Episode 012 – Hypermiling

January 2, 2012 in Money, Podcast, Resources, Transportation by Societus

Happy new year and welcome back for a new year of amazing stuff!

Today I’m talking about Hyper-miling, which for those not in the know, is the skill people have been refining to improve their fuel economy through maintenance, performance parts, and driving style changes. Practice it and you will notice a difference! I’ve gone from 13MPG up to 21!!

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Episode 009 – Income Properties

December 21, 2011 in Money, Podcast by Societus

Today’s episode is a general warning about income properties, especially in today’s economy. I go over some of my observations of the goings-on for property owners near me, and some of the considerations to take before you take the dive into purchasing a piece of property to supplement your income.

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Society Tomorrow: December 14th 2011

December 14, 2011 in Health, Infosec, Money by Societus

Hey everybody, I’m having some technical difficulties with my audio gear, so instead of recording my podcast for today I’ll simply be writing all of the topics Id planned on including today, this takes quite a bit longer, so the post may go live a bit later than usual. Audio podcasts should be back on Friday morning, so for today and tomorrow there will be these news articles in their place.

Today I am going to be starting off with a Priority Alert for the entire Internet community. There is legislation being run through Congress right now called the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) This bill would effectively censor the internet by redirecting the DNS addresses of any website the government would deem to be “purposely infringing on copyright laws” This bill, however, does not have very much defining language as to what can be considered a violation of any noted copyright laws, meaning that this has the potential to run amok and allow political manipulation of information on the internet as a whole. I recommend that anyone concerned get the application Okawyx as Wikipedia has threatened to block all access to it’s site if SOPA is allowed to pass, which in reality, would affect Congress largely, as even they have admitted in the past that the majority of information they have is from Wikipedia. If SOPA does pass this week, you can expect me to host a special podcast that specifically covers instructions on how to bypass DNS blocking and filtering, which if China knows anything (that is how they censor the internet from it’s people) is extremely easy for someone to bypass with 2 minutes and Google.

       Today’s Money Tip : How to save money on your home phone service. If you do not mind having an internet based telephone service (I always have one PC online, so this is ideal for me) Google has just announced that it will be extending it’s call out service through Google Voice through to 2012. Google Voice, which originally was set up as a internet based voicemail service, included the ability to call telephones in 2010. Google intended to begin charging for the service in 2011, but has decided to keep the service free for the time being. There are even ways for you to trick your Android based mobile phones to use VOIP apps to use Google Voice and avoid burning up precious minutes on low cost packages. For anyone desiring a more traditional phone experience, MagicJack is an affordable service (currently $29.99 a year) that utilizes VOIP technology to secure a low cost home phone service that is easy to use. The original MagicJack ($40) works via a USB connection to a computer with an internet connection, but a new MagicJack Plus ($70) allows you to also connect via ethernet for PC free VOIP. You can use your existing home phones with MagicJack by plugging them into the standard RJ-12 Jack on the other side of the device.

Privacy Update : For all users of Google’s Gmail service, a new security feature called 2-step verification has just been added. Using this new feature, each computer you access your mail through can be allowed to have temporary access, or allowed a 30 day allowed period, between which, you have to verify your identity by entering a text message sent to your mobile phone. The verification system also creates application specific passwords, allowing you to have  a separate password for your iPhone, iPad, Android Tablet, Kitchen Sink, etc. This is the part of the system I like, because you have the ability to revoke access to your account on a device if it gets lost or stolen.

Health Bulletin : Researchers in University of Manchester have just found several important links to improved health and weight loss from eating a low-to-no carb diet. the findings, say the UK scientists, have shown a nearly 40% increase in general health and wellness, as well as a 9 pound per week loss of weight in overweight and obese subjects, compared to 5 pounds in people on a traditional carb heavy diet on the same exercise regimen. Further study is to begin, as another effect of the low-carb diet has been a reduction and even partial reversal of inflammation based auto-immune diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, and Celiac’s Diseases. I for one wait with baited breath to hear the results of this study, as it could completely reshape the medical knowledge involving Autoimmune Disorders.
That’s all I’ve got for you today, check back tomorrow for information on Carrier IQ, government and corporate spyware, and economics updates

Check us out at http://www.facebook.com/SocietyTomorrow Twitter at #SocietyTomorrow or call us on Skype @CallUsTomorrow

Tips & Tricks: Buying Locally

December 13, 2011 in Money by Societus

Hey guys, I’m sure you all know the importance of buying locally to help keep our economy and small businesses running, but a lesser known skill is being able to tell what products are being made here, and more and more Chinese and international manufacturers have stopped putting the country of origin on packaging due to increasing customer avoidance. So today, we are going to cover how to identify the country of origin using the bar codes on every item sold in most stores.

The Universal Product Code is a versatile labeling system that allows cash registers and inventory systems to quickly and easily sort, order, and price items, however they also have the detail of sourcing the Country of Origin, Manufacturer ID, Distributor ID, Series ID, and Product ID, in that order, within the bar code.

The first three digits of a UPC code identify the country of the original source of the product, regardless of who finished or distributed the product. Use this guide to easily sort out the items you want to buy.

690-692 MADE IN CHINA
00 – 09 ….. USA & CANADA
30 – 37 ….. FRANCE
40 – 44 ….. GERMANY
471 ………..TAIWAN
49 ………… JAPAN
50 ………… UK

Although no mainstream source considers this information in the gradually more globalized economic environment, this is information that should be a right to know for all citizens, to promote local business and especially for our foods, to reduce the distance traveled from farm to fork.
Thanks for dropping by today, and have a great tomorrow.

Episode 006 – Money: Building a Budget

December 13, 2011 in Money by Societus

Episode 006 – Basic Budgeting

Whew! After many months of hiatus and medical issues, I am reviving the podcast! My deepest apologies to anyone who wanted me to put out more media in this time, I plan to make up for it now by coming up with as many topics as possible to get people thinking.

Today is a Money episode, and it came from my recent “shit hit my fan” experience on medical disability, so it is about how to develop a bulletproof budget, and how to set goals so you can be financially prepared for your future regardless of the bones that get thrown in the gears.

Make sure to leave comments and questions, If you would like me to help build a customized budget for you contact me on Skype at “CallUsTomorrow”

Iphone and Android app for the Banker-style budget is in the works, links will be provided when complete

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