Network Not Work! How I Solved My File Sharing Problem With BitTorrent Sync

Allister here, taking my turn to stand in for the vacationing Allison.

network-volume-mac-iconI’m a huge supporter of the OS X operating system and often try to gently drop hints to those second class citizens we call Windows users about how great we have it. But in the interests of objectivity, I do always admit there are flaws. One of the biggest flaws I warn people about is how OS X handles network volumes. That is, drives on another Mac, connected to a router like an Airport Extreme, or on a dedicated Network Attached Storage, or NAS, device.

My wife and I run a small business and one of my roles is creating assets in the form of PDF documents and images. My wife uses the images online and the prints the PDFs to create our products. So the problem to be solved is how can I create and maintain these assets on my Mac while giving my wife access from her Mac to use them as needed? Continue reading “Network Not Work! How I Solved My File Sharing Problem With BitTorrent Sync”

Behringer U-Control UCA222 Digital Audio Interface

Hello Allison and NosillaCastaways. Allister here again from New Zealand with a short review of a product recommended to me by another NosillaCastaway.

First, the problem to be solved. I just bought myself a brand new 27″ Retina 5K iMac. It is a beautiful machine and I am very pleased with it. No, that’s not a problem in itself, but if I look around the back of this beast, I see only one 3.5mm audio jack and it’s marked with a headphone symbol. It turns out it will support a headset with microphone, but that’s not really going to cut it for recording high quality audio.

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OmniFocus 2 Might Help You Get Things Done

Omnifocus home screen showing different views of projectsHello Allison and the NosillaCastaways, Allister here from New Zealand again with a review of an application I’ve known about for years but only just grokked. Let me start by reading you a list.

To Do (two words), myTo-Dos, iProcrastinate, OmniFocus for iPhone, ToDo (one word), Remember The Milk, To Do Exchange Tasks, Any.do, Things, Due, and Todoist. That’s the list of task management, or “to-do” apps I had tried on my iPhone up until recently. Some of those apps are, or were, quite good. But I don’t use any of them any more. Many had interesting or useful features, some were delightful to use and some were effective task managers. The trouble with all of them was the same – me. I’m not so great at task management and I found in most cases I was not drawn to using them, even though I needed them.

In recent months I have been listening to some new podcasts and I have heard some very busy people swear by one particular task management app. They each said the only way that they could get as much done as they do, was because of this app. Then some of them started talking about why this app helps them so much. It sounded both simple and powerful. I also know several other podcasters who have long talked about this same app with reverence. So I began to look at it closely. Continue reading “OmniFocus 2 Might Help You Get Things Done”

#534 Apple Music, Cheap Impostor, Chambers Dictionary and Thesaurus, Myke Hurley from Relay FM

Allister Jenks guest hosts while Allison has some family time in San Diego. Allister reviews Apple Music. Nick Riley reviews Cheap Impostor for creating printed booklets. Allister reviews Chambers dictionary and Thesaurus apps for your iOS devices. In Chit Chat Across The Pond, Allister interviews Myke Hurley, co-founder of Relay FM, about his journey from first discovering podcasts to founding his own network and podcasting full time.


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#515 Adonit Styluses, 360Heros, Evernote Scannable, Blue Ant Ribbon, IT training with Elaine Giles and Mike Thomas

Two interviews from CES: Adonit styluses have come a long way from their simple beginnings, and 360Heros holders for multiple GoPro cameras for surround video. Allister reviews Evernote’s Scannable iOS app which can make short work of “scanning” documents with an iDevice camera. Steve Davidson reviews the Blue Ant Ribbon to “Bluetooth-ify” your favourite earbuds. In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Elaine Giles and Mike Thomas of the MacBites podcast talk about their world of IT training.


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#497 choosing between iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Bluetooth keyboards, RGB Express game and iOS app design and marketing

Allister Jenks guest hosts the show this week and talks about his decision process on buying a new iPhone in 2014. Donald Burr reviews two Bluetooth keyboards for his iOS devices. Then Allister reviews the iOS game RGB Express and finally on CCATP talks with Andrew J Clark about all aspects of building a unique and successful iOS app except the coding.


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#462 Watershot underwater iPhone case, IcyDock EZ-Dock, AnyFont, teaching technology to the young and old

This show is guest hosted by Allister Jenks. Dorothy, aka MacLurker, reviews the Watershot Underwater camera housing for iPhone, Bart reviews the IcyDock EZ-Dock hard drive “toaster” for cheaper disk expansion, I review AnyFont for installing your own fonts on iOS and Melissa Davis, aka TheMacMommy, joins me to discuss teaching the old and young how to use modern technology – is it hard or just scary?


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#393 Sydney antics and meetup, Dashboard widgets, travelling iPhones, DropBox for community organisations and podcasting and writing from Australia

This week Allister Jenks from New Zealand stands in for Allison. Allister tells the tale of podfeet encounters in Sydney and talk about travelling with an iPhone 5. Kirschen Seah reviews some OS X Dashboard widgets. Trevor Drover describes how to set up an operate a DropBox account for a community organisation. Bart does Security Light before Mark Greentree joins Allister to talk about how he got into writing and podcasting on Chit Chat Across the Pond.

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