This week we’re joined by photographer Mark Pouley of Twin Lakes Images where he explains how to take a photo in a place everyone else has taken shots and get something unique.
Steve and I bought the first generation Apple TV and we disliked it so much we sold it to Jonathan Cost for $50 just to get it out of our house. We bought gen 2 and 3 and liked them quite a bit better. Our use is split between Airplay (video podcasts thrown to the TV from an iPad) and renting movies on iTunes. There’s some Netflix here and there but we tend to reach for the Roku for Netflix a little more often. We also use it to watch the Apple Keynotes but of course that’s only a couple of times a year.
We definitely do not NEED another Apple TV but we were definitely swayed by the cool new remote. Even if the old Apple TV remote wasn’t the worst piece of doodoo Apple had ever invented, the new remote has some wicked cool features, like Siri search that were just too compelling to ignore. The interface of the new 4th gen Apple TV looked pretty too, and the possibility of cool new apps sounded swell.
Continue reading “Apple TV + Siri = Joy”
I was very excited when the new Apple gear got announced this year. While I wasn’t going to get an iPhone 6s because it was Steve’s turn, I was still really looking forward to getting a new AppleTV and a new iPad Pro and it’s new keyboard and especially the Pencil. But the months have gone by and I still didn’t have ANY new toys to play with. Watch OS2 and iOS 9 and El Capitan were mildly entertaining for a day or two, but there was nothing ground breaking there either. I was bored.
So when Apple announced the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2, I thought, why not? You’ll notice I haven’t framed a problem to be solved other than boredom, so let’s see if we can back into some justification. Work with me here, ok?
Many of us have moved away from wired input devices in favor of wireless keyboards, mice and trackpads. We’re far too ecologically minded to use disposable batteries so we’ve become masters at rechargeable batteries. We have rotation schedules with multiple battery chargers, we’ve kept metrics on which batteries are best, and have at least read, if not participated in, lengthy discussion online of our opinions on the subject. mAh is a household word for us.
Continue reading “Are They Magic?”
New Mac Roundtable up at macroundtable.com answering the question “Big or Small?” All episodes of Taming the Terminal are now available as a standalone podcast at http://bartb.ie/ttt and where fine podcatchers are found. New logo for the spinoff of Chit Chat Across the Pond courtesy of Terry Austin. I’m using a new Digital Audio Workstation – Amadeus Pro from hairersoft.com for the podcast, we’ll see if I like it eventually. Don’t forget to use the Amazon Affiliate link on podfeet.com to do your holiday shopping. I go on a rant about how much I dislike the implementations of split screen and pinned tabs in El Capitan. In Security Lite Bart dives into the problems surfaced this week in 1Password (spoiler, your usernames and passwords are still secure). This is the first NosillaCast without a Chit Chat Across the Pond since 2007 so be sure to subscribe! If it isn’t up in iTunes or your other podcatchers, you can add it manually by pasting in the feed url: https://podfeet.com/ccatp/ccatp-rss.xml.
New (to Me) Digital Audio Workstation – Amadeus Pro
Now that the logo is done I had no excuse for not getting the show going. I mentioned earlier that I also thought this week would just be that much more challenging if I also changed recording software. Apple has been on a tear lately either abandoning software altogether (like Aperture) or coming out with a new version that loses much of what we know and loved. One you may not have tracked is GarageBand. A while back (more than a year) Apple rewrote GarageBand and it’s worthless for podcasters. I’ve hung onto the old 6.0.5 version all this time but I live in fear that they will one day come out with an OS update that renders it unusable. After 10 years of podcasting with GarageBand as my Digital Audio Workstation, I switched over to Amadeus Pro from hairersoft.com.
Continue reading “Chit Chat – After the Logo”
I figured that one of the long poles in the tent on getting Chit Chat Across the Pond started would be getting a logo for the show. I know there are great services out there that will design artwork for you, but I also know that there are a lot of talented folks in the NosillaCast community. I put out the plea (rather weakly) on the show last week for the NosillaCastaways to send me their ideas for a logo for the new Chit Chat Across the Pond podcast. Nothing happened. No ideas came out.
Then I got an awful, evil idea. I created my own logo and threatened to use it if no one came up with something better. If you’re listening to this, just imagine what a logo would look like created by an engineer with no right brain whatsoever. I opened up Art Text, drew a free form blob to represent a lake, and dragged a gradient blue fill across it. Then I wrote Chit above and to the left, and Chat below and to the right. Boom, ugly logo finished.
