Spaaaaaaaaaaace X! AKA, Jonathan & LD geek out! (5/30/20 Part 1)

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Space X just launched a giant tin can into space! Well, if you’re going to over simplify things, that is. But to get to this point there’s a LOT of history and backstory. Which, hey, Jonathan is happily going to be talking about!


Fun, additional reading:


Politics, Twitter, and Social Media – bleh (5/30/20 Part 2)

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The Executive delivered an Executive Order about Internet Censorship this week — an order that is unenforceable.

Executive Orders and Section 230

Normally we hate talking about these type of things, and this time it is no different.

And of course, Sam is always keen to point out your ISP might well WANT to be the editor of your internet. A desire that is far more dangerous to free speech than a particular website or platform…

Last but not least, we’ll let Mike Pompeo get the last word.



CPUs! The 2020 mid-year update! (5/16/20)

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Intel and AMD have been at it, creating newer, faster, and better CPUs than we’ve seen in a long time. With so much out there, what on EARTH do you get? What should you avoid? Well, we tackle this topic for you today!


Due to a technical glitch, however, Part 1 of the show was lost. Oh no! But, no fear, here are the notes complete with links! Click to continue!Read More


Recycling and eCycling! Its time to clean up responsibly! (5/9/20 Part 1)

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Are you cleaning up the house or office and finding lots of old stuff! Well, ecycling is open! Jonathan called! Saturdays and Tuesdays! 

E-Cycling’s Back!

Can you spare some time to go looking for old computers, electronics, etc?

  • Can it still be used?
  • Can you clean it up and give it to someone?
  • Can you clean it up and SELL it to someone?
  • Are there parts that are still good? Can those be cleaned up and given/sold to someone? This has a LOT of “what about” and“if” questions , plus is a lot of work.

Time to Recycle!


Batteries 101! (5/9/20 Part 2)

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A tech reporter from Ananadtech did research finding that one smartphone company’s fast-recharge tech ages your battery prematurely. Wowzers! How do you keep your laptop, phone, and tablet batteries going for a long time?

The Battery Episode

Taking care of your laptop batteries!

  • Nickel-Metal hydride (NiMH) versus Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
    • Old NiMH batteries used to develop “memories,” where they would not fully charge. This was a problem with the tech at the time. Li-Ion doesn’t have this problem.
    • You do NOT have to completely discharge the battery before recharging a Li-Ion. Best practice is currently getting down to maybe 20% or so before recharging.
    • You CAN keep Li-Ion batteries plugged in as power management is better now, and the device should stop charging once it hits 100%.
  • Keeping it comfortable.
    • Batteries do not like to get hot!
    • If you’re doing resource heavy work, be sure to give your laptop (and yourself) a break now and then, letting it cool down.
    • Make sure it gets ventilation. Using a laptop on your lap isn’t that great for it, because you’re warmer than room tempurature! Likewise, you’re often making direct contact with it, unlike a table or desk.
    • Direct sunlight and hot surfaces aren’t great for it either!
  • Keep your laptop OS updated!
    • OS updates have security updates, but also performance and feature updates.
    • This can include improved drivers, updated OS components for improved battery life, etc.

2020 Q1 Listener Mail Show! (5/2/20 Part 1)

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Its that time again! Every quarter we collect your emails and letters, read them over, answer you when we get them, but save them for THIS SHOW!

April 2020 Viewer Mail – Part 1

Your questions, your comments, your topic ideas, and more!

Links as promised!


Scams, shams, and more of the same… (4/25/20 Part 2)

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Just like watching the weather, you gotta keep your eyes on those darn scammers. The bad guys have a terrible dedication to stealing people’s money! So, we have to be vigilant, like it or not.

Watch for COVID Scams!

Threats? Stuff that’s too good to be true? Guess what, its the bad guys after YOU!


News Catch-up Show! (4/11/20 Part 1)

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We’re catching up with the NEWS! After spending two weeks covering tips about staying at home, working from home, checking information and more? Yeah, we’re a little behind…

Headline News April 2020

Quick update from the EFF regarding securing Zoom:

Dell’s BIOS protection: