Posts tagged facebook
- Emoji can be used for communicating good, evil, happiness, pain – or for streamlining the process of being a complete jerk. Guess which usage I’m best at? 😀
- Mark Zuckerberg, live (not) and in studio (also not)! Discusses the need for a “not like” button …
- Dave and I want to start a support group for people that have actually changed their opinion on social media, because of facts and reason. We’re expecting the participants to be rather lonely …
Cool Sites of the Week
- IMGflip – Easy-to-use meme maker, so you can attach fake statistics and other falsehoods to pictures and share them on social media too!
Podcast Only Song of the 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!
TOPIC: Can you believe it? More – yes MORE security issues with Jewel and SuperValu experiencing a breach. So what can you do? And should companies be allowed to keep collecting data that can be stolen like this? Dave and Mike weigh in and let you know what we think this week!
We also pick up a hitchhiking robot, watch two shows at once without cable, bemoan the loss of the big screen, wonder if we really need to flag things with the [satire] tag, and more with our good friend Jay Garmon, who also asks us this:
What is the biggest botnet ever detected, and what is it’s total SPAM transmission possible?
Cool Sites of the Week:
- Umano – A great replacement to the recently deadpooled Swell Radio, this app for your phone lets you listen to news articles from categories you choose being read to you by humans. Not as weird as it sounds, this lets you curate a reading “radio” station for all you commuters!
We rocking the French tune Je Veux te Voir by Yelle as a fun way to end the show this week!
TOPIC: Internationally acclaimed intellectual property lawyer and good friend of the show Alexandre Montagu discusses how our laws and public understanding have yet to catch up with the ever-shifting reality of privacy, property, and legislative boundaries in the era of Big Data … it’s a fascinating talk, and one that helps make sense of Snowden, the NSA, data collection and theft, Google, and more!
Before that we cover the usual roundup of daily news, and Jay Garmon comes on with this great question:
What planet has the harshest relative winter in the solar system?
Find out more about Alex Montagu and his book with these links:
Also, in case you hadn’t heard, the entire TechTalk team will likely be down in Louisville, KY for a special live and remote broadcast of the show at this year’s Conglomeration sci-fi/fantasy/gaming/fan con! Join us in April for what promises to be a great weekend http://conglomeration.info – hope to see you there!
TOPIC: Mike takes the “quantified self” concept one step forward (or maybe back) with his own, old-school quantified drive as we talk about bad weather and worse drivers! Also, great news as Chi-fi is resurrected and going to the surprisingly spacious Palmer House. We barely have a moment free, with Google selling Motorola mobility, and picking up Nest but somehow find time for Jay Garmon to ask this great question of the week:
What is the single location on the Earth that has the most Facebook check-ins?
You want coolsites? Gosh we’ve got lots of coolsites and will definitely bring you some someday again (just not today)!
We do get in a great podcast only song of the week though … “Kicking me Out of the Band” by Sean Nelson!
TOPIC: Too many Daves, too little time today as we not only get our very own Dave “Sparky” Saganaki on air, but also talk at length with Dave Cicirelli, the author of the fascinating take on the “truth” behind our social media avatars, “Fakebook: A true Story. Based on Actual Lies.” We wax philosophic and have a great time!
Jay Garmon joins us as well, answers last week’s question and poses this new stumper:
What sci-fi book had the term “Googleplex” in it to describe a large computer cluster – nearly 20 years before the Google we all know and live came to be?
We get time for just one coolsite, but you can also find more about Dave and his book in a variety of locations:
- GCFLearnFree – Great place to find tutorials and tips for basic computer skills. Dave S is using it in Canada to help seniors, but it’s perfect for any age!
- The Fakebook Friends Website – the source of all things fakebook, and where you can find out the “real” scoop on Dave Cicerelli!
- Fakebook Facebook page – be a fakebook facebook friend.
- Amazon’s Fakebook purchase page – you can buy the book here!
The podcast only song of the week this week is by Friendly Fire called “In The Hospital”!
TOPIC: Dave is here! A surprise visit brings Dave in-house, in person for the first half of the show! We have a blast hanging out and talking news of the day, including what the FAA is going to allow us to do on planes soon, Facebook data leaks, and MORE discussion about the death of Google Reader, and what options you have to switch!
