Allison Sheridan NosillaCast @podfeet
Katie Floyd Mac Power Users, katiefloyd.me @katiefloyd
John F. Braun Mac Geek Gab, @johnfbraun
Bart Busschots bartb.ie, International Mac Podcast, @bbusschots
Steve Stanger The Mac Attack, @tmasteve
Surge Protectors and UPS
- Stay away from the $5 – $10 dollar power strips. They only offer basic protection.
- You can get better protection for $15 to $25 (or more). These strip will have better ratings and some special features, jacks for your phone line, cable line, even Ethernet.
- Example: Digicom power station 2520 joule surge protector 8 outlet Black $26 at Amazon
- People think UPS’s will keep them going throughout the power outtage!
- On consumer level UPS on average you get 7 – 8 minutes, more on larger units. Most connect to computer equip via USB and can shut down computer at a specific interval .
- Voltage surges and spikes – Times when the voltage on the line is greater than it should be
- Voltage sags – Times when the voltage on the line is less than it should be
- Total power failure – Times when a line goes down or a fuse blows somewhere on the grid or in the building
A plethora of options have sprung up – perhaps there’s a big problem to be solved here? If you’re at a show or an all day event, you can’t actually USE your iPhone all day without one of these devices. Tweeting is probably the root cause…or searching for wifi…or searching for 3G if you’re in San Francisco!
- FastMac iV and iV plus fastmac.com
- Mophie Juice Pack mophie.com
- Ecosol Powerstick from powerstick.com
- XPAL Power XP2000 xpalpower.com
- RichardSolo 1800 richardsolo.com
- NuPower Charge and Sync+ newertech.com
- GearPower (gearjuice)- Mobile Pocket Power Portable Battery for Mobile Devices iogear.com
Wi-Fire hfield.com extends wireless range if you have a localized outage and need to “borrow” someone else’s wifi. Up to 1000 feet range.
Drop in Apple quality on software
- John’s issues with iWeb
- Not Apple, but Flash Plugin in Safari (Unexpectedly Quit…I now expect it regularly)
- Aperture 3 abomination
- Allison’s issues with iTunes (spinning pizza wheel on starting videos, stuttering on videos, doesn’t remember external monitor is gone)
- Look at all the errors and calls to debugger in the Console, I’m surprised the system doesn’t crash immediately
- Bart – iPhone Game Optia at iTunes – puzzle game where you have mirrors and other optical devices to try get a laser to blow up targets. LOADS of levels and builds up very slowly so you pick up a lot skill without noticing.
- John – Google Analytics Automator Action – echoone.com
- Steve – Dropbox dropbox.com
- Katie – Cnet Tech Tracker cnet.com/techtracker/
- Allison – Logitech Portable Lapdesk N315 with a mousepad pullout tray target.com (don’t pay over $30 for it!)