Episode 51: So They’re Not Unbanned?

Donovan discusses the CEOs of various social media giants being in a virtual meeting on the Hill – Facebook, Twitter, and Google, and how Ted Cruz went after Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey.  He provides his own thoughts on what’s happening with the social media networks, how much power they actually have, and if there’s anything that needs to be done, or can be done.  He’s especially worried about Section 230 being scrapped. (more…)

Episode 50: Wasted Paper

Donovan drops some technical tidbits about changes to the backend of the podcast, but the main focus of this episode is how companies have so much wasted paper because they keep sending mail to dead people!  It’s something he keeps having to deal with as the 1 year anniversary of his mom’s death is just around the corner, and even on the day of the recording new mail came in for his dad, who’s been dead since 2013!!  How can this be dealt with?!

He very briefly talks politics in regards to the supreme court, and the election, which is only days away on the date of this recording.

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Episode 16: The Bird is the Word

 

Sam and Donovan are back after being off for 4 weeks.  Sam discusses his COVID-19 diagnosis; he’s out of the woods and back at work.  Donovan talks about his camera he placed at his inherited home 35 miles away and how a bird has decided it’s a great new perch.

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Episode 49: Shadow Prime

Donovan talks about his mother’s one year death anniversary (deathiversary?) is coming up in about 2 1/2 weeks; Halloween is on a Saturday this year along with October’s 2nd full moon; a friend and his family have tested positive for COVID-19 so he asks (without naming them of course) that everyone keep them in their thoughts and wish them well; (more…)

Episode 48: Death Planning

Have you made your final arrangements?  If not, has the pandemic made you start thinking about it?  With over 200,000 deaths in the United States due to COVID-19, there’s been a sudden surge in services that help with death planning.  That’s what Donovan talks about in this episode. (more…)

Episode 15: That’s No Moon!

Oliver is back with Sam and Donovan this week to discuss an odd source that was causing broadband service outages in a village; the Z4 is the oldest digital computer that still exists and its manual was lost, until now; Microsoft hasn’t completely given up on perpetual licenses for Office; is it space debris or is it a mini-moon; Google is adding a COVID-19 layer to maps; Windows XP source code and more leaked; and Sam brings up the weird file concerning smartphones – are they making us dumber?

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Episode 46: The Notorious RBG

 

America has lost a national treasure with the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (the Notorious RBG).  Her seat on the Supreme Court now shines a light on how divided America is, and how unjust and unfair the entire political system has become.  Donovan gives his viewpoints on what’s happening and how all he wants is consistency. (more…)

Episode 14: Technosexual

Donovan and Samuel are back again, this time discussing 5G spectrum, transcription in Microsoft Word on the web, Netflix calls it quits on ‘Altered Carbon’ after two seasons, Amazon wins FAA approval for their delivery drones, Walmart’s shot across the bow of Amazon with their Walmart+ $98/year service, new rules in Apple’s App store affecting streaming game services (i.e. Microsoft, Google), and the big story:  The alarming rise of the technosexuals.

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Episode 45: September Trivia

It’s September 1, 2020, and Donovan loves trivia, so he decided to give a little of that back in this episode, specifically concerning September trivia from Project Britain.  From Donovan not being able to say Gregorian Calendar correctly to the shouts of “Mare, Mare”, you might just learn some interesting tidbits about the month that comes from the Roman word “septem”.

Further into the show, Donovan talks about Trump’s EO on payroll tax deferral and why you shouldn’t do it.

Finally, celebrating special events, birthdays, holidays, etc. during a pandemic:  how are you planning to do it for the remainder of the year and possibly next year?  Donovan has some concerns especially since his youngest son and his wife’s birthdays are coming up. (more…)