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
World Backup Day is coming up on the last day of March! World Backup Day 2021 – Part 1 And, well, its one of our favorite things to do! Promise! http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/
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!
Jonathan likes lists! And sometimes he finds a list he just has to share! Like a list of annoying things Windows 10 does that you can make better! Win 10 Annoyances, and what you can do! So, naturally, we have to share! https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-fix-the-most-annoying-things-in-windows-10
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/
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
NAS, or Network Attached Storage, are a useful thing to have if you’ve got a lot of data being used and stored at home or the office. All About that NAS Got smartphones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops? Hey, you should listen in!
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!
Do you back up? No? Backing Up in 2021! Let’s change that today! Back up and restore your PC (microsoft.com) Back up your Mac with Time Machine – Apple Support Back up or restore data on your Android device – Android Help (google.com) How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch – Apple Support The Best Online Backup Services for 2020 | PCMag World Backup Day: The 3-2-1 Rule (trendmicro.com)
We like SSDs. That’s no secret. They can breath new life into an old desktop or laptop, extending its life a few more years. They can help you get the most out of your new computer. They’re great! SSDs and why you want one = Part 1 But, did you know there’s THREE different types of SSDs? SATA, PCI-E, and M.2? And that not all computers can use all of them? And that there’s even different technologies behind them that affect both storage capacity and speeds? We talk about that today! For additional reading: How Do Solid-State Drives Work? | MakeUseOf SSDs are on track to get bigger and cheaper thanks to PLC technology | Ars Technica QLC Goes To 8TB: Samsung 870 QVO and Sabrent Rocket Q 8TB SSDs Reviewed (anandtech.com) Sabrent is close to launching a massive capacity 16TB SSD for consumers | PC Gamer Also, don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win an amazing Lenovo C32q-20 monitor! 31.5″ of amazing awesome from our friends at Officemax!