Pragmatic 9A: The Internet Makes It Even Better Follow-up 1

24 March, 2014


Follow up (Part A) to The Internet Makes It Even Better with a paid alternative to iFTTT Zapier; Replacing LogMeIn with TeamViewer (still has a free tier alternative); and DRM on Internet Connected Devices.

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This is pragmatic bowl apart 84 episode nine the Internet makes it even better than Alexander Michael hosted Judge Judy and John face that I have a bunch of follow-ups are on this particular episode I start with the arson follow-up from Tim Clifford via Twitter now I had said no that's IFT IFT TR is one of those examples of a free service that arm essentially could go away at any time are anything did then some a lot of the usefulness of it it is a does interconnect with someone home automation products that that usefulness would then be would disappear so it and I suggested that if you were to get a paid version all I would have far more confidence that they have a small sustainable business model longer term and are less likely to just disappear still not a guarantee of course but no less likely is good however there is another option you can use something called Dars Appia orbs API don't know which way space be pronounced but in any case are there is a link in the show notes and Xavier is essentially it has a free tear they are every action may caller is that is hence the name and why suggested is Appia arm anyway five zaps and is you can have yet you have is that those ads run every 15 minutes maximum is of 100 tasks per month and that's free so you have a muck around and see if it is useful to you but if you're serious then you can get the basic package than the business packaged in a business plus package for prizes 11 a website are so what they do is they give you a sliding scale and you can choose how deep you want to go with that automation so and I think and Mrs not a recommendation necessarily is it simply an alternative that's a bit sad Tim suggested and I think that it's it's worth investigating if you are into that sort of thing and you want to be with a product that is more likely to be around later the article used argues Appia actually are and actually my started using and there are still pretty new examiner beginning emailing back and forth with one of the guys there asking for something that directly convert always better at at the time looking at my old zaps Erickson used recently but I iodide was a project where all as coders wanted to use permit all the tracker but all the bills guys want to use base camp and are I don't want to read anything that can sink things up and it is sad I will system for bouncing things back and forth and worked really well and I also am using it for is the magic of automation relief regarding how this amusing it in one of the park as my published new manures of the published something is currently back to my remarks and natural as it Dars Appia he has a bit more of like an enterprise that arm you course and ILR more integrations on Google I would recommend it my news recently was was bringing a lot of the things and one that you correctly before is more likely be around so thank you Tim are Tim Clifford for that thank you very much much appreciated and are okay so the next piece of feedback I got was something else omission during the episode was Maya depression at the fact that login was losing its free tear suggestion came from two people actually are Glenn M Pitts and Micah Wortley who so you given assassin feedback in the past so well thank you English or Biafran of the show and he suggested some of a they both suggested team viewer now team viewer is again are more heavily slanted as a is an enterprise disorder probably still have their free tear support for private use you can you use it whatever you like however if you would want to use it for commercial purposes than you need to know pay for it and thus on the pricing plans and I started like in terms of Australian dollars and over $700 Australian are for the substantive business version and goes up quite a bit from there I should go to the premium corporate plans but the point is that for the average individual for the firm for me it's the perfect sort of replacement are you for the log me in so you think you're saying that you actually played with team viewer that was a while ago the yard is reinstalling you to refamiliarise itself under its economy but it also has this star Legare Citrix WebEx kind of arm you instant meeting at think you can do sort of like collaborative manager screen trembling document sharing arm again, more business focused may be overkill for what you use cases but it was it was pretty decent so again are not silly I personally have used but it may be worth your while to want to look into it if you're looking for a replacement to your log me in for remote access so why thank you very much guard to both Mike and Glen for our pointing me in the direction of that are the last piece of feedback is from a quickly mention our comes from Sasha annoyance via our feedback form thank you very much for this and this is regarding our DRM on Internet connected device at in re talk about this are some much are in the actual episode boats it's a very valid point is that there are some companies that are doing a essentially a kill switch so your device connects to the to the network and earphones home and it will be innocuous it'll be you know I need to go back to the main server of company blah and just reporting and just check in and say right while I'm a photocopier I've done thousand pages or 10,000 paid and they may aggregate information and come up with an email I'll you should probably get your printer serviced and we can offer this for you for whatever dollars but it could also be used for more nefarious purposes let's say that you're renting a piece of equipment and you haven't paid your bill are well they could destabilise manic, checks in on the network it's told your payments have that you skip the last three me open payments on your rental for this machine and are we are now Romeo kill do the kill switch and the others in anyway think that's okay what is not not connect to the network at some of these machines are such that if you don't connect them to the network and you don't actually check-in then you won't be able use the machine so you get to this this point of our it's it's it's almost a way of doing our complex software license keys but for hardware devices see hardware devices are now tied in the same way the license key would be for our laissez windows or martial windows or any any piece of professional software you would you would care to mention is that in addressing abstinence very very good point I personally have not come across this however I have heard of it happening and are Sasha mentions a CNC machine are they were aware of where they a kill switch was applied to it so it's definitely another aspect of the over the Internet makes it all better well it also means more control in some cases for the original equipment manufacturers so something to be wary of�
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Ben Alexander

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John Chidgey

John Chidgey

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