GSE364 Cruising Attitude

On episode 364 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa are reunited to discuss their life updates. Melissa is still house hunting and Elisa went on a cruise to celebrate her birthday. Warning: this episode contains yummy descriptions of food so you might want to grab a snack before you hit play. Check out our full show notes here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse364-cruising-attitude/

Some views from the cruise ship

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GSE363 What the DeX is Going On-with Guy Serle

On episode 363 Elisa is joined by MyMac.com podcast co-host Guy Serle. Don’t worry-it’s not about microphones this time! Instead, Guy shares his fascination with his new technological diversion, the Samsung DeX. Did Guy like the DeX? Love it? Hate it? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out!
Check out our full show notes here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse363-what-the-dex-is-going-on-with-guy-serle/

15.6″ Portable Monitor
Baseus Docking Station
USB C to HDMI Adapter

Guy Serle on social media
MacParrot on Twitter
VertShark on Twitter
Email: guy at mymac dot com
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GSE362 Virtual Macstock 2021

On episode 362 Elisa speaks with Mike Potter, founder of the Macstock Conference and Expo, about Virtual Macstock 2021. The first Macstock took place in 2015, and is a great way not just to learn, but to meet great people in the Mac community. Mike gives us the lowdown on this year’s virtual conference, and a sneak peek of what’s to come for Macstock 2022. Check out our full show notes here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse362-virtual-macstock-2021/

Virtual Macstock 2021
Macstock 2022
Macstock Newsletter
Macstock Conference on Twitter
Macstock on YouTube
Virtual Macstock 2021’s FAQ

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GSE361 CCATP Meets GSE

On Geekiest Show Ever episode 361, Melissa talks with Allison Sheridan on an episode of Chit Chat Across The Pond on how to help seniors set up their iPhones. There’s a lot to think about when working with seniors, and Melissa gives some fantastic advice to make the process as quick and painless as possible, and more importantly, enjoyable for everyone. Here is a link to Melissa’s guide to Setting up iPhone for Vintage Users in a Dignified Way
Check out our full show notes here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse361-ccatp-meets-gse/

Thanks to Allison Sheridan for sharing this episode. You can find Allison every week on the NosillaCast Podcast and Podfeet.com.

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Artwork for this episode is by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

GSE360 Home Screen Home

See if you can tell which Home Screen is Elisa’s and which is Melissa’s

On Geekiest Show Ever episode 360, we thought it would be fun to discuss what’s on our home screens and the ways we find iOS and iPadOS useful. Check out our full show notes here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse360-home-screen-home/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/senseidai and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/

Here are our iPad Home Screens. Can you tell which belongs to Elisa and which belongs to Melissa?

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GSE359 WWDC2021 Reactions

WWDC2021 BINGO Card by @DylanMcD8

On Geekiest Show Ever episode 359, we cherry-pick our favorites from the slew of new software features that were announced at WWDC2021. It was held virtually on Monday, June 7, 2021. Check out our full show notes here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse359-wwdc2021-reactions/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/senseidai and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Episode artwork credit: @DylanMcD8 on twitter

Link to episode artwork credit: @DylanMcD8 on twitter

 

iOS 15

iOS 15 Overview

Full list of new features available with iOS 15

iPadOS

iPad OS Overview

Full list of new features available with iPadOS

macOS Monterey

macOS 12 Overview

Full list of new features available with macOS Monterey

watchOS 8

watchOS 8 Overview

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Conversation Boost is a feature I am really excited to try. Check out this article from ai about it: Apple enhances AirPods with Conversation Boost, Find My integration, Spatial Audio for Apple TV — appleinsider

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GSE358 Brett Terpstra

On episode 358 of Geekiest Show Ever, we got to nerd out with Brett Terpstra! We talk music, machine setups, coding, apps, user experience, accessibility, super power productivity, ADHD, mental health, and more! Check out our full show notes here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse358-brett-terpstra/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Artwork for this episode is by Brett Terpstra. Elisa can be found at https://www.ThreeGeekyLadies.com or https://twitter.com/senseidai and Melissa can be found at https://www.TheMacMommy.com or https://twitter.com/TheMacMommy 

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Brett’s Podcasts

Brett’s Links

https://brettterpstra.com

https://twitter.com/ttscoff

Look for ttscoff everywhere else 🙂

https://bunchapp.co

https://brettterpstra.com/projects/keybindings/

nvUltra

A Few of Brett’s Favorite Mac tools

BetterTouchTool: https://folivora.ai

Hazel: https://www.noodlesoft.com

CleanShot: https://cleanshot.com

Paletro: https://appmakes.io/paletro

Setapp: https://setapp.com

New Music recommended by Brett

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Thanks for all the music recommendations and resources, Brett. This conversation was a blast!

