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NC #730 Omni 20 USB-C Power Bank, HyperDrive 8-in-1 USB-C Hub, Security Bits

In this jumbo-sized episode of the show, I’ll tell you about the Omni 20 USB-C Power bank that can charge a large laptop at half the weight and volume, and the HyperDrive travel hub that solves some real problems. Then Bart Busschots will regale us with Security Bits that are “Chewy Mediums” as he calls them.

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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 5, 2019, and this is show number 730.

Next week’s show will be a special one, we’ll be celebrating 14 years of the NosillaCast. If you’re a new listener, or a new listener of podcasts in general, that’s really, really old for a podcast. Podcasting was only invented in October of 2004, and I started on May 13th of 2005. We won’t be having a big party but if you want to bring a beverage and make a toast or two, Steve and I would love to see you in the live chatroom at on Sunday 12 May at 5pm Pacific Time. You can wear a party hat if you want to.

Chit Chat Across the Pond

I had great fun in this week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond playing with Bart Busschots in Programming By Stealth. We’re on installment 77 and in this lesson he stepped back to really cement the concept of callbacks. This came about because I confessed that while I’d been hearing the term for literally years in Programming By Stealth, I really didn’t understand what a callback actually was.

He went over the topic with several examples, even showing how we’ve been using them all along but not specifically referring to them as callbacks. I was lost for a bit at the beginning, but he patiently went over each example until as he says, the penny dropped for me.

After that he went through the homework challenge from installment 76. In 76 he told us that he was going to put us through what’s called in programming language, “callback hell”. He told us that there was a way to avoid callback hell but he wanted us to experience the agony first. Well, when I did my homework, I quickly found the way to avoid callback hell and ran with it.

He loved that I jumped so far ahead, but as I put it, skipping callback hell was like not really facing death in the Kobayashi Maru! I had so much fun doing the homework and got done early enough that I actually went back and did it the hard way and succeeded. I am very proud of my little self, I can tell you that!

You can listen to this episode of Programming By Stealth in your podcasting tool of choice under Programming By Stealth, or under Chit Chat Across the Pond and of course you can listen right at CCATP #592 — Bart Busschots on PBS 77 of X — More Callbacks & More AJAX

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Omni 20 USB-C Power Bank to Charge Full Size Laptops (and More)

Traveling Live Show with HyperDrive 8-in-1 USB-C Hub


This week we had not one but two people decide that they get enough value of the shows we produce at the Podfeet Podcasts that they’d dedicate some of their hard-earned dollars to support us through Patreon. I’d like to make a special shout out to Greg Hatfield and Dave Ginsburg for their patronage.

The cool thing about Patreon is how easy it is to control exactly how much money you spend. You can set a per show amount but also add a limit per month. That way you can contribute to a bunch of shows but still add a cap to the total. You are in complete control.

It’s a little weird from the podcaster’s side because the pledged amount isn’t ever what we really get, but I still think this is a much better way because you’re the boss, right? Anyway, if you’d like to show the value you get from the shows, please consider going to and see if it’s right for you. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled program.

Security Bits – 3 May 2019

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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