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NC #740 Digital Honk, Copy/Paste Plain Text on iOS, Tech on Travel, Security Bits

I can’t thank Bart and Allister enough for their help with the shows while we were vacationing in Chile. You may have received a version of Allister’s show that had the oddest digital honking noise on Sandy’s review – I’ll explain in this show what we think happened. Then I’ll answer a dumb question about how to copy and then paste plain text in iOS. I’ll go through a rather fun “Tech in Travel” segment about how we did our tech on the trip. From diagramming via draw.io to keeping my camera safe from water to Google Fi. Then Bart is back with a segment of Security Bits that really needed the palate cleanser at the end!

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Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, July 14, 2019, and this is show number 740.

Thank You to Allister and Bart

Steve and I are back from our Chilean Eclipse adventure. I would like to start the show by giving my heartfelt thanks to Allister and Bart for providing you such great content while we were gone. I love a good streak, and I’m super proud that we’ve had the NosillaCast come out every single week for over 14 years without a single miss. Bart and Allister are a huge part of why this is true. But more importantly, I love their shows. It’s really fun to sit back and relax and listen to such great voices provide fascinating content.

Bart’s Show

I’ll start with what I loved about Bart’s show. I really appreciate that Joe Dugandzic provided his excellent review of the CYCL Wing lights, especially on a show where cyclist Bart was hosting. That was a perfect matchup, especially since much of the year Bart is forced to ride at night because of the latitude of Ireland.

I was absolutely delighted to finally hear Wing’s voice on the show, or as Bart affectionately refers to him, his darling beloved. I really enjoyed the cadence of Wing’s delivery, the ups and downs of the story he told, the history of even coming to the iPhone in the first place, and of course the glowing review of the Powerbeats3 headphones.

I am humbled by Bart’s continued insistence that I’m an important part of his Security Bits segments. You and I both know that it’s 87.8% Bart and 2.2% me, but he is adamant that I add value to it beyond what I realize. I will graciously accept his point of view out loud, but I’m not sure I’ll ever truly believe it. Thank you Bart, for all that you do.

Allister’s Show

I’d like to talk about Allister’s show too. But I have to start by addressing the problem that happened, and that’s the awful honking noise that occurred during Sandy’s amazing review of the AirFly. You may or may not have heard this problem, as when I heard it, Sandy, Allister and I worked together to push out a version to the feed that fixed the problem. So let me characterize the sound and then tell you what we think happened.

What Caused that Digital Honk?

I can tell you one more thing. If you had followed me on Twitter @podfeet, or were a member of our slack group at podfeet.com/slack, or were a member of our Facebook community at podfeet.com/slack or were signed up to get the Podfeet Press newsletter at podfeet.com/podfeetpress, you would have been notified really soon after the show was produced that a new version was available with Sandy’s lovely voice with no honking whatsoever!

Now after all that I want to thank Allister for his GTA Car Kit review, and his Pixelmator Pro review that caused me to spend $5 on an iPad app. The Glitch.com review from Caleb highlighted a programming tool that has become indispensable to me in the last two weeks.

To refresh your memory, Glitch allows you to post code and run it on the web in a free account. Just this week, Bart was trying to help untangle my brain on how to write Mustache templates, and we just jumped onto Glitch.com and I got to watch him write the code real-time. As he wrote the code, Glitch showed the web view of what he was doing. It was a fantastic way to learn for me. Dorothy and I have also been using it as a way to test the games we’ve written in Programming By Stealth as viewed on iOS. Fantastic tip, Caleb!

And then Allister’s description of how he creates web-versions of his photos while on travel, making a backup along the way, and then using his Mac at home using Hazel to process the photos using Retrobatch – it was pure genius! I loved every minute of it.

so once more, my heartfelt thanks to Bart and Allister and the NosillaCastaways who leant a hand to make their jobs easier. I couldn’t have been happier. Well, ok, I could have done without the digital honking!

Chit Chat Across the Pond

I’ve got two Chit Chat Across the Pond’s to catch you up on. The day I got back, I published Chit Chat Across the Pond #601, featuring Dr. Maryanne Garry, self-proclaimed Crusher of Dreams. This time she’s back to tell us how she thinks science is broken. She makes that statement based on her concerns about how papers are chosen for what she calls, “Saw your arm off publications”, those publications that are the pinnacle of publication. As always she backs up her points with lots of research and facts. She’s funny that way. You can find this dream-crushing episode in the Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite feed in your podcatcher of choice, or listen via the link on podfeet.com:

CCATP #601 – Dr. Maryanne Garry on Why Science is Broken

This weekend, we have another installment of Programming By Stealth where Bart Busschots taught us more about promises, this time with a capital P. Capital P Promises are designed to solve the problem of an API that requires a promise as an input, but your code already has the value you want to provide. That sounds funny but it makes sense in Bart’s description. After that he shows us how we can control parallelization of promises using Promise.all(). It’s a very sensible lesson, and not brain bendy at all. (I really like those.). Look in your podcatcher for CCATP #602 under the Programming By Stealth feed or listen via the link on podfeet.com

CCATP #602 – Bart Busschots on PBS 81 of X – The JavaScript Promise Utilities

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Dumb Question Corner – How to Copy/Paste Plain Text on iOS?

Tech on Travel – Chile Eclipse

Support the Show

You know this show is not ad supported, it’s supported by you. Our hero of the week is Francis O’Carroll who chose to go to podfeet.com/patreon and sign up to donate a weekly dollar amount to keep the lights on at the Podfeet Podcasts Empire. I call him a hero though because of what he wrote back to me when I thanked him for supporting the show:

When I discovered Taming the Terminal the way you and Bart simultaneously inform, entertain and paint a better picture in audio than many others can do with video, I knew I had to give my support to both of you.

I know the flashy, popular podcasts are probably the NosillaCast and Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite because they speak to a larger audience, but the Taming the Terminal series Bart created and Programming By Stealth are so much work and I think important work that I love to hear that they’re appreciated. Even more, I love to hear that Francis chose to support Bart as well. After every episode of Programming By Stealth I suggest using Bart’s Patreon rather than mine. Since we’re about to hear Security Bits, if you want to make me double happy, go to patreon.com/ltpod and support Bart.

Security Bits – 14 July 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 allison@podfeet.com, follow me on twitter @podfeet.  Remember, everything good starts with podfeet.com/. podfeet.com/patreon, podfeet.com/facebook, podfeet.com/slack!  And if you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways.   Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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