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NC #1000 Party, Changes to the Podcasts, 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, July 7, 2024, and this is show number 1000!!!

When Dave Hamilton hit 1000 with the Mac Geek Gab he said, “We’re not gonna make a big deal out of it.” Yeah, that’s not how we’re doing it here! This is going to be mostly a party show, but will include me explaining some big changes I’ve just made to the podcast as well as Security Bits as the second half of the show.

Before we get started though, I wanted to let you know that next week we’ll be going to Macstock, so the show will come out early on Wednesday, July 10th. Everybody say it now, “There will be NO LIVE SHOW next Sunday the 14th of July!”

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Programming By Stealth 169 of X — Advanced YAML Topics

In this week’s Programming By Stealth, we have the second (and final) installment about YAML, Bart teaches us how to write multi-line strings and how not to write multi-line strings. He teaches us about String Blocks which is a bit head-bendy but allows you to write human-readable strings and also tell YAML what to do with empty lines and white space.

After that slightly heavy lift, we learn about how to write much simpler-looking Sequences and Mappings than the way we learned in our introduction to YAML in PBS 168. It’s really nifty how you can write them in compact, sensible forms, and even easily combine separate YAML documents into the same sequence or mapping.

Finally, we learn how to use the yq language to query JSON, CSV, and XML files using a language that uses jq syntax so you’ll feel right at home. You can subscribe to Programming By Stealth in your podcatcher of choice or follow the link to Bart’s fabulous tutorial shownotes.


Now that we’ve got the business of the show taken care of, Steve would like to take over the microphone.

Steve on 1000 Shows

One of the biggest surprises of doing the NosillaCast has been how much Steve has gotten involved with the show. It used to be me doing my own thing, but over time he’s taken over the production of the live show and of course, all the work he does on the video interviews he produces.

What you may not know is how much of our daily chores Steve has taken over, especially since we retired, leaving me more time for the podcasts. He does the grocery shopping, the cooking, pays all the bills, and organizes all of our travel. Don’t worry, I still wax his car.

To say he’s the wind beneath my wings would sound trite, especially since it’s the wind above your wings that lifts you up. But I will say he’s my partner in this endeavor and I wouldn’t be doing the show without all of his support.

Uh oh, he wants the microphone back again. Don’t you love how he always introduces himself as “Husband Steve” as though I’ll forget?

Steve Explains the Upcoming feedback from the NosillaCastaways

1000 Group 1 – Drunk Nick Nolte, DocTim, Big_in_Va, Claus, Norbert Frassa, Grumpy

I am immediately overwhelmed. Looking at the number of people we’ll hear from, I can’t possibly address all of the wonderful comments, so I’ll hold my overall thoughts till the end.

1000 Group 2 – George from Tulsa, Jill from the Northwoods, Alan, NASANut, Physics Nerd Graeme, Bodie Grimm

Changes Coming to the Podcasts — All Good News!

1000 Group 3 – Sandy, Kirschen, Mr. Ed, Dave Hamilton, Slau, Knightwise

1000 Group 4 – Steven Goetz, Peter Boodts, Ian Prinssen, Thomas Mattock, Ron Burch

1000 Group 5 – Victor Cajiao, Listener Lynn, Trevor Drover, Joe Dugandzic, UseTheData, Steve Harris

I know I said I’d hold my thoughts till the end, but you may be wondering what Steve Harris was talking about when he said, “We’re still waiting for your mother’s prediction to come true.” This is a deep pull. In 2013 my mom, affectionately called the Podmom, came on the show to review an accessibility tool she was enjoying. It happened to be Mother’s Day, and she ended the conversation with a level of snark that might be even higher than Steve Harris.

Insert audio of below from podmom

Thanks mom, for the encouragement and support.

1000 Group 6 – Allister, Steve Ewell, Noblesongster, Oliver, Pilot Pete

1000 Group 7 – Kelly Guimont and Mike Rose

I have so many emotions and thoughts going in my head from all of these wonderful contributions. From the serious to the silly, from the genuine to the snarky, I loved every single one of them.

The most prevalent thread seems to be the feeling of community. Starting the live show many years ago seems to have been the catalyst for so many NosillaCastaways getting to know each other, not just getting to know me and Steve. The Slack community is also a very powerful way that we’ve brought people together. It’s also interesting how many of those who contributed to today’s show we’ve met in person. A few stragglers are left, but I intend to meet you all eventually.

For the 99% of you out there who sit quietly and politely listening to the content we produce here (or possibly just yell at their podcatchers but I never hear you), thank you for listening and subscribing too.

I love that we heard from people who live in my neighborhood, people across the United States, and people from countries across the world.

These testimonials remind me that I have so many genuine friends because of the podcast. We may not get to go out for a refreshment together, but we talk nerdy tech, we have some laughs, and we take care of each other when things aren’t going well.

I can tell you that I feel very loved right now. If that was your goal, you achieved it with flying colors.

Support the Show

On this day of celebration, I have to take a pause and thank all of the people who have supported the show financially over the years. Whether you still support the show or if you felt it best for you to drop off, that money has gone a long way towards helping to pay for software and microphones and database/web servers. It has also gone a long way towards showing me your appreciation for the work we do here.

Security Bits

Before we get started, I wanted to take a moment to recognize Bart for how absolutely integral he has been to the NosillaCast getting to 1000 episodes. He doesn’t just do Security Bits and Programming By Stealth and Taming the Terminal and Chit Chat Across the Pond, he’s my constant source of inspiration to become the best nerd I can be. He’s there in so many crises for me both of a technical nature and in my personal life. He’s one of my very best friends in the world and you wouldn’t be hearing the NosillaCast today if it weren’t for him.

Transcript of NC_2024_07_07

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. Remember, everything good starts with You can follow me on Mastodon at If you want to listen to the podcasts on YouTube, you can go to If you want to join the conversation, you can join our Slack community at where you can talk to me and all of the other lovely NosillaCastaways. 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, you’ll have to wait until July 21st to head on over to on Sunday nights at 5 PM Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways.   Thanks for listening, and thanks for 1000 shows.

2 thoughts on “NC #1000 Party, Changes to the Podcasts, Security Bits

  1. Dave Price - July 8, 2024

    Congratulations, Allison and Steve! It’s a big accomplishment. I found out about the Aptera solar vehicle from you and it looks like next year it may become a reality.

  2. Allison Sheridan - July 8, 2024

    Thanks, Dave!

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