I then posted this monstrosity in our G+ community at podfeet.com/googleplus, on Twitter, and on Facebook. The reaction was tremendous! In 2-3 days I had contributions flowing in! They all said that it was the threat that got them moving.
Allister Jenks was first out of the gate with an interesting idea. He created a background of a flickering pool and then put silhouettes of two people’s heads at diagonals. It was beautiful and got the idea across. Keith Murray did something similar where he took an image of water with raindrops falling on it and added a beautiful font with Chit and Chat really big and Across the in smaller letters in between. I like the emphasis on Chit and Chat and Bart liked the raindrops (said they reminded him of home).
Joseph Nilo was just goofy but it was too funny not to tell you about. He took a photo of Daniel Craig as James Bond and put Chit in the upper left, Chat in the lower right. Took me 2 days to get the joke. Chit Chat Across the Bond. Get it?
George from Tulsa created a completely different look. He took a photo of a very old globe he has that shows the international shipping lanes between Europe and the US and added text that said Chit Chat Across the Pond across it in a super cool ancient looking font. That was fun too.
But then Terry Austin weighed in with his design. He found a $15 Mac App Store app called Logoist and started to doodle around with some ideas. He sent one to me on Telegram and I instantly fell in love with the concept. It’s much more stylistic than anything the rest of us had come up with, and in fact it doesn’t even have water in it! I never would have chosen the colors but they go together beautifully, it’s navy blue, a lighter, perhaps periwinkle blue and the other color is orange of all things. Again, I never would have chosen this but everyone agrees that it’s fabulous.
I really want to thank everyone who jumped in and gave a hand here, sharing their ideas and talents. I punished Terry for his great work by telling him that he has to do a review of Logoist for us now. No good deed goes unpunished!
Last week on the show I told you that Bart, Steve and I were working on a secret project. The big reveal is that we’ve revealed a new podcast: Taming the Terminal! This podcast is the 35 part series (which is actually 40 podcast episodes) originally broadcast as part of the NosillaCast. Steve painstakingly pulled every episode out, topped and tailed it, Bart and I did introductions to it and then we added the awesome logo Steve made for us!
You can find Taming the Terminal in your podcatcher of choice (including iTunes), and the detailed written tutorials and direct download and player links are all over on Bart’s site at http://bartb.ie/ttt. You can subscribe by hand by copying this link and pasting it into your podcatcher: https://podfeet.com/ttt/ttt-rss.xml. Don’t try to CLICK that link, copy/paste is your friend.
Continue reading “Taming the Terminal is Now a Standalone Podcast”
Bart Busschots is back with episode 2 of his Programming By Stealth series. He’ll take us on our first baby step towards programming by explaining how the Hyper-Text Markup Language works, better known to us all as HTML. HTML is not a true programming language, it is instead a simpler beast known as a markup language – it adds context to text.
Bart’s companion tutorial can be found on his website at bartbusschots.ie/s/2015/10/23/programming-by-stealth-2-of-x-basic-html.
On this week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond we’ve got Tom Merritt, fiction and non-fiction author over at tommerrittbooks.com to talk about self publishing and what his journey has been like to write his own books. Oh, and he does an amazing daily tech newscast called the Daily Tech News Show.
It’s that time of the week again, it’s time for Chit Chat Across the Pond and this is episode 407 and I’m your host, Allison Sheridan . If you’re new here, Chit Chat Across the Pond has been an embedded part of the weekly show, the NosillaCast, since November 25th, 2007. I just decided to spin off Chit Chat Across the Pond as it’s own show and the feedback I’ve gotten from NosillaCast listeners has been overwhelmingly positive.
Chit Chat Across the Pond began as a weekly segment with Bart Busschots in Ireland (hence the pond bit) but over the years it has morphed into every other week with Bart, and the other every other week with me talking to someone I find interesting in tech. We’ve had some fabulous guests on in the past 8 years and I’ve got a long list of folks I still want to talk to so expect this series to go on as long as the NosillaCast.
All of that preamble is my way of saying we’re here with Bart Busschots where he’s starting a new series he’s calling Programming By Stealth. This episode originally aired as part of NosillaCast #544 on October 12th 2015, but I wanted it to be included in the standalone Chit Chat Across the Pond series. By the way, f you’re wondering what happened to Bart’s Security Lite segment, it’s staying with the NosillaCast.
The written tutorial that accompanies Bart’s Programming By Stealth – 1 of X can be found at bartbusschots.ie/s/2015/10/09/programming-by-stealth-1-of-x-introduction/.