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GonnaGeek.com Show #294 – Gonna Rent A Car To Sleep In

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This week GFQ Network’s Sunkast is here to fill in for SP while he’s away. We’ll discuss how Dark Phoenix sales have not been very good, how there are weird uses of Rent-A-Cars in Japan, and Stephen back tracks about the whole Google Home / Nest naming situation (we have an official announcement from Google).

In the Extra Extra we’ll chat a bit about Microsoft continuing to break Windows 10, and SwiftKey (owned by Microsoft) being behind the times.

Finally, Chris Taps That App reviewing My Fitness Pal.

This Week’s Hosts: Stephen Jondrew, Stargate Pioneer and Sunkast. This episode was recorded on Monday, July 8, 2019 streamed LIVE at www.Geeks.Live. Full show information (including links related to points discussed) can be found at http://www.geeks.link/294/. Come join us on our Discord server at http://www.gonnageek.com/discord/

The GonnaGeek.com Show is produced and edited by Stephen Jondrew (http://www.stephenjondrew.ca) of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

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Stephen’s Microphone: Audio-Technica BP40
Chris’s Microphone: Electro-Voice RE320
SP’s Microphone:Electro-Voice RE320


GonnaGeek.com Show #293 – Gonna Talk Space Drones

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Due to a last minute technical outage, Chris Ferrell is away this week. Stargate Pioneer & Stephen Jondrew discuss two space drones happening, SpaceX having a Florida protype, and the Picard series being in disarray because they just announced their Showrunner (yes you read that correctly). We’ll also discuss The Walking Dead ending, Apple moving it’s production to China, and Prime Day already having smart home deals.

This Week’s Hosts: Stephen Jondrew and Stargate Pioneer. This episode was recorded on CANADA DAY, Monday, July 1st, 2019 streamed LIVE at www.Geeks.Live. Full show information (including links related to points discussed) can be found at http://www.geeks.link/293/. Come join us on our Discord server at http://www.gonnageek.com/discord/

The GonnaGeek.com Show is produced and edited by Stephen Jondrew (http://www.stephenjondrew.ca) of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

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Stephen’s Microphone: Audio-Technica BP40
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SP’s Microphone:Electro-Voice RE320


Better Podcasting #185 – Enhancing a Minimal Podcast Setup

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We make it clear that our stance is that in order to podcast, you can achieve great sound simply by using a simple microphone like the Audio-Technica ATR2100, AT2005 or Samson Q2U. In this episode we discuss some ways you can attempt to enhance a simple podcast setup without buying new hardware (ok, we’ll talk a bit about some light hardware changes too).

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, SP gives his thoughts on the Backpack Studio update to now allow live streaming.

Finally, in this week’s Better Podback, we take listener feedback including a poll about whether or not our listeners live-stream.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/185/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, June 12, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

How I Saved My Podcast Story: Chris from Play Comics on Guest Hosting

Main Topic: Enhancing a Minimal Podcast Setup

  • Using plugins to enhance sound
  • Using plugins to model sound
  • Physical use of Microphone
  • Inexpensive equipment add-ons
  • Video options

Better Podcasting Download: Backpack Studio Now Has Live Streaming
Better Podback: 

  • Jonathan Bloom’s “One Thing” Update
  • Live-streaming poll
  • Sony MDR-7506 Issue

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Google Warns That “Hangouts on Air” via YouTube Will Be Decommissioned In 2019

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For those of you who follow some of the GonnaGeek Network shows which create live streaming content (or for those who listen to Better Podcasting), you may be familiar with the service calledHangouts On Air. Once part of the Google+ platform, then shifted to YouTube, Hangouts on Air is essentially a platform that makes it really easy for users to connect with each other and create an instant multi-camera video production. Combined with having extra features available such as the ability to add lower-thirds and other on screen graphics, it’s simplicity has made Hangouts on Air a staple for many users wanting to dabble in live-stream broadcast. Unfortunately it appears that Hangouts on Air is being retired in 2019.

We first spotted this earlier this week when The Starling Tribune and Legends of SHIELD co-host Michelle Ealey connected to a Hangout on Air and saw a message that indicated that the service was “going away later in 2019.” This retirement notice is confirmed on the Hangouts On Air with YouTube help page.

Further, this morning GonnaGeek Network’s Chris Ferrell noticed another notification when he started the Hangouts on Air broadcast for this morning’s All Things Good and Nerdy. It appears that when you start an HOA broadcast, there is now a disclaimer to confirm Hangouts on Air will go away “later this year.”

At this time, the current Google recommended replacement, youtube.com/webcam, is only a single streamed camera capability with no ability to simplistically add in other users to the stream. While the ability is there for one user to stream content through a single webcam and possible single-site multiple camera streaming through a switching program such as X-Split, ManyCam or OBS Studio, each of these solutions would require a third party video connection service to bring in other users for co-hosting or guest interview applications.

As of now there doesn’t appear to be any indication of a replacement multi-user, multi-camera option (such as when Google+ was retired and it moved to YouTube), so I guess if you’re using Hangouts on Air, it may be time to start trying alternatives. to ensure your live streaming experiences are not interrupted.




