Stream

Join this community to post or comment

Allister Jenks

Discussion  - 
 
Any suggestions for a very simple notepad for macOS which launches quickly with an open window/document? I want somewhere I can quickly paste some text for reference, but rarely want to keep it.

TextEdit keeps asking me to create new documents and the default view is too small. Ideally I should be able to set a monospaced font and choose foreground and background colours and size, and it should remember those. Any more than that is overkill.
1
George Fromtulsa's profile photoRob Rait's profile photo
7 comments
 
Notepad - http://notepad.kupon-bg.com/ or from the App Store. As simple as they come and it opens a blank window on startup. Free :-)
Add a comment...

Allister Jenks

Discussion  - 
 
+Allison Sheridan has had a lot of positive things to say about the 12" MacBook, while others have said it came up short for them.

So, how does it measure up for me?
Back in January I wrote about returning to the fold of desktop computers with the purchase of my 27" iMac with Retina 5K display. After four and a half years with a MacBook Pro (2011, 15") I was not in love with the laptop concept. In that post I said I didn't see myself returning to a laptop for my primary computer, which inferred what I had and have been thinking – a laptop as a secondary computer was still appealing. A week ago...
1
Bart Busschots's profile photoAllison Sheridan's profile photo
5 comments
 
I have the grey and red version of this case: http://www.acmemade.com/the-skinny-sleeve-macbook-12

The elastic works great, and is soooooo much easier to open and close than a zipper. Also, I think it looks really quite stylish :)

I've never gotten comments on laptop bags/cases/sleaves before, but every few weeks someone makes and admiring comment about it in a meeting.
Add a comment...

Allison Sheridan
owner

Show Announcements  - 
 
NC #580 Apple Watch Rescue, Neverware CloudReady Chromebook, RadTech ProCables, Zoom Audio Recorders http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2016/06/nc-580/
1
Add a comment...

Ron McFarlane

Discussion  - 
 
Allison here is one of those dumb questions you ask people to submit. I am backing up my wife's iMac with time machine. How do I backup timemachine so that I can take it off site. I assume than when the iMac is on the timemachine files are open so you can't copy them Or am I just stuck Ina Windows world. Timemachine is on a USB attached drive
1
Ron McFarlane's profile photoAllison Sheridan's profile photo
9 comments
 
Actually, +Ron McFarlane you wouldn't back up TM to Crashplan. CP would be a parallel backup of your Mac. So a local TM backup and an offsite CP backup. It will take a few weeks to get to the offsite location because of the size, so if you want to speed that up, you can create a local CP backup and then ship the disk either to CP or your friend. BTW, CP lets you do a free trial to their servers for several weeks so you can see if it works for you. I did that and was hooked. Like you, I have a giant photo library (400GB). Another nice feature is that I can get to all my files from anywhere, even with an iOS app!
Add a comment...

Allison Sheridan
owner

Blog Posts  - 
1
Peter B.'s profile photoAllister Jenks's profile photo
2 comments
 
The things you'll do for a good blog post! 😉

Glad you got away with it.
Add a comment...

Jamie Cox

Deals & Recomendations  - 
 
Apple has refurb Airport Express WiFi on sale for $49. This is a dual-band router, with 5 GHz. If you are in an apartment or something, being crushed by hundreds of 2.4 GHz signals, this would help a lot. I have a lot of confidence in Apple's WiFi stuff. I'd put more faith in this for $49 than about any router less than $200. I think it's a great deal.
Originally released June 2012 Featuring a compact design, AirPort Express supports simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. Set up your wireless network quickly and easily using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. Create a network just for guests. Stream music to any room in the house. And print from any room in the house, too. All with the fast wireless technology. Apple Certified Refurbished Products - Quality products/great prices - Stri...
2
Craig B's profile photo
Craig B
 
Good deal. I always carry an express when I travel; it's nice to be able to set up a wireless network anyplace.
Add a comment...

Lynda Gousha

Discussion  - 
 
Just FYI, I received an email this morning from 'MT-Apple'. The body say's it's from 'Apple Management', and asks that : 'You are kindly requested to confirm your Profile Details!'

With of course, a link to click, that, when one hovers over it goes nowhere near Apple.

I know all of you have seen these, but thought I'd mention it, as it can be a reminder to say s/thing to those in our lives that could be more 'suggestible'.
1
Allison Sheridan's profile photo
 
Can't mention them often enough so we all stay vigilant. 
Add a comment...

