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NC #865 Kilowatt Thanksgiving Special, Stuck Coding? Write a Letter, Meross Smart Plugs, Level Lock with Pat Dengler

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, December 5, 2021, and this is show number 865.

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Steve and I Were on the Kilowatt Podcast

One of the great joys of podcasting is the cool people we meet along the way, many of whom are fellow podcasters. Steve and I have become friends fairly recently with Bodie Grimm, who we met through Tom Merritt’s Daily Tech News Show podcast. Have you ever had a friend who feels like an old friend that you just met? That’s how we feel about Bodie.

Bodie is a firefighter, and an electric vehicle enthusiast, so I recently had him on Chit Chat Across the Pond to explain to the audience the difference between an internal-combustion engine fire and an electric vehicle fire. Bodie is also the host of the fabulous Kilowatt podcast which is all about electric vehicles.

He decided he wanted to conduct his 1st Annual Thanksgiving Special with Steve, me, his daughter Sierra, and her partner Brad. Brad and Sierra have a Tesla Model 3, and they, like Steve and me, have been trying to get into the full self-driving (FSD) beta program with Tesla. The show was such great fun, as Bodie tried to pit partners against each other asking us to describe how the other one drives, and more good-natured ribbing. I had a blast, and not just because I ended up getting to tell my story yet again about how FSD beta isn’t quite ready for prime time yet. You’ll have the rare opportunity to hear Steve in front of the microphone too!

I hope you’ll give it a listen by going to your podcatcher of choice and looking for the Kilowatt Podcast and the Thanksgiving Special, or you can follow the link in the shownotes.

CCATP #707 – Tom Merritt on Meta and the Metaverse

Blog Posts

Tiny Tip – When You’re Stuck Coding, Write a Letter You’ll Never Send

Meross – Inexpensive HomeKit-Compatible Smart Plug

Support the Show

I’m delighted to start thanking our three-year patrons, starting this week with Richard Appiah, Jonathan Scott (aka nuclearJon in the live chatroom), John Atwood, Jonathan Weinman, and Clinton MacDonald. Evidently, 2018 was a good year for patrons named John, rounded out with a Richard and a Clinton. Every one of these people has pledged a dollar amount that works for them, and that shows their appreciation for the work we do here. They’re letting me know that we help educate them, entertain them, or maybe just keep them company as they go about their days. I am so happy that they’ve chosen this way to support us and help keep the lights on here. If you’d like to join them, head on over to and show your appreciation too.

Pat Dengler on the Level Lock (no blog post)

Pat Dengler joins me in a discussion about smart door locks, starting with both of our experiences with the August Smart lock and then about her new lock from

After Pat and I finished recording, we figured out why the Level Lock appeared to only open on touch when Pat touched it. Remember when she kidded around about how it was “magic”? She told me the test case that was so confusing. She opened the lock from the outside and then went inside the house. She had her friend try to open the lock by touching it, while Pat was on the other side of the door with her phone, fully within Bluetooth range. She expected it to open but it didn’t. Her friend was able to open the lock with the app.

When we walked through it after the recording, she realized what was wrong. Remember she said that once you open it with touch, you can’t open it again right away with touch? Since she had unlocked it with touch right before her friend tried to do it, that’s why it didn’t work, not that she had the “magic touch.”

That’s going to wind this up for this week. Did you know you can email me at [email protected] any time you like? If you have a question or a suggestion just send it on over. I’ve left Facebook (at least for now) so Twitter is a good place to follow me online at @podfeet. Better yet, join our Slack community at where you can talk to me and all of the other lovely NosillaCastaways. Remember, everything good starts with You can support the show at or with a one-time donation at  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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