Coming to the Surface

We’ve all played a little Xbox, but how many of you ever got your hands on a Zune, or a Kin? Microsoft’s getting back into the hardware game with the Surface tablet and on episode 63 of inThirty we get into, about, and under the soon to be released device. We talk pricing, features, make predictions on future market share, and add to the overall confusion about the two different versions of Windows, RT and 8, that’ll run on this new entrant to the tablet market.

Episode 63 Hangout:

Show Notes
Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe with Apple iPad | Slashdot
Surface with Windows RT | Microsoft
Surface RT: Pricing details, spec updates...” | PCWorld
Microsoft fails to explain Windows 8 vs. Windows RT…” | The Verge
On the Recent Microsoft Surface Announcements | Curious Rat

I have an iPhone 5, where am I?

On episode 60 of inThirty we investigate the disappearance of hundreds of iPhone 5 users – apparently the new Apple Maps app is to blame for sending them off course. With the help of special guest Stephen Hackett of, we dig into the new Maps in iOS 6 and figure out that while its Flyover feature can make you feel like Super Man, it leaves a lot of users longing for Google’s more down to earth Street View. Chaim and Harry take turns giving their take on turn by turn directions and Chaim reveals that he’s always on time since he uses Google Now on his Galaxy Nexus, and Harry says who needs transit directions in Maps on iOS 6, he’s memorized the rail schedules anyway. Our thanks to Stephen for lending some southern comfort to the debate.

Episode 60 Hangout:

Stephen Hackett of 

Show Notes
On the Timing of Apple’s Map Switch” | Daring Fireball
Maps On the Rocks” | Curious Rat
Apple Maps: Damned If You Do, Googled If You Don’t” | Monday Note
How to Report Problems in iOS 6 Maps | Macworld
The Amazing iOS 6 Maps

Change Your Password

We know – you really miss our typical, amusing, pun laden titles, but, for our 53rd episode, we have to get serious. After putting our schadenfreude aside, we use the computer security horror story of a certain senior writer at Wired to begin a discussion about how to keep safe online. We compare the security mentality of Apple, Google, and Amazon and decide which company’s cloud is most secure. You know, the best place to store your baby pictures. We also factor in two-step authentication (that’s almost a pun) and discuss whether it should be widely adopted. We also give a retrospective on the biggest hacks of the last year and reflect on the annoyance of dealing with password resets…and end the show wallowing in despair. You can’t miss it! And, remember listeners, change your passwords! Throw a % or a ^ in it for good measure. Trust us, you’ll be happy you did.

Show Notes
How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking” |
LinkedIn Confirms Account Passwords Hacked” |
Dropbox Links Spam Attack to Employee Account Breach” |
Amazon fixes security flaw” | The Verge
Apple temporarily suspends phone password resets” | Macworld
How to configure Google’s two-step authentication” | Macworld
I’m Happy That Your Password Got Hacked” |


On episode 38 of inThirty we cover all the ways to get your files into the cloud without  putting your USB drive into a catapult. Google finally released its cloud storage service, Drive, and we take it for a spin and compare it to it’s older, wiser competitors.
Find out how Chaim, Harry, and Justin get their bits into the sky and listen to us conjecture about the future of file sharing.

Show Notes
Google Drive
Google Drive vs. Dropbox...” | The Verge
Harry’s Dropbox Referral Link
Google Drive Terms vs. Dropbox Terms” |
Justin’s Free Cloud Storage | Google+