June 2, 2014


Mac Roundtable 2014-06-01 Episode #224 WWDC

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 9:20 pm

The panel for this edition includes:

Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast (http://podfeet.com) @podfeet
Katie Floyd – Mac Power Users Podcast (http://macpowerusers.com) @katiefloyd
John F. Braun – Mac Geek Gab Podcast (http://macgeekgab.com) @johnfbraun
Bart Busschots – Let’s Talk Apple (http://lets-talk.ie) @bbusschots

In this episode we talk about all of the amazing announcements out of WWDC. It was hard to narrow it down because there was so much to talk about but we covered both OSX Yosemite enhancements and iOS 8 improvements, and even made time to talk about changes to the developer’s SDK and the new programming language Swift.


April 14, 2014


Mac Roundtable 2014-04-14 #223

Filed under: Podcast — ChuckJoiner @ 8:23 am

At Macworld/iWorld 2014, members of The Mac Roundtable took the Second Stage to talk about the iPad apps they really use, the implications of the release of Microsoft Office for iPad, and more.

Participants included:

John F. Braun of Mac Geek Tab (@johnfbraun)

Adam Christianson of The MacCast (@maccast)

Katie Floyd of Mac Power Users (@KatieFloyd)

Jeff Gamet of The Apple Context Machine (@jgamet)

Dave Hamilton of Mac Geek Tab (@DaveHamilton)

Chuck Joiner of MacVoices (@chuckjoiner)

Don McAllister of ScreenCastsOnline (@donmcallister)

David Sparks of Mac Power Users (@macsparky)

Ken Ray of Mac OS Ken (@macosken)

Allison Sheridan of The Nosillacast (@podfeet)

Show Notes:

Mr. Reader – Oliver Fürniß

Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later – Read It Later, Inc

Grandpa’s Workshop – Fairlady Media

OmniFocus for iPad – The Omni Group

Paper by FiftyThree – FiftyThree, Inc.

Netflix – Netflix, Inc. Instapaper – Instapaper Holdings, Inc. Downcast – Jamawkinaw Enterprises LLC Tweetbot for Twitter (iPad edition) – Tapbots

Instagram – Instagram, Inc.

Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic – Waze Inc.

forScore – forScore, LLC

Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine – Flipboard Inc.

iThoughtsHD (mindmapping) – CMS

iA Writer – Information Architects Inc.

Snapseed – Nik Software, Inc.

Adobe Photoshop Express – Adobe

Flickr – Yahoo

Expression Engine

Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast

EYE Chart Magazine – Putting Apple and Tech News in Focus – Kenneth Ray

DeskConnect – DeskConnect

Hand Held Hollywood

Microsoft Word for iPad – Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Excel for iPad – Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad – Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft OneNote for iPad – Microsoft Corporation


Microsoft OneNote – Microsoft Corporation

Byword – Metaclassy, Lda.

Pages – Apple



February 10, 2014


Mac Roundtable 2014-02-10 Episode #222

Filed under: Podcast — ChuckJoiner @ 9:17 am

The panel for this edition includes:

John F. Braun – Mac Geek GabTwitter

Bart BusschotsLet’s Talk Podcasts, Twitter

Chuck JoinerMacVoices, Twitter, App.net


Thoughts on Mavericks

 – MemoryKeeper

 – Mail.app

 – Latest information on how to work around Mail problems

 – Airmail 

 – MailPlane

 – Eudora

 – Ditch Mavericks Mail: Other Email Apps You Can Try

About Wake on Demand and Boujour Sleep Proxy– Any other things you like or don’t like?

 Microsoft’s New CEO

 – Bill Gates as “Technology Advisor”

iOS 7

– Reported system crash/reboot issue


John – Flame (came up during aforementioned Boujour Sleep Proxy oddness) 

Bart – MeteoEarth – see live weather data and forcasted weather for up to 5 days animlated on a rotateable and zoomable globe. When you see the moving animated wind patters you get an understanding of what’s going on in the atmosphere that no regular weather map can give you – €4.99 for basic version, €5.49 for a year’s pro membership – needed to see the 5 day forecast and to be able to stack animatinos – i.e. see wind, cloud, and rainfall all at once

Chuck – MOS – Magnetic cable organization system




October 27, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.10.27 Episode #221

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 9:49 pm

This week’s show was hosted by:
Chuck Joiner – MacVoices and @ChuckJoiner on Twitter
Katie Floyd – KatieFloyd.me and @KatieFloyd on Twitter
Bart Busschots – bartb.ie and Let’s Talk Apple at lets-talk.ie and @bbusschots on Twitter
Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast at podfeet.com and @podfeet on Twitter

In this week’s show we talked about the new iPads (who’s buying?) and what advice we’d give to people on size and storage and even cellular data plans. We discussed whether the iPad lineup is getting too fragmented with all these different options and why the iPad 2 even exists any more.

We shifted gears to talk about the new MacBook Pros and whether processor speed even matters any more. We talked about the new versions of iWork and iLife and Mavericks and whether we’d recommend rapid upgrades for muggles.

