Archive for February, 2015
TOPIC: John Miley, researcher and writer for the Kiplinger Letter in DC joins us this week to help explain Net Neutrality, why it’s a big deal, and what all the recent commotion and political hubbub is all about – just in time to figure it out before the bill proposal from the FCC expected next Thursday, 2/28! We cover the basics, but also get into the weeds a bit with unintended consequences, and considering whether this will really do what everyone hopes it will, or just put smiles on a lot of lawyer’s faces …
Before that, Mike and Dave scare the bejeezus out of listeners with an ever-growing list of hacks and security breaches, including one that literally REQUIRES you to pound a spike through your hard drive to fix it! Then our favorite regular geek Jay Garmon helps us get our trivia on this week with a great bio brain bender:
What was the original structure (later recognized as incorrect, in favor of the double-helix) of the DNA molecule proposed by Watson and Crick?
Cool sites of the week include:
- Kiplinger – Best place to get more info about the Kiplinger resources including the Kiplinger letter.
- FCC’s Open Internet – Find out more about net neutrality straight from the horse’s mouth at the FCC’s official site on Net Neutrality (or, as they like to call it, the “Open Internet”)
We cap the hour off with our podcast only song of the week “Tongue Tied” by GroupLove!
TOPIC: Everybody gets involved today, with Joe Oddo from Verizon telling us about the Note, Dave “Sparky” Saganaki weighing in with his unique take on the news, and special guest Rob Rigel of “Rob Shot First” comes in studio and on mic to help us figure out what’s REALLY going on!
We cover home automation and security, compare Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 to your “regular” phones and tablets, and get lost for a long time in a discussion about Ray Bradbury’s Luddite tendencies …. and we don’t stop there, because we won’t let Jay Garmon leave until he gives us this great question:
What medical disorder is often associated with St. Valentine?
Cool sites of the week include:
- Google Earth Pro is now FREE! That’s right, you can download this formerly $399 / year application and use it to your heart’s content!
- Verizon Wireless – Interested in finding out more about the mobile devices we talked about today? Start here and you’ll be well on your way to getting set up with the right device to do what you need.
Some confusion about the ending time of our show means we finish off a little weird, but I added the podcast only song of the week “Mr. Face” by the awesome indie rocker Ty Segall! Until next week …
TOPIC: OK, so maybe we underestimated the incoming snow a bit, and did debate the relative merits of “Snowmageddon” versus “Snowpocalypse,” but if you’re listening to us for the awesome weather reporting, you’re in the WRONG place! If, however, you dialed in to hear about how the recent federal changes to eRate funding will affect your schools, why tweeting bile is bad for your heart, and to get excited about exploding kittens and card games, look no further!
Jay Garmon joins us to geek out on Ray Bradbury, Michael Chabon and other authors who discuss the perils of technology and comic books, as well as giving us this week’s awesome geek trivia!
What application did Mark Zuckerberg write after Facesmash and before Facebook, using the same basic code as both?
In prep for all that snow, we do provide one pretty darn cool cool site of the week:
- Plowz – Actually “Plowz and Mowz” this is like the snow plowing/lawn mowing midwestern Uber! Load up the app, put in your zip, and find out how much you’ll be charged to get service on your driveway or lawn.
I don’t understand a word of it, but am totally into Khmer-pop lately, and “Uku” by Dengue Fever is a great example of why – enjoy!