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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
- Spanish speakers make up nearly 10% of our app users, and we think that’s muy bien!
- Old school gaming discussion, plus consoles, PC and mobile – which one is winning?
- We discover that a Balalaika sounds better than a balaclava, but neither of them swim faster than your bass guitar
- Homeless guys can take Visa now too
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
What is the oldest Wikipedia page still available on the site?
CoolSites (and Apps) of the Week
- Guitar Tuna – By Yousician, this is an awesome tuner and trainer for a whole host of instruments!
- WRLR App – While we’re on the subject of apps, don’t forget to pick up the WRLR streaming app on your Android or Apple phone!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
Les Rythmes Digitales with Jacques Your Body (Makes Me Sweat)!
Geek Trivia with Jay Garmon:
What was the actual communications device installed on the red hotline, between the coldwar era US and Soviet Union?
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
TOPIC: Yes, it’s possible – and even recommended (given the right circumstances)! Listen this week to find out why Mike believes a chromebook and chromecast dongle may be all you need for your kid’s college tech investment as they head to school this year.
Even though we’re all about the Chromebook loving this week, we do have some good things to share about Windows 9, try not to scare yu too much about security this week and then even have time for some awesome cool Sites of the Week:
- Tasker – Make your (android) phone do ANYTHING you want! Really … if you can dream it, it’s possible!
- Hubspot Signals – Get info on companies, track emails sent and read, and more with this freemium app. Just the email opening and tracking functionality alone is worth the price of admission for us!
- Sunrise – A better calendar. Really … and yes, it’s worth checking out even if you love your current calendar!
Mellow podcast only song of the week this week is St. Lucia’s “All Eyes on You”!
TOPIC: This is the second (of two) in our series of interviews from the floor of ConGlomeration 2014 in Lousiville, KY.
In the first segment, we discuss cubesats, kevlar solar sails, 3D printing and more with Dr. Les Johnson! Dr. Johnson is an author and an honest to goodness NASA rocket scientist, so we have a fabulous and in-depth hard science talk about the future of space exploration. You’ll want to check out his books, both the ones already out and those now available for preorder:
- Les Johnson Homepage – A great place to start, this page focuses on Dr. Johnson’s writing, both fact and fiction.
- Rescue Mode – Co-written with sci-fi icon Ben Bova, this “gritty and scientifically accurate” book will be on shelves in June, but you can pre-order your copy today!
- Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel – To get a better idea of the details of our brief discussion about sails, this is a great book. It provides a truly accessible introduction to solar sail technology, and what they will be used for in the near, and distant, future.
- TEDx Talk – Dr. Johnson also gave a wonderful talk at TEDx in Huntsville, AL back in October.
Immediately following that, we’re graced with Adam English and Rand Bellavia from the band “The Surfing Colonel from Apocalypse Now” … no, wait, that’s not right … it’s “Ookla the Mok!” And make sure you spell that with a “K” unless you’re really, really into reggae.
Seriously though, this is a fabulous interview covering the gamut from filk to tech-pop rock, what it means that “real” music can now be made without ever touching an instrument, and how you too can use Melodyne to sound just like Jon Bonham – without 2 liters of vodka in you! Plus, we discover that Rand truly is a polymath with a prodigious memory that may, just may (shhh, don’t tell him), outstrip our very own Jay Garmon’s!
Here are some useful links for getting even more Mok in your ears:
- Ookla the Mok Homepage – All Ookla, all the time, your best bet for getting CD’s, finding tour dates, and more.
- CD Baby Discography – Get all the Ookla you can handle (and then some?) here for sale on CD Baby!
Podcast only songs of the week are from Ookla the Mok vs. Evil and include “Mwahaha” and “Doctor Octopus (feat. Venom).” Enjoy!
TOPIC: Great show today, Dave “Sparky” Saganaki and Mike recap the ConGlomeration experience, and then jump into a rousing discussion about security, more companies accidentally sharing your credit card data, and of course the Heartbleed bug (NOT virus) and what you should do to protect yourself.
