Essential Apple Podcast 227: Just because I could!

Recorded 4th July 2021

Once again the gang (Nick, Simon and Jim) assemble to take a look at some stories from the last week or so of Apple and Tech news including Windows 11 on mad hardwares, a custom built Big Sur handheld, Apple Public Betas, Lego fun and more!


  • 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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On this week’s show:


  • @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



  • macOS Monterey public beta: What it’s like using the Mac’s new OS – Input Mag
    • Apple launches public beta of macOS Monterey, bringing updates to FaceTime and Safari – The Verge
  • iOS 15 Hands-On: Top 5 New Features! – Marques Brownlee on YouTube
    • Should you install the iOS 15 public beta? Here’s what to consider – 9to5Mac
  • Serious Warning Issued For Millions Of Apple iPhone Users – Forbes
  • Windows 11 could run on Macs – What you need to know – Laptop Mag
  • Affinity 1.10 Sneak Peek – YouTube
  • Eight ‘New’ iOS 4 Features We’re Still Using 11 Years Later – iDrop News
  • Dad sells family car to pay for kid’s $1,800 in-app spending spree – Cult of Mac
  • This tiny handheld runs macOS Big Sur and it’s wild – iMore


  • Microsoft wasn’t joking about the Dev Channel not enforcing hardware checks: Windows 11 pops up on Pi, mobile phone – The Register
  • Microsoft Backpedals, Explains Windows 11 TPM Requirement – Digital Trends
    • Microsoft acknowledges the Windows 11 PC Health Check was ‘not fully prepared’ – PC Gamer
  • Jeff Bezos leaves an enduring legacy as he steps down as Amazon CEO – FRANCE 24 English
  • Design student creates device that rapidly stops bleeding from stab wounds – Sky News
  • NASA Continues to Try and Rescue Failing Hubble – Universe Today – Universe Today


  • Major Vulnerability Affects All Western Digital NAS Devices Running OS 3 | PetaPixel – PetaPixel
    • Another day, another WD security flaw – The Verge
  • New Critical Security Warning Issued For All Windows Versions As ‘PrintNightmare’ Confirmed – Forbes
  • Apps with 5.8 million Google Play downloads stole users’ Facebook passwords – Ars Technica


  • How to Enable the Hidden ‘Hello’ Screen Saver in macOS Big Sur – Wccftech NOTE: where they say DRAG, they should say COPY – otherwise it won’t work!
  • Satechi Just Released The Perfect Docking Station For Apple’s Mac Mini – HiConsumption
  • Got A Box Of Lego Bricks? This Amazing App Scans Them And Suggests New Builds – Forbes
  • German scientists built a high-resolution microscope out of Lego bricks – Ars Technica


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Mountain Lion are now free to download – The Apple Post
  • Found a link to the elevation viewer I mentioned last show and it is based on QGIS data I believe
    • And here’s the thread on Twitter

Essential Apple Recommended Services:

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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