The Committed: A Weekly Tech Podcast

The Committed: A Weekly Tech Podcast
A weekly tech podcast covering a wide variety of topics, including personal productivity, media, and consumer technology. Hosted by Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths, and Kirk McElhearn.
196: “Not Your Family’s iMac”
Dec 12 • 43 min
We discuss Apple’s acquisition of Shazam and what that can mean for the service. Then we talk about Apple’s new iMac Pro and who we think it’s for.
195: “System Preferences U2 Album”
Dec 6 • 48 min
We discuss Apple’s recent software bugs and botched updates. Again.
194: “Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Free Range Eggs Edition”
Nov 29 • 32 min
It’s time for our annual gift guide, and we continue the tradition of picking items in a variety of price categories: Under $20, $20 to $100, and Over $100.
193: “Thankful”
Nov 21 • 38 min
We discuss things in technology we’re thankful for, including some great Thanksgiving-table arguments.
192: “The Phone in Craig’s House”
Nov 14 • 43 min
We talk about fixing odd Apple Music problems using methods that just weren’t possible a couple of years go, then discuss Ian’s experiences with the iPhone X.
191: “Who Moved My Qi?”
Nov 1 • 47 min
We talk about activating an Apple Watch Series 3, cheap data plans for iPads, Dropbox Professional with Smart Sync, Amazon One-Day pickup, and the new (to us) world of Qi charging pads.
190: “All it Did Was Hide My Movies”
Oct 26 • 43 min
We talk about sharing Apple IDs, the new Kindle Oasis, the iPhone Upgrade Program (and how it lets you jump the line for the iPhone X), then launch into a discussion about Apple’s entrance into digital video. Then we talk about the unexplained phenomenon…
189: “Firm Air Quotes”
Oct 17 • 44 min
We talk about the ho-hum nature of macOS High Sierra, then spend some time covering the changes in the Photos app, including Rob’s migration from iPhoto and its similarities to the dead and lamented Aperture. This episode is brought to you by Econ…
188: “The End of the Fork”
Oct 11 • 44 min
Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza
187: “Be Kind, Rewind”
Oct 3 • 50 min
We welcome Peter Cohen back to the show to talk about old technology (and how long you should reasonably expect it to keep working, the Apple TV 4K, the criticism of Apple’s design decisions, and the Apple Watch Series 3. This episode is brought to you by…
186: “The Soap Opera Effect”
Sep 27 • 45 min
We talk about Exchange support in iOS 11, the shortcomings of the Files app, the Apple TV 4K, and the iPhone 8 Plus.
185: “Gravity Will Just Pull Harder”
Sep 21 • 43 min
We talk about the societal dangers with Face ID, then run through significant new features in iOS 11.
184: “Full Dalrymple in a Day”
Sep 12 • 49 min
On the heels of the Apple Special event, we talk Apple TV 4K, Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8, and the iPhone X.
183: “I Can’t Click Buttons”
Sep 5 • 35 min
We cover Ian’s inability to properly administer SSL certificates, APFS in High Sierra, Microsoft’s support, and why tech support should be considered the best marketing efforts you can do.
182: “I Welcome Our APFS Overlords”
Aug 30 • 34 min
We talk briefly about Apple’s new APFS file system, then talk about iOS 11’s new features and how they take the iPad to a new level for pro users.
181: “Fetishizing Vinyl”
Aug 23 • 50 min
Kirk and Ian talk about 2-factor authentication in Amazon, the Like/Dislike features in Apple News and Apple Music, then explore Ian’s recent fascination with vinyl records.
180: “All the Places”
Aug 8 • 41 min
We welcome Chris Field from Yoti to the show to talk about an new way to authenticate that seriously has the potential to disrupt the “convenience/security” balancing act.
179: “High Tea Requires High-Quality Biscuits”
Jul 25 • 48 min
We cover an update to the Circle Go service, the new Rock x Siri Apple ad, subscription pricing for apps, and the looming death of Flash Professional.
178: “That’s a Head”
Jul 18 • 48 min
We discuss the black magic behind the Circle Go service, the mess that’s been made by two-factor authentication, and the potential cause of Ian’s wonky iPhone home button. We also lament how trashy Amazon’s Prime Day has become.
177: “Password Masters”
Jul 12 • 46 min
Rob and Ian discuss photo exporting, native Apple features like Reading List, and the lack of general security with the SMS protocol.
