Episode 166


On this week’s episode of The Voicemail, James and Stefan discuss:

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[Episode 166, 48 minutes and 47 seconds, 35.1 MB]

Episode 166

4 thoughts on “Episode 166

  1. rcadden says:

    Glad to have you guys back. Congrats to both on the future feminization of your lives. 🙂

    I setup the Miitomo app over the weekend and it’s……interesting. They’ve got all the right “hooks” to make you launch it over and over again (daily rewards, etc) but at the end, there’s very little to do, other than answer questions. It’s a very demanding game with very little reward, IMO.

    Chromebook – I’m in a similar boat to Stefan, though my options are Chromebook or mid-tier Windows. My biggest holdup is podcast, as well. Apparently there are some Chrome apps that will let you do it, but there’s nothing as powerful/lightweight as Audacity, as best as I can tell. I may try it with my next episode to see. My situation is I need a family laptop, so I can either get my wife and I each our own Chromebooks (preferred, I don’t share tech well) or we can share a higher-spec Windows machine.

    I do indeed have an Honor 5X. I didn’t buy it – I was testing another phone for Huawei and it kinda died, so they offered to replace it with the Honor 5X. I carried it at SXSW, though, and honestly, for $200, it was a fantastic experience. A little slow here and there, but the battery life was awesome, the camera (once it loaded) took great photos, and overall I was *really* impressed. Even more impressive, my wife carries it now and loves it. For *most* normobs, I’d easily recommend it. Throw a 3rd party launcher on there and you’re golden.

    iPad/iPhone SIM – Feels like we’ve done this before. The SIM is embedded in the device, so it’s not removable. So you have a long number that you give to the carrier in order to get service activated. Sounds like an ESN that we used to use with CDMA carriers (Sprint and Verizon) way back when. It was horrible back then, because Sprint was notorious for renewing your contract whenever you swapped the ESN on your account. It was a horrible, horrible thing.

    Housekeeping: James, your audio was…..weird….this episode. Cut out a few times, and there was one point it sounded like you were talking through a tin can. Stefan’s audio was OK, though. Just thought I’d let you know. 🙂

    RE: $$ – have you thought of setting up with something like Midroll or ArcherAvenue? As a publisher, you can pick the advertisers you have, and they basically provide you a script to read, and you get paid based on your show downloads. I wouldn’t mind if you had a few sprinkled through the show.

    1. Stefan Constantinescu says:

      I don’t know about James, but ad reads sound painful to me. And yeah, Skype was being a bitch yesterday.

  2. Bob Bobalot says:

    You remarked on the show that you can’t steal from the internet using a Chromebook. I’m assuming that you mean downloading movies etc via a torrent client (unless you’re some sort of virtual cat burglar). Is it true that you can’t do that? I have no problem doing it on an Android tablet. Is it different on Chrome OS? Also, regarding your remarks about privacy, I doubt that anyone who watched the Twin Towers fall didn’t feel a chill down their spine for the prospects of privacy. I’m surprised that we still have so much of it. I guess that if terrorists ever became able to set off nuclear bombs in our cities, we could kiss goodbye to privacy for good (had to think carefully there whether to use the first or second conditional). Well, I wonder if the words I’ve just used have brought me to the attention of any agencies. Hello? Anyone there?

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