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Rob and Mark are Apple and tech enthusiasts who like nothing more than a good old muse, moan and laugh about the latest happenings from Apple. Tune in to hear them talk through the latest news, rumours and releases (it's a bit like having a couple of pints down the pub - this isn't Newsnight).

Eight or Sixteen Mark Ellis Reviews

    • Technology
    • 4.2 • 5 Ratings

Rob and Mark are Apple and tech enthusiasts who like nothing more than a good old muse, moan and laugh about the latest happenings from Apple. Tune in to hear them talk through the latest news, rumours and releases (it's a bit like having a couple of pints down the pub - this isn't Newsnight).

    ”Why do you write?”

    ”Why do you write?”

    In this week's episode, we welcome back writer and business owner Justin Cox! Topics include Justin's brilliant new book, the highs and lows of writing online, Medium, the importance of your own website, and why we want Rob to finally start his own blog. We do some Mac stuff at the end, though - don't worry.

    Links

    Buy Justin’s book, “Write Now - how to pursue your dream and start writing today” - available on Kindle and also in paperback:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B25RBJ5B?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420


    Where to find Justin Cox:
    Website: https://justincox.com
    Medium: https://justincox.medium.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/justincox


    Justin’s online writing community, The Writing Cooperative:
    Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/writingcoop
    Website: https://writingcooperative.com


    Buy Mark’s guide to success on Medium:
    https://markellis.gumroad.com/l/medium


    Register for Mark’s “How to become successful on Medium” webinar, two sessions available - Wednesday 29th June 2022 and Thursday 30th June, 8PM BST, limited spaces left:
    https://my.demio.com/ref/syAefGJDI0gUlq2C


    Follow Rob’s journey to becoming a writer as he works his way through the top notch advice set out in Justin and Mark’s books:
    https://medium.com/@actuallyquitenicerob


    Justin’s Day One Shortcut: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/be459b29d6db4c9db7374b073267d72f


    If you'd like to get in touch with Rob and Mark, you can email them at contact@eightorsixteen.com.

    Eight or Sixteen is a Mark Ellis Reviews production: https://markellisreviews.com 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    ”I’ve got a weird thing about windows touching” (WWDC 2022 reaction - Part Two)

    ”I’ve got a weird thing about windows touching” (WWDC 2022 reaction - Part Two)

    In part two of our WWDC reaction, we talk about macOS Ventura, iPadOS 16, the curious case of the missing Mac Pro, and MKBHD's dirty sensor. Enjoy.


    If you'd like to get in touch with Rob and Mark, you can email them at contact@eightorsixteen.com.

    Eight or Sixteen is a Mark Ellis Reviews production: https://markellisreviews.com 

    • 58 min
    “The thousand dollar no-name trainers” (WWDC 2022 reaction - Part One)

    “The thousand dollar no-name trainers” (WWDC 2022 reaction - Part One)

    It's time for the first of our two-part reaction to WWDC 2022! And, yes, making it a two-part affair was something we decided at the end of this episode when it became abundantly clear that we'd completely run out of time.


    If you'd like to get in touch with Rob and Mark, you can email them at contact@eightorsixteen.com.

    Eight or Sixteen is a Mark Ellis Reviews production: https://markellisreviews.com 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    ”ARvocado”

    ”ARvocado”

    It's the WWDC 2022 preview show! And we welcome back a very special guest - Doc Ayomide! Beyond WWDC, our three intrepid podcasters also discuss Mark's recent studio tour, Doc's brilliant reading strategy, and surprise Rob with some accessibility secrets. Oh, and the Discord server gets involved... LIVE!

    Links

    Find Doc Ayomide:
    Website: https://docayomide.com
    Newsletter: https://join.docayomide.com/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/docayomide


    Preorder Justin Cox (of the Writing Cooperative)’s new book on Kindle (also available in paperback soon):
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B25RBJ5B?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420


    Loopback software used to live stream podcast to Discord:
    https://rogueamoeba.com/loopback/


    Podcastage mic reviews:
    https://podcastage.com


    Doc’s mic - Audio Technica ATR2100X:
    https://www.audio-technica.com/en-gb/atr2100x-usb


    Playdate:
    https://play.date


    Mark Ellis Simulator game for Playdate:
    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/830104160401358919/965741506633818242/Mark-Ellis-Simulator.pdx.zip


    Playdate SDK contains an emulator to play the above if you don’t have a physical device:
    https://play.date/dev/


