Web Browser Extensions – making your browser better! (10/12/19 Part 1)

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The humble web browser is probably one of the most commonly used pieces of software out there. It works hard running web apps, playing videos, music,  and just getting stuff done. But, did you know you can make it better?

Browser Extensions

Jonathan, LD, and Sam talk about web browser extensions: what they like, and more! Now, where do you get them? The browser’s OFFICIAL STORE. Its much safer than downloading from random websites!

  • NoScript blocks scripts, only allowing what you want!
  • Lightbeam shows you where your internet cookies are going for any given website. Where is your data going?
  • AdBlocker+ helps keep obtrusive (and sometimes dangerous) ads from driving you crazy!
  • NewsGuard is Sam’s favorite and only extension which helps him get initial gauging of websites.
  • Flash is one of those most popular plugins, but its dying! We mention this so you know.
  • Password managers abound, but get one from a reputable service.
  • The Mercury Reader is a Chrome extension that will let you have a “Reader Mode” for websites!
  • Adobe Reader for PDFs!
  • Privacy Badger helps keep trackers from tracking you! It tells them “stop!” and if they don’t? It’ll block them!

Patch, patch, paaaaahhhhfff… Patching gone wrong. (10/12/19 Part 2)

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We always advise patching. Patch, patch, patch.

Patch Gone Wrong

While its generally good in principle there are times when patches go bad. A recent Windows update came down the pipe and had a BIG problem with a particular line of HP printers.

Of course, if you can’t do it yourself (it happens!), call Q&A at (808) 243-7600 from Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm!


The right to be forgotten (but not US)! (9/28/19 Part 1)

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Its nice to be remembered. Except when its not.

Right to Be Forgotten

The EU’s Court of Justice has decided that Google and other search engines should comply with some requests by citizens “to be forgotten.”

But, what does that mean? And why? And what could possibly go wrong?


Additionally, Tracy the Librarian joins us for the show!


Being an Internet Super Sleuth! (9/28/19 Part 2)

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Sure, we all search the internet, but are you more a Shaggy and Scoopy searcher? Or are you a Sherlock Holmes? Up your search game!

Internet Search

And for our caller who called about VPNs? https://thatoneprivacysite.net/

Plus a bonus: our favorite video about Filter Bubbles!


Botnets: badware getting better and smarter… grrr… (9/21/19 Part 1)

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Don’t call it a comeback! Emotet has been going to the gym and on a diet. What is Emotet? And what is a botnet?

Bad Botnet! Bad! No Biscuit!


Books have Chrome! Chrome of Books! (9/14/19 Part 1)

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Today we talked about Chromebooks! They’ve come a long way over the past few years. Tune in as we  talk about:

Is the ChromeBook for me?

Chromebooks pros:

  • Websurfing and webapps!
  • Android apps! Chromebooks can run Android apps now!
  • Relatively inexpensive for modest machines, although better machines in terms of build quality and specs are available (even up to $999!) for serious/professional users.

Chromebook cons:

  • You can’t buy and download big, full-professional programs like Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, FULL Microsoft Office, etc. You’re stuck with web apps or Android apps.
  • You can’t buy and download Windows or Mac games. You’re stuck with web games and Android games.
  • Chromebooks generally do best with wifi or an internet connection. Without internet access you lose access to a lot of functionality.

Things to consider

  • Design. Is it a laptop or a convertable/2-in-1? Touchscreen? How well is it made? Stylus support? What sort of ports? USB? HDMI?
  • How much RAM? 4g is minimum recommended for light use. 8g or more for heavier use, demanding Android apps/games, etc. 16g is going to be overkill for most users.
  • CPU. Many will have Celerons or similar low-end CPUs which is okay for casual browsing and light use (Celerons, ARM, m3’s), but the nicer ones can have i3, i5, and i7 CPUs.
  • Storage! 32g is probably a safe starting point, but if you want to keep files locally, download Android apps, etc., consider 64gb to 128g. If you plan to do photo editing or video editing then look for more.
  • Budget. Be sure to keep in mind what you need and want, plus quality. If you’re going to spend more than $400 on a Chromebook, be sure to consider Windows laptops and 2-in-1’s as well. Definitely consider Windows and Mac if you want to spend $1000 or more.

Institute For Astronomy has an open house! (9/7/19 Part 1)

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Liquid nitrogen ice cream! Tons of telescopes! Science experiments! Talks and lectures! The Institute for Astronomy Maui is having an open house on Friday, September 20th!

IfA Open House! – Part 1

Are you a fan? Want to know more? Well, listen in! Dr. Armstrong (our fearless astronomer) chimes in and more!


Astronomy! What’s new? What’s cool?

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We’re continuing on with the IFA’s open house, plus very cool stuff besides!

IfA Open House! – Part 2

  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation – https://amzn.to/2PPusQr
  • Einstein for Beginners – https://amzn.to/2PTRVAg
  • And a cool video about black holes! https://youtu.be/zUyH3XhpLTo