176: “Camera Hernia”
Jun 27 • 59 min
We talk about photo management, then reminisce about the 10-year history of the iPhone, and where mobile computing might be ten years from now.
175: “She Can’t Have Nice Things”
Jun 20 • 49 min
We talk briefly about photography again, then give our impressions of the new 12.9” and 10.5” iPad and which one Ian thinks is the best one for the market (hint: it’s not the one you think). We then open a broad discussion about Apple repair options.
174: “This Guy Named Ansel”
Jun 12 • 58 min
After some post-WWDC followup, we talk about the new iPad Pro models, then launch into a discussion about photography and the current state of tools and techniques.
173: “WWDC Extended Edition”
Jun 5 • 54 min
In the wake of the 2017 WWDC keynote, we cover a small collection of announcements.
172: “There Are Things Wolverine Does With His Claws”
May 31 • 55 min
We welcome Dan Moren to the show to talk about the process of creating his novel, The Caledonian Gambit.
171: “We Walk Miles in Parking Lots”
May 23 • 55 min
With WWDC right around the corner, we talk about the kinds of things we’d like to see from Apple.
170: “Dental X-Rays Aren’t Taking Me Down”
May 16 • 61 min
We briefly talk about the WannaCry ransomware attack, then discuss the current state of the MP3 format, App Store upgrades, and two-factor authentication.
169: “Gold Coins for Undos”
May 9 • 49 min
We talk about the eero Wi-Fi mesh product, Apple’s Smart Keyboard, and Handbrake, then ask the question: Is Amazon’s lead in the Internet of Things so large that no one can reasonably challenge them?
168: “Windows Tennis”
May 2 • 50 min
Before briefly touching on Apple’s Q2 earnings, we discuss the Kwikset smart locks, the concept of breaking up iTunes, then talk about Microsoft’s Windows 10 S and new Surface laptops.
167: “Frankenmacking”
Apr 26 • 41 min
We begin the perilous journey of assembling a home-made Mac, explaining motivations, strategy, pitfalls, and frustrations.
166: “1 Degree Short of Boiling”
Apr 19 • 41 min
We discuss hot GPUs, personalizing radio stations in Apple Music, then dive into Kirk’s recent review of the Netgear Orbi, weighing the pros and cons of mesh networking.
165: “Sorry, No Game For You”
Apr 11 • 53 min
After closing the book on our discussion of car leases (thank goodness!), Ian talks about comics (oh no!), and once Rob and Kirk wake up we talk about shopping on Apple’s site, connecting a stereo to a Mac, the new iPad, and what it means to be a…
164: “Pros are Leaving in Droves”
Apr 5 • 50 min
We cover a couple of Robservatory topics, then talk about Apple’s Mac Pro non-announcement. And Kirk bought two cars.
163: “Spoiler: Caesar Dies”
Mar 22 • 50 min
We cover Apple’s minor announcements, then begin a broad discussion into home lighting solutions like the Philips Hue.
162: “Dumb and Harmful”
Mar 14 • 45 min
We continue our discussion of digital books, MDM solutions, and then cover auto-play videos (and how to turn them off). We also tease an upcoming car-focused episode.
161: “The Slacking Dead”
Mar 7 • 46 min
We continue our discussion of declining Apple software quality, MDM solutions, the difference between chat, email, and phone calls when it comes to communication, and the current state if the iBooks ecosystem.
160: “Nope.”
Feb 28 • 51 min
We discuss the power of “no” and how it can actually be a positive word, the recent Apple Developer certificate problem, and relatively simple tricks to improve your device security and privacy.
159: “Let an iPad Be an iPad”
Feb 21 • 54 min
We talk about the Facebook Manifesto, customizing the iTunes interface, preview URLs in Messages, and ask why Apple needs to continue to try to compare the iPad to a computer.
158: “We’ll Accept 30% of Anyone’s Revenue”
Feb 16 • 51 min
We cover animated GIFs, the reboot of Twitterrific, SoundSource, and wonder if Apple has missed the boat on original TV content.
157: “Delicious Smell of Lead”
Feb 7 • 66 min
We welcome Glenn Fleishman back to the show to talk about iOS and macOS developers soon being able to respond to reviews, Ian’s hesitation to install smart light switches, and Glenn’s new Kickstart project: Hands On: the Original Digital.
156: “Gimme Some Thickness”
Jan 24 • 59 min
We chat about Apple’s decreased software quality and our hopes for the future, including re-prioritizing things like thinness (a word Kirk hates) over battery life. Then Alexa and the King of Sweden completely derail us.
