SouthGeek News

A talk show hosted by southern folks discussing the latest trends, news, and information in the tech world along with a few geeky topics to round it all out. Released typically on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Episode 8: Read It Before You Tweet It!

Sam and Donovan (sans Oliver and Shae) take on the week’s tech news stories.  But first, Sam gives an update on the state of his move-in, and Donovan discusses his new iPhone SE (2020) plus a funny story involving a Crock-Pot.

On the tech news front, they hit on Starlink looking for beta testers, Microsoft shutting down Mixer, Twitter introducing a new feature (for Android only right now) that tries to make sure you’ve read that article before you re-tweet it, Goldman Sachs creates their own font that’s free to use, unless you use it to criticize Goldman Sachs, J.D. Power weighs in on Tesla for the first time, a funny TikTok video dealing with hot tea spawns other funny retorts, no Boot Camp for Apple’s forthcoming ARM-based computers, and yet another attempt by law makers to destroy encryption in the United States. (more…)

Episode 7: Spies Like Us

Sam and Donovan man the show discussing Sam finally moving into his new home (it took long enough!), and a question from the So… deck.

In tech news, Microsoft ups their game with Microsoft Teams, an academic exercise in eavesdropping using sound vibrations on light bulbs (it’s not really as cool as it sounds), a short-cut for Siri to start recording video and audio if you get pulled over, a massive spying ring forces Google to pull some add-ons from the Chrome Web Store, and T-Mobile explains what happened earlier in the week with their outage. (more…)

Episode 6: Pwned Brain

Oliver brings a sense of the outdoors and nature as he joins the rest of the gang from his backyard.  Topics discussed on the show – Update on Internet Archive’s Temporary National Emergency Library is more temporary than first intended, a help desk system suffers a major breakdown due to a “Have I Been Pwned”…

Episode 5: Betty White on an Emu

With the full crew in attendance, topics that are discussed (after a bit of just shooting the sh*t) — Internet Archive being sued for posting copyrighted works, Google faces a lawsuit because of Incognito, AMC (and theaters in general) may be in trouble, Sam brings out the Weird file, and a short conversation about Donovan’s…

Episode 4: Quantum Distancing

The crew (minus Oliver) are back to discuss warrantless access to your browser, and search history; GE sells off their 129 year old lighting business; the state of social media, Section 230, and Trump; Google admits they have issues with some of their core C and C++ code; and the company that is selling a…

Episode 3: Crop Dusting

The full crew is back discussing the epitome of living in the South, Microsoft admits it was wrong about open source, the Joe Rogan Experience moving exclusively to Spotify, Netflix doing something that’s out of character for a subscription based service, GW-BASIC is open sourced by Microsoft, a grandmother in Europe runs afoul of GDPR,…

Episode 2: Forever Home

Donovan, Sam, and Shae (Oliver had a prior appointment) discuss permanently working from home with the announcement from Twitter that employees could work from home, forever, if their job allowed for it.  Google Play Music is shutting down this year; move your music over to YouTube Music.  Donovan also talks about how podcasting is connected…

Episode 1: The May Love Bug

For their first episode of SouthGeek News, Donovan, Oliver, Sam, and Shae discuss the May 4th anniversary of The Love Bug pandemic that started on May 4, 2000.  Oliver and Donovan both being in the broadband industry at the time don’t have much of a recollection about this particular worm that cost approximately $10 billion…

Episode 0: Here We Go Again!

SouthGeek News has its roots in a wide variety of previous podcasts, specifically the origin of the first podcast that Donovan ever did — The SouthGeek Ramble & Review.  It went for 63 episodes before life changes made him make some difficult choices…one of which was to kill off that first podcast. Over the course…