Alternative Software Titles We all know that a computer is no good without software. But sometimes there’s something you want to do and you don’t have a program for it. Then you go shopping and find out that piece of software everyone recommends costs hundreds of dollars to buy or even requires a subscription! Tell us there’s a better way! For most jobs there’s often lesser known, less expensive software out there you can look into that will do what you need it to do. Sometimes there’s even free and legal programs out there! For our first hour we’ll be talking about these alternatives to popular programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and more! Want help finding alternatives to software? Try alternativeto.net for suggestions! Need a Microsoft Office alternative? Try libreoffice.org Photoshop’s price tag got you down? You can try GIMP for free from gimp.org or any number of alternatives! If you’re ready to start making music, recording podcasts, or any other audio work? Audacity might be what you’re looking for! www.audacityteam.org
Is That A Threat? Threat Modeling! Holy leaping lizards Batman, what’s that? Well, its actually a fancy name for figuring out what’s important to you, what could go wrong, and what to do about it. Think of it as an emergency plan for your personal information, data, and other parts of your electronic life! Chances are, you’ve already done it without realizing it! Miss hour one? Click here!
Back to School – Part 1 Back to school sales have already started, and its not even August yet! But, before you go out shopping, we’ve got some thing for you to think about. Are you in the market for a laptop or desktop for the student(s) in your life? Ready for hour two? Click here!
State of Malware We’ve talked about the health of the internet, the state of the PC industry… how about the state of malware? Are things getting better or worse? And how? What are the bad guys doing? Are the good guys putting up a good fight? Join us as we take a step back, celebrate some victories, and look forward to the challenges ahead. Did you miss hour one? Click here!
VPNs You’ve heard of anti-virus, anti-malware, and firewalls. No-script and ad-blockers are old news to you. What’s the next level of protection for your privacy out there? Virtual Private Networks, also called VPNs, might be it! Are they for you? We go over the basics of this privacy tool and you can get a good starting point for deciding that for yourself! Ready for hour two? Click here!
Peripherals, continued – Part 1 We have such a great bunch of listeners that when we first started our Peripherals show that their calls kept us from getting as far as we wanted to. And that’s better than okay, that’s great! Rather than put off your calls (we LOVE your calls), we’re continuing the topic! Since so many of you were looking to get new (and ever your first) computer this Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales season, we wanted to cover all the goodies, gadgets, and gizmos that will let you get the most out of your new buy. So, without further ado? Ready for hour two? Click here!
Peripherals, continued – Part 2 Since so many of you were looking to get new (and ever your first) computer this Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales season, we wanted to cover all the goodies, gadgets, and gizmos that will let you get the most out of your new buy. So, without further ado? We continue our Peripherals show! Did you miss hour one? Click here!
Computer 101 – Monitors! On a brighter note, we continued our Computers 101 with discussion on video cables. Why? Because they can be confusing when your computer monitor and computer don’t have the same type. Did you miss hour one? Click here!
Computers 101 – Software! Last week we went over Computer Buying 101. And why do you buy a computer? To run computer software! Call them software, programs, applications, or even apps, they’re the reason you’d own one of these electronic gizmos. Without them? They’re just paper-weights. Did you miss hour one? Click here!
Government Emails – So how’d that happen? Today was a Computers 101 show, but we did have to go a little bit into the Wikileaks and Clinton email bit. We did NOT get political, but rather explained how a spear-phishing attack worked with a real-life example! After that? Well, it was Computers 101 – are you ready to buy a new computer? Deciding whether or not you should? We got into it for you! Ready for more? Click here for hour two!