Local Retail: Its kind of rough! (2/27/21 Part 1)

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Fry’s Electronics closed down in its entirety. Best Buy is closing stores and laying people off. Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center is waaaaay behind on payments to creditors. Fun times for retail, right? Retail in the current climes… Lets talk about that! https://www.shiptohawaii.com/ https://www.rubicon.com/blog/shop-local-reasons/ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-buying-local-is-worth_b_4310520

Need Office Software? We’re talking about it! (2/13/21 Part 1)

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For work, volunteering, and school there’s no more a ubiquitous kind of software than office productivity. Office Suites! Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, its all common and useful stuff! Compare All Microsoft 365 Plans (Formerly Office 365) – Microsoft Store Home | LibreOffice – Free Office Suite – Based on OpenOffice – Compatible with Microsoft Apache OpenOffice – Official Site – The Free and Open Productivity Suite Corel Wordperfect – Home and Office We talk about it a little!

Mars! Mars! Mars! WHOO! (2/13/21 Part 2)

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To MARS! THREE Mars Probes! China, NASA, and the United Arab Emerites! UAE “Hope” probe successfully reaches Mars, two more following shortly | Ars Technica Perseverance (rover) – Wikipedia Mars 2020 – Wikipedia Mars Helicopter Ingenuity – Wikipedia China’s Tianwen-1 Mars probe captures epic video of Red Planet during orbital arrival | Space Tianwen-1 – Wikipedia Emirates Mars Mission facts: UAE Hope Probe everything to know | The National (thenationalnews.com)

Printers 101: Supertanks! No, they don’t wear capes (2/6/21 Part 1)

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For the longest time there were two kinds of printers you could get: inkjet printers and laser printers. Printer Updates! Inkjet printers were generally inexpensive but the ink would cost you an arm and a leg, get used up quickly, and would print fairly slowly. Laser printers would cost you an arm and a leg, and while getting toner would be pretty expensive up front it would last a long time. A few years ago printer companies came out with a new type of inkjet sometimes called a “supertank” printer. Rather than having to go out and buy ink regularly, you’d get a large tank for each ink color that would only need refilling once in a great while. And the refills are cheap! But, these new printers are not. We take a look at these supertank printers! Are they right for you? Supertank printers – Wikipedia Inkjet vs. Laser: Which Printer Technology Is Better? | PCMag Canon MegaTank & Epson EcoTank Supertank Printers – Consumer Reports Supertank Printers – Office Depot Supertank reviews at PCMag

Facts 101: Websites for Fact Checking! (2/6/21 Part 2)

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Do you remember being in school and having to write reports? And how you had to go find then cite sources? Facts 101! Well, its a good habit! The trick with the internet is there is so much out there that’s true, false, partially correct, maliciously written, speculation, and more. Eek! What’s a person to do? Well, Jonathan talks about that! Best Websites For Fact Checking | Avast

Scam Season is Year Round! (1/30/21 Part 1)

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Scams, Scams, Scams! Its one of the constants of modern life. 2021 Scams! – Part 1 Whether its trying to scam you regarding taxes, Adobe Flash, some piece of software you use, or tried and true “we’ve got money for you!”, scammers are still out there! Heck, they’re calling by phone and faxing even! Good grief! Listen in to Jonathan, LD, and Sam as they chat it up!

NASA’s SLS is being tested! Biggest rocket to date! (1/16/21 Part 1)

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Today NASA is testing the engines of their SLS (Space Launch System) booster rocket. BIG Rocket Test! This is the biggest test for the project. Its being livestreamed, NASA is recording TERABYTES of test data, and Jonathan could NOT resist talking about it! Whoot! Space Launch System | NASA Space Launch System – Wikipedia WATCH LIVE: NASA test-fires SLS megarocket for moon missions (msn.com) SLS: Nasa’s ‘megarocket’ set to fire up engines in crucial test – BBC News

The upcoming year up in the sky! (1/16/21 Part 2)

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Its a new year and we’re looking ahead! 2021 in Astronomy! Well, we’re looking up, to be more specific. Dr. Armstrong from the UH Institute for Astronomy is joining us this show! Plan on viewing those meteor showers, full moons, and more ahead of time! The top astronomical events to look forward to in 2021, from ‘supermoons’ to eclipses | The Seattle Times 2021 Astronomical Calendar: Full Moons, Meteor Showers, and Eclipses to Watch for This Year | Travel + Leisure (travelandleisure.com) 2021 astronomy calendar: When to see full moons, planets, eclipses and meteor showers – CNN

2020 Predictions: we’re not quitting our day jobs (1/2/21 Part 2)

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Good thing we’re not picking stocks, right? Predictions Scorecard 2020! – Part 2 Its time to grade our 2020 predictions! And how did we do? There was a huge monkey-wrench thrown into the mix, but hey, that’s half the fun! And as promised, here is the Zinc air battery story! New battery chemistry results in first rechargeable zinc-air battery | Ars Technica