CPUs! The 2020 mid-year update! (5/16/20)

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Intel and AMD have been at it, creating newer, faster, and better CPUs than we’ve seen in a long time. With so much out there, what on EARTH do you get? What should you avoid? Well, we tackle this topic for you today! CPUs! Due to a technical glitch, however, Part 1 of the show was lost. Oh no! But, no fear, here are the notes complete with links! Click to continue!

Recycling and eCycling! Its time to clean up responsibly! (5/9/20 Part 1)

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Are you cleaning up the house or office and finding lots of old stuff! Well, ecycling is open! Jonathan called! Saturdays and Tuesdays!  E-Cycling’s Back! Can you spare some time to go looking for old computers, electronics, etc? Can it still be used? Can you clean it up and give it to someone? Can you clean it up and SELL it to someone? Are there parts that are still good? Can those be cleaned up and given/sold to someone? This has a LOT of “what about” and“if” questions , plus is a lot of work. Time to Recycle! https://www.epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling https://www.energizer.com/responsibility/battery-recycling/where-to-recycle-batteries https://interstatebatteries.com/recycling https://www.mauicounty.gov/BusinessDirectoryII.aspx?lngBusinessCategoryID=136

Batteries 101! (5/9/20 Part 2)

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A tech reporter from Ananadtech did research finding that one smartphone company’s fast-recharge tech ages your battery prematurely. Wowzers! How do you keep your laptop, phone, and tablet batteries going for a long time? The Battery Episode Taking care of your laptop batteries! https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-care-for-your-laptops-battery/ Laptop batteries have a lifespan of X-many power cycles (0%-100%). Going from 100% to 0% is one power cycle. Going from 100% to 50% is half a power cycle. Cycles are like mileage. As the battery gets older and has more cycles, it starts holding less charge per cycle. Using your laptop’s more power efficient settings will help you get more mileage out of each charge. Windows Battery Saver – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/component-guidelines/battery-saver Windows Power Slider – https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/windows-10-give-power-slider-optimize-speed-battery Mac Energy Saver – https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202824 Shutting down programs or suspending services (like cloud services), wifi, etc., when not in use will help extend battery life. Reducing screen brightness will help as well. Nickel-Metal hydride (NiMH) versus Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Old NiMH batteries used to develop “memories,” where they would not fully charge. This was a problem with the tech at the time. Li-Ion doesn’t have this problem. You do NOT have to completely discharge the battery before recharging a Li-Ion. Best practice is currently getting down to maybe 20% or so before recharging. You CAN keep Li-Ion batteries plugged in as power management is better now, and the device should stop charging once it hits 100%. Keeping it comfortable. Batteries do not like to get hot! If you’re doing resource heavy work, be sure to give your …

News Catch-up Show! (4/11/20 Part 1)

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We’re catching up with the NEWS! After spending two weeks covering tips about staying at home, working from home, checking information and more? Yeah, we’re a little behind… Headline News April 2020 Quick update from the EFF regarding securing Zoom: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/harden-your-zoom-settings-protect-your-privacy-and-avoid-trolls Dell’s BIOS protection: https://blog.dellemc.com/en-us/dell-technologies-bolsters-pc-security-todays-remote-workers/

Its all Fun and Games…! (4/11/20 Part 2)

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Like games? Be it tabletop gaming or video gaming, now is a good time to try enjoy some or try some out! Stir Crazy Yet? Gaming stuff:  Neowin deals for today: https://www.neowin.net/news/weekend-pc-game-deals-detect-yourself-some-great-discounts  Netflix for Xbox and PC games: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-pass  https://geekculture.co/top-10-board-games-you-can-play-digitally-with-your-friends-on-steam/  Jackbox games: https://www.jackboxgames.com/  https://www.jackboxgames.com/how-to-play-jackbox-games-with-friends-and-family-remotely/  https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2474026?hl=en  https://medium.com/@charliedeets/beginners-guide-to-streaming-on-twitch-dc2a7108fbd7    Tabletop gaming Stuff!  Pagat has TONS of card game rules from Alert Internet Surfer Perry: https://www.pagat.com/ D&D freebies! https://dnd.wizards.com/remote/freematerial  DriveThruRPG free/pay what you want games: https://medium.com/oneblogshelf/home-is-where-the-games-are-998460baa6cf  Solo/two-player RPG stuff: https://medium.com/oneblogshelf/solo-duet-d-d-43e6527d458a  Fighting Fantasy choose-your-adventure: https://store.steampowered.com/app/856880/Fighting_Fantasy_Classics/  Board game remix kit: https://www.polygon.com/2020/3/26/21195244/free-board-game-remix-kit  And if you have a 3d printer: https://www.polygon.com/2020/4/10/21173630/dungeons-and-dragons-free-3d-printing-files-miguel-zavala  And a bonus link from LD? Meditation! He found the following from Sam Harris (author and neurologist): https://samharris.org/how-to-meditate/ 

