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NC #684 MacBook Keyboard, HashPhotos, Security Bits

Thanks for giving us a few extra days with Steve’s dad before publishing the show. We’ll start out with a rant by me against everyone who has declared the butterfly keyboard on the newer MacBooks as bad, then I’ll tell you about an amazing photo app for iOS called HashPhotos from BeyondF.  Bart is back with another installment of Security Bits where he’ll talk about the new USB restricted mode for our iOS devices, and then he’ll talk about all the new security features Apple introduced at WWDC. Of course, he’ll have notable news, updates, and suggested reading for you as well.

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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 Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and this is show number 684. Thanks, everyone for waiting for me while Steve and I went to see his dad for Father’s Day. His parents recently moved about 4 hours north of us and they’re feeling a bit out of touch with the family so every visit is a good one. We pretty much puttered about on our computers and iPads and ate and drank a lot so it was a great trip.

Tim Jahr is a great contributor to the NosillaCast community over in our Facebook group and he challenged me on how I give reasons when the show is early or late. He suggested that the pressure to be on time is self-imposed. He’s certainly right about this, but I hate to disappoint people when they’re expecting the show. I do find it relaxing that I haven’t got a 13-year streak going with Chit Chat Across the Pond, so you’ll notice I don’t stress as much about that show.

While there, I still managed to record two sessions with Bart since they’ve got awesome Internet. We have a full-length Security Bits in today’s show as a result.

Chit Chat Across the Pond

Chit Chat Across the Pond was also with Bart, continuing the Programming By Stealth series. This week we dug deeper into what Bootstrap calls content, but which actually helps us style our HTML. We learned how to style images, figures, and tables, and next time we get to learn about layout in Bootstrap which Bart says is the best fun. Bart, of course, has his fabulous written tutorial for the episode over at… and you can subscribe to the audio in your podcatcher either under Chit Chat Across the Pond or Programming By Stealth. If you prefer the direct method, the audio is also linked on…

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Breaking My Silence on the MacBook Pro Keyboard

HashPhotos for iOS is Everything Apple Photos Should Be


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I bet many of you feel the same way and have every intention of doing the same but then by the time you get home you forget to go over to and sign up. I have an idea for you, do what I do. Right now, holler out to Siri, Cortana, Google or Alexa, depending on your persuasion, and ask your assistant to remind you to become a patron at a specific time or location. I use my Apple Watch for this kind of thing all the time, and it’s the only reason I remember to do anything at all! If it’s not the right time for you and your family to become a patron, please don’t feel badly about that. Just enjoy the shows and tell your friends about them, ok? That’s cool too.

Security Bits – USB Restricted Mode, Apple’s Focus on Security in OS Announcements

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 5 pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways.   Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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