This might be the tiniest tip ever posted on Podfeet.com.
If you have external monitors hooked up to your Mac, it’s really awesome. Most of the time. Sometimes it gets confused.
You probably know that in System Preferences, you can identify which display is the main monitor, meaning that’s where apps first open and such. It’s an odd little trick. Open System Preferences → Displays → Arrangement. On that screen, you’ll see all of your monitors portrayed.
Lupita Salazar talks to us about how she learned to read at 6 years old (just like everyone else) through Braille. She was highly influenced by my awesome friend Lore Schindler, who taught Tech and Braille to her and the other students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He explains why Braille is so important to literacy when many believe audio is a substitute for being able to read. Lupita is a hard core tech head who just loves to experiment and learn new tech (she even used Android for a year just to understand it!) She’s funny and passionate and has a great perspective that I really enjoyed. You can find Lupita @queeenofthesea31 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There won’t be a live show next week, and the NosillaCast will be out on Tuesday instead of Sunday (sorry guys). Check out the tutorial I did on Keep It for ScreenCasts Online at screencastsonline.com. We’ve got another of Steve’s videos from NAB, this time from Backblaze about their B2 cloud storage. Then I’ll tell you how using Airtable from airtable.com might help me finally wrap my brain around databases as I attempt to manage my bathroom remodel with it. Bart Busschots is with us for another fine edition of Security Bits about Efail, protection of the 4th Amendment, Glitch & ThrowHammer as well as Black Dot & Text-Bomb.
In this week’s episode of Programming By Stealth, Bart Busschots takes us through the last bit of the Utilities for Bootstrap 4. We’l refer to the WABAC Machine (kids, ask your parents about Sherman and Mr. Peabody) to installments 8 and 9 comparing positioning with CSS vs. Bootstrap. Thenwe’ll learn about sizes and float utilities, Flexbox utilities, and Screen Reader utilities. It’s great fun and of course Bart has his excellent companion tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/… and you can find Dorothy’s awesome index of all things Programming By Stealth at podfeet.com/blog/pbs-index.
Security Medium — The Efail Email Encryption Vulnerability
The latest bug with a cool name and a cute logo is Efail, a mashup of the words email and fail. The bug affects encrypted email sent with both of the common email encryption protocols S/MIME & PGP/GPG.
Under certain circumstances, the bug allows an attacker to trick email clients into sending a copy of the decrypted versions of encrypted emails to a server of their choice. The bug is triggered in the client, so it affects every email opened by the client, regardless of when it was sent, so this bug could allow an attacker to read encrypted emails arbitrarily far back in time.
You know I’m a huge fan of Excel and all things spreadsheets. Pivot tables, complex equations, they all make my heart go pitter-pat. But I’ve never really understood databases. I can explain what they are and why they’re not like spreadsheets, but only at a very surface level. I haven’t ever grokked them because I never had access to a database program or found a problem they might solve.
Allison interviews Gary Boss from Audio-Technica about their wide range of microphones and headphones. Gary describes the Audio-Technica System 10 digital wireless system made up of a compact receiver you can mount on a cold shoe combined with a handheld mic/transmitter or a lavalier mic hooked to a body pack transmitter. System 10 is easy to use, produces high-quality audio, and avoids interference normally encountered in a dense electromagnetic environment. This the same audio system used to record the audio for NosillaCast interviews (including this one). Gary also describes the AT 2020 USBi mic, perfect for podcasting and recording on the go. It supports digital audio recording to devices with a USB port or to iOS devices with a Lightning port. Gary then moves on to Audio-Technica’s suite of professional headphones ranging in price from $49 to $349. These headphones have a flat audio response, removable ear-pads, and detachable cables. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://audio-technica.com/
Allison interviews Terry LoBianco from Backblaze about their B2 cloud storage services. B2 Cloud Storage is similar to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure storage, and Google Cloud Storage. This service is Backblaze’s latest product offering, with the lowest price enterprise cloud storage service on the market. B2 Cloud Storage, referred to as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or object storage, enables programmers, developers, IT professionals, and others to easily store mass volumes of data in the cloud. You can quickly scale up and down while paying for your actual usage – no locked fees. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://backblaze.com/
We celebrate 13 years of podcasting (on the 13th), I tell the story of how my doorbell informed us that our UPS had died. We hear the interview with Boinx from NAB, and I’ll explain how Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack solved two problems on an airplane. I get my Excel geek on when I solve a dumb question for John, and in a more practical tip, I’ll teach you about Snapthread for making videos out of Live Photos.
One of the more interesting advancements in iPhone photography in the last few years has been Live Photos. If you haven’t played around with them before, the sensor actually captures a few seconds of video on either side of the photo. Up until recently, the fun party trick was to hold your finger down on the photo and you could see the tiny video. While enjoyable, you couldn’t do anything else with Live Photos.
Back then the photo was a single hi-resolution JPG with a video sidecar file. But with the new High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF/HEIC) things are getting a lot more interesting.