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NC #680 Keep It, Backblaze B2, Airtable, Security Bits

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 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 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.

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Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, May 20, 2018, and this is show number 680.

Before we kick into gear, I want to let you know that Steve and I will be out of town for Memorial Day weekend, so there will be no live show on Sunday the 27th, and the show won’t come out until Tuesday the 29th. I know Steven Goetz will give me grief that he won’t have the NosillaCast for entertainment while doing inventory, and George’s dogs will be upset on their walk on Monday but there’s nothing to be done about it. We will be back on our regular schedule on Sunday June 3rd.

Chit Chat Across the Pond

In Chit Chat Across the Pond this week, Bart takes us through installment 54 of x of Programming By Stealth. He finishes up the Bootstrap Utilities and it’s as much fun as the previous segments. We’re making pretty recipes and we’re not done yet. He teased us with how fun prettifying our tables will be with Bootstrap in an upcoming installment. You can find Programming By Stealth in your podcatcher of choice, and it’s also available as part of the full Chit Chat Across the Pond feed. Or of course you can listen along at…

ScreenCasts Online on Keep It

A few years ago, Evernote changed their pricing models and a lot of people were upset about it. The free version became kind of limited, for example, only allowing users to sync across two devices, and the higher tiers were all subscription pricing. I wasn’t a huge fan of Evernote from a user interface perspective anyway, so I was more than happy to look for an alternative.

I switched over to an app from Reinvented Software called Keep It and I’ve never looked back. Keep It has advanced considerably in the years since and it’s now an absolutely essential tool for me to keep track of information. I use it to store notes I take about Programming By Stealth, especially emails from Jill and Will about JavaScript and Helma about CSS. I keep my jingles for the podcast in it so I can have them at the ready during the live show, my artwork for the podcasts is there for the social media spamming, I keep my favorite sushi order in there, just about anything I need to keep handy goes into Keep It.

I’m so enamored with this software that I did a tutorial for Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online. I’m really pleased with how it came out, because there’s nothing like teaching a tool to really learn every nook and cranny of it. I learned so much about how well it syncs data between iOS and Mac, how you really can store anything in it, and how flexible it is to match your style of organization. Whether you like folders, or albums (they’re called bundles in Keep It), or tagging or colored labels, Keep It has you covered.

There’s also a lot of flexibility in pricing. If you hate subscriptions, the Mac app can be bought outright or via subscription. The iOS version is subscription only though.

Check it out at… where you an watch a preview of the video, or check out the free 10-day trial and watch the whole thing. I warn you though, you could wind up subscribing to ScreenCasts Online for reals if you do!

Blog Posts

NAB 2018: Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

I Finally Understand Databases Because of the Free Airtable App

Security Bits – Efail, 4th Amendment, Glitch & ThrowHammer, Black Dot & Text-Bomb

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 normally on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time but not till June 3rd, and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways.   Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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