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June 24, 2014

2014-06-16 WSVA Show Notes

Filed under: WSVA Show Notes — Ron @ 6:26 pm

These show notes came out a little late, sorry and I hate to admit it but MY BAD.  I got way too busy at work and home and they slipped my mind.  However, they are now here for your use, pleasure, enjoyment or maybe outright jokes.  Have fun listening to the podcast here too!

Tech News
Google is building 180 satellites to spread internet access worldwide
Google’s plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete.

The Wall Street Journal hears that the search firm is preparing to build 180 "small, high capacity" satellites that will go into low orbit and provide internet connections to underserved areas. While details aren’t forthcoming about the machines, there may be more on the way; reportedly, the company could "double" its vehicle count if all goes well. A spokeswoman didn’t confirm or deny the efforts, but did note that having an internet link "significantly improves people’s lives."

The initiative might be very expensive, with tipsters estimating a cost between $1 billion to $3 billion. However, the satellites could eventually pay for themselves.

Is It Legal to Use Open Access Wi-Fi Internet Connections?
Answer: Using a public Wi-Fi hotspot is normally legal when you have the service provider’s permission and follow their terms of service. These terms may include the following…
Ron’s Android App Recommendation
(This app can be found on Google Play from your Android phone,
tablet or viewed on your PC from the link below.)
Weather Underground

Weather Underground Android logoThe Weather Underground Android app provides the world’s most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts in addition to interactive radar, satellite maps and severe weather alerts. Powered by thier unique community of weather enthusiasts reporting live data from weather stations in their own backyards, this crowd-sourced data generates forecasts targeted to your precise location.

With free push notifications for weather alerts, Weather Underground is your essential app during severe weather events. Our interactive map (WunderMap) displays animated radar and satellite data to track storms, as well as providing specific map presets for tracking hurricanes and wildfires. Customize your experience by dragging and dropping the content modules on the main screen of the app

Roomba Vacuum
Roomba cleans your floors like no vacuum has ever cleaned before – removing dirt, dust, pet hair and other debris all on its own. Using iAdaptĀ® Responsive Navigation Technology, Roomba vacuums every section of your floor multiple times, getting under and around furniture and along wall edges, detecting dirt, avoiding stairs and navigating through loose wires to clean more of your room, more thoroughly.

Ron has one of these and it really works!

Your Old Clever Passwords Aren’t Protecting You
Life Hacker
Security breaches happen so often nowadays, you’re probably sick of hearing about them and all the ways you should beef up your accounts. Even if you think you’ve heard it all already, though, today’s password-cracking tools are more advanced and cut through the clever password tricks many of us use.

  • Avoid Predictable Password Formulas
  • Use a Unique Password for Each Site
  • Use Truly Random Passwords

Research shows it is pretty hard to be creative in a quiet space.

With Cofficitvity you can choose between; Morning Mumur, Lunchtime Lounge or University Undertones.

And if you really love it you can install an app on your phone.

That is it for now and I hope you come back around July 21 for the next installment with a fun look at the net, technology or a good laugh.


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