Holiday Break and Content Questionnaire

December 27, 2011 in Uncategorized by Societus

I never really mentioned it per se, so this is largely a reminder that I am taking this week off, so I can do things with friends and family whom I don’t often get to see.

I have been tinkering with the idea of recording my podcasts over the road, so I can put out more content, if anyone here is interested in me trying this out, put a positive comment on the page. I will likely be trying a couple of these to get a feel for the quality I can expect if I do this full time.

Episode 011 – Chrismachannukawanzaa

December 25, 2011 in Podcast by Societus

Happy assorted holidays! This episode is short and sweet, just a brief message to the people of the interwebs, along with a rarely ever publicly heard guitar accoutrement (me=rusty).

Episode 010 – News & Other BS

December 23, 2011 in Explicit, Podcast, Resources by Societus

Explicit content warning!!! I’ve loosened my belt on keeping this episode clean, so consider yourself warned.

Today I cover a bunch of things going on lately, as well as give you a painful glimpse into the world of a tech support guy.

Let me know if you want me to keep doing episodes like this once in a while, its actually quite liberating to not go back and edit myself out when I slip up saying something

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.

Episode 008 – Old Gold: Used Computer Shopping Guide

December 20, 2011 in Personal Computers, Podcast by Societus

Hey guys, today I’m going to tackle the single most common question I get from people on my tech support lines. “I found this old PC on eCraigsPawnSwapMeet, is it any good?” So sit back and take in the basics of deciding if the $150 laptop you’re looking at is still worth buying, or if you are trapped in obsolescence.

References today are

Episode 007- Preparedness Kits

December 20, 2011 in Podcast, Survival by Societus

Hey guys, sorry for being late in posting this, if you can’t tell by listening to this episode, I was sick and slept for the vast majority of the day before realizing I hadn’t uploaded the audio, but here you go.This one is a bit long, and has significantly more editing (had to remove the lung shredding coughs)

Today is all about the basics in putting together prep kits for various needs, and at the end is a neat trick for using a flashlight like a room lamp

  • Everyday Carry Kits
  • 72 hour/Camping Kits
  • Extended/Evac Disaster Kits
  • Car Kits

Tune in Tuesday afternoon for a Computers episode on purchasing affordable PCs and sizing your electronics needs.

Gadget Review : Thinkpad Tablet

December 17, 2011 in Uncategorized by Societus

Hey guys, got a tech review for you. Not something I do much, but this tablet is hard to find in stores, and if anyone wants to get a feel for whether they might want it, Ive got hands on for a while to help judge what to expect. Im also trying out a new lower resolution video format to help with the longer start times compared to other videos. If you folks think the load times are still too long, let me know if you would prefer me to chop up the videos into 15 minute chunks and use YouTube.

Episode 007 – News & Water Damaged Electronics

December 15, 2011 in Health, Infosec, Personal Computers, Podcast by Societus

Hey guys, not much to go through here, just a few goings on, a continuation of news from yesterday, and a cool little health gadget I found.

As today’s tech tip I respond to a tech support call to give some advice on what to do about gadgets that have been dropped in water.

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 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.

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.

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