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NC #606 Eye Chart Radio, Yahoo Breach and MD5, Amazon Duet, Nomorobo for iOS, Shelly & Steve Poems

We WILL have episodes of the NosillaCast (and live shows) on both Christmas and New Years day (unlike those other slacker podcasters). Check out last week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond with Chris Ashley from the SMR Podcast (fun with Windows!). I’m one of the new rotating co-hosts for Eye Chart Radio with Mike LaPlante. Bart comes on for just a few minutes to chat about the ginormous Yahoo breach of 1 BILLION accounts is even worse than it sounds. He explains why it was so absurdly bad that Yahoo was hashing passwords with MD5. Terry Austin sends in a review of Nomorobo for the iPhone. Shelly Brisbin does a dramatic reading of her poem, “I Did Not Buy the MacBook Pro”. I’ll tell you about a way to achieve simultaneous onsite and offsite backups using the new Amazon Duet drive from Seagate.

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Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Sunday December 18, 2016 and this is show number 606.

Holiday Schedule

While all of your other podcasters will be leaving you high and dry during the holidays, or at best case giving you a “best of” show, the NosillaCast will continue on uninterrupted through the holidays! Believe it or not, we WILL have a live show on Christmas night, AND New Year’s night. Hey now that I think about it, what better time to gather your family and friends around your iPad with a warm beverage and a Christmas cookie to watch the NosillaCast Live? Well even if it’s only me and Steve in the live chat room, we’ll be there.

Now I did think that Bart deserved a week off from Chit Chat Across the Pond so we won’t have a Chit Chat next week. We will have a Chit Chat Across the Pond for the last week of the year – and here’s a hint, it’s one of my favorite voices on the Internet!

Chit Chat Across the Pond

Speaking of Chit Chat Across the Pond, on this week’s show I was joined by one of my best friends I’ve never met, Chris Ashley of the SMR Podcast. We talk about the implications of Windows coming out for the Arm processors, why the Surface Studio has made such a splash, I confess that I bought into Office 365, and how Chris is pretty close to switching from Android back to the iPhone. Even if you’re not into Microsoft products, I challenge you to listen to Chris and not have a giant grin on your face while you do. His humor, intelligence and love of tech is infectious. Go check it out in the Chit Chat feed of your favorite podcatching client.

Appearances – Eye Chart Radio

Mike LaPlante has taken over the reins of the Eye Chart Radio Podcast from Ken Ray and is having a rotating cast of 6 co-hosts, one of which is ME! I was thrilled to be asked, and I’m super excited to get to work with Mike. He has a spectacular voice, a wonderful sense of humor, a love of the Mac and all things Apple, a perspective on many things different from my own and he’s an all around really nice guy. If you haven’t heard Eye Chart Radio before, it’s a weekly discussion show that digs deep into just a few notable stories surrounding Apple.

Sadly the first new co-host of the show was Chuck Joiner, but be assured that I gave Mike a hard time about that. You can find Eye Chart Radio in your podcatcher of choice, or on the web at…. Go check out the episode for Saturday December 17th, 2016.

Yahoo Breach

Account information from 1B Yahoo accounts was compromised..In August 2013.
This is not the 500M accounts you heard about just last September, this is new information.

Quotes From Yahoo’s announcement :
“law enforcement provided us with data files that a third party claimed was Yahoo user data”

“We have not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft.”

“…stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.”

“The investigation indicates that the stolen information did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information. ”

I asked Bart to join us to talk about one specific thing in this breach. We know the unencrypted information is criminally sloppy, but I wanted him to explain why MD5-hashed passwords is a bad thing.

Bart explained that MD5 is mathematically flawed, too old, and doesn’t support salt. He quoted Wikipedia where it says that as of 2010 Wikipedia…

Patreon and Amazon

This podcast is not supported by advertising, instead it’s supported by you. And by you, I mean Charles Hall whose incredibly generous pledge over on will go a VERY long way towards paying the podfeet production bills. You can pledge a quarter, a dollar or whatever you can afford to help the show.

If you’re still doing your holiday shopping, and like a good little nerd ball you don’t like to leave the house and talk to real people, consider going to and clicking the big Amazon button and doing your shopping from there. A small percentage of whatever you spend in that session will go to help the show.

As the song “Christmas is Coming” says, “if you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you!”

Blog Posts

Block Spam Calls on Your iPhone with Nomorobo – by Terry Austin

Shelly Brisbin “I Did Not Buy the MacBook Pro”

Shelly Brisbin, author of the book iOS Access for All, wrote a fabulous Apple-related poem and I asked her if she would consider doing a dramatic reading of it for the NosillaCastaways. Here is that dramatic reading.

Simultaneous Onsite-Offsite Backups with Amazon Duet from Seagate

Steve’s Rendition of Night Before Christmas

And since we’re in a poetry and Christmas theme tonight, we’ll close out the show with Steve Sheridan’s rendition of The Night Before Christmas… with an EVER so slight Macintosh Bias.

That’s going to wind this up for this week. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at [email protected], follow me on twitter @podfeet. Remember, everything good starts with,,,! And if you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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