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Computer Talk Radio is a nationally syndicated broadcast radio program on computers and technology, and how they impact your life. Benjamin Rockwell, the show host and a computer nerd, leads the team as the expert guide through the technical jungle of jargon, and the valleys of viruses, to reach the pinnacle of power over your computer problems. Benjamin is joined by multiple team members who thrive on bringing you to the next level of knowledge. Keith M. Sedor has been a Certified Apple Mac Consultant for nearly 20 years. Marty Winston has been all over the place, from an executive at Radio Shack, to one of the most trusted members of the tech community from behind the scenes. Steve Keske brings a vast history, as well as experience in a number of directions. Recurring weekly segments include IT Pro and Scam series.
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This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Microsoft, AI, Sleep, Jabra, Musk, Apple, DJI, Best Buy, Boeing - 11:00 - Apple WWDC24 highlights - Keith and Benjamin discuss Apple WWDC announcements - 22:00 - Apple WWDC24 highlights (cont) - Keith continues talking about iOS, WatchOS, MacOS, and more - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty talks NWM on-ear speakers, MyManu translating earbud - 39:00 - Scam Series - multifactor auth - Benjamin issues action item to check multifactor authentication - 44:00 - Keske on cryptocurrencies - Benjamin and Steve discuss crypto drawbacks and scams - 56:00 - Listener Q&A - Win11, reboots - Benjamin talks about how some threats are internal employees - 1:07:00 - Professional IT Series - 281 - Daniel asks of Win11 upgrade, Thomas of spurious reboots - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 281 - Eric asks, how do I ensure online security for my small business - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - replacing drive - Kenneth asks Benjamin about hooking up old drive to new PC
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Microsoft, Adobe, Spotify, Apple, Netflix, Boeing, Nvidia - 11:00 - Continue the quest for tech - Benjamin urges people to continue on quest to understand tech - 22:00 - Too many features premium only - Benjamin laments with Keith about changing feature landscape - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty talks Leviton Decora Smart outdoor plugs and switches - 39:00 - Scam Series - change passwords - Benjamin issues action item for this month, change passwords - 44:00 - Keske on modern forensics - Steve covers how the world of forensics is changing with tech - 56:00 - Listener Q&A - problems evolving - Yvonne wants to know how to keep from getting lost in tech - 1:07:00 - Professional IT Series - 280 - Wayne asks Benjamin how tech problems evolved over career - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 280 - Michael wants to know how company server rooms keep cool - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - replacing screen - Tanya asks Benjamin if replacing smartphone screen is worth it
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Amazon, Grubhub, Ticketmaster, Christies, hearing, Apple - 11:00 - Cashless society concerns - Benjamin rails against government required digital currencies - 22:00 - Reusing old Mac hardware - Keith and Benjamin discuss using old Mac hardware differently - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty talks OWC Envoy Pro Mini, Gourmia Espresso Maker - 39:00 - Scam Series - Venmo mistakes - Benjamin cautions not to refund accidental credits on Venmo - 44:00 - Keske on synthetic diamonds - Steve and Benjamin discuss some properties of fake diamonds - 56:00 - LinkedIn is important - Roy asks about smaller tech things we might want to have - 1:07:00 - Professional IT Series - 279 - Benjamin urges a friend to adopt and make use of LinkedIn - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 279 - A shifting workplace needs some thought on all sides - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - Slow tech - Rick asks Benjamin if tech companies intentionally slow tech
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - LiveNation, ChatGPT 4o, Apple, Hertz, Amazon, lithium, Boeing - 11:00 - Microsoft Recall is scary - Benjamin opines on Microsoft Recall, a voluntary spy software - 22:00 - Web hosting and email migration - Keith and Benjamin discuss options for email and webhosting - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty talks kitchen tech with Blendi Blender and HeatMate Grill - 39:00 - Scam Series - Microsoft in person - Benjamin tells about fake Microsoft employees picking up cash - 44:00 - Keske on old technologies - Steve and Benjamin talk movie Wargames and tech memories - 56:00 - Listener Q&A - Defragging - Benjamin lists the different levels of self-driving vehicles - 1:07:00 - Professional IT Series - 278 - Kathy asked about defragging, Edward of offbrand printer ink - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 278 - Mary asks Benjamin about tech ergonomics and wellness - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - social media - Chuck asks of devolution of social media and ensuing problems
