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!

Are You Ready To Change Browsers? (12/4/21 Part 1)

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How many web browsers are out there? A lot, actually. Comparing Browsers So, when if you’re ever unhappy with a browser, why stay? As such, knowing how to change browsers is a good thing! Changing will get easier in Windows 11. Eventually. https://www.neowin.net/news/a-welcome-change-on-windows-11-choosing-a-default-browser-gets-a-bit-easier-with-build-22509/ Get Firefox! https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ Get TOR! https://www.torproject.org/ Get Chrome! https://www.google.com/chrome/ Get Opera! https://www.opera.com/ Get Vivaldi! https://vivaldi.com/download/ Get Brave! https://brave.com/download/

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

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.

Right To Repair: Are we there yet? (7/10/21 Part 2)

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You own that thing, you can do what you want or need to do with it, right? Not necessarily. Right to Repair – An update Could things change to be more pro-consumer and pro-small business? Absolutely! https://www.repair.org/ https://www.eff.org/issues/right-to-repair https://www.ifixit.com/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/07/bidens-right-to-repair-order-could-stop-companies-from-blocking-diy-fixes/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/06/hackers-farmers-and-doctors-unite-support-for-right-to-repair-laws-slowly-grows/ And from Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple computers:

Apple gets into the “find my thing” biz with AirTags! (4/24/21 Part 1)

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Do you lose stuff? Car keys, luggage, your car…? Airtags and Privacy? Well, the “find my thing” market has been around for a while with little dongles offering to help you not lose things. So, what does Apple bring to the table? Well, we’ll talk about that! https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/04/apple-introduces-airtag/