Allison – WaveJamr from radtech.us/products/wavejamr-bluetooth-music-receiver – turn your 30 pin speaker dock into a bluetooth device for $40
Katie – MILOFest milofest.com and MILO Google Group
Bart – Air Video HD – inmethod.com/airvideohd
Chuck – Burst mode on iPhone 5 and what you can do with it


October 17, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.10.17 Episode #220

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 9:39 pm

Hosts this week:

Chuck Joiner: MacVoices Chuck Joiner on Twitter
Steve Stanger: stevestanger.com, Steve on Twitter
John F. Braun – Mac Geek Gab John on Twitter
Allison M. Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast Allison on Twitter

Topics include:

  • What will we buy on October 22nd?
  • Our thoughts (not all good) on iOS 7 after a few weeks of usage
  • How some applications (like Evernote and iTunes) get “improvements” and the work we do to put them functional again

Chuck – ReadQuick from http://readquickapp.com/
Allison – Saidoka iPhone dock from RadTech http://www.radtech.us
Steve – Reeder (rss) for iOS from http://reederapp.com/ios/
John – FruitJuice http://fruitjuiceapp.com/


September 10, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.09.10 Episode #219

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 7:07 pm

Hosts this week include:
Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast http://podfeet.com @podfeet
Chuck Joiner – MacVoices http://macvoices.com @chuckjoiner
Bart Busschots – http://bartb.ie @bbusschots
Don McAllister – ScreenCasts Online http://screencastsonline.com @donmcallister
Steve Stanger – http://stevestanger.com @tmasteve

In this episode we talk about today’s announcement of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.


August 25, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.08.25 Episode #218

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 9:16 pm

Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Mac Podcast podfeet.com twitter.com/podfeet
Bart Busschots – bartb.ie twitter.com/bbusschots – coming in September – Let’s Talk Photography & Let’s Talk Apple podcasts at lets-talk.ie
Steve Stanger – Stevestanger.com twitter.com/tmasteve
John F Braun – macgeekgab.com twitter.com/johnfbraun
Chuck Joiner – Chuck Joiner – MacVoices.com, twitter.com/chuckjoiner


Cinematic new ad for the new Mac Pro – http://loopu.in/19DNP05

Balmer calls it a day
– LOLed when the stock shot up on the news 🙂 < --Wonder if he had the last laugh tho - how much money did he MAKE by quitting because of stock valuation? - Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley on TWiT Breaking news: said everything bad that happened but said we have to look at the good too...but didn't list anything good Secure computing
– Network Traffic – Wireshark
– Log Me In/Back to My Mac
– Encryption – Macs, Time Machine, Backups, External drives, Wifi
– Mail – see NosillaCast #412 (http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2013/03/412-rslsteeper-autismate-audio-hijack-pro-mail-security/) where Bart explained how to enable S/MIME secure Mail and #432 (http://www.podfeet.com/blog/2013/08/412-digitizing-family-memories-can-i-stream-it-logitech-k760-email-encryption/) where Bart explained PGP/GPG vs S/MIME

Bart – TotalTerminal (free)
Steve – Readkit($4.99/US)
John – GPGTools – (donationware)
Don’s ScreenCastsOnline free video on GPGTools: http://www.screencastsonline.com/mac/show/0411/
THIS VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINa46HeWg8 (I forgot my phone)
Al – Mobi Eye-Fi Card ($50)
Chuck – Logitech UE Mobile Boombox ($90)


August 3, 2013


The Sale has Begun to Help Tim’s Wife

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 10:37 pm

Hey everyone, Allison here. Steve and I have made it 90% through the equipment Tim Verpoorten’s wife Alice sent to us (she spent $2800 shipping 22 boxes!) and we’re finally putting it up on Amazon for sale. We’ve set up an Amazon Storefront at:


One tricky bit – if you click on the image or link, it will take you to all sales of that type of item, so click on “used from” to get right to Tim’s item. We’ll be adding LOTS more items over the next few weeks so maybe make a reminder to check the link every few days?

We also have a few specialty items for sale on eBay:
Seiko SNK809 Wrist Watch for Men
NEW Lucien Piccard Men WHITE Rosegold OVERSIZE DIAL Emboss 28104BR WATCH
FirmTek SeriTek 5PM 5 Bay Hot Swap External SATA Port RAID Hard Drive Enclosure
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for PC, Mac

UPDATE: We cleared $2500 in sales so far, which means we’re still $300 short of breaking even on the Estate Sale costs of shipping to us. Working on posting more items – we just posted a bunch of bare drives, a cool auto-backup solution called Clickfree and there’s some awesome studio headphones in there too!

If you have enough equipment of your own but you’d like to help defray the costs she spent to ship everything to us – the Paypal button below will be dedicated to donations for Alice until we finish the sales.


July 18, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.07.18 Episode #217

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 10:28 pm

Mac Roundtable 217 is hosted by:
Chuck JoinerMacVoices Twitter, App.net
Allison Sheridan NosillaCast @podfeet on Twitter
Bart Busschots www.bartb.ie @bbusschots on Twitter
Adam Christianson Maccast @maccast on Twitter, App.net

In this more serious episode of the Mac Roundtable we talk about what kinds of things we, as geeks, can do to help our friends and families in case something ever happens to us.

Making Arrangements
– Not just “final arrangements” but in event of emergencies, natural disasters, accidents
– Hurricanes, tornados, floods, fires make houses and offices disappear
– Does your partner/family/trusted freind know where the keys to your digital kingdom are?
– Do they know what it is you care about and would like to see preserved?
– Have you spoken with them about how they could do that?
– Have you told them what’s valuable and what’s junk in your nerd cave?

Backup Backup Backup
– Because something as simple as thurough burglary or a house fire could easily lose you both your computer and your backup disk(s), it really is vital to get at least one copy off-site.
– If you have the luxury of a fast internet connection, cloud-based backups are a great option – particularly those that run in the background without you having to remember to do anything
– If you don’t have the luxury of a fast internet conneciton, keeping an ENCRYPTED disk in your parents house or your office drawer in work is a great option.
– Backups come in two versions – clones, and versioned backups – they solve very different problems, so you really should have at least one of each
– Bart’s setup is an encrypted TimeMachine disk which never leaves the house (a versioned backup for those ‘oops I guess I deleted that 6 months ago by mistake’ moments), and a pair of identical encrypted clone backups which I rotate between home an a trusted off-site location. The reason to have a pair is that if you only have one, the night you bring it home to do a backup, you have all your eggs in one basket – if you do that multiple times a week, you are un-protected much too often. By having two there will be times when both are away from the house (where the Time Machine still is in case the safe location is destroyed), but never times when all my eggs are in one basket. He rotates his clones 3 to 4 times a week depending on how creative I’m being that week.

– Password managers – 1Password, LastPass
LastPass allows you to share passwords – you can share your master password between accounts so your partner has the keys to your kingdom
– Printed copies in safe-deposit box
– Be sure you can give someone access to master password for your password manager
– Be sure you supply the master password for your Mac and/or iDevices.
– What about 2-factor authentication?
– Have you added someone else’s nunber as an alternate ID
– Do they have access to your backup 2-fact keys?

– What services are used for what and why? What would someone need to know about these services if something happened to you?
– Dropbox – shared files? Synced files?
– Flickr – photo storage/backup? (not a viable backup for serious photographers, only stores JPEGs, not RAWs, so equivalent to a film shooter backing up prints but not negatives)
– CrashPlan – online backup, versioned backup
– Other off-site backup options – where are they, how to get to them?
– Social media services

Credit Card-funded services
– Cards get cut off…does that mean your service will too? – eventually, yes!
– Beware of PayPal-based subscriptions – they can get cut off instantly when your card goes – I’ve repeatedly lost partial months of subscriptions to Mac OS Ken Day 6 because I had to change the credit card on file for various reasons (card expiry, new card issued by bank out of an abundance of caution etc.).

– Label your power adapters with Sharpies!
or get a label maker
– What do you have, what is it worth?
– Organize your cables into big ziplocs and write “micro USB” for example and put them in drawers. You’ll be happier and more efficient and so will your survivors
– Bart has a secure note in 1Password for every major item he buys including what he paid and warranty expiration

Trusted Geek Friends
– Who can and will help with critical data
– This is the best thing you can do. Someone you trust AND who’s knowledgeable

What do you want to survive you? And what will your family want to survive you?
– web site?
– social media presence(s)?
– photo collection?
– how to fund those, who is caretaker (if one is needed)
– Google recently made the first move towards making this kind of thing easy with their “Inactive Account Manager” – http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.ie/2013/04/plan-your-digital-afterlife-with.html
– Hopefully other service follow Google’s lead soon

Geek syndrome
– We have this need to be “that guy” who has the right cable, that piece of old memory, but that crap ends up someone else’s problem if something happens to us. Maybe label boxes of crap as “crap”? (becuase we know we’r enot going to change our behaviors


June 11, 2013


Mac Roundtable 2013.06.10 Episode #216

Filed under: Podcast — themacattack @ 10:58 am

There’s nothing the Mac Roundtable crew likes more then an Apple Keynote. On this episode we talk about what was announced at the WWDC Keynote (in only the way the MRT crew can).

(Show note: Chuck did join us for a short time at the beginning of this episode but had to drop out due to poor hotel Internet)

Your hosts:
Steve Stanger: SteveStanger.com | twitter

John F. Braun: Mac Geek Gab | Twitter

Chuck Joiner: MacVoices | Twitter

Allison Sheridan: NosillaCast at Podfeet.com | Twitter

Jeff Gamet: The Mac Observer | Twitter


WWDC Keynote video

OSX preview

Macbook Air

Mac Pro

iOS 7 preview

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