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Tech podcast 283 is now up!

Hi all,

This is Jared here, and its time for another podcast. It seems like we’re releasing podcasts weekly, so thats good.

Here’s the show notes.

RSS for RSS and mixcloud will be updated within the hour.

Hello everyone, welcome to podcast 283 of the independent technology podcast, different than other tech podcasts. I say we’re different because we don’t do things the same as other podcasts, and if you’ve not given the podcasts this year a listen, you might want to and see what interests you. This week, we’re going to talk about a virginia bank who got hacked twice, Lifelock had a problem luckily that was reported by a security researcher, I demo the wells fargo app. Hope you enjoy the show.

Thanks for listening!

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A Virginia Bank Breached Twice and No Fix

On July 27, 2018: I had posted the article A Virginia Bank Breached Twice and No Fix and while I found one slight mistake in a linking issue, it should be corrected as requested. I’m curious on your thoughts on this article and even the last one. What do you think? Lets discuss.

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Hackers breach the same bank twice?

So I read a very interesting article this week. It is entitled: Hackers Breached Virginia Bank Twice in Eight Months, Stole $2.4M and I find it very interesting.

Without going to the articles content, I can say that my honest opinion is that it is not the cyberpolicy company they chose. I believe its the bank. You can click through to the article, and read it. I’ll have a link to this article later on Friday or even Saturday when it becomes available. I’m sure it’ll be tomorrow, but when I’ll put it up, depends on time and whats happening.

Now, I believe I’ve seen it all.

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Tech podcast 282 reissue

I know the notes just posted this morning, but when I saw them, I needed to fix something. Here they are, reissued.


I made a mistake when putting up the notations for the podcast, so here’s a corrected version.


Hello everyone, welcome to podcast number 282 of the technology blog and podcast series. This was a great podcast worth of good news, some very interesting news, and well, our favorite subject is back. We’ll talk about our favorite subject in segment 6, but for now, here are the articles and you tube videos mentioned. More information on segment 6 will be after the youtube video listing.

Articles:

Youtube videos

One of the biggest segments is dealing with Philmore Productions. The tech blog and podcast guesses he hates the good press and loves the negative press. The 6th segment on this podcast is something that I really didn’t want to do, but after his continuation of trashing his customers, which did include me, its time to speak out. The bulletine board message posted here was made available publically on his own system. This can’t be good. This may be his downfall.

Contact information is made available on the podcast at the end, or find it on our pages on the blog. Thanks for listening!

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Technology podcast, podcast 282 is now released!

Hi all,

The tech podcast, podcast 282 is now released on mixcloud as well as the RSS feed if you wish to get it there. Please find below, the show notes for this show and its a good one, and we’ve got more coming soon.


Hello everyone, welcome to podcast number 282 of the technology blog and podcast series. This was a great podcast worth of good news, some very interesting news, and well, our favorite subject is back. We’ll talk about our favorite subject in segment 6, but for now, here are the articles and you tube videos mentioned. More information on segment 6 will be after the youtube video listing.

Articles:

Youtube videos

One of the biggest segments is dealing with Philmore Productions. The tech blog and podcast guesses he hates the good press and loves the negative press. The 6th segment on this podcast is something that I really didn’t want to do, but after his continuation of trashing his customers, which did include me, its time to speak out. The bulletine board message posted here was made available publically on his own system. This can’t be good. This may be his downfall.

Contact information is made available on the podcast at the end, or find it on our pages on the blog. Thanks for listening!

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Bug in lifelock exposes millions

I have not read this yet, but saw this on my RSS feed. An article by Krebs lifelock bug exposed millions posted today, July 25th, is another in a series of ongoing issues with security. I do hope it was a bug, and that no information was actually taken. I’ll talk about this on my next podcast, as well as other items that I think we need to talk about. The show notes for the podcast will be posted tomorrow, but this needs to be posted now.

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Book Review: ‘Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground’ by Kevin Poulsen

Hi all,

I have had the article entitled Book Review: ‘Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground’ by Kevin Poulsen published on vocal this afternoon. Podcast 280 has an audio version, but I thought I should continue my writing on vocal. I already had a comment sent to me by Vocal indicating that it was good, so I hope you guys find it of good quality too.

For my list of articles, including this one, please to to my articles page where everything I’ve written is published.

Do leave those thoughts!

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An article is coming for a book review of kingpin

Hello folks,

On podcast 280, I did an audio review of kingpin, which I really wasn’t all that happy with it. I left it that way because I wanted to do it a certain way, but it didn’t quite work out that way. I’ve gotten comments about the review, but I thought I’d write something as well. I’ve now submitted it to Vocal for their platform, and I’ll post that review here when it is available.

Vocal also has some very interesting updates I’ll talk about in this upcoming podcast, and I’m liking what I’m seeing.

