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NC #663 Analogix SlimPort, Digital Zoom vs Optical Crop, Netgear Orbi, Klok, Acronis Backup, L’Oréal UV Sense, Security Bits

It’s another big big show, with four CES interviews with Analogix SlimPort video connectors, Netgear about their outdoor Orbi, Acronis backup solution, and L’Oréal’s UV Sense product. We’ve also got a photography tip by Rally about digital zoom vs cropping (followed by some fun experiments by me) and a review of the free iOS app Klok by Helma. Bart brings us up to speed with the latest on Security Bits.

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CCATP #519 – Bart Busschots on PBS 48 of x – A Closer Look at ‘this’ and ‘static’

Bart decided to take a closer look at the JavaScript keywords ‘this’ and ‘static’ and boy am I glad he did. He said it was the hardest lesson he’s put together so far. It’s a convoluted topic but he gives great explanations as always. You can find his tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/…

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Security Bits – Spectre & Meltdown Update (Again), Dark Caracal, chaiOS

Meltdown & Spectre Update

  • Steve Gibson of GRC (author of ShieldsUp & SpinRite) has released InSpectre, a free Windows app which clearly communicates your PC’s current level of protection against Meltdown & Spectre, and what kind of a performance hit you should expect — www.grc.com/…
  • RedHat have withdrawn their microcode patch for Spectre after it caused some systems to become unbootable (Linux supports dynamic updating of CPU microcode without the need for a BIOS update) — www.theregister.co.uk/…
  • A great post on the official Raspberry PI blog that primarily aims to explain why the Raspberry PIs are not vulnerable to Spectre, but in the process, explain Spectre in clearest and most understandable way I’ve yet seen — www.raspberrypi.org/…

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Nite Ize Taglit Might Save Your Life

Taglit yellow red with leds onIf you’ve been paying any attention to my nonsense over the years, you already know that I exercise a lot. In the mornings I alternate between running along the beach and doing the elliptical at the gym every other day. In the afternoons, I take Tesla for a nice long walk, anywhere from 1-3 miles depending on how many more calories my Apple Watch tells me I need to burn. I’m usually doing around 18,000 steps a day with this routine.

I exercise this much to avoid heart disease (my dad had his first heart attack at age 43), but also so I can eat (and drink) more!

So what’s the problem to be solved, it all sounds great, other than I’ll probably need a knee replacement or two way ahead of most people? The problem is the time change. I’m lucky enough to live where we have a lot of daylight, but in the winter, if I go for my usual walk around 4-5pm, it will be at dusk.

In the last few weeks, I was almost hit by a car. Twice.

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CES 2018: Netgear Outdoor Orbi WiFi System

Allison interviews Amit Rele from Netgear about their new outdoor version of the Orbi mesh WiFi system. The family of Orbi tri-band WiFi systems is designed for a broad range of home environments. The Orbi Outdoor Satellite (RBS50Y) extends high-performance WiFi coverage outdoors by up to an extra 2,500 sq. ft. with a weather-resistant, wall-mountable, add-on unit. The Outdoor Orbi is rated at IP55 and can operate over a temperature range of -20°C to +50°C. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.netgear.com/orbi/

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Klok Time Zone Converter – by Helma from The Netherlands

Klok logoThis is just a little review of an iOS app called Klok I came across when browsing the app store on my phone. I was intrigued by its name so I installed it and it turned out to be quite useful.

What’s the problem it solves? When you have friends or business relations in multiple timezones you’d like to have a quick overview of the time in their timezone. So you’d like to access the world clock quickly.

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Can Digital Zoom be Better than Optical Zoom?

Rally Barnard sent in a photo tip I really like, especially because he’s actually quoting me in it! After he sent this in I made some observations that may change my advice. First, let’s hear from Rally.


A while ago Allison in one of her talks on the MacMania Solar-Eclipse cruise said that the best way to take photos with iOS devices was to never zoom the image by pinching on the screen. Always take photos with the default field of view. If you wanted to zoom the picture, do it with Photos or other editing app after you have taken the picture.

Well, as I always dutifully follow Allison’s advice, I always take photos that way. If others aren’t aware of this photographic gem, or want to know the reasoning behind this diktat, I guess that’s the problem to be solved.

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CES 2018: Analogix SlimPort Adapters

Allison interviews Marv Su from Analogix about their SlimPort adapters. Marv explains the intricacies of the varying types of signals that USB-C cables and connectors can carry. He demonstrates how USB-C can transmit power, data and HD video if it’s connected to a supported device/port. Using the USB-C alt mode, SlimPort adapters allow the user to connect a mobile device with a USB-C port to the HDMI port of a display or TV to play up to 4K UHD video. The setting is the CES show floor and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at http://www.analogix.com/en/slimport-adapters-overview

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CES 2018: Acronis Backup Solutions

Allison interviews Gaidar Magdanurov from Acronis about their multi-platform backup solutions. Acronis offers a single solution for backup, disaster recovery and file sync & share services. Using Acronis’s personal backup software, you can safeguard PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices as well as your social media accounts. Acronis will also actively defend your data against ransomware attacks with backup that detects, stops and reverses unauthorized encryption. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage hotel. Learn more at https://www.acronis.com/en-us/

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