My Tech Opinion: Ep 7 – Lets go back to my place to stream and chill! – Home video streaming.


Episode 7 Notes
In this episode, Shayne and Phil talk (for a long time) about home video streaming and what is available in Australia as well as looking at some of the news from around the tech world.

News
Firefox can sandbox Facebook so they don’t track you around the web https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/facebook-container-extension

Apple Education Event https://9to5mac.com/2018/03/27/apple-education-event-announced-roundup/

Feature Topic – Home Video Streaming
Australian options:
https://www.finder.com.au/internet-tv
https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/home-entertainment/home-entertainment-networks/articles/streaming-tv-and-movie-services-compared

US Options
https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/best-on-demand-streaming-services/
https://www.cbs.com/all-access/

Smart DNS services
http://www.bestsmartdns.net/

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My Tech Opinion: Ep 6 – Nerd Eye for the WiFi. – Home WiFi


Episode 6 Notes
On this weeks Episode, Phil and Shayne talk about home wifi and the scandal engulfing facebook!

News
Facebook data was misused in the lead up to the 2016 US presidential election https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/16/17132172/facebook-cambridge-analytica-suspended-donald-trump-strategic-communication-laboratories

Cambridge Analytica suspends its CEO after comments about bribery and entrapment  https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/20/17144358/cambridge-analytica-ceo-suspended-alexander-nix-channel-4

Mark Zuckerberg apologises over scandal and promises changes to the facebook platform
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/21/17150158/mark-zuckerberg-cnn-interview-cambridge-analytica
http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/21/technology/facebook-changes-data-scandal/index.html

Feature Topic – Home WiFi
https://www.lifewire.com/how-many-devices-can-share-a-wifi-network-818298
https://eu.dlink.com/uk/en/support/faq/routers/mydlink-routers/dir-868l/how-many-simultaneous-users-can-my-wifi-network-handle

Wifi Standards
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/12/30/802-11ac-vs-802-11n-wifi-whats-the-difference/#43ba055e3957
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_mesh_network
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11

Limitations of WiFi
https://ipoint-tech.com/wireless-networking-wi-fi-advantages-and-disadvantages-to-wireless-networking/

My Tech Opinion: Ep 5 – My house is turning into SkyNet…. Should I be worried? – Home Automation


Episode 5 Notes
On Episode 5 of My Tech Opinion, Phil and Shayne talk Home Automation as our feature topic.

News
The designers of the new Sony Experia XZ2 throw some shade at Apple http://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/mobile-phones/smartphone-war-is-heating-up-with-japanese-smartphone-giant-sony-taking-shot/news-story/96169ed433240dc81bc5cf701291484b

23,000 HTTPS certificates axed after CEO emails private keys https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/03/23000-https-certificates-axed-after-ceo-e-mails-private-keys/

Spotify is about to list itself on the New York Stock Exchange https://www.recode.net/2018/2/28/17064644/spotify-ipo-music-streaming-initial-public-offering-listing

Feature Topic – Home Automation
Article on the Pros and Cons https://www.mythinkenergy.com/pros-cons-home-automation

Some of the systems available that work towards home automation in some capacity
Clipsal C-Bus
Apple Homekit
Google Mini/Home
Amazon Alexa
Others that work together:

Zigbee https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/news/129857-what-is-zigbee-and-why-is-it-important-for-your-smart-home

Z-Wave http://www.z-wave.com/shop-z-wave-smart-home-products

Some products for home automation:
Lifx https://www.lifx.com.au/
Wemo http://www.belkin.com/au/Products/home-automation/c/wemo-home-automation/
Philips Hue https://www.philips.com.au/c-p/8718291547778/hue-personal-wireless-lighting
August Smart Lock – (Smart Locks are available from different vendors too.) http://august.com/
Nest – Thermostat, Protect, Camera https://nest.com/au/
Telstra Home https://www.telstra.com.au/smart-home/devices
Ring Doorbell https://ring.com/

My Tech Opinion: Ep 4 – Take CTRL of your career, ESC to an ALT job! – IT Careers


Episode 4 Notes
On this episode of My Tech Opinion – Phil and Shayne talk to Jessica Reesby from Reesby IT Recruitment about careers in the industry and her thoughts about tech jobs.