Unfortunately we miss out on Jay Garmon and his most excellent geek trivia, but we’ll catch up with him next time, and it does give us more time to talk to Jerry Henning from Verizon. Jerry and Mike get a little excited about the new S4, but provide an excellent overview of the new features, compare it directly to the S3, and give you some reasons why you should consider this your next phone!
A couple of coolsites for your consideration this week:
- Feed.Ly – Looking for a gReader replacement like me? Look no further! Feedly not only imports your reader list, but gives you mobile and desktop access as well as connecting directly with another of our coolsites, IFTTT (if this, then that). All you gReader lovers should check this out today!
- Everything.Me – Smartphone search engine on steroids … this not only gives you relevant information about what you’re searching on, but also connects you with apps and sites that will add to your experience on your Android phone, whether you have those apps installed yet or not!
- Verizon Wireless – Shouts out to Verizon and Jerry for telling us about the new tech on the block, and letting TechTalk play with an S4 for a few weeks to give you only the best information!
Another LCD Soundsystem hit, “I Can Change” closes us out for the podcast only song of the week.
TOPIC: Curious about what the NSA is up to, and what – if anything – you can do about it? Siobhan MacDermott, Chief Policy Officer for AVG joins us for a rousing, and sometimes downright frightening, discussion about your security and privacy!
As if that wasn’t enough, we also have a blast talking with Dave about whether Facebook is just a haven for
Mike and Jay narcissists, or if there’s some good to be had out there. We also touch on the PS4 vs. XBox One competition (but just look, Sony’s got three – extra – numbers in their system!). Jay Garmon also brings us the answer to last week’s frightening trivia and this awesome new one:
What was the first US patent granted on something extracted from human physiology?
Get your minds out of the gutter, there’s “absolutely nothing perverse” about the answer according to Jay! With all this great talk, we have no time for our usual laundry list of coolsites, but there’s a couple inline you should consider:
- AVG.com – A cool site of the week many times over, AVG antivirus group’s software is a perennial favorite, and they have a ton of other resources you should check out too. Start here and see what they’re about.
- Free.AVG.com – If you just want to download the free antivirus software you can go directly to it!
A bit of an oldie but a goodie to end things today, LCD Soundsystem closes us out with the podcast only song of the week.
TOPIC: After listening to the sounds of his own voice rattling around the station for a while (talking Facebook security changes, an unfortunate TechTalk email implosion, and more), Mike brings Jay Garmon back to the studio. Deep geek ensues, and Jay asks this well-timed question:
Who were the two individuals or organizations that Neil Armstrong sued to keep them from profiting from his name?
We have so much fun there’s not much time for coolsites, but we do get a couple in:
- ScanMyEssay.com – Worried about plagiarism (from either side of the pedagogical podium?) Upload it here and find out if you’ve got a copying culprit!
- DyingLinks.com – Like Bit.Ly, but with an expiration date … and more! Check it out and let me know if you can think of some legitimate and friendly uses 🙂
Podcast only song of the week is the very apropos “I’m Good, I’m Gone” by Lykke Li!
TOPIC: Do you need a job so badly that you’re willing to give potential employers the keys to your private life? That’s just one of the questions we attempt to answer this week, in addition to looking at the Windows 8 Metro interface, getting excited about Photoshop 6 being available for free (well, until mid-April or so anyways) and hearing another fabulous geek trivia question from Jay Garmon:
If we had kept all planets given that designation throughout history (e.g., Pluto, or the asteroid Pallas), how many planets would there be in the Solar System today?
We have some great coolsites of the week too, some you’ll have to listen to the show for but others right here:
- BPMinus – Be your own DJ! Allows you to change the tempo of music without altering pitch – perfect for budding musicians trying to get that speed metal riff just right too!
- Transparent Screen – Lets you see “through” your android device so you can safely (?) text and walk! Search for it in the Google Play app store.
- MiniLyrics – Automatically download and display lyrics to your favorite songs, pretty much no matter what you are using to listen with! Free and with a surprisingly large number of apps supported.
The podcast only song of the week is “Dead End” by The Whitest Boy Alive.