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Rampant Mumblings

The Rampant Mumblings is a pocket Apple bite sized podcast of news, reviews, thoughts and the odd bit of real life all bundled together in a podcast of normally less than 15 minutes.  Mainly recorded using nothing but an iPhone, Opinion Podcasts and the rather mice iRig Mic Cast from iK Multimedia.

You can find the Rampant Mumblings Podcast via iTunes,
SoundCloud and


Mac & Forth Podcast Appearances

The Mac & Forth Show 066 – OSX MS 10 – iTunes
Once again it’s my proud pleasure to be the host of the Mac And Forth Show Episode 66. OX / MS 10.  Karl’s taking another break leaving the lunatics to run the asylum. I try to keep the regular offenders under control that are Matt, Ric, Barry along with Alex Fox filling in the guest slot. Windows 10 gets a mention on a Apple podcast, discussion on are we keeping out tech for too long and get serious about our erosion of liberties in the tech world.

The Mac & Forth Show 065 – The Mark & Forth Show
This week it’s been my pleasure to go from guest to host and present this weeks Mac & Forth Show. We cover all news, reviews rumours along with Missy’s news round up which is worth listening to on it’s own.  I’m joined by the capable(ish) regulars that are Matt, Ric, Barry and joining us from the podcast is GazMaz. We pour over the latest Apple news, rumours, get sidetracked and Rick shares an interesting moment whilst “cycling”

Rampant Mumblings Episodes

EP –53 : Just one more go..  – iTunes
In this episode. What it’s like when youre Netflix account gets hacked, Addictive games on iOS and a special extended edition of Nemo’s Hardware Store where he interviews PuroSound, makers of kid friendly headphones.

EP – 48 : A Change Of Mind.  – iTunes
In this episode of the rampant mumblings we have a healthy dose of follow-up. I go into ever more details about using Dragon Anywhere for iOS for a week. Theres an update on Cinder a curved glass iPhone screen protector and a competition.  Can you guess how long I was on the phone to Apple Care+ for?
Nemo’s Hardware Store (chapter link) : The Zagg Folio Hinged Case and Back Lit Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad Mini available from Amazon Zagg power amp 3. Available from Amazon US and direct from zagg

EP – 48 : Taking Dragon Anywhere out for a review – iTunes
This week I’m using another new app, Hindenburg for OS X for recording the podcast. Hopefully this means all the sound clips, bites and the rest of it are levelled out nicely (for once). I answer the important question asked at this time of year. Is Die Hard an Xmas Movie (yes) and I take a look at Dragon Anywhere.
Nemo’s Hardware Store (chapter link) : UZBL iPad Cases. Cases that Protect Your iPad

EP – 47 : The Good News CastiTunes
In this weeks instalment of the one man podcast (for now) it’s chock full of good news although little in the way of tech news in this episode. So good in fact I’m going to play the music from perhaps the best advert in the world, bar none. It’s not a xmas advert but for breaded based snack and it includes the Muppets. What isn’t there to like?
Nemo’s Hardware Store (chapter link) : EasyAcc 2nd Gen. 10000mAh Power BankEasyAcc Super Speed USB 2.0 OTG Hub

EP – 46 : The One Where It’s All Done on The iPad – iTunes
Thanks to Ferrite, an app for iOS that allows multi track recording, this episode has been recorded, edited and produced using nothing more than my iPad Air and iRig Mic Cast Ultra Compact Microphone for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

EP – 45 : Day 1 unboxing and hands on with the iPad ProiTunes
Karl Madden From the Mac and Forth show joins me on this episode to take us through his first impressions of his swanky new iPad Pro.
Nemo’s Hardware Store : IOGEAR GearPower 12,000mAh Mobile Power Station, GMP12K

EP – 44. Media Temple Plain Ol Sucks – iTunes
You really don’t need a web host that gets in the way or even worse tries to upset you on a service you already purchased, or believed you already purchased.  That and running a couple of half marathons, mud running, Oktoberfest and all of the Apple stuff that’s going on it’s a catchup episode.

EP – 43.  “Ad” Theres More.  Part 2 of the Dean Murphy Interview – iTunes
Dean and myself go even deeper into what it’s like to become a full time developer, dealing with new found fame and whats going to be coming soon to Peace for iOS.  I’m exceptionally proud of this show and hope you’ve enjoyed the interview along with Nemo’s hardware store.

EP – 42  An Interview with The Creator Of Crystal, A Content Blocker For iOS – iTunes
Given the uproar around content blockers for iOS, Marco Arment pulling Peace from the App store this cast couldn’t have been better timed. In this 2 parter I have with me Dean Murphy, the creator of Crystal for iOS, a content blocker that really will transform the way you use Safari on your iOS device. If that wasn’t enough there’s a new addition to the roster, Nemo;s hardware store. Nemo passes his critical eye over this new shiny of the week in only the way he can. Links.

Crystal For iOS
Deans Twitter Account
Twelve South BassJump  as featured on Nemo’s Hardware Store

EP – 41. The one about my first half marathon – iTunes
It’s not exactly a tech based episode this time around but I wanted to share a quick recount of what it was like to run my first ever half marathon in the Great North Run. 400 miles each way and a half marathon. What could go wrong?

EP – 41. App updates, a weekend of tech away and no predictions.. honestly
One day Im going to get the hang of levelling. In this Apple predictions free (ish) episode I’ll go through my weekend in tech, app news, listener feedback and no doubt take the odd side track of rambling

EP – 35. When Tech Works Like It Should – iTunes
Nothing better than when tech works for you instead of against you to make life easier. Thanks PDFPen (from smile software) for being awesome and helping me get paid this week. Also an update on what I’ve been up to the last 2 weeks instead of doing my podcast

  • PDF Pen for Mac. Awesome PDF form filling, creation and editing for Mac. – PDF Pen By Smile Software
  • The Mac&Forth Show on iTunes
  • Latched for iOS goes from Public Beta to public release. Think of podcasting gone social and youve got the idea
  • Crystal for iOS 9 aims to bring back the web to iPhone and iPad with its advert / content blocks –


EP – 26. Feature Length Edition.  The Reactive WWDC PodastiTunes
A feature length episode of the rampant mumblings recorded directly after wwdc. It’s another experimental cast but I wanted to capture the moments , thoughts and questions immediately after WWDC. Many thanks to Peter from the DeeperLook Podcast for his insights and agreeing to be my 2nd ever guest and Karl (Mac&Forth) for helping with the editing.

Ep – 25. Put the kettle on please Siri – iTunes
The first home kit devices are out meaning I’m so close to technology making a cup of tea in the morning. wwdc thoughts and a 5m 35 sec mumble

Ep – 24. All hail don mcallister ! – iTunes
Still struck down with the dreaded man flu, bubonic plague virus but the podcast continues (just).  Games to play whilst convalescing and why you should stand up and salute Don Macalistair for making a stand against Macworld

Ep – 23. 4.2 days later with the Apple Watch. – iTunes
The device that has to remind me that it’s not just a watch has been on my wrist now for 4.2 days. How’s it going, what surprises me and Apple Watch disappointments. Will I be keeping my watch.. Find out.

Ep – 22. iK multimedia irig mic cast testing – iTunes
Rough field test episode of the iK Multimedia iRig Mic. Thoughts, sound quality and can a small portable microphone keep up with my current Samson Meteor Mic used for casting?

Ep – 21. Surviving the place – iTunes
I’ve been struck down with the worst case of man flu plague

Ep – 20. This weeks line up. apple watch day zero

Ep – 19. Rampant Mumblings Feature Length Episode:  Meet Thy Maker Episode.
A special, feature length episode where I go from guest to host. My guest is none other than…well tune in and find out in 2 hours of divergence, rambles and rants about Apple, reviewers (yours included), trolls, advertising and some podcasting hints and tips. (Credit to guest for helping with the editing of this episode)

Ep – 18. $87 worth of stupid
Sigh, where to start on those people who think that the Apple watch only costs $87 to make and the rest is pure profit..

