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Computer Talk Radio is a nationally syndicated broadcast radio program on computers and technology, and how they impact your life. On 15 stations, with over 400,000 listeners, 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 - Nerdy news of the week - ChatGPT, AI, Microsoft, Congress, Amazon drugs, hackers - 11:00 - ChatGPT - Artificial Intelligence - Keith and Benjamin discuss some of the new AI items coming - 22:00 - More Apple OS releases - Keith covers the latest releases across the Apple ecosystem - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty covers post CES reviews, like ratchet, snowblower, more - 39:00 - Scam Series - Another job offer - Benjamin details another job offer that stinks… beware of scams - 44:00 - Keske and different languages - Steve discusses programming, COBOL, Fortran, and more - 56:00 - Update on the tech to go to Mars - Benjamin lists some concerns for tech needs to go to Mars - 1:07:00 - Secrets when hiring nerds - Benjamin reveals things your hired tech won't share with you - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 209 - Benjamin shares new workplace tactic… job boomeranging - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - social media - Theresa asks if social media usage is changing our behaviors
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - Nerdy news of the week - Netflix, Tesla, Apple Card, Microsoft, crypto, AI images, more - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - Build Your Own PC - Nick asks Benjamin if BYOPC is a viable money saver - 22:00 - New Apple Announcements - Keith and Benjamin talk about the new Apple hardware items - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty covers some of his post-CES items in quick reviews - 39:00 - Scam Series - Accidental send - Benjamin details this accidental money send that's really a scam - 44:00 - Keske and guest on esight - Roland Mattern and Steve discuss esighteyeware.com for blind - 56:00 - Tech consumer bill of rights - Benjamin revisits the upsides of tech consumer bill of rights - 1:07:00 - Using tech during church service - Benjamin says using tech in churches can be OK, with caution - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 208 - Benjamin talks about job searching in new world, with tips too - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - computer locks - Misty asks Benjamin why early computers had locks on them
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - Nerdy news of the week - Airports, digital currencies, FBI snooping, Win7 demise, more - 11:00 - 15 years on-air - Benjamin gives his background, including 15 years on the radio - 22:00 - Apples new update strategy - Keith bemoans the hidden updates pushed out from Apple - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty talks about the evolution of social media over the millenia - 39:00 - Scam Series - Postal Delivery - Benjamin covers the undelivered package scam awaitng us - 44:00 - Keske on what this year brings - Steve and Benjamin discuss 2023 potential for tech discoveries - 56:00 - Building up your passwords (1) - Benjamin talks about how hackers can guess your password - 1:07:00 - Building up your passwords (2) - Benjamin continues with protecting your information - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - 207 - Generation Z is struggling with admitting their tech problems - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - lonely tech - Gemma asks Benjamin about most underappreciated tech
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Cyberbully, CES, digital dollar, ransomware, SickKids.ca - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - Hopes and fears - Manuel asks about my hopes and fears for future tech advances - 22:00 - New Apple tech item for Keith - Keith warns of problems in end-run-around upgrade for MacOS - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty talks big screen TVs days after the CES announcements - 39:00 - Scam Series - Do I know you scam - Benjamin warns about text messages asking if you know them - 44:00 - Keske on DNA evidence - Benjamin and Steve discuss DNA evidence used from online - 56:00 - Memories at Radio Shack - Benjamin talks about his memories from many years in the past - 1:07:00 - Quotes to inspire learning tech - Benjamin gives his favorite quotes to keep on learning path - 1:16:00 - Professional IT Series - In the good times you want IT, and in the bad, you need IT - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - RAM upgrades - Jared asks Benjamin about laptop RAM and troubleshooting
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Tech workers, Metaverse, VR, FTX, movie, prison phones - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - Extender vs Mesh - Benjamin answers Jeff who wants to know how to expand WiFi - 22:00 - New Apple tech item for Keith - Keith tells of what Mrs. Claus provided him for Christmas - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty talks about tech, and moving into the New Year - 39:00 - Scam Series - Spoof responses - Benjamin talks about spoofed phone numbers and how to tackle - 44:00 - Keske on 2022 - Benjamin and Steve talk about experiences through the year - 56:00 - Preparing for digital breakups - Benjamin gives notes on how to split the data and access - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - coffeeshop - Sabrina asks Benjamin about alternatives to coffeeshop WiFi - 1:16:00 - Nerds of the year (runners up) - Benjamin lists out the techs and other nerds who passed in 2022 - 1:24:00 - Nerd Of The Year (official) - Nerd Of The Year - most heartfelt death of interest to nerds