Jamie Cox

Discussion  - 
 
Does anyone have sort of an overarching photo organizing system that they like? 

I am an advanced amateur photographer. I have a DSLR and a compact camera and an iPhone.  I'm using a mishmash of Aperture, "Photos" and just folders for photo organization. Obviously Aperture is going, going, gone and I need to change horses at some point.

I really hate Adobe, so it would be difficult to convince me to go that route.

All of my photos fit so far on my 1TB drive on my iMac. It's a bit tight right now, with a big video project, but I'm going to migrate those files off.  I shoot a lot of RAW. Most of my photos are for my family and friends, and for social media, especially Flickr. I rarely print any photos.

I'm paying for the 200 GB tier on Apple's iCloud photo storage, which is working out nicely for sharing between devices. I have the iMac, MacBook Air and iPhone sharing the photos from iCloud. That works pretty well.

I have some photo tools that work only with Aperture (or, maybe, the Adobe tools), and some that work only with Photos, and some that work stand-alone. My general strategy has been to put photos in Aperture for initial sorting and barting. I then will take the best of those and migrate them to Photos for sharing and enjoyment. I find the organizational tools in Photos to be very weak. More casual shots just go straight into Photos.

I shoot some special events, such as airshows, where I like and keep a lot more photos in Aperture than I want to migrate to Photos, for several reasons: (1) I just don't want to clog up my Photo library with all those photos (2) I don't want to pay to store them on iCloud, (3) I do want to have them where I can find them when needed.

Solutions might mention: What should I keep in the cloud and what locally? Do you use a NAS or RAID? What's the new, cool photo organizing  software app or cloud app these days? 
1
Jamie Cox's profile photoCraig B's profile photo
5 comments
Craig B
 
+Jamie Cox I don't see much point in having separate Aperture libraries unless you want to store them in separate places. I do maintain two separate Flickr accounts, one that includes essential all my Aperture albums (primary for backup) and another that contains extended family photos that I am slowly scanning and organizing (an endless project). I also identified people and various subject with Flickr keywords so I can actually find things.

I tend to have many small albums with very specific names, including dates, to keep myself organized. Most of my albums only have 20 or 30 photos; often a single roll of film shot during one activity. There's not much point in having 1000s of photos if you can't find what you want. 
Add a comment...

Allison Sheridan
owner

Discussion  - 
 
Fascinating article explaining what Differential Privacy is, how Apple could be implementing it to collect data on us and yet not leak sensitive data. Emphasis on " could".

http://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2016/06/what-is-differential-privacy.html
Yesterday at the WWDC keynote, Apple announced a series of new security and privacy features, including one feature that's drawn a bit of attention -- and confusion. Specifically, Apple announced that they will be using a tec...
1
Bart Busschots's profile photoLynda Gousha's profile photo
2 comments
 
If they do, it would be just awesome to hear a 'Chit Chat across the Pod', with Bart & Allison discussing the topic. :-) Seriously.
Add a comment...

Allison Sheridan
owner

Discussion  - 
 
I just realized something. Microsoft now owns Lynda.com. That's weird.
1
Bart Busschots's profile photoAllison Sheridan's profile photo
2 comments
 
That was my point. LinkedIn bought Lynda, so when MS bought LI, they got Lynda.
Add a comment...

About this community

The NosillaCast is a Technology Geek Podcast with an EVER so Slight Macintosh Bias! This community is for any tech geeks who want to join and chatter about tech! Mac, Linux, Windows, Android, even Windows Phone 8 people are welcome!

Steve Sheridan
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
Goodbye Thunderbolt display, you served us well for so many years.
1
Add a comment...

Allison Sheridan
owner

Discussion  - 
 
Have you guys finished your homework for Programming By Stealth yet? it's due tomorrow! (+Bart Busschots) Luckily the teacher nagged me till I worked on mine.
1
Barry Porter's profile photo
 
I fed my homework to Tesla :(
Add a comment...

Bart Busschots

NosillaCastaways Show Off  - 
 
Let's Talk Photo 33 - "Allison's Q & A" with myself, +Antonio M. Rosario & a certain +Allison Sheridan is out - http://lets-talk.ie/ltp33

This show is a direct follow-on from last month’s. Allison sent some feedback regarding last month’s show in which Bart and Antonio explained some of the common adjustments you’ll find in photo editors. She enjoyed the show, but she had questions. Could she come on some time to ask them? Absolutely!

