I Have Made Fire!

Crontab window in editorOver the last 9 years or so, Bart Busschots has been teaching you and me to be geekier and more technical through his session in Chit Chat Across the Pond. First, it was random bits of knowledge but in the last few years he’s gotten much more structured about it, bringing us Taming the Terminal and now Programming By Stealth.

I have to confess (and you may have figured this out on your own), I don’t always understand everything he teaches me. Sometimes I understand in the moment, but when I go to apply what he’s taught me, I’m immediately baffled. Continue reading “I Have Made Fire!”

CSUN 2016: University of Washington DO-IT

Allison interviews Cynthia Bennett from the University of Washington about their Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) program. DO-IT promotes inclusion and success for people with disabilities and is aimed at both educators and students. The program manages several grants, many from the NSF, that support students with disabilities pursuing STEM careers and it publishes literature to help teachers make mainstream curriculum more accessible for students with disabilities. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

Learn more at http://washington.edu/doit

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NC #568 2.4GHz Network Restored, Dijifi Photo Scanning Service Review, Paprika Recipe Manager, Plex, DO-IT

I’ve got an update on my 2.4GHz network and how it’s living in peace with my USB 3 hub, a review from Dorothy of a slide scanning service she recommends called Dijifi, a review from me of Paprika Recipe Manager, and Steven Goetz joins us to talk about how he uses Plex to entertain himself while his baby eats. We’ll have our first interview from CSUN International Technology and Person’s with Disabilities Conference an interview with Cindy Bennet from DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology at washington.edu/doit.


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Guest Review of DiJiFi for Slide Scanning by DorothyR

Dijifi LogoSo here’s the story. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get an unknown quantity of slides from my father’s files scanned and into digital form without any undue risk. I didn’t want to hand this delicate job off to just anyone, with my family memories at stake. After some research, I finally selected Dijifi (spell out), located in Brooklyn New York. They had excellent Yelp reviews and a Superior Performer Award from Angie’s List.

They have an awesome web-site, full of technical details about their process, scanning equipment, and all the options available. They scan slides, photo prints, 35mm negatives, 110 negatives, video, you name it. One really nice item was a cost estimator page, where you can select from all the different options and get an idea of much it will cost.
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Guest Review of Plex by Steven Goetz

Plex logoHi, I’m Steven Goetz, and I would like to talk about Plex, and how I use it to watch media from my backed up collection of DVDs and Bluerays.

First there are two parts to Plex, the media server, and the clients. The Plex Media Server (www.plex.tv), is an app that runs on your PC, this PC can be running Mac OS, Windows or Linux. This app shares out your media files, and can even transcode them on the fly, so they play properly on your chosen client. If you have a client that requires transcoding, you may want a fairly powerful PC to be your media server. The media server is managed, and configured through your web browser.
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CCATP #431 “What’s a Producer?” With Jennie Josephson

Jennie Josephson, Senior Advisor to the Daily Tech News Show, joins us this week to try and answer a question I’ve had for a long time, “What’s a producer?” Jennie is qualified to answer this question with her background in radio and news production over the years. You’ll hear her try to answer this question through story telling about what it was like to go with Dan Rather to see the Dali Lama in India and how she got lunch for the crew during a shoot. It’s a delightful discussion filled with entertaining anecdotes that will give you a glimpse into a producer’s world.

You can follow Jennie on Twitter @jenniej23 and listen to her podcast at tellitanyway.com.


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Paprika Recipe Manager

Paprika main recipeI’m not a chef and I won’t even suggest that I’m an accomplished cook. In fact, it’s well known that Steve and I have been eating on a repetitive schedule for going on 20 years. Our kids first pointed it out when they noticed that we had made burritos every Monday for a very long time. It has been suggested that this is what happens when two engineers marry.

Like most kids, when our daughter Lindsay moved out on her own, she rebelled against her rigid upbringing and decided to try to cook two new meals every single week. She has inspired me over time, sending me the easier recipes in a quest to get me to break out and experiment.

One way we’ve started to share recipes is with a fantastic application called Paprika Recipe Manager from paprikaapp.com. Paprika is available for the Mac and iOS, as well as Windows, Android, the Kindle Fire and the Nook Color.
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2.4GHz Network Restored With the USB 3 Hub in Place

Usb3 spectrum diagram as describedLast week I told the story of my work with Apple to diagnose a misbehaving 2.4GHz wireless network. The TL;DR (too long, didn’t read) version is that my 2.4GHz wireless network for my Internet of Things devices was being affected by my Anker 10-port USB 3 hub.

