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NC #638 Due for Mac, Tencro Boom Arm, Unsharp Mask, Byword, Memo, Apple Photos Alternatives, FoodStuff, RAV 4 Hybrid, Security Bits

In this special show guest-hosted by me, Bart Busschots, we’ll start with some quick first impressions of Due for Mac from listener Helma, then I’ll give you a quick review of my new Tenro mic boom, then we get to enjoy a conversation Allison had with Rob Wood about Unsharp Masks at MacStock, then I tell you about two Mac Apps I’ve recently started using, the Markdown editor Byword and the stickies app Memo, next listener Shai tells us about some of them alternatives to the Photos app and Adobe Lightroom, then I recommend the FoodStuff podcast before listener George from Tulsa shares a review of some cool safety features in his new Rav 4 Hybrid, and finally, I do my best to do a solo Security Bits.

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George from Tulsa on the RAV 4 Hybrid

Georges new toyota rav4Allison put out an emergency call for listener submissions, suggesting quick reviews of gadgets on the desk? Here’s hoping she won’t object to one that’s in the garage, because this is George Fromtulsa with an overview of the “Advanced” Safety Electronics in my new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Problems to be solved by new car. Obtain advanced electronic safety tech. In self defense, sit higher for a better sight line amidst the fleets of giant trucks and SUVs on Oklahoma’s roads.

Side note: I was driving a low mileage 2007 Camry Hybrid in near perfect condition. It was reliable, quiet, and composed on even the worst roads. Did I mention 35 to 38 MPG? The Camry just didn’t have advanced tech, and from the driver’s seat I was often looking up at trailer hitches.

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CCATP #497 – Rod Simmons on Electric Vehicles Part 2

Two weeks ago in episode #495 of Chit Chat Across the Pond, Rod Simmons joined us to talk about electric vehicles. Based on how passionate he is about the subject, we planned ahead to take a break and come back with the second half. In part two we talk about some of the small, but significant advances in autonomy have already creeped into our cars and how they’re helping to keep us safer. We also ponder why automation and electric vehicles seem to go hand in hand. Rod talks about a cool driving class for teens that teaches them how to respond in difficult conditions. Learn more at PutOnTheBrakes.org. Then Rod talks about some specific car models he’s been tracking in his pursuit of the perfect electric vehicle. You can find Rod (and harangue him about the topic) at smrpodcast.com.


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CCATP #495 – Rod Simmons on Electric Vehicles – Part 1

Ev1In this first of a two-part series on electric vehicles, we’re joined by passionate EV-fanatic Rod Simmons of the SMR Podcast. In part 1, Rod helps us understand the difference between the different types of vehicles from hybrid to plug-in hybrid to plug-in EVs. Rod explains how he analyzes his driving (using Excel and pivot tables) to figure out what kind of an EV he should get. He’ll talk about maximum range vs. how far do you really drive. Stay tuned for part 2 where we’ll talk about specific cars and about some of the autonomous features that you often will find in electric vehicles.


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