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NC #647 Dumb Equation Error, iOS 11 & watchOS 4 Delight Me, Security Bits

In this mammoth show, I’ll tell you how I’m an idiot, then I’ll talk about what surprises and delights me in iOS 11 and watchOS 4. Then Bart is back with Security Bits that includes a giant tutorial about cookies, and why third-party cookies are a bad thing.

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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 Apple bias. Today is Sunday, October 1, 2017, and this is show number 647. This is a mammoth episode. I’ve only got a couple of articles but Bart decided, as part of Security Bits, to teach us all about cookies and why third-party cookies are a bad thing and how Apple is annoying some of the creepier ad networks by protecting us from them. Add that to a couple of security mediums, notable breaches, notable security updates and suggested reading and we’ve got a lot of fantastic content for you.

Let’s Talk Photography

You know I’m a huge fan of everything Bart Busschots does, and one of my favorites is his podcast Let’s Talk Photography. Sometimes he’s got a panel of enjoyable photographers, and sometimes it’s him by himself. When he’s on his own he does it because he has something he wants to teach. They’re terrific episodes where I always learn a lot.

But this month’s episode was mind-blowing in what I learned. I’m not going to spoil it because I couldn’t possibly do it justice, but I’ll say that he explains the term exposure. That sounds simple enough but he takes us back to how the term was developed, what controls on your camera affect exposure. But the real magic is when he explains how those controls are interlocked. Maybe you knew what he’s teaching here, but in all my years from my first SLR back in 1978, no one has ever explained this to me.

Bart says at the end that while it’s the shortest episode he’s produced, it’s the one that took him the longest to research and figure out how to explain. You can find the episode at

Chit Chat Across the Pond

In a shocking turn of events, I actually followed all of Programming By Stealth this week! Bart walked us through his solution to last week’s HTML5 Forms Validation homework, and in so doing highlighted some especially clever things he did. I was pretty pleased with my own version of the homework, and in fact, Bart gave me a gold star for one thing I did. Bart also explains how he used CSS to make his form even more readable.

In the second half of the episode, he shows how to use jQuery to improve the forms even more. He demonstrates how certain requirements cannot be met with the built-in forms validation and how we can use jQuery instead. I loved this episode because it tied in our knowledge of jQuery back to HTML forms.

I loved this episode so I hope you’ll be inspired to join in the fun by subscribing to either the Programming By Stealth or Chit Chat Across the Pond feeds in your podcatcher of choice.

Blog Posts

When an Engineer Makes a Dumb Equation Error

iOS 11 and watchOS 4 Delight Me

Patreon and Amazon

I was listening to a podcast the other day and before the content started, there was a pre-roll ad of a couple of minutes. Then a while into the show, there was another ad. The show was only about 20 minutes long and there were 4 minutes of ads, which means 20% of the time I wasn’t getting content. Another longer form show I like has such long ads, that I tell my podcatcher set to start 3 minutes in to skip the preroll, and every time I hit an ad I tell Siri to skip forward 3 minutes. There’s a lot of ad time.

The Podfeet Podcasts don’t have ads. If you like having a long form show with less than one minute of interruption, please consider supporting the show by going to and pledging a weekly dollar amount to support the shows.

Security Bits

Security Bits is now a standalone blog post!

Security Bits – 30 September 2017

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.

3 thoughts on “NC #647 Dumb Equation Error, iOS 11 & watchOS 4 Delight Me, Security Bits

  1. Philip from Australia - October 1, 2017

    Hate to say it… but what Security Bits blog post?

  2. sTim - October 2, 2017

    I have to chime in and ask about the security bits post too, because there was something I was going to bring to the attention of our IT security guys, but I was listening at 5am while on a run, so I can’t remember what it was now.

  3. podfeet - October 2, 2017

    Fixed now!

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