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Google Chromebook Pixel – by George from Tulsa

Asus Flip with thought bubble saying I am not a PixelbookHi, this is George from Tulsa sending some virtual help to Steve and Allison as they move Steve’s parents. I’m sure they’d rather I flew to California and helped Steve carry the Steinway, but what they get is this small part of a podcast Allison doesn’t have to build herself.

Find yourself the geek for work, family, and friends? I can’t count how many times I’ve been called on to clean malware from Windows computers. A couple of years ago I threw in the towel, wiped the last version of Windows I owned, and told everyone I hadn’t persuaded to move to Mac I no longer did Windows.

Of course, not everyone I know can afford a Mac, so the folks I couldn’t persuade to buy a Mac, or who wouldn’t maintain theirs and started calling me for Mac clean up, I’ve been recommending get Chromebooks. Heck, they’re cheap enough I’ve given them to friends and family I cut off from my free Windows Support Service. Gave one to a sister-in-law two weeks ago.

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NC #658 Chromebook Pixel, Japanese Translation on iPhone, High Sierra on Old Macs, Patreon Apologizes, Overcast, Night Before Christmas

With a lot of help from the NosillaCastaways we have a great show. George from Tulsa brings us a review of the Chromebook Pixel, Helma from the Netherlands tells us how she translates Japanese using her iPhone, Knightwise from Belgium explains how he hacked High Sierra onto a Mac that Apple says is too old to run that OS. Patreon turns around and apologizes. I managed to do one segment, where I put Overcast through its paces against the criteria with which I judged Pocket Casts and Downcast last week. Finally Steve reads his annual poem, The Night Before Christmas – NosillaCast style.

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CCATP #515 – Allison Hartley on Trials & Tribulations of a New iPhone

Allison hartley laughingThis week our guest is Allison Hartley. Allison is the Manager of the Napa Branch of the California department of Rehabilitation, and a podcaster. She co-hosts both the Tech Doctor Podcast with Dr. Robert Carter (dr-carter.com/…) and That Blind Tech Show (blindabilities.com/…).

Allison joins us to talk about the less than smooth experience she had upgrading to iPhone X. You might think it was hard because she’s blind, but accessibility had nothing to do with it. We talk a bit about whether Apple has taken their eye off the ball about quality lately (spoiler alert, yes!).

You can follow Allison on Twitter @hot4technology.

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CCATP #514 – Bart Busschots on PBS 45 – ES6 Arrays & Strings

In this week’s Programming By Stealth, Bart starts by actually giving me credit for leading him to rethink his strategy on the use of const and let. He was nudged along in the strategy by the most awesome Jill.

Then Bart goes on to reveal even more of the joy that is JavaScript ES6. He explains ES6 Arrays, how to loop through Arrays, and in a change that brings a tear to my eye, the simpler way you can now loop over Strings and how concatenation is a thing of the past when building strings. This is truly a joyful show!

As always, Bart’s detailed tutorial is available at bartbusschots.ie/…

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Tiny Tip – Translating Japanese on Your iPhone – by Helma

Google translate showing japanese to englishAs an enthusiastic origami folder, I often buy Japanese books with diagrams. Usually, it’s enough to look at the diagrams to figure what I need to do, but often I wonder if there is an additional explanation in the text.

I cannot read or understand Japanese and I don’t know how to produce the characters to enter them in translate.google.com. So for years, I’ve been pondering on actually taking classes just to be able to understand the text in my origami books.

This weekend I opened the Google Translate app on my iPhone to check the meaning of some Italian words when I noticed the camera icon on the left side of the input box. I switched the language to Japanese, tapped the icon and held the camera over the Japanese text. The app wanted to download a Japanese vocabulary and after that, it showed the text in the camera.

When you do that, there are several buttons visible. The left one is an eye. When this is green it means ‘instant on’. In that setting, the text is realtime replaced by the target language of your choice.

I noticed the instant on mode is quite sketchy. Only a few words were translated and the words changed if I moved the phone a bit.

You get a better result when you take a picture of the text and then mark the text you want to be translated with your finger. Make sure you highlight everything you want to be translated in one go. Once you lift your finger from the glass and put it back again, you cancel the previous selection.

If you wait awhile you can see the translation appear above the image. Press on the blue right arrow and you can see the scanned (and OCR’ed !) text in the source language and the translation underneath.

A tip in a tip: machine translation works best if there is enough context to properly translate words with multiple meanings. So don’t try to have a few words translated, but select a few sentences or an entire paragraph. This will give you a better understanding of what is written and what the word you’re after actually means.

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NC #657 Making Holiday Labels, Pocket Casts vs Downcast, Patreon Changes, Security Bits

Tom Merritt was on Chit Chat Across the Pond to talk net neutrality. I confess that after all my “I have made fire” talk about writing a script for chapter marks, it didn’t actually work. Learn how to make Holiday Card Address Labels using plain old Apple Contacts. Rush Sherman asks our first ever video Dumb Question – why do I use Downcast when I clearly said I used Pocket Casts before? Patreon did a major shift in how they charge patrons and pay creators, and I wanted to tell you how I feel about it and what hopefully will be changing. In a rare moment of music enjoyment, I suggest you buy If Every Day Were Christmas from Slau Halatyn. Bart Busschots brings us Security Bits about the macOS Root Bug, a HomeKit Bug, and changes to iOS Backup Encryption.

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Changes to Patreon

Patreon bannerPatreon has been an amazing tool for podcasters to give listeners and viewers a convenient and easy way to provide value back to the shows for the value they receive. As I’ve said many times, the best part about Patreon, in my opinion, is that you, the patron, are in charge of everything.

You get to choose how much money to spend a month or per show. You get to choose how many creators you want to support. You can change your patronage at any time to whatever you want.

On the creator side, it’s been a bit of a mystery how much money we get paid from those who contribute. I haven’t spent much time or energy trying to figure it out, but I understood the basic idea.

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CCATP #513 – Tom Merritt on Net Neutrality

Tom Merrit smilel black jacket beardTom Merritt, host of Daily Tech News Show, joins us to explain the implications of the different rulings of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding Internet traffic in the United States. He’ll attempt to clarify the difference between the 2002 ruling where broadband was declared an information service provider and the 2015 ruling where it was changed to a common carrier.

And of course we’ll talk about the implications of the vote by the FCC next week on this issue.

In this discussion Tom cites some statistics from the FCC regarding the availability of 25mbps broadband in the US developed areas. His source is the FCC report on Internet Access Services: Status as of June 30, 2016.

You can find Daily Tech News Show at dailytechnewsshow.com. You can find Tom at @acedtect and you can find everything about Tom at tommerritt.com.

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Make Holiday Card Address Labels with macOS Contacts

NewImage"In the old days, my friend Diane and I used to keep our holiday card address list in an Excel file, and then we I would spend days trying to beat Microsoft Word’s Mail Merge into submission to create address labels for our cards. I have to tell you, we were really never in the holiday spirit when we were done.

A few years ago I discovered that Apple’s Contacts app will actually let you print labels directly in the app. As I am won’t to do, I wrote up a tutorial on how to do it on podfeet.com. I also figured out how to print cute return address labels with a little graphic on them and made a tutorial of that one too. I know you guys think I do this for you, but to be honest, I probably get as much use out of these tutorials as you do!

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