HawaiiCon 2017: Local con still going strong!

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Sam went to HawaiiCon in 2014 after its successful Kickstarter and is going again this year. Jonathan and Tracey went last year and had a ton of fun! Even Dr. Armstrong has been there to have fun and to speak on panels!

Have you heard about Hawai’i’s own Science & Science Fiction/Fantasy convention? Its next month, and we’re talking about it on the show today!

Tune in to KAOI 1110 AM/96.7 FM, or stream online at www.kaoi1110.com from 12-2pm HST / 3-5pm PST!

Cutting the Cord – Getting HD broadcast television over-the-air via antenna

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As we talked about in the first hour of the show, the easiest and cheapest way of cutting the cord, provided you are within a good reception area, is via an HD OTA (over-the-air) antenna. Most HD OTA antennas cost in the $20-$30 range, and installation is just a matter of plugging the antenna into power and into the proper input on your TV. This is an old-fashioned antenna, though, so it may take some effort to find the best positioning for the antenna.

Make sure you check out your location’s access to OTA signals first, as there are many places on the island of Maui that aren’t within range or sight of the main broadcast signal towers above Ulupalakua. Websites like AntennaWeb will find your address and give you a list of what broadcast signals you’re in range of, as well as what kind of antenna you need. HD antennas come with a color code system that shows at a glance what type of signals your antenna is best suited for, so make sure you get the same color coded antenna that the locator website tells you that you need.

Cutting the Cord – Cable-Replacement Services

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Today we talked a lot about so-called “cable replacement services”. Not your Netflixes or Amazon Prime Videos, but legal Internet-based services that stream live television to you. Subscribing to one of these services would allow you to get your Food Network or Discovery Channel without needing a cable TV subscription.

The four main services available to us in Hawaii right now are Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, Playstation Vue, and Hulu Live TV. Each service has its own pricing, channels, and extras, so make sure you do your research to find the service that really fits your household budget and viewing habits. And for the sports fan, make sure to check out fubo.

Live broadcast television is pretty much non-existent at the moment with these services, but that is changing as more networks sign agreements with the cable replacement services. Right now, only Playstation Vue and Hulu Live TV offer local broadcast television, and they only offer the local CBS affiliate, KGMB. Agreements were signed with the company that owns the local Fox affiliate, KHON, back in June, so it should start showing up on these services later this year. No word yet about the local NBC and ABC affiliates, so peep an eye out on the various cable replacement services’ websites for changes to the local channel lineups.

You will need some sort of device in order to receive these services on your television, as no Smart TV yet has these services built in. Players from Roku, Apple, and Amazon are the best suited for this role, and some of the services have deals that include players with a new subscription. Here is a link to a compatibility matrix from Cord-Cutters News, which shows what devices you need for which services. YouTube TV is not currently available in Hawaii.

Cord-Cutters News is a great website for keeping up on news from the cable-replacement world. I read it daily.

And if you’re in the market for a new player, here’s some quick links to Amazon for the main devices out there. Amazon does not sell Apple TVs, you’d have to go direct to Apple for one of those.

Should politicians be PC savvy? – 7/22/17 (part 2)

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It used to be a niche industry, a small field, but its not anymore!


The internet is a vital underpinning to our economy, domestically and internationally. Internet security is an essential part of that. A neutral internet spurred innovation as competition between fighting ISPs did the same. And yet…? How tech savvy are our elected officials?


Have you entered our contest yet?

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Did you know our friends at OfficeMax/OfficeDepot have given us an awesome Altec Lansing LifeJacket 2 Bluetooth speaker? Normally sells for $149, but has sold out TWICE! Twice!

How do you enter? Just send us an email to MauiOnline@Q-A.net with a question, comment, show topic ideas, a note saying hello, whatever! You’ll be entered into our drawing at the end of August for this fantastic prize!

Q&A Presents – Maui Online! Saturday, July 15 – Part 2

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Is That A Threat?

Threat Modeling! Holy leaping lizards Batman, what’s that?

Well, its actually a fancy name for figuring out what’s important to you, what could go wrong, and what to do about it. Think of it as an emergency plan for your personal information, data, and other parts of your electronic life! Chances are, you’ve already done it without realizing it!

Miss hour one? Click here!


Q&A Presents: Maui Online! – Saturday, July 15th – Part 1

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Net Neutrality! Net Neutrality Freedom Day – how did it go?

July 12th was a day of protest against FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s goal of getting rid of Net Neutrality. People and companies alike spoke up in support of preserving Net Neutrality. How did it go? We talk about that this hour!

Ready for hour two? Click here!