» Turning This Car Around #94: Enema Time

On this episode of America’s most American dadcast, we talk about kids and caffeine, poop songs and so much more.

» Square Contactless

9to5Mac looks at Square’s new contactless doohickey for Apple Pay et al. It occurs to me that there’s a nice window of opportunity for contactless payment in the U.S. while consumers are getting their chip-and-pin cards and vendors don’t have their chip readers and have to ask to see your card for every transaction. Of course, the new machines they get will probably do both, but this added hassle might be putting a bit of a bad taste in the mouth for using a physical card.

Which you should not be putting in your mouth. Why are you even doing that, Andy? Stop. Stop it. Andy, we’re in public.

» The Rebound #68: Flux You

This week we talk about iPad keyboards, iOS 9.3… and more.

» The Rebound #67: Bug Harness

Guy English joins Lex and I to discuss more rumors of Apple ditching the headphone jack and other topics of great importance.

» Dan Gillmor moved to Linux

Like four years ago. Yet every so often he writes this piece again about how great it was to move to Linux, basically because large corporations are bad. And it’s true. He’s not wrong. Large corporations are bad. And at least Gillmor seems to have found a better footing to write this same piece on by playing up how Linux works for him and dropping fear-mongering like suggesting Apple’s going to lock OS X down like iOS.

Every year I try Ubuntu and every time I find it an excessively fiddly environment that gives you all the tasteless design choices of Windows with all the confusion of why your sound card isn’t working that you got installing your own Sound Blaster in 1995. I’ve also tried other Linux distributions that look promising but aren’t all there yet. So I don’t feel like I’m being unreasonable. (Well, for me.)

I get the arguments against Microsoft and Google and even Apple (although Gillmor can never seem to bring himself to mention Apple’s push back against back doors). But I guess I just don’t want to pay for them all day long by using a phone and computer I just don’t like working with.

Maybe I should care as much about open computing environments as Dan Gillmor and Cory Doctorow and that guy who ate part of his foot do. Maybe I should also quit working and devote my whole day to dental hygiene like my dentist wants me to. Neither is very likely to happen.

» Google is tracking students’ computer usage

The Washington Post, reporting on a competitor of its owner:

More than half of K-12 laptops or tablets purchased by U.S. schools in the third quarter were Chromebooks, cheap laptops that run Google software. Beyond its famed Web search, the company freely offers word processing and other software to schools. In total, Google programs are used by more than 50 million students and teachers around the world, the company says.

But Google is also tracking what those students are doing on its services and using some of that information to sell targeted ads, according to a complaint filed with federal officials by a leading privacy advocacy group.

Google says its apps comply with the law which I have no reason to doubt. Assuming that’s true, this is then a cost that should be figured into the schools’ purchasing decisions. A hard-to-quantify cost that budget-conscious administrators will ignore.

» Turning This Car Around #90: A Very Chomsky Christmas

No Lex this week, so Jon and I talk Star Wars, naturally, and give some holiday gift-giving tips.

» The Rebound #64: A Wizard in the Backseat

This week we talk about Apple’s new iPhone battery case and give some gift ideas because we’re so good to you.

» Our long Apple TV nightmare is over

Today’s update allows the iOS Remote app to work with the fourth generation Apple TV.

Our first nightmare was just waiting for the fourth generation Apple TV. Then we had to wait for the Remote app to work with it. As password input was really the worst thing about the new Apple TV, this is a major improvement.

» RIP Firefox phone

I’m so old I remember when the Firefox phone was a “smoldering success”.

Well, it was called that. It was never really a success of any kind.