Reminder - you can submit questions for future Q & A shows at http://lets-talk.ie/photoq.

Please consider supporting the show on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/ltpod
1
1
Allison Sheridan's profile photo
 
So much fun, and great answers to my Q's about photo editing . Vibrance vs. Saturation, Clarity vs. Sharpness, Levels vs. Curves, and more.
Add a comment...
 
Posted originally by +Mary Tee of the Sunday Morning Linux Review
Get them before school's out forever... - Mary Tee - Google+
1
Add a comment...

Allison Sheridan
owner

NosillaCastaways Show Off  - 
 
Day before yesterday, the hosts of Tech News Today Megan Morrone and Jason Howell were talking with Becky Worley about how they weren't good parents because they never watched Star Trek with their children when they were young. And the next day this happened. Should auto start at 37:45.

https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-today/episodes/1535?autostart=false
Scott Hanselman joins Megan Morrone and Jason Howell to discuss how access to the world's information might be dampening our curiosity to explore. Also, Pinterest acquires Fleksy a…
1
Add a comment...

Allison Sheridan
owner

Blog Posts  - 
 
Install CloudReady from NeverWare to turn a Mac (or PC) into a Chromebook . I did it to my 2008 MacBook!

http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2016/06/cloudready-chromebook/
Many people wonder if there’s something they can do with old Macs and PCs when they’ve become too slow for the latest operating system, or have been abandoned by the OS vendors. With PC…
1
1
George Fromtulsa's profile photoBrent Cameron's profile photo
 
Congrats on persevering through to get it done.

I'd make some snarks about how the "best and brightest" at Google still have trouble designing things to work easily, but, hey, Nevermore isn't Google.

The big deal with CloudReady is enabling budget constrained institutions (e.g., schools) to keep orhpaned gear (old PCs from XP era, and Macs Apple no longer supports) usefully in service.

Having installed ONE Chrome Managed Console for an institution, there's a LOT of power available there for administrators to keep ChromeOS devices "on the reservation" and users safer. CloudReady can convert an entire fleet of old XP machines to stable, securely updated, modern Chrome, and let the institution's IT staff open 'em up or lock 'em down, as appropriate.

The downside is those old machines are, well, old. They'll mostly have spinning HDDs, probably run hot and suck electricity. There's some darn good Chromebooks with SSDs and low-energy CPUs (as well as plug in Chromeboxes) for $300 and even considerably less.

Google has just released the first version of ChromeOS that taps the Android "Play Store" for Apps that will now run natively and LOCALLY on Chrome devices, beginning with the Asus Flip I carry daily and Acer's R11. Both offer touchscreens. While institutions may not want those Apps on Chromebooks provided to students, they may, and it's likely a touchscreen interface will be needed to make the most of them.
Add a comment...

Jan Koopmans

Discussion  - 
 
I've been listening to the CCATP sessions on Javascript with +Allison Sheridan and +Bart Busschots
I'd like to be able to do some JavaScript coding on the iPad to play along with the podcast.
Anyone know a good app (like pythonista for Python)?
1
Add a comment...

Allison Sheridan
owner

Discussion  - 
 
Coming to you from my new Chromebook! Well actually, it's a 2008 Macbook running Neverware's CloudReady OS. Full review coming later today or early tomorrow! +George Fromtulsa will love this.
2
Add a comment...

Allison Sheridan
owner

Blog Posts  - 
 
When You Need a Heavy Duty Lightning Cable - RadTech ProCable UHD http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2016/06/radtech-procable-uhd/
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how they’re always destroying their Lighting cables by running over them with their chairs, or getting them caught on something, or bending them so…
1
Allison Sheridan's profile photoCraig B's profile photo
5 comments
Craig B
 
+Allison Sheridan It doesn't matter, I will lose them in 6 months anyway. Half the Marriotts in the country probably have one of my iPhone/iPad chargers and cables by now. One of my coworkers never buys them, he just claims them from hotel lost-and-founds; they always have a big box full of chargers and cables.

BTW, I received the cheap ones from Amazon yesterday; the seem to work fine (for now). If they are still working in a few months, I'll probably order a dozen. 
Add a comment...

Steve Sheridan
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
iOS 10 recognizes when you get an email from a mailing list and will give you an "unsubscribe" button (from SlantedStars on Reddit)

Two examples below:
1
Sandy Foster's profile photo
 
Nice! No searching the fine print at the bottom of the message to unsubscribe.
Add a comment...