S3E3-Technology First Loves-Cell Phone Edition

Tech First Loves-Cell phone Edition


In this episode I talk about Technology First Loves -Cell Phone edition. 

I have had so many mobile devices throughout my life. My first cell phone was an Audiovox 9000. What is known as a candybar phone because it was shaped a lot like a candy bar. It was a good clear phone and one of the first digital/analog phones.

It was able to receive text messages but could not send them. This was literally how it was designed and I never understood why. Also during this time I carried a pager. A pager was a device that could receive messages and then you had to find a phone somewhere and call people back. Luckily while this technology isn’t dead, it is on life support. 

Next I had the Blackberry. We called it the “Crackberry” as being able to now read your email anywhere was addictive and we all scrolled to our hearts content to look at our email at all hours of the day or night. Somewhere in there I had a Motorola Razr. It was a great flip phone. The cool kids all had Motorola Startac phones but these were very expensive and not anywhere need my income bracket or position in the world.  The Razr phone could only look at mobile pages done in Mobi format. This was not the same as surfing the web on your PC at the time and was really a painful experience. 

Then I went to the Droid 2 and soon Verizon released the Droid R2D2, which was a Star Wars themed phone with R2D2 sound effects, Star Wars sound snippets, and backgrounds and icons inspired by Star Wars. The back of the phone looked like R2D2. Really a cool phone. Then my next phone was the Droid 4.  That was the end of my Motorola journey. 

My next phone was the HTC M One 8. This was the most amazing phone. My favorite feature was being able to remote control TVs with it. It was a great phone and because I wrote a review for it, HTC reached out and asked me to be a brand ambassador. They sent me a gift certificate for their HTC store and I bought their early version of the Tile which allowed me to connect my keys and then find them via Bluetooth but my bedroom was too far and so if I moved too far away, it beeped annoyingly. 

I wanted to HTC M One 10 but that was not to be. My next phone was Samsung Galaxy S7. This was an good okay phone but the batter did not last and the phone did not make it 18 months before I needed another phone. So it was replaced with the Galaxy S8. This was a good phone. I miss remote controlling TVs but other than that it was a good phone. But then the company decided it was time to move to iPhone. So they sent me an iPhone 11. Sure, the 12 is out but this was a reasonably priced phone and well, after having being with Android since 2009, this was a very different experience. I am hitting so many brick walls as this phone doesn’t have so many things I have come to know and love about Android phones. But the interaction between Airpods and iPhone is probably my favorite iPhone feature so far. But it has been taking some getting use too. 

S2E10: Death of a Podcast

The Last Episode of the One-Off Technology Podcast? Maybe. This episode talks about the good, the bad, and the ugly that is/was the One-Off Technology Podcast and ends with a big thank you to all of our many listeners and a survey to find out if what you thought we did right or wrong and if we should start over.

The One-Off Technology podcast was first broadcast on February 27, 2016. First season covered a gambit of things, from how to start a podcast, how this one went together, complaints about software and software companies, hardware and hardware companies. We also talked about how to keep your computer safe, cool things you can do with Raspberry Pi computers and about 3D printing.

S1E5 Part 1 was the most popular episode of the entire series. Over the course of the series, we have nearly 1,000 unique users download the podcast but to be honest, only about 244 folks consistently downloaded the podcast. This is only the stats from iTunes Podcasts. We are also on Stitcher and Google Play and we have no easy way to track our success there. Something I plan to fix should we attempt this experiment again.

Episode 9 was the least downloaded episode. I want to thank all of our listeners but I especially want to thank the 36 who downloaded an episode that appeared out of nowhere. Basically there was a 7 month gap between episode 8 and episode 9. To make matters worse, episode 9 was recorded but unedited for over six months. My life had become so hectic and I had lost faith in the podcast. I know and sadly knew that in order for a podcast to gain and keep traction, it had to be consistent and released on an expected schedule whether that been weekly or biweekly or whatever, consistently. Oh, and it had to be interesting.

My issue is that I am interested in so many things. How do you create a podcast that is a catch all for every interest that you have? I often considered doing two or three different podcast titles so I could cover more topics and not steal from one title. But until I can do one podcast consistently it is not time to branch out into other topics.

The other issues with the podcast are the title. What did the title even mean? Also the title was too long to create a Twitter account or an Instagram account. I created a Facebook account but most of the material was the same stuff I posted on my page on Facebook so nothing to drive folks to it really.

Also I lack the art of self promotion. Yes, I see how people hype things but hyping myself is not something I am comfortable with. I am not the greatest things since sliced bread and so to say such things would be lies and I prefer to be my true self. Let the topic be the interesting thing and the way we present it. That was the hope.

I did a survey in some areas where I post frequently asking what people wanted to hear a technology podcast talk about. The winner, Windows patching. Seriously?