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  

Video Cards 101: Work or Play? (6/6/20 Part 2)

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Did you know that your video card does real work? That’s right! Its not all video games! Video Cards – Part 2 The humble web browser makes use of it. https://www.lifewire.com/hardware-acceleration-in-chrome-4125122 https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/upgrade-graphics-drivers-use-hardware-acceleration https://www.windowscentral.com/how-force-microsoft-edge-use-best-gpu-windows-10-april-2018-update Video Editing and other content creation makes use of it. https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Premiere-Pro-14-2-H-264-H-265-Hardware-Encoding-Performance-1778/ https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cc-gpu-card-faq.html What the guys are looking at… Jonathan has been looking over the Radeon RX 5700 XT video cards for himself. He like gaming and Virtual Reality, so its a good option for him! https://amzn.to/2Y9xYpX Sam has been looking at the GeForce RTX 2060 for his video editing plus RTX Voice (AI-based noise removal). Probably not a buy for this year, but he’s good at waiting. https://amzn.to/3f6mkDf LD doesn’t game or do video editing. He enjoys streaming video and light internet surfing, so the video in his desktop and laptop are actually great! But, if he decides to start running multiple monitors or even setting his PC up to be a 4K home theater? Well, he might need to start doing some research. He’ll definitely want HDMI, maybe even DisplayPort, and multiple of each if possible. But more than that, he’ll want some great sound… that’s another show, though!

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!

Scams, shams, and more of the same… (4/25/20 Part 2)

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Just like watching the weather, you gotta keep your eyes on those darn scammers. The bad guys have a terrible dedication to stealing people’s money! So, we have to be vigilant, like it or not. Watch for COVID Scams! Threats? Stuff that’s too good to be true? Guess what, its the bad guys after YOU! https://www.fcc.gov/covid-scams https://www.ftc.gov/slideshow-items/report-scam http://ag.hawaii.gov/ https://news.yahoo.com/google-blocking-18m-coronavirus-scam-094845302.html

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/ 

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/ 

Where’s the best spot for your wifi? (2/29/20 Part 1)

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So, you got a nice wifi router. You spent a bunch of money on it. But, are you setting yourself back with bad placement? WiFi tricks! What’s the best way to get the best bang for your buck on your internet? And can you reuse old routers to improve your network? https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/02/the-ars-technica-semi-scientific-guide-to-wi-fi-access-point-placement/ https://www.howtogeek.com/104469/how-to-extend-your-wi-fi-network-with-simple-access-points/ https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-turn-an-old-wi-fi-router-into-an-access-point/ Jonathan really likes Ubiquiti access points if you want to get yourself an easy way to expand your network! Q&A can also set these up for you!