Tonight I talk about all the latest tech and I introduce the entirety of the GNC 1000 and the different support levels. I am hoping the resonates with the audience and falls in line with the show history and heritage of producing it here in Hawaii.. I also will share a secret with you on the next show..
Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #165 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.
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Baron Mathew “Langley” Luschek and “Starman” Michael Gaines discuss this weeks’ geeky topics including: Thor is a girl now, Captain America is a black guy now, Spielberg kills dinosaurs, Star Wars News, New Weird album, Monty Python, Noriega, Tommy Wiseau, and more!
With San Diego Comic Con quickly approaching, everyone is jumping on board the superhero bandwagon.
Today even McAfee has joined the hype. (The company, not the man, however, we’d love to see a comic book based on John McAfee!)
In a press release, the anti-virus company released its second annual list of superhero searches that lead to bad links, viruses, malware and sites containing malware.
Here’s the list of suspicious superheroes:
McAfee’s Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes:
1. Superman, 16.50%
2. Thor, 16.35%
3. Wonder Woman + Aquaman (tie) 15.70%
4. Wolverine, 15.10%
5. Spiderman, 14.70%
6. Batman, 14.20%
7. Black Widow, 13.85%
8. Captain America, 13.50%
9. Green Lantern, 11.25%
10. Ghost Rider, 10.83%
*% indicates chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses or other malware.
I take some time today to talk about the Hilton social media experience I had on my families vacation. I think you will find it very refreshing. Of course I share everything about the trip and a new program I am launching here called the GNC 1000. Plus all of the tech news of the day and update you on my Transformation.
Could you go 99 days without Facebook? It is a question that is worth asking yourself, especially if you are someone who checks into Facebook several times a day. A group called Just wants to encourage people to give up Facebook for 99 days. They are calling this effort 99 Days of Freedom.
What would your life be like without Facebook? Would you feel uncomfortable about not visiting the popular social media website every day? Would you miss it? Maybe your life is so busy that you wouldn’t really notice the absence of Facebook. That might be true for those who use Facebook infrequently.
There is a bigger question to consider. Would you be happier without Facebook? That is the question that Just is focused on. Just launched this experiment in response to Facebook’s controversial mood experiment. Unlike Facebook, Just is not interested in manipulating your mood. Instead, they are interested in determining how life without Facebook impacts user’s happiness.
Joining the “99 Days of Freedom” experiment is easy. Change your profile picture on Facebook to the icon you see at the top of this blog. Share your last link. Don’t use Facebook for 99 days. That means no logging in, no messenger, and no sharing.
Just will contact you after day 33, 66, and 99 to see how you are doing. Give Just your email address if you would like to join their happiness survey. You can put a countdown on your Facebook page to let your friends know when you will return (as well as why you are taking a break).
The selection of 99 days was intentional. Just feels that participants would lose interest in the experiment if it ran longer than 99 days. They also felt that a smaller number of days would make it harder to assess behavioral change.
To be clear, this experiment is not a protest against Facebook. Instead, it is viewed by Just as a way for people to experience the emotional benefits of moderation. Those who take part will help Just discover if people truly are happier without having Facebook in their lives.
Todd is still out for one more show, enjoying his Vacation somewhere in the lower 48, I’m Mike Dell, from Podcast Help Desk, former Geek of the North and I will be your host for tonights show. Most of you don’t know me unless you have been around podcasting a long time. I used to do a show called Geek of the North which was a Tech Show. I have since Podfaded that show and I now do a relatively new show called Podcast Help Desk at podcasthelpdesk.com where I talk about the geeky techie side of podcasting and help people get setup and going with their podcast.
It’s great to be back with the GNC listeners! I last hosted this show on November 10th 2008 Show #415. A LOT of water has gone under the bridge since then!
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I tend to watch lots of science documentaries. Over time, I’ve seemed to nearly exhaust the documentaries available on Netflix and Amazon videos. One of the things I really like about the Hulu Plus is that it includes shows from the BBC, Canada and Australia. This opens up a new world of high quality documentary material that isn’t available to me otherwise.
From a technical streaming point of view, the service always seems to stream well. I have encountered no server issues streaming either via DSL or mobile data connections.
The various Hulu Plus apps themselves do have a few issues. I regularly use the iOS, Android and Roku versions of the Hulu Plus apps. The interfaces seem mostly straightforward, though there are a few quirks and differences from one app to the next.
The biggest problem I’ve encountered is the service being able to remember where I’m stopped at in an individual video as well as a series of videos. For example, let’s say I’m in the 5th episode of a season. The service may or may not remember that I’ve already watched the previous 4 episodes.
Additionally, if I pause in the middle of a video, there’s at least a 50% chance that if I come back to the series later, instead of starting me out exactly where I was in the paused video, the service will kick me to the next episode even though I haven’t finished watching the prior episode.
These synching problems seem to be consistent across all of Hulu Plus’ apps. I can use only one app, say on my iPad Air, and will likely encounter the synching issue the next time I open the app to try to get back to where I left off. Moving to a different device entirely I will still encounter the same synching problem.
These synching issues are areas where Netflix and Amazon really seem to have this nailed down and leave Hulu Plus lagging behind.
Even with the synching issues, I really like Hulu Plus and make extensive use of it. In my view it is well worth the $8 monthly charge.
Baron Mathew “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines bring you this week’s important news including the following topics: Soccer, Shaming is the new Bullying, Potato Salad, Comic Con, Weed Legal in WA, Politics, Insane Clown Posse is a Gang, Columbusing, Homestar Runner, Fake Batman Superman Script, Six Million Dollar Man, and more!
Today we welcome Adrian Bacon as the Guest Host of Geek News Central. A big thanks to Adrian for hosting the show while I am on vacation. Be sure to check Adrian’s show out!
I cover the rest of the tech news and update you on my Transformation.