#525 Portable Charging a MacBook, How Photos Optimizes Photo Storage, Peau Productions to Modify Your GoPro, Robb Dunewood

I start off with a rant about a dreadful experience with a Cox tech support guy blaming the Mac for why their email servers weren’t working. Steve and I will be in the live chat room at podfeet.com/live during the WWDC keynote at 10am on June 8th, hope you’ll join us. I walk through the data I collected to prove that you can charge a 12″ MacBook with a phone battery charger. In Dumb Question Corner Rick asks detailed questions on how Photos figures out how to manager the storage when we choose optimize storage. Interview from NAB with Peau Productions about how they can add filters and lenses to your GoPro. I do some speed tests on the OWC Envoy Pro Mini thumb-drive sized SSD. In this week’s episode we’re joined by Robb Dunewood of the SMR Podcast to talk about living in an agnostic technology world.

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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 May 31, 2015 and this is show number 525. We’re going to start out with a bit of clarification from James Ford on something Bart said last week. He missed one detail in one of his Security Lite recommendations. Here’s what James wrote:

Last week Bart mentioned research that found that many Android phones don’t properly wipe themselves when you do a factory restore. The advice Bart gave was to encrypt the phone, but you actually need to do just a little bit more, you need to encrypt it *with a strong password*. The reason is that attackers can still attack the encryption, so if you encrypt with a weak password they will almost certainly get in, and if you use a numeric PIN, they will get in in a matter of seconds.

Bart and I both send along thanks to James for keeping us on our toes. We try to be as accurate and as complete as possible and we both hate it if we mislead in any way so corrections are always welcome. Heck, Ken Prager pointed out a plain old typo in one of my blog posts and that made me really happy too. For some reason I can see typos on a piece of paper across the room when the paper is upside down, but in my own work I cannot see it, so I really appreciate it when people point them out. I hate looking like an idiot who can’t write a proper sentence! Oh, and someone else last week pointed out a typo and now I can’t remember who it was! So thanks again James and Ken whoever makes me look less like an idiot!

Let’s watch WWDC together!

Steve and I will be in the live chatroom over at irc.borgchat.net room #nosillacast if you want to come join us. The keynote is at 10am Pacific Time on June 8th? If you’ve never been in the live chat, the easiest way to get in is to go to podfeet.com/live.

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I’m not sure most of you know this, but Donald Burr has been slaving away in the background rewriting the NosillaCast app for iOS. He wrote our original app and now he’s written an all new spanking version for iOS 8. It’s really slick, gives you a way to listen to the live show and play in the live chat room while you listen. There’s even alerts for when the live show is coming up that are now tied to our Google Calendar so if I move the live show you won’t miss it. Maybe you can’t stay up that late in your timezone to listen live, there’s fun for you too. You can listen to the recorded shows and read along in the shownotes, all in a shiny new interface. The only bad news is that I’m telling you all of this as a big old tease – he’s submitted the new version to the App Store but after a week and a half we’re still awaiting Apple’s approval. It has to be any day now though so stay tuned, I’m SURE it will be up by next week.

Donald isn’t letting any grass grow under his feet though, he’s already asking for enhancements to the app, and for whatever he’s cooking up next, he asked me to describe exactly how I create the feed for the NosillaCast. The feed is the text file, also called an XML file that magically delivers the podcast to your podcatcher of choice – iTunes, Downcast, Pocketcast, Stitcher, whatever you’re using.

I thought for a minute how to describe how I do it…and of course remembered that I documented the whole thing in a tutorial over on podfeet.com using a tool you MIGHT have heard me mention before, called Clarify from clarify-it.com. Ages ago I opened up Feeder, the tool that creates my feed, and screen shotted every setting I could find in there and wrote little explanations of why I chose each setting. I really did it for myself in case I had to rebuild it from scratch but I posted it on the blog so if anyone else wanted to know how to do theirs they could model it after mine.

Clarify is the easiest way to document things on the computer of any tool out there, bar none. Give their free trial a spin for Mac and/or Windows over at clarify-it.com.

Chit Chat Across the Pond

In this week’s episode we’re joined by Robb Dunewood of the SMR Podcast. Robb walks us through his thoughts of transitioning from being the Blackberry enthusiast running rimmarkable.com over to Android, how he used a Mac in the 90s, then went to Windows but then Windows 8 pushed him to give the Mac another try. He also talks about why he chooses an iPad over an Android tablet. It’s a really fun discussion with a real agnostic who likes all platforms but isn’t afraid to tell you what he doesn’t like. You can follow Robb on Twitter at @robbdunewood.
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 [email protected], 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.

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