GonnaGeek.com Show #290 – Gonna Talk Microsoft’s E3 Products

FacebooktwitterredditmailThis week Chris summarizes a variety of announcements made by Microsoft and E3 this year. SP shares news that it seems like a previously discussed Space Company is shutting down. Stephen talks about the Echo Show 5 – and him and Chris debate on whether or not they were the first to get the camera privacy right.

Finally, Stargate Pioneer reviews a car – yes a car. Ok, he’s also giving his first thoughts on using Apple CarPlay.

This Week’s Hosts: Stephen Jondrew, Chris Ferrell and Stargate Pioneer. This episode was recorded on Monday, June 10, 2019 streamed LIVE at www.Geeks.Live. Full show information (including links related to points discussed) can be found at http://www.geeks.link/290/. Come join us on our Discord server at http://www.gonnageek.com/discord/

The GonnaGeek.com Show is produced and edited by Stephen Jondrew (http://www.stephenjondrew.com) of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

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Stephen’s Microphone: Audio-Technica BP40
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SP’s Microphone:Electro-Voice RE320


Better Podcasting #184 – Episode One

FacebooktwitterredditmailThis week we conclude our arc on introductory episodes, this time talking all about episode 1. We’ll discuss how to balance your episode one with your episode zero, ways to make your episode one carry a punch, and some things to consider for your first episode if you’re not going to have an episode zero.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we get SP’s take on Libsyn adding a destination for Radio.com, and we talk about how Apple is making changes to their categories.

Finally, we run down this week’s feedback including another deal that is saving hobby podcasters money.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/184/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, June 5, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Episode One

  • Outlining Episode 1
  • Ways to make Episode 1 carry a punch
  • Selecting Episode 1 content
  • Considerations if you don’t have an Episode 1

Better Podcasting Download: Apple adds more categories
Better Podback: 

  • Stephen can’t find Livetrak Feedback
  • Saving money didn’t save time
  • Humble Bundle streaming deal

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GonnaGeek.com Show #288 – Gonna Take Picard’s Little Blue Pill

FacebooktwitterredditmailThis week’s news includes the Star Trek: Picard Teaser (and the subsequent fan videos that came from it), Google Duo getting 8-person video calling, Student Rocketry news, Alexa upgrades announcements to more devices, and Elon Musk throws Jeff Bezos shade.

Finally, we give our thoughts on Robert Pattinson as Batman.

This Week’s Hosts: Stephen Jondrew, Chris Ferrell and Stargate Pioneer. This episode was recorded on Monday, May 27, 2019 streamed LIVE at www.Geeks.Live. Full show information (including links related to points discussed) can be found at http://www.geeks.link/288/. Come join us on our Discord server at http://www.gonnageek.com/discord/

The GonnaGeek.com Show is produced and edited by Stephen Jondrew (http://www.stephenjondrew.com) of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

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  • Picard Teaser Fan Version

Stephen’s Microphone: Audio-Technica BP40
Chris’s Microphone: Electro-Voice RE320
SP’s Microphone: Away


Better Podcasting #182 – Celebrating Podcast Wins

FacebooktwitterredditmailToday we talk about celebrating the wins that you have with your podcast. We’ll discuss reasons celebrating can be beneficial, some reasons why people celebrate, and how some people celebrate podcast wins.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss a change to Podtrac’s statistics.

Finally, we run down some feedback, including one listener’s unfortunate experience listening to our most recent show.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/182/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, May 22, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Celebrating Podcast Wins

  • Reason why you should consider celebrating podcast wins
  • How to celebrate podcast wins
    • Some things that you might consider celebrating
  • Other considerations on celebrating podcast wins

Better Podcasting Download: Podtrac stats dropping
Better Podback: 

  • Magix Humble Bundle Deal
  • Google Podcasts Auto Download Feature
  • Narrative podcast transcripts
  • iHeart Approved Podcast

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GonnaGeek.com Show #287 – Gonna Strip Down The iPhone

FacebooktwitterredditmailThis week’s news includes Microsoft and Sony partnering on cloud gaming, SpaceX confirming they have multiple build teams, and a fake Joe Rogan AI. We also discuss more Sega Genesis Mini games being announced, Avengers passing Avatar sales, and the Google Pixel 3A shutting down randomly.

Finally, we do a thought exercise of what a stripped down iPhone would look like for our resident Apple users, SP and Sunkast.

This Week’s Hosts: Stephen Jondrew, Stargate Pioneer and Sunkast. This episode was recorded on Monday, May 20, 2019 streamed LIVE at www.Geeks.Live. Full show information (including links related to points discussed) can be found at http://www.geeks.link/287/. Come join us on our Discord server at http://www.gonnageek.com/discord/

The GonnaGeek.com Show is produced and edited by Stephen Jondrew (http://www.stephenjondrew.com) of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

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Hubitat Elevation Smart Home Hub Unboxing Video

FacebooktwitterredditmailThis is a straight forward unboxing video to the Hubitat Elevation smart hub. This is NOT a review video (but one will follow).