On this episode of Not Another Mac Podcast, Mark is joined by Peter Bird and Scott Willsey to discuss everything from security to the usability of multiple displays. We also discuss if Beta software is appropriate for use by the general public and Mark describes what life is like without the Internet.
This episode also features the World's Shortest Reviewcast by John Nemerovski. John reviews the Catalyst case for iPhone 6, detailing why it may live up to its claim of being the most protective case in the world. For more on the Catalyst range of products, please visit www.catalystlifestyle.com.
More information regarding discussed topics:
- Internet Hell: Mark describes his Internet woes and how his 4G LTE connection can easily surpass the speed of ADSL2+, even when the cellular connection only has a single bar via the iPhone Personal Hotspot feature. You will even get a little history of Internet connectivity options. How quaint!
- Security Issues: Does the mainstream media scare users, or inform them? We look at the options, the considerations, and the importance of security across not only the Mac, but iOS devices and Windows PCs. Scott bashes Mac security, or does he mean bash functionality? Regardless, there is no perfect system when it comes to security. Mark also questions if Apple should be providing additional information about security at the time of setup, or during usage. Should users still jailbreak? We consider the options although Scott believes it should be avoided for security reasons. Jailbreakers, would you agree?
- YouTube App for Kids: Mark wonders if the app is aimed for an audience that is too young. Although, Scott offers a different opinion. Mark and Scott detail their experiences as parents and the methods they use when allowing kids to access to YouTube and other Internet content. We'd love to hear from parents who have also been challenged with controlling Internet content. What was your process?
- Beta Software: Should the average user be exposed to, and able to use, Beta software? Mark, Peter, and Scott all weigh in on the positives and negatives of using Beta software and services. We discuss backwards compatibility and the rebuilding of applications to offer supposed improvements. Is there a better option? We also discuss the dumbing down of apps to match their iOS counterparts and we wonder if Apple is doing too many things at once, subsequently leaving some applications, services, and hardware without adequate support, even at the Beta level. We also discuss why Apple leaves legacy software installed on the Mac, when the supposed 'latest and greatest' version is released. Is this an acknowledgement of errors in judgement?
- Backup and Cloud Storage: Mark reminds everyone to undertake backups and never rely on the 'cloud' as the sole backup or file storage option. Scott also reminds us that there are some cases where the content in the cloud is not stored on your local hard drive and therefore you must ensure you maintain complete control over your data. We also talk about some options for local backup and Mark proposes someone needs to build a database for USB sticks as he can never find the file he is after. Although, Mark just wants his iPhone to show up as a storage device on his Mac so he can take his most crucial documents with him. Scott talks about the mess that is associated with iCloud and the complications of how these cloud services truly work for end users. Mark also questions why there is no iCloud Drive, but Scott offers a different opinion. Do you agree with Scott or Mark?
- Office vs. iWork: Mark talks about the problems with iWork and why he consistently stays with his Office 365 subscription. Which service do you use?
- Planned Obsolescence: Mark discusses his dislike for planned obsolescence on not only Apple products, but all electronics. Does this irritate you as well?
- Multiple Displays: Mark feels the MacBook Air display is too cramped, especially when undertaking research. Peter offers an interesting way to use every display you could possibly own although we're not sure if it is a great solution. What do you think? Do you run multiple displays? Does it help with your productivity?
- Apps referenced include: Workflow, YouTube App for Kids