Tech Resolutions for 2012

Instead of working on shedding pounds or taking up yoga, the inThirty crew made tech resolutions for 2012. Chaim is going to feng shui and secure his digital life, Harry’s going to get on task and write a novel, and Justin is going to move to eBooks and iTunes Match.
Maybe we’ll still join Jenny Craig and a yoga studio to cover our bases.

CORRECTION: Within the episode, I mistakenly recalled Scrivener’s trial period terms. You actually get 30 days of actual use. Here it is right from their website:

The trial runs for 30 days of actual use: if you use it every day it lasts 30 days; if you use it only two days a week, it lasts fifteen weeks.

Sorry for the confusion and regardless of how long the trial period is, if you’re serious about writing, you should just buy it anyway. – HM

Show Notes
OmniFocus | OmniGroup.com
Scrivener | LiteratureandLatte.com
Kindle Touch | Amazon.com
Two-Factor Authentication | Wikipedia.org
Blogging on the iPad” | Lifed.com
Readability | Readability.com
inThirty on Stitcher Radio | Stitcher.com

New Media: Jersey Shore Hurricane News

The National Weather Service’s recommendations for putting together a hurricane preparedness kit include food, water, blankets, and a first aid kid. We think they left something out: Facebook.
When Hurricane Irene was still an unnamed tropical depression, Justin Auciello created the Jersey Shore Hurricane News Facebook Page as a homegrown, “bottom-up, two-way news outlet”. Having garnered more than 24,000 likes since its inception, Justin takes us through the motivations and methods behind JSHN and discusses how he dealt with sponsorship offers, vetting and managing the influx of news tips from the community, and developing journalistic standards. We also discuss how Twitter compares to Facebook as a platform for disseminating information during a time of crisis and how new media generally fits into people’s understanding of unfolding events.

Thanks, Justin Auciello!

Harry was on Christmas vacation and couldn’t join us on this episode, but don’t worry, he didn’t get coal in his stocking.

Show Notes:
Jersey Shore Hurricane News
Hurricane Preparedness Kit 

 

An Ode to Chaim

Twas the middle of October, with a chill in the air,
When Google did say Nexus was nearly there.
And Chaim he did cheer & Chaim he did shout,
For he did truly believe his new phone would soon be about.

But the weeks they dragged on,
The rumors did ramble,
And Chaim he did fret.
To Costco he came,
And from Costco he went.

“No no” said the phone lady “it’s not here just yet”
Citing blogs & posts Chaim did protest,
But alas, there was no Nexus to get.

At last ’twas the day Verizon promised did arrive.
Chaim got out of work, and went for a drive.
To Costco he returned, eager and spry.
But alas he was told: “Sorry, you do not qualify.”

Twenty dollars he was told the additional cost,
And to a Verizon store he must travel
Without voice guidance he surely would have been lost!
But his wits did not unravel.

And so back in the warmth of his house
He did face unlock & he did Google hangout.
Then dear Chaim locked his Nexus away for the night,
Warm in his knowledge that it was the best,
At least until he’d had a good night’s rest.

–Michael Degusta | http://theunderstatement.com

Unwrapping the Galaxy Nexus

Someone must have been a good boy this year because he just unwrapped a Galaxy Nexus! After Chaim paid a small $20 upgrade fee on top of the $299 price tag for the phone, and signed a 2 year 4G data contract with Verizon which included a stipulation that he “not be evil” while using it, he quickly unboxed his precious. Next, he got to Hanging Out on Google+, not using Google Wallet because Verizon won’t allow it, and finding out the battery door is made of plastic as thin as Saran wrap. Then he joined Harry, Justin, and special guest Michael Degusta of theunderstatement.com, to share the thrills and ills of being a proud user of Google’s flagship phone.
We find out if Ice Cream sandwich is as delectable as Google claims and whether or not Chaim’s hands are big enough to reach the outer edges of the Galaxy’s 4.6″ screen. Chaim runs his first 4G speedtest but decides against joining the recording from his phone, and we examine the tug-of-war between Google and the cell carriers.
Should you put a Galaxy Nexus in your stocking? Listen to find out.

Show Notes
Google Galaxy Nexus

Holiday Gift Wrap Up

Holiday shopping is tough, and we’ve just made it tougher as we each suggest three gifts for your most beloved nerd.  Listen in to find out which inThirty host gives the most fun gifts and which might be a little too into Dexter.
All Chaim wants for Chanukah is a Galaxy Nexus, will it be under the menorah? Will he shoot his eye out with it?
This is no Black Friday Sale, folks, everything is marked up, as in HTML.

Show Notes

Justin’s Picks:
Tiny USB Car Power Adapter ($7.99) | ThinkGeek.com

Etymotic MC3 Headphones ($99.99) | Etymotic.com

Wacom Inkling ($199.00) | Wacom.com

Harry’s Picks:

Dexter Blood Spattered Coasters ($19.99) | ThinkGeek.com

Incase Origami Workstation ($29.99) | GoIncase.com

13” MacBook Air ($1299+) | Apple.com

Haim’s Picks:

Buckyballs ($36.95) | Amazon.com

Roku 2 XS ($89.99) | Amazon.com

Sonos Play ($299+) | Sonos.com