Sound Hardware: when your audio is important (6/22/19 Part 1)

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Your computer’s audio is something that often plays second fiddle to graphics and processing power. Built-in audio, cheap earbuds or headphones,  web-cam microphone… can’t we do better? All things Audio -Part 1 Why yes, yes we can! https://www.lifewire.com/best-pc-sound-cards-833111 https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/303628/the-best-computer-speakers https://www.techradar.com/news/best-computer-speakers https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-headphones-under-100/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-office-headset/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-audio-interface/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-usb-microphone/

Shopping 101: Be Savvy! (6/15/19 Part 1)

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Are you getting ready for back to school shopping? Got to get stuff you need? Looking for some upgrades? Well, we’re here to help! Shopping Basics – Part 1 Set a budget. List what it’ll be used for. List what you NEED List what you want (negotiable, be honest) Research / read reviews Look for gotchas / additional buys (not everything comes with everything) Spending too much or too little is bad, but differently so. Do you need to revise the budget?

Shopping 101: Where to buy, how to pay (6/15/19 Part 2)

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So, you’ve figured out what you want to buy. You’ve done the research, you’ve set your budget, and now… TO BUY THE THING! Shopping Basics – part 2 Oh, if only it was quite that simple. We live in a “buyer beware” world, and you need to look after yourself. So, we’ll be covering a few things you’ll need to ask yourself! Where to buy? Local or Online? Are there reviews of the store? Return policy? Customer service? Paying for it (paypal, credit, debit) Extended Warranties: yay or nay?

Tis the Season for Disaster Preparedness (6/8/19 Part 1)

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Its Hurricane Season! Yay! Are you ready for the possibilities the season brings? Hurricane Prep, General We talk about getting ready for disaster readiness in general. When is the best time to get ready? Now! Now is the time! https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php https://www.cdc.gov/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?cpac https://ptwc.weather.gov/index.php?region=2

Lock boxes and Gambling… uhm… (5/18/19 Part 2)

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So, your friend plays a game. And in that game there are these boxes that show up. And they’re just a dollar (or so) to open. You could win some cool stuff if you’re lucky! No big deal, right? Loot! Well, it turns out they’re big money. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/05/senator-hawley-announces-bill-banning-loot-boxes-pay-to-win-mechanics/ https://massivelyop.com/2018/09/17/international-regulators-co-sign-declaration-to-investigate-lockboxes-and-skin-gambling/ https://www.polygon.com/2019/5/7/18534431/fortnite-rare-default-skins-bullying-harassment

Learning with Mr. Ben! (5/11/19 Part 2)

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Learning is a skill. Its a skill you can practice and improve, too. This is great since there’s online resources, books, and more! Learning with Ben! And its easier to learn when you can have someone who’ll help you along the way one-on-one! Ben Howard teaches at Maui EdVenture / UH Maui plus does private tutoring! We also take your calls, because we love them! Maui Computer Learning

Windows? Mac? Chrome? What’s the right fit for me? (4/27/19 Part 1)

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Would you wear a pair of high heels for a hike in ‘Iao Valley? Or go ballroom dancing in steel-toe construction shoes? Ever saw someone tap-dance wearing diving fins? Which Fits? – Part 1 Even if its the best of what they are, the wrong shoes are simply the wrong shoes. Computers are no different, believe it or not! Today we’re talking about Windows, Macs, Chromebooks plus tablets and phones! What do you need? Well, sit right down, and let us listen! Oh, and if you’ve not seen Avengers Endgame yet? You might want to read this article by PC Magazine on how to limit spoilers! https://www.pcmag.com/news/368011/how-to-avoid-spoilers-online

Picking out your perfect match! No, not for dating… (4/27/19 Part 2)

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Its love at first sight. Smart, beautiful,and right there looking back at you. Do you make the move? Which Fits? – Part 2 Okay, okay, so maybe buying a new computing device isn’t quite a romantic comedy. But like signing up for a dating site, there’s some questions you should ask yourself about your perfect match! And we get into that. Windows? Mac? Chromebook? Tablet or Smartphone?

Aaaaaand our SSD winner is…! (4/20/19 Part 2)

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Our friends at OfficeMax/Office Depot in Kahului gave us a FANTASTIC Sandisk 480gb SSD as a prize, and we’re giving it away to one lucky winner? Was it you? Viewer Mail, April 2019 – Part 2 Also, some links requested for the show! That One Privacy Site – learn about VPNs! https://thatoneprivacysite.net/ Curious about anti-virus? https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/256703/the-best-antivirus-protection