The BirchTree Podcast

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Jan 12, 2019

This is the most recent episode of the show, which posted a few days ago to the official feed, which you can find here:

This is the legacy feed for the show and will not be getting any updates going forward. Hope you come along!

Dec 27, 2018

God of War was my favorite game of 2018 and I felt compelled to share why that was the case. I also talk briefly about 5 other games that I loved this year.

All music is sourced from the official soundtracks. Opening song is "First Steps" from the Celeste soundtrack and the closing song is "Epilogue" from the God of War soundtrack.

You can also watch the video version of this episode here:

Dec 25, 2018

Hokiday episode about some changes in forcing myself to make in the new year. 

Dec 18, 2018

I didn’t get to try out all the smartphones that came out in 2018, but I used the heavy hitters: iPhone XS/XR, Pixel 3, OnePlus 6, Galaxy S9…

These are all good phones in their own ways, but for the first time in years, my picks are not the most expensive phones money can buy.

Dec 17, 2018

Listen to this episode at 1x speed!

This week I take a look at some of my favorite albums of 2018. Links to all albums are in the chapter titles so that you can easlity check these out on Apple Music if you hear something you like.

Dec 11, 2018

Keyboard Maestro is a wonderful app that I app for the Mac that I took way too long to embrace.

Dec 10, 2018

Some of us can’t seem to stop talking about the iPad, and I wanted to add a smidge of clarity as to why that’s the case.

Dec 7, 2018

I got my hands on a Google Pixel 3 and took some time to compare how it handles low light photography with the iPhone Xs. Long story short, I’m very impressed, and I hope that something like this will be coming to the iPhone in the not-too-distant future.

Pixel 3 Night Sight vs iPhone Xs in Really, Really Low Light Comparison - BirchTree

Dec 3, 2018

iOS really wants you to add all of your video files to the Photos app, which is opften convenient, but can be a pain for people like me who handle video files that we don’t really want to be included in our permentant photo and video libraries. This might be a niche episode, but it’s a pain point that I’m running into right now and wanted to talk about it.

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Nov 29, 2018

I picked up the 12.9” iPad Pro last night and wanted to share my first impressions of the Pro-iest iPad ever.

  1. Size and screen
  2. Speakers
  3. Performance
  4. Apple Pencil 2
  5. Smart Keyboard Folio
Nov 20, 2018


Minor profanity warning on this one. The tweet in question has the f-bomb in it, and I do mention it a few times in the episode.

The tweet in question:

Nilay made this point on Vergecast, but the people who have replaced their laptops with an iPad are people who do fuck all work. The rest of us hard working people use a laptop, because we have real stuff to do other than send emails and fart around. Don’t @ me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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Nov 15, 2018

"Apple doesn't want you to know the iPad Pro runs iOS!" is the sort of headline I feel like I'm seeing a lot with iPad Pro reviews, so let's talk about it.

Also, I think the large of my 3 main computers tells you how passionate I am about them. My iPhone is from 2018, my iPad will be from 2018 (in a week or two), and my Mac is from 2012.

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Nov 14, 2018

I think it's healthy to rant about (and privide a sliver of hope) about printers ever now and again :)

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Nov 6, 2018

Nothing gets people in the Apple community riled up quite like an iPad Pro review. I'm one of the biggest proponents of the iPad Pro as a work machine and I use mine that way literally every single day. I use it because it's the best platform for me and makes me the happiest when using my computer. That said, I try to keep an open mind about what is still missing from iOS and why it keeps some people away.

Oct 31, 2018

Apple unveiled their new iPad Pro lineup yesterday and I’m so freaking on board.

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Oct 29, 2018

Just a brief episode today on what the heck I've been doing tweeting and writing about the OnePlus 6 out of the blue.

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Oct 24, 2018

Apple announced an event on October 30 and the rumors are it's going to be all about some sweet, sweet new iPads. I'm really excited to see what's next for my favorite computer line, and have some crazy ideas for what they might be adding.

Oct 17, 2018

After taking 9 days off from the podcast, I'm back to talk about why the Pixel 3 is really more of a camera attached to a smartphone than any other phone on the market today.

Oct 10, 2018

Today I'm taking a look at all the non-Pixel 3 things shown off at yesterday's Google hardware event.

I did misspeak at one point in the episode. The Pixel Slate keyboard does indeed allow for a bunch of different angles. Oops.

Oh, and the AC kicked on for the last couple minutes of the episode, so if you hear a hum start near the end, that's just me unexpectedly getting a little bit of air. Sorry for the hum!

Oct 4, 2018

Microsoft had their hardware event for the fall and announced updates to their Surface Laptop, Studio, and Pro models, as well as a whole new product: Surface Headphones.

As someone who has recently dabbled in Surface stuff, I thought it might be worth talking about what they showed off and how it moves the needle for me in regards to Microsoft's hardware strategy.

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Oct 2, 2018

I've had the Apple Watch Series 4 for 11 days and this is my initial review. It's very good, but is it $130 better than the just-discounted Series 3 that it replaces?

You can read the full review on BirchTree.

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Oct 1, 2018

Shortcuts is a major step forward in automation for iOS. But there are still quite a few people who either don't "get" Shortcuts' appeal or still prefer their Mac for productivity. If Apple is serious about iOS replacing macOS for most people, and I think they are, then they need to keep chipping away at the things that make people pick the Mac today. The list is getting shorter, but they're clearly not there yet.

Sep 23, 2018

I upgraded my iPhone 8 Plus to an iPhone XS yesterday and my goodness, do I like this phone! Today’s impromptu episode hits on 5 things that have stood out to me so far.

Sep 18, 2018

It was over 3 months in the marking, so yeah, I’m taking an episode to walk through the tools and process I used to get it all done ;)

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