Taming Mountain Lion

Roar. No, really, roar! The king of the hill, Mountain Lion has arrived and we throw him some fresh meat. Harry suggests that the Apple halo glows a little bit brighter since the latest OS X feline brings more of iOS to the desktop. Justin, on the other hand, worries the halo might be on the path towards becoming a noose: people are getting locked in to Apple hardware through its exclusive ties to iCloud. And, this cat’s got Chaim by the tongue. He’d considering wearing the halo (or slipping on the noose) and switching away from Android to get that seamless Apple experience. Special guest Kelly Guimont helps us weigh in on iMessage, Gatekeeper, AirPlay, and the best way to skin a cat.

 

Piracy on the High ISPs

Aye mateys! You know where more piracy takes place than off the Horn of Africa? The internet, and do you know who’s to blame? Well, we don’t know either but on this episode we walk the plank and try to figure it out. Do you want to know what special guest Kelly Guimont‘s favorite movie trilogy is (hint: it’s not Twilight)? Does Harry actually live in a glass house on Piracy Lane? How much brie does Justin eat? Listen in and find out. Oh, and feel free to copy this episode as many times as you’d like. Arrrrr.

Show Notes
The Piracy Threshold” – Matt Gemmell
Matt Gemmell On Piracy” – Curious Rat
I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened” – The Oatmeal
My Final Word on Piracy” – Curious Rat

Commercial Bowl

Super Bowl XLVI: 228 million eyes glued to their TVs, or at least glancing at them between tweets, rooting for Eli Manning or Tom Brady. But on this week’s inThirty we’re more interested in Darth Vader and the Soup Nazi; that’s right the commercials. Through quirk, cleverness, nostalgia, sheer repetition, or Clint Eastwood cameos, advertisers have learned to make use of every timeout to sell their wares. We discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of targeted TV and online advertising and discuss whether or not it’s possible to escape from the ad man’s reach.
Touchdown!

Show Notes
Facebook is Using You | NY Times

Are You Secure?

Harry got hacked, Chaim’s students got busted, and Justin got frustrated: on today’s inThirty we take you to the dark side of the internet where chatbots looking to get lucky steal your Facebook password and use proxy servers to bully your children.
We discuss the virtues of two-factor authentication for logins, the best way to manage tons of passwords, and discover how many character classes it takes to secure an FTP password.

Show Notes
Facebook Chat Hacked” | Curious Rat
YourOpenbook.org
Young, in Love and Sharing Everything, Including a Password” | The New York Times
1Password

Let’s iBook It

You know what students need more of? Time spent staring at a screen!
Apple’s recently announced their push into digital textbooks with iBooks 2.0 and Chaim and Harry have it out over whether students should trade their old, moldy geography books (which still split Germany into East and West) for shiny new iPads (which also play Angry Birds).

Show Notes
iBooks 2.0 / iTunesU | Apple
A Teacher’s Take on iBooks | ChaimTime
“A Teacher’s Take on iBooks 2.0” – Rebuttal | Curious Rat