Office, Office, and Office! (2/2/19 Part 1)

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Office productivity software is a staple for businesses, schools, non-profits, and many households. Word processors, spreadsheets, even presentation software! Which Office? What’s out there? Well, we look into Microsoft Office/Office 365, LibreOffice, and GoogleDocs/GSuite for Business, talking about them and asking, “what about you?”  

Computers 101: Peripherals, ergonomics & More! (1/19/19 Part 2)

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Computers 101! Computer basics for everyone! Computers 101 – Ergonomics and Peripherals This week we’ll be covering peripherals and ergonomics! Keyboards, monitors! What are ergonomics? Why, its got to do with how your body interacts with your work space and computer so it doesn’t hurt! Listen in, and we’ve got some additional reading for you! Our friends at OfficeMax/Office Depot can help you with this too! https://www.uhs.umich.edu/computerergonomics https://www.thoughtco.com/setting-up-ergonomic-computer-station-1206666 https://ergo-plus.com/office-ergonomics-position-computer-monitor/

Gifts for Geeks! (12/8/18 Part 1)

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Its the holiday season! Be it family, friends, or coworkers, chances are there’s a geek in your life. Maybe you’re the geek in your life 😀 Geeky Gifts! Here are some ideas we covered! Gift cards! Its safe, its easy, and its even usable immediately! You can get them anywhere, and even online to email to the recipient. Learning! You can check out classes with Q&A as well as UH EdVenture! Raspberry Pi – a small mini computer usable for many projects! For the DIY nerd in your life. And if they’ve never Pi’d before? You can find many books on the subject. Got a creative type? A DIY fixer-upper person? A 3d Printer would be a good idea! Know someone who works on electronics a lot? An iFixit tool kit would be right up their alley. Adobe Creative Cloud for Students and Teachers is a great price on a very expensive service. Know someone who is ready to learn?

Are you ready for BLACK FRIDAY? (11/17/18 Part 1)

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Are you ready for the holiday shopping season? No? Well too bad! It is upon us! Black Friday 2018 But, the trick with sales is sometimes they’re tricky. Is it really a deal? Is it what it says it is? Oh goodness, what a pain! The holidays are a great time for research as well! https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm https://www.tomshardware.com/ https://www.newegg.com/ https://blackfriday.com/ https://www.bbb.org/

You got to fight! For your right! To fiiiiiiiiix thangs! (10/27/18 Part 2)

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You buy something, its yours, right? Common sense? Well, not quite. “Says who” you ask? Well, Apple and John Deer come to mind. Right to Repair gets a boost! First off, you’ll want to visit https://hawaii.repair.org/ So, there’s a movement fighting for your Right to Repair. There was a big win via the Library of Congress approving an exemption the the Digital Millennium Copyright Act allowing you to circumvent (“break”) the digital rights management of certain types of devices. https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/26/us-copyright-office-says-circumventing-drm-repair-certain-electronics-including-phones-smart-speakers-now-legal/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/feds-say-its-ok-to-jailbreak-alexa/ https://gizmodo.com/its-now-legal-to-hack-drm-to-repair-your-own-devices-1830002757 On a side note: there’s even an exemption that’s been made for online games that have shut down. Its really interesting, and quite relevant when you consider how many games are online only now! US Library of Congress grants DMCA exception for preserving online games You might remember Sam was a fan of City of Heroes, so this is pretty cool for him.

Apple versus Right To Repair? (10/6/18 Part 2)

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If you buy something, its yours, right? And you’re free to do whatever you (legally) want to do with it, right? Including fixing it? Common sense, right? Well, maybe not. Apple, and Right to Repair Apple has been opposed to Right To Repair initiatives in the past, and has shown itself to be less than enthused with small repair shops. So, what’s next for the legacy of Steve Jobs? Do they want you to think different or should they make sure everyone says iConform?