The Great Computer Drought of 2020! (9/12/20 Part 1)

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Are you looking for a new computer? Where are all the PCs? Oh dear, its sort of a tough time for that. Since the start of the pandemic and the advent of everyone doing everything from home? Computers are in short supply! So, what are you options? What’s the hold-up? We talk about that and more! Jonathan’s tips: Check out the big companies like Dell, HP, etc. Sign up for an account before you’re ready to buy! Be willing to go up. Better to over buy a little than to under buy. Check the websites, newsletters, etc. Companies do have refurbished machines! Check around from them. Ask about return policies ahead of time.

Its the Summer Mail Show! (8/29/20 Part 1)

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Its time for our Summer Mail Show! And the drawing for our Prize! Summer Viewer Mail – Part 1 We read your mail, answer your questions, and have fun while doing it! And to brag on our local students? Hey, look at this! https://www.khon2.com/local-news/maui-teens-discover-satellite-expected-to-plummet-to-earth-on-saturday/ https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/08/28/maui-teens-track-satellite

Setting a home Computer Lab 101! (8/15/20 Part 1)

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Do you have kids of school age? Distance Learning! Are you going to be home schooling? Well, time to set up a home computing environment and we’re here to help! Setting up Windows 10 Parental Controls: https://www.lifewire.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-parental-controls-4801595 Netgear parental controls: https://www.netgear.com/home/discover/apps/lpc.aspx Linksys parental controls: https://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=134633 How to use Zoom: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-zoom

Farewell Flash, we hardly knew thee. (7/11/20 Part 2)

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Macromedia Flash, later Adobe Flash. If you’ve been online since the 90’s, you probably know about Flash. Its being retired this December 2020, and will no longer be supported! We take a look at this iconic part of online history. Flash is done We talk our thoughts and memories, with help from a great article from Arstechnica! https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/the-rise-and-fall-of-adobe-flash/ Now, Alert Internet Surfer Dan called in and tickled Jonathan reminding him about the Digicomp Mechanical Computer! Check it out! https://www.retrothing.com/2009/10/build_your_own_.html#:~:text=The%20Digicomp%20is%20a%20plastic%20mechanical%20computer%20from,into%20something%20that%20resembles%20a%20Jetson%27s%20parking%20garage.

Intel’s Lakefield: Setting the pace for future laptops and tablets? (6/13/20 Part 1)

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Lakefield is the fruit of years of work from Intel, if not the industry at a whole. Lakefield Processors! We’ll be seeing a few things with it this year, but it should make for an interesting 2021! Given the scope of this, we’re giving you OUR notes for the show for lots of further reading! https://www.anandtech.com/show/15841/intel-discloses-lakefield-cpus-specifications-64-execution-units-up-to-30-ghz-7-w  https://www.neowin.net/news/intel-details-its-new-lakefield-processors-for-dual-screen-and-foldable-pcs 

Are you Authentic(ated)? (6/13/20 Part 2)

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2FA ought be a part of your digital life. Authenticate This! Yes, it is annoying. But, its not as annoying as someone accessing your account after stealing, hacking, or figuring out your login! Many sites and services offer 2FA via text message, but unfortunately that is the weakest form of it.  https://www.cnet.com/how-to/do-you-use-sms-for-two-factor-authentication-heres-why-you-shouldnt/  https://www.protectimus.com/blog/sms-authentication/  So, tell me about some of them…  Much like sports teams, the overall landscape does change from year to year, so what’s “best” this year might not be next year. This is a good thing, though.  https://gizmodo.com/the-best-authenticator-apps-for-protecting-your-account-1840711013  https://www.pcworld.com/article/3225913/what-is-two-factor-authentication-and-which-2fa-apps-are-best.html 

Computer Video: Cards and Integrated 101! basics before buying (6/6/20 Part 1)

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Your computer’s video is one of those things that either gets no thought at all or gets massive emphasis placed on it. But, how do you get it? Is it a from an add-in card? Or is it something built into your computer’s CPU or motherboard? Video Cards – Part 1 We talk about all that and more! https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-buying-guide,5844.html https://techguided.com/how-to-choose-a-graphics-card/#4 https://www.tomshardware.com/features/amd-vs-intel-integrated-graphics https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html