Ep – 17. Batfleck and why app devs need to think more pr.
Ep – 16. inevitable human failure.
Ep – 15. Captain chipper on the apple watch & a weekend with the dragon (dictate)
Ep – 14. 1 word for the “wtf emailers”. June
Ep – 13. Honestly, it’s none too shabby
Ep – 12. SD cards are the devils incarnate.

Ep – 11. don’t just drop bombs of negativity.
What it’s like dealing with paid for reviews, affiliate systems and those 3rd party companies who promise to be right in touch with you, up until the moment you sign on the dotted line.

Ep – 10. The one where I forgot to put a title
Ep – 9. I don’t fixit
Ep – 8. An opinion, apparently.
Ep – 7. Apple meddles with time
Ep – 6. Netflix and popcorn time
Ep – 5. You’re bending it wrong.
Ep – 4. For the love of word
Ep – 3. Time for a rethink?
Ep – 2. Fully discharged.
Ep – 1. Fitbit charge HR ramblings

Other Podcast Appearances.
Ep – 59. U.K.a-Ching
It’s the results from last weeks WWDC Quiz and we give our thoughts on everything that happened on the WWDC Keynote 2015 announcements.

Ep – 58. The Mac & Forth Show – The WWDC 2015 Predictive Quiz
The Wwdc Predictions Quiz & Discussion – Matt is hosting the quiz this time. It will contain eight predictions for the upcoming WWDC with multiple choice answers. The hope is we can discuss the upcoming event as we answer the questions.
Listeners can play by visiting:-

Ep – 156. Not Another Mac Podcast – Tweak And Optimise
Ep – 155. Not Another Mac Podcast – An Episode Without Mark
Ep – 56. The Mac & Forth Show – Watch Woes?
Ep – 55. The Mac & Forth Show – Not Worth A Tweet
Ep – 24. Deeper Look Podcast (it’s a long one!) 
Ep – 54. The Mac & Forth Show – She’s Wearing It Wrong
Back again on the Mac & Forth show with the rather entertaining “Missys News Roundup” to discuss the weeks Apple related news. We did try to stay away from Apple Watch news for as long as possible…Honestly, we did try.

Ep – 51. Mac & Forth Show 051 – Velvet Rope

Ep – 50. The Mac & Forth Show – MP-Pads
We’re back on the podcast scene.  It’s been a couple of years since we did anything in the world of podcasting but the Mac & Forth show are lettings us make an appearance.  Thanks to Karl and the gang for making me feel so welcome. If you’re after a irreverent british take on the latest 7 days of the world of Apple with a bunch of Brits (plus an American) give it a whirl. Also please consider just a moment to leave a review over at iTunes.

It’s worth subscription even if its just for the pre show and especially the after show chat 😀

Getting apps sent in for review is part of the daily business that keeps the site going but I’ve a feeling that app developers are missing a trick for better seo positioning. Plus I’m not sold on Batfleck despite the Batman vs Superman trailer.

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Part 2: Talking to the machines

I’ve spent the weekend talking to my computer with some interesting results. Dragon Dictate gets close to failing almost as many times as it succeeds. Today it’s all about transcription.

Part 1: Talking to the machines

Captain chipper on the  Watch + a weekend of talking to a screen

How is WTF Email Gate Actually A thing?

SD cards are soo Samsung..

Samsung have removed their own logo from units being sold in Japan. Utter madness to anyone in the world of marketing, design etc. Follow that up with no more SD card slots and removable battery, have Samsung joined the curve of design over pleasing the tech savvy?

You can subscribe to The Mumblings via with your favourite podcast player of choice.

Rampant Mumblings EP 9: The bombs of negativity

What it’s like dealing with paid for reviews, affiliate systems and those 3rd party companies who promise to be right in touch with you, up until the moment you sign on the dotted line. Recorded with Opinion Podcasts – Record, Edit & Share to Facebook, Soundcloud & Dropbox

Rampant Mumblings EP 8: Those bigger websites don’t have to care.

