- All things old are new again – even Commodore 64 in Poland!
- Go commando with Google, and get rid of those folders!
- Exchange server makes us cry, but most new MS products are pretty OK.
- Hackers are attacking our voting machines!
- Review of The Tick: new, old, and animated! (Jay’s recommendation is to watch “Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love”)
Geek Trivia Answer
This week, we provide the answer to:
What was the original Google search index programming stack written in?
Along with a great review of the new Deadpool movie by Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon (hint: DON’T take your kids!), we get a tiny taste of the Conglomeration 2016 convention in Louisville, KY this April – with more detail promised in shows to come. It’s not too late to sign up, but you may want to lock in those hotel spots quick!
Go to conglomeration.info to find out more and get registered.
- Picasa is dead.
- Pandora may be dead.
- Set the date to 1/1/1970 on your iPhone? Yep, it’s dead now.
- Hillary Clinton uses AOL to promote her campaign. Didn’t that die years ago?
Geek Trivia Answer of the Week
What two space vehicles had the official OV designation, but never actually flew?
Cool sites of the Week
- Nikon NX-D – Sad about Picasa going away, and mainly looking for good editing features? Try one of the many free software solutions available for your camera; you just might be surprised at how functional they are. I’ve got a Nikon, so the NX-D is perfect for me, but you can use it for any camera, or grab the equivalent software from Canon or other manufacturers.
- Conglomeration Registration – You can use this link to register for Conglomeration 2016. Don’t forget to tell them who sent you!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
- Google Voice FTW!
- Steam (Valve) down for users over XMas due to a security issue
- Netflix streaming gets better and faster
- Major movies hacked – Go to the dark side and watch them now!
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
What numerically based film was so influential on George Lucas that references to it have been in every Star Wars film ever created (including the latest one!)?
Coolsites of the Week
- Vimeo has a great selection of movies, including the answer to this week’s trivia above! (psst: look here – https://vimeo.com/29432400 )
Podcast Only Song of the Week
Christmas will Break Your Heart by LCD Soundsystem!
- How to get your politics on when you’re a cord cutter (and a little bit on the GOP debates)
- Friend of the show Greg gets us interested in Google Fi
- Cheap laptops and Chromebooks
- Ubuntu vs. Windows 10 and how I learned to love my Vaio all over again
Geek Trivia Answer from Jay Garmon:
What components were IBM branded on the first IBM personal computer?
Cool Sites of the Week:
- Project Fi – Looking for a better way to get cell and data? Go Google!
- Linux Mint – My favorite “flavor” of the Linux Ubuntu, open source OS.
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
TOPIC: Intermittent WiFi and Internet drops, no Skype service, occasionally garbled audio and a completely bemused and confounded host (well, moreso than normal anyways) doesn’t stop the show from going on! We may not have the option to call the POTUS directly, as our good friend Mark “Facebook” Zuckerberg does, but we wind up with a pretty darn good show anyways.
Both Dave Sanocki and Jay Garmon joining us for some high tech talk to get our minds out of the low-tech morass of a show we descended into! Jay even pulls this great question out for the week:
What was the most watched PBS show in history? (hint: it’s not Cosmos)
On Kids Talk Tech this week, Justin and Olivia share their undying love of Dr. Who – in 3 minutes or less! Can you guess who their favorite Doctor is?
TOPIC: With the revelation that a popular flashlight app is stealing your data, Mike answers listener questions about how to prevent security problems with your mobile apps. As a reminder, you can submit questions to us via our facebook page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or even leave a voicemail at 847/984-0847.
Jay Garmon weighs in with some great geek insight about the cold temps and disposing of your paper books, and then follows up with an answer to last week’s question and gives us this new head-scratcher:
What was the longest distance a wheeled vehicle has driven on a body other than Earth?
On “Kids Talk Tech” this week special guest host Olivia talks to us about the awesomely fun (and educational to boot) Animalia on YouTube, and we finish it all off with the podcast only song of the week Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) by Laura Marling!
TOPIC: Blockbuster bricks and mortar are busted, but Mike doesn’t care as he is cutting the cord on everything (except his Internet), having a blast with his new Roku 3! And don’t forget Plex, because Roku box + Plex = video awesomesauce!!
Jay Garmon has a very current trivia for us this week too:
What was the original name of the company and product now called “Twitter” and why did they name it that?
On this weeks “Kids Talk Tech” with Justin, Justin lets us know just how dismayed and irritated he was by the movie “Ender’s Game” … though he had some great things to say about the Ender’s Game book (the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree in this family I guess!)
Not much time for coolsites this week, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you how to get to:
- Plex – This free home theater video streaming solution lets you share movies, pictures, audio and more to your Roku box, PC, Mac or any other compatible device!
- Roku 3 – Not free, but if you’re looking to cut those cords, a great way to go!
The podcast only song of the week this week is “It’s Too Late” by Wild Belle!
TOPIC: Whether you are a “Trekkie” or not … wait a minute, what show are you listening to? Of COURSE you’re a Trekkie! So in that case you’ll definitely want to tune in this week as we have an in-depth and engaging discussion about Star Trek, old, recent, new and future with Jeanne Wolf, Hollywood journalist and media pundit. We cover the gamut from Trek as a vanguard of racial integration on TV, Kirk as a metaphor for America, and of course Zachary Quinto’s bangs!
Dave comes on with us for a bit, though we lose him again to the Canadian backwoods Internet thieves, but Jay Garmon keeps our Trek in check with accurate info and this awesome trivia for the week:
How often does a Hiroshima-sized powerful asteroid intersect with the Earth?
Apparently that happens a LOT, so I’m freaking out already which leaves no time for coolsites (but you should still check out):
- Saturday Evening Posts’s Trek Article: Written by Jeanne Wolf, this is a fantastic breakdown of the last nearly 40 years of Trek!
- Jeane Wolf’s Hollywood: Regular links to her articles, videos, and trailers.
As much as we hate to, eventually we wrap the show up with “All the Kings Men” by Wild Beasts!
TOPIC: Fabulous show this week, as we get a sneak peek and in-depth discussion about the upcoming documentary “Silicon Valley.” Randall MacLowry gives us his take on the genesis of not only the technologies and hardware we depend on every day, but also the innovations to culture and business that men like Robert Noyce (founder of Intel) heralded. The show comes out February 5th on your local PBS station, so set your DVR’s today!
Jay Garmon answers last week’s question and as always gives us another fantastic Geek Trivia question for the coming week:
What is the oldest viable DNA sample ever recovered?
No time for coolsites of the week (Randy was just too great of an interview), but you should go to PBS’ website for the “Silicon Valley” program for more information about the program and related content.
On-air song of the week this week is “Line of Fire” by Junip!