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

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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 mauionline@q-a.net with a question, comment, show topics, and notes saying hello!

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

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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!” What do all these plugs look like? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_hardware#Connectors Need a chart? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Connector_type_quick_reference Current as of last year: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/usb-if-is-once-again-trying-to-logo-its-way-out-of-usb-c-confusion/

We were the fools and forgot World Backup Day! (4/9/22 Part 2)

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Did you know March 31st is World Backup Day? And they do it at the end of March so you’re not an April’s Fool? World Backup Day 2022 We did. And we forgot. D’oh! So, we talked about it! Things to do, to look into, and to think about! And don’t forget our show archives have TONS on backups too!

Moving, Moving, Moving… (4/2/22 Part 2)

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Is it time to move computers? Setting Up a Mac Jonathan got to help his dad set up a brand new 2022 iMac. Guess what? It wasn’t as easy as long timers might remember. https://support.apple.com/guide/imac/set-up-your-mac-apd831707cb3/mac https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/01/12/how-to-switch-from-pc-to-mac-and-what-you-need-to-know https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-set-up-your-new-mac-4687333

Digital Defenses 101: Firewalls (2/12/22 Part 1)

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What is a firewall? Is it hardware? Software? What does it do? Is it in your computer or somewhere else? Digital Defenses 101 – Firewalls We talk about it! https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/what-is-a-firewall-6870c88d-69b6-4db4-9cb1-0e4afa7a8603 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewall_(computing) https://its.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/beginners-guide-to-firewalls-2012.pdf https://lifehacker.com/how-to-turn-your-computers-firewall-on-and-off-for-begi-5805326 https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/do-you-need-a-personal-firewall https://www.howtogeek.com/205299/how-to-ensure-your-home-router-has-the-latest-security-updates/

Digital Defenses 101: Backups (2/12/22 Part 2)

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Nobody likes eating their vegetables. Nobody likes doing laundry. Nobody likes emptying out the cat’s litterbox. Nobody likes backing up. Digital Defenses 101 – Backing Up It’s a dull, ordinary, boring task that nobody really likes doing, everyone should do, and often doesn’t get done.  https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-beginners-guide-to-pc-backup https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-cloud-backup-services-for-business https://www.acronis.com/en-us/articles/backup-rule/ https://www.crashplan.com/en-us/business/resources/3-2-1-backup-method/

RIP: Sam’s Desktop Computer 2006-2021 (9/25/21 Part 1)

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This morning Sam’s beloved desktop computer breathed its last. Kaboom! So, we’re going over his options and asking the questions you should ask yourself when considering a new computer! You wouldn’t buy $500 high heels to go hiking in, nor would you wear slippers in the snow! So finding the best fit for your needs is essential!

New Apple Stuff! Is your wallet hurting yet? (9/18/21 Part 1)

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Apple just had a livestream showing off a ton of new stuff! New iPhones, iPads, new iOS… are you excited? Apple’s 2021 launch Ready to upgrade? Well, let’s chat about it! https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/ios-15-brings-new-facetime-and-ai-features-on-september-20/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/new-2021-ipads/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/new-2021-ipad-mini/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/the-apple-watch-gets-a-visual-makeover-with-the-series-7/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/apple-makes-the-iphone-13-official/ https://www.anandtech.com/show/16945/the-apple-2021-fall-iphone-event-live-blog-10am-pt-1700-utc

Monitors On Display! (9/11/21 Part 1)

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When you use a computer, it is by looking at the monitor! The display! Its one of the most important parts that most people don’t think about. Monitors 101 Its also a part that people tend to try and spend the least on. So, let’s talk about that! Best Buy’s monitor buying guide Tom’s Hardware “How to buy a PC monitor” Intel’s “What to look for in a gaming monitor” How to adjust your monitor’s image For Pros: How to calibrate your monitor

Not Ready for Prime Time: Betas, Previews, and Early Access (9/11/21 Part 2)

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Do you like to live dangerously? Do you want to be on the exciting, cutting edge of technology? Windows 11 and Beta Software Well, the way you do that is by using software and operating systems that are under development. They go by several different names: alphas, betas, developer previews, previews, early access, and other cheerful terms. What can you expect? Headaches, incomplete features, the worst stability, and more. We’ll talk about that.