155: “Before You Know It, You’ll Be Photographing Your Food”
Jan 17 • 55 min
We welcome Andy Doe back to the show to talk about his year without a smartphone, including the benefits, limitations, and how he runs his consulting business without being “always on”.
154: “They’re Basically One-App Ponies”
Jan 10 • 48 min
Rob and Ian reminisce about the iPhone launch, discuss the impact it’s had, and look back at Apple over the past twenty years.
153: “Kind of Wonder Woman-y”
Jan 4 • 51 min
We open 2017 with a collection of topics that collected over the holidays, including how to move away from Apple Music, creative iTunes Smart Playlists, Apple AirPods as wearables, and the Lenovo Flex 4.
152: “High on Alphabet Soup”
Dec 20, 2016 • 48 min
In our final show of 2016, we discuss Ian’s ongoing saga with the Surface Pro 4, Apple’s “we have things coming soon, promise!” non-announcement, and we pit Apple’s AirPods against (Apple’s) Powerbeats3 Wireless.
151: “Arbiter of Value”
Dec 13, 2016 • 48 min
We talk about the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, then launch into a discussion about writing things by hand, including why it’s beneficial and how to manage handwritten notes.
150: “State of Automation”
Dec 6, 2016 • 40 min
After digesting the news that Sal Sahogian has left Apple, we discuss a number of use cases for automation on the Mac and iPhone.
149: “Holiday Gift Guide 2016”
Nov 29, 2016 • 38 min
It’s time for our annual guide of products and services that make great gifts for the holidays!
148: “Hidden Debts”
Nov 22, 2016 • 46 min
We welcome Scrivener’s creator Keith Blount to the show to talk about the philosophy of writing and how Scrivener aims to help the process.
147: “Pure Pulp”
Nov 15, 2016 • 55 min
We tackle the insanity of an Apple-produced book of photos of their products, then jump into a discussion about the current state of iTunes with our own resident iTunes Guy.
146: “The Recalcitrant”
Nov 3, 2016 • 62 min
We give our thoughts on the Microsoft Surface Studio, Instapaper Premium becoming free, and the Amazon retail store, then Rob and Ian fight about iOS as a productivity platform.
145: “A Niche Inside a Niche”
Oct 28, 2016 • 54 min
We cover the “Hello Again” announcements from Apple from the perspective of Apple’s Q4 2016 financial results.
144: “Maybe an Elephant Exploded”
Oct 18, 2016 • 54 min
After talking about marathons, Nobel Prizes, and back injuries, we dive into a discussion about iOS Accessibility, and how it’s not just for those with impairments.
143: “A Whole Lotta Archie”
Oct 7, 2016 • 58 min
We welcome Glenn Fleishman back to the show to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Two-Factor Authentication requirement for using Auto Unlock with the Apple Watch and macOS Sierra why it’s probably the weirdest thing Apple’s ever…
142: “Double Beta”
Sep 27, 2016 • 52 min
After a lengthy discussion about the new iPhone 7 Plus camera and the beta-within-a-beta Portrait mode, we talk about the good and bad of macOS Sierra.
141: “A One-Year Mistake”
Sep 20, 2016 • 48 min
We talk about iOS 10, the iPhone 7, and Ian admits he might have made a grave mistake.
140: “The Rob Griffiths Set Price”
Sep 7, 2016 • 58 min
We cover today’s Apple announcements, including changes to iWork, the new Apple Watch, the iPhone 7, and Mario.
139: “$50 a Month to Own Nothing”
Aug 30, 2016 • 48 min
In the run up to Apple’s September 7th special event, we talk about the concept of upgrading and why we all differ when it comes to when to upgrade. We also talk about 1Password’s new-ish authenticator feature.
138: “Ten Hours on Ice”
Aug 23, 2016 • 43 min
We talk about self-driving cars, and how some people fear automation. Also, is Silicon Valley making things for us, or for them?
137: “You Win Some Source Code!”
Aug 9, 2016
We talk about Apple’s new bounty program, then continue our discussion about 4K televisions and content, including the paltry Olympics coverage.
136: “Add a Letter, It’s Always Better”
Aug 2, 2016 • 43 min
After talking briefly about 2-factor authentication, we dive into the world of 4K televisions and the content available.
135: “Pining for the Wider Color Gamut”
Jul 28, 2016 • 45 min
After briefly touching on Apple’s quarterly results, we talk about hardware upgrade cycles, and the odd state of Apple Support.