It’s the attention of paid for reviews that has me rampantly mumbling today. The trials of how do you be fair to the person paying for the review but, more importantly, those purchasing the app. Plus learning to be creative to avoid talking about the B word.. (bugs)

Recorded with Opinion Podcasts – Record, Edit & Share to Facebook, Soundcloud & Dropbox

The Mumblings are available via with your favourite podcast player of choice.

Rampant Mumblings Ep7: Quick and dirty

A very short cast today as I’ve been “time optimistic” with the planning. Instead of using Opinion I’ve hooked up the Samson Meteor Mic and given garageband a spin, dusted off the Samson Meteor mic and hit record.


Samson Meteor USB Microphone – Chrome

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Rampant Mumblings Ep6. Step back in time

Well what else is there to talk about today of all days. Apple re writes time turning 8.01 into 8.13 gmt.


09/04/15 – Rampant Mumblings PodCast

em 1400 Essential Apple / Rampant Mumblings PodcastA 7 days mini series recorded entirely using Opinion for iOS. It’s just how it sounds we mumble on, somewhat rampantly about the topics of the day or whatever comes to mind.

Subscribe to Rampant Mumblings via the iTunes store and leave us some love. After all it’s nice to be nice. If you have a product, news story or opinion you’d like to hear then get in touch as well


26/03/15 – Mac&Forth Episode 50

mac and forth 050 150x150 Essential Apple / Rampant Mumblings PodcastIt’s been a while but essentialmac features on the 50th episode of the rather nice Mac and forth Podcast.

Thanks to Karl and the gang for making me feel so welcome. If you’re after a irreverent british take on the latest 7 days of the world of Apple with a bunch of Brits (plus an American) give it a whirl. Also please consider just a moment to leave a review over at iTunes.

It’s worth subscription even if its just for the pre show and especially the after show chat 😀

14/04/12 – Episode 3.  Getting a grip

In This Episode, we talk about a new beginning and some upcoming experimentation. Rapplistory is now available on the iTunes Store. Mark and Steve talk about the iPad in the British Parliament. Is the Blackberry Dead? Siri is just alright. Meg Whitman vs Tim Cook and a little Comcast thrown in for good measure. The Review of Dry Case and a rating of 6 apples on a 5 apple scale. WoW!

You can download via the iTunes store and I’d love to get some constructive feedback from any listeners.

12/03/12 – and we’re live!

MRC Logo Blue Essential Apple / Rampant Mumblings PodcastYou can hear yours truly on the podcast. I’ve a guest spot on there and we cover a few random things along side our live chat during true new iPad unveiling.

Go have a listen and if you like it subscribe, after all everyone needs an ego boost now and again. If you have any ideas for the “TechTalk” section, fire them across. I’m always in need to start rambling and remember “software….meh, the hardware…….not so meh” 😀

29/02/12 – A venture into Pod Casting.

.. And that’s a wrap. It’s finally happened, we’ve just finished recording our part in the Mac ReviewCast Podcast. The show, featuring yours truly, is a joint venture between MacReviewCast, Surfbits and

Show one with our involvement is mainly a chat about all things Apple. We looked forward and backwards and then took an irreverent swipe at anything we saw fit.

Ideas for the upcoming Apple TV were discussed as was the confusing marketing strategy in mobile phone shops for android powered handsets.

A special mention goes out to, (for their iOS browers) and we also cover the rather disconcerting terms and conditions when using the Onavo data saving application.

As I write / Dictate this the podcast is undergoing the final edits and should be available in the next week or so. I’m just hoping that most of my out-takes get deleted from the pod cast.

Plans are afoot to immediately records a show after the Apple event on 7 March. On a personal note I would really appreciate any constructive feedback will help to really bring along the pod cast. If you can help me out or contribute any ideas or even go through a podcast with yourselves please get in touch.

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