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GSE357 The Geekiest Essential Apple Ever

Geekiest Show Ever and the Essential Apple Podcast go off the rails for The Geekiest Essential Apple Ever! Elisa, Melissa, and Simon discuss new Apple product announcements, tracking concerns, email aliases, medieval lingerie, and just where would YOU put an AirTag? Check out our full show notes here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse357-the-geekiest-essential-apple-ever/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Artwork for this episode is by Nadine Shaabana on Unsplash. Elisa can be found at https://www.ThreeGeekyLadies.com or https://twitter.com/senseidai and Melissa can be found at https://www.TheMacMommy.com or https://twitter.com/TheMacMommy 

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Find Simon on Twitter and check out his podcast “Essential Apple Podcast

Do you use an email alias? Simon recommends:

https://www.33mail.com

https://simplelogin.io

https://sudomail.org/signin.html

Further Reading

iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency toggle mysteriously grayed out for some users – 9to5Mac

Facebook Instagram Notice iOS Apps Free Privacy Tracking – The Verge

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GSE356 Knock on Wood

On episode 356 of Geekiest Show Ever, we talk to Bob Wood of ThinkBob.com. Bob is also President of the Tucson Macintosh Users Group of which Melissa is a member. We discuss the value of user groups and how you can join or support one near you — or — not so near you since many are now online for virtual attendance. Check out our full show notes here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse356-knock-on-wood/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Artwork for this episode is by Bob Wood. Elisa can be found at https://www.ThreeGeekyLadies.com or https://twitter.com/senseidai and Melissa can be found at https://www.TheMacMommy.com or https://twitter.com/TheMacMommy 

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Bob’s Links

ThinkBob.com

DangerousBobPhotography.com

TMUG.com

GretchenLima.com

Bob’s Notes

Mac User Groups

  • Apple Podcasters and pundits should become members of their local MUGs and volunteer to give presentations a couple times per year.
  • This would provide them with more listeners and readers, strengthen the Apple Community, and perhaps add to their advertising base.

Apple CarPlay

  • Easy and safe way to be more productive
  • Listen to podcasts instead of music (learn stuff)
  • Send and receive phone calls and texts
  • Bluetooth Apple CarPlay is not needed, wired is better

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GSE355 Apple Fitness Plus Review

If you’re thinking about trying a new fitness program, you won’t want to miss the well-rounded, multi-perspective review on episode 355 of Geekiest Show Ever! We discuss Elisa’s Apple Fitness Plus experience. Listener Scott shares his thoughts, too. Melissa has a tip for redeeming Apple Gift Card codes. Check out our full show notes here. Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Artwork for this episode is by Melissa based on a photo by Delaney Van on Unsplash. Elisa can be found at https://www.ThreeGeekyLadies.com or https://twitter.com/senseidai and Melissa can be found at https://www.TheMacMommy.com

Listener Feedback & Recommendations

Scott recommends a book called “Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution – 25th Anniversary Edition

Apple Gift Cards

When you’ve been gifted an Apple Gift Card in a digital format like an email from a friend or from a third party like the one Apple uses for its Trade-In program, follow the instructions found on Apple’s Help Topic page: Redeem your Apple Gift Card. In the case of Apple’s current Trade-In processor, Phobio, they email you a “PIN” which a series of numbers containing spaces. Simply copy this “PIN” to a new note in your Notes app then delete the spaces between the numbers. Copy the modified “PIN” number into the text field where you’re redeeming the code and the “Redeem” button text will now be accessible.

Elisa’s Review of Apple Fitness+

Apple Fitness+ App

Pricing is $9.99/month or $79.99/year. Apple Watch owners get a one-month free trial.

Apple thought a lot about accessibility when creating Apple Fitness+. All classes are closed captioned and have subtitles for the deaf, which is also helpful for people who do not speak English very well or at all. The trainers use sign language frequently to communicate the beginning and end of the class, hold up fingers to signify how many reps to do, point to the direction you need to move. There are 3 trainers in each class I’ve taken. The lead trainer stands center, with someone to the left and right and slightly behind. The person on the left does the modifications if applicable. One constant for all classes-the trainers want you do to only what you can do. If it hurts, pull back, or adapt to what your body can do. There is no body shaming, strictly positive reinforcement.

The trainers are a diverse group. They range in age from 20s to 60s, and come from various backgrounds-Canada, England, Columbia, Philippines. One trainer has a prosthetic leg, another is pregnant.

And speaking of pregnancy, as of April 19, Apple is adding new workouts to Fitness+. They’re adding pregnancy workouts on Strength, Core, and Mindful Cooldown. Workouts for older adults also begins April 19, and Apple is adding new trainers to the mix.

Check with your health insurance company to see if they offer gym reimbursement. Mine does up to $125, and they told me Apple Fitness+ is included.

If you belong to a gym, Apple Fitness+ is a great way to get a treadmill, rowing or spinning class without having to go to the gym’s classes. You can build your endurance at your pace.

I’d like to see Apple add the ability to create playlists. Sometimes you want to go from one workout to the next, for example, dance to core to mindful cool down. Currently when you finish dance you have to go back to the home screen, find Core, choose a class, etc.

Further Reading

Apple Gave Us an Exclusive Look Inside Its Next-Generation Fitness+ Studio” — Men’sHealth

Apple Fitness+ introduces even more ways to make fitness welcoming and inclusive with new Workouts for Pregnancy, Workouts for Older Adults, trainers, and Time to Walk guest” — Apple Newsroom

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