TEH 062: What Time Is It?

In This Episode: Who needs the Internet to send Bitcoin when you can do it via ham radio? Might twice-yearly time changes be going out …soon? (We hope so!) Apple closing some of its stores — to fight patent trolls?!

This Week’s Hosts

  • Randy Cassingham, founder of This is True.
  • 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.
  • Longer Bios on the Hosts page.

Show Notes

  • In the warmup, Randy got Dell to replace his wife’s new computer …and got a pleasant surprise. Leo did training for his animal rescue group, and Gary is playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on the XBox, and read “The Order Of Time” by Carlo Rovelli, a book about physics, time and philosophy (Amazon, Publisher)
  • Leo sounds different this week: he’s trying a headset (the Logitech USB Headset H390), but Randy and Gary thought it sounded “thin”. Do listeners have a suggestion for a good prosumer grade headset for him?
  • Leo also mentioned how Bitcoin has now been sent via Ham Radio (says Coindesk), which led to a discussion: is there a problem that others could listen to that transmission? Randy also mentioned that the guy who died, supposedly taking the keys to 137 million in cryptocurrency: “experts” say they recovered the keys, and the money is gone (Business Insider).
  • Randy says more states are trying to go to permanent Daylight Saving Time (while most publications are saying they want to get rid of it…), including California. Example: CBS News.
  • Gary mentioned how Apple is closing some Texas stores to fight patent trolls (MacRumors). One organization that fights patent trolls is the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which all the guys contribute to.
  • There will be no show next week.

1 Comment on “TEH 062: What Time Is It?

  1. Time zone idiosyncrasies:

    • Minnesota (in the past) — The state went to daylight savings time but said that cities could opt out. St Paul decided to opt out. However, the state capital is physically in St Paul but not part of it, so residents of Minnesota who traveled to the capitol offices had to go through a different time zone for a few miles.

    • Western Ontario — Eastern time zone jogs to the west to include the city of Thunder Bay. The area to the west (60 miles or so) is in Central Time but the nearest significant city is Thunder Bay. Many people there keep use Eastern Time to match Thunder Bay.


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