134: “I’m a Simplistic Fool”
Jul 19, 2016 • 40 min
After getting Kirk’s take on the new fingerprinting in Apple Music and how it affects iTunes Match users, we talk about Evernote vs. Apple Notes and how Ian might just be using them incorrectly.
133: “Double Shredded”
Jul 13, 2016 • 47 min
We continue our discussion about clutter, this time talking about how to manage digital files, and Ian goes off on two different rants.
132: “Lots of Fireplaces”
Jul 5, 2016 • 35 min
We begin a multi-part series on clutter, beginning with physical clutter and how to deal with it.
131: “Show Me How to Get to the Nearest Haberdashery”
Jun 28, 2016 • 31 min
We do a brief yet deep dive into the pros and cons of the iOSification of the Mac, and the macOSification of iOS and what it means for users.
130: “Clippy Lives”
Jun 20, 2016 • 64 min
We talk about personal privacy and how that may or may not line up with the products we all use. But first we talk about stamps again.
129: “They Are in the Business of Sherlocking Everything”
Jun 15, 2016 • 83 min
We cover the WWDC announcements, stamp collecting, and what’s coming in Apple Music.
128: “Bottled Apple Smell”
May 31, 2016 • 75 min
We continue our discussion about cellular laptops, then shift to talking about Apple’s rumored lengthening of the product release schedule. Then Ian gushes over his new quadcopter (just don’t call it a drone!).
127: “Kelly Clarkson Has Deep Cuts?!”
May 25, 2016 • 70 min
We return from a scheduling break to continue to talk about accessibility, cellular MacBooks, the apparent death of Windows Phone, and what we love and hate about iTunes 12.4.
126: “Valium is Awesome”
May 11, 2016 • 66 min
We talk about fear as a barrier to learning new technology and pontificate on disrupters in technology.
125: “The IT Department in My Head”
May 3, 2016 • 77 min
We talk about Dropbox Infinite, the Kindle Oasis, and our feelings on the Apple Watch a year in.
124: “A $99 anger incident”
Apr 26, 2016 • 68 min
We cover sports (?!), Apple’s quarterly financial results, collaboration on iWork and Office documents, Dropbox Infinite, and the obsessive quitting of iPhone apps.
123: “Bit By a Baseball”
Apr 19, 2016 • 69 min
We return to talk again about software as a service, Rob’s trip to England, the new MacBooks, WWDC and the definition of a “developer”, and why Apple is wrong in trying to suggesting that iPads are laptop replacements.
122: “More Like a 60”
Apr 7, 2016 • 53 min
We have our first three-time zone show as we discuss the new 9.7” iPad Pro, 4K video, the rumored new Kindle, and TextExpander 6.
121: “The FBI Contacted Someone on Craigslist”
Mar 29, 2016 • 73 min
We give additional thoughts on last week’s Apple announcements, an update on the FBI v Apple debate, passwords, more about selling on eBay, and the current state of streaming content. And Ian is wrong about math. Again.
120: “$50 for Black”
Mar 21, 2016 • 66 min
We cover the newly-introduced iPhone SE, iPad Pro 9.7”, and other revelations from the March, 2016 Apple Event.
119: “Sing-along-able”
Mar 15, 2016 • 78 min
On this special Ides of March episode, Ian’s afraid that Rob and Kirk are conspiring to stab him, then they we talk about Powerline adapters, MDM services, Android phone encryption, the Cloak VPN service, and the art of selling old devices. Links Google…
118: “iTunes Everything Else Store”
Mar 7, 2016 • 80 min
We welcome Andy Doe back to the show to talk about a return to old technology, Apple’s e-book price fixing case, ransomware, and MDM and VPN solutions.
117: “Once You Go Retina, You Can Never Go Back”
Mar 2, 2016 • 64 min
It’s a hodgepodge of topics in this week’s episode, as we talk about updates in Apple’s fight with the FBI, mid-air “hacking”, rumor’s of a Pencil-ready iPad coming later this month, and MDM solutions for everyone. LINKS Apple wins favorable ruling in New…
116: “This Isn’t Pivot Table-Level Complexity”
Feb 24, 2016 • 64 min
We welcome composer David Toub to the show to talk about music composition in the digital age after briefly touching the third rail of the ever-evolving Apple v FBI story.