    AR Avocado game - “Avo!”:
    https://apps.apple.com/app/avo/id1452511688


    Apple Watch gestures:
    https://support.apple.com/HT212760


    Channel-hopping on Apple TV:
    Channels App:
    https://getchannels.com


    Server:
    https://getchannels.com/dvr-server/


    HDHomeRun digital TV conversion box:
    https://www.silicondust.com




    Nebo App:
    http://nebo.app


    Readwise - capture highlights and snippets from pretty much anywhere, for reference later:
    https://readwise.io


    NetNewsWire RSS newsfeed reader:
    https://netnewswire.com


    Reeder RSS newsfeed reader:
    https://reederapp.com


    Hidrate Spark Smart Water bottle:
    https://hidratespark.com



    If you'd like to get in touch with Rob and Mark, you can email them at contact@eightorsixteen.com.

    Eight or Sixteen is a Mark Ellis Reviews production: https://markellisreviews.com 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    “You’ve just turned the podcast into an ASMR podcast”

    “You’ve just turned the podcast into an ASMR podcast”

    In today's show, Rob and Mark briefly mourn (sort of) the iPod, reveal their thoughts about Google IO, muse about Rob's new mechanical keyboard addiction, and get all doe-eyed about Monkey Island.

    Links

    Google I/O 2022 replay:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP-nMZpLM1A


    Google Glass 2012 skydiving intro:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh-liQDE3cM


    Apparently the going rate for the Triumph Adler Dario 286 keyboard Rob had when he was ten:
    https://www.ebay.de/itm/284800492507?hash=item424f6ea3db:g:TYIAAOSw3IliZmGP


    Cheap replica keycaps (no good for ISO layout):
    https://kbdfans.com/products/enjoypbt-abs-doubleshot-mechanical-keyboard-keycaps-set-3


    Expensive replica keycaps (not currently available):
    https://kono.store/products/gmk-triumph-adler


    Similar vibe ones Rob went for with a more modern, muted palette:
    https://prototypist.net/products/group-buy-gmk-shoko-r2


    Mario “Question Mark Box” keycap:
    https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/954536615/mario-question-block-artisan-keycap-for


    Keychron reasonably-priced starter mechanical keyboards:
    https://www.keychron.com


    Do not look here:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/mechanicalkeyboards


    Mode Eighty Keyboard:
    https://modedesigns.com/pages/eighty


    Trailer for the Return to Monkey Island game from original writers Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sahskKAxSCY


    The iMUSE music engine used in classic LucasArts games:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMUSE


    Interview with Monkey Island composers Clint Bajakian and Michael Land:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0EqG6RYn9Y


    Trap Door, an obscure 80’s stop motion animation children’s TV show:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trap_Door


    Monkey Island 30th Anniversary Big Box that now goes for £500+ on eBay:
    https://limitedrungames.com/products/monkey-island-30th-anniversary-anthology-pc


    Thimbleweed Park:
    https://thimbleweedpark.com



     

    If you'd like to get in touch with Rob and Mark, you can email them at contact@eightorsixteen.com.

    Eight or Sixteen is a Mark Ellis Reviews production: https://markellisreviews.com 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    “We’ve found a Touch Bar fan!”

    “We’ve found a Touch Bar fan!”

    It's special guest time again! In this episode, we welcome none other than Sami Fathi from MacRumors to talk WWDC, the Studio Display, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Oh, and Rob gushes about his M1 MacBook Air. Again.

    Links

    Sami Fathi
    MacRumors articles:
    https://www.macrumors.com/author/sami-fathi/


    Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/SamiFathi




    Snazzy Labs M1 Mac mini-er project:
    https://youtu.be/pQWGFKhBQwU


    Studio Display camera update positive result:
    https://twitter.com/caro_milanesi/status/1519390314091495425


    Mark’s rant about the Studio Display: https://markellisreviews.com/apple-issues-studio-display-update-but-theres-still-a-problem/
    Universal Control precursors/cross-platform alternatives:
    Synergy:
    https://symless.com/synergy


    Logitech Flow:
    https://www.logitech.com/software/features/flow.html





     

    If you'd like to get in touch with Rob and Mark, you can email them at contact@eightorsixteen.com.

    Eight or Sixteen is a Mark Ellis Reviews production: https://markellisreviews.com 

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

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Bore me to death…

As they say about many Apple products, “I’m not that keen on it.” You’ll get better information faster reading Medium, iDrop, or any other Apple-centric articles. This show moves at the speed of slow and debunks the myth that English accents are attractive.

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