Another Scam — They just keep coming. Why? Why? Why can’t these people do something good with their lives? Yes, its time for scam season as people begin getting ready for tax day in April. We go over the IRS scams and scams in generals as we lament this unfortunate topic. For more information? Go to the IRS to see some of the latest tax scams at https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts ! Ready for a cheerier hour two? Click here for listen!
Getting Webby with Ben – Part 1 Ben, Q&A’s resident online guru, will be joined us for a “Being On The Web” 101! Surfing the web is easy, but being on the other side of things? Well, that’s different. And Ben is here to help! Be it for your business, club, or non-profit, there’s a lot to think of and he’s great at helping with that! Ready for hour two? Click here!
Getting Webby with Ben – Part 2 Ben, Q&A’s resident online guru, joined us for a “Being On The Web” 101! Surfing the web is easy, but being on the other side of things? Well, that’s different. And Ben is here to help! Be it for your business, club, or non-profit, there’s a lot to think of and he’s great at helping with that! Did you miss hour one? Click here!
VPNs You’ve heard of anti-virus, anti-malware, and firewalls. No-script and ad-blockers are old news to you. What’s the next level of protection for your privacy out there? Virtual Private Networks, also called VPNs, might be it! Are they for you? We go over the basics of this privacy tool and you can get a good starting point for deciding that for yourself! Ready for hour two? Click here!
Charities – Real and Not Its that time of year again: when we think more about others, and find ourselves wanting to extend help to our fellow members of humanity as we go about the sun one more time. Sadly, whenever there’s a chance to do good, there are scammers ready and waiting to try and take advantage of people’s good will and generosity. We even had some links in the show that we thought you’d find useful. For your convenience: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/make-sure-your-donation-counts/index.htm http://www.seattletimes.com/life/lifestyle/watchdogging-the-charity-watchdogs https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts Did you miss hour one? Click here!
Peripherals, continued – Part 1 We have such a great bunch of listeners that when we first started our Peripherals show that their calls kept us from getting as far as we wanted to. And that’s better than okay, that’s great! Rather than put off your calls (we LOVE your calls), we’re continuing the topic! Since so many of you were looking to get new (and ever your first) computer this Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales season, we wanted to cover all the goodies, gadgets, and gizmos that will let you get the most out of your new buy. So, without further ado? Ready for hour two? Click here!
Peripherals, continued – Part 2 Since so many of you were looking to get new (and ever your first) computer this Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales season, we wanted to cover all the goodies, gadgets, and gizmos that will let you get the most out of your new buy. So, without further ado? We continue our Peripherals show! Did you miss hour one? Click here!
Net Neutrality, the FCC, and the New Administration The trick with the United States government is, for better and worse, it changes pretty frequently. This can make continuity between administrations a little tricky at best. The past administration was pro-Net Neutrality, for instance. But more than that, they can change during their tenure. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler really worried some people when he came in as a cable industry insider, and gradually changed to being a pro-consumer advocate. So, what will the next four years look like? And what can we do about things if we don’t like how they’re looking? Jonathan, LD, and Sam talk about that very subject! Ready for hour two? Click here!
Don’t Necessarily Believe Your Ears… Anyone who has listened to the show knows we love new technology. Its exciting when you think of all the possibilities that open up to people! But, at the same time, you also know we sometimes dread new technology because people will also abuse it. Adobe demonstrated VoCo (Voice Conversation) that could be best described as “CGI for audio.” Much like computer graphics can make the impossible happen in a movie, VoCo can create and recreate a person’s voice with an interface that’s about as easy to use as Microsoft Word. What could go wrong? Ready for hour two? Click here!
Secrets Behind Political Clickbait! Actually, we really wanted to do nothing but Computer 101 for you guys, but Sam and Jonathan both found stories on how much clickbait is worth. And its worth quite a bit! So we spent some time digging into this and why you see so much pro/anti- candidate clickbait this year. And you won’t believe where it comes from! (really, this ought be considered Clickbait Economics 101) Are you ready for hour two and some actually helpful stuff? Click here for Software 101!