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - NORADSanta, hackers, Delta WiFi, Netflix, Raspberry Pi - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - securing email - Scared Chris asks Benjamin how to handle securing email - 22:00 - New iOS feature, and Christmas - Keith talks about new encryption, and prepping for Santa - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty provides his own comments for Christmas Eve - 39:00 - Scam Series - Facebook cloning - Benjamin tells of hack that we can't avoid, but need to know - 44:00 - Keske on punchcards - Benjamin and Steve talk about old days of Christmas banners - 56:00 - CES is weeks away - Deb and Mark join Benjamin to talk about CES 2023 changes - 1:07:00 - More on CES 2023 - Deb and Mark continue CES outlook and hopeful finds - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 203 - work decisions - Benjamin lists more decisions before taking IT jobs - 1:24:00 - Christmas Eve Prayer - Benjamin updates his usual look at tech from 2000 years ago
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Samsung, Apple, Dell, privacy,TikTok, FTX, nuclear fusion - 11:00 - Nerds and millenial churchgoers - Benjamin compares nerds, millenials, and postcovid world - 22:00 - Apple Christmas ideas - Keith offers up his ideas for what to look at for Apple gifting - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty covers last 10 seconds of shopping tips for Christmas - 39:00 - Scam Series - Search Engine Scam - Benjamin covers the ways the bad guys leverage Google - 44:00 - Keske on punchcards - Steve and Benjamin discuss old style of computer programing - 56:00 - Addictive behaviors - Benjamin lists off ways to recognize addictive behaviors - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - Email response - Sally asks Benjamin's tips and tricks on getting email response - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 203 - IT long hours - Benjamin details experiences of long hours working as an IT pro - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - keyboard issues - Benjamin's friend has Mac butterfly keyboard and a solution
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Amazon, Apple, FTX, lawsuits, FBI, killer robots, and more - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - Less Christmas? - Lisa asks why CTR is talking less gift items than previous years - 22:00 - Lamenting loss of iTunes - Keith M. Sedor opines on what his thoughts were on iTunes - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty Winston continues with the last 30 seconds of shopping - 39:00 - Scam Series - Gift Card Scams - Benjamin warns not to pay strange bills with gift cards - 44:00 - Keske on later computers - Steve talks about his later computing experience (90's) - 56:00 - Tech preps before Christmas Eve - Benjamin gives his usual spin on how to tech prep for The Day - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - Registry Cleaners - Benjamin answers Brianna about value of registry cleaners - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 203 - IT forever - Benjamin notes that IT industry will be around forever - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - Laptop lids - Vito asks Benjamin if dangerous to close laptop while running
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Huawei and ZTE bans, FTX, Musk, Apple Settlement, more - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - Linux viability - Gary asks Benjamin if Linux has long term viability - 22:00 - Upgradable cars from BMW - Keith and Benjamin discuss idea at BMW of upgrading old cars - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty gives last 60 second Christmas shopping ideas - 39:00 - Scam Series - ignore TXT ads - Benjamin warns that anything coming via TXT message is scam - 44:00 - Keske on first computer - Benjamin asks Steve about his first personally owned computer - 56:00 - Top Tech Skills (Part 1) - Benjamin talks top tech skills to learn (Hardware and Software) - 1:07:00 - Top Tech Skills (Part 2) - Benjamin talks aboiut top tech skills to learn (soft skills) - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 202 - IT Layoffs - Benjamin opines if IT layoffs predict a demise for Industry - 1:24:00 - Information Age isn't pretty - Tech experience says you don't have to chase everything
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Amazon, leap second, Mercedes, Bitcoin, Twitter, more - 11:00 - Planned obsolescence theory - Benjamin tackles idea that early demise of tech is planned - 22:00 - Moving from iTunes to streams - Keith and Benjamin discuss Apple's conversion to streaming - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty gives insight into coming reviews of tech related items - 39:00 - Scam Series - multiple scams - Benjamin details multiple scams to watch for during Christmas - 44:00 - Keske on police usage of tech - Benjamin and Steve discuss the finer aspects of police tech use - 56:00 - Tech you need in job market - Benjamin prepares you for tech needed when job searching - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - (un)coolest past - Alan asks Benjamin what was cool that's mundane now - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 201 - Work from… - Jeffery asks Benjamin solution for work from home or work - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - Storing key info - Jay asks Benjamin about storing credit card info on smartphone
