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.
Jersey Shore Hurricane News
Hurricane Preparedness Kit
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
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.
Google Galaxy Nexus
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.
Tiny USB Car Power Adapter ($7.99) | ThinkGeek.com
Etymotic MC3 Headphones ($99.99) | Etymotic.com
Wacom Inkling ($199.00) | Wacom.com
Dexter Blood Spattered Coasters ($19.99) | ThinkGeek.com
Incase Origami Workstation ($29.99) | GoIncase.com
13” MacBook Air ($1299+) | Apple.com
Buckyballs ($36.95) | Amazon.com
Roku 2 XS ($89.99) | Amazon.com
Sonos Play ($299+) | Sonos.com
Either don your tinfoil hat and ditch your smartphone or get comfortable sharing your personal thoughts with the engineer who’s in charge of the datacenter your texts and emails pass through. Guess which member of inThirty chooses which?
We discuss the impact of Carrier IQ and whether asking users to opt in to data collection is essential. We move on to discussing privacy more broadly before deciding to move out to a shack in the woods.
Don’t look over your shoulder, I think someone’s watching you.
Carrier IQ interview: inside the brave new world of carrier phone tracking | The Verge
Apple: Carrier IQ still on iPhone 4, but we don’t read your e-mail and texts | Ars Technica
Facebook FTC Privacy Case Has Been Settled | Huffington Post
GCreep: Google Engineer Stalked Teens, Spied on Chats (Updated) | Gawker