#476 Podfeet Speed Improvement, Leaf Antenna for Cord Killing, ProJive XLR, Intro to Programming Languages

How Steve and I are cord killing $10 at a time using a Leaf antenna. Turns out you can use an external mic to record to Recolive’s Multicam using the ProJive XLR from CableJive. Learn how I used Automator to launch all of my apps to create the live show. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart starts Programming Languages – a 40,000 Foot View (Part 1 of 2).

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This week I needed to test an old Linksys WRT54G I found in my closet, figuring if I could prove to myself it was still functional I could sell it for around $25 on Amazon. I started fussing around with plugging it into my Verizon FiOS router, then my Airport Extreme, threw in my gigabit Ethernet switch (thanks Pat!) but I was having trouble remembering the topology of my network so that I could get it working. The great thing is that I document EVERYTHING I do around here using Clarify. I was able to whip open my tutorial on how to bypass the Verizon FiOS router and use my Airport Extreme instead, and there was the lovely diagram Bart had created for me and I had pasted into Clarify along with all of the other instructions. Without Clarify I don’t think I could remember how to get dressed in the morning! If you do lots of complex stuff but find it hard to remember what you’ve done, you really should check out the beta of Clarify 2 over at clarify-it.com and see how awesome it is for you. By the way, it works on Windows too!

Chit Chat Across the Pond – Start Time: 20:41

Security Light (Bumper edition)

A Correction:

I totally misunderstood the EU court ruling in the last CCATP. I’ve done a lot more reading on it since, and while it’s a lot more complicated than I first realised, I don’t believe it’s the catastrophe many in the tech industry and media tried to make it out to be. Obviously only time will tell for sure.

Important Security updates:

Important Security News:

  • Apple recall some European iPhone chargers because they could overheat dangerously – http://www.apple.com/ie/support/usbadapter-european/
  • Facebook make public sharing opt-in for new users, and add more privacy controls – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/05/23/facebook-finally-makes-public-sharing-opt-in-for-new-users-gives-everyone-else-more-controls/
  • But ….. Facebook to start tracking users as the move around the web, and sell that data to advertisers (ironically Zuckerberg dissed Google, Yahoo & MS for doing this back in 2011) – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/06/13/facebook-to-let-advertisers-see-where-youre-surfing/
  • iOS 8 will help protect users from passive tracking by randomising wifi MAC addresses when searching for networks (some cynics have tried to claim this is meaningless because of iBeacons, but that shows a fundamental misunderstanding of iBeacons, which are entirely passive devices, and can’t be used to track anyone unless they choose to install the owner of the beacon’s app, totally different to wifi tracking which actively tracks everyone with WiFi turned on) – http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/06/ios8-to-stymie-trackers-and-marketers-with-mac-address-randomization/
  • A US Federal Appeals Court rules that warrantless tracking of cell phones is unconstitutional (breaches the 4th amendment). This is definitely a positive step, but other courts have ruled differently, so really, this needs to go to the Supreme court for a final say – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/06/12/us-court-finds-warrantless-tracking-of-mobile-phones-unconstitutional/
  • Two teenage boys hack into an ATM machine on their lunch break – they try tell the bank manager but he won’t believe them, and asks them to prove it, so they do – http://www.winnipegsun.com/2014/06/08/code-crackers–charleswood-teens-hack-into-grant-avenue-atm?utm_source=facebook
  • Art takes on privacy with a dress that disappears to leave you ever more exposed as you tweet and post to Facebook – http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/wearable-dress-disappears-one-tweet-at-a-time
  • Notable Data Breaches:

    Suggest Reading (Bumper edition):

    Main Topic – Programming Languages – a 40,000 Foot View (Part 1 of 2):


    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 [email protected], 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.

    1 thought on “#476 Podfeet Speed Improvement, Leaf Antenna for Cord Killing, ProJive XLR, Intro to Programming Languages

    1. Donald Burr - August 7, 2014

      Great overview!

      Bart said that you must write device drivers in assembly language. Technically this is incorrect. Drivers can be written in any language. If you want to optimize performance, you can write your driver in assembly. You can even have hybrid drivers (with bits written in both C and assembly; the bits that require high performance get written in assembly, whereas the rest in C.) Unfortunately you don’t see this very much these days.

      Also, in all fairness, the verboseness of Java can’t really be singled out as being Java’s fault, because a lot of that excess baggage comes with pretty much every other object-oriented language (defining classes, main methods, etc.) You can also shorten method calls by importing, e.g. if you “import static java.lang.System.out” then System.out.println(“foo”) can be shortened to just println(“foo”).

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