Claus Wolf of mactopics.de joins us on Chit Chat Across the Pond for the first time to try and convince me that meta data is important and that I should appreciate it. He’s doing this because so many times I have made fun of meta data in the past and said it was silly. Claus walks me through meta data examples on Amazon, blog posts, Google’s page rank system, EXIF data on photos and explains in each example how it improves findability through context. It sounds like a dry topic but because Claus and I hit on the same silly wavelength we had a blast. You can follow Claus on Twitter @mactopics.
In the previous installment Bart introduced us to the concept of block-level tags, and in-line tags. Block level tags define blocks of text like headers, paragraphs and lists, and starting a new block-level tag generally starts a new line in the page. Inline tags on the other hand effect a part of a block, and opening an inline tag generally doesn’t start a new line. In the previous installment we looked at some of the most important block-level tags, in this installment we’ll look at some of the most common in-line tags.
Follow along with Bart’s written tutorial at bartbusschots.ie.
David Sawyer is the CEO and founder of TSOLife, also known as The Story of Life.
TSOLife is a web application that lets users leave behind their own legacy for future generations including text, audio and video. David is currently a student at Stetson University with the vision of helping us capture our memories in a frictionless way through a web interface and have them stored forever.
We talk about how the site works, how to get people to record their memories, and even have a little cross-generational competition about technology. We talk about the business model ($79 for 20GB of storage for life) and how he really plans this to be for life. Listen to the podcast for a 20% off coupon on that price.
He tells us about the non-profit foundation they’ve created to work for free in nursing homes and in the later stages of life to capture their memories and give them something fun to talk about. For some reason, we close by talking about whether the caps lock key is a wonderful thing or if it’s pure evil.
In this week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart Busschots takes us through Programming By Stealth Part 3 of X – HTML Block Elements. In the previous instalment we introduced HTML, learned about HTML tags in the abstract, and looked at a basic template for all HTML pages. Over the next few instalments we’ll be working our way through the common HTML tags.
Full written tutorial is available at: bartbusschots.ie/s/2015/11/05/programming-by-stealth-part-3-of-x-html-block-elements/
New (to Me) Digital Audio Workstation – Amadeus Pro
Now that the logo is done I had no excuse for not getting the show going. I mentioned earlier that I also thought this week would just be that much more challenging if I also changed recording software. Apple has been on a tear lately either abandoning software altogether (like Aperture) or coming out with a new version that loses much of what we know and loved. One you may not have tracked is GarageBand. A while back (more than a year) Apple rewrote GarageBand and it’s worthless for podcasters. I’ve hung onto the old 6.0.5 version all this time but I live in fear that they will one day come out with an OS update that renders it unusable. After 10 years of podcasting with GarageBand as my Digital Audio Workstation, I switched over to Amadeus Pro from hairersoft.com.
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Last week on the show I told you that Bart, Steve and I were working on a secret project. The big reveal is that we’ve revealed a new podcast: Taming the Terminal! This podcast is the 35 part series (which is actually 40 podcast episodes) originally broadcast as part of the NosillaCast. Steve painstakingly pulled every episode out, topped and tailed it, Bart and I did introductions to it and then we added the awesome logo Steve made for us!
You can find Taming the Terminal in your podcatcher of choice (including iTunes), and the detailed written tutorials and direct download and player links are all over on Bart’s site at http://bartb.ie/ttt. You can subscribe by hand by copying this link and pasting it into your podcatcher: https://podfeet.com/ttt/ttt-rss.xml. Don’t try to CLICK that link, copy/paste is your friend.
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Bart Busschots is back with episode 2 of his Programming By Stealth series. He’ll take us on our first baby step towards programming by explaining how the Hyper-Text Markup Language works, better known to us all as HTML. HTML is not a true programming language, it is instead a simpler beast known as a markup language – it adds context to text.
Bart’s companion tutorial can be found on his website at bartbusschots.ie/s/2015/10/23/programming-by-stealth-2-of-x-basic-html.
On this week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond we’ve got Tom Merritt, fiction and non-fiction author over at tommerrittbooks.com to talk about self publishing and what his journey has been like to write his own books. Oh, and he does an amazing daily tech newscast called the Daily Tech News Show.
It’s that time of the week again, it’s time for Chit Chat Across the Pond and this is episode 407 and I’m your host, Allison Sheridan . If you’re new here, Chit Chat Across the Pond has been an embedded part of the weekly show, the NosillaCast, since November 25th, 2007. I just decided to spin off Chit Chat Across the Pond as it’s own show and the feedback I’ve gotten from NosillaCast listeners has been overwhelmingly positive.
Chit Chat Across the Pond began as a weekly segment with Bart Busschots in Ireland (hence the pond bit) but over the years it has morphed into every other week with Bart, and the other every other week with me talking to someone I find interesting in tech. We’ve had some fabulous guests on in the past 8 years and I’ve got a long list of folks I still want to talk to so expect this series to go on as long as the NosillaCast.
All of that preamble is my way of saying we’re here with Bart Busschots where he’s starting a new series he’s calling Programming By Stealth. This episode originally aired as part of NosillaCast #544 on October 12th 2015, but I wanted it to be included in the standalone Chit Chat Across the Pond series. By the way, f you’re wondering what happened to Bart’s Security Lite segment, it’s staying with the NosillaCast.
The written tutorial that accompanies Bart’s Programming By Stealth – 1 of X can be found at bartbusschots.ie/s/2015/10/09/programming-by-stealth-1-of-x-introduction/.
Dr. Garry’s homework for you for next week – watch these two videos: Video 1 and Video 2. Don’t ignore your tech, consider choosing different friends. More reasons why you might enjoy checking out the NosillaCast community over at podfeet.com/googleplus. Inspire your young ones this summer with littleBits from littlebits.cc. I walk you through the absolute comedy of what you have to do to get music on the Apple Watch – about as complicated as it used to be to use a Blackberry. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart takes us through Taming the Terminal Part 35 of n, HTTP commands.