#11: I Wasn’t Raised to be a Freelancer

How do you manage a working life when you make your living as a freelance creative person? My guests and I have all had to answer that question. We also have a common interest in diversity and accessibility In tech. In fact, our conversation moves between those topics quite a bit. We talk about finding your niche in a creative field, and the role of luck and hustle in keeping a freelance life going.

And of course One More Thing

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#10: A Podcast Pick Show

Happy New Year! Do people give New Years’ gifts? I’ve decided to give you one: an episode with plenty of goodies to unwrap. Instead of dissecting a tech topic with two great guests, this episode finds me recommending podcasts, with three great guests. That’s right, we’re breaking format to tell you about great podcasts you might like.

And of course One More Thing

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Links from the Show: all are links to podcast Web pages, unless otherwise noted. The additional links you see on some lines are to shows that came up in our discussion.

Darcy’s Picks

Allison’s Picks

Frank’s Picks

Shelly’s Picks

#9: The Down Arrow Approach

When I invite guests onto The Parallel, based on my address book or Twitter feed, there’s a high likelihood that the resulting show will feature what Allison Sheridan would call an “ever so slight Macintosh bias.” I wanted to change that up a bit, so I invited some friends on to talk about Microsoft. Is this how I become a Microsoft Insider?

We discuss the ways Microsoft is a very different company in 2016 than it was back when many people called it “the evil empire.” And we take some tim to compare and contrast with Apple’s evolution in the same period.

And of course One More Thing.

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#8: Online Kids

When you’re a tech professional, and a parent, you choose and use gadgets for two. Or more. My guests know more than most parents about the tech tools their kids need and want, but there are still plenty of decisions to be made.

And of course One More Thing

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#7: CES, Flash in the Pants?

Why go to CES when you can ask others about it when they get home? My guests attended the big tech show, and lived to tell the tale.

And of course One More Thing

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#6: Fireballing Myself in the Face

I’m talking gaming with folks who know a good deal more about the subject than I do. We talk about what’s new and hoped for in the world of consoles—particularly accessible ones—and more. When I learn from the show, everybody wins.

And of course One (or maybe) More (than one) Thing

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#5: Outlines, Dictation, and More Wordy Topics

My guests and I all spend time writing. We’re also geeks. On this episode, we talk about what we write, and how we get the words into our computers and mobile devices.

And of course One More Thing

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Episode #4: An Ecosystem, Not an Echo Chamber

My guests and I are all makers of podcasts, and big fans of the medium. And because it’s The Parallel, the guests have a lot in common. This episode features a wide-ranging discussion of how and why we make podcasts, and the roles of audience, sponsors, and guests. 

And of course One More Thing

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Sponsor

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Episode #3: Everyone Wants an Apple TV

The updated Apple TV promises a richer, more flexible, more Apple-y viewing experience. My guests and I discuss whether the new offering delivers on the promise, and what it means to have apps on the big screen. We also take a peak behind the curtain of Apple’s September 9 event, with someone who, unlike most of us, was there.

And of course One More Thing

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Episode #2: The Way We Learn Now

Hey, I’m back! After a busy summer of work and travel, it’s time to get this show on the road. I’m still learning what The Parallel wants to be when it grows up, but the path, to continue the travel metaphor, is illuminated.

On this one, my guests and I talk about how people learn to use technology now, and how those methods differ from the days of books, magazines, and copious documentation. There’s a lot of discussion about accessible learning, since my guests and I are all stepped in technologies like VoicOver, Braille, and the use of audio in our learning lives.

Guests: Allison Sheridan (NosillaCast) and Allison Hartley (The Tech Doctor)

Topics

  • Media for learning tech subjects has changed: have we changed too?
  • Visual learning for those who are, and are not blind
  • Is audio a good learning format?
  • Clarify puts interactive tutorials on the Web
  • Everyone wants to learn programming; some are further along
  • The pleasure of random access

One More Thing: what do you want to learn next?

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