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GonnaGeek.com Show #285 – Gonna Tell Obvious News

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This week we discuss Google Pixel 3A leaks, Nintendo forcing a Mario Commodore 64 port to go away, Spotify hitting 100 Million Listeners, and Chris shares some REALLY, REALLY obvious news.

In the Extra Extra we chat about Google finally adding dark mode for Windows – but it’s really weird how you activate it. Plus we also talk about Apple possibly adding a USB-C charger in the next version of the iPhone (but remaining using the lightning connector for the phone).

This Week’s Hosts: Stephen Jondrew, Chris Ferrell and Stargate Pioneer. This episode was recorded on Monday, April 29, 2019 streamed LIVE at www.Geeks.Live. Full show information (including links related to points discussed) can be found at http://www.geeks.link/285/. 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
Chris’s Microphone: Electro-Voice RE320
SP’s Microphone: Away

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Better Podcasting #177 – Making Your Podcast Stand Out In A Crowded Niche

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There are a lot of podcasts in the world, and that means that your podcast may have a lot of competition. So, in a situation like this, how do you stand out in the crowd? In this episode we’ll talk about a bunch of best practices to make your show unique, and some things to avoid as well. However, before we get there, we have to say farewell to co-host of Stargate Pioneer.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss Apple redesign the Apple Podcasts websites.

Finally, we take listener feedback – including some chatter in our Discord server about some plugin deals.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/177/. 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, April 17, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Interview with Dan Hughley from Focusrite
Better Podcasting Download: Google deindexing websites

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Better Podcasting #176 – Focusrite’s Future in Podcasting: Dan Hughley Interview

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This week we’re pleased to offer another interview, this time with Dan Hughley of Focusrite. We’ll discuss Focusrite’s podcast consideration, endeavors and some hardware available for podcasters. We also chat about Dan’s history and how he got to where he is today.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download we chat about some recent de-indexing that happened with Google and how it affects you as a podcaster. In this week’s Better Podback we take listener/viewer feedback, including a question about the Zoom L-12.

Plus, Stephen kicks it all off with his own HOW I SAVED MY PODCAST story – this one involving SMART HOME tech.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/176/. 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, April 10, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live (interview pre-recorded on Tuesday, April 2, 2019). Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Interview with Dan Hughley from Focusrite
Better Podcasting Download: Google deindexing websites

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GonnaGeek.com Show #281 – Gonna Fool No One

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In this show we discuss how SpaceX has an amazing looking Starship Hopper, how the Google Pixel 2 is discontinued, and we say farewell to Airpower which never was. In this week’s Extra Extra we chat about how there seems to be a Sega Classic console coming soon AND Chris runs down a bunch of April Fools gags from the world of geekdom.

In SP’s Space Symposium, he discusses Mariner 4.

This Week’s Hosts: Stephen Jondrew, Chris Ferrell and Stargate Pioneer. This episode was recorded on Monday, April 1, 2019 streamed LIVE at www.Geeks.Live. Full show information (including links related to points discussed) can be found at http://www.geeks.link/281/. 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
Chris’s Microphone: Electro-Voice RE320
SP’s Microphone: Audio-Technica BP40

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GonnaGeek.com Show #280 – Gonna Recast FOX

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This week in the show we discuss the details of Google Stadia (the Google games project discussed last week), Apple’s “event” that they just had, and Boeing’s space endeavours being delayed due to safety concerns. We’ll also discuss Supernatural ending and Jimmy Fallon doing a show entirely shot on the S10+.

Finally, we kick of a new recurring segment where we recast some of the previous FOX properties, now that they’re part of Disney.

This Week’s Hosts: Stephen Jondrew, Chris Ferrell and Stargate Pioneer. This episode was recorded on Monday, March 25, 2019 streamed LIVE at www.Geeks.Live. Full show information (including links related to points discussed) can be found at http://www.geeks.link/280/. 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.

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

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Mysa Electric Heat Smart Thermostat In-Depth Review

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Time codes below. In this excerpt taken from episode 279 of The Official GonnaGeek Show (http://www.geeks.link/279), Stephen gives an in-depth review (and demonstration) of the Mysa Smart Thermostat for Electric Heating.

This review covers his thoughts on the installation, setup, programming, energy monitoring and smart device integration. This is NOT an installation guide. NOTE: The Mysa Smart Thermostat was sent to me for review.

TIME CODES:
0:48 – Overview
2:20 – Primary feature overview
3:18 – Installation overview/thoughts
5:38 – Mysa app screenshots: installation guide
7:15 – Installation challenges
– 9:27 – Setup overview/thoughts
– 10:16 – Mysa app screenshots: setup steps
11:00 – Mysa scheduling overview
– 12:00 – Mysa app screenshots: scheduling wizard
15:53 – Pros of the Mysa Smart Thermostat
– 18:00 – Mysa app screenshots: Thermostat overview screen
– 18:30 – Mysa app screenshots: Power consumption indicator
18:52 – Cons of the Mysa Smart Thermostat
– 19:40 – Mysa app screenshots: Modifying schedule
20:39 – Miscellaneous wants
21:48 – Energy Charting / Energy Savings experience
– 22:43 – Mysa app screenshots: Energy charting
23:35 – Integration with smart technology (Alexa/Google Assistant/Smart Things)
– 24:00 – Alexa integration demonstration
– 24:45 – SmartThings integration demonstration
— 25:00 – Mysa app screenshots: SmartThings integration
– 26:00 – Smart device integrations cons
27:05 – Concluding thoughts
– 27:38 – Grouping thermostats
— 27:40 – Mysa app screenshots: Grouping thermostats
29:47 – Full list of smart device compatibility


Better Podcasting #172 – Mackie’s Future in Podcasting: Craig Reeves Interview

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This week we’re pleased to interview Craig Reeves from Mackie about their future which involves exploring creating a device for podcasting (and other content creation).  Other topics of discussion include Craig’s history, how he got in to this line of business, and some technical information about some of the Mackie products that podcasters may be looking at.

