CCATP #434 – Programming by Stealth – 13 of x (JavaScript Conditionals)

In this week’s episode of the continuing series with Bart Busschots, he introduces the concept of conditionals. We’ll learn whether boogers is true or false, how Javascript handles text strings and numbers in comparisons (what’s bigger or smaller), how equality is really three different things, and we’ll learn about logical operators like AND, OR and NOT to be used in conditional statements. Bart has updated the Javascript Playground he created so be sure to grab the new version.

The entire tutorial is available here: bartbusschots.ie/….


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CCATP #433 I Push Hard on Greg Scown from Smile About TextExpander 6

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.


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Here’s an outline of what I asked Greg. You’ll need to listen to hear his answers:
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CCATP #432 – Programming by Stealth – 12 of x (JavaScript Intro)

PBS LogoIn this installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart Busschots dips our baby toe into Javascript. We learn the very basic building blocks, including how to make statements, how to make comments, three rules for variables, the difference between strings and numbers and what you can do with them, operators and concatenation. With the exception of the modulus section, I understood everything he said! Learn why this episode ends with the line, “Find out next week if boogers is true or false!” Find Bart’s detailed tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/… including a link to his JavaScript Playground.


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CCATP #431 “What’s a Producer?” With Jennie Josephson

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.

You can follow Jennie on Twitter @jenniej23 and listen to her podcast at tellitanyway.com.


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CCATP #429 Stewart Cheifet on AI, Self-Driving Cars and Virtual Reality

Stewart CheifetStewart 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.


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CCATP #428 Programming by Stealth – 10 of x (Yet More CSS)

pig face to make Bart laugh

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:

https://www.bartbusschots.ie/s/2016/03/04/programming-by-stealth-10-of-x-yet-more-css/


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CCATP #427 Barry Fulk on Mobile Device Management

Mobile iron logoIn 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.


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CCATP #426 Bart Busschots Programming by Stealth – 9 of x (More CSS Positioning)

PBS LogoThis 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/….


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CCATP #425 Pretend I’m Dumb About Math with Cheyenne Swenson

common core math exampleIn 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.

  • Apps she described: Tellagami and Green Screen by Do Ink
  • Video using Tellagami and Green Screen: Common Core Math Described by Second Graders
  • Books on Common Core Math: Children’s Mathematics by Carpenter, Fennema et al and Intentional Talk By Kazemi and Hintz
  • Learn About Ed Camps in Your Area at edcamp.org

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