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my coments on 2 factor authentication

Hi.
Well ran through the casts from last week and looked at things.
I usually don’t comment on stuff but 2 step authentication is nice and it isn’t.
I for example use it on an iphone, thats nice, you get a code on your phone for service, its fine if you have the device in front of you.
The government and other sites I use this have it.
I don’t use it on twitter though, and not on gmail.
Right now, if I do that unless all I do is view mail within chrome, every program using a google service will need an access password called an apps password.
Thats fine but it means more and more passwords to more and more things I struggle to remember the passwords I do use, in fact a lot of the free sites have the same or similar password, my shopping sites have passwords but since I use paypal thats 2 more passwords to enter in.
Google also has a feature which disables anything thats not secured.
In itself its fine, however what I don’t care about is that the only apps that google allows when this is set to on are google apps made by google.
So in short, if I am secured I have no choice, or independance if say I want to use thunderbird so I don’t do it on gmail.
Some sites allow different methods, ie email or other methods for handle the 2 step, if your phone is not in range some don’t.
2 factor itself is a darn good idea, the way its implimented can sometimes leave you wandering.
For example if I turned on all the so called security settings for google I would be stuck to google apps which is probably why they are making every app you use which is not google have a password.
If I need to signin to x site all the time, I don’t necessarily want to have to put in a code and access it.
Yes you can set something to trusted but its means another cookie and I don’t care about tracking we get enough of this as it is.
We still have a good way to go for it, for some things we allready have this sorted but for others well I don’t know.

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Seeing AI gets an update, available in multiple countries

Hi all,

Seeing AI a microsoft product, got an update yesterday fixing bugs, adding new features including the ability to browse your photos and get information from them.

Whats new?

What’s New
Version History
Jul 21, 2018

Version 2.3

• Seeing AI now lets you browse photos on your phone, including hearing descriptions of the objects, people, text, and location. We appreciate your early
feedback as we continue to develop this feature. Select “Browse Photos” from the menu.
• Optimized performance when recognizing photos shared from other apps.
• Now available in 18 new countries, bringing availability to 70 countries: Albania, Ghana, Iceland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Macedonia,
Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.

The new feature sounds interesting, and I’ll be interested to see what happens with it.

Itunes link for people to get Seeing AI

Do let me know how you like this new feature.

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Official Jaws word on skype and its retirement

Hi all,

Skype is not officially retired, just the older skype that we’re used to. In this blog post I’ll link to, Jonathan Mosen of Freedom Scientific talks about what Jaws is going to do for us in the August release including turning off the virtual cursor. I’ve used it briefly in this manner, and its a bit interesting. I did not know it was used within a chrome type of interface.

The scripts will be updated, and in jaws 2019, they will better improve the scripts further to give us more control.

To read more, Here is information from the freedomscientific blog from Jonathan for you all to read.

I just want to take the opportunity to pass this along while I have the opportunity, and I’ll make sure to mention it in the next technology podcast that is released across the network.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your continued support.

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Tech podcast 280 show notes reissue

I’ve found an error, a slight error where the book title should’ve been instead of the link to the book as the link. I’m reissuing the notes.


Welcome to podcast 280. My name is Jared Rimer, an I hope that you enjoy the program as much as I am bringing it to you. Three segments but they are good segments and they include links. The links are as follows:

Thanks so much for participating in the program, and feel free to leave those thoughts!

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The tech podcast, podcast 281 is now out!

Hi all,

I found an error in podcast 280’s show notes and have reuploaded them to the RSS feed. I’ll repost them to this blog as soon as I’m done with this post.

Podcast 281 brings up some very good news coming up that we’ve read. A very interesting book, and even some you tube videos I’ve gotten to watch that I hink would make some good conversation.


Full show notes:
Hello folks, welcome to podcast 281. We’ve got a very interesting podcast of varying podcast content and tech stuff for you. We’ve got spome great news coming out of Krebs on Security and Cyberscoop as they talk about a great find with a Rat author. A very interesting find in books, this time, someone who’s familiar to the security industry and their book is talked about as I start it. Then, a couple of Youtube videos that I found I wanted to bring up, one which may be of interest in regards to children’s content.

Below, please find links. Thanks for your continued support!

The book:

Youtube videos

This podcast is almost 2 hours in length. Hope you enjoy, an I’ll be back on another edition of the podcast real soon.

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Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

Hi all,

Here’s my next tech book I’m going to read. I found it both on bookshare and bard. I was actually surprised to find it on BARD, but it is actually there.

For those outside the United States, you can definitely get it off of Amazon through Kindle or autible.

Here is the information about the book.

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

By: Bruce Schneier

Synopsis

You are under surveillance right now. Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who’s with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns
are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re
thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it. The powers that surveil
us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but
also the prices we’re offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, chill free speech, and put people in danger worldwide. And both sides
share this information with each other or, even worse, lose it to cybercriminals in huge data breaches. Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate
surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. The result is a mass surveillance
society of our own making. But have we given up more than we’ve gained? In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that
values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business
models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day. You’ll never look at your phone, your computer, your credit cards, or even
your car in the same way again.

Copyright: 2015

It is also available on bard as DB 81511.

I plan to review it for this cast as well when i’m done. It sounds facinating!

Have you read this book, and if so, what did you think?

