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NC #701 Two Troys and Backblaze, Cord Cutting Solutions, Fat Lady Sings for Google Plus

In this week’s show we’ll start off with a little more fun about the 700th show last week. Then I’ll tell you a tale of two Troys, and how a problem with Backblaze uncovered a lost recording for the NosillaCast. Then I’ll actually let you hear the lost recording. After that we’ll talk about the demise of Google Plus by Google themselves and where we might want to move our community.

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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, October 14, 2018, and this is show number 701. As you either remember from last week or because you’re skilled at counting backward, we had a 700th episode celebration last week. This week I got a 700th present in the mail that warmed my heart.

People ask me why I podcast, especially when it’s essentially free with donations for those who feel so inclined. This is why. It’s the community. Sandy Foster is one of the most participative people in our little family, especially in the live show. We had the joy of meeting her in person in Las Vegas earlier this year. She immediately endeared herself to me by making fun of Chuck.

Sandy’s Twitter handle is @MacQuilter and she sent me a positively gorgeous quilted pillow. It’s off-white with creative stitching on it, and in two of the corners are the rainbow Apple logos. They’re stunningly beautiful. On the back, she stitched in the podfeet themselves, and in the other corner it says, “With an ever so slight Apple bias” and her name, city and the date.

I’m floored by this gift – a gift of her time, of her love of Apple along with us, and that she’d think of me and send me something so wonderful. I will treasure this pillow forever.

Chit Chat Across the Pond

This week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond was with Nuris Coronado and Dan Eckmeier. They’re both blind and both upgraded from iPhone 7 to iPhone XS. They talk us through the changes from losing the home button and having Face ID, and how they feel about the new gestures. It’s a really interesting discussion from a different perspective. Spoiler, they both love the new phones.

One of my pet peeves is when people apologize at the beginning of a podcast, like when they point out that they have a cold. I don’t like excuses about why a show hasn’t been produced in a long time either. Either do it on a schedule, or don’t and stop apologizing. Anyway, I bring that pet peeve up because I start this episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond with an apology. There were some problems with the audio in the show that I tried to circumvent but I wasn’t successful.

Dan had a bird in the room, which I heard and asked that it be quieted (I thought you could throw a towel over a cage to make a bird think it’s nighttime?) He did quiet the bird down but it wakes up pretty soon after we started recording. I cut out it’s chatter wherever I could but a lot of it was while he or Nuris were talking. Nuris was in a closed car, which is actually an acoustically fantastic place to do a recording. The problem was that her mother kept opening the car door and putting stuff in the car. She muted her mic as often as she could but of course I wanted her opinion on things and so the sound does come through a fair amount. Again I cut it out wherever I could. So, yeah, I started a show with an apology!

I hope I haven’t convinced you not to listen, because the content is interesting. You can find this episode in your podcatcher of choice under Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite or the full Chit Chat Across the Pond feed and of course you can always listen over at…

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A Story of Two Troys, Backblaze and a Lost Recording

There – you got a story of backups redeemed and now you can finally get to hear Troy Shimkus and his story about how he helps his friends cut the cord.

Cord Cutting Solutions – by Troy Shimkus


This week we had two people decide to become Patrons of the Podfeet Podcasts. Both John Tiftickjian and Wayne Karaki feel that the podcasts provide value to them and showed it in a financial way. One of the most interesting things about the Patrons is that mostly they’re people I’ve never talked to. We’ve never emailed, tweeted, Facebook’d or Google Plussed each other. They sit in the audience with their hands folded and politely listen, and then decide to support the show.

If you find that you get value out of what you learn here like John and Wayne and the other Patrons, head on over to and sign up for as little as a dollar a week to help support the show. My gratitude goes out to John and Wayne and all of you out there who choose to support the show in whatever way you can.

The Fat Lady Sings for Google Plus

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

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