No, I don’t see it as a problem, exactly. In my case, there are enough questions about how I would like things with the X that coupled with the price is making it a pass for me. I think whatever the high-end version of a phone in 3 years I will get
Long aside about ATP:.
In ATP, the combination of the hosts I feel is its strong point. Seemingly by accident (no pun intended), they have managed to balance out and counter a lot negatives from the other hosts.
Casey is indeed the voice of the every day user. And I agree with him on the Watch. Marco would have shit himself his his ISP said, “give me $10/month for every WIFI device you hook to the router” which is basically what the cell providers are doing. Casey also gets that a lot of what they winge about is first world problems of a large magnitude. Casey bridges John and Marco with corporate, “real job” experience.
That said, I love John to pieces. He and I are from the same area (Boston), and he has a lot of New England frugal sensibilities. I have no idea what their take home is each month from ATP. I know that they gross about 12k per episode, but I don’t know much hosting charges are, or if they give Marco a bigger cut for editing. But is is clear that John is that version of the lotto winner who still drives the beat up car. I love that while he has a household full of shit in his attic, he put off getting an iPhone for forever. Also, he has a lifetime in corporate America, and does a good job at countering Marcos’ “I don’t get why companies don’t just do X”. John explains that yes, it makes zero sense why companies do this, but yep, they do, and probably because of Y. John also has a well-documented pedantic side that reminds me of a co-worker. I think John’s wife deserves a medal. That said, being somewhat overly critical myself, I enjoy listening to the master in action.
Marco is an interesting one.The money he received from Tumblr’s sale to Yahoo has made him incredibly comfortably-well off. He is the poster child for what would you do for work if you have a massive financial cushion to fall back on. What I find them talking about recently was “the beach house” which near as I can tell is on Fire Island in New York. I don’t know if he upped and bought it, or the family took a summer-long rental. He mentioned having an LG Retina Monitor at the beach house. He is, however, a great developer and it has been interesting to see his transition from just a developer, to a businessman, to a designer, and a combination. He still handles direct criticism poorly (see, the Samantha Bielfield affair, and the ad blocker app affair), but I have found at least on the podcast for him to be very open about what business models have and have not worked, as well as just struggles with indie development. I’m not a programmer, but I also enjoy Under the Radar. What I love is one personality trait which is the “Marco self-depreciating chuckle” Usually deployed when he admits he bought a 15" MacBook Pro, sold it two weeks later, bought a 13" MacBook Pro, sold it when he realized it didn’t fit his needs, and then bought another 15" MacBook Pro anyway.
The discussions are fun. I just wish they could record a short episode.