Episodes

A chronological list of all episodes of TEH. You can stream (or download) each episode from its linked Show Page:

  • TEH 045: A Million Ways to Stream - In This Episode: Paul Allen, Do Millennials donate blood? PHP 5.x going away, yet millions of sites still use it. Cheap backup drives, and Winamp is coming back! Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh45
  • TEH 044: The Announcer’s Test - In This Episode: We cover two definite NOT breaches of the Week: Google+ and Chinese Chips. The problematic Windows 10 October Update. Parents might want to check their local Sex Offender Registry before their kids head out on Halloween. And wait until you hear the Announcer's Test. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh44
  • TEH 043: Don’t Be Evil …Forever! - In This Episode: Google dumped its "Don't Be Evil" promise years ago, but can a new idea to "decentralize the web" work, and keep its promise forever? The Facebook breach affects more than your Facebook account. Tim Berners-Lee's Inrupt project. And game streaming? Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh43
  • TEH 042: You Don’t Own That - New Episode: Big changes coming to music copyrights. Google backpedals on WWW. Android turns 10. Do you answer your phone if you don't know who's calling? Scrabble is OK with EW. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh42
  • TEH 041: Don’t Copyright My Loot Box - In This Episode: Update on the Brazilian State Museum fire: social media to the rescue! Another month, another new EU law: copyright -- will it affect those outside the EU? Game “Loot Boxes”: is that gambling? Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh41
  • TEH 040: Something Random Floated In From Japan - In This Episode: Google is trying to "kill off" the www. (and the m.) in URLs. The Ocean Cleanup project has a huge job ahead of it. Microsoft plans to implement a "monthly charge" for Windows 7 support: but you can't have it! Plus: CRISPR. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh40
  • TEH 039: Going to the Dogs - In This Episode: If Google is "fooled" by insecure network-based security, can any of us be fully confident in such devices? Digitizing museums: Can you back up history? (Yes! And we should.) Sony's new Aibo robot dog: cool, or crazy? And a working Apple I is going on auction. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh39
  • TEH 038: Your Face Rings a Bell - In This Episode: Scanner OCR software may be uploading your documents to the cloud -- and showing them to anyone who knows where to look. U.S. airports are starting to get facial recognition software. Twitter has new rules for bots. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh38
  • TEH 037: Listening Devices *Everywhere* - In This Episode: Routers are in the news again: how to ensure your router is as safe as possible. Do Netflix and other streaming services want you to stop sharing your password? And maybe user reviews are coming to an end: they're being gamed. Plus: Universities are starting to put Amazon Echo devices everywhere. Creepy, or useful? https://TEHpodcast.com/teh37
  • TEH 036: The 3-Point Test - In This Episode: How to tell if click-bait stories are worth paying attention to. Amazon Web Services accidentally reveals GoDaddy internal "trade secret" documents. New AI finds who was overlooked by Wikipedia -- and it's mostly women. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh36
  • TEH 035: Unnecessary, Mean-Spirited, and Harmful - In This Episode: Using Dropbox for backups. Is two-factor authentication too weak to use? (No!) Scores of Android apps had malware -- but it's not a problem because.... New exploit in WPA2. SpaceX launch. Google sucking up to China. And Apple blowing off affiliates. Show Notes: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh35
  • TEH 034: Scotty! Beam Me Up - In This Episode: Sure, give prison inmates tablets and online access -- what could go wrong? Hacking attendees at a cybercurrency conference nets $5 million. Dropbox gets bigger. Star Trek sound effects. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh34
  • TEH 033: I Am Root! - In This Episode: It doesn't have to be a "data breach" to be a real screwup, so how to protect yourself? Corgis, Coffee and Vodka, oh my! British Airways screws up the concept of privacy. Cisco screws up the concept of security. The surprising way 12 new moons of Jupiter were discovered. Satellites using ...film?! And the tech behind TEH. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh33
  • TEH 032: Vienna Waits for You - In This Episode: Macy's department store chain totally flubs the Breach of the Week. Did Obama "lose" 2 million Twitter followers (nope). Gboard adds ...Morse Code input?! Man jailed for refusing to unlock his phone for cops on a traffic stop. Features being added to ...Notepad?! (Randy outgeeks Leo?!) Rumor: Photoshop is coming to iPad (but can it handle it?) Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh32
  • TEH 031: What a Gas - In This Episode: Scanning junk mail, hackers get free gas, hospital pager systems expose private data, what is Plugspreading? Siri Shortcuts may bring coding back to typical users, Wikipedia protests EU copyright law proposal, U.S. Postal Service uses the wrong picture, and a surprising copyright decision the other way. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh31
  • TEH 030: Virtual Pollution - In This Episode: Yes, steam engines are tech, and this week's special guest host shows her chops with them. Breach of the Week: your information can be lost even if you don't do business with a company. You won't believe who is doing closed captioning on videos. More on Github, and how did a STORK (the bird!) run up a huge phone bill?! Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh30
