Its a 101 show! Where we go over computer basics for YOU, our listeners! First off? The backbone of the modern digital home is your ROUTER. Routers 101
Computer Internals 101 So, its computer buying season with school starting soon! So, when you’re out looking for a new computer, you’re going to be faced with all these parts and names and specs and OH MY GOODNESS WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
Everyone is watching! Who’s Listening In? Well, not so much everyone so much as every company. Facebook has patented a new technique for listening to you while while you’re watching TV to figure out what ads you’re watching, how long, and more. So, naturally, we had to talk about this, plus Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and other personal assistants… What exactly are we getting (and risking) here? https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/66-ways-to-protect-your-privacy-right-now/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/06/facebook-patent-would-turn-your-mic-on-to-analyze-how-you-watch-ads/ https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/03/five-ways-cybersecurity-will-suffer-if-congress-repeals-fcc-privacy-rules
Ah, love is in the air. Is there anything more beautiful, more romantic, than a shareholder approved merger blessed (or at least not objected to) by the government? The two become one, overnight growing in size, resources, market share, and not having to compete for it by lowering prices or improving service. … The AT&T/Time Warner Merger question Wait, what? Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as we talk about Time Warner and AT&T’s blissful nuptials, plus Comcast’s rivalry with Disney for the hand of Fox.
Well, we WERE going to start talking about municipal internet. Were. That was the plan. Wireless Odds and Ends – Part 1 But we started talking about that sweet D Link AC3150 Ultra Wireless Router, and that let to access points, range extenders, plus other networking things that just got Sam all confused… So we had to talk about home networking. After all, what good is super fast internet if your home network can’t use it? If you want to see the super cool Ubiquiti wireless access points Jonathan was talking about, check them out on Amazon or at OfficeMax!
We do an update about Municipal Internet in the U.S.! Municipal Internet Revisited – Part 2 Remember when we talked with EPB’s Danna Bailey about municipal internet? Wasn’t that cool? No? Part One is here! Part Two is here! So, anything new since then? Well, it looks like municipal internet has been growing, so that’s good. Looks like Net Neutrality is an important selling point, too. What else? How is it going? What benefits are there? Listen in!
Cord cutting! Is it for you? What are the pros and cons? Cable Confusion – Part 2 Can’t live without your HBO? https://order.hbonow.com/ Will you wither without ESPN? http://www.espn.com/watch/espnplus/ Do you want BBC America? https://www.britbox.com/us/ Hulu? Hulu with Live TV? https://www.hulu.com/ Our favorite is Netflix! https://www.netflix.com/ Want documentaries, and lots of them? https://curiositystream.com/ What else is out there? Let us know!
By now you’ve heard of the disaster that has befallen Hawai’i island. Lava flowing and earthquakes, with people losing their homes and more! So, how is the internet helping out with what’s going on? And how is it not helping? EMERGENCY! Need some links on getting ready for a disaster? Glad you asked! http://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/public-resources/types-of-disaster/ http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/ https://www.mauicounty.gov/AlertCenter.aspx http://ptwc.weather.gov/index.php?region=2 http://www.redcross.org/local/hawaii/programs-services/disaster-preparedness
With all the hubbub about Net Neutrality, privacy going the way of the dodo bird, and just general safety, we figured it’d be time to go over VPNs again! But, more to the point? Shopping for one! Privacy and VPNs Jonathan found PC Magazine’s list of the top 10 VPNs you can get right now, plus goes over what ThatPrivacySite.net has to day!
Oculus Rift had a blooper with an update recently. But, it helped highlight an issue: what do you do with the software in things you own? Do you own it? And the answer is, according to some, NO. Oculus and DRM – Part 1 Do you have a Right to Repair your own things? How much control do you really have?