There’s been a lot of consternation on the Internet this week about the announcements by Smile with their new TextExpander 6 product at textexpander.com. I invited Smile founder Greg Scown onto the show to explain their thinking and to allow me to ask him some tough questions. It was hard for me to do because TextExpander is a beloved product and the company Smile has shown themselves over the many years to care deeply about their customers. In fact, when I recently surveyed listeners about the first five apps they add to a new Mac, TextExpander was in the top three. It’s important to note that Smile is not an advertiser for the NosillaCast.
Jennie Josephson, Senior Advisor to the Daily Tech News Show, joins us this week to try and answer a question I’ve had for a long time, “What’s a producer?” Jennie is qualified to answer this question with her background in radio and news production over the years. You’ll hear her try to answer this question through story telling about what it was like to go with Dan Rather to see the Dali Lama in India and how she got lunch for the crew during a shoot. It’s a delightful discussion filled with entertaining anecdotes that will give you a glimpse into a producer’s world.
Finally, after many months of making us wait, Bart has decided it’s time to look at tables on web pages. We’ll start by describing the HTML markup for tables, and then look at how to style them with CSS. Follow along with Bart’s full tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/…
Stewart Cheifet hosted shows on television about technology from the 1980s through 2002. The Computer Chronicles and Net Cafe are still fascinating to watch because of Stewart’s ability to see the current technology and map out the path to the future. I asked Stewart to come on and talk about Artificial Intelligence, self-driving cars, and virtual reality. We had a great time, even when he was appalled that I don’t see why VR is going to be such a big deal. You can find Stewart at cheifet.com, and on Twitter at @cheifet. If you’d like to see his old shows, you can find them on The Internet Archive at archive.org/details/computerchronicles and archive.org/details/netcafe.
If you want to know why there are pig faces in this image, check out the latest installment of Programming By Stealth from Bart Busschots. He takes me through four new CSS methods to style lists, he teaches me more CSS selectors, and then we get to play with pseudo-classes. It’s great fun and I think I actually understood most of it! As always with the Programming By Stealth series, it’s highly recommended that you follow along with Bart’s amazing tutorial here:
In this episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond, we’re joined by Barry Fulk. Barry is known as the nicest guy in the world who specializes in stalking Mac podcasters. He also directs mobile device management at a large, highly regulated company. He joins us to explain what MDM, or Mobile Device Management is, and how it allows two people in his company to manage thousands of iPhones and iPads. His specific expertise is in the MDM tool called Mobile Iron. We wanted to talk about this to help explain what the County of San Bernadino could have, and should have been able to do with Mobile Iron, which they actually had in house but didn’t configure properly. Barry and I talk about encryption and tunneling and data security. It’s a good geek time! You can find Barry on Twitter at @fulkb.
This week Bart introduces a visual tool he created just for us (well, for me) to help us really understand how the box model works in CSS. You can see his tool here: bartbusschots.ie/… and follow along with his detailed tutorial on More CSS Positioning here: bartbusschots.ie/….
In this week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond I asked Cheyenne Swenson, 2nd grade teacher at Gallatin Elementary School in Southern California, to come on the show and explain Common Core Math to me. This is a challenging episode because my arithmetic skills were stunted by New Math in the 1960s. Cheyenne explains how she thought this was some crazy new fad when it started but that now she’s a believer because she’s seen kids really “getting” math in a way they never did before and she even enjoys teaching it.