During the live show (podfeet.com/live) George from Tulsa and Horse said in the chat room that interference between USB 3 and 2.4GHz WiFi networks is a known issue. Drew also made a comment on the blog post I posted in the topic, mentioning that there were a lot of comments about that problem on the Amazon reviews on the hub I had purchased.

I did some research on my own about this and discovered an Apple Support Article about this very problem. I’m a tad disappointed that my little friend Daniel from Apple didn’t know about this. In any case, the support article included this paragraph:
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NC #567 Two-Factor Authentication Clarified, Diagnosing a Failing 2.4GHz Network, Podfeet Redirects, Security Bits

We’ll start with a clarification from Bart on how this two-factor authorization works. Then we’ll have fun with redirects as I explain that there’s a podfeet url for whatever you want. I’ll tell you about our amazing adventure trying to figure out what was killing just our 2.4GHz wifi network. In Security Bits, Bart will bring us up to speed on the latest with the FBI vs. Apple story, and he’ll explain how no users lost data in the first real world Mac Ransomware Attack.


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There’s a Podfeet URL for That (AKA Fun With Redirects)

There’s a lot of cool stuff associated with Podfeet Productions. We’ve got a live show, we’ve got a Facebook group, we’ve got a Google+ community, there’s ways to contact me on Twitter, the list goes on and on. I bet your head spins with all of this and if you want to participate in all of the fun, you get paralyzed trying to figure out where everything is!

I have a hot tip for you. In your web browser, type in podfeet.com and follow it by whatever service you’re interested in. Want to find the Facebook group? podfeet.com/facebook. Want to find me on twitter? podfeet.com/twitter. Looking for the direct iTunes link to the show? podfeet.com/itunes. How about our Youtube channel? podfeet.com/youtube. Finally ready to join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways at the live show on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time? podfeet.com/live.

I’ve done a TON of tutorials over on Podfeet.com, any guesses what you could type to get to them? Yup, podfeet.com/tutorials. Google Plus is going strong, if you want to join that community, you can jump right to it by going to podfeet.com/googleplus. Maybe you really wish you’d started listening to Programming by Stealth from the very beginning, how would you find just those episodes? podfeet.com/pbs.

I hope I didn’t jumble this in your head by telling you all of the options, but rather cemented into your head the idea that podfeet.com/whateveryouwant is the way to find the stuff you want!

If you want to know how it’s done, that’s even more fun. Bart and Donald worked together to help me get this set up but it’s super easy once they gave me the framework.

Inside my WordPress installation there’s a hidden file called .htaccess. this is a hypertext access file that is used by web server software and it’s designed to do exactly what I’m doing with it. In the .htaccess file I have a series of lines that start with RewriteRule. I follow that by a carrot ^, and then the name I want to follow podfeet.com. So to make the podfeet.com/live link, I start with RewriteRule ^live. Next up is a dollar sign, and then the real, long and annoying url.

Finally we close this all off with [R=301,L]. This last bit tells the web server that we we want a permanent redirect (that’s the 301 bit), and the that this is last redirect the server will see. I’m guessing that means for this particular query since each of my redirects goes

My .htaccess ReWriteRules:

RewriteRule ^twitter$ https://twitter.com/podfeet [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^facebook$ https://www.facebook.com/groups/nosillacast [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^googleplus$ https://plus.google.com/communities/117336672755291339814 [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^itunes$ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/nosillacast-mac-podcast/id81677867 [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^subscribe$ http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=81677867 [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^youtube$ http://www.youtube.com/user/nosillacast [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^iosapp$ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nosillacast/id561466798?mt=8 [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^live$ https://www.podfeet.com/blog/nosillacast-live [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^amazon$ https://www.podfeet.com/blog/amazon-affiliate-links-by-country/ [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^ccatp$ https://www.podfeet.com/blog/category/ccatp/ [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^tutorials$ https://www.podfeet.com/blog/category/tutorials/ [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^pbs$ https://www.podfeet.com/blog/category/programming-by-stealth/ [R=301,L]

I’m sure this was a bit more geeky than some of you wanted to learn about but I think it’s really cool. It’s easy for me to create these and it’s easy for you to remember them. Facebook Group? podfeet.com/facebook. Google Plus? podfeet.com/googleplus.

If there’s a redirect you’d like, just let me know what it is and I’ll add it. I hope you’ll never have trouble finding things on podfeet.com again!

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