  • TEH 029: Get Off My Lawn, Punk - In This Episode: We discuss two major tech rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. Twitter "Smytes" a bunch of tech companies. Electric scooter wars. It's a bad idea to try stealing an Internet domain at gunpoint. The Breach of the Week was not discovered for a year. And Google wants to measure things. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh29
  • TEH 028: Padlocks Need Security? - In This Episode: The advantage of being in Europe if there's a credit card breach (and there was). The world's worst $99 IoT padlock. iPhones don't tell 911 your location when you have an emergency? "Mac is Dead" (long live the Mac). Neat device help the deaf to participate in conversations. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh28
  • TEH 027: Git With The Program - In This Episode: Microsoft pays a boatload of money for GitHub: will that affect open source software? We bring in a guest to talk about it. Now that Net Neutrality is officially repealed, now what? And a prediction about GDPR. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh27
  • TEH 026: Please Take Your Assigned Seat - In This Episode: The FBI wants you to reboot your router — but is that enough? (The REAL story is how they know about this.) No, Amazon’s Alexa isn’t sending everything you say to others. Star Wars Solo. And countries are pushing to go cashless — but how does that affect buskers?! Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh26
  • TEH 025: Help Me Obi Wan Kenobi, You’re Our Only Hope - In This Episode: Now everybody knows where you (and your kids!) are -- an extra-concerning Breach of the Week for parents. Google slapping web sites that are "Not Secure" ...even when they don't need to be. Yanni, or Laurel (and how that reflects the blue/gold dress thing a few years back). And the first Holographic cell phone isn't quite to "Princess Leah" level yet, but it's a stepping stone in that direction. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh25
  • TEH 024: Everything Really Was Everywhere - In This Episode: Traveling with tech. Three Breaches of the Week. Do hobby bloggers have to comply with the EU's new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)? That's a definite ...maybe. And the dangers of car "fobs". Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh25
  • TEH 023: Connect THIS, Facebook - In This Episode: Facebook helps people connect (awww!) ...including radicals like ISIS terrorists. Breach(es) of the Week involve Dasan routers, 7Zip, and Drupal-powered web sites. Verizon plans more bloatware for your phone. Apple says "Shazam!" but the EU says "Wait a minute." Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh23
  • TEH 022: Mongo Only Pawn in Game of Life - In This Episode: Blue Origin successfully test-launches -- and lands -- their New Shepherd rocket and human-capable capsule. The latest Breach of the Week should have Bezop cryptocurrency investors on guard (and any site using the Mongo data base). Millions of hotel doors may be easily opened by hackers. T-Mobile buys Sprint. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh22
  • TEH 021: Remote Detonator - In This Episode: Playing with PLATO. Travel technology. Scraping the S3 bucket. SmugMug smug about buying Flickr. Warranty NOT void if removed. Things not to name your WiFi hotspot. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh21
  • TEH 020: Breaking Up (with Cable) is Easy to Do - In This Episode: Cutting the cable/satellite cord. Amazon plagiarism and Createspace hacking. Alexa light switches, Cribbage, and TaskRabbit (oh my!) Alert sirens are too hackable. Another free DNS service. Breaking into iPhones. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh20
  • TEH 019: This is a RAID - In This Episode: Think your backups are safe because you have a big RAID drive pack? Think again. Another week, another data breach ...or five. Ransomware targets 911 centers. Renewable energy meet electric school buses. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh19
  • TEH 018: Breach of the Week - In This Episode: Ready Player One! There's a good way for a company to handle a data breach, and there's a bad way -- and this week, there was an example of each. The latest in Space. And if Apple makes their own processors, will that break existing software? (There's varying opinions....) Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh18
  • TEH 017: Facebook (Pro, Con, & In Between) - In This Episode: Facebook has been hit with a lot of bad press lately, and we discuss whether you should be worried about your privacy. Should you #DeleteFacebook? SpaceX and Tesla did. And new lower-cost tablets from Google (Chrome OS) and Apple (iPad). Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh17
  • TEH 016: The Linux of Colleges - In This Episode: The Eero Wi-Fi home system. Self-driving Uber kills pedestrian. University of Arizona tries to determine which students may drop out. The Atari VCS console that may or may not one day exist. What Airgapping is and the scary things that could come of it. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh16
  • TEH 015: From the Secret Lair - In This Episode: The four hosts get together in person to record this episode. We can't tell you where we are, but Dick Cheney was our waiter. We talked on a wide variety of subjects, from voice recorders to Net Neutrality, satellite broadband, Google wanting to expand AMP web-wide, burger-flipping robots, Facebook fading, Nonograms, adding to the Internet Archive, and more. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh15
  • TEH 014: Occam and Hanlon’s Razor Fight - In This Episode: The "Sonic Attacks" on U.S. diplomats in Cuba may be solved -- and if they're right, could we be seeing more of the problem? Will a "doorbell camera" help solve the package theft problem? What's behind the revocation of tens of thousands of SSL (web site security) certificates. Nerd cruises. And Wordpress dominates. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh14
