Can you hear me? Can you hear me now? (8/17/19 Part 1)

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Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Hey Google are all great voice assistants. This is a good thing, and a very useful feature of modern computers, smartphone, and more! However, your voice doesn’t stop with you. It goes from your device to the internet and onto a cloud server somewhere “out there,” only to return back with instructions the device understands and executes. Listening Up! Oh, and sometimes people listen. Computers can’t figure us humans out entirely. How to stop Alexa, Siri, and Google: https://slate.com/technology/2019/08/how-to-stop-alexa-google-siri-recording-human-review.html (thanks Alert Internet Surfer Perry!) How to stop Cortana: https://lifehacker.com/how-to-configure-windows-10-to-protect-your-privacy-1716204024

Yu-Es-Bee See? Whuzzat? (8/10/19 Part 1)

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USB, short for Universal Serial Bus, came about in 1996 because computers used to have WAY too many different plugs/connections. From USB 1 to 2 to 3 to… C! Wait, what? USBisms USB-C is the newest member of the USB family, but its a different looking plug! In exchange for this small headache, do you get anything in return? You bet! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB-C https://www.howtogeek.com/211843/usb-type-c-explained-what-it-is-and-why-youll-want-it/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-c-hubs-and-docks/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/understanding-usb-cable-types-one-use/  

Dr. Tim Slater yacks with us about HawaiiCon! (7/27/19 Part 1)

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Dr. Tim Slater is an astronomy professor at the University of Wyoming and lives in Hawaii over on the big island. He writes college textbooks, he loves science fiction, and he helps run HawaiiCon Science Fiction convention! Prelude to Hawaiicon 2019 What’s going on for HawaiiCon 2019? Glad you asked! New guests, panels, continuing education for teachers, student scientists, cosplayers, gamers, and more! Its September 26-29, 2019 at the Kona Sheraton Resort! Find out all about it at www.hawaiicon.com.  

But do you own it? DRM and you 101 (7/13/19 Part 1)

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When you buy something digitally, do you actually own it? Are you sure about that? Do You Own It? Wouldn’t it be a shame if it went up in a puff of smoke? Many digital things you buy can get Digital Rights Management (DRM), be it eBooks, music, software/apps, movies and more. While its understandable for renting or borrowing, what about something you’re buying? We talk about this and offer our thoughts on the matter! https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/ultraviolet-is-shutting-down/ https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3k3wkk/microsoft-ebooks-will-stop-working-because-its-shutting-down-a-drm-server https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/cant-stream-that-christmas-movie-you-bought-on-amazon-blame-disney/ https://io9.gizmodo.com/amazon-secretly-removes-1984-from-the-kindle-5317703

Sound Hardware: when your audio is important (6/22/19 Part 1)

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Your computer’s audio is something that often plays second fiddle to graphics and processing power. Built-in audio, cheap earbuds or headphones,  web-cam microphone… can’t we do better? All things Audio -Part 1 Why yes, yes we can! https://www.lifewire.com/best-pc-sound-cards-833111 https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/303628/the-best-computer-speakers https://www.techradar.com/news/best-computer-speakers https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-headphones-under-100/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-office-headset/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-audio-interface/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-usb-microphone/

You’ve got audio: now what? (6/22/19 Part 2)

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Are you make planning to make music using a home studio? Want to start a podcast? Narrate an audio book? All things Audio – Part 2 What to do now? Got music you made and want to sell? https://www.wikihow.com/Sell-Music-Online How to start a podcast! https://lifehacker.com/how-to-start-your-own-podcast-1709798447 Got the narration bug, and recorded an audiobook? https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G201014330  

Tis the Season for Disaster Preparedness (6/8/19 Part 1)

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Its Hurricane Season! Yay! Are you ready for the possibilities the season brings? Hurricane Prep, General We talk about getting ready for disaster readiness in general. When is the best time to get ready? Now! Now is the time! https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php https://www.cdc.gov/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?cpac https://ptwc.weather.gov/index.php?region=2

Free! Free! But is it? (5/18/19 Part 1)

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Its been said, “if you’re not paying for it, you’re the product.” Its also been said, “the first one is free!” How Free Is it? When things are free or even cheap, is there a price you’re not seeing up front? How are they making their money? What’s the real cost? We talk about that this hour! https://www.forbes.com/sites/sujanpatel/2015/04/29/7-examples-of-freemium-products-done-right/#59c610646f15 https://www.symantec.com/blogs/threat-intelligence/mobile-privacy-apps NOTE: Due to a tech glitch, part of the show is missing.  Hey, they even happen to us, sometimes!

Lock boxes and Gambling… uhm… (5/18/19 Part 2)

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So, your friend plays a game. And in that game there are these boxes that show up. And they’re just a dollar (or so) to open. You could win some cool stuff if you’re lucky! No big deal, right? Loot! Well, it turns out they’re big money. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/05/senator-hawley-announces-bill-banning-loot-boxes-pay-to-win-mechanics/ https://massivelyop.com/2018/09/17/international-regulators-co-sign-declaration-to-investigate-lockboxes-and-skin-gambling/ https://www.polygon.com/2019/5/7/18534431/fortnite-rare-default-skins-bullying-harassment