Ready to fix those holiday photos? (11/5/22 Part 1)

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When the holidays hit folks will take photos. Photos and your Computer! Lots of them. Maybe you want to adjust the lighting, perhaps get rid of red-eye, or just sharpen it a little. Getting those photos ready for printing and framing, making cards or calendars and just sharing around is a great thing but doesn’t require Photoshop! So we’re talking about alternatives to Photoshop that are better suited to normal folks like us! Photoshop Elements is the Diet Coke of Photoshop meant for consumers. https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html Windows Photos and MacOS Preview are included with your operating system and can do many basic tasks. Even your smart phone has built-in tools in its photos apps. GIMP is a free, open-source program but has a bit of a learning curve. https://www.gimp.org/ Paintshop Pro is a longtime alternative.¬†https://www.paintshoppro.com/ Corel offers a whole suite of graphics tools, including a photoshop alternative! https://www.coreldraw.com/en/ Affinity Photo is a professionally aimed program with a budget friendly price. https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ And do you want better photos? Starting with how you take them will help! https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/10-quick-tips-to-fix-your-bad-photos https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-take-good-photos-with-your-phone/ https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/10-easy-tips-and-tricks-for-better-smartphone-photos

It’s always Phishing season, so beware! (11/5/22 Part 2)

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We’re getting into the holidays but it’s also Cyber Security Month! Phishing Scams Are you akamai about phishing? When the baddies try tricking you into giving you all your information? Be it through email or text message or anything you need to be vigilant. https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams https://www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-two-factor-authentication-app/ https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-password-managers/

Need a Social Media get-away or vacation? (10/29/22 Part 1)

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Are you burned out on social media? The constant negativity, drama, insane conspiracy theories and multi-level marketing invitations from friends? Perhaps you need a break or need to make an escape. We talk about doing that on Facebook and Twitter! Escaping Social Media Facebook How to temporarily deactivate your Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/help/214376678584711?helpref=faq_content How to delete your Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/help/224562897555674/ How to download your Facebook information: https://www.lifewire.com/back-up-your-facebook-data-2655254 Twitter How to backup and deactivate your Twitter account: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/10/how-to-download-a-backup-copy-of-your-twitter-data-or-deactivate-your-account/ The official how to deactivate, delete, and download your Twitter account: https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/how-to-deactivate-twitter-account Effects of Social Media and Mental Health https://www.cnet.com/health/mental/heres-how-social-media-might-be-hurting-your-mental-health/ https://www.mcleanhospital.org/essential/it-or-not-social-medias-affecting-your-mental-health https://www.unicef.org/stories/social-media-bad-teens-mental-health https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/becoming-resilient/202108/how-social-media-affects-mental-health-in-adolescents

Writing the Great American Novel or term paper. (10/22/22 Part 1)

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Have you ever had a story stuck in your head? Something you wanted to get out but never got around to? Or you wanted to write your memoirs for your family. Well, next month might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! National Novel Writing Month has been helping folks write their first novel since 1999! Some Words… And what do you want to use for this endeavor? Well, a word processor! Microsoft Word: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/word Scrivener: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview Google Docs: https://docs.google.com LibreOffice: https://www.libreoffice.org/ And links for writing! Hawaiian diacritical marks: https://www.hawaii.edu/askus/1767 https://www.nanowrimo.org https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/33839278502/hidden-nanowrimo-resources-at-your-local-library https://www.dictionary.com/ https://www.merriam-webster.com/

Can You Say That? (10/8/22 Part 2)

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The Supreme Court has a big case coming up. Section 230, and Why it Matters And geez, we have to talk about it. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/10/scotus-weighs-first-case-testing-big-tech-liability-for-recommending-content/ https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230 https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/06/section-230-the-internet-law-politicians-love-to-hate-explained/ https://theweek.com/supreme-court/1017215/the-supreme-court-and-the-internets-future-explained https://news.yahoo.com/how-the-supreme-court-could-break-the-internet-as-we-know-it-161539011.html https://publicknowledge.org/two-years-later-broadband-providers-are-still-taking-advantage-of-an-internet-without-net-neutrality-protections/

Rock Me Like A Hurricane! (10/1/22 Part 2)

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There you are, minding your own business, and the weather decides make things personal. Weather and the Internet Doesn’t matter if its hurricane season here or tornado season on the mainland, there are tools that can be used to help. Listen as Jonathan tells how he helped a friend who was Hurricane Ian! https://www.windy.com/ https://www.waze.com/live-map/ https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/  

News Buffet! Your first serving! (9/24/22 Part 1)

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It’s a buffet of news! We’re catching up on all the things happening in tech news in the past week because there’s been a lot! News Buffet – Part 1 Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as we discuss various and assorted things. https://www.neowin.net/news/apple-google-and-microsoft-limit-browser-choice-alleges-mozilla/ https://www.howtogeek.com/702485/how-to-opt-out-of-amazon-sidewalk/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/09/google-and-youtube-to-take-on-dolby-with-free-hdr-and-audio-standards/ https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/21/tech/microsoft-windows-11-update/index.html

Second Helping of NEWS! (9/24/22 Part 2)

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More news! Once again, we’re having our news show buffet where we share all the news that fits! News Buffet – Part 2 None of these are quite a full hour or show on their own, so let’s hit the highlights, shall we? https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/21/tech/microsoft-windows-11-update/index.html https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/09/morgan-stanley-pays-35m-penalty-for-extensive-failure-to-safeguard-customer-data/ https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-completely-erase-a-hard-drive-2626173 https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/09/florida-to-supreme-court-let-us-regulate-social-networks-as-common-carriers/