Episode 13 – 08/03/21 – Head in the Clouds

Panel: Tina, Alastair, Martin, Craig,
Special Guest: Bob Levitus – Dr Mac

Runtime: – 60mins

The Show – Head in the Clouds

This we will be venturing into the blue sky and the topic that is Cloud storage.
Last week we touched on the subject of Lastpass and storing our passwords online, this got us thinking, so this week we are going to look into items stored in the cloud, from documents, music, photography and passwords and how we can keep them safe and share with others.

Macintosh 512K
The Macintosh 512K is a personal computer that was designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer, inc. from September 1984 to April 1986. It is the first update to the original Macintosh 128K. It was virtually identical to the previous Macintosh, differing primarily in the amount of built-in random-access memory. The increased memory turned the Macintosh into a more business-capable computer and gained the ability to run more software.

The Mac 512K originally shipped with Macintosh System 1.1 but was able to run all versions of Mac OS up to System 4.1. It was replaced by the Macintosh 512Ke and the Macintosh Plus. All support for the Mac 512K was discontinued on September 1, 1998.

Macintosh Plus
The Macintosh Plus computer is the third model in the Macintosh line, introduced on January 16, 1986, two years after the original Macintosh and a little more than a year after the Macintosh 512K, with a price tag of US$2599.As an evolutionary improvement over the 512K, it shipped with 1 MB of RAM standard, expandable to 4 MB, and an external SCSI peripheral bus, among smaller improvements. Originally, the computer’s case was the same beige colour as the original Macintosh, Pantone 453, however in 1987, the case colour was changed to the long-lived, warm grey “Platinum” colour.It is the earliest Macintosh model able to run System 7

iPhone For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Your iPhone can be so much more than a communication tool to talk into. Aside from making calls and creating your contacts, you should make yourself familiar with the many options available on the iPhone touchscreen. You’ll also want to be able to handle troubleshooting when your Apple device acts strangely or stops working. When you need a bit of levity, check out our 10 ways to have fun with Siri. And finally, discover specific tips for the iPhone X series on gestures, animoji, and recovery mode-info

Apple Macintosh – MacOS 7.5.5 System Software (1996) by Apple Computer

In the Macintosh operating system, a Desk Accessory (DA) was a piece of software conforming to a particular programming model. The purpose of this model was to permit very small helper-type applications to be run concurrently with any other application on the system. This provided a small degree of multitasking on a system that initially didn’t have any multitasking ability at all.

What is ResEdit?
ResEdit is short for Resource Editor. Resources are all of the little things inside a program that makes it what it is. For all intents and purposes, a program is divided into two parts, called forks. One part is the Data Fork, which is the inner guts of a program. The other part is the Resource Fork. The resource fork is the place where all of the pictures, icons, sounds, and other multimedia goodies are stored. With ResEdit, you can change those resources to customise a program.-info

Talking Moose

When the Moose or one of his pals speaks, its animated picture appears on your desktop in a user-definable position. The character will greet you at startup, say goodbye at shutdown, and throw in funny comments at selectable intervals. At your preference, it can speak the menu selections you choose, the names of windows you open, and the text contents of alerts and dialogues.-info


Silver Sparrow hits the M1

About 30,000 Mac devices have been infected with a mysterious piece of malware. The “unusual” Silver Sparrow strain silently affected systems in more than 150 countries around the world. It was discovered by researchers at security company Red Sparrow, who have yet to determine its purpose. Apple says it has taken steps to restrict the potential damage the malware, which targets devices with its new M1 chip, could cause – link

In depth readinfo

How to find it ?
Right now we know that Malwarebytes can detect it, and other anti-malware vendors will likely be updated soon.