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Apple, Wendy's, moon, ransomware, printing, AT&T, China - 11:00 - Election manipulation returning - Benjamin warns election manipulation from Big Tech is coming - 22:00 - Recycle your old Mac - Keith tells Benjamin some ideas on keeping that old Mac alive - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Marty says DIY safety isn't always good… same with SawStop - 39:00 - Scam Series - Loan Fee scam - Benjamin shares that Loan Advance Fee scammers are back - 44:00 - Keske on legislating AI - Benjamin and Steve talk legislation to put the genie in the bottle - 56:00 - Listener Q&A - All-in-one mess - Benjamin advises no on All-in-ones, suggests laptop or desktop - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - viability of Linux - Carlos asks Benjamin about Linux and it's place in the world - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - personal - Benjamin rails against personal usage of company resources - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - Balance of WFH - Dale seeks balance in work from home / return to office
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Google, VMware, Apple, Samsung, Word, SpaceX, Boeing - 11:00 - Northern Lights and the threat - Benjamin talks of the possiblity of electromagnetic sun storms - 22:00 - Apple iPad introspective musings - Benjamin and Keith discuss iPad after a week of evaluating - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty talks Software as a Service (SaaS) and how it works - 39:00 - Scam Series - 400k truck scam - Benjamin talks about odd sweepstakes offer of a military truck - 44:00 - Keske on pilotless military aircraft - Benjamin and Steve banter on how Skynet might arrive - 56:00 - Listener Q&A - obvious hacks - Benjamin talks about updates to the backup philosophy - 1:07:00 - Professional IT Series - 277 - Lori asks if it wouldn’t be obvious if her computer was hacked - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 277 - Benjamin notes that IT teams may work off hours, get over it - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - hard drive scams - Katelyn asks about hard drives that don't deliver the gigs
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Apple, teens, Amazon, Boeing, TikTok, Tesla, Dell, Matter 1.3 - 11:00 - Selecting Benjamin's next iPad - Keith and Benjamin discuss the quandry of Benjamin's iPad - 22:00 - Apple iPad announcement event - Continued coverage regarding the Apple iPad and Pencil event - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty notes that virtual doctor visits are moving backward - 39:00 - Scam Series - codewords - Benjamin notes a way to drive security through codewords - 44:00 - Keske on tornado tracking - Steve tells how tech enabled tornado tracking improvements - 56:00 - Listener Q&A - Macs and viruses - Joshua asks Benjamin his thoughts on smart appliances - 1:07:00 - Professional IT Series - 276 - Patricia asks about computer malware on the Apple Macs - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 276 - Christopher seeks guidance on work-life balance while remote - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - megapixels - Linda inquires of Benjamin as to if megapixels matter anymore
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Marriott, Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, Rabbit AI, DJI, BASIC - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - more memory - Dwight asks Benjamin if more memory will speed up computer - 22:00 - Changing lifetimes for replacing - Keith and Benjamin discuss the lifetimes for various hardware - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Fujitsu scanner, Targus GAN charger, Streamlabs sensors - 39:00 - Scam Series - another email - Benjamin shares another email, and pieces it apart how it works - 44:00 - Keske on our ancestors - Steve talks possibility of ancestors adapting to modern tech - 56:00 - Tech smartphone addiction (pt 1) - Benjamin details how you can start diagnosing your addiction - 1:07:00 - Tech smartphone addiction (pt 1) - Benjamin continues with more details for identifying - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 275 - Nina asks how she can help the IT folks if she works via remote - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - www and internet - Delphine asks Benjamin difference between WWW and internet
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - TikTok, Google, Mercedes, FTC, neutrality, IRS, FCC, Netflix - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - paranoia or privacy - Walt asks Benjamin if he's paranoid about protecting privacy - 22:00 - Purchasing changing with AI - Keith asks Benjamin if purchasing needs to change with AI - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Tovolo food cover, Blackmagic brand video SDI convertors - 39:00 - Scam Series - AI voice tech - AI voice scam tries to smack down Benjamin's defences - 44:00 - Keske on senior tech usage - Steve and Benjamin discuss options for senior adoption of tech - 56:00 - You work for a tech company - Benjamin explains how we all work for tech companies - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - eye strain - Dawn asks Benjamin on how to reduce eye strain from tech - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 273 - Benjamin urges you to market yourself to the recruiters - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - 3rd party charger - Robert asks Benjamin if it's OK to use 3rd party chargers
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Taxes, students, Win11, Tesla layoffs, iPhone, cyberattacks - 11:00 - DIY computing great learning - Benjamin notes that DIY computer build isn't for everyone - 22:00 - Apple Sports App - Keith and Benjamin talk sports ball and Apples new sports app - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Revolution toaster, Govee heater, Revsquared hand dryer - 39:00 - Scam Series - Fake Employer - Benjamin warns of fake employers and fake bouncing checks - 44:00 - Keske on Spyware - Steve and Benjamin talk about many different forms of spyware - 56:00 - Spring Cleaning - Part 1 - Benjamin details out a number of activities for spring cleaning - 1:07:00 - Spring Cleaning - Part 2 - Benjamin expands to other tech and continues to clean - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 272 - After hours tests for prospective employees is intrusive red flag - 1:24:00 - Marty Winston at NAB - Marty details NAB show (National Association of Broadcasters)
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Apple, Microsoft, LinkedIn, BBC, Yale locks, Japanese astronaut - 11:00 - Intersection of faith and tech - Benjamin explains that both tech and faith are compatible - 22:00 - Artificial intelligence concerns - Keith and Benjamin look to future concerns over coming AI - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Marty gives knowledge and info on two stage furnaces - 39:00 - Scam Series - gatekeeping - Benjamin advises that we need to become our own gatekeepers - 44:00 - Keske on Smart TVs - Steve and Benjamin discuss the aspects of smart televisions - 56:00 - Government intervention is bad - Exploring just some of the downsides of government control - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - parental controls - Mary asks Benjamin about parental controls on family computer - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 272 - Benjamin explains that replacing computers regularly is needed - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - space travel - Joshua hears from Benjamin on space travel in this lifetime
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Apple, FCC, then James has a question on securing network - 11:00 - Documenting smart house - Benjamin lays out why he's documenting smart house upgrades - 22:00 - Defending against fanboy claim - Keith points out some flaws in Apple from over the years - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Marty on webcams and nuances of non-verbal communications - 39:00 - Scam Series - blackmailers - Benjamin notes that blackmailers probably have nothing on you - 44:00 - Keske on 3D computer imaging - Steve and Benjamin discuss 3D computer imaging - 56:00 - Listener Q&A - heat, crashing - Jim asks about closed laptop heat, Mark's applications crashing - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - parental controls - Mary asks Benjamin about parental controls and setting up - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 271 - Benjamin warns and shares how to prepare for being hit by bus - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - turning off and on - Sam asks about why turning it off and back on is so important
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Dell, Tesla, Facebook, Ford, Florida, Apple, Phishing, Chick-fil-A - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - Smart cities - Leroy asks Benjamin about smart cities, and realism of the idea - 22:00 - Addressing Apple and DOJ - Keith defends Apple against the US Department of Justice - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Marty explains why AI is still 10 miles away or more - 39:00 - Scam Series - scam attacks - Benjamin provides analogies as to how scammers get us - 44:00 - Keske on social media matters - Steve and Benjamin banter on the responsibility of social media - 56:00 - Tips when you hire a nerd - Benjamin gives tips and insight for when you get a nerd for hire - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - cordcutting - Ronald asks about the latest thoughts on cordcutting - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 269 - Brenda wants to know how to lead a fully remote team - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - credit cards - Michelle asks about storing credit cards on smartphones
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Election, Amazon, Apple, Hackintosh, NASA, Zillow, Glassdoor - 11:00 - Digital Marketing Techniques - Benjamin covers the good, bad, ugly of digital marketing - 22:00 - History of Thunderbolt - Keith talks up the history of Thunderbolt connectivity - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Marty extoles the Safer Escape ladder, as well as Klein tools - 39:00 - Scam Series - Romance scams - Benjamin advises that the Romance Scam is back and biting - 44:00 - Keske on robot bartenders - Steve asks Benjamin if he would trust a robot bartender - 56:00 - Failures happen, so what - Benjamin advises IT is full of failures, don't let them define you - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - Boost performance - David asks Benjamin how to boost performance on old PC - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 270 - Ascencion asks Benjamin how she can improve her home office - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - free wifi speeds - Benjamin is asked by Greg about why some WiFi is slow or fast
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - TikTok, AirBNB, Insurers, teens, broadband, Windows 11 - 11:00 - Dating app called Score - Benjamin talks of social media scores and drawbacks - 22:00 - Sometimes tech isn't fun - Keith talks of problems a client struggling with a 2nd HP failure - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Marty tells Benjamin of bad and good ideas for heating issues - 39:00 - Scam Series - tax scammers - Tax season brings more troubles than just the usual tax man - 44:00 - Keske on experience with games - Steve and Benjamin talk about gaming over their past years - 56:00 - Listener Q&A - Windows - Alma asks Benjamin about tips for keeping Windows going - 1:07:00 - Choosing to go to Mars and more - Benjamin tells why we should venture to space, now even more - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 268 - Benjamin shares of new term of coffee badging into the office - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - flash drive power - Benjamin answers Jolie about flash drives and need for power
