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#516 Travel Through the Lens of Technology, Touchnote for Postcards, TTT Part 30 of n SSHing More Securely

In this first episode back after being in the United Arab Emirates, India and Nepal for nearly a month, I tell you about the trip but through the lens of technology. Internet access limitations, planning tools, fun apps I used along the way, something for everyone. Check out Touchnote for Postcards for a fun way to send personalized cards on travel. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart takes us through Taming the Terminal Part 30 of n, SSHing more secure.


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Other Random Travel Tech Tidbits

typical wiring bundleWhen we finally did get on real Internet at our hotel in Calcutta, that was interesting too. We tried on our iOS devices, but the screen wouldn’t render properly for us to log in. They had to send the “IT Guy” to help us. He typed in a lengthy url with some .jsp stuff and the end and we were in. Getting real Internet after a week of 14KB/sec on the ship when we were lucky was like drinking from a cool, clean fountain after a hike through the desert. We were SO excited when we met at the hotel bar and had Internet. I distinctly remember Jacques looking at me with glee in his eye saying, “I updated an APP!!!” and giving me a white man’s high five. It was sad for the two of us who weren’t into geek stuff but it was pure joy for us normal people. I should mention that when we did get Internet, I had 38 app updates waiting on my phone, plus iOS 8.2! I decided to wait for the iOS update just to be safe. Normally I have automatic app updates running so it was interesting to see how many really come in when you’re not paying attention. I never did let my Mac run software updates because half-good Internet made it nuts. It kept asking for my password but then rejecting it as too slow, so I finally gave up.
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UAE – India – Nepal International Travel Through the Lens of Technology

tiny version of the omnigraffle diagram I am about to describeBefore we went to India, I was nervous about the country itself but Steve urged me to put aside my fears and go on a trip of a lifetime, and I’m so glad he did. I don’t want to bore you with “Allison’s Summer Vacation” so I thought it might be more fun if I talked tech but as it affected the trip.

Planning the Trip

Before going on a trip like this where we went to three countries, rode on 14 planes, 2 busses, multiple taxis and a boat, I really needed to understand the flow to make sure we had the whole thing planned out with no missing pieces. For that I decided to use OmniGraffle from the Omnigroup, which is a super powerful diagramming tool that Bart loves, but with which both Allister and I have a love/hate relationship. I usually feel like I’m beating it into submission to get it to do my bidding, but in the end it does what I need it to do. I should warn you, Omnigraffle is $99 for the NON-pro version.
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Touchnote for Postcards

touchnote_logoWhen Steve and I normally travel, we meet interesting people everywhere we go. There’s little opportunity for that when you travel in a large group because you’ve got no motivation. One night Steve and I got to the hotel bar in Jaipur ahead of our group and a man hollered out, “We saw you in Ranthambore!” It turned out he and his partner had been in the same hotel when we went on our first jeep safari to see tigers. We walked over to them and then one of them noticed Steve was wearing an Apple shirt and with BREATHLESS excitement asked if he worked for Apple? That was enough to bond the four of us for life.
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Convert Just About Any Unit and Currency with Vert

vert_logoWhile on our great India/UAE/Nepal vacation, we were having to convert money from different countries as often as we were changing time zones. Don McAllister was using an iOS app called Vert from calumaa.com/vert that I really liked. Now a money conversion app doesn’t sound a bit interesting but this one is so much more.
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#515 Adonit Styluses, 360Heros, Evernote Scannable, Blue Ant Ribbon, IT training with Elaine Giles and Mike Thomas

Two interviews from CES: Adonit styluses have come a long way from their simple beginnings, and 360Heros holders for multiple GoPro cameras for surround video. Allister reviews Evernote’s Scannable iOS app which can make short work of “scanning” documents with an iDevice camera. Steve Davidson reviews the Blue Ant Ribbon to “Bluetooth-ify” your favourite earbuds. In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Elaine Giles and Mike Thomas of the MacBites podcast talk about their world of IT training.


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#514 The GMen take over

Due to a HUGE error in judgment on the part of Allison, the GMen from the MyMac Podcast took over this episode while Allison and Steve are off galavanting about someplace nicer than where most of us are (the NERVE!). Fortunately for everyone (including the GMen), both Allison and Bart Busschots left PLENTY of content for them to talk about. First of course the usual Guy and Gaz nonsense about what they’re doing lately, then we help out Bart from last week as he finishes up on a Dumb Question he’d been asked. Then the GMen go over the events of the last Apple event that occurred last week. This is wrapped around the creamy center goodness of two Allison interviews from CES. The first was from Octa, makers of some cool iPad stands and then Braven, who created waterproof, stackable Bluetooth speakers! Then we finish off with a Security Medium and Light from Bart.

 


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#513 Canon EF-S 10-18mm wide-angle lens, Back to My Mac through Double NAT, Z-Wave, Looptworks, FREAK, Zombies Run & Bren Finan on Living Without a PC

The show starts with a review of the Canon EF-S 10-18mm wide angle lens from listener Steven Goetz. That’s followed by a dumb question from listener Lynda who’s having trouble getting Back to My Mac to work through Double NAT. Then we hand over to Allison for two more interviews from CES, one with the Z-Wave Consortium, and one with bag maker LooptWorks. That’s followed by a Security Medium about the FREAK SSL/TLS vulnerability. As a pallet cleanser before Security Lite listener Sean reviews the game Zombies Run, and the show ends with a Chit Chat Across the Pond (desk really) with Irish classical music blogger Bren Finan, who shares his experiences trying to live his digital life on just iOS.


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#512 eBooks vs Real Books vs Library Books, Wonder Workshop, Augmented Reality Glasses from ODG, Maker with Donald Burr

In a two-part segment on electronic books I weigh the pros and cons of “real” vs electronic books, and then walk you through how to get eBooks on your Kindle using overdrive.com. Two interviews from CES: Wonder Workshop has toys to get your kids started programming, and the Osterhout Group’s Augmented Reality Glasses. In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Donald Burr of Otaku no Podcast tells us how to become a Maker and about the cool things you can make with single board computers like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Read all about it at donaldburr.com.


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Reading Part 2: Borrowing eBooks from the Library

my library's horrible interfaceThe one thing I still can’t crack the code on is how to get books from the library. I know people far less tech savvy than me who have figured it out, but it still baffles me. Here’s the problem. The electronic connection to my library CLEARLY was written by database administrators, not people who read and love books.

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