The Purple Tie Radio Show Episode 80

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Purple Tie! It’s been a heck of a year. We’ve all had our ups and downs, but a new year is just around the corner, and no one knows what’s in store for us!

Congratulations to Jacob, the highly unpaid intern, for graduating college and purchasing his new car! He bought a Honda Civic with Apple Car Play. Granted, the vehicle comes with an Android version as well, but let’s be real here. He bought it STRICTLY for the Apple Car Play. Okay, maybe not, but it was a deciding factor. Okay, maybe not that either, but it was in there. I was told something a long time ago by someone who works in the automotive industry. The smarter and safer we make cars, the more terrible drivers become. That’s because the cars will correct for mistakes and make driving less about the driver driving and more about getting from one place to another. I know that sounds strange, but when you think about it, it makes sense. With things like lane assist and break hold, it gives the driver every excuse not to pay attention to actually driving and let’s them do something else entirely.

Apple is reportedly putting Mac Pro, MacBook and iMac development on the back burner while the company focuses on iOS devices. This makes sense considering how much money they rake in every year from those devices, but that also means that Mac OS X devices will no longer be getting the innovation they’ve seen in the last decade. We talked about the MacBook Pro on the show, but there’s been little to no advancement on iMacs and Mac Pros in recent years. And that lack luster touch bar was a disappointment on so many levels.

I use Pandora for my everyday listening because I’ve been using it for YEARS AND YEARS, but the golden child at the moment is Spotify. All of my employees are listening to their own stations and customizing their collections to their own unique tastes. But streaming on your phone eats through data quickly. Second only to video, music streaming will tear through your data plan. If you’re using Pandora, good news! You’re already streaming at the lowest possible quality. If you’re on basically any other service, go into your settings and turn it down. Trust me, your data plan and pocket book will thank you later.

I said I’d put the link to the Healthy Up and Coming Restaurants in the show notes, but I can’t find it now. I apologize. When I find the link I’ll put it in here. If you’re listening on iTunes, go to and find this episode.

Nokia is famous for how durable their older phones were. And now they’re bringing them back! That’s right, you’ll be able to get a Nokia Candybar Phone sometime next year. And you won’t be able to break this one either.

And lastly, we talked about giving your clients too many options. We were giving three different levels of customization on websites that could be financed, but we’ve quickly found out that there’s just too much play in the contract for either party to get a decent deal. So, we’re removing all but a single finance option. This will make it easier for our clients and for us. Win, win.

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The Purple Tie Radio Show Episode 79

I don’t remember why we were talking about Floppy Disks, but here’s the Wikipedia link:

We were right, by the way. There’s an 8 inch floppy, too. It held a whopping 1.2 Mb in the last iteration.

Also, here’s the tablet we were talking about.

It’s a great little computer that gives you all the benefits of a carry-around tablet with the power of an actual laptop. But you’ll need some accessories to complete the package.

And last but not least, Homeless Care Kits. Here’s a practical list of things that a homeless person may need.

As usual, we talked about the Apple [INSERT PRODUCT HERE]. This week it’s the Apple Watch again. But we had to return the original because of defects in the glass. And, as usual, the holier-than-thou store employee showed his ass. [INSERT STORE EMPLOYEE HERE] since it could be any of them. Typically. Not always.

Also, check out Windows 10 if you haven’t already. The latest updates make it very usable and quite enjoyable.

The last thing we discussed today was Trump being named Person of the Year. Good for him! After all the mudslinging that went on this election season I’m surprised anyone got out alive!

Now, we talked about some sappy stuff this show. We helped a family in mourning after the loss of a beloved wife, mother and sister. And we helped a young lady after the loss of her father. And these are things we are proud of. We didn’t expect any compensation (although it was forced upon us in both instances), and we will gladly help anyone else we can, in that respect. And this holiday season, we hope you will take that same point of view. Help someone who needs help. They’ll appreciate it even if they don’t know how to say it.

Merry Christmas from The Purple Tie!

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The Purple Tie Radio Show Episode 78

Basement Floods and Amazon Go

In Christmas of 2015, Robert’s house/the studio almost flooded. When I say it almost flooded, I mean that there was water literally 36 inches from the front door and only slightly further away from the back door. It was a terrifying time. And it lasted for 48 hours or so. This year, about a week ago, it happened again. Only this time there were tornadoes, too. So, to Robert’s surprise, when you opened the local weather app to stream weather coverage you’re greeted with a 30 second ad for a local heating and air company. Now, this is normal for the app, but Robert argues that it should be suspended while there’s the threat of severe weather happening. I suggest that the news stations should build a severe weather app that doesn’t have any ads but doesn’t display regular weather, only severe weather.

Also, they found a dinosaur tail encased in amber. It has feathers! So, super neat.

We talk about the downfall of Pebble and how that “forced” Robert to buy an Apple Watch. The short version? It worked better than his other options. Check out the link for more info about what happened to Pebble. I’m still not certain why they went out of business, but FitBit bought some of their assets. And people. So, slavery? Of course, we’ve equated big business to legalized slavery in the past, so there’s that.

Amazon Go is a grocery store that you don’t have to pay anyone, has no registers or cashiers, and you just walk in and walk out and your Amazon account is charged. Cool idea. We’ll see how people game it in the near future when they open around the country.

While discussing the Amazon Go store we briefly discussed McDonald’s replacing their cashiers with automated kiosks (please note this article is from a year ago, meaning this isn’t anything new). And this led into Wendy’s outsourcing their drive thru squawk box order takers. Yeah, it happened. In 2006!

And that, in turn, led into the evolution of the drive thru and how there are not multiple lanes, which is insane.

If you haven’t heard of Games Done Quick, they’re a speed running community that raises money for charities by streaming speed runs and accepting donations while they’re streaming. It’s an intriguing concept that I thought was well past its time when compared to the old PBS telethons. When I was little, my local PBS station would do a talent show and take call in donations to raise money. They hardly ever hit their goal, and these telethons would go on for days. Summer Games Done Quick raised a quarter of a million dollars! In 24 hours or something ridiculous like that! I hypothesize that the old fashioned talent show telethon simply evolved into the focused fundraisers we see today.

Oh, and a thief got caught stealing a BMW in a really cool way. Which led to us talking about the Police Grappler.

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The Purple Tie Radio Show Episode 77

MSRP: The list price, also known as the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), or the recommended retail price (RRP), of a product is the price at which the manufacturer recommends that the retailer sell the product. The intention was to help to standardize prices among locations. While some stores always sell at, or below, the suggested retail price, others do so only when items are on sale or closeout/clearance. – via Wikipedia

Here we are again, the day after Black Friday. We’ve discussed Black Friday in the past. I’m not a big fan of the pseudo-holiday, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not necessary any longer. And the fact that some manufacturers create their own knockoff versions of their own products specifically to sell on Black Friday just disgusts me. Undermine your entire brand just to make a few extra dollars on a single day out of the year? Why? It’s a real thing. Go check it out. Right now they’re up to $87,000+ just to have a giant hole dug for no reason. It’s put on by the Cards Against Humanity company. They do strange things each Black Friday to show exactly how stupid the day is. Last year they took donations for ? wait for it ? nothing. They took the donated money and divided it among all the employees. No charities in sight. Go donate!

That’s a perfect transition into Holiday-Free zones! Robert has basically barricaded his home against any and all holidays. That’s right. No decorations. No thematically correct music. Not even a holiday-themed episode of his favorite shows. And let’s face it. Sometimes you need a holiday-free zone. Christmas, especially, is a stressful time of year. Sometimes you just want to go into a place and not be bombarded by CHRISTMAS ALL THE TIME EVERYWHERE OMG LOOK AT SANTA AND BUY ALL THESE THINGS!!!!!!!

We briefly talked about foreign governments blocking internet-based messaging apps because they were cutting into the profits of the local telecom businesses.

We deliberated about why home ec is no longer offered and what they should add to it if it ever comes back.

And last but not least: Stop feeling like you’re not good enough! I felt like I wasn’t good enough to charge for my services for a long time. Now, I’m well into my 30’s, and it’s taken me this long to realize that my skills are worth the money. So are yours. Stop feeling like you’re not good enough.

Oh, and that book title is:

You Don’t Have to be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success by Robert Herjavec

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