Photo Streams are an awesome feature of OSX via iPhoto or Aperture and through iOS. With “regular” Photo Stream, the last 1000 photos you’ve taken on your iOS device are pushed up to the cloud as a short term backup (take photo 1001 and the first photo vanishes). If you turn on Photo Stream in Aperture or iPhoto those same photos come whooshing down to your desktop for safe keeping. I love this feature. I’ll take a photo with my iPhone, wait a few seconds and then go to my Mac to tweet it out. It’s awesome. But you probably know all that. Either you’re like most of us and love it, or you’re like George from Tulsa, Jim Sewell or Kim Landwehr and haven’t turned it on on purpose. Read More
So you’ve got your iPhone with you at dinner with Grandma and she starts telling one of her best stories and you’d like to record it. You can sit there with your phone or tablet in your hands for the length of the story while you record her, but that’s annoying. You try to prop your device up against a water glass, but then you have to use the salt shaker to keep it from sliding.
What if you had a tripod and mount so small, so light and so flexible that they were easy to have with you all the time? Enter Square Jellyfish. They have some really innovative solutions to the problem of needing a tripod but not wanting to carry one around because they’re big and bulky and heavy. I’ve been testing a few of their solutions for phones and small tablets. Read More
I have something really wild and crazy change to announce about Podfeet.com. I have been inching up on this idea, and I finally started executing it. Ok, problem to be solved first, right? For coming up on 9 years next month I’ve done a GIANT blog post every week, usually on the order of 5000 words a week. No one does this, right? But I’m writing the script of the show anyway so why not let people have it to read if they like? There’s a couple of problems with this. Let’s take this week when Linda Gousha wanted to send out to her user group a link to Bart and my notes about the Heartbleed problem? She couldn’t do it because she only had a link to the entire show. I did go in and create what’s called an anchor link, which links to a specific spot on a page, but they’re a pain in the neck to create so I rarely do them.
If I or a listener does a review of a product, it’s hard for the vendor to link to it directly, again because it’s a giant blog post and their couple of paragraphs are piled in with everything else. Last week I gave a tip to the Mac Geek Gab, and I heard Dave Hamilton say, “I hope Allison does a blog post on this because I’d like to link to it.” Well of course my tip was already on podfeet.com, but buried within a giant blog post about 28 different things.
I write all week long and often have short articles done mid-week, so why not let people who like to read, read them in bite-sized chunks instead of piling through 5000 words all at once? There is one group of people for whom this might be a disappointment, and that’s the people who actually like to read along with the blog and click links as they’re listening to the show. Now this group will have to bounce around on the blog finding each article I’m afraid. I suspect that it’s not a huge percentage of the audience though…I hope?
Steve and I talked this through and we thought about actually surveying you guys to see what you think, but that would have taken, like, time and energy and stuff, so we didn’t. I decided to just pull the trigger and start doing it this week! I think this might actually attract more readers to the blog if it’s more like a “normal” blog with short form reviews and such.
Now the good news is that if you’re an audio listener only, you won’t see any change at all to the show, so I think this will only be a good thing. I’d love some feedback on the new changes even if it’s “constructive criticism”.
Remember what Tim Verpoorten used to say, that he liked little apps that did one thing and did them well? I’ve got a piece of hardware that does one thing and does it well. It might be a misnomer to call it hardware though, since it’s soft and squishy. But wait, what’s the problem to be solved? You have a relatively new MacBook Pro, so you have the generation 2 version of the MagSafe connector. When you had your old MacBook Pro, you knew the battery didn’t last very long so you invested in one or more extra chargers. Apple in their supreme wisdom changed the size of the MagSafe connector. I’m sure they had a good technical reason and that they didn’t intentionally just change it to make us buy an adapter, right? At least in this case they only charge $10 for it instead of the what is it, $20? $30? they charge for a 30 pin to 9 pin adapter.
Ok, we have a baseline, you have the old charger, and you can stick that new magsafe adapter on it (all by magnets) and it’s all great, right? But now you go on travel and it gets knocked off. Or maybe you carry a spare adapter just in case you’re out and you can only find someone with an old charger, or you share your power supply with someone who has Magsafe 1, the chance are SUPER high that you’re going to lose this little gem. Buying it twice is the only thing more annoying than buying it once.
Enter the MagCozy. It’s a little rubber thingy that holds onto your Magsafe adapter. You stretch one end over the connector from the power supply, and you stretch the other end to encapsulate your magsafe adapter. From now on you can take the adapter on and off and your Magsafe adapter will stay with the power supply and greatly reduce the chances that you’ll lose it. I have two of these adapters, one for my Apple Cinema Display, and one for my downstairs power supply by the couch, so Steve got me the bright red MagCozys – a two pack for $10 at Amazon. You can get them in clear, black, green, orange, pink, white, dark blue or even glow in the dark! I told you, it does one thing and does it well!
Allison interviews Denys Zhadanov from Readdle about their Scanner Pro and Documents 5 iOS applications. Scanner Pro converts your iPhone into a scanner, eliminating the need to align the document with your phone when you take the photo. Documents 5 is a file manager for you all of your data on your iOS device and serves as a Finder. The setting is the Macworld/iWorld 2014 show room floor. Learn more at http://readdle.com.
Allison interviews Andrea Giunto from Hyberbolic Software about their Tidy Up duplicate Finder software for the Mac. Tidy Up finds duplicate files on the user’s internal and external hard drives as well as in the iTunes, Aperture, iPhoto, and Mail libraries. Duplicate files are identified not just by name but bite by bite. Once identified, Tidy Up will quickly and easily disposition the duplicate files in a manner the user selects. Learn more at http://hyperbolicsoftware.com.
Allison interviews Phillip Struchkov from MacPaw about their HIDER2 file security application for the Mac. HIDER 2 allows the user to selectively and securely hide files and folders from anyone who does not have the HIDER 2 password, including in the Finder, Spotlight and even Terminal. The setting is the Macworld / iWorld 2014 show room floor. Learn more at http://macpaw.com/hider.
Allison interviews Peter Sagerson from Cloak about their new Cloak 2 VPN software. When installed on a Mac or iOS device, Cloak 2 allows the user to safely use public WiFi. Cloak 2 automatically connects to trusted networks, reducing the set up time for the user. You can subscribe to Cloak 2 on a monthly basis or for individual on-line sessions as short as one week. The setting is the Macworld 2014 show room floor. Learn more at http://getcloak.com.
Allison interviews Paul Kafasis from Rogue Amoeba about their latest Fission 2 audio editing software for the Mac. Fission 2 supports editing FLAC files, batch conversion, and transcoding to different audio formats from the source file. Fission 2 makes a good companion to Audio Hijack Pro. Learn more at http://rogueamoeba.com.