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NC #675 AssisTech SmartCane, LED Shoe Lights, Smartbox, Security Bits

In this week’s show I announce the new “Special Pages” button on podfeet.com (I know, exciting to have a new button, isn’t it?) We used mimoLive from Boinx Software for the first time making the live show, but I only tease you at the beginning that I’ll explain what that is. I promise, I’ll tell you all about it next week! We’ve got two last interviews from CSUN: the AssisTech SmartCane and Smartbox for those with speaking challenges. I’ll tell you how I have even MORE blinky lights on me when I go for a walk thanks to Bart, and then we’ll have Security Bits where Bart gives us an update on the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook kerfuffle, WebAuthn, and more security news and information.

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NC #670 Paintcode, Apple Watch Health Tracking, Stretch Timer, We.Stream, Bellus 3D, Cyber Essentials, Rings

Allister Jenks stands in for a vacationing Allison Sheridan. We have a review of Paintcode, a story of using the Apple Watch to track health in ways other than the Activity app, Allister’s own health app Stretch Timer, two interviews from CES with We.Stream and Bellus3D, some security tips with Cyber Essentials, and a fun casual iOS game, Rings.

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Cyber Essentials

The management at my work often brings up the topic of training. While for many years it was a hollow promise, in recent years there has been a real push on staff to take training courses, and not just those directly relevant to their current roles. Anything that is relevant to our company is considered a good investment.

A colleague of mine had been stumbling his way through building PHP web front ends to various functions we normally just ran through terminal windows. He recently went through an online course in PHP web development, and so that got me to thinking what I might like to try.

My first thought was an iOS development course, to solidify my own learnings, but it turns out that a decent course that I feel would be worthwhile is very expensive and I know that management’s enthusiasm won’t stretch that far.

A few years ago, Allison encouraged me to look at Lynda.com, who offer many courses in business, IT, software development, media production, design and more. More recently I discovered that I can get free access to all of the courses through my local library membership. Late in 2017, I was looking around for something very specific – I forget what – when something else caught my eye.

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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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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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