It’s ten years since Steve died, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went off for 6 hours, Amazon introduce a cute privacy nightmare and more, and Nick and Simon cogitate on it all.


  • Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

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Recorded 5th October 2021

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  • @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally
  • Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube
  • Nick’s church stream videos – You Tube


  • Allister Jenks (@zkarj) joined the Patreon – thanks Allister
  • Gareth Evans (@shongum) joined the Slack – Welcome


  • Jony Ive Writes Touching Letter About Steve Jobs a Decade After His Passing – MacRumors
    • Celebrating Steve – Apple
  • Apple Agrees to Pay $95 Million to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Refurbished Devices Aren’t ‘Equivalent to New’ – MacRumors
  • Apple adds original Apple Watch to list of vintage products – AppleMagazine
  • Intel takes another sad swing at Apples MacBooks – BGR
  • Daring Fireball: The Tragedy of Safari 15 for Mac’s ‘Tabs’ – Daring Fireball


  • Facebook says ‘faulty configuration change’ to blame for 6-hour outage – Apple Insider
    • Understanding How Facebook Disappeared from the Internet – Cloudflare
  • Amazon announces Astro butler bot, home drone, and more – The Register
    • Amazon’s Astro robot is an adorable privacy nightmare – Cnet
  • Captain Kirk: Bezos Blue Origin to send William Shatner into space – BBC
  • Windows 11 Launch day – Sky News


  • 1Password launches iCloud-like Hide My Email feature – 9to5Mac
  • YubiKey Bio security key adds fingerprint recognition to older Macs – Apple Insider
  • Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Says It Was Hacked – Vice


  • FirstSeed Calendar: Best Calendar, Best Widgets – MacStories


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  • All Things Secured – Online security made simple by Josh Summers.
  • Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
  • Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
  • Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
  • Simple Login – Email anonymisation and disposable emails for login/registering with
  • – Never give out your real email address online again.
  • AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
  • Sudo – get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter… You get to keep 2 free avatars though.
  • ProtonMail – end to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE… what more can you ask?
  • ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
  • Comparitech DNS Leak Test – simple to use and understand VPN leak test.
  • Fake Name Generator – so much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
  • Wire and on the App Stores – free for personal use, open source and end to end encryted messenger and VoIP.
  • Pinecast – a fabulous podcast hosting service with costs that start from nothing.

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