The Parallel breaks format for a special episode with the man behind Mac automation at Apple, Sal Soghoian. For almost 20 years, Sal made sure automation was a part of the Mac, whether it meant advocating personally with Steve Jobs, or building tools like Automator that allow users to customize their machines, and make them do exactly what they want them to do. Sal continues to develop and advocate for automation on Apple platforms, including work on a new automation platform with The Omni Group. We talk about this an so much more on this episode.
Apple’s WWDC Keynote generated the usual quantity of live blogs and immediate podcasts, followed by lists of new features for all of the companies’ platforms. With a couple of days between the event and this conversation, my guests and I search for some context. And we don’t allow ourselves to be constrained by the need to count down the hits. And even with so broad a mandate, we veer off-topic at a few points, which is all to the good.
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.