The Next Track, Episode #226 – ABBA’s Failure

Neither Doug nor Kirk care about ABBA very much, but we were interested by a letter from music industry insider Bob Lefsetz about “ABBA’s Failure in the Marketplace.” Did ABBA really fail? Has Bob Lefsetz missed a few elements in the ABBA story?

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #218: Does the Log4j Vulnerability Affect You?

The Log4j vulnerability is making the news, and we discuss what it is and who should worry. We look at Apple’s new feature to detect nude photos in children’s messages, and we discuss the potential demise of the NSO Group.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 107: Simulated vs. Optical Background Blur

You shot a lovely portrait and realized later that the background could benefit from some artistic blur. It used to be that if you didn’t get it in camera, you were stuck. But now it’s possible to recreate that blur using AI features in software later. Or, if you captured the shot using the iPhone’s Portrait Mode, you can edit the effect whenever you want. Is the software option really worth doing?

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The Zen of Everything Podcast, Episode 63: Choices

How do we choose among the many things available to us? There are too many breakfast cereals; do we really need them all? Which coffee or tea do you choose? And what about big choices? Should we stay or should we go?

Find out more, including show notes for each episode, at the Zen of Everything website and at Treeleaf Zendo.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #217: New Scam Emails Purport to Come from NSO Group Hacker

Amazon’s AWS outage causes havoc with the internet; a simple mistake can lock you out of your Google account for 48 hours; and we discuss a new scam email purporting to come from an NSO Group hacker.

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The Next Track, Episode #225 – Our Christmas Gift Guide

We don’t do a Christmas gift guide every year, but we decided we’d select some trinkets and tchotchkes that we’d recommend as gifts this year. Our only constraint was that we don’t choose music.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #216: The Problem with Default Passwords

The UK is mulling a bill to prohibit default passwords; the admin/admin that is often set by default on internet-connected devices. This would be a good thing, but there are drawbacks. We also discuss how Apple takes the lead in smartphone sales in China, and an upgrade program for Mac laptops.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 106: PhotoActive 2021 Gift Guide

When they set out to produce a gift guide—the first one in three years—Kirk and Jeff chose items that really reflect how they approach photography, and items that hopefully aren’t on every other photo gift guide out there. This episode covers a gamut of price ranges and interests, so something is sure to appeal to you as the giver or the receiver this holiday.

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The Zen of Everything Podcast, Episode 62: Buddhisms

Jundo and Kirk talk about the various flavors of Buddhism. They are not all the same, and we discuss the differences between the various schools that have changed over the centuries.

Find out more, including show notes for each episode, at the Zen of Everything website and at Treeleaf Zendo.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #215: Apple Sues NSO Group for Pegasus Spyware

Apple has filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, the creator of Pegasus spyware, that has targeted politicians, journalists, and activists. We discuss this surprising lawsuit and what it means for Apple users and security.

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