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CCATP #515 – Allison Hartley on Trials & Tribulations of a New iPhone

Allison hartley laughingThis week our guest is Allison Hartley. Allison is the Manager of the Napa Branch of the California department of Rehabilitation, and a podcaster. She co-hosts both the Tech Doctor Podcast with Dr. Robert Carter (dr-carter.com/…) and That Blind Tech Show (blindabilities.com/…).

Allison joins us to talk about the less than smooth experience she had upgrading to iPhone X. You might think it was hard because she’s blind, but accessibility had nothing to do with it. We talk a bit about whether Apple has taken their eye off the ball about quality lately (spoiler alert, yes!).

You can follow Allison on Twitter @hot4technology.

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CCATP #514 – Bart Busschots on PBS 45 – ES6 Arrays & Strings

In this week’s Programming By Stealth, Bart starts by actually giving me credit for leading him to rethink his strategy on the use of const and let. He was nudged along in the strategy by the most awesome Jill.

Then Bart goes on to reveal even more of the joy that is JavaScript ES6. He explains ES6 Arrays, how to loop through Arrays, and in a change that brings a tear to my eye, the simpler way you can now loop over Strings and how concatenation is a thing of the past when building strings. This is truly a joyful show!

As always, Bart’s detailed tutorial is available at bartbusschots.ie/…

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CCATP #513 – Tom Merritt on Net Neutrality

Tom Merrit smilel black jacket beardTom Merritt, host of Daily Tech News Show, joins us to explain the implications of the different rulings of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding Internet traffic in the United States. He’ll attempt to clarify the difference between the 2002 ruling where broadband was declared an information service provider and the 2015 ruling where it was changed to a common carrier.

And of course we’ll talk about the implications of the vote by the FCC next week on this issue.

In this discussion Tom cites some statistics from the FCC regarding the availability of 25mbps broadband in the US developed areas. His source is the FCC report on Internet Access Services: Status as of June 30, 2016.

You can find Daily Tech News Show at dailytechnewsshow.com. You can find Tom at @acedtect and you can find everything about Tom at tommerritt.com.

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CCATP #512 – Kaylee on Tech in Japan

This week our guest is Kaylee of the Zettai Geek Dayo podcast. You con find the podcast at platypuspodcasts.com and you can find Kaylee on Twitter at @kayleedayo.

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CCATP #511 – Bart Busschots on PBS 44 – ES6 Arguments & Objects

In this installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart Busschots teaches us new ways to deal with arguments and objects in JavaScript ES6. We learn how to set default argument values for functions in a way that is self-documenting. He explains how variadic (aka Rest) arguments allow you to shove all of the arguments of a function into an array. Then he walks us through how to use for … in loops to loop over objects. He reminds us of the difference between instance and static properties and explains how for … in loops work with both kinds of properties. I really enjoyed this episode and followed almost all of it on the first time through!

Detailed tutorial for the podcast is available at bartbusschots.ie/…

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CCATP #510 – Dr. Maryanne Garry on Many Memory Questions

DrThis week our guest is Dr. Maryanne Garry, a professor from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Dr. Garry is a scientific researcher into memory, memory distortions, false memories, the myth of repression and its overlap with the law. This is her third appearance on Chit Chat Across the Pond, and has pretty much ruined everything we think we knew about memory.

Questions I asked Dr. Garry:

  • Do you look for things to study that have a specific problem to be solved? Secondarily – how are these projects funded?
  • What is a cognitive psychologist, and what other kind is there?
  • Can you explain the difference between autobiographical and semantic memories?
  • Why do we have some things that are easy to remember and others (like names and dates) that are more difficult to remember
  • Some medical procedures include a drug to make you forget. How do we know these memories of a horrible experience aren’t still there, buried? And couldn’t these memories be harmful?
  • Much of your work is about proving that you can implant false memories. Because you can do that, do we actually know that real repressed memories don’t exist?
  • How is it some adults can recall traumatic childhood memories with such vivid detail?
  • You’ve recently received a significant grant. Can you tell us about the new research?
  • Your research was published in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition about the concept of making America Great Again. This paper was cited in The Guardian. Can you tell us what you’ve learned?

Video of Dr. Garry’s talk “The End of Facts” at Claremont Graduate University. Thanks to Steve for capturing this.

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CCATP #509 – Bart Busschots on PBS 43 – Introducing JavaScript ES6

In this installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart spends most of the time talking through his solution to the previous challenge, where we added start and stop buttons to our Game of Life. In his solution, he actually modifies the prototype to accommodate the ability to add these buttons. He explains his process and his decisions along the way. I’m not going to lie, this one confused me quite a bit in the middle but we both hope it’s because we’ve been away from the hard-core JavaScript for quite a while.

Once we have that under our belts, he starts explaining some of the cool, new features in JavaScript ES6 where we abandon var and replace it with let and const. He explains the value of these new terms (and the problems they solve!)

Bart’s full tutorial is available as always at bartbusschots.ie/…

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CCATP #508 – Allison Sheridan Tells Her Woman’s Story

I’ve been impressed by the women who have stepped forward and told their stories about what life is like for us. I don’t have any salacious tale to tell but rather a thousand paper cuts type of story. I thought about doing a monologue but I was terribly anxious about talking through this, so I reached out to Bart Busschots because I trusted him to help me.

I decided to push the audio out in both the NosillaCast and Chit Chat Across the Pond feeds, well, because I wanted you to hear it.

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CCATP #507 – Bart Busschots on PBS 42 – Playing the Game of Life

In Programming By Stealth, installment 42 of X with Bart Busschots, it’s finally time to tie all the bits and pieces we’ve learned together and create our first web app. Armed with our HTML, CSS, jQuery and JavaScript knowledge, and our Cellular Automata Prototype, Bart walks us through how to bring the Game of Life…to Life! It’s a lot of fun and I understood a great deal of it (I’m not gonna lie, it wasn’t 100% this time.)

As always Bart’s amazing tutorial for this episode is available at: bartbusschots.ie/…

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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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