Mark and Richard give very brief impressions on the October 16th Apple event a couple minutes after it ended. Come back to this post in a few days if you'd like to listen to an audio overlay track that you can play on top of the Apple stream to hear our impressions as the event happened.
We speak briefly about the Shell Shock bug before moving on to Oculus Connect and our impressions of the current state of DK2 software.
What we think of our new phones
We talk about why we pre-ordered the iPhones that we did, Apple Watch pricing, the state of Microsoft as a company (including their purchase of Minecraft), and Ballmerman!
Mark and Richard both ordered an iPhone 6+
Supporting the iPhone 6:
Getting H.265 & 3x working
6+ simulator is too big to fit, even scaled to 50%
A special edition Aliens Land Here. We moved up our schedule to talk about the recent news.
Japanese & Chinese audio…
Feed jumping around between parts (Possibly HLS?)
iPhone 6 / 6+:
A8 speed improvements
Has barometer for elevation
Phase detection auto-focus using “focus pixels”
Optical image stabilization
“cinematic video stabilization”
Landscape mode on the 6+
Double-touch the touch-id to bring the top of the screen down
“Secure element” chip
“One more thing”
watch (custom steel alloy frame, sapphire front, ceramic back)
sport (aluminum frame, glass front, “composite” back)
edition (18k gold, sapphire front, ceramic back)
6 straps (sport band, leather loop, leather modern, leather classic, steel, milanese loop
Rotary side-interface “digital crown”
Photo sensors detect pulse
Range of watch faces
Apple TV remote
Simple Lift Log for Watch?
No Hair Force One :(
New Presenter, Kevin Lynch - Ex Adobe CTO
The giant building revealed (Demo area)
Mark talks about his trials and tribulations with PHP. Also, we get excited by the prospect of 5K displays coming soon, talk about Celebgate and the state of password management, and discuss the recent Samsung/Oculus announcement.
NVIDIA Quadro K5000 driving the display during the demo.
Advantages of CRTs
The hdmi passthrough latency is about 150ms. (However, this reduces to about 30 if the connected device is set to 720p)
Microsoft Courier (Unreleased tablet from Microsoft)
Strict vs forgiving
CommonMark (was Common Markdown was Standard Markdown)
We talk about Hyperlapse, delve into what it means to be a computer user, and take wild guesses as to the nature of the giant building involved in Apple’s September 9th announcement. Also, a card trick.
Mark’s early computer: Commodore PET
Applesoft BASIC programming reference manual. (It looks so much easier now that I’ve been programming for more than 20 years...)
Computer Usage vs Administration vs Engineering
What a person should know to be considered a computer user
What skills administration and engineering can teach us
Who is responsible for maintenance
Negative perception of people who work with technology
I have MASTERED life
In Episode 3 Mark and Richard discuss what it’s like to be an independent developer and how to survive in a market where good free or cheap software is getting more prevalent. Also, the word “Microbolometer” is used during follow-up. We think that’s a pretty cool word.
Being an independent developer:
Our history with it
Custom code for clients
Pros & Cons of bureaucracy
Solo work’s impact on code quality
Getting stuff done
Spending money on hardware
Wearing many hats
Finding a niche
Effect of cheap & free on the market
How big companies deal with the cheap/free issues
We talk about our RSS addictions, Richard’s new FLIR_ONE, Oculus DK2 and Google Cardboard, Mark’s new headphones and microphone, and the kragle!
Podcasts Richard listens to: Accidental Tech Podcast, Core Intuition, Debug, Developing Perspective, Garnett on Games, The Incomparable, John and Garnett Podcast, Neutral, Pragmatic, Release Notes, The Stack Exchange Podcast, The Talk Show
Mark’s RSS reader, Reeder
Feedly pro account
Mark’s new microphone:
Mark’s microphone, the Blue Yeti
Richard’s microphone, the Blue Snowball
Microphones and perceived professionalism
Mark’s new headphones:
Mark’s new headphones PSB-M4U 2 Noise canceling headphones
Mark’s old earbuds, Senheiser OCX 685i
Richard’s sound canceling headphones, Bose Quit Comfort 15
Richard’s normal wear headphones, Sennheiser HD 380 Pro
Don’t test headphones with this song. (Nine Inch Nails, Hurt)
The effect of listening to music while working on performance, ala Peopleware
Noise canceling and the feeling of pressure you get in your ears
The FLIR_ONE product
Richard’s favorite Oculus Demo, Titans of Space
Mark’s favorite Oculus Demo, Dumpy, going elephants! (No DK2 support yet)
History of the name Aliens Land Here
Swift, including pseudo-plans for Swift in Simple Lift Log
Fate of the 4 inch phone
Same chip in all sizes?
Mark’s new laptop: (15 inch, GeForce GT 750M, 2.8GHz i7, 1TB flash)
Process of transferring things from old to new laptop
Comparisons of Retina to our current monitors.
Longing for 5K to not lose screen real estate
iMacs as monitors
Touch screens at Axion Racing
Touch screens in cars, including Tesla Model S
Maserati Quattroporte and its wonky sensors.