  • TEH 013: The Next Scam is Already Out There - In This Episode: You can share (presumably with trusted people) your exact location, built-in with Google Maps, or with other apps. Is Google helping music pirates — and profiting from linking to them? Playboy sues a site for “copyright infringement” not because they infringed their copyright, but because they linked to a page that did. ... Read more
  • TEH 012: Google, Elon Musk, Google, and Elon Musk - In This Episode: We chat about changes in Google's Chrome browser that users like, changes in Google Image Search that users hate, and Hyperloop and SpaceX and Starlink (oh my!) Plus: will postcards save Democracy from the Russians? Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh12
  • TEH 011: Giant 3D TV Screens …in the Sky?! - The Falcon Heavy launch: why put a Tesla up, and the engineering of the whole thing. Google tells webmasters they "have to" make their sites secure (https) by July, or there will be trouble (and what does that mean for users?) The HQ Trivia game, and the ramifications of cheating on it. The Olympic drone squadron: where will it lead? An interesting Amazon-related scam. Show Page: https://tehpodcast.com/teh11
  • TEH 010: In How Many Pieces will Falcon Heavy Land? - In This Episode: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is scheduled for its first flight tomorrow, and attempt to soft-land all three rocket cores: will it land in three pieces, or millions? Amazon has set up some interesting tech to keep Alexa from responding when they don't want it to (and users have figured out other interesting hacks). Youtube to label propaganda items as "state-sponsored" -- and that includes PBS?! How ads work on Youtube -- and most web sites. Microsoft removes a useful backup capability from Windows. And an update on cell phone safety. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh10
  • TEH 009: Skynet’s Self-Awareness is Behind Schedule - In This Episode: Will the U.S. government nationalize the 5G network? Probably not. Celebs/politicians buy Twitter followers to look more important. How to tell Google to stop showing you ads and articles that don't actually interest you. Online memes can be valuable. HomePod, and more on Spectre. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh9
  • TEH 008: Go to Amazon - In This Episode: Amazon's Go store in Seattle is open to the public, and you can take stuff and walk out. Facebook is going to try crowd-sourcing its news bias. A startup called Cargo is making it possible for rideshare drivers to put little vending machines in their cars. Fire TV can be frustrating if you want to watch YouTube since Amazon and Google remain in a feud. Google develops an AI voice that sounds real. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh8
  • TEH 007: The Hawaii Fiasco (and Other Expensive Things) - In This Episode: What happened in Hawaii (ballistic missiles incoming, oh my!) was more of a tech problem than human error. Changes in Facebook's news feed (again?) The "Internet Sales Tax" goes back to court. And later this year, you won't have to sign for credit card purchases anymore. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh7
  • TEH 006: Having a Meltdown over Spectre - In This Episode: Scare headlines over new exploits that will result in all your passwords and credit card numbers being swiped by Bad Guys? Maybe not. Same with the password manager autofill "problem." And the headlines about how cell phones are some sort of health risk. Alexa is everywhere! And Tech that died in 2017. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh6
  • TEH 005: Make Sure Your Bugs Are Current - In This Episode: Should you follow Computerworld's advice and "Make sure Windows Auto Update is turned off"? (No!) Patreon's mighty back-pedaling: is it enough damage control, and what will non-techie creators do now? The new iMac Pro: a "$13,000+ computer"? Does Bitcoin actually use as much power as all of Denmark, or is something fishy about this? And: Did Facebook really "admit" that using Facebook is "bad for you"? (Not exactly....) Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh5
  • TEH 004: Say ‘Please’ to Alexa, et al. - In This Episode: Patreon changes how they charge contributors, and everyone is mad. Amazon and Google feud over Chromecast not being allowed in the Amazon store. Google serves up video answers from celebrities. Should we be nice to our digital assistants? Man creates art using Microsoft Excel as his canvas. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh4
  • TEH 003: The Chatbot Will See You Now - In This Episode: The Macintosh "Root Password" problems, and the scare-tactic headlines. Why Windows isn't "about to get a game-changing feature" despite a clickbait headline. Can chatbots help deter child sex exploitation? Google's new Android app helps limit mobile data usage. And saving bits of computer history: ironically, much of it isn't digitized for archive storage. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh3
  • TEH 002: You’re Being Followed - In This Episode: Why it's a bad idea to search Google to get to a web site, rather than just go to that web site. Amazon scoops up HALF of online "Black Friday" purchases -- and revealed its top sellers. We weigh in on Net Neutrality. Another week, another big web site hack revealed. Or two. Guarding against credit card skimmers: there's an app for that! Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh2
  • TEH 001: I For One Welcome Our New A.I. Overlords - In This Episode: A laughable review of the new Kindle Oasis. Twitter goes 280. New “Quad9” DNS server protects against malware. Proposed ATSC 3.0 TV standard. The fragmentation of streaming for TV cord-cutters. Are kids’ smartwatches really “illegal” in Germany? And forget Mac vs. PC: the new “religious wars” may be about worshiping the right benevolent A.I. construct. Show Page: https://TEHpodcast.com/teh1