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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 You can find Tom at @acedtect and you can find everything about Tom at

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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 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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NC #656 Chapter Markers x 3, Apple Store Phone Scam, Craig Federighi Answers Steve, Hazel to Yoink, Regex Tools, CardHop

In this action-packed show I tell you the story of adding chapter markers to the NosillaCast in a three part continuation series (hopefully you can see them now?) interspersed with two reviews from Bart. He tells us about how he’s using Hazel now to send things to Yoink and he explains why CardHop makes Contacts useful again. Steve wrote to Craig Federighi and actually got a response and 30 seconds of fame on Apple sites. And we’ve got a PSA about a phone scam using an Apple Store’s real phone number.

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Chapter Marks – the Final Chapter

If you’ve been playing along with the home game, you know I’ve been on a quest to figure out how to give you guys chapter marks in the NosillaCast in a way that wasn’t a giant pain for me. While it’s easy to put them in as I record using Hindenburg Journalist, it’s been a bit of a struggle how to keep them in the file by the time I send it to you.

I export from Hindenburg as AIFF, an uncompressed format. I want it uncompressed because I process the audio after export using Auphonic to make the levels consistent throughout the recording and to raise the volume to industry loudness standards. If I did all that on a compressed MP3, the audio would be compressed twice and wouldn’t sound nearly as good. The problem is that it appeared that chapter marks aren’t actually exported with the AIFF. Bart and I tested the file on a whole host of different apps and confirmed this.

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CCATP #512 – Kaylee on Tech in Japan

This week our guest is Kaylee of the Zettai Geek Dayo podcast. You con find the podcast at and you can find Kaylee on Twitter at @kayleedayo.

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Expressions, Patterns & Regex101 Make Writing Regular Expressions Easy and Fun

In my post about using regular expressions to find matches in a text file, I promised to tell you about the two applications I used to help me write my regex. By the way, Regex is what the cool kids call Regular Expressions.

Let’s state the problem to be solved first. If you have a text file where you want to change something that’s repeated throughout the file, it’s pretty easy to do a search/change all. We do it all the time in text editors. But what if you have a text file that is repeatedly generated and always has the same thing wrong with it? Maybe it’s a date in the wrong format. Or maybe an online system hasn’t been updated with your new company name. Or what if instead of changing the text, you just need to know what the text actually says? Let’s say it’s a date in a document and you want to write a script to change the name of the document to include the date? All of these examples are a great place to try out regex.

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I Have Made Fire – I Coded in Perl with Regex!

ChaptersWe’re entering chapter 3 of my quest to provide chapter markers in the podcast. The original request was from Joe LaGreca but since I’ve started talking about it on the show, people have been coming out of the woodwork saying, “Yes, please!”

I have been working my little fingers and brain to the bone on this and I’ve figured out a really geeky solution. But first, let’s walk through what doesn’t work.

To review, I record the show in Hindenburg Journalist. I stop recording when I end each topic anyway, so it’s super easy to hit ⌘-control-enter to add a chapter and then type in the subject. The problem is that Hindenburg isn’t embedding those chapters on export. The dev and I have gone back and forth a few times and they seem to be saying that the chapters should be maintained, but they’re definitely not in the file.

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