Your ISPs gateway is like an electric locomotive and everything that’s connected is a car along the train. The gateway has both the modem and the router. Most retail routers for sale today shouldn’t be sold because their underlying processor architecture is outdated and leaves every device that connects to it vulnerable. This episode can get you on track with why residential security is the pits these days. After a little browser history, you’ll see why Google is the RR tycoon in our analogy and there’s a research paper out there to back it all up!

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Most likely a part one, this episode is rudely interrupted by the discovery of firewall logs that indicate an ongoing attack on the router during the show. A primer for new users who want to kill a half hour with explanations about antenna, 5G, NSA-made malware, routers and basics of how wireless networks fit together for users. MU-MIMO coverage rolls in and the episode touches on the concept of how important insulating your smart gadgets from outside networks is; more so with the eventual arrival of 5G.

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With Amazon opening its platform to advertisers in a massive way, we sift through the WSJ article and discuss as thought leaders (!) how old world common sense like selling physical things, not only makes sense but is just what Amazon is doing. Why isn’t anyone else? It’s odd when you sit and think about it – where other sites are specifically after selling our data, Amazon’s busy selling us actual stuff whether you’re online or not. Looks like we’d better warm up to our new overlords. And Linux squeezes in a tiny appearance in today’s episode.

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Holidays really don’t leave a lot of time to do anything but rush around. The only time we have to relax, there’s that kid; making us not relax…

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The rush to move along is sweeping cash out of the way. WAIT! A couple vectors show why cash is king.

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Back to Long Form recording on this one using the news to inform and reinforce the opinion that you cannot sit by and stop learning about what’s going on. There’s a niche (for now) need to get yourself into virtual reality. Even Facebook’s Oculus would be the way and if you do, you can catch some of the best new content as creators double-down on efforts to attract quality rather than customers (hoping to attract them, not direct them inward).

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Tablets never gained traction when they were awesome. Now it’s a matter of how much disappointment you can handle, not which one’s “best.”

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Technology isn’t keeping its nouveau riche weirdness to itself. Without distractions, the public and the voters will notice what politicians have already picked up on: Tech’s money dance exists, but for how much longer?

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