Wired Vs Wireless Peripherals 101 (8/21/21 Part 1)

Sam Show Archives, Topics

Keyboards, mice, headphones and more! Wired and Wireless Peripherals You’ve always got a choice between wired and wireless, so which do you choose? What are the pros and cons of each? We give you a quick overview on them so you can think about what will suit you best! https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bluetooth-technology-101,4464.html https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/buying-guide/batteries-101 https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/understanding-usb-cable-types-one-use/ https://components101.com/connectors/35mm-audio-jack

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

Sam Show Archives, Topics

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)

Sam Show Archives, Topics

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/

More Apple! Privacy, new iMacs, and more! (4/24/21 Part 2)

Sam Show Archives, Topics

Apple is a big company, and a tech giant. But they are, first and foremost, a hardware company. Apple Enhances Privacy? So, making moves to make privacy a feature of their products makes sense since advertising and data sales aren’t their #1 business. But, it could grow! So, let’s talk about that! https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/01/app-makers-explore-desperate-measures-to-dodge-apple-privacy-rules/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/apple-to-boost-ads-business-as-iphone-changes-hurt-facebook/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/everybody-hates-floc-googles-tracking-plan-for-chrome-ads/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/apple-announces-new-m1-based-imac-and-imac-pro-in-seven-fancy-colors/ https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/10/21559200/apple-m1-macbook-pro-mac-mini-16gb-ram-memory-limit https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/ipad-pro-upgraded-from-a-series-cpu-to-full-m1/

Backing up! Don’t do it just once a year! (3/27/21 Part 2)

Sam Show Archives, Topics

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!

Browsers! Time again for Brooowsers! (3/13/21 Part 1)

Sam Show Archives, Topics

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/  

Got photos? You need Photoshop Alternatives! (3/6/21 Part 1)

Sam Show Archives, Topics

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