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The Real Deal 204: Apps (podcast)

Rafe and Tom talk about what apps for mobile devices are and list some of their favorites as well as a few from listeners.

Rafe and Tom talk about what apps for mobile devices are and list some of their favorites as well as a few from listeners.

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Episode 204

What is an app vs. software?

Difference between apps on a phone/tablet vs. a PC
- Limitations, benefits

Why have an app instead of a website?

A few picks:

-Taxi Magic

-Plants v. Zombies
-Dark Nebula

Travel & Real-world Entertainment

Misc. (or your favorite sports app like Hockey Night in Canada)
-Google Search


Hi Tom and Rafe,

I love your show!! Here is my top 10 Apps for next week show. I have
a 3g iPhone that is jailbroken and unlock on Tmobile. I don’t think
you guys are interested in jailbreaking your Iphone but if you ever
decide to go over to the Dark Side then here are some Apps to get you

10. Categories-allow you to organize your Apps into folder
9. Winterboard allow you to change themes to the iPhone
8. Five Icon Dock- allow you to have 5 apps in the dock
7. Intelliscreen-scroll to your Calendar,SMS,weather,email,News,and
more on your lock screen
6. MxTube-YouTube video player and downloader
5. BTstack Keyboard- allow Bluetooth Keyboard Connection
4. GPSphone/NES- Gameboy Advance /NES Emulator
3. UnlimRom-Gameboy Advance Roms
2. Backgrounder-run apps in the background
1. MyWi-turn iPhone into a wifi hotspot for internet tethering

Thank you,
Long from Scappoose, OR





Real Deal Brain Trust,

I’m planning on visiting my parents in Mexico in a couple months and am interested in setting up a long range wifi connection between their two houses. These houses are just under a mile apart but are at similar elevations and have a pretty good line of sight from chimney to chimney. House A has a decent DSL line and a serviceable local wifi network. House B doesn’t have so much as a phone line.

I’ve poked around on the internet looking for ideas and have found several but they all seem to be a couple years old and generally require cobbling together a lot of different parts from different vendors and manufacturers.

So, I have a few questions:

Basically I am looking for the equipment that goes between the existing wifi router at House A and a new wifi router at House B. Does a kit for such a setup exist? If so, do you have any recommendations?

Do most routers have the required connections I will need (I.e. antenna out on one and antenna in on the other)?

In your opinion, is it worth trying to do? I have a sneaking suspicion that no one that has posted their user guide on the internet would actually say “After all this time and expense we were able to set up the connection but it was pretty much a waste of time because it’s so slow that it is unusable.”

Thanks a lot,


(aka Snit from the chat room)

There are now kits for this:

You can also do it yourself with a home-built waveguide, including, possible, a pringles can:


4. I recently began looking through old image files I stored on CDs back when AOL was the way to browse the internet. These image files were saved as .art rather than the traditional .jpg, .bmp, or .gif type extensions. I’ve done a bit of research and it seems that AOL used .art as its default save format because of its ultra-compressibility, however unfortunately it seems impossible to find a program today that can view and/or convert these files. I hear that old IE browsers used to be able to, but this feature was removed due to security vulnerabilities. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get these files in a more useful format?

- Chandra -

Answer: That's tricky. IE used to do this before 1999. So you could try going to and downloading an old version of IE and then browsing the images and saving them as JPG. It might work.

Barring that, see if something on this page will work

I've read reports that ACD mPower Tools works well but I haven't tried any of them myslef.



Hi Tom and Rafe–

I am now in a role where we’re making decisions about which software tool to use for a diverse set of users. My experience has been that web-based cloud computing is a great way to minimize compatibility problems between Macs/PCs/Linux/etc. Still, we are finding cloud services that only support certain browsers/ OSes/ versions of Java/ etc. Some web apps run in IE8 on Vista but not on Win 7.

My question is: if a browser is a computing platform unto itself (as the Google Chrome OS people seem to think) then what makes some webapps dependent on the OS?

Thanks, and LOVE THE SHOW-
Ted the Teacher Teacher

A: Not all browsers treat Web pages the same. Different browsers render HTML coding, and more importantly, Javascript scripting, differently. I’ve found most compatible browser for cloud apps is Firefox. There are some IE-only apps but none of the new ones. And Chrome is great on the 98% of Web apps that it works with, but every now and then you see hiccups.



I just recently been trying to catch up on the episodes I’ve missed and on episode 195 one question you had was how to share your internet connection via the wifi from your computer to another wifi enabled device. Well there’s a free and simple solution from a program call Connectify. Here’s the download link

I’ve used it and it’s as simple as typing in a Wifi name a password and how you want to share it either Lan or Wireless. Just thought I’d tell you about it and help out the cnet community.

Daniel Lawson


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