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April 21, 2014

2014-04-21 WSVA Show Notes

Today we had the April show on WSVA, 550AM.  If you have 40 minutes to learn some new tech info and listen to Jim Britt and I having fun…take a listen here.  A few calls, a few issues, a few news items and a lot more.  Enjoy the links we talked about below.

Tech News
Heartbleed Explained
If you’re an IT professional, gadget blogger or token geek in your circle of friends, chances are, you’ve been hounded relentlessly over the past couple of days about "this Heartbleed thing."

"Do I need to update my antivirus?"

"Can I login to my bank account now?"

"Google already fixed it, right?"

We’ve heard them all, but the answers aren’t all that clear or simple. In an attempt to take the pressure off — it is the weekend after all — we’ve put together a primer that should answer all of those questions and a few more. Next time someone asks you about that "Heartbleed thing," just shoot them in our direction.

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.)

Snapseed is the only photo app you’ll want to use every day. It makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun, high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips. Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software. Built-in Google+ capabilities make it even more powerful to share your images with your friends and family.

Links mentioned:
"Play Some Music"
Sometimes, having your entire music collection in your pocket can be a bit overwhelming. When there are hundreds (or in our case, thousands) of tracks at your disposal, where do you even begin to listen? To help thwart that paralysis of choice, Google is going to do the guessing for you with its latest tweak to Search. From Google Now or the search bar, simply say the magic words "play some music" and your Android device will start playing a random Play Music "I’m feeling lucky" mix that’s based on recent listening habits.

  • Rent an MBA
    The best business brains can now be hired on the cheap and by the hour. Two new websites make it possible for companies and individuals to get consulting help from young MBAs newly minted from such top business schools as Harvard and Wharton.

    The same 35-hour consulting job for which a traditional, blue chip firm might charge $20,000 might cost as little as $1,500 on these sites. That’s, in part, because the participating MBAs typically are ones still in school or just starting out on their careers; it’s also because the websites don’t carry the same overhead as traditional consulting firms.

    Have a great afternoon and let me know what you would like to hear about on the show next month, Monday, May 18th.


  • February 21, 2011

    2011-02-21 Show Notes

    Here are the links we talked about this morning on the show.  Try them out, enjoy them and let me know what you think.

    I promised not to get too crazy the next time I talk about Google, well OK, I will at least try to remain calm.

    Trying something new this time, listen to the podcast in it’s full glory here.


    Radio Time
    Add the Radio Time app to your Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile or even Palm phones to listen to radio. I installed it and listened to WSVA live yesterday afternoon, while working in my home office (I never put a radio in there before…duh!) Runs on phones and computers allowing you to listen to most any radio station.

    If you were signed up as a WSVA Loyal Listener you would have known about this earlier in the day, go ahead make our day!

    Time and Dates
    Most anything you want to find out about time and dates are here. Create calendars, check time zones, check on Daylight Saving changes, countdowns to any event, etc.
    Thanks to Tom from Harrisonburg for the site tip.

    More Time info
    Check the exact atomic time, history of time, time zones, what’s in your quartz watch.
    And yes, NIST does stand for “National Institute of Standards and Technology”.

    Do Nothing for 2 Minutes
    Sort of boring but can you take the online challenge and do nothing on your computer for 2 minutes? If you do it you get "nothing" but the chance(?) to share the site with your friends…yippee.

    Health Map
    If you are interested in global health outbreaks this is the place to go. Hover the "pins" in the map and see what infectious disease is running amok.

    Google Voice, links to feature videos
    If you already have a home, work and/or cell phone get one number to rule them all – and many additional features. Ron has been using it for several years.

    • Make any or all of your phones ring at once or any combination.
    • Screen callers, listen as they leave a voice mail message and then interrupt if you want to or let them just go to voice mail.
    • Individually Block callers, they receive the, "You have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service" announcement.
    • Stop calls at night or whenever your wish.
    • You automatically get text transcripts in your Gmail account.
    • Number never has to change if you move or change providers, etc.
    • Did I mention so far it is free, other than international calls?

    That is it for today.  I hope you tune in next month, Monday, March 15, 2011, on WSVA, 550 AM – hey, now you can put it on your phone or computer.  Look at the first link above.

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