Posts tagged windows
That’s right, Dave “Sparky” Saganaki is IN DA HOUSE! He makes a special trip down from the beautiful Canadian hinterland to get on air with us and discuss these tasty topics:
- CCTV vs Drones
- It was tough to watch the Donald – and not just because of who he is
- Ashley Madison hacked, Torontonians are the main ones worried
- Microsoft 10 is stealing your data
Geek Trivia Answer from Jay Garmon:
What comic strip was Donkey Kong actually based on?
Cool Sites of the Week:
- goo.gl – Looking for an easy way to shorten URL’s, and keep track of how many times they’re clicked? Google’s got you covered again!
- Komodo Edit – My new favorite, free webdesign utility! Works on Linux too, so ditch that pricey Dreamweaver already and check out Komodo 🙂
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
- Mike Miller, prolific author and tech polymath shares his insights into Windows 10 and the Internet of Things! Links to his website and all books are included in the notes below.
- Dedicated WRLR Live radio app is coming soon to an android phone near you!
- Canadian Internet still stinks. Also, Idaho.
Coolsites of the Week:
- MillerWriter.com – ALL of Mike Miller’s books, videos, news, contact info and more!
- The Internet of Things – Direct link to the book by Michael Miller (Amazon).
- Easy Computer Basics, Windows 10 Edition – Direct link to the book by Michael Miller (Amazon)
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
TOPIC: Joe Oddo joins us in-studio today to talk mobile devices, and how to make that tough decision about which one you should get for your pocket! Unfortunately, Mike, Dave, and Jay are so chatty we barely let Joe get a word in edgewise! There’s a lot of news, a lot of great geek trivia, but a LOT less Joe than we wanted so he’ll be coming back next month!
Speaking of geek trivia, try this one on for size:
What was the connection speed of the world’s first Internet router?
As an extra bonus, you get to listen to us try to decide:
If you could only pick one OS (Windows, iOS, Chrome, Linux, etc.) for all your devices, which would it be?
A surprisingly difficult question to answer, that results in some very surprising answers!
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: Mike and Dave spend waaay too long opining about our relative levels of inability to strike up conversation – or even break through the 1,000 yard stare – of booth babes at the auto show, before kicking into some actual, real, tech talk … sadly, this may be due to Jay Garmon giving us the slip this week.
That does give us tons of time for a great Kids Talk Tech segment with special guest Olivia – she breaks down “High School Story” on her Google Nexus, sharing how this can really help those stressed out adolescents regain control over their daily lives! Plus one great coolsite this week:
- HumbleBundle – Pay what you want for great games, books, and music every week!
Stay through to the end for the podcast only song, a great one called “Flaggin a Ride” by the Divine Fits!
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.
TOPIC: The audio quality may be poor, but the content quality is up to our usual standards (about mediocre) in this “lost” episode – we were SURE the mic’s were off for this one, but thanks to one dedicated listener (that means YOU GeorgeAI from Denver – who’s getting a super cool TechTalk cap for his trouble!) this episode was captured for posterity!
We stack the deck with some way cool coolsites that I thought I’d get to use again, but you’ll catch them here first:
- Evil – Not really, just shows you some people who haven’t hidden their facebook phone numbers as well as they think they have!
- TripAdvisor.com – Find out info on all the places you are thinking of going, plus some great deals and recommendations. According to Dave, the blogs are the best!
- TripWolf.com – a slightly more social take on the TripAdvisor idea, where you can post pics and notes on your favorite places!
- Yapta.com – Already bought a ticket? Log it on Yapta to be notified if/when that price drops so you can renegotiate.
- SeatExpert.com – Never get your knees in your nose at the bulkhead again! Well, maybe they can’t promise that, but you will certainly get some great advice on the best (and worst) seats to pick from on most any flight you’ll be taking!
- KnockingLiveVideo.com – One-to-one video sharing between iPhones! Very cool way to share where you’re at and what you’re doing, live!
The podcast only song of the week this week is Chick Lit by We Are Scientists!
TOPIC: Mike blabs on and on about his jetsetter traveling lifestyle trying to impress us all with how fabulous it is going to conferences all the time. It doesn’t work, but Dave manages to squeeze some good news in here and there too!
After answering our burning questions about the Fringe reference to Back to the Future with Eric Stoltz, Jay Garmon comes through with another great geek trivia question:
Before Windows, before MS-DOS, what was the FIRST operating system released by Microsoft?
Then we’ve got a theme for our coolsites this week – web sites that will help you get all “churched up” for Easter … some great Christian and Bible reference sites:
Wouldn’t be a complete show without the podcast only song of the week, so this week we bring you “Kill Monsters in the Rain” by Steel Train!
TOPIC: Dave’s back in the saddle with us today as we have the priveledge of Lance Ulanoff, Editor-In-Chief for PCMag.com coming back on air with us! This time out, Lance gives us the skinny on Windows 7, what’s hot and what’s not about it and answers the burning question “should I dump XP and jump over Vista?”
Another great week of awesomeness comes your way as Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon gives us what for and answers last week’s question.
This time around we don’t skimp on the cool sites of the week either! There’s still a bit of a MS theme, but some real gems you may not know about:
- Microsoft Technet: Server Quest II – Remember King’s Quest or Leisure Suit Larry? Well, this may not be quite as fun as those, but it’s pretty close, feels the same, is free, and focuses on your hapless tech support technician and how he learns to save the IT Department (and get the girl). By Microsoft, so naturally many of the answers to the puzzles start with ‘MS’… 😉
- Microsoft’s Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guide – Pretty much exactly what it says, in PDF format you can load on your Kindle or simply view on-screen for some great tips!
- VistaSwitcher – No, it won’t help you switch from Vista to something else … but it does speed up the Vista Alt-Tab graphical wingding and make it much slicker! Since it’s free, if you’re stuck with Vista for a while longer you might want to check it out!
- Lake County Passage – If you live in Lake County, IL, where WRLR broadcasts out of, this will help you see the traffic before you get there! Even works on some of your smarter smart phones like the iPhone and Storm!
Got to tune it down with a little Iron and Wine and their single “Belated Promise Ring” – but I promise next week we’ll get a little more up-tempo!
TOPIC: Wondering about all this Windows 7 hype you’re hearing? Not sure how you’ll figure all the new stuff out, or if it’s worth it? Well, Paul McFedries joins us and provides answers from his 800+ page tome Windows 7; Unleashed! We have a great time and get around to at least a few of those burning questions!
Jay Garmon does his usual Jay thing again, but we’re once again without Dave “Sparky” Saganaki. If you’re missing Dave, send him some love at firstname.lastname@example.org and see if we can’t beg, con, guilt or otherwise convince him to come back in the studio sometime soon!
We don’t have a huge amount of time for cool sites, but I did pick a real good one – with multiple areas – anyways:
- Aviary – With a whole host of online, free, and very cool products to check out you’ll definitely want to fly up to the aviary sometime soon. I’ve played with the audio creator (named Myna), but you’ll have fun looking at everything if you’re more graphically inclined than me! They’ve got flash image editors, fun color and vector editors, and more … this may be just one site, but it’s got tons of great stuff on it!
And finally, the podcast only song of the week is the totally rocking “Elvis” by These New Puritans!