'The Prompt' 30: The Internet in Your Pocket

My pals at The Prompt did a fantastic job with this week's episode, in which they spend two-and-a-half hours dissecting the original iPhone introduction at Macworld 2007. (Yesterday was the 7-year anniversary of the keynote.) The episode is interspersed with audio clips from the event along with Myke, Stephen, and Federico's commentary. I really enjoyed it. Listening to the show made me a little sad, though. My original iPhone suffered puddle-induced water damage and, as a result, no longer powers on. I still have it (and the packaging), but it's noting more than a historically significant aluminum-and-glass paperweight. Ugh.

On 'The Prompt' 27 and Accessibility in iOS 7

Speaking of podcasts, this week’s episode of The Prompt is, I think, an especially good one. Myke and Federico get into a semi-long discussion about iOS 7 and accessibility, in light of Marco’s comments while linking to my “Button Shapes” article from last week. Both Myke and Federico make thoughtful points from their perspective; their entire conversation wonderfully illustrates just how complex — and polarizing — iOS 7’s redesigned user interface truly is. (And my name gets dropped!)

I recommend listening to this and this week’s Accessible back-to-back. Great stuff.

'Accessible' 01: The Series Premiere

The premiere episode of my new podcast is now available for your listening pleasure. In this first show, Ben and I discuss my struggles deciding between the iPad Air versus the Retina iPad Mini, and we get into a impassioned conversation on iOS 7 design and accessibility.

Note, too, that clicking the above link takes you to the show’s website, fiatlux.fm/accessible. This is the address at which all episodes will be posted.

Introducing 'Accessible'

I’m very excited to announce my new podcast, Accessible.

Following my appearance on his podcast, Pulling The String, a couple weeks ago, host Ben Alexander approached me with the idea of co-hosting a show together. After some brainstorming, we decided that we’d do a weekly show that focuses on Accessibility issues on iOS. We both agree that Accessibility is an important yet underrepresented area of iOS, and we felt Accessible would be a good forum from which to discuss and advocate for various issues related to it. Most of all, though, Ben and I just plain thought it’d be fun to collaborate on this project.

The show is a big deal for me for two reasons. For one thing, personally, that I’m committing myself to this is a big step insofar that given my insecurity over my stutter, doing a weekly show where I have to talk continually for an hour is a risk, at least emotionally with regards to my self-esteem. I’m very excited by this new opportunity, and I’m proud that I’m pushing myself to take the aforementioned risk. Secondly, professionally speaking, it’s exciting for me to get my name out there beyond my written work, and of course give heightened awareness to accessibility by virtue of sharing my unique perspective and expertise. In addition, it’s an honor and a privilege to be working alongside Ben on the ground floor as he works to grow his own podcasting empire, as well as embark on something — podcasting — that is enjoyed and done so well by others in the Apple community whom I admire.

Listeners can stay current with Accessible by following the show on Twitter: @accessibleshow. As well, I’ll be linking here to new episodes each week as they’re recorded and released. We’re working on a website for the show too, and I’ll post whenever it gets up and running.

I hope everyone enjoys listening to the show as much as Ben and I enjoy doing it!

Pulling The String 08: Re-Enabled with Steven Aquino

My pal Ben Alexander was kind enough to invite me on his podcast, Pulling The String, and we recorded the episode Monday afternoon. We discussed iOS 7 accessibility, The Magazine, developers being dicks to each other, and more.

On a personal level, given how insecure I am about my stutter, it was a big deal for me to agree to be on. For being a first-time podcaster, I think I did pretty great considering how nervous I was, and I had a blast doing it. I’m very proud of pushing myself, and I appreciate Ben having me on.

Hope everyone likes the episode!