Podcasts

Since I shared the newest podcast that I’ve started listening to, I figured it would be worthwhile listing the shows I regularly listen to.

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The Past, The Present and The Future

Note: this post was written many months before it was published (creation date is at the start of August 2013). While my feelings have changed over time, this is a timeless viewpoint .

I first started listening to 5by5’s Quit to hear the interview with Marco Arment shortly after the Instapaper sale (episode #21: Quit & Analyze) and I have been listening to the show ever since. While there are parts of the format and personalities in the show that I don’t like, the general message of the show is good. My main gripe is that often the majority of the show is Dan Benjamin going off on a rant. I prefer the episodes where there is more call-in or guest content. Along with events of the last few months, it has got me thinking of the future.

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Slogger Exited with code: 1

I used to use Brett Terpstra’s Slogger for logging various activities in to Day One. Probably around 6 months ago I stopped using Day One, just out of lazyness, but now I am trying to write down my thoughts and experiences more. Part of this is driven just by my poor memory.

Back to Slogger. Over the last 6 months this should have been silently running every evening, updating Day One with information in the background, but the scheduled task has been failing. Because I was not actively using Day One over this period I never noticed. This possibly stopped working around the upgrade to Mavericks, or it could have been when I started toying with Ruby development. Either way it is screwed. And the error that was appearing in the console was less than helpful.

28/01/2014 21:31:29.437 com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[275]: (com.brettterpstra.Slogger[6346]) Exited with code: 1

All the searches I did on this just resulted in no response forum posts, or it magically working on its own again. I needed to find a solution.

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PDF Filing With Hazel

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I’ve started using Hazel to automate some repetitive tasks, like filing PDF bills and financial documents that I download. Hazel is a fantastic timesaver of a tool that I should have bought a long time ago. Once the rules are set up correctly I don’t need to worry about dealing with things in my Downloads folder, Hazel does that for me! One of the first things I set up was a rule to periodically clean out that pesky iPod Photo Cache that was causing my iPhoto library to unnessecarily grow!

I thought I was in luck when all the bills that I receive electronically were properly searchable, and Hazel’s contents filter was able to match all the information I needed. Unfortunately my bank had to be the awkward one.

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Pragmatic

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PRAGMATIC

Pragmatic is a weekly discussion show contemplating the practical application of technology. Exploring the real world trade offs we look at how great ideas are transformed into products and services that can change our lives. Nothing is as simple as it seems.

After hearing many positive reviews about this show, I thought I would give it a listen. I had meant to download the first episode in order to try it, but ended up getting the latest episode at the time by accident: episode 6 (Design Reviews in Name Only). The two hosts have backgrounds in different industries (one software, one electrical engineering) which gives a good mix of perspectives. I came away from listening to this episode with a better idea of how to manage reviews more effectively, even though the discussion mostly focused on design reviews in the electrical engineering world. A different perspective often leads to a clearer vision of how a process can be improved.

I just started listening to the actual first episode today (Faraday’s Cage), and it is fascinating. Completely outside the area of information I would look for, but it goes in depth to how the design of the iPhone has changed over time and how it has effected the radio/antenna performance through the generations.

I have queued up the rest of the episodes, it is a must listen if you have a technically curious mind.

H/T Marco Arment