029 – I tried that, but it resulted in me getting elbowed

Dave has to program over Christmas. Baz ponders the monetisation of Wordsnap. Thomas left-pads his home. Baz and Dave go deep on lighting. Thomas tries to listen to music from this decade and ends up giving out about apps from this decade. Money saving options for subscription services. We discuss recommendation engines.

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What’s making us happy

  • Thomas: eBay clothes
  • Baz: Amazon Echo
  • Dave: Podcast mugs and the GCHQ Puzzle Book

028 – A broken 24-hour watch is only right once a day

We review a posh handbag and a posh Kindle. We go deep on Soviet mechanical watches. Remembering the game Papers Please and celebrating all things Soviet. Feedback on our coding style guide discussions from episode 26. Thomas can’t understand why he’s an idiot for conflating sci-fi with role-playing games. The awfulness of The Big Bang Theory. App monetisation strategies and ads. How Dave won the US Presidential Election. Resolutions redux.

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027 – Any part of your computer that you touch with your body

Dave is living in the future. Thomas is living in the past. Baz is proved right.

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What’s making us happy:

  • Thomas – Black Mirror
  • Dave – Alexa and LIFX bulbs
  • Baz – Final Fantasy XXV and Virginia

026 – With Alexa, I can do whatever the hell I want

One of us has no heating. We argue about trivial stylistic differences in code, and the pros and cons of style guides. The noise that the new MacBook Pro keyboard makes. Battery life and browser choice. Dave gets an Amazon Home and reflects on 11 years on Reddit.

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025 – A resounding meh

Thomas abuses WordPress and writes some JavaScript. Another take on cross-platform app development.  Apple stops making wireless routers. We imagine a world without the Mac. What do the alternatives look like on the PC side? We give some surprisingly useful advice for Christmas presents.

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What could make other people happy

024 – And then you cry in the corner quietly

A listener asks us about the best way of getting in to iOS development, we give wildly contradictory answers. We take another look at Swift. The many faces of Visual Studio. We discuss the new UK surveillance law and paranoia takes hold.

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What’s making us happy

023 – You can just stroll up to someone and start talking to them

We give our verdict on the new MacBook Pros, and discuss what is a professional anyway. Dave reminds us that “Bitchin’ ain’t switchin’”. Dongles. Thomas and Dave get overfamiliar with podcasters in real life. Baz and Dave discuss their recent trip to Ull. We discuss David Smith’s lessons from the app store. Baz reveals a secret.

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022 – I’m not going to develop an operating system

This week we discuss our experiences with Baz’s new PSVR, and Nintendo’s announcement of its Switch hybrid handheld/console. Dave discusses life with no internet and his new iPhone 7. We discuss the potential for new Macs and iPads ahead of Apple’s announcement.

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020 – If you squint you’ll notice it

macOS Sierra has arrived and we talk about the new features: Baz collects his windows and Irish Siri makes her debut. We talk about our OS update styles, varying from cutting edge to maybe sometime. Dave bought a house and is looking at home automation solutions, what’s the state of the ecosystem and how does it all work? Dave’s old Macbook falls off the OS update cliff and it’s been over 1000 days since the latest Mac release. Is it delayed because Apple are devoting their time to an ARM Mac? Apple have been putting the pieces in place for a switch with bitcode, will they make the switch? Apple are working with McLaren Automotive, is it the Apple Car or fancy material engineering? Do we even want an Apple Car?

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What’s making us happy?

  • Baz: Nostalgic Video Game Programming: Wordsnap Lives!
  • Dave: Houses, one specifically.
  • Thomas: Scanner Pro