know. Your wife's name is Danielle and her parents are from

01:33:26   Sonoma County." A little too creepy.

01:33:30   So you brought Sammy there?

01:33:32   Yeah, that's right. You brought your son? His name is Sammy? Yeah. So anyway, it's a

01:33:37   Funny world we live in. I got one more Ask Upgrade. We're going to go out on this one.

01:33:41   It's listener Andy who said, "Hey, Myke," who's not here, "Are you planning on covering

01:33:46   the Facebook testimony anywhere within the quiver of your podcast? It would be interesting

01:33:51   to hear yours and/or Snell's," that's me. He used my last name, "extended take." And

01:33:57   Andy, we haven't covered it here. I don't know if we will, given the timing of all of

01:34:01   this, but I recommend the download podcast to you, which I do every week, and it posts

01:34:06   on Thursday afternoon specific time and we recorded on Thursday morning specific time.

01:34:10   It's at relay FM slash download and it's covering the news of the week across all sorts of tech

01:34:15   topics and we have covered Facebook there like three out of the last four weeks because

01:34:19   it's all Facebook all the time. So if you want to hear and I'm in there, I will endorse

01:34:22   that podcast because first of all, the format for it is great. I mean you do a medium deep

01:34:26   dive on two topics with really, really good guests. You get such smart. There's the one

01:34:32   industry analyst woman you have on, I forget her name.

01:34:36   Right, Natalie Jarvey from the Hollywood Report. That's what I'm thinking of.

01:34:39   Streaming analyst, right?

01:34:40   And of course you get Lisa. Lisa Schmeiser is on there all the time, yeah.

01:34:44   Yeah, it's a really good show. Highly recommend it. Thank you, Marlon. All the great shows.

01:34:48   Well, Marlon, thank you so much for being on Upgrade. Oh, thanks for having me on.

01:34:51   It's always a pleasure.

01:34:53   It was so fun, and we have like, there's so much more we could have talked about.

01:34:56   I know. We could have gone on and on and on. We didn't talk about Apple leaks. We'll have to do that next time.

01:35:01   Dark Sky says it's gonna start drizzling soon at my house.

01:35:03   Yeah, that's right. That's right. See, we brought it all the way back around to the weather.

01:35:06   It's, yeah, it's looking rainy out there.

01:35:08   Thanks to listener Mihir again for having us talk about the weather.

01:35:11   Now that we're, now that our cruel anti-weather overlord Myke Hurley is out of the, out of the room,

01:35:16   we can talk about the weather on a podcast. This is what people tune in for.

01:35:20   That's right.

01:35:21   Thank you also to our sponsors FreshBooks, Pingdom, and Peacock.

01:35:26   And of course, you can find me on Twitter @JSnell.

01:35:30   You can find Merlin on Twitter @HotDogsLadies.

01:35:34   And of course, Merlin is the host of Reconcilable Differences

01:35:38   on this very podcast network.

01:35:40   And I'm the host of a lot of podcasts

01:35:42   on this very podcast network too.

01:35:44   - It's John Syracuse's show, but he lets me come on.

01:35:46   - That's nice.

01:35:47   Which one of us was the bad cop today, Merlin?

01:35:49   Was it me? Was it you?

01:35:50   Am I in the barrel?

01:35:51   - See, on this show, I think we're both the good cop.

01:35:53   - I think we are, because as we just said

01:35:55   about five minutes ago, the important thing is that just to act like everybody is the

01:35:59   good cop.

01:36:00   Yeah, man, we're all just people.

01:36:01   Everybody's a good cop.

01:36:02   Yeah, exactly right.

01:36:03   Well, thanks to everybody out there for listening to this episode of Upgrade.

01:36:05   Myke will be back next week to chastise me about all the ways that I ruined Upgrade this

01:36:09   week, but I don't care.

01:36:11   It's foggy out.

01:36:13   Say goodbye, Merlin Man.

01:36:15   Goodbye, Myke.

01:36:16   What?

01:36:17   [laughter]

01:36:17   (laughing)

01:36:19   (upbeat music)