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CCATP #506 – Mark Fawcett on In-Home Apple Tech Support

Mark Fawcett holding iPhonesI met Mark Fawcett at Macstock Expo in Chicago last year and we hit it off immediately. Mark does in-home tech support for Apple products, and he’s full of great stories of the fun he has doing this job. After 20 years as a TV and video producer, he finds his new job more fulfilling and fun. I had a great time hearing his crazy stories of some “interesting” clients and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the conversation too. And of course I tease him about the name of his company, MacMen.

You can find Mark at MacMenTech.com, and you can find him on Twitter @The_Mac_Men.

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CCATP #505 – Bart Busschots on PBS 41 – Form Events

In this episode of Programming By Stealth, Bart ties up the last of the loose ends related to web forms. He teaches us about form events, which are critical to making our web forms not only accessible to screen readers but to allow our users to tab around to the different fields and interact with them without using a mouse. We learn about the keypress event and learn what it means for 31 to be the space key.

Bart’s excellent tutorial is at over at bartbusschots.ie/…

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CCATP #504 – Erica Peterson on Moms Can: CODE

Erica petersonErica Peterson of Moms Can: CODE joins us this week to talk about her new startup designed to help mothers who code to connect and collaborate.

We talk about her life as a mother of a five-year-old, while coding, while teaching high school biology, creating a startup and running a non-profit. The non-profit is called Science Tots, which is focused on bringing STEAM activities to non-science-based events.


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CCATP #503 – Bart Busschots – PBS 40 of x – HTML5 Custom Validations with jQuery

In a shocking turn of events, I actually followed all of Programming By Stealth this week! Bart walked us through his solution to last week’s HTML5 Forms Validation homework, and in so doing highlighted some especially clever things he did. I was pretty pleased with my own version of the homework, and in fact, Bart gave me a gold star for one thing I did. Bart also explains how he used CSS to make his form even more readable.

In the second half of the episode, he shows how to use jQuery to improve the forms even more. He demonstrates how certain requirements cannot be met with the built-in forms validation and how we can use jQuery instead. I loved this episode because it tied in our knowledge of jQuery back to HTML forms.

Bart’s most excellent written tutorial can be found at PBS 40 of x – HTML5 Custom Validations with jQuery on bartb.ie.


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CCATP #502 – Megan Morrone on iPhone 8

Megan Morrone joins us today. Megan is the host of iOS Today with Leo LaPorte and host of Tech News Today with Jason Howell on the TWiT network. She’s got the new, shiny iPhone 8 Plus so I asked her on to tell us what she thinks about it. Megan talks about how the glass back feels, the fun she’s been having with Portrait lighting and how she hasn’t even tried the 4K 60fps video yet. She give us a tip for wireless charging that she saw on iMore – the Seneo Qi Wireless Charging Stand. iMore’s discount code has expired, but it’s only $19 on Amazon.

Megan talks about her identical twin sons and their plans to mess with Leo’s iPhone X when he gets it. She talks about the significant speed bump she noticed with the new A11 bionic chip. Megan brought an interesting perspective to the iPhone price points; talking about how you can get a good iPhone for only $350 (the SE) and a good iPad for only $329.

You can find Megan at twit.tv/ios and twit.tv/tnt and you can follow Megan on Twitter at @meganmorrone.


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CCATP #501 Bart Busschots – PBS 39 of x – HTML5 Form Validation

This week Bart Busschots joins us to talk about HTML Form Validation. We’ll get back to our Cellular Automata next week. Bart has also decided that we’re going to get our feet a little bit yet by using GitHub where we’ll be getting the challenges and solutions from now on. You can see Bart’s awesome tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/…


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CCATP #499 – Joe Dugandzic on Illustrated HomeKit Product Guide

I asked the fabulous Joe Dugandzic to come back on the show to talk us through the comprehensive HomeKit compatible product guide he created. For a long time there weren’t a lot of HomeKit devices to enjoy but now that the market is filling up, having a really well organized page with all of the options is very valuable.

Joe has organized the page into categories rather than by vendor. He’s got lighting, outlets and sockets, wall dimmers & switches, security devices like locks and cameras, thermostats, ceiling fans and shades, fire and smoke detectors, specialized sensors like for air quality and water leaks, sand even smart buttons (which I think are dumb actually).

If you’re not of the HomeKit persuasion, every device on his site has a code for whether it’s also compatible with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and he designates if it works in countries with 240 volt power or just 120. He also links to any video reviews he’s done on his YouTube channel at YouTube.com/smarterhomelife. With all this to go through, it’s a long show because I asked so many questions of Joe!

Check out the Illustrated HomeKit Product Guide at smarterhomelife.com/… and you can follow Joe on Twitter at @smarterhomelife.


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CCATP #500 Bart Busschots – PBS 38 of x – Taking Stock

We finally reached 500 episodes of Chit Chat Across the Pond (episode 499 will be next week) so who better to have on the show than Bart Busschots who started it all?

In our first Programming By Stealth after our summer vacation, Bart decided to do a retrospective on what we’ve learned to date from HTML to CSS to JavaScript. I thought it was a great episode because it refreshed my memory on so much that we’ve done. He even put together a set of quiz questions for each section and shockinglyI didn’t do too badly at them!

It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy this refresher episode as much as I did. Of course Bart’s fabulous written tutorial is available at bartbusschots.ie/…


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CCATP #498 – Patrick Beja on French Tech

Patrick beja portrait 400px copyThis week’s guest is Patrick Beja, host of The Phileas Club, Le Rendévous Tech, and Pixel, all fine podcasts over at FrenchSpin.com. We talk about how France is marketing their technology worldwide, what the government is doing to encourage tech companies to bring business to France, and how education folds into the equation. We might also get a bit off topic discussing French food and sewing, but as are all conversations with Patrick, it’s a delightful show. You can find Patrick on Twitter @NotPatrick.


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CCATP #497 – Rod Simmons on Electric Vehicles Part 2

Two weeks ago in episode #495 of Chit Chat Across the Pond, Rod Simmons joined us to talk about electric vehicles. Based on how passionate he is about the subject, we planned ahead to take a break and come back with the second half. In part two we talk about some of the small, but significant advances in autonomy have already creeped into our cars and how they’re helping to keep us safer. We also ponder why automation and electric vehicles seem to go hand in hand. Rod talks about a cool driving class for teens that teaches them how to respond in difficult conditions. Learn more at PutOnTheBrakes.org. Then Rod talks about some specific car models he’s been tracking in his pursuit of the perfect electric vehicle. You can find Rod (and harangue him about the topic) at smrpodcast.com.


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