Browsers! Time again for Brooowsers! (3/13/21 Part 1)

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Microsoft Edge is being retired for Microsoft Edge, now back on MacOS! Chrome came in as the fast, lean, and new browser, but now is sort of bloated and slow. Firefox joined a gym shedding weight, gaining speed, and is back in fighting shape. Opera went from being a scrappy indie browser to joining the cool kids. Egad! What’s a person to do? Browser Wars, et. al. Well, make sure you’re not using Internet Explorer, that’s what. Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as they talk about Browsers! https://www.google.com/chrome/browser-features/ https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/features/ https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/features https://www.opera.com/features https://www.apple.com/safari/  

2FA? MFA? What the heck? (3/13/21 Part 2)

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A security researcher earned a cool $50,000 discovering a bug that hackers could and might even be using. A video game recently had its accounts hacked via brute force. Hackers are busy, busy, busy! MFA’s the only way! What can you do? Well, in addition to using good passwords, you might want to use 2-Factor Authentication. On top of that? Is Multi-Factor Authentication available to you? What’s that? Hey, we’ve got a special guest who can answer that!

Got photos? You need Photoshop Alternatives! (3/6/21 Part 1)

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Photos! We’re taking more of them now than ever before! We can keep them, share them, and even print them onto a variety of things. But one thing that hasn’t changed is people often want to use Photoshop to do simple changes like resizing, touching up, and more. Photoshop Alternatives Frankly, you don’t need a bulldozer when you want to make a sand castle, right? So, when considering an alternative consider how easy/simple it is to do what you need, how often you want to use it, and how much you’re willing to spend. Full-fledged Photoshop is $20.99 a month, so unless you’re making money? Best to find something cheaper! Windows Photos and MacOS Preview can do all the basics many folks need. GIMP is a free program, but has a bit of a learning curve behind it. https://www.gimp.org/ Paintshop Pro is a longtime alternative. https://www.paintshoppro.com/ Affinity Photo is the total overhaul of Serif Photo Plus aimed at professionals at a steal of a price! https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ And how could we forget Photoshop Elements? https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html  

Net Neutrality Update! (2/27/21 Part 2)

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Net Neutrality! Is it coming back? Net Neutrality Redux If not Federally (probably not Federally) then what about at the state level? Seems like that’s a possibility. https://www.wired.com/story/guide-net-neutrality/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/california-can-enforce-net-neutrality-law-judge-rules-in-loss-for-isps/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/biden-doj-halts-trump-admin-lawsuit-against-calif-net-neutrality-rules/ And, let’s not forget about privacy in all of this (from 2017 and not yet overturned!): https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/senate-votes-to-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/

Need Office Software? We’re talking about it! (2/13/21 Part 1)

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For work, volunteering, and school there’s no more a ubiquitous kind of software than office productivity. Office Suites! Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, its all common and useful stuff! Compare All Microsoft 365 Plans (Formerly Office 365) – Microsoft Store Home | LibreOffice – Free Office Suite – Based on OpenOffice – Compatible with Microsoft Apache OpenOffice – Official Site – The Free and Open Productivity Suite Corel Wordperfect – Home and Office We talk about it a little!

Printers 101: Supertanks! No, they don’t wear capes (2/6/21 Part 1)

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For the longest time there were two kinds of printers you could get: inkjet printers and laser printers. Printer Updates! Inkjet printers were generally inexpensive but the ink would cost you an arm and a leg, get used up quickly, and would print fairly slowly. Laser printers would cost you an arm and a leg, and while getting toner would be pretty expensive up front it would last a long time. A few years ago printer companies came out with a new type of inkjet sometimes called a “supertank” printer. Rather than having to go out and buy ink regularly, you’d get a large tank for each ink color that would only need refilling once in a great while. And the refills are cheap! But, these new printers are not. We take a look at these supertank printers! Are they right for you? Supertank printers – Wikipedia Inkjet vs. Laser: Which Printer Technology Is Better? | PCMag Canon MegaTank & Epson EcoTank Supertank Printers – Consumer Reports Supertank Printers – Office Depot Supertank reviews at PCMag

Facts 101: Websites for Fact Checking! (2/6/21 Part 2)

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Do you remember being in school and having to write reports? And how you had to go find then cite sources? Facts 101! Well, its a good habit! The trick with the internet is there is so much out there that’s true, false, partially correct, maliciously written, speculation, and more. Eek! What’s a person to do? Well, Jonathan talks about that! Best Websites For Fact Checking | Avast

Scam Season is Year Round! (1/30/21 Part 1)

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Scams, Scams, Scams! Its one of the constants of modern life. 2021 Scams! – Part 1 Whether its trying to scam you regarding taxes, Adobe Flash, some piece of software you use, or tried and true “we’ve got money for you!”, scammers are still out there! Heck, they’re calling by phone and faxing even! Good grief! Listen in to Jonathan, LD, and Sam as they chat it up!