Stupid hackers. We hates them. (5/15/21 Part 1)

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Stupid hackers. We hate them. Ransomware – Part 1 Listen in as we talk about the Colonial Pipeline. Spoiler: we do manage to go the whole show without saying “we told you so.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/15/welcome-to-darkside-and-the-inexorable-rise-of-ransomware https://www.axios.com/hackers-darkside-shutting-down-colonial-pipeline-6e11766f-3d41-438a-9e21-dc06d1c3816f.html

More Apple! Privacy, new iMacs, and more! (4/24/21 Part 2)

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Apple is a big company, and a tech giant. But they are, first and foremost, a hardware company. Apple Enhances Privacy? So, making moves to make privacy a feature of their products makes sense since advertising and data sales aren’t their #1 business. But, it could grow! So, let’s talk about that! https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/01/app-makers-explore-desperate-measures-to-dodge-apple-privacy-rules/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/apple-to-boost-ads-business-as-iphone-changes-hurt-facebook/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/everybody-hates-floc-googles-tracking-plan-for-chrome-ads/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/apple-announces-new-m1-based-imac-and-imac-pro-in-seven-fancy-colors/ https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/10/21559200/apple-m1-macbook-pro-mac-mini-16gb-ram-memory-limit https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/ipad-pro-upgraded-from-a-series-cpu-to-full-m1/

Backing up! Don’t do it just once a year! (3/27/21 Part 2)

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Did you know that your computer might have its own built-in backup program! World Backup Day 2021 – Part 2 Its true! Back up your PC! Backup your Mac! Back up your Android device! Back up your iPhone or iPad! Also, do you need a more robust backup plan? Hey, call Q&A about that!

Sold out! Out of Stock! D’oh! (3/20/21 Part 1)

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Ready to make or buy a new gaming computer? Or content creation workstation? The PC Market, or Why Do These Cost So Much?!? Sorry to hear that, but right now STINKS for that! Thanks to a shortage of high-end chip manufacturing capacity, crypto-currency miners, and a lot more folks at home? Now is a HORRIBLE time to try buying a new, high performing video card. Eeek! We talk about that!

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/  

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  

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!