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Nikon, HP, Mac, MacBook Air, Facebook, cable, blood sugar - 11:00 - Benefits and challenges - Benjamin discusses ups and downs as we move into Digital Age - 22:00 - Apple Car cancellation - Keith and Benjamin cover cancelled Apple car and implications - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Marty tells of the Beamio wireless USB-C and HDMO options - 39:00 - Scam Series - they make mistakes - Shelly caught a remote tech scammer in a misstep - 44:00 - Keske on computers and rockets - Steve and Benjamin discuss a long history of tech and rockets - 56:00 - Computers won't replace you - Benjamin notes that we will evolve our jobs, just as in the past - 1:07:00 - Early adoption isn't always good - Benjamin lists where early adopters got burned by tech - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - webcam - Benjamin covers the various aspects of office webcam usage - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - Hackintosh - Zachary asks about the Mac OS on a Dell, Benjamin says skip
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Moon, Apple, Walmart, streaming, malware, dating - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - shopping is passe - Tracy asks Benjamin why he stopped talking about shopping - 22:00 - Bait and switch woes - Keith and Benjamin dialogue how companies change concept - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Mary warns of the Milo walkie talkie gizmo, overblown idea - 39:00 - Scam Series - scammer invoice - Benjamin warns of obvious email invoice from bad guys - 44:00 - Keske on dependency - Steve and Benjamin discuss if we are too dependent on tech - 56:00 - Technology impacts on youth - Benjamin tells of problems with youth and excess of tech - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - USB, damage - Emily asks about USB problems, Paul on physical protection - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - WFH - CEO over WebMD brand gets offensive and picks on workers - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - spill in laptop - Christopher asks Benjamin about a spill in a laptop and handling
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of the nerd world - Sony, Microsoft, Apple, NYPD, landlines, Amazon, Facebook - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - Hackable cars - Jasmine asks Benjamin about concerns of hackable cars - 22:00 - Apple Carplay vs General Motors - Keith and Benjamin talk about in-car infotainment systems - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Marty brings up Inui, Tripp-Lite, and Klein Tools for review - 39:00 - Scam Series - AI and scammers - Benjamin warns there are job scams leveraging AI for reality - 44:00 - Keske on chip implants - Benjamin and Steve talk of the evolving world of chip implants - 56:00 - Dangers of computer unreality (1) - Benjamin warns of hazards of computer unreality and concerns - 1:07:00 - Dangers of computer unreality (2) - Benjamin continues on how to avoid problems in the tech world - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - NDAs - Issues of non-disclosure agreements is discused by Bbenjamin - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - Home website - Benjamin advises Olivia of the hardships of setting up webserver
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - Listener Q&A - WiFi7, NAS - Benjamin opens with questions on WiFi7 and NAS drives - 11:00 - Myths about dangers on net - Benjamin discusses some of the myths that abound of danger - 22:00 - 40 years of Macintosh - Keith and Benjamin talk of 1984 Superbowl Commercial - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Klein Tools and Skilsaw are on Marty's mind this week - 39:00 - Scam Series - Loyalty rewards - Benjamin offers up strange loyalty rewards and virtual tip scam - 44:00 - Keske on seniors and robots - Steve and Benjamin discuss future world of robots helping elderly - 56:00 - Net Neutrality is a sham (part 1) - Benjamin says to look at the money flow, those asking for laws - 1:07:00 - Net Neutrality is a sham (part 2) - Why is Big Tech strong for net neutrality… because it helps them. - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 263 - Navigating computer training is a key effort in todays workplace - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - tech sabbatical - Mark asks Benjamin if he ever takes a break from tech
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - Nerdy news to take note - NSA, social media, Amazon, iRobot, Roomba, Disney, Neuralink - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - good or evil - Tristan asks Benjamin about the morality placement of tech - 22:00 - Artificial Intelligence - Keith and Benjamin discuss AI and it's impacts on the world - 31:00 - Marty Winson's Wisdom - Marty talks Scansnap scanner, and Workhorse sawhorse - 39:00 - Scam Series - Shakedown scams - Benjamin warn of scammers pulling shakedown threats - 44:00 - Keske on TelStar satellites - Benjamin and Steve discuss history of amazing communications - 56:00 - 3D printing - adhesion - Keith asks Tim of Pascucci 3D of adhesion and layers in printing - 1:07:00 - Focusing while working - Benjamin talks about eliminating distractions at home and office - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 261 - Worker choice is better on choosing return, hybrid, remote - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - Benjamin's history - Tom asks about Benjamin's history on building computers
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