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NC #637 Macstock Outbrief, Stump Stand, Apple IIe, Numbers for Meds, Security Bits

In this early show, I’ll give you an out brief on Macstock 2017. I’ll talk about the people and the presentations (and maybe a little bit about the parties). Then Sandy Foster joins us for a review of the Stump Stand for iPad and iPhone. Trevor Drover joins us with a fantastic tale of how he figured out how to hook an Apple IIe up to a current MacBook Pro to transfer disk images between the two for the National Library. Very cool story. Then Terry Austin tells us how he figured out that by using the collaboration feature of Apple’s Numbers application, he could help his mom keep track of her complex medication schedule as she arms for battle against cancer. We’ll wind up with another segment of Security Bits with Bart Busschots.

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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 Apple bias. Today is Friday July 21, 2017 and this is show number 637. I promised you a show a few days early and here we are!

Chit Chat Across the Pond

In this week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond, Bart joined us for a Lite episode (there’s no way I can get my homework done right now with Macstock and vacations). In this episode he reviews Yoink for the Mac, and MultiTimer and Due for iOS and the Apple Watch. We had a blast talking this week, so I hope you’ll go check it out. You’ll find it in your podcatcher of choice either under Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite or the full Chit Chat Across the Pond feed.

A few weeks before leaving for Macstock, I put out the call for help with listener reviews. And boy did you guys come through! I got so many contributions, Bart and I were able to split them so that he has a bunch of great content for next week’s show. Next week you’ll hear from George from Tulsa, Shai Yammanee, and Bob Wood (who recorded with me at Macstock. This week we’ve got a review from Sandy Foster, who heard me say, “Pick up a gadget from your desk, grab your phone, and make a recording”, so she did just that. Then Trevor Drover is going to tell us the fascinating tale of how he figured out how to transfer disk images back and forth between an Apple IIe and a current MacBook Pro. Then Terry Austin joins us to explain his clever solution on how to help a family member with a complex medication schedule. And then Bart is back with Security Bits.

Blog Posts

Thoughts on Macstock 2017

Stump Stand for iPad and iPhone by Sandy Foster

Well we sure did enjoy Macstock, and a big part of that was having great contributions from people like you. I can’t believe this is your first review, Sandy – it’s fantastic! You’re in for it now, I’ll be asking for your help all the time now. To the audience, I put my Amazon Affiliate Link into the blog post Sandy wrote, you know, just in case you wanted to get it that way!

Apple IIe Disk Transfer to MacBook Pro by Trevor Drover

Using Collaboration in iWork to Help Mom Track Medication by Terry Austin

Wow Terry, with you on mom’s team that cancer hasn’t got a chance. Thank you for sharing this story with us. I’m sure it was hard to open up like this but your idea will most certainly help someone else struggling with a way to help their loved once be armed for battle. I personally have trouble remembering to take my vitamins every day, I can’t imagine keeping track of this many complicated medicines. Our best to your mom and to you.

Patreon and Paypal

Right before we left for Macstock, I received a very generous donation to support the show, via PayPal. It was from listener Chris, and after I expressed astonishment about his donation, he responded with the following:

I’ve listed to your podcast (or, more accurately, podcasts) for a number of years. It’s the one I look forward to listening to on my drive to work every Monday morning. I can only imagine how much time and effort it takes on your part (not to mention the expenses you incur) to produce such high-quality content – every week! You also provide other useful information on your Website (e.g., Clarify documents with tips and tricks on various topics, etc).

Finally, I can’t help but think of the current saying for most things in the Internet today – that is “If your not paying for it, you become the product.” But that’s not the case with the “services” you provide (in fact, I suspect you don’t even consider the free information you provide a service).

I’m still honored by Chris’s donation and pleased to hear that my efforts (and Steve’s) produce value for you.

If you want to to use PayPal to make a one time donation, like Chris did this week, go to podfeet.com/paypal and enter any donation amount. I can’t thank you enough, Chris, your support of the shows means a lot to me.

Security Bits

Important Security Updates

  • Microsoft & Adobe have released their Patch Tuesday fixes for July 2017, including fixes for Windows and Flash – krebsonsecurity.com/…
    • Microsoft’s releases include a fix for the latest named bug, Orpheus’s Lyre. The bug affected the Kerberos authentication protocol used in Window and elsewhere, and there was a coordinated release of patches for open source implementations of Kerberos including SAMBA 4 – nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…
  • Apple releases security updates for all their OSes and their Windows Apps – www.us-cert.gov/…, tidbits.com/… & arstechnica.com/…
    • iOS 10.3.3 is particularly important because it fixes the so-called BroadPwn wifi vulnerability – www.macobserver.com/…
    • The update to MacOS Sierra also patches BroadPwn, but the updates for other versions of OS X do not appear to include that fix – www.intego.com/…

Important Security News

  • The war on encryption moves to Australia where the government is proposing a new law to compel messaging companies to create back-doors, and where politicians are making fools of themselves when they re-define the phrase back-door and pretend their laws somehow, magically, trump mathematics – www.reuters.com/…, www.macobserver.com/… & www.macobserver.com/…
  • WikiLeaks continue releasing documents as part of their Vault 7 project – this time, the leaked documents describe HighRise, a suite of CIA tools for hacking Android devices – nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…
  • After MySpace failed to even respond to an attempted responsible disclosure, a security researcher has blown the whistle on a major flaw in MySpace’s password recovery process – all you needed to get access to anyone’s account was their name, address, and date of birth – the reset form did ask for more information, but you could enter anything you liked, and you would still be granted access. MySpace say they have added extra security, but have provided no details (Editorial by Bart: if you still have a MySpace account, now would be a great time to go delete it!) – nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…
  • Support for Windows Phone 8 has ended, time to stop using these devices – www.theverge.com/…
  • The EFF have released their latest annual Who has Your Back report – nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… & www.eff.org/…
  • In answer to a question from Senator Ron Wyden, the US Department of Homeland Security says it can search electronic devices at the US border without probable cause, but not data stored in the cloud – www.macobserver.com/…
  • Following an investigation, Google have announced that they will drop support for the WoSign and StartCom Certificate authorities because they “have not maintained the high standards expected of CAs” (Editorial by Bart: many years ago, before they were taken over by WoSign, I recommended StartCom’s free web and email certificates on the NosillaCast, obviously, I now 100% reovke that recommendation!) – arstechnica.com/…
  • After initially saying it would end security updates for Intel’s Clover Trail (part of their low-end Atom range) CPUs in just 6 months, Microsoft backed down and have promised to provide security updates until 2013, however, these devices will not be getting the new features, just security updates – www.zdnet.com/…
  • 1Password is moving to become a subscription-only service, but it is not removing local vaults, regardless of what you read on the internet! – tidbits.com/… & www.imore.com/…

Suggested Reading

Palette Cleansers

  • XKCD 1861 - Quantum
  • Why force-quitting apps on iOS in an attempt to save battery life is not just pointless, but actually counter-productive – daringfireball.net/…
  • (From Allison) Jacob Rossi (@jacobrossi) discovered that if you Google the phrase, “why we should own our data”, Google auto corrects it to search for why we should own YOUR data"!

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 allison@podfeet.com, follow me on twitter @podfeet. Remember, everything good starts with podfeet.com/. podfeet.com/patreon, podfeet.com/facebook, podfeet.com/googleplus, podfeet.com/amazon! And 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 but wait until August 6th, and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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