Ritual Misery beta 41

The Ritual Misery PodcastWith Kent away last week, my friend Anthony (aka Amos; aka Ethan) asked me to co-host the latest episode of The Ritual Misery Podcast with him. After discussing the dangers of wireless headsets, I share my frustration about a disappointing TED Talk from Nest CEO Tony Fadell.

Our conversation about the recent supreme court decision on marriage equality (i.e., marriage for same-sex couples) leads to the bigger questions of “why is the federal government involved in this?” and “WHY DOES ANYONE CARE?” Finally, Amos likes Apple Music, but I’m not so impressed.

You can find the episode at RitualMisery.com or in all the usual places, including iTunes. As always with The Ritual Misery Podcast, this show is explicit and is not safe for work. Oh…and if you’re [any segment of the human population], we may offend you.

HomeTech Podcast #67 – The HomeKit Roundtable 2015

Screen+Shot+2014-04-13+at+8.09.56+AMSmarthome products that work with Apple HomeKit are starting to roll out, and between the lack of coordination, consistency, and information, this much-anticipated launch is pretty messy. I’m kicking off my HomeKit smear tour (just kidding…sort of) with an appearance on the HomeTech Podcast. Seth, Jason, and I discuss Apple’s moves in this space, considering everything from the new product releases to the lack of news on how to pull it all together.

You can find the episode at HomeTech.FM or in iTunes.

HomeKit and Home Automation on Popular Technology Radio

cover170x170It’s been a while since I’ve been on Popular Technology Radio, so this weekend, on Saturday, 6/13/15, I appeared again on the syndicated radio show to discuss Apple’s moves into home automation. Apple’s HomeKit framework will ultimately allow consumers to buy smarthome devices with confidence that they’ll all be able to work together, to be centrally controlled and managed by their i-devices. But is HomeKit just another “standard” competing with the likes of Google and others’ offerings? My advice to the general consumer: wait a while to see how this all shakes out. This is still early days.

The show is available now in iTunes and online at poptechradio.com.

Talking Amazon on The Smart Home Show

The Smart Home ShowNobody’s really surprised that the Amazon Echo is suddenly able to control connected lighting and other smart devices in the home. But market analyst Michael Wolf believes that there’s much more to it. Drawing some lines between the dots (and Dashes [I couldn’t resist the bad pun]), Mike believes that Amazon is making small, but calculated moves to support the smart home. While I wouldn’t today call the Dash Button a smarthome device, I do agree that it’s a piece of the larger picture that ultimately leads to Amazon’s stake in the smarthome market.

You can find the episode at Technology.FM or in iTunes. This show comes on the heels of Mike joining me on the latest episode of Home: On.

My Current Podcast Subscriptions

As a podcaster, I’m periodically asked what shows—podcasts—I listen to. I listen to a lot of podcasts, and with a few exceptions, most of the shows I subscribe to are about technology—news, topics like home automation, consumer tech, etc. And since I also host and produce shows of my own, I’m pretty picky about production quality. I have little patience for bad audio, poor editing, or sloppy production. So if you’re interested in similar topics, check some of these out…I expect you’ll enjoy them. Some of these have faded or are currently on hiatus, but it’s well worth checking out past episodes. Also note that some are explicit and will not be safe for family or workplace listening.

CordkillersDaily Tech News ShowEntertainment 2.0Eye Chart RadioGet It Done GuyGrammar GirlHome: OnHome Server ShowHomeTech.fmInside the MagicThe IoT PodcastIt's a ThingMac OS KenMac OS Ken Day 6Marketplace

Marketplace Tech
Podcasters' RoundtableReply AllThe Ritual Misery PodcastSerialThe Smart Home ShowStartupTech's Messagetell it anywaythEndUsrThrowing ShadeUndisclosedUXpodWait Wait...Don't Tell Me!Windows WeeklyYou Look Nice Today

Updated 6/26: Added MarketPlace and Undisclosed; removed Wired UK.

The Ritual Misery Podcast

The Ritual Misery PodcastIf you have any interest in catching my lighter, less filtered side, check out my latest guest podcast appearance, this time on episode 27 (beta) of The Ritual Misery Podcast. Amos and Kent are two military guys who invite you to listen in on their weekly conversation about life, tech, and TED talks. I first met Amos at a CNET Buzz Out Loud event at SXSW several years ago. Speaking of which, we talk a lot in this episode about our plans to attend events at SXSW again this year (which, BTW, turned out to be pretty awesome). We also discuss Shwood-isms, thought plateaus, Amos’s misguided beliefs about gold iDevices, and my guilty TV pleasures.

You can find the episode at RitualMisery.com or in all the usual places, including iTunes. Note that this podcast is explicit and is not safe for work. Oh…and if you’re [any segment of the human population], we may offend you.

Talking TiVo on Popular Technology Radio

cover170x170On Saturday, 2/28/15, I appeared again on the syndicated radio show Popular Technology Radio, this time talking about TiVo. TiVo is rolling out a new feature for TiVo customers called OnePass, which integrates traditional and streaming video more tightly. OnePass replaces TiVo’s popular SeasonPass feature, now giving customers season-by-season access to show episodes, regardless of whether they’re recorded or available online through Netflix, Hulu, VUDU, or Amazon.

The show is available now in iTunes and online at poptechradio.com.

HomeTech Podcast

Screen+Shot+2014-04-13+at+8.09.56+AMI had the honor of filling in for Jason Griffing on the HomeTech podcast this week. Jason’s co-host Seth Johnson invited me to join him in discussing a recent Kaspersky Labs post about IoT security, the benefits and dangers of smart locks, and one of my favorite smarthome technology topics: Insteon. Seth is in the process of renovating a home, and he’s evaluating different technologies for lighting control and security. Do I think Insteon is up to his standards? Absolutely.

You can find the episode at HomeTech.FM or in iTunes. But why just record one show when you can do two? Seth also joins me as my guest co-host this week on Home: On.

Popular Technology Radio

cover170x170On Saturday, 1/31/15, I appeared on the syndicated radio show Popular Technology Radio. We spoke about home automation technology for general consumers. A bunch of differing “standards” are still evolving, and early adopters should be careful about picking compatible products and technologies. A point of note is that integration is becoming important to many manufacturers, ultimately getting us away from this trend of needing an app for every new device. One such integration announced recently is for SNUPI’s Wally sensors, which are now Works with Nest certified to provide your Nest thermostat with much needed remote room temperature monitoring.

The show is available now in iTunes and online at poptechradio.com.

New York Times: The Rise of the Smartbulb

nytimes-logoI recently spoke with a reporter from the New York Times about connected bulbs, and how the landscape for consumers can be pretty confusing nowadays. A brief quote from that discussion appeared on the front page feature of the Times’ 1/22/2015 Home and Garden section.

…if you buy a set of smartbulbs and you’d like them to flash if your smoke alarm is triggered at night or your webcam detects an intruder, for instance, you may be out of luck.

As a result, said Richard Gunther, a consultant with Universal Mind, a Denver technology firm, smartbulb buyers have no choice but to do some research before they buy. “You can’t just buy a bulb and screw it in and expect it to work with your connected system,” he said.

Nadarajah Narendran, a professor and director of research at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., agreed. “If you want the additional convenience that can come with the new LEDs, you need to be ready not just with your money but with your time,” he said.

Both men expect things to get easier soon, perhaps as early as this year, as the industry coalesces around wireless standards the way the home-video industry ultimately settled on the VHS standard. The difference, they said, was that the smart-home industry will likely find ways to bridge the varying technologies, rather than leaving some consumers stranded on Betamax Island.

The full article is available online at nytimes.com.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: