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Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite

Chit Chat Across the Pond is a tech interview show that's part of the Podfeet Podcasts. This Lite version is the bi-monthly lighter, less propeller beanie episodes.

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CCATP #607 – Bart Busschots's Podcast Recommendations

In this week's episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart Busschots joins us to talk about how he arranges his podcast listening, how he categorizes them and then what kinds of shows he likes. Bart listens to around 6 hours of podcasts per _day_ so this is quite a long list. He purposely didn't include the usual suspects that he's talked about often before. That means that you are bound to learn about some shows you've never heard of and might enjoy. There are TONS of links to every show in the show notes. allison@podfeet.com podfeet.com/patreon podfeet.com/slack podfeet.com/facebook podfeet.com/amazon

1hr 15mins

8 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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CCATP #601 – Dr. Maryanne Garry on Why Science is Broken

Dr. Garry, self-proclaimed Crusher of Dreams, joins us again on Chit Chat Across the Pond, this time to talk about how she thinks science is broken and why. Dr. Garry is a professor of Psychology at the University of Waikato, and also professor of the NZ institute of Security & Crime Science. In this episode, she takes on the topic of how science journals choose which papers should be published, and the flaws she sees in that process that cause the extraordinary claims to be published, rather than those efforts with less flashy premises. She backs up her thoughts with specific research that has been conducted in reviewing how well these claims of amazing success pan out over time. Please follow Dr. Garry on Twitter at @drlambchop. allison@podfeet.com podfeet.com/patreon podfeet.com/slack podfeet.com/facebook podfeet.com/amazon

40mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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CCATP #532 - Joe Dugandzic Answers NosillaCastaways' Home Automation Questions

Joe Dugandzic of smarterhomelife.com joins us again, this time in a crossover episode. We start by him asking me to describe my progression in Home Automation from my first smart lightbulb to the more advanced capabilities Steve and I enjoy today. But then we turn the table around and I ask Joe a series of questions submitted by NosillaCastaways. If you'd like to see the video version of the show, check it out at: https://youtu.be/TlGtzGRL5o0

1hr 28mins

4 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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CCATP #520 - Tom Merritt on How Social Media Makes Us Feel

Tom Merritt, host of the Daily Tech News Show along with many other fine podcasts, joins me to talk about how social media makes us feel. We talk about how we feel about pictures of food, how we curate Twitter, who in our family takes the photos, whether Instagram is a happy place, how we have real-life friends we only know online, how communities are awesome and how sometimes even Facebook is a place to share a deeply personal story. You can find links to all of Tom's podcasts and his books at tommerritt.com and the Daily Tech News Show at dailytechnewsshow.com.

46mins

26 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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CCATP #594 — David Woodbridge on Samsung Galaxy S10, Watch and Buds

David Woodbridge of the Vision Store in Australia tells about how he's been testing and using the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Buds side by side with his iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods. It's a delightful discussion of the relative goodness of both platforms from an accessibility perspective. David is hilarious and we have a bit of fun wandering off topic from time to time. You can find David's many podcasts at: iSee Various Technologies from a Blind Person’s Perspective Vision Australia Radio weekly Talking Tech VACast David's video tech blog @dwoodbridge allison@podfeet.com podfeet.com/patreon podfeet.com/slack podfeet.com/facebook podfeet.com/amazon

58mins

25 May 2019

Rank #5

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CCATP #536 - David Sparks on Video Field Guide Books

This week we had David Sparks, AKA MacSparky himself on the show to talk about iBooks Author, writing his famous Video Field Guides, how he traded in his saxophones for children, how he believes in "cooking ideas" and his love of mind maps. If you haven't learned from David Sparks, you haven't lived.

51mins

11 May 2018

Rank #6

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CCATP #534 - Bart Busschots on GDPR

In another Lite version of Chit Chat Across the Pond, Bart agreed to come on and explain the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. This is a regulation that will take effect across the European Union starting on 25 May 2018. Bart first gives us an overview, outlining the main objectives, the 7 core principles, and explains how a regulation differs from a directive. From there he defines the terminology and concepts which are critical to understanding the regulation. He explains the legal grounds, what consent means and what rights individuals will have. Then he covers data processing objections, how automation decision making is affected, and people's right to erasure. Finally, he goes through what kind of data breaches are mandatory to be disclosed and to whom. It's a really impressive bit of work that the EU have done here, and Bart does a great job explaining it.

1hr 38mins

19 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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CCATP #586 - Bart Busschots on Free, Freemium, Free-for-now & Freepi

This week our guest is Bart Busschots but this is not Programming By Stealth. This week we're talking about Bart's recent post about the different types of free that are available for online services. We talk about his four categories: Free, Freemium, Free-for-now & Freepi (rhymes with creepy). It's a thoughtful discussion about understanding what we're getting for free and how we're paying for it. We don't ever suggest what you should do about any of this, rather Bart is trying to help us better understand what's happening. In the discussion I mention an article by Paris Martineau's about FourSquare and tracking and how Apple Maps is included in the tracking. Here's the link to the article: wired.com. You can read and reference Bart's article on the topic at Free, Freemium, Free-for-now & Freepi : Bart Busschots.

1hr 4mins

17 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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CCATP #605 — Sandy Foster on CarPlay and Prius Prime Tech

In this week's episode, Sandy Foster, aka @MacQuilter joins me to talk about why CarPlay is so awesome and how it influenced her decision to buy the top-of-the-line Prius, called Prius Prime. We also talk about the new tech in the Prius Prime including the fact that it's not just a gas/electric hybrid, it's also a full electric vehicle for short-range driving. You can follow Sandy online at sandymike.net and find her in the NosillaCast Live chat room and the Podfeet Slack @Sandy. allison@podfeet.com podfeet.com/patreon podfeet.com/slack podfeet.com/facebook podfeet.com/amazon

45mins

17 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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CCATP #588 - Jeff Gamet on TextExpander Evangelism

Jeff Gamet of Smile joins us to talk about the life of an Evangelist for TextExpander. We talk about some of the cool things you can do with TextExpander that you may not know about, how TextExpander works on Windows now, how awesome Jean MacDonald was when she was in this job and even funny snippet abbreviations. If you'd like to learn more about TextExpander you can go to textexander.com and you can find Jeff on Twitter and Instagram as @jgamet.

1hr 8mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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CCATP #533- Bart Busschots on Choosing a DNS Resolver

In this "Lite" version of Chit Chat Across the Pond (within a NosillaCastaway's definition of Lite), Bart teaches us about DNS Resolvers and helps give us the information to choose the right one for us. To get us there he starts by explaining the background technologies. He explains DNS and how there's two kinds of servers, he explains DNS Name resolution and why caching is important, and the security problems (and solutions) of DNS. Then he explains how third-party DNS providers can solve some of these problems. He explains their motivations which will inform your own decision. Finally (at about the 1 hour mark) he walks through the solutions offered by OpenDNS, Google, Quad9 and Cloudflare. I loved this episode and you can tell Bart really loves talking about DNS.

1hr 40mins

15 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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CCATP #639 — Lory Gil on All Things Apple

If you'd like to follow Lory Gil online, she's @appaholik on Twitter, @lorygil on most other social media and you can even email her at lory@imore.com. And of course you should go read all of her great work over at imore.com. allison@podfeet.com podfeet.com/patreon podfeet.com/slack podfeet.com/facebook podfeet.com/amazon podfeet.com/paypal

58mins

19 May 2020

Rank #12

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CCATP #636 – Adam Engst on 30 Years of TidBITS and other random topics

Adam Engst has been publishing TidBITS for 30 years so I asked him to come on the show to talk about that journey. While we technically had an agenda, this conversation wandered into all kinds of fun topics like why Adam still goes to the same dentist office even though the dentist left and why he doesn't know how many words per minute he types. I found a kindred spirit in Adam in his ability to keep doing something he loves for a very long time. I smiled and laughed and enjoyed the heck out of recording this episode.

