Do you have a device with a rechargeable battery? A phone or laptop? Guess what: it can go bad and swell up. And if it swells up? It becomes a hazard! So, what should you do? Well, we talk about that. Don’t Let your Laptop Go Kaboom! Why does it happen? Well, it’s a bit of a read: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/heres-why-your-old-rechargeable-batteries-ballooned-in-size/ar-AAWkuyC
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/
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!
One of our favorite guests is back! Digital Art w/Ben – Part 1 Mr. Ben, popular teacher at UH Maui EdVenture and Maui Computer Learning talks to us about beginning digital art for people new to the medium. Just started? Curious? Getting back into it? This is a show for you!
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/
Video chat, video conferencing, and online conferencing is pretty normal now. Work, school, friends and family, folks who never thought they’d be doing it are now! Video Conferencing So, we revisit the topic with some tips and tricks from our experience over the past year!
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
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.
From the Listener Mail bag we pull this topic: What is cloud computing? What is cloud storage? Its pretty ubiquitous, and if you have a modern computer, phone, or tablet? You’re dealing with it! Cloud Computing 101 We go over that as a quick overview, plus take your calls!
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: