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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.