The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 22 (Interview with Kathy Campbell)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 21 (Interview with Jean MacDonald)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 20 (Interview with Stephen Hackett)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 19 (Interview with Jeff Gamet)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 18 (Interview with Victor Cajiao)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 17 (Interview with Bart Busschots)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 16 (Interview with Darren Carr)

Welcome to Episode 16 of the Mac Quadcast

Episode 16 of Podcast

Show Notes (Stolen back from Allison)

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your background and how you got into the Apple/Mac world.

  • Currently a Blogger, Podcaster and trying to get into YouTube screencast and video reviews.

  • In 1987 I was paralysed from the neck down and ended up on a life support machine, this was caused by a virus which attacked the Spinal Cord.

  • Used a BBC Micro Computer with Head Stick for a couple of years. A local accessibility specialist saw headmaster adaption at a conference and gained funding from the local education authority (HeadMaster worked on the Macintosh Plus, so that was my first Mac).
    Despite my disabilities, I went to The London School of Economics and graduated in 1998 with a BSc in Government.

I’d love to learn more about the accessibility tools you use. How do you access your Mac and iOS devices for “normal” use?

  • All of my Mac access stems from the HeadMaster adaption. I now use a Tracker Pro which has a small receiver that sits on top of the screen and a small reflective dot which sticks to the centre of my glasses. The receiver picks up the position of the reflective dot and small movements of the head (therefore dot) moves the cursor on the screen. I use a sip/puff switch for left and right mouse clicks and an onscreen keyboard for text input. (this setup enables access to virtually every application on the Mac)

  • iOS is much more limited, I’m not over keen on being strapped up to adaptations for mobile devices so I just ask my carer to do what I need to do.

How do you record podcasts?

  • I ask somebody to position my mic in the correct place and put my headphones on my mac access system mentioned earlier enables me to control everything. My software for recording is the standard Audio Hijack, Skype/Discord, Loopback, and Farrago. I use Logic Pro to do any audio adjustments and then edit using Fission. I also use a service called Auphonic to set the correct podcasting sound levels.

How do you record and edit video?

  • I have to rely on somebody to record video for me (under direction), I received a gimbal for (ZHIYUN SMOOTH 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer) Christmas so am looking forward to playing with that. Screencasts are done by myself using the setup mentioned earlier, unlike most people I speak to I prefer Camtasia to ScreenFlow and editing is done by myself using iMovie (hope to upgrade to Final Cut when finances allow) and Camtasia.


In the history of Apple, what is your top piece of hardware is there a particular reason (design, usability, innovation, just plain fun)?

  • I’d have to say the Macintosh Plus, the first computer that I had full access to and ignited my interest in the world of Apple, even on the tiny 9-inch monochrome screen I started designing, writing, playing games and everything else a geek does.

Favourite iPhone and why?

  • Everyone loves their first iPhone, mine was the iPhone 3GS but I think my favourite is my current one iPhone XS Max, I love the edge to edge screen, the camera is amazing, love the design.

What are your views on the current iPhone (design, functionality, ect.), have you upgraded to iPhone Xs or Xs Max?

  • As I just said I have the iPhone XS Max and love virtually everything about it. Still not convinced about face id. Only two faces very restrictive,

What hardware are you using for podcasting?


What is your most useful Mac Application, and biggest time wasting app/service on Mac?

  • Most useful Ulysses, all of my writing starts there (Blog posts, show notes, personal writing etc.)

  • Times wasting, not a big social media user but enjoy playing World of Warcraft (always play every Sunday evening with a couple of friends) and also love playing Chess (ICC is a great online club) (one game can easily turn into twenty!)

What is your most useful iOS Application, and biggest time wasting app/service on iOS?

  • My most used apps are whichever podcast catcher I’m using and Audible for audiobook neither of which I class as time wasting.

  • Don’t really waste time on iOS


If you could control Tim Cook via Siri for a day, what hardware project would you initiate/increase investment in? Following this where would iOS and macOS be heading.

  • This is easy for me, I’d have Tim on the phone to the S Lady team an invest in basic voice functionality. For apps such as Apple Books, it would be great to be in an ebook and just say S Lady turn page and one page would turn. Or in the Apple TV Remote app to say S Lady up, down, left, right to have complete basic control over the Apple TV, being paralysed from the neck down the Siri button on the Apple TV is completely useless as I can’t press it.

Are there any services that you would point listeners toward, not necessarily Apple?

  • Setapp – loads of apps for a really low monthly price, also includes the Ulysses subscription.

Apart from the podcasts you are involved with (and obviously the NosillaCast) which one do you never skip an episode of and would recommend?

  • The usual tech podcasts that Mac Geeks follow (Mac Power Users, The MacCast, The Mac Geek Gab)

  • Dead Rock Stars, they take a different ‘Dead Rock Star’ each week and take a look at their life often quite irreverent.

  • Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review podcast of the BBC Radio 5 Live movie show, two old blokes wittering on about films, oh hello to Jason.

The Quadcast Digital Archive

I’m starting a page on the website ‘The Quadcast Digital Archive’ that if still around in 500 years will give an insight into what us geeks loved. So what is your top:

An album that has been released digitally (all time).

A movie that has been released digitally (all time).

Audiobook or ebook that has been released digitally (all time).

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 15 (Interview with David Hewson)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 14 (Interview with Don McAllister)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 13 (Interview with David Sparks)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 12 (Interview with Allison Sheridon)

Welcome to Episode 12 of the Mac Quadcast

Show Notes

Episode 12 of Podcast


To enhance The Mac Quad Website


Bear Subscription Giveaway

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Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite

Programming By Stealth


iPhone XS and XS Max

Heil PR-40


Logitech C920 Webcam

Audio Hijack


Keep It


Three-fingered Drag
Accessibility → Mouse & Trackpad → Trackpad Options → Check Enable Dragging → Change Dropdown to 3-Finger Drag

Musical Anhedonia

Parallels Toolbox

SMR Podcast

Mac Geek Gab

The Phileas Club

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

The Martian

Andy Weir - The Martian






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The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 11 (Interview with Shelly Brisbin)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 10 (Interview with Dan Moren)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 9

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 8

Welcome to episode eight of the Mac Quadcast.

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 7

Welcome to the episode seven of the Mac Quadcast.

Show Notes

Episode Seven of Podcast

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OS Updates

Updates to iWork apps

Payment on old OS devices


Views on macOS High Sierra Accessibility Keyboard

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The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 6 (Interview with Adam Christianson)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 5 (Interview with Dave Hamilton)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 4 (Interview with Rose Orchard)

The Mac Quadcast - Ep. 3

Welcome to the third episode of the Mac Quadcast.

Show Notes

Episode Three of Podcast

To enhance The Mac Quad Website


Rogue Amoeba- Audio Hijack - Coupon Code QUADCAST for 20% off.


Apple Discontinuing Airport Basestation Line


Linksys Velop


Updates to Google and Microsoft iOS Apps

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