#480 Fixing WordPress Using phpMyAdmin, PiCAT Cat Painting Program, Normal Person Upgrades Office, Taming the Terminal Part 19

First I’m going to tell you how I made fire, or how I fixed Pat’s WordPress installation (instructions at instructions over at wordpress.org. Then Dorothy tells us about PiCAT, an iPad app to let your cat paint from the App Store. Next up I talk to Linda Decker, aka NYLinda, aka “normal person” on the phone about her experience upgrading Microsoft Office. In Chit Chat Across the Pond we have an extended version of Security Light with Bart along with a bite-sized episode of Taming the Terminal Part 19 of n.


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Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Saturday July 19, 2014 and this is show number 480. What? The podcast is out on a Saturday? Yup, I’m leaving today to spend a week on the beach with Steve’s family in Santa Barbara, but I couldn’t leave you without a show before I left. I know it’s annoying to hear me talk about going on vacation when I’m retired anyway so I won’t dwell on it. I know Maryanne will be worried about Buzzy while we’re gone, but no worries – our good friend Brandy will be staying at the house to take care of her. Tesla on the other hand is off to summer camp where she’ll come back exhausted but happy from a week frolicking with her other dog friends.

Next week’s show will be hosted by Bart, so please if you’ve got a review of a cool gadget or a fun tech tip (Mac, Linux, Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, we take them all) – please send them to Bart at podcasting@bartificer.net, and don’t leave it till Saturday or it might not make the cut! Many thanks in advance to Bart and those of you who help him out.

I’m getting pretty excited, Clarify 2 is supposed to be coming out next week! I’ve done a screencast for Don McAllister’s awesome ScreenCasts Online tutorials and an article for SCO Mag, but those won’t be out for a couple of weeks. I’ll be sure to let you guys know when it hit the streets, but stay tuned for a special discount code JUST for NosillaCastaways!

Last week when I was going through my top 5 menubar apps, I explained how to bring up the keyboard viewer to put the cool accents on your letters. After I posted that, both David Allen, aka @A20Q and Jonathan Cost @MacTipsDaily sent me tweets reminding me that if you hold down a key on the Mac keyboard for longer you get a pop up with choices of letters with accents. I had TOTALLY forgotten about that! I only remember when I’m not trying to get an accent, I’m trying to do a repeated letter. If someone posts something appalling, I may want to write noooooooo! but instead I get the option now to add an umlaut to my o. I wish you could toggle this feature off because I do repeated letters way more often than I do accents. But good on David and Jonathan for reminding us that there’s a way easier way to get accents than the convoluted Keyboard Viewer!

Well we’ve got a big show today – first I’m going to tell you how I made fire, or how I fixed Pat’s WordPress installation, then Dorothy has a real productivity boosting app to tell us about, then I’m going to talk to Linda Decker, aka NYLinda, aka “normal person” on the phone about her experience upgrading Microsoft Office. In Chit Chat Across the Pond we have an extended version of Security Light with Bart along with a bite-sized episode of Taming the Terminal, Part 19 of n.

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I Made Fire! Or How I Fixed Pat’s WordPress Installation

PiCAT iPad App to Unleash Your Cats Artistic Talent by MacLurker

Reasonably Bright Girl Linda’s Experience with Microsoft Office

We’re joined for a short rant by Linda Decker, also known as NYLinda in the chat room for the live show. Linda is a normal person who doesn’t live for tech, it’s just a tool for her. She’s a brilliant writer, she’s a chef, she’s runs a small business, and she’s one of the funniest people I know. While she doesn’t have a technical bent, and we refer to her as a “reasonably bright girl”. I asked her to come into the show via telephone to tell us about a recent experience she had with Microsoft Office.

