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NC #653 iOS Clean Install, iPhone X Second Look, Animoji Karaoke, Hue Motion Sensor, Security Bits

Possible replacement for Clarify (but maybe we don’t need it), a clean install tip for iOS from Joop Bruggink, a second look at iPhone X after a bit more time, my attempt at Animoji Karaoke, Denise Crown brings us her review of the Hue Motion Sensor. Then we have an installment of Security Bits with Bart Busschots.

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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, November 12, 2017, and this is show number 653. We’ve got a lot of fun this week. We’ve got listener reviews by Joop and Denise, I’ve got a couple of contributions and we’ve got Security Bits with Bart Busschots.


Before we get started, I have to apologize for an egregious error. Last week on the show, I referred to David Roth as “Mr. Cranky Pants” because he didn’t like the Animoji I’ve been continually sending him. He sent me a correction, reminding me that he is a lawyer, and asked me to refer to him as Dr Cranky Pants, Juris Doctor. I will make sure to keep that in mind for the future.

Chit Chat Across the Pond

This week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond is Programming By Stealth 43 of x, and the title is Introducing JavaScript ES6. That’s a bit of a tease because most of the show is going through Bart’s solution to the challenge on the Game of Life web app he built for us. It was interesting because his approach was very different from what Dorothy and I did, so it took a lot of explaining. He does get to JavaScript ES6, where he gives us our first taste of the easier way of doing things in ES6 vs. the nasty old ways we used to do things (like 10 minutes ago). Anyway, check it out either in the Programming By Stealth feed or the full Chit Chat Across the Pond feed.

iStat Menus on ScreenCasts Online

Don McAllister just posted my ScreenCasts Online Tutorial on the new version of iStat Menus. If you’ve been using it for a long time and love it like most people, I think you’ll really enjoy this upgrade. You can check out my video at show 679.

SMR Podcast

This week I horned my way into the SMR Podcast to talk about the iPhone X with Chris Ashley and Robb Dunnewood. It was a blast as always. Chris had a lot of questions as he’s considering getting one soon. I also queried the two of them for advice for a friend of mine who is considering switching from the Mac over to a Surface. The main reason is for cost, so we talked through the different Surface options, but more importantly, we dug into how you use an iPhone in a mixed-OS household. Check out SMRpodcast #359: Should I Get One With Allison Sheridan and join the fun with some of my favorite podcasters.

StepShot – not a review

Marianne Hegadus pinged me on Twitter about an app called StepShot Guides for the Mac, Windows and soon to be Linux. It looks like it might be a replacement for Clarify. As you may remember, the BlueMango Learning folks have stopped active development in terms of adding new features, but it works perfectly in High Sierra. The only concern now is whether they’ll up it to 64 bit a year from now for the next OS. If it concerns you at all, Marianne wanted us to know about StepShot.

I have not had time to go through and do a thorough test of the app yet, but I wanted to point you right now to a link on a site called where they have discounts. StepShot through App Sumo is $39 right now for a lifetime subscription. Normally StepShot is $99/year, which is really steep if you’re not a business.

Marianne also pointed me to a video by Nathan Wrigley where he walks StepShot through its paces so you can see if it’s something you might want in your back pocket before the sale goes away.

Again, I’m not endorsing it yet, but it does appear to have a lot of what makes Clarify a critical tool for me. Some rougher edges but maybe it would make you happy now. Check out StepShot Guides at…

Blog Posts

Clean Install Tip for iOS – Guest Post by Joop Bruggink

iPhone X Second Look

Animoji Karaoke – To Boldly Go…

Hue Motion Sensor – Guest Post by Denise Crown


Last week on the show I mentioned that if you’re already supporting the podcast via Patreon, you can actually go in and edit your contribution either up or down. I was delighted to see two people raise their pledge this week! If you’re not already contributing and would like to get in with the cool kids, head on over to and sign up. It’s painless and will make you feel good!

Security Bits – Canvas Fingerprinting, KRACK Updates, TOR Browser Bug, New Zero-Day WiFi Bug, Brother Printer Exploit

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.

4 thoughts on “NC #653 iOS Clean Install, iPhone X Second Look, Animoji Karaoke, Hue Motion Sensor, Security Bits

  1. Raspi & aurduino guy - November 12, 2017

    iPhone X second look is messed up.

  2. Raspi & aurduino guy - November 12, 2017

    I will review my iPad case for you

  3. podfeet - November 12, 2017

    Thanks – I seem to have accidentally bumped the published button and flipped it back to draft. It’s fixed now, thanks!

  4. Niraj - November 26, 2017

    Great set of tips by the Guest Contributors!

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