Be secure on your phone! (2/22/20 Part 1)

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Got a smart phone? Did you know its pretty much a computer? You probably take security seriously on your computer, so you should take it seriously there too!

Mobile Security!

So, tips and links to help you out!

  • Don’t jailbreak/root your phone. 
    • This is often done to add customizations or run pirated apps. 
    • You can break the security of an iPhone doing this, leaving you with little or no protection. 
    • Pirated apps from outside the official stores run significant risk of having malware. 

Don’t be a Pirate! Yaaaaar! (2/22/20 Part 2)

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Computer piracy is probably more common than people admit. Especially in the business world. All those companies have tons of money, so no problem, right? Sorry, afraid not.


  • Its not safe! 
    • Trojans, malware, and viruses oh my!


  • Many common programs have inexpensive alternatives, even free/open-source ones. 
    • LibreOffice or OpenOffice (OSS). 
    • GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus for some of Creative Cloud. Affinity and others for cheap. 
  • Do you really NEED the big fancy name software? 
    • Being paid/legit means you can get support from the company. 
    • Important for updates. 
    • Important for compliance within your industry (HIPPA). 

Looking a little more at Web Email! (2/15/20 Part 1)

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So, webmail.

Webmail – A comparison

Its easy to get, easy to use, but is there more to consider about it? Do you have to move a lot? Are you getting ready to change ISP? Do you have special features you need? Yeah, there’s lots to think of!




Fake News, Fake Snooze… (2/15/20 Part 2)

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Fake news.

Fake News! Or is it?

Whether we like it or not, its now a part of our cultural landscape, just like annoying reality TV shows and pop songs that get stuck in your head.

“No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” ~H.L. Mencken

Newsguard, one of our favorite plugins, is getting a subscription. It might be worth checking out.

And some fun links to help examine your thinking:

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Betelguse! No, not Tim Burton’s movie… (2/8/20 Part 1)

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Today’s show we’ve got our favorite local astronomer, Dr. JD! And what are we talking about?

Astronomy 2020 with Dr. Armstrong! – Part 1

Links we mention:

Betelguse! Betelguse! Betelguse!

There’s also a story about Dark Matter!

Spitzer! Not as famous as Hubble, but still quite awesome!

What is the Precession of Mercury?


More Betelgeuse! And DKIST! (2/7/20 Part 2)

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More goodness with Dr. JD Armstrong, our tame local astronomer!

Astronomy 2020 with Dr. Armstrong! – Part 2

Have a look at these links, too!

DKIST, aka the Daniel K. Inoye Solar Telescope is in the news!

Betelgeuse got a little dimmer. Is it moody?

You know, there’s an actual Astronomical Glossary?



Fact Checking 101 for 2020! (1/18/20 Part 1)

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We’re in an election year, and that means brushing up on our fact checking! So, of course, we’ve got some handy-dandy reading for you while you’re listening to the show!

Fact Checking 101


Windows 7 is Dead! Don’t Panic! (1/18/20 Part 2)

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No, really, don’t panic! But do have a plan.

Still with Windows 7? What to do?

Windows 7’s end of life is no secret, but it still snuck up on us. There’s always something more important going on. So, what’s going on? What to do?

Just remember to don’t panic! You can also come to Q&A at 270 Lalo St #104 in Kahului or call in at (808) 871-5925 or (808) 243-7600. Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.