World Backup Day is coming up on the last day of March! World Backup Day 2021 – Part 1 And, well, its one of our favorite things to do! Promise! http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/
Ready to make or buy a new gaming computer? Or content creation workstation? The PC Market, or Why Do These Cost So Much?!? Sorry to hear that, but right now STINKS for that! Thanks to a shortage of high-end chip manufacturing capacity, crypto-currency miners, and a lot more folks at home? Now is a HORRIBLE time to try buying a new, high performing video card. Eeek! We talk about that!
Jonathan likes lists! And sometimes he finds a list he just has to share! Like a list of annoying things Windows 10 does that you can make better! Win 10 Annoyances, and what you can do! So, naturally, we have to share! https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-fix-the-most-annoying-things-in-windows-10
Photos! We’re taking more of them now than ever before! We can keep them, share them, and even print them onto a variety of things. But one thing that hasn’t changed is people often want to use Photoshop to do simple changes like resizing, touching up, and more. Photoshop Alternatives Frankly, you don’t need a bulldozer when you want to make a sand castle, right? So, when considering an alternative consider how easy/simple it is to do what you need, how often you want to use it, and how much you’re willing to spend. Full-fledged Photoshop is $20.99 a month, so unless you’re making money? Best to find something cheaper! Windows Photos and MacOS Preview can do all the basics many folks need. GIMP is a free program, but has a bit of a learning curve behind it. https://www.gimp.org/ Paintshop Pro is a longtime alternative. https://www.paintshoppro.com/ Affinity Photo is the total overhaul of Serif Photo Plus aimed at professionals at a steal of a price! https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ And how could we forget Photoshop Elements? https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html
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
Net Neutrality! Is it coming back? Net Neutrality Redux If not Federally (probably not Federally) then what about at the state level? Seems like that’s a possibility. https://www.wired.com/story/guide-net-neutrality/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/california-can-enforce-net-neutrality-law-judge-rules-in-loss-for-isps/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/biden-doj-halts-trump-admin-lawsuit-against-calif-net-neutrality-rules/ And, let’s not forget about privacy in all of this (from 2017 and not yet overturned!): https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/senate-votes-to-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/
So, you’ve decided to do it. You’re cutting the cord. Good for you! Cutting the T.V. Cord! But now what? Well, you’ve got some options! JustWatch – The Streaming Guide for Movies and TV Shows (Thanks Alert Internet Surfer Perry!) Best indoor TV antennas 2020: 6 great digital TV antennas for inside your home | TechRadar The Best HDTV Antennas | Digital Trends How to gift Netflix, Disney Plus, and every streaming service subscriptions – Polygon Create a recurring event – Computer – Calendar Help (google.com)
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
So, its been a helluva week. Are We Sure that 2020 is Over? And as such, we need to talk politics and tech for a bit. We sort of hate that. But here we are! 1st Amendment, options for platforms, the importance of Section 230 of the Telecommunications Act… we get it in a concise manner!
We’re making predictions for 2021! 2021 Predictions After a spectacularly horrible showing for 2020 (thanks 2020), we’re making yet another go at it! Maybe not super risky predictions, but here we go!