Working from Home! With Links! (3/28/20 Part 1)

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Many folks are having to work remotely versus going to the office and being around people. Are you one of them? First time to this experience? Fear not, we’re talking about it! Working Remotely Useful links for you! https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-work-from-home-without-losing-your-mind/  https://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryhannon/2013/09/02/10-tips-for-working-from-home/#2a5480b787ad  https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-set-up-a-workable-home-office-1977403 https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-apps-for-a-second-phone-number/

Stuck at home? Don’t go CrAzY! (3/28/20 Part 2)

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Quarantines. Is this your first one? Well, you might need some help trying to deal with the abundance of unstructured time you hadn’t planned on! No Need Stir Crazy! We’ll be talking about that this time! And as mentioned, now is a great time to try Audible too! You can get a free audiobook plus 30 days free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/MauiOnline. https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/how-to-keep-your-sanity-when-you-feel-like-the-world-is-going-crazy/  https://www.q-a.net/maui-computer-learning/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/03/16/social-distancing-free-virtual-tours/5060244002/  https://www.radiotimes.com/news/radio/2020-03-20/audible-just-made-hundreds-of-titles-completely-free-to-help-during-coronavirus-crisis/  https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/g31668402/free-workouts-coronavirus/  https://www.health.com/fitness/coronavirus-at-home-workout  https://www.romper.com/p/20-video-chatting-activities-for-grandparents-kids-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-22629324 https://www.librarieshawaii.org/ 

Maui County/Local COVID updates! (3/21/20 Part 1)

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Useful Links for Maui County residents regarding COVID: Maui COVID Updates Hawai’i State’s official COVID site – https://hawaiicovid19.com/ What’s been shut down? (3/14/20) – https://mauinow.com/2020/03/14/covid-19-list-of-whats-canceled-closed-or-postponed-on-maui/ Get email updates from the Maui County – https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information Get email updates from Hawai’i State – https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/ Maui County Civic Alerts – https://www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=87&sort=date Mayor Victorino’s initial proclamation (3/18/20) – https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/121453/County-of-Maui—Public-Health-Emergency-Rules?bidId= Clarifications (3/19/20) – https://www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=9927 HMSA helping members with COVID (3/10/20) – https://hmsa.com/media-center/2020/03/coronavirus-pressrelease/ Kaiser Permanente info site for COVID – https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information From an Alert Internet Surfer! The State of Hawai‘i Department of Health has created a website dedicated to providingCOVID-19 information and resources to the community: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ Aloha United Way has created a hotline in partnership with DOH to answer COVID-19 questions: Dial 211 Information for Employers: The Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce has produced a COVID-19 micro-site that is geared toward employers in Hawai‘i: https://covid19.cochawaii.org/frequently-asked-questions/ The Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has workplace information for employers: http://labor.hawaii.gov/get-the-latest-covid-19-workplace-updates/ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has helpful information on stress management during this crisis: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html And, if you want some tips on how to wash your hands well? Hey, Alton Brown has you covered!

Generalized COVID information and updates! (3/21/20 Part 2)

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Useful links! Useful COVID Links Snope’s general fact checking for COVID! https://www.snopes.com/collections/new-coronavirus-collection/ World Health Organization site for COVID. https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1 Q&A on COVID (3/9/20) – https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses Corona Virus Myth-busting – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters The EPA’s COVID site – https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus Will that cleaning stuff you bought work on COVID/Corona Virus? Best to check! – www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2 https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/frequently-asked-questions-about-list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2#Q3 The CDC’s website – https://www.cdc.gov/ Arstechnica’s comprehensive guide to Corona Virus/CORVID. https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/dont-panic-the-comprehensive-ars-technica-guide-to-the-coronavirus/ A bit of science if you’re so inclined – https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/covid-19-the-biology-of-an-effective-therapy/ Mental health is important! https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/how-to-keep-your-sanity-when-you-feel-like-the-world-is-going-crazy/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-intelligent-divorce/202003/how-manage-the-psychological-effects-quarantine https://www.wikihow.com/Keep-in-Touch-with-a-Quarantined-Relative-During-Coronavirus