You Chose Poorly S02E08 - WiiU

Mikey and Sawyer detail the history of the Wii, the WiiU, and the Switch, and why one just quite isn’t like the others.

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You Chose Poorly S02E07 - Zune

Mikey and Sawyer talk about the Nintendo Switch OLED, and then dive into the Zune and how it might be one of the biggest You Chose Poorly objects so far, especially now that Windows has finally dropped all those live tiles.

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You Chose Poorly S02E06 - Pro Wrestling

Mikey and Sawyer discuss being lifelong pro wrestling fans, being open and social about their fandoms, off seasons, being forced to watch WCW in 2000, buying into WWEs ethos, and having AEW change the conversation.

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You Chose Poorly S02E05 - Typing and Teaching

Sawyer and Mikey talk about keyboards, life being easy, Guess Who, teaching online and during the pandemic, and new retro portable video game consoles.

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You Chose Poorly S02E04 - Trash Cans and Recycling Bins

Mikey and Sawyer talk about tech keynotes, Windows, The Mac, wanting to be sold an iPad, and whether or not caring about these things is a good idea.

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You Chose Poorly S02E03 - Cheating

Mikey and Sawyer talk about messing with Apple Watch data. It leads into a larger topic of cheating in video games.

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You Chose Poorly S02E02 - Follow Up

Mikey and Sawyer follow up the debut episode with some more insights on their new machines, old habits and muscle memory, audio fetishization, and text files. Remember: the real fetish object is the time alone.

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You Chose Poorly S02E01 - Put More Lights in Me!

Mikey and Sawyer discuss new computers, if they deserve to be happy, iPhones, filling the bars, AMD & M1 vs Intel, Da Vinci Resolve, and more in the first episode of You Chose Poorly Season 2!

Apologies for the audio quality in this episode. Did we mention we got new computers and haven’t quite figured it out yet?

Links

iPhone XR - Wikipedia

iPhone XS - Wikipedia

Apple M1 - Wikipedia

Mikey’s Computer:

Sawyer’s Computer (Canada Computers Link)

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  • 16GB Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 3200MHz
  • WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 1TB
  • B450 Motherboard
  • MACUBE 310 White ATX Mid Tower

You Chose Poorly — thoughts on the first season

The first season of You Chose Poorly has wrapped up, and I wanted to write a little bit about it.

You Chose Poorly is a 14-episode podcast about tech products and self reflection. It’s selfish and self-serving, but it asks questions everyone should ask from time to time: am I doing right by the people around me, and am I spending my time and money in ways that push me forward?

Because of that, You Chose Poorly is maybe the most inward-facing project I’ve done. I don’t talk about myself much on International Object or Fran’s Not Here. I don’t use my own life as inspiration in my novels. I usually try to get out of my head for creative work. But You Chose Poorly felt like a very specific form of (very first world) therapy.

I had a great co-host. Mikey Llorin is funny, observant, and was willing to push me with insights I hadn’t considered. If I had done this podcast with anyone else, it wouldn’t have been as good. He and his wife just had their first baby, and I’m really happy for them.

We did 14 episodes, which makes it short enough for me to actually run down everything we talked about in a blog post. It makes for a cool snapshot of technologies that have been on my mind most of my adult life (and some of my childhood).

In the first episode, we discussed a small handful of iPods, what they meant in their lives, why certain models were chosen over others, and what the iPod meant in the 2000s before ubiquitous internet music streaming.

Then, we hit on iPads, which became a running device to touch on throughout the show. This was definitely Mikey’s linchpin product, and we talked about how it’s almost impossible to pick the right” one, even if they’re all pretty great.

Third, The Palm Pre, Palm’s last phone before going under. I still blame myself for this product dying, so we broke open the beautiful and troubled little pebble that effectively killed Palm. Also discussed: Palm Pilots, Apple lifting features from the Prē, and if there’s anything to learn from Palm’s demise.

Returning to apple for episode 4, we discussed their services, quarterly results, my iPhone 6, Apple Music, iTunes Match, Zune Pass, and whether or not it is a poor choice to put all your stuff into iCloud (spoiler: probably).

In episode 5 we talked video games, namely, my first video game system: The TurboGrafx-16. We talk about other systems as well, the idea of a system,” and how choosing well in gaming is still tough.

Episode 6 is the Rdio episode, and streaming music. Topics: What happens when you fall in love with a failing music service? What do you tell the people who signed up due to your evangelism? What happens when the boat sinks?

Episode 7 and episode 8 were dedicated to talking about the incredible mess (and the incredible mess I keep myself in) of messaging apps. It’s a problem that still frustrates me. Full disclosure: Skype is back on the home screen. Frick.

In episode 9 we talked about Keynotes. While not a product,” they’ve still become something to consume and enjoy in their own right. We ask: Is it a waste of time for a regular consumer? What is it about nerdy drama that keeps us coming back? And is it about the products, the people, or the (once again) weird feeling of unearned superiority from knowing stuff faster than other people?

Episode 10: Workflows. Is trying to get everyone on board with new workflows always a mistake? Do you just drive yourself nuts knowing the future is right there, just out of reach, while everyone else around you is fine just faxing stuff? We tried to unpack an issue that plagues early adopters and automation enthusiasts.

