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NC #636 – Password Playdate at MacStock 2017

I brag a bit about being a speaker at the CMD-D Conference, and then you’ll get to hear the talk I did at Macstock Conference and Expo in Woodstock, Illinois last weekend. Password Playdate on Youtube: youtu.be/…, Keynote version of the charts, click here and Download PowerPoint version here. (I died a little bit inside installing PowerPoint on my Mac.)

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4 Tiny Tips – Affinity Photo for iPad

Affinity Photo for iPad is a glorious app. I’ve done my two part series on it, I’ve created a 45 minute screencast for ScreenCasts Online (not out yet) and I’ve started doing the user group circuit to demonstrate its awesomeness. Last weekend I presented at SMOG (Southern California Macintosh Owners | Users Group). While I was teaching it, I realized I’d figured out a few tricks to how to effectively use the tool. Continue reading “4 Tiny Tips – Affinity Photo for iPad”

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CCATP #495 – Rod Simmons on Electric Vehicles – Part 1

Ev1In this first of a two-part series on electric vehicles, we’re joined by passionate EV-fanatic Rod Simmons of the SMR Podcast. In part 1, Rod helps us understand the difference between the different types of vehicles from hybrid to plug-in hybrid to plug-in EVs. Rod explains how he analyzes his driving (using Excel and pivot tables) to figure out what kind of an EV he should get. He’ll talk about maximum range vs. how far do you really drive. Stay tuned for part 2 where we’ll talk about specific cars and about some of the autonomous features that you often will find in electric vehicles.


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NC #635 Conversation of Things, Photo Albums People Want to See, Subscription Models for Software, Security Bits

I was on the inaugural episode of the Conversations of Things podcast with Joe Dugandzic. I’ll explain how to make photo albums with Apple Photos that people actually want to see (spoiler, it’s about keywords). I’ll challenge some assumptions Bart Busschots made in his Let’s Talk Photography podcast about subscription models for software. And Bart is back with another fine edition of Security Bits.

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Conversation of Things Podcast – Episode 1 with Allison Sheridan

This week I had the great honor of being on the very first episode of a new podcast called the Conversations of Things. Joe Dugandzic of Smarter Home Life is the host, and it’s going to be an interview show with tech people about the Internet of Things and Home Automation. Joe is such a cool guy – I feel like I’ve known him for years but we only met six months ago. We had a great time chatting. You can listen to the audio at smarterhomelife.com/…, but he also let me embed the video into podfeet.com. He hasn’t submitted the podcast to iTunes yet but he’ll get on that shortly.

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Subscription Models for Software – More Profit and Better Software?

Software rent vs buyOne of my favorite podcasts is Bart Busschots’s Let’s Talk Photography show. He often has a panel of guests on to talk about photography techniques, but he also has shows that are just Bart teaching on a subject or simply musing. I like the panel episodes and I love the Bart-only shows.

In Episode 45 entitled “Thoughts on Software” he walks through some thoughts on choosing photo image editing software. He doesn’t compare features so his advice could really apply to any software you use, not just photography software. I want you to go listen to his show (at lets-talk.ie/…) but I also want to talk about what he said and perhaps provide another viewpoint. Ideally you’ll stop listening/reading me now and go listen to Bart and come back. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

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CCATP #494 – Bart Busschots JSDoc Demo

I’ve been asking Bart a lot of questions in the back channel as I struggle to understand the documentation he has provided in our latest few sessions of homework assignments. He had an epiphany last week that he had never explained the documentation methods itself, which was certainly adding to my confusion.

He decided to take a step back and explain step by step using video. He created a video screencast of the entire process of creating documentation using JSDoc. Then during the audio recording you’ll hear in the podcast, he walked through it again while I asked him (lots of) questions. Hopefully it will be as eye opening to you as it was to me. He also demonstrates his favorite tools for the process.

You can find Bart’s blog post with the embedded video screencast at bartbusschots.ie/…


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So Many Great Tools in Parallels Toolbox

Parallels toolbox all optionsListener Kenneth Taylor wrote in asking if I had found a replacement for a little menu bar app I’d recommended called Mountain. Mountain is a perfect example of Tim Verpoorten’s “does one thing and does it well” menubar app. It sits in your menu bar and gives you instant access to mount or unmount physical and network volumes. Kenneth was asking about replacing it because the app hasn’t been updated since 2012 and had gotten a little bit glitchy for him.

That said, Mountain still works, and it’s in the Mac App Store for $5.99. It’s a 64-bit app, so it’s potentially good through High Sierra and the OS beyond that. Not saying it’s guaranteed but at least that won’t be a limiter.

But I get Kenneth’s concern. The good news is that Dave Hamilton mentioned in the Mac Geek Gab Cool Stuff Found segment a tool that might be able to replace Mountain and do a whole lot more. It’s called Parallels Toolbox and it’s made by the fine folks who make the Parallels virtual machine software. You can find Parallels Toolbox at parallels.com/… Continue reading “So Many Great Tools in Parallels Toolbox”

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Make Apple Photo Albums People Actually Want to See

Apple Photos is a lot more capable than many people realize. I’m sure I still don’t use a great deal of the functionality myself, because I keep discovering new things it can do and new ways to use the capabilities that I already knew about. I just discovered a couple of cool uses of keywords in Apple Photos that I’d like to tell you about.

Before I dig into this, it is important to realize that Apple Photos does not by any stretch of the imagination, have the kind of keywording depth that you’ll find in something like Adobe Lightroom or the old Aperture program from Apple. The Allister Jenks type of people, who love to have embedded folders of keywords to a level that might require a clinical diagnosis, will not be even vaguely interested in what I’m going to teach you. For the rest of you, I think I’ve got some tips that might come in handy.

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NC #634 Ring Doorbell Mirror Mod, MacTracker for Resale Price, Mouse User Confession, New New 12.9″ iPad Pro

Steve and I put our engineering heads together to modify the Ring Video Doorbell so we can actually see the doorstep. In another Tiny Tip, I explain how you can use Mactracker with bidvoy to figure out how at what price your Apple device might sell. Steve Sheridan comes in with a confession of how he actually likes the Magic Trackpad better than his mouse (and says I was right). I talk about the new new 12.9″ iPad Pro and how happy I am to have it back in my life.

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