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April 17, 2018 Meeting Notes

posted Apr 16, 2018, 10:09 PM by Robert Brown


Meeting Notes   April 16, 2018 SVMUG

News 


Security:  


Tim Cook Interview (FaceBook Comments)“The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer — if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.”


Zuckerberg Responds — Zuckerberg  says that Tim Cook is being glib. 


Some Intel Chips Won’t be Fixed - Spectre — this relates mostly to PCs, not Macs.


(Naked Security Article on Same)


iMore - Opinion - on FaceBook


Apple & GDPR (May 25, 2018) — privacy regulation which supersedes the previous “right to be forgotten”. Individual users have privacy rights in Europe whereby they can review and correct information. Apple will extend this policy Worldwide, including the USA. 


iOS ‘Bug’ Lets Siri Read Email & Chat Aloud — “Hey Siri, read me my email” will not require unlocking the iPhone first. This is going to patched.


Cloudflare Intros New Privacy Focused DNS Service++


GrayKey Device for Law Enforcement Unlocks iPhones


Some Android Phones Skip and/or Don’t Update Security Patches


Panera Leaks 7 Million Customer’s Info  


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about our presenter:  ++Allison & Bart Busschots have an episode of ‘Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite’ # 533 on choosing  a DNS Resolver


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Legal:


iPhone ’Slowdown’ Cases go to One Court


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General News:


Apple Education Event


WWDC Dates & Rumors


Apple Q2 Earnings Report May 1


Apple Accepts Watch Trade-Ins at Apple Stores


Warnings: i) 32-bit Apps Not supported in next MacOS


      ii) Watch OS 5 Will Drop Support for Older Apps


Next Mac Pro in 2019


iPhone 8/8Plus Product Red


iOS 11.3 Issues w/3rd Party Screens


Apple 100% Powered by Renewable Energy


Apple to Do a Video Series on Asimov’s “Foundation” Trilogy


Woz Leaves FaceBook


Space Gray Mac Accessaries Available from Apple


Apple Buys Texturemedia aggregation app that currently allows access to a wide range of publications for a monthly fee of $10 a month


Apple Increases Number of Self-Driving Cars


Apple Hires Google’s AI Chief


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Rumors:


Apple to Use Own Chips for Mac?


Apple Developing Foldable Phone?  

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Updates:


iOS 11.3 - includes battery health monitor


watchOS 4.3


tvOS 11.3


Swift 4.1


HomePod update


Final Cut Pro


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Main Presentation


Allison Sheridan — of the NosillaCast podcast — has been dipping her toes into automating things on her Mac. From using TextExpander to Hazel to Automator, Allison will show us a whole bunch of things that have made her more efficient and productive.

https://podfeet.com 


Podfeet Podcasts — 13 years of episodes, not a single week has been skipped.


Command D conference - hosted by Sal Soghoian, the founder of automation on the Mac! Allison discussed code-free automation.*


* code free until you are ready.


Allison has a masters in engineering, with an emphasis on kinematics. She has an overwhelming need to automate things.


Problems to be Solved


naming files consistently

triaging large audio files to NAS


Live show setup - so many apps to launch

tedium of moving windows to correct spot

copy/paste dance to plug my blog posts


adding a drop shadow to images


Solutions


TextExpander - standardized episode names

She sets up TextExpander to expand “NC_” by adding the date.

So when she saves a file, she types “NC_” into the file name dialog box,

and it is automatically expanded to (for example) NC_2018_04_17 and so forth.

To triage the large audio files, the audio files are moved after two weeks to NAS.

The application is Hazel. Hazel will watch a folder, and follow rules to clean up 

the folder. See https://www.noodlesoft.com/


Automator is used to open the applications for a given workflow, e.g. performing the podcasts.

Moom is an application that arranges windows in a pre-defined manner.


Using AppleScript and Automator, a automatic copy/paste can be used.

For example, 

tell satire to find the URL and title of front document

trimText to remove unwanted glop off the end o the title

She wrote her own app to provide drop shadows. 

Found command-line tool ImageMagick http://imagemagick.com

install via homebrew.sh

created an automator action to splat commands 


My favorite AppleScript: 

using automator, tell application Finder to sleep.



Open Source corner


We take a break from Open Source Software… and talk Open Source Agriculture! Dan Foy has been looking into the new Open Source Seed Intitiative, and gives us a run-down on a project to help safe the future.

https://osseeds.org



The Open Source Seed Initiative


Today, only a handful of companies account for most of the world’s commercial breeding and seed sales. Increasingly, patenting and restrictive contracts are used to enhance the power and control of these companies over the seeds and the farmers that feed the world.

Patented and protected seeds cannot be saved, replanted, or shared by farmers and gardeners. And because there is no research exemption for patented material, plant breeders at universities and small seed companies cannot use patented seed to create the new crop varieties that should be the foundation of a just and sustainable agriculture.

Inspired by the free and open source software movement that has provided alternatives to proprietary software, OSSI was created to free the seed – to make sure that the genes in at least some seed can never be locked away from use by intellectual property rights. 

Patented and protected seeds cannot be saved, replanted, or shared by farmers and gardeners. And because there is no research exemption for patented material, plant breeders at universities and small seed companies cannot use patented seed to create the new crop varieties that should be the foundation of a just and sustainable agriculture.

The OSSI PledgeYou have the freedom to use these OSSI- Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this Pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.


The OSSI Pledge ensures the Four Open Source Seed Freedoms for this and future generations:

  1. The freedom to save or grow seed for replanting or for any other purpose.
  2. The freedom to share, trade, or sell seed to others.
  3. The freedom to trial and study seed and to share or publish information about it.
  4. The freedom to select or adapt the seed, make crosses with it, or use it to breed new lines and varieties.

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