May Skies with Dr. Armstrong! (5/21/22 Part 1)

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Credits: X-ray: NASA/UMass/D.Wang et al., IR: NASA/STScI

Are you into black holes? Hey! So are we! How cool is that?

Black Holes and Other Astronomical Stuff

Dr. Armstrong from the UH Institute for Astronomy is joining us and we do love it. We talk about black holes, events hosted by the UH Institute, and more!


Explaining Gravity and its Jargon with Dr. Armstrong (5/21/22 Part 2)

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Jargon! Don’t you love it when people talk about stuff but might as well be speaking another language?

Astronomical Jargon

That’s Sam and Astronomy. Some of the stuff is very technical. Some of it defies common sense. Some of it has driven people insane.

Thankfully, Dr. Armstrong is here to help! We talk about gravity, black holes, lensing, and more!


It’s our Summer 2022 prize from OfficeMax/OfficeDepot!

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A $120.99 MSRP value from our friends at OfficeMax/OfficeDepot!

Our friends at OfficeMax/OfficeDepot on Dairy Road is a fantastic SanDisk® Professional ArmorATD Portable External Hard Drive. From the website:

  • USB-C™ (5Gbps) drive for quick content backup and storage.
  • USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt™ 3 compatible.
  • Premium, anodized aluminum enclosure for strength you can feel.
  • Transfer rates of up to 140MB/s read and 130MB/s write (1TB and 2TB).
  • Rain-and dust-resistant (IP54) enclosure with a 1000-lb crush resistance.
  • Backed by a 3-year limited warranty so you know you have storage you can rely on in the field for years to come.

You’ve heard us tell you about the importance of backing up, and this looks great for that! You can win this by sending us an email to with a question, comment, show topics, and notes saying hello!

Peripherals 101: USB and you! (5/14/22 Part 1)

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By Inductiveload – Own work (Original text: self-made, Solid Edge and Inkscape), Public Domain,

USB! USB! What is the state of USB? What is it?

All Things USB

We’re going to try and keep to the most current, relevant stuff, so no history lesson here. There’s enough stuff currently and more coming to keep us busy anyhow! If you take one piece of advice from Sam this show, then it should be “label things!”


Life without a Microsoft Account? (5/14/22 Part 2)

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Photo by Matthew Henry from StockSnap

You get a new computer and it wants you to make a Microsoft Account. Yay?

Do I HAVE to use an MS Account with Windows 11?

Why would you want one? Why wouldn’t you? How can you NOT have one?

Well, we answer that and more! Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as we talk about that!


Peripherals 101: Video Cards! (5/7/22 Part 1)

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Video cards and GPUs (graphics processing units) are an essential part of your computer!

All About That Video!

Doesn’t matter if you’ve got a desktop or laptop*, you’ve got one in there. So we talk about that! And if this gets you asking more questions, you can shoot us an email to ask them at!

Helpful links:


Domains! Custom email and more! (5/7/22 Part 2)

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Don’t have a website? Don’t want a website? Then why would you want a domain? Glad you asked!

All About Domains

Whether it’s to get folks an easy way to your social media presence or to have the custom email address your business deserves, domains have something to offer you. And at a reasonable price!

Want to know more? Fear not and tune in!


Word and word processing! (4/23/22 Part 1)

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The Word processor is one of those programs that most everyone will use at some point. So, we found a few tips for you to make the experience better, including not using Word!

Word Processing 101