NC #546 – Two New Podcasts, a New Digital Audio Workstation for Recording, Rant About El Capitan and 1Password “Leak”

New Mac Roundtable up at answering the question “Big or Small?” All episodes of Taming the Terminal are now available as a standalone podcast at 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 for the podcast, we’ll see if I like it eventually. Don’t forget to use the Amazon Affiliate link on 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:

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Chit Chat – After the Logo

New (to Me) Digital Audio Workstation – Amadeus Pro

amadeus_logoNow 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
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Logo for Chit Chat Across the Pond

chitchat_logoI 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, 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.

logoist_iconBut 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!

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Taming the Terminal is Now a Standalone Podcast

TTT-logoLast 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 You can subscribe by hand by copying this link and pasting it into your podcatcher: Don’t try to CLICK that link, copy/paste is your friend.
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