TEH 079: This is a Test; This is Only a Test

In This Episode: Thunder & lightning (very very frightening!), vintage computers in German, what to expect from the next Apple event (or not), Notepad and other apps(we hope?) moving to the Microsoft Store, Windows PowerToys, How Twitter CEO’s Twitter account was hacked, Disney goes a’LARPing, and the FCC REALLY doesn’t like it when you use the emergency broadcast tones.

This Week’s Hosts

  • 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.
  • Kevin Savetz, web site publisher and Computer Historian at Atari Podcast.
  • Longer Bios on the Hosts page.

Show Notes

  • This last weekend Leo was out supporting the regional two-day Bike MS event, during which an unusual overnight thunder and lightning storm got everyone’s attention, and made sleeping difficult. More on why this is so unusual for the area from The Seattle Times.
  • In addition to moving to a new home, and coming to us from his brand new basement office, Kevin attended the Fujiama Atari Show … in Germany.
  • We discussed the upcoming Apple event, what might or might not be announced, and whether 5G is something worth waiting for. (Spoiler: probably not.)
  • Leo mentioned that Notepad is moving to the Microsoft Store, and hoped that more apps would make the move. In addition the venerable PowerToys for Windows is coming back, this time as a free open-source project.
  • This week’s irony: the CEO of Twitter had his Twitter account hacked, apparently by very simple means: social engineering of telephone company customer service agents resulting in a SIM swap. (Consider putting a PIN on your mobile account, Jack.)
  • Disney is getting deeper into LARP (Live Action Role Playing — though they wouldn’t call it that) with a Star Wars themed “cruise”.
  • Young Sheldon gets in trouble, along with The Walking Dead and others for airing the Emergency Broadcast System tones. The FCC does not approve.

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