Tech Hangout #4: Fanboys vs. the ‘Apple Tax’

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts
  • Shawn ‘Doc’ Boyd
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Melissa Davis

“Fanboyism”

What is a fanboy? Why do tech people care so much about it? And is it a good or bad thing?

Apple “Tax”

Does it really exist? If so, what is it?

Online shopping and payment platforms

Squarespace Commerce, Paypal, Amazon and creating your own e-commerce website. Why brick-and-mortar stores are a thing of the past.

Taxes in general

Introduction of sales tax for online retailers:
http://www.zdnet.com/u-s-senate-passes-bill-to-collect-internet-sales-tax-7000015002/

Sales tax in different states.

Tech Hangout #3 – The past and the future

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts
  • Patrice
  • “CIA” Paul Gans
  • Steve Sande

Microsoft Windows 8 / IE10

Draconian measures or last ditch attempts to grab user.
Regarding the methods employed to upgrade win 7 users to IE10 and the default settings blocking Google Ads and forcing users into a OS not ready or even remotely resembling how desktop users use a PC

iOS7/ OS X 10.9

see 9to5Mac articles:

WWDC 2013: Sold out in 2 minutes

Your first Computer

What was it? Why/how did you choose it? How did it change your live?

Tech Hangout #2 – Kelly and Doc Rock visit us

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig
  • Patrice
  • Doc Rock
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts?
  • “CIA” Paul Gans
  • Kelly “Verso” Guimont

USB 3 vs. Thunderbolt

Especially in the light of the latest announcements: http://www.tuaw.com/2013/04/08/intel-announces-faster-next-gen-thunderbolt/

App Store pricing

  • How much is too much? The value of a developer’s/designer’s work
  • Is Apple actively encouraging low pricing?

Picks

Kelly:

Doc:

Status Board: http://panic.com/statusboard/

Patrice:

Moneyviz: http://www.silverwiz.com/

Paul:

Can I Stream It? http://www.canistream.it/

Ben:
SecondBar http://blog.boastr.net/?page_id=79

Tech Hangout #1: The inaugural Event

Introduction (The Tech Hangout Panel)

  • Ben Roethig
  • Patrice
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts

SSD vs Hybrid drives vs HDDs

  • Best bang for your buck?
  • Other considerations (like: use-case, storage requirements, reliability)
  • SSD and HDD prices: http://www.storagenewsletter.com/news/marketreport/when-will-ssd-have-same-price-as-hdd-priceg2

Backups and Sync

  • What are you using?
  • Online vs. offline