Tech Hangout #5 – Families and Tech


  • Melissa ‘MacMommy’ Davis (Host)
  • Shawn ‘Doc Rock’ Boyd
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Steve ‘TUAW TV’ Sande

Mobile Gaming with your kids

GameCenter/ Google Equivalent for families and how to keep scores across multiple devices

Pitch Perfect

Rewritten second edition.


Pirate Planet

Apple TV vs. Roku 3

What are the advantages/disadvantages of either one.
How do they fit into a family.

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


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


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:

Sales tax in different states.

Tech Hangout #3 – The past and the future


  • 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


  • 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:

App Store pricing

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




Status Board:




Can I Stream It?


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:

Backups and Sync

  • What are you using?
  • Online vs. offline