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NC #660 Google Year in Search, 2017 What Apps Am I Still Using Part 2, Vimmy & Oh Sh-t Git, Hunt for Missing Menus

We’ll start with part 2 of my year in review of the apps and hardware I’ve talked about in 2017 and I’ll let you know whether I’m still using them. After that, we’ll be joined by Caleb Fong with a couple of Tiny Tip segments on tools for programming. Then Denise Crown will give us a shootout on US streaming service she’s been testing to see if she can cut the cord. Then I’ll wind up the show with a story of missing menus for my father-in-law and how the NosillaCastaways, the Mac Geek Gab listeners and of course Bart helped me solve the problem.

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US Streaming TV Shoot Out – by Denise Crown

Hi Castaways! It’s Denise Crown with a US streaming service shoot out and a castaway challenge at the end! Get excited! Here’s the problem to be solved: I resent the amount of money I pay for TV. It’s $250 per month by the time we add HBO and NFL football. My husband loves football so we’ve continued to pay a premium for satellite so he can watch his games. Without the live sports factor, I would have cut the cord years ago.

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Tiny Tip – Vimmy & Oh Sh-t Git! By Caleb Fong

Caleb FongThe review below is from Caleb Fong, aka @GeekoSupremo on Twitter. Caleb is a long time NosillaCastaway who is also following along with Programming By Stealth. His review is pretty geeky (goes well with his Twitter handle) so I thought it might help to explain a couple of terms he uses.
He’ll use the term *nix which is a term that means any UNIX-like system. *nix can mean any kind of linux, or even macOS since it’s based on FreeBSD which is a descendent of UNIX.

He also talks about Vim. Vim is a text editor in *nix operating systems. It’s a descendent of the original Vi, and in fact, the name stands for Vi IMproved.

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Hunt for Missing Menus

This week we ran into a real puzzler of a technical problem for my father-in-law, Ken. I had to enlist the help of not just the NosillaCastaways through our Facebook and Google Plus groups, but also the Mac Geek Gab community. In the end, it was Bart who cracked the code on the solution.

I thought it might be interesting to walk through the different diagnostic steps people suggested and then wait till the end of the story to tell you the solution. While you most likely will never run into the exact same problem Ken had, the diagnostic process is always valuable to discuss.

One of the most important concepts in the diagnostic process is to try to change one variable at a time, test the change, and document the result. Ok, with all of that setup let’s talk about Ken’s problem.

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2017 Year in Review Part 2 – What Am I Still Using?

Last week I went through the first half of the year, talking about all of the hardware and software I reviewed in 2017 to see what I’m still using and what has fallen by the wayside. If you haven’t read the first half, you can find it here. Let’s continue our journey and take a look at the second half of 2017. Continue reading “2017 Year in Review Part 2 – What Am I Still Using?”

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NC #659 Solving Network Problems, 2017 What Apps Am I Still Using Part 1, Security Bits

This week I was on the Clockwise Podcast episode 220 at relay.fm/…. Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone talked about my iOS 11 settings Mind Map of Doom on iOS Today episode 372 at around 57:30 into the show. Helma from the Netherlands brings us some networking tips. I bring you the first half of my 2017 Year in Review where I talk about the different software and hardware I’ve told you about during the year and tell you whether they’re still in use and why (or why not). Then Bart Busschots is back with Security Bits where we have two Security Mediums, the HP Keylogger, and Mailsploit.

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CCATP #516 – Bart Busschots on PBS 46 – ES6 Spread Operator, Arrow Functions & Classes

In this installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart adds one more thing to the list of changes to arrays, and that’s the spread operator. Then we’ll learn how to get rid of the “const self = this” kludge for callbacks using the arrow functions. After that, we learn the basics of classes, a concept introduced in ES6 which brings JavaScript into the world of other C-style languages.

Bart’s excellent written tutorial for this installment is available here: bartbusschots.ie/…

Bart at the end asks a question – would you be interested in learning how to build command line apps using JavaScript? So far we’ve only be working on web apps, but command line apps will allow us to manipulate things in the file system, the network and even to the Internet itself without using a web browser. Let us know via email to me at allison@podfeet.com, or write up your thoughts in our Facebook group at podfeet.com/facebook or our Google Plus group at podfeet.com/googeplus or you can even tweet us at @podfeet and @bbusschots.

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2017 Year in Review Part 1 – What Am I Still Using?

I’ve always thought it might be interesting to look back on all of the products I’ve reviewed over the years and see what I’m still using. That would be a gargantuan effort, given that I’ve been doing this for over 12 years!

But then I thought, maybe I could look at the past year and see what products are still valuable and what just fell away over time and maybe a quick discussion on why. I went through every blog post to see what I talked about in 2017, so here goes.
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Security Bits – HP Keylogger, Mailsploit

Security Medium 1 — HP’s Accidental Keylogger

Some HP laptops shipped with a keyboard driver from Synaptics in which a developer debugging feature was accidentally left enabled. The effect of this mistake is that the driver has built-in support for logging all keystrokes via WPP (a debugging tool that’s built into Windows).

This sounds bad, really bad, but thankfully it’s not actually as bad as it sounds.

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Solving Network Problems – by Helma from the Netherlands

Hi Allison, here are some tips on solving network problems. I hope they might benefit others.

As many of us geeks, I have built quite an extended internal network over the years. All devices that need a static IP address have been entered into the router in the reserved IP address section.

I decided to switch to the office VPN because my external IP address has changed and the fix in the various firewalls has not yet been completed.

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