Zoom! It’s wildly popular with growing pains! (4/4/20 Part 1)

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Zoom.us provides an increasingly popular web-conferencing service that people are using in this time of working from home and social distancing. But, like any good thing, this overnight growth spurt has some growing pains! This previously professional service is now being used for social connection by seemingly everyone, meaning the jerks have come along too. Zoom! Security – Part 1 Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as we talk about some of the problems Zoom is having!

Working from Home! With Links! (3/28/20 Part 1)

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Many folks are having to work remotely versus going to the office and being around people. Are you one of them? First time to this experience? Fear not, we’re talking about it! Working Remotely Useful links for you! https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-work-from-home-without-losing-your-mind/  https://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryhannon/2013/09/02/10-tips-for-working-from-home/#2a5480b787ad  https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-set-up-a-workable-home-office-1977403 https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-apps-for-a-second-phone-number/

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/ 

Maui County/Local COVID updates! (3/21/20 Part 1)

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Useful Links for Maui County residents regarding COVID: Maui COVID Updates Hawai’i State’s official COVID site – https://hawaiicovid19.com/ What’s been shut down? (3/14/20) – https://mauinow.com/2020/03/14/covid-19-list-of-whats-canceled-closed-or-postponed-on-maui/ Get email updates from the Maui County – https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information Get email updates from Hawai’i State – https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/ Maui County Civic Alerts – https://www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=87&sort=date Mayor Victorino’s initial proclamation (3/18/20) – https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/121453/County-of-Maui—Public-Health-Emergency-Rules?bidId= Clarifications (3/19/20) – https://www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=9927 HMSA helping members with COVID (3/10/20) – https://hmsa.com/media-center/2020/03/coronavirus-pressrelease/ Kaiser Permanente info site for COVID – https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information From an Alert Internet Surfer! The State of Hawai‘i Department of Health has created a website dedicated to providingCOVID-19 information and resources to the community: https://hawaiicovid19.com/ Aloha United Way has created a hotline in partnership with DOH to answer COVID-19 questions: Dial 211 Information for Employers: The Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce has produced a COVID-19 micro-site that is geared toward employers in Hawai‘i: https://covid19.cochawaii.org/frequently-asked-questions/ The Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has workplace information for employers: http://labor.hawaii.gov/get-the-latest-covid-19-workplace-updates/ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has helpful information on stress management during this crisis: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html And, if you want some tips on how to wash your hands well? Hey, Alton Brown has you covered!

Generalized COVID information and updates! (3/21/20 Part 2)

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Useful links! Useful COVID Links Snope’s general fact checking for COVID! https://www.snopes.com/collections/new-coronavirus-collection/ World Health Organization site for COVID. https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1 Q&A on COVID (3/9/20) – https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses Corona Virus Myth-busting – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters The EPA’s COVID site – https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus Will that cleaning stuff you bought work on COVID/Corona Virus? Best to check! – www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2 https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/frequently-asked-questions-about-list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2#Q3 The CDC’s website – https://www.cdc.gov/ Arstechnica’s comprehensive guide to Corona Virus/CORVID. https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/dont-panic-the-comprehensive-ars-technica-guide-to-the-coronavirus/ A bit of science if you’re so inclined – https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/covid-19-the-biology-of-an-effective-therapy/ Mental health is important! https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/how-to-keep-your-sanity-when-you-feel-like-the-world-is-going-crazy/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-intelligent-divorce/202003/how-manage-the-psychological-effects-quarantine https://www.wikihow.com/Keep-in-Touch-with-a-Quarantined-Relative-During-Coronavirus

Is Your News FRESH? (3/14/20 Part 1)

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Checking That News! Information has an expiration date! What is the date on the website? No? Red Flag. Do they cite where they got the information from? If not, Red Flag. If they do… Is the cited source the original source? If not, go back to #2. If it is…? How old is it? Are there available updates? Places/things notorious for out of date information: Social Media “Special interest” sites Internet forums Where to get up-to-date information? Straight from the horse’s mouth as applicable (your bank, government office, etc) Find good, reputable sources for applicable information. Don’t be afraid to ask experts in the field And a quick update on COVID-19 on Maui (valid 3/14/20): https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/03/14/breaking-news/two-visitors-on-kauai-test-positive-for-coronavirus-county-officials-announce/ Plus Arstechnica’s updated FAQ on it: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/dont-panic-the-comprehensive-ars-technica-guide-to-the-coronavirus/

EARN IT? More like BURN IT! (3/14/20 Part 2)

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The EFF has brought to our attention some BAAAAD legislation that’s being drafted. Even worse, its actually bi-partisan, coming from Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). They go into a LOT of depth, and we’ll be going over this. S.3398 – EARN IT Act of 2020 If you’re afraid of government over-reach, unintended consequences, the safety and security of your online life, and freedom of speech? This is a show for you! This’s podcast is brought to you by Audible – get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/MauiOnline . Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.

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!

Tax software! Forbes has a list! (2/29/20 Part 2)

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Disclaimer: we are not tax professionals. Period. If you have any questions, ask a tax professional, not us! Its tax season! And you know what that means to you! Some of you need a tax professional. But some of you can do it yourself! Tax Resources 2020 For those going the DIY route, you’ll be happy to know Forbes has an article on the 6 best tax software programs! We’ll be talking about that today! Nerd Wallet also has a great article as well! Need to buy some software? Amazon might sell what you’re looking for!

Be secure on your phone! (2/22/20 Part 1)

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Got a smart phone? Did you know its pretty much a computer? You probably take security seriously on your computer, so you should take it seriously there too! Mobile Security! So, tips and links to help you out! Use a PIN, Pattern, or Fingerprint reader.  PINS and Patterns (android) are nice because you can change them, let other people know them if you need them to get into your phone, and you can change them.  Fingerprints and biometrics are convenient, but aren’t foolproof. Also, whether or not they’re protected by the 4th and 5th Amendments is unclear right now.   https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/feds-forcing-mass-fingerprint-unlocks-is-an-abuse-of-power-judge-rules/  https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/01/court-rules-against-man-who-was-forced-to-fingerprint-unlock-his-phone/  Encrypt your phone.  Its an easy way to protect your data, photos, contacts, and more.  It doesn’t incur much performance hit these days.  If you want to sell your phone, just resetting it doesn’t make your data unrecoverable. Encrypt THEN reset.  https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/7-reasons-encrypt-smartphone-data/  https://gizmodo.com/why-you-should-be-encrypting-your-devices-and-how-to-ea-1798698901  Don’t jailbreak/root your phone.  This is often done to add customizations or run pirated apps.  You can break the security of an iPhone doing this, leaving you with little or no protection.  Pirated apps from outside the official stores run significant risk of having malware.  If you use wifi a lot or travel a lot, get a VPN service.  https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-a-vpn-and-why-you-need-one