CCATP #460 Shelly Brisbin on Self-Publishing

We’re joined by Shelly Brisbin, author of the book iOS Access for All and host of The Parallel Podcast. As she’s written more than a dozen tech books, I asked her to come on the show to explain how she creates her books, what tools she uses, and how she migrated from using an agent and a big publishing house to doing self publishing. It’s a really fun episode because while you’d think creating a book is all about writing, Shelly gets into how she uses TextWrangler and writes her own Cascading Style Sheets to create her books.

You can find Shelly on Twitter @shelly and you can find her book at iosaccessbook.com/…, and The Parallels Podcast at parallelpodcast.com/….


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CCATP #458 Allister Jenks on Programming as a Hobby and a Tool

Casio PB 100Allister Jenks joins us to talk about how he uses programming as a hobby and as a tool for solving problems.

In his always delightful way, he talks about early experiences programming and how they sparked such joy in him. We’re talking a TRS-80 clone here and a programmable calculator! He tells the story of how just last week he and I were talking about the relative weights of the iMac models vs. their screen dimensions and how he solved the ratio equations using Swift.


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Find Allister @zkarj on Twitter.

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CCATP #456 Mike Elgan on Life as a Digital Nomad

Mike Elgan is an opinion columnist, currently working on a book about digital nomad living. You may have seen or heard him on the TWiT network where he’s a frequent contributor to TWIT, MacBreak Weekly and he was formerly the host of Tech News Today.

Mike and his family spend many months at a time living in different countries and he tells us about how he does it, what he’s learned (don’t buy the boots) and of course the tech he uses to do his own podcast and contribute to others. You can find Mike on Twitter @becomingnomad, he’s a huge contributor on Google Plus, and he’s got all of his tech gear and his photography from each country over at becomingnomad.com. You can also find him on the FatCast – Mike Elgan’s Food and Technology Podcast.

Mike has written many articles for Computer World on this subject:


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CCATP #454 Lynda Gousha on Apple Announcements

This week our guest is Lynda Gousha and she’s here to talk about the big Apple announcements with me. We’ll talk Apple Watch Series 2, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, discuss camera specs and revel in “the best iPhone” they’ve ever made. You may have heard her on other fine podcasts, like Let’s Talk Apple with Bart Busschots

You can connect with Lynda on Twitter @llg4cdg


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CCATP #452 Dr. Garry Asks “Compared to What?”

Dr garry in office with booksDr. Maryanne Garry, Professor of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington joins us again, this time to talk about how to interpret studies you hear about in the “news”.

Flossing is bad for you! Hormone Replacement Therapy causes cancer! Mediterranean diet lowers cholesterol!

Dr. Garry explains how to research these claims and what to look for in terms of scientific process vs. drawing correlations from existing data.


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CCATP #450 Chris Ashley

Chris Ashley in a suit jacket with a sunset behind himChris Ashley of the SMR Podcast joins us to talk about the Windows 10 Anniversary edition release, integration of Android with Windows, as well as the Ring Video Doorbell and the Bose Quiet Comfort QC35 wireless noise cancelling headphones. Chris turns the tables and asks my advice on whether his baby girl should get an iPod Touch or a Mac mini for her 7th birthday. If you haven’t heard Chris before I have to tell you it’s always a great time.


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CCATP #448 Bart Busschots on How Tech Caused Fitness

Myfitnesspal logoBart Busschots joins us this week but not to talk about stealthy programming or the taming of any terminals or even security. This time he’s here to explain how technology has helped him to lose 40 pounds. He’ll explain how he worked through denial and then started exercising and finally to add dieting to change his bad habits, all with the use of technology. He’s written a blog post with links to all of the apps he uses at bartbusschots.ie/….


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CCATP #447 Mike Potter on How to Throw a Tech Conference

Macstock logoIn this week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond we’re joined by Mike Potter of For Mac Eyes Only to talk about what goes into creating a tech conference. We talk about choosing a venue, creating speaker agreements, getting insurance, managing the catering and more. He knows what he’s talking about because he’s about to host the 2nd annual Macstock Conference and Expo outside of Chicago this weekend. Steve and I were supposed to go but since our grandson’s arrival is any day now, we’re going to miss it. However, Mike is going to bring me in on the big screen to do my presentation on why you should consider using Apple Photos. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet to Macstock, go check it out at macstockconferenceandexpo.com.


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CCATP #445 Andy Ihnatko on Journalism, Used Cars and PG Wodehouse

Andy Ihnatko Allison at Macworld in 2012Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times joins me to talk about the current state of journalism, and we discuss the question of whether “real” journalism is on its way out.

We also side track into discussing how a dying car has caused Andy to get more exercise and our joint enthusiasm for the author PG Wodehouse.

You can find Andy on Twitter @ihnatko and his website is at ihnatko.com.


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CCATP #443 Bastian Wölfle – A Geek’s Guide to Diet and Exercise

Bastian before afterThis week our guest is Bastian Wölfle software product manager, German podcaster and self-described crazy man. Bastian lost 40 kg (90 pounds) and he tells us how he pulled this off.

He’s got book recommendations, geeky recommendations on how and what to track in your body stats, and of course gadgets to make the whole process more fun.


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