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#505 Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 6, Lowes Innovation Labs, Taming the Terminal Part 27 DNS

How much you really walk at CES, and the many faces of CES. We start playing our CES interviews with Mophie announcing their new Juice Packs for the iPhone 6 and 6+. Next we talked to the Lowes Innovation Labs about their OSHBot Robot and their virtual reality home improvement system using the Oculus Rift. I give my view on how maybe the Z-Wave Alliance could make home automation all play together. Allister Jenks gives us a tutorial (made with Clarify) on how to add Flickr to your WordPress website at http://zkarj.clarify-it.com/d/9g4rwa. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart starts explaining DNS to us in Taming the Terminal Part 27 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 Sunday January 11, 2015 and this is show number 505.

Blog Posts

How Much Do You Really Walk at CES?

The Many Faces of CES

CES Interviews

Steve and I conducted THIRTY SEVEN interviews at CES. We’re struggling with how to get the content to you without overwhelming you and yet not taking forever to get them all out. I think what we’ve settled on is that Steve will render all the videos and get them up on Youtube, and then I’ll spoon feed them out on the blog throughout the coming weeks. On the podcast we’ll play the audio from those interviews that work well in audio only. There are some that are so visual that I’ll talk about them on the podcast but suggest you go watch rather than listen. For example there’s one of a guy riding a motocross bike by using his arms and legs with no bike there at all. Cool thing but the video really makes the interview. We’d better dig in and get started!

Finally Mophie Juice Packs for the iPhone 6/6+

Everyone is excited that Mophie has finally come out with the Juice Packs for the iPhone 6 and 6+. They sure could have done a better job with the naming convention. How many people do you think will buy the Juice Pack Plus for their iPhone 6+’s and then find out it only fits the 6? Anyway, before you go out and buy a Mophie, you might want to stay tuned for an interview next week with Mobee who has a solution set that might be even better for you than the Mophie.

Lowes Innovation Labs Brings Us Helpful Robots and Virtual Reality Bathrooms

You can hear in this interview how weird the Oculus Rift was, the video is worth watching too so you can se how dorky I was! Check it out at lowesinnovationlabs.com

Can The Z-Wave Alliance Make Home Automation Devices Play Nice?

That’s enough interviews for this week. There’s lots more to come, Steve’s encoding like a maniac so if you want to watch the videos early just go over to Podfeet.com and get a head start.

Clarify

Yesterday our good friend and frequent contributor and sometimes host of the NosillaCast, Allister Jenks told me about a cool plugin for WordPress that lets you embed your Flickr stream onto your website. He thought it might be fun for me. If you only want to have Flickr embedded on a single page, you only need the plugin called Flickr Justified. If you want to embed it onto the sidebar though you also need one called Shortcode Widget. As soon as I heard there were plugins into plugins I panicked and told him it was too hard. You know where this is going, right?

Allister undid his own installation, then launched Clarify and ran through the installation steps again so he could take screen snapshots, add some lovely rounded rectangle red boxes to highlight where I should be looking, and even one oval to really get fancy. He added a couple of sequence steps where things needed to be done in a certain order, then dropped in titles to the steps and added a short bit of explanations on each step. When he was done he pushed the share to Clarify-it.com website and he had a link to send me with perfect instructions. I followed along and it worked exactly as he showed me and I had no confusion in how to follow his steps.

I’m including a link in the shownotes to Allister’s How to Add Flickr to Your Sidebar tutorial over on clarify-it.com for you to enjoy. If you would like to be able to help people like this, or just get them off your back from asking the same questions over and over again, head over to clarify-it.com and give their free trial a spin. When you go to buy, remember you can buy it for Mac or Windows or even a slider license!

Chit Chat Across the Pond – Time: 23:45

Security Lite

Followup 1 – Did North Korea Hack Sony? Make up your own mind:

Important Security Updates

  • None!

Important Security News

Notable Breaches

Suggested Reading

Taming the Terminal Part 27 of n: DNS https://www.bartbusschots.ie/s/2015/01/10/taming-the-terminal-part-27-of-n-dns/

That’s going to wind this up for this week, many thanks to our sponsor for helping to pay the bills, the makers of Clarify over at clarify-it.com. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at allison@podfeet.com, follow me on twitter @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.

3 comments to #505 Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 6, Lowes Innovation Labs, Taming the Terminal Part 27 DNS

  • Bert Yerke

    Just a couple of things..I must have heard wrong because Bart doesn’t make mistakes
    IPv6 records are AAAA or quad-A, not AAA, so named for the 128 bits that define an address (4 times as many as IPv4.) Also, DNS is Domain Name System so if one was to say, “DNS server” it would not be like saying, “ATM machine” rather more like, “PCV valve”, which is to say, “Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve”, which is a common misconception. TtT is my favorite and Security Light is an essential part. Please don’t change anything. Thanks.
    I really love the show and congratulations on 500 (belated.) I must say the the celebration episode challenged my manhood as I may have gotten a bit misty, especially with Steve’s dedication to you and yours to him. Very touching. I must say that you are a role model to not only Mac enthusiasts but to any couple raising a family.
    On the subject of the 500th, since you were celebrating and Bart was doing subnets (I can’t believe nobody said it) …LAN Party!!!
    Thanks for all you do for the community,
    Bert

  • Minor nit here.. in Security Light, when Bart was talking about the NTP update that Apple force-pushed out, he stated that, unless you were running a server, this wasn’t really an issue. This is actually incorrect. The NTP daemon (process) is ALWAYS RUNNING, whether you are running OS X Server or just plain OS X. The daemon stays running in the background because it periodically wakes up and syncs with the time server. So an insecurity in the NTP code could have potentially been disastrous. This is probably why Apple did the force push (and I am glad they did!)

  • Also re automated forced updates – this was probably fairly low risk as the only thing it was updating is the NTP daemon, and if they screwed up the update, then the worst that could happen would be that your Mac’s clock started drifting. (i.e. it isn’t a deep kernel level patch, which could potentially screw up your Mac as a whole if it were done wrong) Also I’m not sure how other software vendors (Symantec, etc.) handle their automated updates, but Apple’s method is probably the best of the bunch, since they cryptographically sign their update packages. A malicious attacker wanting to slip in an automated update would have to (A) compromise Apple’s update servers to inject their bad code, but (even harder) (B) get a copy of Apple’s master signing key (which, one would think, Apple would keep under heavy lock and key, so an attacker being able to pull this off would be extremely unlikely.

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