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….) Note we’re breaking for the holidays: back in early January!
This Week’s Hosts
- Randy Cassingham, founder of This is True and the Internet Spam Primer.
- Leo Notenboom, “Chief Question Answerer” at tech education site Ask Leo!
- Gary Rosenzweig, host and producer of MacMost, and mobile game developer at Clever Media.
- Ken Gagne, host of the Polygamer and Transporter Lock podcasts.
- Longer Bios on the Hosts page.
- Leo: The Hacker News’ warning about a critical Windows update to the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine, and shockingly, Computerworld thinks it’s time to turn off Windows Update?!?
- Randy: Patreon walks back their recently announced changes, which resulted in Patrons leaving the site in droves. Here’s their textbook-perfect apology and plans for now. Randy and Leo both made a “roll-your-own” alternative for their readers who felt burned by Patreon (Randy’s | Leo’s).
- Gary briefs us about the new iMac Pro …and the promises of things to come from Apple.
- Ken wonders: is Bitcoin ruining the environment? Grist thinks so, but IEEE Spectrum puts a little less scare into it, even though they agree it’s an awful lot of energy (but there are solutions).
- Randy explores whether Facebook really said using Facebook can be bad for you. CNBC uses a says Facebook “admitted” it, but the whole thing was really started by ex-Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya, who was talking about all social media, not just Facebook. (Youtube, CBS News, Facebook’s News Room, The Verge). We’d love to know what you think in the comments!
- Ken’s Juiced.GS is the longest-running last remaining print publication dedicated to the Apple II computer.