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Podcast: Tablet anticipation, Google’s Android Nexus One

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about the potential of Apple’s Tablet and things Google is doing wrong with Android. Listen here, pull up earlier podcast episodes via iTunes, and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg

The family behind the Night Owl has also been facing some tough times and posted an appeal for help.
Recent episodes:

December 24, 2009 2009 in review, 2010 Apple slate in preview
December 3, 2009 iPhone development and Google’s Android and Chrome OS
October 29, 2009 Windows NT, Vista, 7, and Unix
October 8, 2009 Adobe Flash, FCC rules on blogger reviews, Windows 7, and
September 17, 2009 Zune HD, Flip video and the iPod nano.
August 27, 2009 Windows 7 and Snow Leopard.
July 30, 2009, Windows 7, netbooks, and the Apple tablet.
July 9, 2009, Mozilla and Opera fight to make Ogg Theora the official codec of HTML 5.
June 18, 2009, Microsoft Enthusiasts
May 21, 2009, talking about Windows 7
March 19, 2009, talking about the iPhone 3.0 SDK
February 26, 2009, covering the Apple stockholder meeting
January 8, 2009, covering Apple’s last Macworld Expo

Earlier episodes I’ve participated on:

Oct 16 08
Oct 2 08
July 31 08
June 12 08
May 1 08
Mar 20 08
Jan 31 08
Jan 3 08
Nov 8 07
Sep 20 07
Aug 9 07
Jun 14 07
Apr 26 07
Mar 1 07
Jan 11 07

  • gctwnl

    Here is a suggestion of what we could get: Apple opens iTunes up for the sale of content (for publishers), instead of just apps.

    So, here comes the NYT, with its own app with in-app purchases of its (rich) content which come from Apple’s iTunes servers.

    iSlates and such are all great with interface this and that, but do not forget the iTunes angle and how that could change.

    Hello iReads/iPaper?

  • ChuckO

    What a strange thing “The Tech Night Owl Live” is! Gene seems to be a guy who’s formative years are the late 70’s – early 80’s. I hear traces of Firesign Theatre, National Lampoon, Dr. Demento in the segment bumpers and of course there’s the Rush song segment (“Free Will”?). Nothing says dorky, white guy like a little Rush!

    I kind of like the show in spite of itself. The sheer goofiness. In this episode the keyboard history was pretty over the top. I didn’t make it through that. The big problem is Gene seems to have lost a lot of the passion and his focus wanders. He let that Joe Wilcox get away with murder and he just doesn’t seem into it enough to keep up with Dan.

  • http://www.macnightowl.com Gene Steinberg

    Goofiness? I’ve been called a lot of things; so has the show. But goofy?

    In any case, I don’t listen to Rush and don’t use their music on “The Tech Night Owl LIVE.”

    With Joe Wilcox, he got away with nothing. I just let him hang himself, which he did when he admitted that he just writes that stuff to be provocative. ‘Nuff said.

    Daniel works fine with just minor prompting on my part to keep him on point.

    Take care.

    Peace,
    Gene

  • ChuckO

    Gene, You use the same segment of Rush every week. I’m fairly positive it’s “Free Will” possibly “Entre Nous”. It’s pretty short, thankfully! As to Joe Wilcox I thought you let his Apple and the iPhone replaying the Mac\PC war argument go largely unchallenged.

  • http://www.technightowl.com Gene Steinberg

    To answer your questions.

    1. I use a segment from a “Who” song, and also the closing theme from the movie “Independence Day” along with segments from Radiohead and the TV show, “Outer Limits.” Sorry.

    2. The purpose of the show is to give guests a chance to mouth off, even if I don’t agree with their conclusions. When Wilcox admits to just being provocative, it negates the more outrageous arguments he makes.

    Peace,
    Gene

  • ChuckO

    What’s the Radiohead song? I can’t wait to get home to relisten to what I think is Rush. I’m not admitting defeat yet. You do the editing yourself?

    As to #2 I don’t see the value in that. And in general find we give provocateurs like that way to much media time especially if the interviewers aren’t up to refuting them with facts or more valid theories.

    I’m actually a fan of the show and a regular listener. I like the goofy segment intro stuff (the booming voice that says “You never knoooow…”, “Their heerrreee”) it’s idiosyncratic and fun.

  • http://www.technightowl.com Gene Steinberg

    Wilcox stumbled when I brought up the success of the App Store, as he began to backtrack on his claims that the iPhone was going to suffer the same fate as the Mac did way back when after being surrounded by Microsoft. That, and his admission that he just wanted to be provocative, was sufficient to make the case.

    The goal is not to confront, but to present different points of view We confront on our other show, The Paracast (at http://www.theparacast.com).

    As to the “You never knooooow,” that and most of our bumpers were made by Bob LeVitus, also known as “Dr. Mac.” David Biedny did two. Both used their own musical variations.

    Peace,
    Gene

  • ChuckO

    OK, I got it!!!! Definitely a Rush song at 11.45 of the latest episode. Right after the SpellChecker ad. It’s the opening of “Entre Nous” from “Permanent Waves” and it’s right under your show id! God, I’m good. Now Gene has to sit in the corner wearing a funny hat or download “Institutionalized” by the Suicidal Tendencies.

  • http://www.technightowl.com Gene Steinberg

    In connection with what? We don’t just play straight music except for two 9 second stingers from Radiohead and the “Outer Limits” TV show. Everything else is a bumper with a voiceover or the opening and closing themes.

    Peace,
    Gene

  • http://www.technightowl.com Gene Steinberg

    OK, I listened to the segment to see what you were talking about. Had you explained that you were referring to a voiceover bumper all along, I might have checked further. That particular segment was recorded for us by David Biedny. I do not know what musical source he used, and I wouldn’t recognize a Rush song if you shoved it in my face, so I cannot confirm or deny what you say. They are way, way under my radar.

    Peace,
    Gene

  • ChuckO

    Gene,
    Just busting your chops. If the worst thing you did in your life was use some Rush music you’d be doing pretty good. Even if it is super dorky. At least it wasn’t “Subdivisions”. See you on the next episode,
    ChuckO

  • http://www.technightowl.com Gene Steinberg

    Well, maybe the key is that Joe Wilcox is a Rush fan. Does that explain anything? :)

    Peace,
    Gene