THDP28 Net Neutrality, Part 2

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Net neutrality is the principle that data packets on the Internet should be moved impartially, without regard to content, destination or source. Net neutrality is sometimes referred to as the "First Amendment of the Internet." Let’s see, we should be able to describe this a little clearer.  “Net neutrality is a principle that says Internet service providers should treat all traffic on their networks equally. That means companies like Comcast Corp or Verizon Communications Inc. should not block or slow down access to any website or content on the Web - for instance, to benefit their own services over those of competitors.” http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/features/what-is-net-neutrality-heres-a-simple-explanation-542421.  “What is Net Neutrality?  Here’s a simple explanation”, by Reut

THDP27 2nd Annual Laptop Buyer’s Guide

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  2014 Laptop Buying Guide Links THDP27 Show Notes 2014 Top 5 Laptops 2014 Top 5 Budget Laptops Check out this list for the things you should take into account when you buy a laptop. Price While costs are always on a student’s mind (say nothing of the parent's concerns), sometimes spending a little extra up front will ensure that the laptop lasts the four years until graduation. Remember that this is a device that will be used every single day, so it better hold up or you'll be shelling out money again before they graduate. That said, there are plenty of affordable options out there, and many brands offer student discounts.  Please keep in mind though that individual schools may (probably) have programs already set up offering sometimes massive discounts. Check th

THDP26 Information Security Why Can’t We be Serious

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Tonight we are talking about malware and the state of Internet security overall.   Next week we will have our 2nd Annual Laptop Buyer’s Guide”.  And that will be followed by “Internet Security – Internet Scams”. When I started planning this podcast I was calling it “Serious Talk about Online Security”.  Or maybe “When Will we Start Taking Security Seriously?”  Then I thought we should cover a more specific subject and we should cover each specific subject matter in a different episode.  Or two.  Or three.  Online Security.  Internet security.  Internet crime.  Cyber-Crime. According to CompTIA a major player in IT Certifications, there are six domains, six specialties, six areas of concentration within the broad subject of “Internet Security”.  They are: o   Network Security o 

THDP25 Geek Health and Fitness

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This week we talk about: Robin Williams tribute AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are being sued for Net Neutrality violations Why are we not replacing our aged weather satellites? The latest health related app from Nextshark coming in 2015 Ed and I discuss his favorite health and fitness apps. Robin Williams THIS WAS PREVIOUSLY RECORDED:  The world became a less funny place yesterday with the passing of Robin Williams.  I have admired and closely followed the successes and the failures of Robin Williams throughout his career since he captivated a young college student (that would be me) as Mork in the ‘70’s TV show  Mork and Mindy.  My favorite movie was 1998’s “What Dreams May Come”, and 1999’s “Bicentennial Man”, and also 1998’s “Patch Adams”. The space shuttle Dis

THDP24 A Look at Ourselves and the Right to be Forgotten

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Do We Have the Right to Expect to be Forgotten? I was looking for this past week’s news when I stumbled on the website for the Independent (link in the shownotes) and there was the video story of Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales blasting the European Union’s stance on “The Right to be Forgotten”.  I was familiar with the concept.  In fact in an article I wrote when I was getting my certs at Western Governor’s University, I mentioned this when I was discussing online privacy. So what is The Right to be Forgotten? Wikipedia’s definition of the right to be forgotten is a concept that has been discussed and put into practice in the European Union (EU) (most notably France) and Argentina in recent years. The issue has arisen from the desires of some individuals to "determine the developmen

THDP23 Kickstarter, the Good and the Bad

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Hi everybody and thanks for having us back again this week.  Right off the bat we would like to welcome new listeners from Alaska, Rhode Island and West Virginia in the USA and the Croatia, Uruguay and Portugal worldwide.  It is a small world isn’t it?  We would like to thank all our listeners.  Our mantra has been consistent:  You are the reason we do this show.  You are the stars, we are only giving you the platform in which to share your views. It’s amazing how much my knee improves every day.  Ok, actually the amount of improvement probably isn’t that much but I can tell and it make me feel good.  If I could only better control the swelling.  Everything I read tells me “some” swelling is to be expected.  Anecdotally, I have known some people that have gotten knee replacements an

THDP22 A Little Google, a Little VDI and stuff

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This is going to be a little different type of show today.  I am still forced to compromise my workflow’s quality and content because of my surgery.  I think I sound tons better than I did on the last show.  I thought last week that I felt good enough to work.  Apparently I was wrong.  Man, listening to the recording of THDP21, aside from the audio challenges we had, I sounded like I had no energy and one foot in the grave.  Hopefully this week I at least sound like I got rid of the foot thing. I don’t want to dwell on this but for those of you who are newbies to the show, I had total knee replacement surgery in June.  For the last 2-3 weeks I have been trying to get a show out every week but I have had mixed results with that.  I have been bothered by three things that have been the re

THDP21 Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July.  To all of our American listeners, we at THDP want to wish you a happy and safe holiday.  Don’t overdo it.  Everything in moderation but may this be a memorable 4th for you and your family. My Knee Please note, this podcast will have a discussion of my total knee replacement surgery.  Four years ago I would have found this discussion to be uncomfortable to listen to.  Now I say, this is real life folks, don't be so sheltered!! Over the last two years I have accumulated a lifetime of anecdotal experiences dealing with the knee replacement process.  It seemed after a while that everybody over 55 either has or is getting an artificial knee.  If you haven't had one, it's one (or both) parents, or an aunt or whatever. So as time goes on your actual surgery date cr
THDP20 The Internet of Things

THDP20 The Internet of Things

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This definition is from Wikipedia at this link. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. The term Internet of Things was proposed by Kevin Ashton in 1999[1] though the concept has been discussed since at least 1991.[2] The concept of the Internet of Things first became popular through the Auto-ID Center at MIT and related market analysis publications.[3] Radio-frequency identification (RFID) was seen as a prerequisite for the Internet of Things in the early days. If all objects and people in daily life were equipped with identifiers, they could be managed and inventoried by computers.[4][5] Besides using RFID, the tagging of things may be achieved through such technologies as near field communi...
THDP19 Net Neutrality

THDP19 Net Neutrality

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We took so long to publish THDP18 that this subject has come and gone.  But not so fast.  This subject is not going anywhere.  We are in the talking stage right now.  The FCC is taking comments and are looking for public input. Am I the only one that is confused by this issue??  One second I think I understand what the fuss is all about and the next second I read another article and realize I don't know what the heck is going on.  This is complicated and I am going to say that maybe because it is so complicated, we should never let  Congress have anything to do with it. If we don't understand and we are the industry after all....how can we expect our government to understand. Remember, we are talking about those pipes that Al Gore invented here. So this would be a good time for yo