  • You’re a Windows user, right Linda?
  • And you depend on Microsoft Office for your business communications
  • I understand you decided to upgrade Office – was there a reason you needed a newer version? Something your current version of Office couldn’t’ do?
  • How did you start this lovely task? (uninstalling)
  • Any problems with the new install? (activation code)
  • Are you a pirate?
  • And then you went to Memphis – to see Elvis?
  • Now you need to fill out some documents…
  • Since that didn’t work, you decided to give Micro$oft more money?
  • How does one buy a new copy of Office? (rental vs buy)
  • Why didn’t you want to enter into indentured servitude for $9.99/month to MS?
  • So you tried live chat…
  • You found out you CAN buy a standalone license? How much?
  • How did this new license work for you? Activation fail again? Are you a pirate?
  • How was the experience putting in the license key?
  • You’re finally up and running – how are you liking the new version? Pretty productive?
  • Chit Chat Across the Pond

    Security Light

    Important Security Updates:

    Important Security News:

    Security News Commentary:

    • I can very well believe the maths – humans are terrible at being random! However, there is no good reason to waste our time trying to create, or remember, passwords, we can get computers to do that for us, and they’re better at it! A password generator + a password manger is much more secure! Mac users don’t even need fancy-pants 3rd party software, Safari will do the lot for you!
  • Security researchers reported finding security bugs in web-based password mangers – http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/severe-password-manager-attacks-steal-digital-keys-and-data-en-masse/
    • The facts are a lot less scary than the headlines would have you believe. The researchers did find problems in all five online password mangers they tested (LastPass, PasswordBox, RoboForm, My1Login & NeedMyPassword), but they responsibly disclosed them, and, with the exception of NeedMyPassword, the vendors all responded promptly and patched the holes before details were released. This is security working properly, and the dangers here are much less than the dangers of re-using passwords!

    Noteable Breaches:

    Suggested Reading:

    • ‘Right to be forgotten’ developments:
  • How hackers almost stole the NASDAQ – http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/how-elite-hackers-almost-stole-the-nasdaq/
  • Tesla Model S hack reportedly allows control of locks, horn, and headlights while the car is in motion – http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/tesla-model-s-hack-reportedly-controls-locks-horn-headlights-while-in-motion/
  • Macro viruses make a comeback! – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/07/07/remember-macro-viruses-infected-word-and-excel-files-theyre-back/
  • Latest Snowden revelations show that NSA get only about 10% of their data legally – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/07/08/nsa-catches-only-10-of-data-legally-but-is-it-a-fair-trade-off/
  • Microsoft adds more encryption to cloud services – http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/microsoft-expands-the-use-of-encryption-on-outlook-onedrive/
  • Google looks to make OpenPGP easier got Gmail users – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/07/01/google-looks-to-make-openpgp-easier-for-gmail-users/
  • Main Topic

    Taming the Terminal Part 19 of n

    That’s going to wind this up for this week, many thanks to our sponsor for helping to pay the bills, Blue Mango Learning at bluemangolearning.com makers of Clarify. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at allison@podfeet.com, follow me on twitter and app.net @podfeet. Check out the NosillaCast Google Plus Community too – lots of fun over there! If you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

    One thought on “#480 Fixing WordPress Using phpMyAdmin, PiCAT Cat Painting Program, Normal Person Upgrades Office, Taming the Terminal Part 19

    1. Bob DeGrande - July 19, 2014

      I feel so sorry for Linda. After dealing many times with reading enormously long serial numbers to Microsoft on the phone (I like to nuke and pave my machines, particularly Windows ones, as the registry tends to pick up a lot of crap and slow the machine to a crawl, I am NOT trying to steal your OS, OK?) I have pretty much given up on running Microsoft software that makes you jump through activation hoops. At this point it’s only free apps like OneNote (which I love) or modern apps that I can get through the Windows Store (not much of a selection).

      When my brother was in a very similar situation to Linda’s (including the panic), I recommended Open Office to him, which solved his problem nicely (today I would recommend Libre Office, but pretty much the same idea). On the other hand, if someone is just looking for a great word processor, I would recommend Scrivener, which I like far better than Word, and it is far less expensive – $40 for Windows and on sale for $22.99 in the Mac App Store at the moment.

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