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NC #783 Hiking Apps, RØDE Mini Mic, epocCam, Backup Idiot, AMIR Lenses for Phones

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 10, 2020, and this is show number 783. Next week is the 15-year show and I’ve gotten so many great audio recordings. They’ve really warmed my heart. If you have anything you want to add for next week be sure to get them in soon!

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I’ve been head down on a video tutorial for ScreenCastsOnline this week. I delivered a tutorial on Loopback from Rogue Amoeba and did an update on a few new features in their app Audio Hijack. I swear I knew everything about these tools but as always I learned a ton more! It won’t be out for a few weeks yet of course as it goes through the production cycle, but I brought it up because three wonderful people sent in audio reviews this week, and with a couple from me we have a full-fledged show. Let’s get started.

Blog Posts

5 Hiking Apps by Jill From the North Woods

RØDE NT USB Mini Mic – by Terry Austin

Can $8 Enable a Great Webcam Experience?

Support the Show

I was thinking about Patreon on the people I support through this service. Let’s take Daily Tech News Show for example. If it was to go away tomorrow, how sad would I be? I would be devastated. I love that show. Would I write to Tom and say, “Hey, if I give you $1 per month would you keep going? How about $2?” Tom’s show is supported entirely by Patreon so people (like me) can already give him that dollar or two per month to demonstrate the value we get out of the show.

Now with my show it’s different. You listened to me and Adam Engst talking about how we don’t know how to stop doing things. But imagine for a moment that the show did stop, would it be worth a buck or two a month to bring it back? If it would be a big sad time for you, consider going to and pledging something that’s right for you and your family and shows the value you get out of the shows.

Ok, pledge break is over, let’s get back to the fun stuff.

I’m an idiot… – by Steven Goetz

I love this story first because Steven says he’s an idiot at the beginning, and that’s exactly how he told me the story when it first happens. Second I love that he’s so good at backups he had not one but two more ways to fall back if he hadn’t recovered from his foolishness. If you’re a Carbon Copy Cloner user, you might be wondering like Mike Price was in our Slack group, why he wasn’t able to recover via CCC’s SafetyNet. Steven explained that even though he had it turned on, it never created a SafetyNet folder. However, after the recovery, and him having redone the backup tasks the folder is there now. No clue why it didn’t work the first time.

The other thing to mention is that Backblaze would have sent him a hard drive with all his data, and then if he sent it back, they would have given the cost of the drive back and it would have cost him nothing. It definitely works (my friend Pat Dengler tested it in a non-crisis) but it does take a few days to get the drive so there were faster methods available for him. I think he reminds us of the good lessons of multiple backups in multiple ways on multiple types of media!

A $16 Macro/Wide Angle Lens Kit Can’t Be Any Good, Can It?

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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