Hands-on Review of the Canon 7D Mark II

There are lots of reviews of the Canon 7D Mark II that lean heavily into its specs, but that’s not what you’ll find here. I shoot photos and videos primarily to indulge my interests. It’s a hobby, and I make purchases largely based on emotion. These are the primary forces that drove me to buy this beefy camera.

After years of looking at images from other photographers, I found that always appreciated and desired the punchiness of photos shot with pro-level Canon DSLRs, Canon L-series lenses, and high-end Canon flashes. I wanted to use these creative tools myself, so I grabbed them. Continue reading Hands-on Review of the Canon 7D Mark II

How to record a phone call with a smartphone app [episode 31]

Disclaimer: this call is being recorded. Listen to it here:

Yup. We teach you how to record phone calls with your phone… Continue reading How to record a phone call with a smartphone app [episode 31]

Apple re-enters the cheap computer market with the March 2017 iPad

For the past ten years, Apple has been a company that exclusively sold premium products. In the somewhat distant past, Apple shipped things like the 50lb (22.7 kg) eMac, an intentionally no-frills computer that was designed for educational institutions, but later sold to the public as a budget-friendly Macintosh.

It had been so long since Apple sold low-priced products that it seemed like they had permanently abandoned them. However, it appears that the new, ambiguously named “iPad” marks Apple’s return to bargain-bin computing. Continue reading Apple re-enters the cheap computer market with the March 2017 iPad

Review of the Apple TV (2nd generation), 7 years later

I’ve been actively using my Apple TV (2nd generation) for almost seven years, and I figured March of 2017 was the perfect time to finally share my thoughts on it. Why? I’m getting closer to unplugging this thing from my TV, but I haven’t done so yet.

You see, my TV is eight years old. It hails from a time when two HDMI ports was considered sufficient. The gadgets that I plug into it need to truly prove their worth, and my Apple TV 2 has been skating on thin ice lately. It recently went through a weeks-long phase where it couldn’t play Netflix without crashing. I managed to fix the problem, but I haven’t forgiven it. Continue reading Review of the Apple TV (2nd generation), 7 years later

A theoretical chat about Pandora Premium and smart clothing [episode 29]

Take those elbows out of your ears and listen to this podcast:

We chat about internet-connected jackets and pandora’s box… Continue reading A theoretical chat about Pandora Premium and smart clothing [episode 29]

YouTube TV challenges cable + Uber drives off a cliff [episode 28]

Turn off the TV, grab a hot tea, and listen to this wildness:

We talk about streaming TV, Marco Arment, and uber-bad Uber… Continue reading YouTube TV challenges cable + Uber drives off a cliff [episode 28]

Snapchat goes public and Android tries wearables again [episode 26]

Listen just to hear Shannon say “Snapchaticles” again…

We talk about Snapchat’s IPO, the launch of Ona, and Android Wear. Continue reading Snapchat goes public and Android tries wearables again [episode 26]