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Binance, FTX, Twitter, Netflix, iPhone Emergency SOS, more - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - Lotto laptop - Michelle asks Benjamin if lotto winner should get expensive tech - 22:00 - Craziest problems in all areas - Benjamin and Keith discuss an unexpected iPhone repair - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty gives reviews of some lawn and garden tech - 39:00 - Scam Series - Secret Santa scam - Beware of the Secret Santa Scam which operates year round - 44:00 - Keske on lifetime of phones - Steve and Benjamin discuss the world of computers and phones - 56:00 - Microchipping our bodies - Benjamin explores how long it may be before forced microchips - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - theft of wifi - Benjamin tells Beth how she can address neighbors freeloading - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 200 - Boss watching - Billy asks Benjamin how to know if the employer is monitoring - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - Internet speed - Dave asks Benjamin how much internet speed we actually need
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Meta, Twitter, WARN, Amazon, FTX, Binance, Zoom, and more - 11:00 - Updates on Christmas gifting - Benjamin tells of the state of the Christmas shopping season - 22:00 - Apple isn't always the best - Keith M. Sedor shares that he's not always a fanboy - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty tells of the Rhinoshield Gripmax and his overall thoughts - 39:00 - Scam Series - Non-delivery scam - Benjamin warnts to watch and be careful with online purchases - 44:00 - Keske on artificial intelligence - Benjamin and Steve explore the world of AI and it's threats - 56:00 - Technology and Interviews - Benjamin shares commonality of interviews and troubleshooting - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - cell backup - Cathy asks Benjamin about cell loss of power, and solutions - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 199 - Labor hoarding - Labor hoarding is a new, and maybe temporary thing - 1:24:00 - Age old question of On or Off - Benjamin conveys the latest approach to powering your PC
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - iPhones, Prime music, Sony VR, Tesla lawsuits, FCC, Facebook - 11:00 - Elon Musk's week of Twitter - Benjamin covers the latest on Elon Musk with gentle notes - 22:00 - Slow roll your O/S updates - Keith talks about caution in updating to latest MacOS - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty tells of Klein Tools thermal imager and it's uses - 39:00 - Scam Series - QR Code Scam - Benjamin warns to be careful on how QR codes are being used - 44:00 - Keske on technical sensors - Steve and Benjamin discuss the sensors in modern tech - 56:00 - Job hunting is now online (Part 1) - Benjamin updates the evolving employment search routines - 1:07:00 - Job hunting is now online (Part 2) - Benjamin continues with the idea of connecting online for jobs - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 197 - Listener Quest - Benjamin tells of the ghosting in lives, work, and more - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - embracing tech - Billie asks Benjamin what will happen to people who don't embrace tech
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Lego, Apple, Meta, quakes, Chrome, Voyager, and more - 11:00 - Farewell emails - Benjamin tells of farewell emails, and new steps in his work life - 22:00 - U2 album revelations - Ketih tells of latest news regarding U2 free album on iTunes - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty provides a variety of Winter Advisory items - 39:00 - Scam Series - Student Loan Scam - No, the government isn't going to call you to give away cash - 44:00 - Keske on usage of radio waves - Benjamin and Steve discuss radio waves and usage in tech - 56:00 - Top Tech skills for everyone - Benjamin notes that some tech skills are good for everyone - 1:07:00 - Gaming chairs as desk chairs - Benjamin loves the gaming chair for a daily work chair - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 197 - Listener Quest - Tori asks if programmers are original, or if they reuse code - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - cable vs fiber - Rita asks Benjamin about coming Fiber internet service
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Apple, Parler, Kanye, Netflix, YouTube, Musk, Twitter, webcam - 11:00 - More talk of tax credits for Evs - Benjamin tells of the scam of electric car tax credits - 22:00 - Apple announcements - Keith unpacks the latest Apple offerings and announcements - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Electrical updates through Marty's home and ideas for you - 39:00 - Scam Series - Brushing Scam - Benjamin details how you get involved with the Brushing Scam - 44:00 - Keske on the Internet - Steve and Benjamin discuss synthesizers and music - 56:00 - Letting go of a little smartphone - Benjamin urges you to try a smartphone detox with details - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - Hackintosh - Kenneth asks Benjamin if he ever tinkered with Hackintosh - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 195 - Digital native - Benjamin explains and the discusses flexwashing - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - tech myths - Harold asks Benjamin about the biggest tech myth out there
