Tech Talk

Technical debt and infrastructure, staying online when the power goes out

Tech Talk #116 – November 9, 2019 Technical debt and infrastructure Technical debt is a term used in the software industry. All the trade-offs, shortcuts, and patched-up mistakes made by the folks working on software are called technical debt. It’s called a debt because the cost of getting that software done quicker or cheaper creates a need to fix it later and that fix-it-later part is the debt. The United States, and indeed the world,

Wi-Fi – What is it, where did it come from, and how to make yours better

Tech Talk #115 – October 26, 2019 Wi-Fi – What is it, where did it come from, and how to make yours better Wi-Fi is a technology that uses a high-frequency radio signal to connect devices without wires. Because WiFi uses public radio frequencies, there must be standards and specifications. In 1997, a committee at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created the technical standards for a section of public radio bandwidth. The

Duck Go, iOS 13 settings

Tech Talk #114 – October 12, 2019 Duck Duck Go If you want to loosen the leash Google has around your neck during your online activities, consider using Duck Duck Go (DDG) as your search engine. It’s a silly name, but a serious company with a serious purpose. DDG doesn’t track you, collect or share any of your information, or store your search history. You can search for something like “Philco TV parts” on either