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NC #968 OCR PDFs with Linux, Smart String Lights from Hue and Twinkly, De-Teching with Tom, Security Bits

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, November 26, 2023, and this is show number 968.

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Checklist 353 – A Letter on Passkeys from Allison Sheridan

This week I got to be a guest on The Checklist Podcast hosted by MacOSKen. We talk about a survey that finds that young people are less likely to report that they’ve been victims of cybercrime (and more likely to BE victims). Then we talk about the open letter I wrote to help people explain to their friends and family that passkeys are a good thing and not scary. Look for The Checklist #353 in your podcatcher of choice!

CCATP # 779 — Bart Busschots on PBS 156 of X — Extracting Data with jq

Follow Up on eufy Cam

I recently sang the virtues of Eufy Cams as an inexpensive replacement for Wyzecams that work with HomeKit Secure Video. Right after I wrote the article, I received my 8th and 9th Eufy cams. I installed the 8th one without any issues just like the first 7, but when I went to install the 9th one, for the life of me I couldn’t get it into HomeKit Secure Video.

I started a chat session with eufy and got the expected bot, but it actually asked me to test out a few different things, like trying to set it up from inside the same room with the router. I ran through the tests and still couldn’t get online, and the bot escalated me to a human who asked a few more things. After going through what they suggested, the human said, “Looks like it’s not working, how about we send you another one and you don’t have to send back the broken one?” Why that would be lovely!

In a few days, I had the replacement camera and it immediately connected to HomeKit. I was delighted with the customer service. But I felt like a real heel when a few days later eufy wrote back to me asking me if the new camera worked! I hadn’t even said thank you and here they are checking up on me.

I’m telling you this story because I think it’s a signal of a good company. Of course, we’d rather things worked the first time, but knowing the company will be responsive when something goes wrong is nearly as good and gives me confidence in recommending them.

39th Annual Kilowatt Trivia Thanksgiving Extravaganza

Y’all know that Steve and I are big fans of Bodie Grimm, host of the Kilowatt Podcast. We always tell you he’s informative about the world of electric vehicles, but he’s also one of the silliest people we know. He’s become friends with another friend of ours, Robb Dunnewood of the SMR Podcast and The Tech Jawn.

Bodie invited Robb, Steve, and me to join him in what he called the “39th Annual Kilowatt Trivia Thanksgiving Extravaganza”. Bodie asked us trivia questions across a broad set of topics and used a video board he created reminiscent of the Jeopardy game.

To say that this was an orderly game where we played by strict rules with defined scoring would do injustice to the anarchy of the event. Bodie has released the video on YouTube which is a lot of fun, but you can also find it in your podcatcher of choice if you subscribe to the Kilowatt Podcast.


OCR PDFs with Open Source Tools on Linux by George from Tulsa

Smart Light Strings from Hue and Twinkly — by Jill from the Northwoods

De-teching – by Tom from Ontario

Be Kind to One Another

I took most of the week off thanks to George, Jill, Tom, and Bart, so I’m not going to ask for donations this week. Instead, I’ll only ask that you go out and be kind to one another.

Security Bits — 26 November 2023

Transcript of NC_2023_11_26

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