Windows 10 until July; dead, and on Facebook/Twitter/Google; SSD vs. HDD

A reminder…

“Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for compatible devices that are running genuine Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update.

“The free upgrade is a full version of Windows (not a trial or introductory version) and is available until July 29, 2016. Once you upgrade, you’ll have Windows 10 for free on that device.”

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/upgrade-to-windows-10-faq

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We discussed the possibilities of what can happen to social networking accounts of people who are dead. Here are some webpages that might be helpful to browse:

Downloading Your Info – How can I download my information from Facebook?

How do I report a deceased person or an account that needs to be memorialized?
Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved one’s account from Facebook.

Downloading your Twitter archive…allows you to browse a snapshot of your Twitter information, starting with your first Tweet.

Export a copy. – Create an archive with your data from Google products.

Inactive Account Manager
Decide what happens to your content if you stop using your account.  (Google)

Submit a request regarding a deceased user’s account (Google)

What Happens to Your Social Media Profiles When You Die?

7 Resources for Handling Digital Life After Death

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Some solid-state drives can fail at similar rates to standard platter-type drives. And some have been found to be better than others…

Failure Rate by Manufacturer: “…HGST drives the lowest…”

Flash Reliability in Production: The Expected and the Unexpected

“…We study a wide range of reliability characteristics and come to a number of unexpected conclusions…Comparing with traditional hard disk drives, flash drives have a significantly lower replacement rate in the field, however, they have a higher rate of uncorrectable errors.”

World Backup Day, and speakers from iothinks


In an effort to promote safe computing, March 31 is “World Backup Day”. You can get more information about it at http://www.worldbackupday.com

We play Name That Term…but this time, it’s the “networking” edition.

And we talk about iothinks.com which has developed speakers smart enough to stream music, read news, talk to other gadgets and more…automatically, when you want and need…based on your habits!

“Overclocking Andy”…(sounds like the title to a movie)

Some televisions sales occur before the Super Bowl. We discussed the availability of 4K televisions, and services which can provide 4K content…

A “4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player” has been available for sale: the UBD-K8500/ZA from Samsung:  “Stream the latest 4K movies…from online providers such as Netflix and Amazon…play all the old music CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs that you have collected…”

According to the user manual:  “Playback may not work for some types of discs, or when you use specific functions…”

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While talking about e-mail security, Tutanota was mentioned because they promote their service as one of the most secure:

“…While unencrypted emails can be intercepted and analysed with one click, your end-to-end encrypted information can not. With Tutanota we want to protect you from mass surveillance. Now private data remains private!”

In an episode of MR. ROBOT, ProtonMail was used…so I thought to also mention them.  Per their website:

“All emails are secured automatically with end-to-end encryption. This means even we cannot decrypt and read your emails. As a result, your encrypted emails cannot be shared with third parties.

“…By default, we do not keep any IP logs which can be linked to your anonymous email account. Your privacy comes first.”

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To read more about the “ENCRYPT Act of 2016” (H.R.4528), go to https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/4528 …its intent is to disallow states the authority to minimize security measures.

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Andy dials-it-up about overclocking…

Also from Andy: “If you can’t hear the sounds that announce incoming calls and other alerts, you can have iPhone flash its LED (next to the camera lens on the back of iPhone)…”

And notifications on iOS can be in the form of “banners”, “badges”, and “interactive alerts”…you can learn about their differences at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201925

E-mail the boss, and install Windows 10

If you ever have not been fairly treated, and wanted to “e-mail the boss”…now you can, as Justin did! Use http:EmailTheBoss.org

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Linkysys has expanded DD-WRT support to WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC, and WRT1900ACS routers. Their statement to TechtalkRadio is that: “…WRT is our flagship brand within the Linksys consumer line…”

Features include:
dual core processors…
USB 3.0 ports which support storage devices, and the ability to share files across a network…
and eSATA ports.

(The Linksys WRT1200AC AC1200 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router also has parental controls, and “guest access” for devices that may be used by visitors to the household.)

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Andy downloaded and installed Windows 10 on a computer…if he can do it, so can you! Download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

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And we talk about preparing tax returns with a representative from TurboTax

Logi Circle camera, Intel processors, and Cobra dash cams

Andy interviews:

Vincent Borel of Logitech describes their Logi Circle “home security and connection camera”. It has a rechargeable battery and can stream three hours of video for up to three hours, “2-Way Talk” capability (with audio monitoring), and free 24-hr cloud storage for recorded video that can be downloaded…

Karen Regis of Intel talks about the 6th Gen Intel Core processors which “have been optimized to best run Windows 10, enabling new experiences…and providing more secure computing.”

And Chris Kooistra of Cobra discusses Dash Cams that can “automatically save and protect clips if an impact is detected”.

Upgrade overkill…

We discuss problems that can be encountered when upgrading a computer, and what should be considered BEFORE you begin to spend money on it:
motherboard considerations…
hardware and software compatibility issues…
do you know EVERYTHING you need to about the product(s) and procedures?

Our “Website of the Week” is http://NationalHearingTest.org

(And, also consider visiting http://Starkey.com/online-hearing-test …)

Video editing software interviews…

On our January 16 show…

Andy introduces us to Vizmato: “a mobile video editor that allows the user to record, edit, and share customized videos with motion graphics, background theme music, visual effects, and video and audio filters.”

(At 28 minutes in the show,) S!ick explains how he lost his Twitter username…and $144,000…

The producer of the documentary “Debugging Diversity” talks about how the pioneers of Computer Science were women, why men tend to be the authors of software, and the gender gap in technology…

And how ProDRENALIN can enhance video that has been recorded with a camera designed for “action” and sports: automatically removing fisheye and perspective distortion, stabilize images, correct “rolling-shutter”, de-noise the video, correct color, adjust brightness/contrast, rotating the video, and more.

 

From CES in Las Vegas…baby!

This is our “January 9” show, where many who were at CES came to talk to us…

The GoSun Stove works in conditions where “almost no weather is off limits”. It can cook with temperatures reaching above 550 degrees fahrenheit (290 degrees celsius). And steam, bake, roast, boil, and fry meals in as short a time as 20 minutes.

Plantronics was promoting two headsets: one intended for consumer use, and the other for business environments.

ili presented the world’s first wearable translator…that does not need connection to the internet:  ili has an internal operating system within the device. And (for now) can translate English, Chinese, and Japanese.

Jeff Jury of DTS discusses the benefits of HD Radio.

And we learn more about the owner and producer of CES, which is “The Consumer Technology Association”. The mission statement of the CTA “is to grow the consumer technology industry”. They are involved in encouraging business and strategic relationships, market research, industry promotion, and other issues that affect areas related to technology.