It took us a while but we finally got around to talking about Photos in episode 11. In it, I tell a story about recommending a service that recently shut down, and this opens the lens for a larger discussion: Photos. What do you do with them? How do you trust they’ll still be there if you want to see them later? How much money do you have to throw at this problem? And can there just be one place where they live (tldr: no).

In what I consider a sister episode to the Photos episode, episode 12 is about reading digitally. In this day and age, what’s the best way to read a book? Mikey and I try to figure out why use an ebook reader” isn’t automatically the answer. We also talk about the ebook readers we’ve owned, and if any of them were wrong.

Episode 13 returns us to gaming with the big craze of summer 2016: Pokemon Go. Discussed: the wisdom of avoiding never-ending video games, and how good the game might be for society. Also, a little bit of iOS 10 Beta chat.

Finally, our season finale episode. Mikey and I cap off the first season of You Chose Poorly by talking about what comes first (hint: it’s people, not products), the impossibility of buying the right camera, and when you have to turn off the product hunt” and just deal with what you’ve got.

Somehow, through all of that, we didn’t get to the Zune. Well, we have to leave something for season 2.

You Chose Poorly 14 - season finale

Mikey and Sawyer cap off the first season of You Chose Poorly by talking about what comes first (hint: it’s people, not products), the impossibility of buying the right camera, and when you have to turn off the product hunt” and just deal with what you’ve got.

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You Chose Poorly 13 - Pokemon Go

This week, Mikey and Sawyer discuss Pokemon Go, the wisdom of avoiding never-ending video games, and how good the game might be for society. Also, a little bit of iOS 10 Beta chat at the beginning.

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You Chose Poorly 12 - Ebook Readers

In this day and age, what’s the best way to read a book? Sawyer and Mikey try to figure out why use an ebook reader” isn’t automatically the answer.

They also talk about the ebook readers they’ve owned, and if any of them were wrong.

Sawyer’s ebook readers:

Mikey’s ebook readers:

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You Chose Poorly 11 - Photos

Sawyer tells a story about recommending a service that recently shut down, and this brings Mikey to the topic at hand: photos. What do you do with them? How do you trust they’ll still be there if you want to see them later? How much money do you have to throw at this problem? And can there just be one place where they live (tldr: no).

Mikey’s photo life:

Sawyer’s photo life:

Show Notes

What an odd burn.

Storehouse

Back to Work Episode 280

International Object 86: People on Flickr Using Flickr for Flickr

Why Did John Gruber’s Talk Show Leave 5By5?

You Chose Poorly 10 - Workflows

Is trying to get everyone on board with new workflows always a mistake? Do you just drive yourself nuts knowing the future is right there, just out of reach, while everyone else around you is fine just faxing stuff? Sawyer and Mikey begin to unpack an issue that plagues early adopters and automation enthusiasts.

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You Chose Poorly 9 - Keynotes

Mikey and Sawyer talk WWDC 2016, and in the process wrestle with spending personal time watching corporate keynotes. Is it a waste of time for a regular consumer? What is it about nerdy drama that keeps us coming back? And is it about the products, the people, or the (once again) weird feeling of unearned superiority from knowing stuff faster than other people?

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You Chose Poorly 7 - Instant Messaging

Sawyer has ten messaging apps. Mikey has nine. Most everyone with a smartphone has at least five. How is this the new normal?

Also, Mikey has a new phone, and Sawyer’s apartment is burning.

What Sawyer is currently using:

  • iMessage/SMS
  • Facebook Messenger
  • WhatsApp
  • Google Hangouts
  • Slack
  • Miitomo
  • Skype
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr

What Mikey is currently using:

  • Line
  • Viber
  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • iMessage/SMS
  • Slack

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You Chose Poorly 6 - Rdio

What happens when you fall in love with a failing music service? What do you tell the people who signed up due to your evangelism? What happens when the boat sinks? Mikey Llorin and Sawyer Paul discuss Rdio, the dead and loved online music service.

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You Chose Poorly 5 - TurboGrafx-16

Sawyer Paul explains how his interest in offbeat and weird technology began with being the only kid he knew with a TurboGrafx-16. Mikey Llorin makes a revelatory statement about the narcissism of going against the grain. They both somehow forget to mention Kanye West.

Note: We mention Contra a few times but we both totally meant R-Type.

You Chose Poorly 4 - Apple Services

Mikey Llorin and Sawyer Paul discuss Apple’s quarterly results, Sawyer’s iPhone 6, Apple Music, iTunes Match, Zune Pass, and whether or not it is a poor choice to put all your stuff into iCloud.

You Chose Poorly 3 - Palm Pre

Sawyer and Mikey break open the beautiful and troubled little pebble that effectively killed Palm. Also discussed: Palm Pilots, Apple lifting features from the Prē, and if there’s anything to learn from Palm’s demise.

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You Chose Poorly 2 - iPads

iPad. It’s almost impossible to pick the right” one, even if they’re all pretty great.

Links and Show Notes

The right” iPads:

The wrong” ones that Mikey owned:

Mikey’s current iPad: iPad Pro 12.9”

Sawyer’s iPad: iPad 2 (Early 2011 - Late 2012)

As of March 22, 2016, the iPad Air 2 remains Wirecutter’s Best tablet

You Chose Poorly 1 - iPods

Mikey and Sawyer discuss a small handful of iPods, what they meant in their lives, why certain models were chosen over others, and what the iPod meant in the 2000s before ubiquitous internet music streaming.

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