1hr 15mins

1 May 2020

Rank #13

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CCATP #633 — Anthony Lemos Explains Mixers

Anthony Lemos of Audio Aperture Media successfully explains what mixers are for and what all those darn knobs and buttons are. Even if you're not into audio recording, I think you'll enjoy learning about mixers from Anthony. He doesn't use a lot of jargon, rather he breaks things down into simple terms that are easy to understand without a background in audio. I've never been able to figure out the difference between gain and volume, and Anthony's simple explanation finally clarified it for me. Contact Anthony at @ethancaine. If you're interested in getting started in podcasting, he's very interested in bringing more diverse voices into podcasting and is willing to help you get started for free or very little money, or if you need assistance with a more advanced show he's also very interesting in helping. Image of the Yamaha MG10XU Mixer we talk through:

1hr 3mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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CCATP #631 — Rosemary Orchard on Shortcuts

Rosemaryorchard.com relay.fm/automators Take Control of Shortcuts book Video — Automators 24: Blog Post Editorial Calendar in AirTable with Shortcuts allison@podfeet.com podfeet.com/patreon podfeet.com/slack podfeet.com/facebook podfeet.com/amazon podfeet.com/paypal

1hr 30mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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CCATP #629 - Dr. Garry on Study of Language Skills vs Numeracy In Learning to Program

Dr. Maryanne Garry of the University of Waikato and I break down the meaning of a research paper published in the journal Nature in which subjects were measured to see whether language aptitude had a high correlation with learning to code. The paper can be found at "Relating Natural Language Aptitude to Individual Differences in Learning Programming Languages". Figures we discuss from the open access journal: Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3

58mins

14 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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CCATP #623 — Lila Brissette on Accessibility from a Young Person's Perspective

While we were in Las Vegas for CES, we carved out some time to have dinner with our good friend, JF Brissette, who is also the editor of all of my videos for ScreenCastsOnline. He brought his daughter Lila to dinner and she started talking to me about her journey of discovery into accessibility on Apple devices. I asked her to come on the show to talk about her perspective on accessibility as a young person without any disabilities. She's delightful and intelligent and I really enjoyed seeing these topics through her frame of reference. If you'd like to connect with her, you can find her on LinkedIn as Lila Brissette.

50mins

31 Jan 2020

Rank #17

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CCATP #620 — Eleanor Mazzarella on Moving from Musician to Programmer

This week we're joined by Eleanor Mazzarella, a musician turned programmer. She gives us her background in music from finding a clarinet on a bookshelf as a child to a career as a classical performer. She then walks us through how and why she decided that programming sounded like more fun. She's a funny, delightful storyteller as she weaves in her love of the arts with her love of everything nerdy.

1hr 10mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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CCATP #618 – Adam Engst on Success of Macs at IBM

Adam Engst, veteran author of TidBITS for the last 29 years, inventor of Internet advertising and someone who dresses appropriately for the weather joins us for this episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond. Adam explains the fascinating results that IBM has reported since they first decided to give their employees the choice of whether to use a Mac or Windows. I'm afraid this discussion will cement any EVER so slight Apple bias you might have already had, because the statistically-significant correlation between Mac usage and employee success is simply startling. If you'd like to read Adam's article before, after, or during the discussion, you can find it and all of his other fine work at tidbits.com/...

54mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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CCATP #616 — Don McAllister on Automating ScreenCastsOnline

This week I asked Don McAllister, owner of ScreenCastsOnline to come on the show to talk about how he automates the production of his video tutorial podcast business. We start at his humble beginnings as a new convert from Windows with a Mac mini and a monitor, up to and including a global workforce with automated workflows. He's even moved his Mac Pro into MacStadium so it's a resource for his back end production folks. I must do a disclaimer that I do screencasts for Don's show, which means I have a conflict of interest in telling you how awesome it is. We try to stay to the technical parts of the show production but we're both so enthusiastic about the service it's hard to avoid talking about the quality of what Don and his staff creates. You can find ScreenCastsOnline at screencastsonline.com and you can follow Don on Twitter @donmcallister allison@podfeet.com podfeet.com/patreon podfeet.com/slack podfeet.com/facebook podfeet.com/amazon

1hr 9mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #20