MacVoices #18188: Ted Landau’s Home Automation Update and Lightning Round Answers


Ted Landau gives us an update on his home automation adventures, including experiences with some new hardware, why he chose what he did, and a review of what is and isn’t working. Then, Ted delivers some intriguing answers to our first ever Lightning Round of Apple topics.

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MacVoices #18187: Ray Robertson Discusses AppleScript and the CMD-D Down Home Scripting Bootcamp

Ray Robertson is back to talk about the benefits and characteristics of AppleScript, and how he will introduce attendees of the CMD-D Down-Home Scripting Boot Camp. Ray discusses what he and scripting guru Sal Soghoian will be teaching, why you don’t need any prior scripting experience to benefit from the conference, and some of the extra-curricular activities that are available after conference hours.

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Guests:

Ray Robertson started working with automation technologies shortly after purchasing his first Mac. With a background in typography, he began by using macro programs and database publishing utilities for an Atlanta-based typesetting firm. In 1998 Ray started his own company focused on AppleScript solutions and training, Scripting Matters, successfully using scripting to automate Atlanta’s infamous traffic out of his working life. As a teacher, he organized and co-taught AppleScript Pro Sessions, a five-day in-depth training event. He has led seminars for Adobe and Apple, including a very successful European tour focused on automating the Finder, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator with AppleScript. Through custom development and/or training, Ray has helped many prominent companies, including Accuweather, Comedy Central, McGraw/Hill, Pearson, Reebok, and Universal Press Syndicate. Ray’s primary focus is helping clients rapidly improve productivity, sometimes reducing weeks of tedious work to a few hours. Whether working with custom development or training, Ray knows good listening and communication skills are just as important as technical expertise. With a background in desktop publishing instead of IT, he readily understands the challenges many people face in deadline-driven environments. He is passionate about making automated solutions easy to use and maintain. Over the years, Ray has also established a great network of skilled developers and consultants. He has partnered with other developers to create very sophisticated solutions using multiple scripting languages, including JavaScript, as well as more higher level languages, such as Objective-C. Ray has also done some iOS programming, creating an early iPad app which was recognized as New & Noteworthy by Apple staff. In 2014, he acquired Automated Workflows, and continues to operate that company as well as his own. Ray earned his BA with summa cum laude honors at Berry College where he served as editor of an award-winning student newspaper. After many years as a recreational racquetball player, Ray now focuses on qi gong, yoga, tai chi and pilates. He and his wife, Marina, live in a small community outside the metro Atlanta area.

MacVoices #18186: Drobo’s Mihir Shah and Nexsan’s Gary Watson Introduce StorCentric

Drobo CEO Mihir Shah and Nexsan CTO Gary Watson take time out from a busy schedule to tell us about the acquisition of both companies by StorCentric. What this means for customers of both entities is a sharing of expertise and technology that will benefit all levels of storage customers. Mihir and Gary talk us through the roles they will play, how the two brands will remain in place while being part of a larger whole, and how the cloud will figure into their future plans.

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MacVoices #18185: Computer Historian David Greelish Discusses Classic Computing, The Newton, And His Next Project

Author and Computer Historian David Greelish talks about the short video he produced for Love Notes to Newton, how he got involved with the film, and how he became interested in computers as nostalgia. His book, Classic Computing, is a compendium of some of his past work, along with other materials he has gathered to trace the history of personal computing. Dave takes us through it all, and reveals his next project.

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MacVoices #18184: Jim Tierney of Digital Anarchy Previews Transcriptive.com


Jim Tierney, Chief Executive Anarchist at Digital Anarchy, is back to give us a look at the soon-to-be launched Transcriptive.com. Transcriptive has been providing transcriptions to Adobe Premier users from within the application, but now, the web site version will extend part of that solution to users of other NLEs. Jim outlines what can be uploaded, what you get back, and how it will integrate in with your edit. Searching, a variety of AI and human transcription options, and collaboration options are all features available to a broader audience. Jim outlines how it works, when it will be available, and then provides some thoughts on augmented reality vs. virtual reality.

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