In fact, as promised here’s some great sites to go to and find out more:
- First, read this great article from C|Net about the steps you should take.
- Wondering about a specific site? Type it in here at LastPass and see if it’s still affected!
- And of course, you should make sure you change your passwords AND have unique passwords for all web sites you regularly go to. Our perennial password storage tool is KeePass, but any one will do!
We also get into fonts and saving money by changing them, or reusing ink cartridges, mainly because there was no Jay Garmon this week! Of course, no Jay also means time for some great Cool App of the Week:
- AlarmPad – Android app that’s way better than what you’re using! Set the alarm, and it will tell you the weather, time, events, and anything else you want to type in there! Free and fun 🙂
TOPIC: Mike takes a break here, and plays audio from the Chicago auto show talking with lead alternative energy engineer Dave McCready about Ford’s C-Max solar concept car, Fresnel lenses, and the future of automated automotives!
We also spend some time talking ERate, Time-Warner + Comcast (and what that means to us) and more! We lose Jay Garmon, but get a new question from him anyways:
What real-life princess was the inspiration for Nintendo’s eponymous “Legend of Zelda” series?
There’s even time for some Cool Sites of the Week!
- GMelius – Cleans up your gmail interface in about 3 dozen really excellent ways!
- PrivacyStar – A mobile app that alerts you to caller location, plus reverse dialing lookup!
We end with the kicking Podcast-Only Song of the Week “Bonafied Loving” by Chromeo!
TOPIC: Good friend Paul Ulreich comes out again and – after a ton of time covering the death of winamp, wondering about shoutcast, and waxing nostalgic about old school console and coin-op games with Jay Garmon – tells us about how Verizon helped local residents get connected after the incredible tornado destruction in Central Illinois this last month. Talking about Jay, after the questionable recommendation that we spatchcock our turkey, he comes out with his usual awesome Geek Trivia question:
What shopping day generates the most revenue each year (hint: it’s not Black Friday or Cyber Monday!)?
“Kids Talk Tech” this week Justin gives his highest rating to the iOS app “Mystery Room”!
Podcast only song of the week is the Thanksgivvikappropriate “Cold Turkey” by Lenny Kravitz!
TOPIC: AUDIO NOTE – There are a few spots in the recording where audio switches to single channel, or volume fades out … we apologize, and the issue has been corrected!
We let it all hang out this week, with just “the boys” around to talk tech, music, books, and whatever else strikes our fancy! A classic show for those that have been listening for a few years 🙂
Jay Garmon does his thang but we forget to get a new trivia! You’ll have to wait to next time for that …
We get in one pretty cool coolsite of the week this week – you may recall we talked last week about navigation with Google and Waze, but if you weren’t convinced (and still need a way to get around) check this out:
- NavFree USA – A navigation app for your phone that doesn’t require wifi or 3G or any other connectivity while it’s in use … trying to figure out what to do with that old “dead” phone? This is it!
The truly podcast only song of the week this week is “Went to War” by Amanson!
TOPIC: Who’s that on the phone? Holy Cannoli it’s prodigal host Dave “Sparky” Saganaki! That’s right, Dave jumps in remote style and helps us share the news about rogue murdering anti-virus millionaires, why or why not you might want to give up that clunky iPad and look for the slightly smaller (and cheaper) iPad Mini, and more! Dave’s audio quality may be a bit choppy, but the show quality is raised immeasurably!
Jay Garmon helps bump that level even higher by giving us a tremendous amount of Thanksgiving geek to digest – plus we get this tech aperitif:
What percentage of employers have fired people for shopping at work on Cyber Monday?
We had WAY too much fun with Dave and Jay to get around to coolsites of the week this week, but there is a special TechTalk challenge: Can you make it through all 5’40” of “Bohemian Rhapsody” as sung by …. William Shatner?! (my personal best is 3’07”)