Epic can pursue Google in the UK, but not Apple

The UK antitrust tribunal ruled on Monday that Epic Games, the creator of popular game Fortnite, will not be allowed to pursue its case against Apple Inc in the United Kingdom over its App Store payment system and control over app downloads. – link

Clubhouse in the doghouse

Clubhouse is working to bolster its security and ease concerns from critics, after it was determined the Chinese government had the potential to monitor conversations made in the iOS app.-info

In Apple history this week

Apple CEO Tim Cook paid tribute to Steve Jobs on what would have been the Apple co-founder’s and former CEO’s 66th birthday

Main Topic this week

Cloud Storage

Which is the best value for Money?

Is your data your own stored online

Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “We believe privacy is a fundamental human right.” That’s a strong and inspiring stand.

Storage for creatives

As iPhone Cameras keep improving – so does the demand for backup storage space and online storage.

Photography and video storage

Online sharing with others

What do you do when sharing large files?

“Students ask all the time, “What service should I use for sending lots of footage over the internet,” The usually response is , “Buy a thumb drive and use the mail.” Sending big chunks of footage over the internet just doesn’t work that well. But!”

Best methods for remote backups / access to info while away from home?

Backblaze is a cloud storage and data backup company, founded in 2007 by Gleb Budman, Billy Ng, Nilay Patel, Brian Wilson, Tim Nufire, Damon Uyeda, and Casey Jones. Its two main products are their B2 Cloud Storage and Computer Backup services, targeted at both business and personal markets – link

Carbon Copy ClonerCCC will copy only items that are different between your source and destination. So if you complete a backup task, then run it again the next day, CCC will copy only the items that were created or modified since that last backup task. CCC determines that a file is different using its size and modification date.-info

SuperDuper is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. Its incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use, and SuperDuper’s built-in scheduler makes it trivial to back up automatically. It’s the perfect complement to Time Machine, allowing you to store a bootable backup alongside your Time Machine volume—and it runs beautifully on your Mac! -info

Retrospect Backup is trusted by over 500,000 homes and businesses in over 100 countries. With broad platform and application support, Retrospect protects every part of your computer environment, on-site and in the cloud. Start your first backup with one click.-info

Use and swap 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA drives with this USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 drive dock.

Swap Drives at WillAccessing multiple drives couldn’t be simpler as Voyager’s unique design makes hot-swapping drives a breeze. Just insert any standard 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA drive with up to 6.0TB capacity into the Voyager, and connect it to your Mac or PC via USB 3.0 or USB 2.0. There’s nothing else to install or configure!-info

Google Privacy Notes -info


Is the only provider of enterprise-class cloud solutions for Mac and iOS app development. Whether you need a Mac cloud for large-scale CI/CD or just need a single Mac mini to test your iOS app, MacStadium has a solution for all of your Mac development needs. -info


Connect all your clouds to MultCloud and you’ll find it so easy to access and manage all your online files with a single login. Upload, download, copy/cut, paste, preview and rename your online files just like in Windows Explorer. And as multiple free cloud drives are integrated, you actually have the way to “expand” your free cloud storage-info

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Episode 12 – 01/03/21 – Sonic screwdrivers and 3 – corner iPads

Welcome back! This week we discuss the recent updates of macOS and IOS, Including the release for beta 14.5, Apple Maps, as-well-as a product update from Microsoft. For this weeks topic, we ask how do writers use Macs, iPads and iPhones were we are joined by writer, YouTuber and Appleinsider columnist William Gallagher to discuss how to get the most from writing apps….

Panel: Tina, Alastair, Craig, Martin,

Special guest: William Gallagher

Runtime: – 63mins

The Show


Beta IOS14.5

Apple has released a new beta version of iOS 14. The latest beta version is iOS 14.5 and this time the focus is on strengthening personal privacy, something that has led companies like Facebook to launch a fierce attack on Apple. Apple began beta testing iOS 14.5 on 1 February 2021. It’s available for developers and public beta testers. A new update to the iOS 14.5 beta arrived on 16 February: beta 2 brings more than 200 new emoji.-info

