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CCATP #464 – Bart Busschots – Taming the Terminal on screen and cron

TTT_logo_200px.jpgIt’s been a long time since we did a Taming the Terminal episode but we’re back with episode 36 of n, screen and cron. You’ll hear me say this is episode 35, but with all these numbers flying around we got mixed up!

In any case, in this installment Bart teaches us two unrelated but really cool things you can do with the Terminal in macOS or Linux. The first is cron, a tool that lets you schedule scripts to run at specific times and days. The second is screen, which is a utility that allows you to create a virtual terminal inside your regular terminal. If that sounds head explody (as Bart likes to say), it kind of is, but of course he breaks it down and shows how really clever and useful it is.

You can find Bart’s full detailed tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/….

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CCATP #463 Ensign John Moorhead Recounts 1945 Typhoon

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Jeanne and Jack Moorhead before he left for war

Hi, this is Allison Sheridan and you’re listening to Chit Chat Across the Pond episode #463 for November 10th, 2016. This week’s recording is very different from anything I’ve done before. This story took place on September 16, 1945. On that date a horrific typhoon hit the island of Okinawa, Japan during World War II. My father, Ensign John Paul Moorhead, was serving as Chief Engineer aboard the LST 965 and was in that typhoon. He wrote a letter to his parents and my mother describing the harrowing experience of living through that typhoon.

I thought about reading my father’s letter aloud to you, but it didn’t sound right in my voice. I asked my dear friend and noted voiceover artist Ron David to read the letter to you instead. You may recognize Ron’s voice from Raise The Titanic on National Geographic and Wings on the Discovery Channel.

Before we hear the letter, I’d like to give you a little background. The ship on which my father served was an LST, which stands for Landing Ship, Tank. LSTs were amphibious ships designed to bring cargo and troops to unimproved shorelines.

I remember my father explaining to me that the LSTs were never expected to last long enough to come back home, because they were designed and assembled in such a hurry that they weren’t likely to survive for very long. I read online that the contracts were let to build the ships before a single test ship had ever been completed. This is not the kind of ship you’d choose to be in, in a typhoon.

The typhoon you’re about to hear my father describe reached winds of 150 miles per hour, beached 122 ships and small boats, sank five others and killed or injured hundreds of American service personnel. Since this week is Veteran’s Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada, I thought it would be an appropriate day to bring you this very special Chit Chat Across the Pond.

I’ve included the full text of my father’s letter in the blog post along with a few snapshots of the ships aground after the typhoon. If you want to know more, I’ve included a zip file of four news articles my father kept that you can download.

And with that, I’ll let Ron David read my father’s letter to you.

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LST 965 Engineering Crew – Jack Moorhead on the far right
From: Ensign Jack Moorhead
18 September 1945

If I don’t write now I’ll miss the feeling of this experience. It seems a million years ago that I wrote home. I will start with our trip down from near Kobe to Nagasaki, Kyushu. We were about halfway there when storm signs started showing up and we reversed course to run before a typhoon.

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CCATP #462 Brian Johnson on Inspiring Kids with Bottle Rockets and Science

Brian johnson and a bottle rocketThis week, Steve and I share hosting Chit Chat Across the Pond with retired electrical engineer, ham radio nerd, and remote control flier, Brian Johnson. Brian explains how he has taken his love of electronics and works to spread his enthusiasm to kids through volunteering at local schools.

The pinnacle of his experiences was when he got to help the kids at St. Bernard High School talk live using ham radio to astronauts aboard the Endeavor Space Shuttle. Lately he’s been teaching kids to build tiny ham radios and shoot compressed air and water bottle rockets and even learn the math behind why they work.

If you want to contact Brian, you can email him at:  ab6ui@aol.com
And you can find the Hughes Amateur Radio Club at https://mksummits.com/w6ha/

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CCATP #461 Bart Busschots Programming By Stealth 24 – Creating a JavaScript API

PBS_Logo.pngIn this week’s installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart teaches us how to create a JavaScript API up to and including an easy way to create professional documentation in order to publish our work as a JavaScript library. In order to get there we learn how to write reusable and sharable code, how “closures” help you keep your variables out of the global scope so they don’t mess up other people’s code, we learn one Ternary Operator), and my favorite, self-executing anonymous functions.

Apologies for getting the episode number wrong in the audio – I said it was #460 when it’s actually #461.

You can find Bart’s tutorial we follow in this episode at bartbusschots.ie/….


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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 #459 Bart Busschots Programming By Stealth 23 – Creating Elements with jQuery

PBS_Logo.pngIn this installment of Programming By Stealth, we’re working towards our first truly practical assignment in the series – a function that finds all links on a page, and if, and only if, they lead to an external page, alters them to open in a new tab, and appends an icon indicating that fact. Bart’s amazing full on tutorial is over at bartbusschots.ie/…. I also mention a fun little jQuery Easter egg, which you can find at citymapper.com. Just follow the link and open the console on your favorite browser and you’ll find a text based adventure game!


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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 #457 Bart Busschots Programming By Stealth 22 – jQuery Events

PBS_Logo.pngBart Busschots joins us again for his continuing series called Programming By Stealth. In this episode Bart explains how to embed JavaScript into a webpage, how to control when JavaScript executes and then teaches us about the browser event model. Using this model he teaches us how we can change things on a web page when the user clicks or after a defined length of time, or at time intervals. It’s our first time outside of the sandbox so it’s great fun to manipulate web pages and have them do our bidding! Bart’s full tutorial is at: bartbusschots.ie/… and it includes some downloadable files that are very useful for following along.


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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 #455 Bart Busschots Programming By Stealth 21 – jQuery Basics

PBS_Logo.pngIn this installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart Busschots continues our baby steps into jQuery, keeping us inside the JavaScript console. He reviews some html and css basics and then teaches us how to select elements with jQuery, limit the search, and filter the results. Then he shows us how to start changing the css using jQuery, even including function chaining I interrupt him with a lot of questions (as always) but it’s a terrific episode that was really fun. You can find the full written tutorial at bartbusschots.ie/….


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