115: “Single-Use Towel”
Feb 9, 2016 • 79 min
We welcome Anders Kierulf to the show to talk about the fascinating world of Go, the new Kindle update, and Apple’s Error 53 problem.
114: “Tangents Are Our Show”
Feb 3, 2016 • 81 min
We welcome The Mac Observer’s Dave Hamilton to the show to talk about fitness trackers, live music, Apple’s financials, the Apple Watch, and whether or not drummers are musicians.
113: “A Pre-Emptive Snow Day”
Jan 25, 2016 • 68 min
We talk about still-constrained supply of Apple Pencils and Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro, the sad state of Google’s apps on iPad Pro, Apple’s Music Memos, and our current thoughts on fitness tracking in general.
112: “The Flattening”
Jan 19, 2016 • 71 min
We talk about the apparent closeouts of Apple Watches, the iOS 9.3 preview, Sidefari, and what we anticipate coming in 2016. Links Apple Watch on Groupon Goods iOS 9.3 public preview Recovered Gene Roddenberry text Sidefari Inductive charging in iPhones…
111: “The Other iTunes Guy”
Jan 11, 2016 • 83 min
We welcome Doug Adams back to the show to talk about the 15th anniversary of iTunes, Safari’s 13th birthday, and the persistent rumor about a headphone jack-less iPhone.
110: “We All Look Like Geeks”
Jan 6, 2016 • 86 min
We welcome John Martellaro from The Mac Observer to talk about getting kids interested in developing software, Twitter’s interested in 10,000-character tweets, and the current state of 4K televisions.
109: “The Capriciousness of Complications”
Dec 22, 2015 • 73 min
In the last episode of 2015, we talk about Sonos, Grado headphones, the iPad Pro (and the mythical Pencil), Tim Cook on 60 Minutes, and the Apple Watch on an unlikely wrist.
108: “Like Thor’s Hammer”
Dec 8, 2015 • 69 min
We cover the iTunes Match increase, Mailbox & Carousel being shut down, the new iPhone 6 Battery Case, and the Apple Watch retention.
107: “Miracle Whip Loop”
Dec 4, 2015 • 64 min
We return to chime on holiday picks for 2016. Spoiler: No Bob Dylan, iPad keyboards, or garden tools.
106: “Tim Cook’s Spreadsheet”
Nov 19, 2015 • 72 min
Tyler Poage comes back to talk about the first impressions on the iPad Pro, Apple Music on an Amazon Fire tablet, and Apple’s hardware strategy and design philosophy.
105: “Like a Nerd Oreo”
Nov 10, 2015 • 71 min
We welcome Doug Adams back to the show to talk about AppleScripts, iTunes, and the iPad Pro before going down a rathole about Ian’s definition of “high-end audio”.
104: “Everything is Magical”
Nov 3, 2015 • 89 min
We discuss the new Apple TV, and welcome Tyler Poage back as a guest. Then Rob goes on a pretty good rant about sandboxing.
103: “Victorian Internet Connection”
Oct 27, 2015 • 85 min
We welcome Information Architect’s Oliver Reichenstein to the show to talk about simplicity in software design. We also cover the new Apple TV, Wi-Fi calling, and Jony Ive’s fashion sense.
102: “High-Fructose Songs”
Oct 21, 2015 • 60 min
We welcome John Seabrook to the show to talk about Apple Music and the business of writing pop songs. The more earworms the better!
101: “Everything on My Desk is Too Expensive”
Oct 13, 2015 • 78 min
We welcome Adam Engst to the show to talk about Apple Music, the new Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2, and the current state of Apple’s ecosystem. This episode brought to you by the fine folks at Rogue Amoeba, makers of fine utilities like Audio Hijack
100: “Clown Shoes Are Smaller Than My Clown Shoe Phone”
Oct 6, 2015 • 81 min
On this special 100th episode, we talk about aluminum anodization, El Capitán, Amazon (don’t call them Kindle) Fire, and Amazon Prime Now.
99: “Hey Horatio”
Sep 29, 2015 • 66 min
We discuss our favorite things about the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the end of the Apple Music trials, and Beats 1.
98: “Papal Dispensation”
Sep 22, 2015 • 80 min
The Summer of Special Guests concludes with a visit from Dave Mark, as we talk about ad blocking, watchOS 2.0, a new $50 Kindle Fire, and the Apple Car.
97: “Apple Store Pit Boss”
Sep 16, 2015 • 59 min
We welcome Peter Cohen to the show to talk about iOS 9, new iPhones, and ad blockers.