Apple Maps update

You can now use Maps to get cycling directions that route you along cycle lanes, paths and roads.1 Maps takes elevation into account, so you’ll be alerted if there are steep passages along the way or if you need to carry your bike up any stairs. You can also choose a route that avoids busier roads. And Maps offers custom cycling voice guidance and a rich experience on Apple Watch that makes it easy to navigate with a glance. – Info

Changes to LastPass Free We’re making changes to how Free users access LastPass across device types. LastPass offers access across two device types – computers (including all browsers running on desktops and laptops) or mobile devices (including mobile phones, smart watches, and tablets). Starting March 16th, 2021, LastPass Free will only include access on unlimited devices of one type.

LastPass Your data is encrypted and decrypted at the device level. Data stored in your vault is kept secret, even from LastPass. Your master password, and the keys used to encrypt and decrypt data, are never sent to LastPass’ servers, and are never accessible by LastPass. -info

1Password You only ever need to memorise one password. All your other passwords and important information are protected by your Master Password, which only you know. -info

Bitwarden The Most Trusted Open Source Password Manager for Business Bitwarden offers the easiest and safest way for teams and individuals to store and share sensitive data from any device -info

Unified Office for iPadOS

Microsoft has updated its unified Office mobile app to work on Apple’s iPad devices. The new Office app combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single application, and originally launched for iOS and Android back in 2019. Microsoft has been gradually improving it ever since, but it always ran in a windowed mode instead of a fully optimised iPad app.– Info


Office Is now available on iPad: We’re combining the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps you know into a single, iPadOS -optimised app. Plus, you’ll see additional tools to keep you more productive than ever. For example, you’ll be able to quickly create and sign PDFs, and transform pictures into documents.– Info

TextEdit You can open and edit rich text documents created in other word processing apps, including Microsoft Word and OpenOffice. You can also save your documents in a different format, so they’re compatible with other apps. – Info

Pages Is a powerful word processor that lets you create stunning documents, and comes included with most Apple devices. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together from anywhere, whether they’re on Mac, iPad, iPhone, or using a PC.– Info

Scrivener We love writing. That’s why we’re here. Literature & Latte was born out of a desire for tools that embrace the creativity of all forms of composition. We make software we love to use—Scrivener, hugely popular among authors of all stripes, and Scapple, crafted for freeform note-taking – Info

Drafts is a quick-capture note-taking app for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, which is focused on letting you get text out of your head, and providing flexible ways of managing and acting on that text once you have captured it. Don’t have Drafts installed yet? Download it for free from the iOS App Store or Mac App Store. https://bit.ly/3smLR1h – Info

TextExpander lets you instantly insert snippets of text from a repository of emails, boilerplate and other content, as you type – using a quick search or abbreviation. – Info

Markdown Learn the process of Markdown and it’s sort codes. – Info

TextSoap Automatically remove unwanted characters, fix messed up carriage returns, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Save time & effort. Be more productive. Stop manually fixing text documents and emails. TextSoap can automate away all that tediousness. Download the trial now. – Info

Welcome to 58keys, a video series by William Gallagher It’s for writers using Macs, iPads and iPhones, and it’s about getting these devices to help us more in our writing. – Info

58Keys YouTube For writers who use Macs, iPhones and iPads, this is about getting more from these expensive devices –– and using brilliant writing tools in superb ways that all add up to how we can put off actually doing some writing. – Info

Alfred An award-winning app for macOS which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords, text expansion and more. Search your Mac and the web, and be more productive with custom actions to control your Mac. -info

Keyboard Maestro Whether you are a power user or just getting started, your time is precious. So don’t waste it. You can quickly benefit from Keyboard Maestro. Let Keyboard Maestro help make your Mac life more pleasant and efficient -info

PopClip Appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac. Instantly copy & paste, and access actions like search, spelling, dictionary and over 100 more.-info

OmniOutliner A powerful tool for organising (and reorganising) information, so you can see the full picture and structure your information effortlessly. -info

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