News
The South Australian Premier announces pledge to create their own Broadband Network. https://www.itnews.com.au/news/sa-govt-pledges-35m-fibre-expansion-to-take-on-nbn-co-485529

Australia’s new payments platform goes live https://www.itnews.com.au/news/australias-new-payments-platform-goes-live-485045

Privacy Warning: Don’t use your mobile phone number for PayID https://eftm.com/2018/02/privacy-warning-dont-use-mobile-phone-number-payid-47016

CBA blocks crypto coin buys on credit cards https://www.itnews.com.au/news/cba-blocks-crypto-coin-buys-on-credit-cards-485192

Feature Topic – IT Career
Special Guest: Jessica Reesby – http://www.reesby.com.au
https://www.smh.com.au/business/investments/you-can-now-study-blockchain-at-university-20180220-p4z0wz.html
https://itbrief.com.au/story/demand-tech-skills-intensifies-across-australia/

My Tech Opinion: Ep 3 – How fast is fast enough? – NBN Speeds


Episode 3 Notes
This episode of My Tech Opinion, Phil and Shayne take a deeper look at Broadband speeds and how fast is fast enough?

Here are some articles referenced through the show:

Mitch Fifield Comment https://www.theage.com.au/opinion/truth-about-nbn-is-that-australians-do-not-want-to-pay-for-internet-speed-they-do-not-need-20180117-h0jt7y.html

The Life expectancy of Optic Fibre http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-life-expectancy-of-fibre/

Internet traffic as reported by Cisco https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/visual-networking-index-vni/vni-hyperconnectivity-wp.html

What is the NBN MTM? https://www.nbnco.com.au/blog/the-nbn-project/what-is-the-nbn-multi-technology-mix.html

My Tech Opinion: Ep 2 – Excuse me doctor, my processor has a problem!


Episode 2 Notes
Welcome to Episode 2 of My Tech Opinion. In this episode, Shayne and Phil talk the Spectre and Meltdown issues plaguing computer processors.

Here are some links as to what we talked about:

News
Intel has told users to NOT install its firmware updates for the Spectre/Meltdown bug until further notice. http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-stop-firmware-patching-until-further-notice/

Australian TAFE’s to offer Cyber Security Courses. https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/632581/australia-tafes-launch-cyber-security-certification-courses/

Apple have finally announced that their HomePod speaker is ready to buy. https://www.macrumors.com/2018/01/23/homepod-launches-feb-9-preorders-jan-26/

Amazon opens their first Amazon Go retail store in seattle. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/21/technology/inside-amazon-go-a-store-of-the-future.html

Elon Musk gets to keep his Job at Tesla. https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/01/huge-pay-package-convinces-elon-musk-to-stay-at-tesla-for-10-more-years/

Feature Topic – Spectre and Meltdown
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/intel-chip-bug-meltdown-and-spectre-explained-2018-1?r=US&IR=T
https://danielmiessler.com/blog/simple-explanation-difference-meltdown-spectre/
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/04/meltdown-spectre-computer-processor-intel-security-flaws-explainer
https://qz.com/1171811/intel-intc-ceo-brian-krzanich-sold-off-the-majority-of-his-stock-after-finding-out-about-the-meltdown-and-spectre-security-flaws/
https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/11/16880922/amd-spectre-firmware-updates-ryzen-epyc

My Tech Opinion: Ep 1 – 3 bitcoins in a fountain… – Cryptocurrency


Episode 1 Notes
Welcome to the first episode of My Tech Opinion. On this episode Shayne and Phil take a good look at: Cryptocurrency.

Here is a link to some of articles we referenced during the show:
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/bitcoin-a-beginners-guide
http://www.businessinsider.com/list-top-cryptocurrencies-analysis-comparison-2017-10/?r=AU&IR=T
https://www.smh.com.au/business/investments/bitcoin-futures-deliver-wild-ride-as-debut-brings-rally-halts-20171212-p4yxm0.html
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/legality-cryptocurrency-across-globe-p-b-stanton
http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/should-australia-start-its-own-cryptocurrency/news-story/368b3f603f42337c70162cf434777ca2