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Security Bits – Spectre/Meltdown Update, Strava Heat Maps

Followup — Spectre & Meltdown News

Security Medium — Strava Heatmaps have Unintended Consequences

The popular exercise tracking app Strava regularly produces a really cool heat-map that shows where most people run, cycle, swim etc.. The data is anonymised, so it all seems like some innocent fun. The latest version of the heatmap was published back in November, and no one thought it was a problem.

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Nite Ize Taglit Might Save Your Life

Taglit yellow red with leds onIf you’ve been paying any attention to my nonsense over the years, you already know that I exercise a lot. In the mornings I alternate between running along the beach and doing the elliptical at the gym every other day. In the afternoons, I take Tesla for a nice long walk, anywhere from 1-3 miles depending on how many more calories my Apple Watch tells me I need to burn. I’m usually doing around 18,000 steps a day with this routine.

I exercise this much to avoid heart disease (my dad had his first heart attack at age 43), but also so I can eat (and drink) more!

So what’s the problem to be solved, it all sounds great, other than I’ll probably need a knee replacement or two way ahead of most people? The problem is the time change. I’m lucky enough to live where we have a lot of daylight, but in the winter, if I go for my usual walk around 4-5pm, it will be at dusk.

In the last few weeks, I was almost hit by a car. Twice.

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2017 Year in Review Part 1 – What Am I Still Using?

I’ve always thought it might be interesting to look back on all of the products I’ve reviewed over the years and see what I’m still using. That would be a gargantuan effort, given that I’ve been doing this for over 12 years!

But then I thought, maybe I could look at the past year and see what products are still valuable and what just fell away over time and maybe a quick discussion on why. I went through every blog post to see what I talked about in 2017, so here goes.
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CCATP #490 – Bart Busschots on Fitness & Tech

Just about a year ago Bart Busschots came on the show to talk about how he was using tech to become fit and healthy. He’s back with a “one year on” report of his success and to talk both about the tech and some philosophical perspective on why this path worked for him. Plus, he says I was right. Check out his full blog post on the subject at: Getting Fit with Tech – One Year On : Bart Busschots.


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NC #620 Apple Watch Swimming, Standard Mac Apps, BrainPort Visualization Through the Tongue, eSight Low Vision Glasses, Non-tech Podcasts, GhostReader, BeatsX

Allister here standing in for Allison this week. I have a miniature review of using the Apple Watch Series 2 for swim workouts, I’ll quickly review 26 Mac Apps you didn’t know you already had, Allison will pop by with two more videos from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, I’ll make some recommendations for podcasts you might want to listen to that aren’t about technology, Terry delivers on his callout from Allison with a review of GhostReader text to speech software, and I’ll finish up with a review of the BeatsX Bluetooth earbuds with Apple W1 chip.


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NC #610 Synology, Workouts++, Satechi, Cascable, Elgato, iDevices

It’s a fun-filled episode this week with interviews from CES with Synology, Satechi, Elgato and iDevices. Sprinkled in between I’ve got a review of an app for Apple Watch called Workouts++, and an app called Cascable that will let you do more to control your WiFi-enabled camera.


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Workouts++ Is a Better Workout App for Your Apple Watch


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Apple does a great job of collecting workout data from the Apple Watch, but it could present the information back to you in a more detailed way. Last August I told you about an app called Activity++ from plusplusapps.com that shows your progress in a more meaningful way. With Actiivty++ you can see your calories, minutes of exercise and stand credit in a pretty table by day and you even get confetti when you’ve been on a good move streak. The developer also has an app called Pedometer++ that shows you your step count.

Recently the developer, David Smith, came out with a new app called Workouts++. Based on how much I enjoyed the other two apps that he gave us for free, I immediately shelled out the $4.99 for Workouts++. Even if it did nothing I wanted, it was a way to pay him for the other two apps. The good news is that Workouts++ is a fantastic app and is totally worth $5.

Workouts++ has awesome graphs, allows you to control what you see on your Apple Watch while working out. From the iPhone app you can granularly control what you see on your Apple Watch. When you first launch Workouts++ on your iPhone, it’s going to explain that you have to go into the Health app and give Workouts++ permission to read and write to Health. You can choose one or the other but picking both has significant advantages that I’ll explain. Before I tell you about Workouts++, I want to warn you that it’s so new the App Store hasn’t indexed it yet so you may not be able to find it, so I’ve littered the blog post with links to it. Continue reading “Workouts++ Is a Better Workout App for Your Apple Watch”

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NC #605 Exercise, IRCcloud, Affinity Photo 1.5, Security Bits

I got to be on the Ritual Misery Podcast at ritualmisery.com/…. In a completely non-tech story I tell you about my path to exercise and give you some really practical tips on how to get in shape yourself. Joe LaGreca and I collaborated on a review of IRCcloud at irccloud.com, which helps you stay logged into all your favorite IRC clients. The folks at Serif have done it again, coming out with Affinity Photo 1.5 for Mac AND Windows that adds HDR, Tone Mapping, Focus Stacking and more. Bart Busschots joins us with his fortnightly Security Bits segment.


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And Now for Something Completely Different

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Flabby Allison at 18 years Old

I was chatting on the side with listener David Price about general life stuff and I happened to mention that I get a lot of exercise. He asked me some questions about how I manage so much exercise. He said that he knows he needs to exercise but that he can’t seem to find a way to do it.

I philosophize on this subject often in my real life and I thought I might take a break from tech here an talk about how I figured figured this out. Continue reading “And Now for Something Completely Different”

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