Before we get there though, we start this episode with another How I Saved My Podcast story – this time it’s about a media host.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download we talk about this year’s Infinite Dial report and what it means for hobby podcasters. Finally, we take listener feedback including some of the recent chatter in our Discord server.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/172/. 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 Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live (interview recorded Thursday, March 7, 2019). Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Interview with Craig Reeves from Mackie
Better Podcasting Download: Infinite Dial 2019 Report

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Rodecaster Pro Multitrack Firmware Update – The Multitrack Recorder that wasn’t a Multitrack Recorder…

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As you may have previously seen on the GonnaGeek Gear Channel, I’ve done a couple of videos for the Rodecaster Pro. I started with an unboxing video, and then I decided to document my experience with my initial setup of the Rodecaster Pro, and how intuitive it was for me to use. You may also have heard on a recent episode of Better Podcasting, that so far I’ve not been super impressed with the audio quality – BUT I was waiting to do the long-awaited firmware update to see if there were any changes.

As you may imagine, when the firmware update arrived, I decided it was time to get out the camera and document the process again. My plan was to document the process for updating the firmware and my initial experience enabling multitrack recording, but things took a weird turn very quickly and this video turned in to something totally different.

Have a look below, and if you have a chance, please read my comments below the video.

Unless there is an actual way to enable recording to the microSD card in a multitrack capability, then I’m left with the conclusion that Rode did not fullfil their promise to release multitrack recording to the Rodecaster Pro. YES, the Rodecaster Pro has a multitrack capability, but only through USB – and THAT END POINT, is where the recording is happening. The best way to think about this is to consider a multi-track Audio Interface that does not have any on-board recording features. It would be a little misleading to call that audio interface a recording device because ultimate it doesn’t record – software where it’s hooked up to does.

So unless I’m wrong and I’ve missed the setting to enable multitrack on the Rodecaster Pro (and I really hope I am), this firmware update has left me extremely disappointed. I’m also left questioning if I can recommend the Rodecaster Pro since Rode advertised that it would add multitrack recording, but then released firmware and changed the direction to be multitrack USB. While I do understand that the original press release never specifically said onboard recording OR microSD recording, the reality is that the original announcement never indicated USB either and again – I think using the term recording as a feature of the hardware itself is a little misleading (for the reasons above). In any case,  I hope they add multitrack microSD recording soon.

Edit on 2019-03-02 7:20AM PT – Since posting this video I have been linked to this portion of Rode’s version 1.10 firmware walk through which shows an additional toggle that says microSD. As per their release announcement, the released version does not have a microSD toggle in the main photo, nor the video they have embedded first in their release post. It also appears that the first embedded video on their release may have been edited to hide the microSD function as there is a large black space toward the top of the menu that doesn’t appear on the final release (see the header photo in the article). This indicates to me that perhaps in the future we could be getting it. However, this would seem to confirm that Rode’s original announcement of multi-track recording was with intention to be onboard microSD recording (likely with USB functionality as well), and that for some reason they had to pull this function between the time of recording the walk through and final release. While this new information does give me hope we may see this one day, this new information actually further frustrates me that microSD recording was not addressed anywhere on the release post and that it was instead redirect to solely discuss the USB functionality. 

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GonnaGeek.com Show #277 – Gonna Make Stephen Play Geek Wars

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Since SP had to cancel this week last minute (don’t worry he’ll be back next episode), GFQ Network’s Sunkast is here to fill in. This show we discuss the Samsung Foldable phone finally being out, YouTube taking down some Pokemon creator channels, and also Xbox Game Pass possibly coming to the Switch.

In the Extra Extra we discuss Anthem sales, Android working on Switch and Stephen does his best SP impression with some Virgin Galactic news.

Finally, the tables turn as Chris hosts an episode of Geek Wars themed around The Orville.

This Week’s Hosts: Stephen Jondrew, Chris Ferrell and Sunkast. This episode was recorded on Monday, February 25, 2019 streamed LIVE at www.Geeks.Live. Full show information (including links related to points discussed) can be found at http://www.geeks.link/277/. 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
Chris’s Microphone: Electro-Voice RE320
SP’s Microphone: Electro-Voice RE320

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Better Podcasting #169 – Non-Weekly Podcasting

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Although there are many podcasts which release on a weekly basis, there are many podcasts that use a non-weekly release format. In this episode we’ll discuss some release schedules, benefits to these, and some best practices if you’re going to go non-weekly. We’ll also cover seasonal podcasting.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, Stephen shares the reason why he hasn’t continued on with his Rodecaster Pro review videos – including sharing a couple sample audio clips. If you’re considering buying the Rodecaster Pro, you may want to hear this before making your decision.

Finally, we take feedback about your week in podcasting. Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/169/

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, February 20, 2019 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Non- Weekly Podcasting (Bi-Weekly Podcasting, Monthly Podcasting, Bi-Monthly Podcasting, Seasonal Podcasting)
Better Podcasting Download: Rodecaster Pro Audio Quality Concerns (Wav File)

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