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - PC shipments, hearing aids, Netflix Basic, autopilot, Tesla, more - 11:00 - Microsoft Office changes name - Microsoft 365, but also a history of how we got to today - 22:00 - Goto default apps for the Apple - Keith talks his favorite apps to install on brand new Macs - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty raves about the EGO Select Cut Dual Mower and more - 39:00 - Scam Series - Fake Escrow Scam - Benjamin covers why to not trust various odd escrow sites - 44:00 - Keske on the Internet - Steve recalls Darpanet and how we got to today - 56:00 - Backing up memories now - Make the backups and get them far away before too late - 1:07:00 - The Maker Coin revisited - Benjamin notes the Maker Coin and offers a sample - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 195 - Digital native - Benjamin finds out that the Digital Native term can be ageist - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - smartwatches - Tess asks Benjamin if the smartwatch is ready for prime time
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Social media, Elon Musk, Robots, Optimus, crypto, and more - 11:00 - The Seven Deadly Sins - Benjamin brings spooky early with tech and 7 deadly sins - 22:00 - EU vs Apple Lighting Connector - Keith opines on the EU decision to require common connectors - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty shares that dealing with China is definitely not cheaper - 39:00 - Scam Series - Driver updates - Benjamin says that you shouldn't pay for any driver updates - 44:00 - Keske on televisions - Steve tells Benjamin of his various opinions on the modern TV - 56:00 - Can a hacker really kill you? - Benjamin thinks that hackers killing people, is a stretch today - 1:07:00 - Auto billpay has matured - Benjamin revisits and updates his thoughts on auto billpay - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 194 - Benjamin covers news of redefining contractors/employeers - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - found drive - Walter asks if it's worth fixing a 4 year old Chromebook
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Amazon, Tesla robot, Snowden, Stadia, Apple iPhone, more - 11:00 - Time to clean your tech - Benjamin gives pointers on keeping your tech fresh and clean - 22:00 - Scary iPhone tracking experience - Keith gets a little rattled by notices and a creepy dude in car - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty reflects on designs throughout our amazing world - 39:00 - Scam Series - Office gift cards - Office gift card scam, where boss says buy them quick… - 44:00 - Keske on new car tech - Steve talks about NASAs attack on an asteroid, and results - 56:00 - Printer industry is dead - It's been a long time coming, but the printer is nearly dead - 1:07:00 - Printing things is not needed - Benjamin covers where we were, are, and going with printers - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 192 - Quiet quitting solutions and communications for all concerned - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - found drive - Brian asks about inspecting contents of found flash drive
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - News of nerd fascination - Social media, survellance, robots, Windows 10, football, disks - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - fixing PCs for cash - Ken asks about the idea of getting into fixing computers - 22:00 - iPhone teardown reveals - Keith covers news that new iPhone is better for right to repair - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty shares about how USB is evolving more and more - 39:00 - Scam Series - Disaster Relief - Benjamin details how we should only go with the known - 44:00 - Keske on new car tech - Even the blind guy covers the new tech coming in your auto - 56:00 - Magnusson Moss Warranty Act - Benjamin covers protection for those that like to tinker - 1:07:00 - Listener Q&A - personal impact - Ed asks Benjamin how personal use of tech will impact business - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 191 - Quiet quitting problems and solutions to ponder - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - next big thing - Thomas asks Benjamin what will be the next big thing in tech
This week's full broadcast of Computer Talk Radio includes: - 00:00 - Listener Q&A - Triple rapid fire - Benjamin addresses three quick listener questions - 11:00 - Listener Q&A - Hard drive slow - Paul asks Benjamin about a hard drive replacement and speed - 22:00 - Power and privacy on iPhone - Keith M. Sedor addresses some power and privacy settings - 31:00 - Marty Winston's Wisdom - Marty talks experiences of new Klein Screwdrivers - 39:00 - Scam Series - Won sweepstakes - Benjamin notes that you haven't won that new sweepstakes - 44:00 - Keske on tech you shouldn't use - Steve and Benjamin talk about safety concerns with old tech - 56:00 - Robot workers won't work - Your job is definitely safe for a long time from robots - 1:07:00 - Being productive while WFH - Benjamin gives productivity tips for home office - 1:16:00 - IT Pro Series 191 - Quiet quitting and it's relationship to Information Technology - 1:24:00 - Listener Q&A - will tech kill us - Jessica asks if technology will become the literal death of us
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