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NC #732 Sorry for a Company, Tesla Tech App, Security Bits

Expect a few extra Podfeet Press emails over the next few days as I fix the Programming By Stealth RSS feed. I’ll talk about how silly I think it is that people feel sorry for Samsung with their folding phones. I’ve got my first installment of Tesla Tech where I’ll tell you all about the app for the phone and how much it can control on the car. Bart Busschots is back with a Security Bits segment where we have 3 chewy Security mediums thanks to a WhatsApp bug, another speculative execution problem from Intel dubbed ZombieLoad, and more good news out of Google on enhancements to their security model coming with Android Q.

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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 Monday, May 20, 2019, and this is show number 732.

I want to give a shout out to a listener who goes by @datguy on Twitter. Today he tweeted me a note that said, ” I’ve been enjoying Programing By Stealth, but was surprised to find a gap in the feed. Did you know that 21-29 are missing?” While I’m delighted that @datguy is enjoying the show, I was surprised to see that the episodes had disappeared from the feed. They’re all up on and for the life of me I have no idea how they got deleted from the PBS RSS feed. It took me a while to recreate the entries but it sure is weird that they wandered off.

If you’re signed up for the Podfeet Press, which is a newsletter that comes out whenever I post a podcast episode, I’m pretty sure me recreating these 9 items in the feed will cause you to get 9 newsletters! I warned the Podfeet Press subscribers because I hate the idea of spamming people unnecessarily. I got a lovely note back from John McNeilly as a result. He wrote, “Dear Allison, Any email from you is a welcome email. 😉 Thanks for the heads up. Best wishes, John”. Now isn’t that sweet? I told him it made my day.

I also Tweeted, Facebook’d and Slacked out that you may suddenly see 9 episodes of Programming By Stealth in your podcast feed but they’ll be dated late 2016 and early 2017. I did all of this on a road trip back from visiting Steve’s family for the weekend, and when I got home today I tweeted @Datguy to tell him I had it all fixed. And right before showtime he told me episodes 31-34 are missing too! So…I guess you’ll be seeing a few more messages from me about this! Speaking of Programming By Stealth…

Chit Chat Across the Pond

Chit Chat Across the Pond this week was Programming By Stealth installment 78. Last week’s challenge was really fun. Bart asked us to build a game with very little guidance. The basic idea was our game was to have our program get a random number from a tool on Bart’s website and then let the user try to guess it. The constraints were pretty wide open and we started with a blank screen. I had a blast writing mine, and Bart enjoyed watching me as I sent him cooler updates over the two weeks.

Bart had an equally good time writing his own, and even let me make suggestions for improvement during the week. In this week’s installment Bart takes us through his challenge solution not in a detailed step-by-step method, but rather went through some major structural ways he created his code. He digs deep enough to explain why but it’s a great lesson on building code that’s easier to debug and more fun to write. As I suggested improvements he decided he needed to use Bootstrap Popovers. He walks us through how they work and I have to say they’re really slick. Then he introduces us to a super intuitive JavaScript library called is.js that solves will simplify our code. I asked Bart if he could back up 2 weeks and show me is.js BEFORE I did last week’s homework!

As always, Bart’s awesome tutorial shownotes are available…. And you can listen in your podcatcher of choice under Chit Chat Across the Pond or Programming By Stealth, and of course you can listen at…

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Security Bits – 16 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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