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Microsoft is Killing Skype Classic on September 1 – Thurrott.com

Well, I was upgraded over the weekend and I was not impressed, although I was tipped off that it is better usable than classic, and yes I can confirm this. Its just getting a makeover and I’m glad it is more accessible than it once was.

Over the weekend, I noticed that the desktop version of Skype was being offered an upgrade that replaced that app with the modern version.

Source: Microsoft is Killing Skype Classic on September 1 – Thurrott.com

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Apple releases minor updates, one may be a big change

IOS and apple products getting minor updates

Apple vis is reporting that IOS 11.4.1 and other apple products are getting minor updates. this apple vis blog post walks you through the details of the updates. According to notations, it does not look like there are any improvements or regressions for accessibility, but it is always a possibility. Instructions for updating each apple product is given at the end of the posting for people who need it.

The biggest change that I want to highlight is the new USB locking feature. This is to lock out tools from extracting data after an hour of the phone being locked. This is a very talked about new feature of the IOS platform, and is looking to be a good thing. According toarticles, companies who develope these tools may already be getting around this restriction, but it is not confirmed as of yet.

For the casual user, this update set may include bug fixes and security improvements throughout the operation of the device being used whether phone, watch, TV, or Mac.

Thanks for reading.

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Technology podcast 279 is now up

Hi all,

I’ve seriously neglected this blog and podcast for quite a long time. I’ve read a lot, decided on stuff, and then got involved in other things. Below, please find the show notes for podcast 279 which is now up on our RSS feed for you to download. It’s also on mixcloud as well.


Welcome to podcast 279. This podcast is long awaited, and I need to get back to doing things more promptly. The news here is not so outdated, but I definitely need to work on getting stuff out more timely. Today, I talk about learning a braille transcription program which I’m continuing to learn. Next, do you know about top level domains? ICANN is allowing new TLD’s to be released, and in this article entitled Bad .Men at .Work. Please Don’t .Click published on the 11th of June, talks about several bad domains, over 50 percent of whose URL’s are “bad” and the word bad is in quotes because it needs to be. Finally, since time had elapsed, a compilation of various news items. Each segment is over 20 minutes, but maybe of interest. I’ll try to get more podcasts out more often. Thanks for listening!

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Technology podcast 278 for for June 9, 2018

Hi all,

The RSS feed has my podcast for this time for podcast 278. Here are the show notes.

Welcome to podcast 278 of the technology podcast with Jared Rimer. I’ve got several articles I’m going to link to as part of this week’s program, as well as a game update from audio game hub.

We’ve got also an update to audio game hub as described above, where they released a new game, and we also have our contact info at both ends of the podcast. See you on another edition of the podcast! Thanks for listening.

See you next time.

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Blindfold games looking for a new opportunity

Hi all,

I’ve received this email back on the 23rd of May. I’ve thought about whether to post it, or just link to its survey, and decided that the whole email is best. Marty, the creator of blindfold games, needs help, and the email is below.


Need your help – New Company: Curriculum-based Games for VI students
Testers,
 
My business partners and I from prior businesses are about to launch a new company to provide game-based curriculum for teachers of visually impaired preK
through 12 students.
 
Our background includes Blindfold Games, and another company we started in the early 2000s to provide IEP management for school districts.  I am already
working with several teachers and professors in this area.
 
There’s a one page synopsis at the bottom of this email, which is included in this survey: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/k12vi-survey   
 
I’m simply looking for help to distribute the survey – passing this on to any and all teachers would really help.
 
If I get sufficient responses that indicate this can become a viable company that makes a difference, we will finish the private funding effort and launch
the company.  I would be glad to share the results of the survey with you.
 
Thanks,
 
Marty
 
 
 
Here’s the one-page info:
 
Over the past 4 years our company has created 80 accessible games downloaded by more than 20,000 visually impaired people.  These games range from Puzzle
Games to Card Games to Sports Games to TV Game Shows to Board Games to Word Games.  About a dozen of the games are used by TVIs for orientation and mobility
practice.
 
Now, we are looking to take our successful game concept and use it to support the work of teachers of students with visual impairments, orientation and
mobility specialists and others who support the educational programs of students with visual impairments.
 
Our team’s background include the members of Blindfold Games (mentioned above), and the founders of a company that provides comprehensive solutions for
the management and regulatory reporting requirements of Special Student Populations, including the IEP (Individualized Education Plan).
 
We are creating a new company that will provide educational curriculum via games for preK-12 students with visual impairments.  Games will be based on
the goals and objectives in each student’s Individual Education Plan, and will record the student’s progress automatically.  We realize IEP goals vary
from child to child and are a road map supporting children to achieve their individualized goals. We are confident you’ll find games that will support
your students in achieving their goals. All members of the IEP team: teachers, therapists, specialists and parents – will be able to monitor the student’s
progress.
 
We need your input to make this new company a reality.
 
The games we design will address all areas of the expanded core curriculum. They will be accessible to students who are screen reader users and those with
usable vision. A small sampling of topics to be covered by the games include: Sequencing, Memorization, Pattern Matching, Orientation, Grids, Calendars,
100s Charts, Simple Graphs, Rule-based games, Turn-taking, Coordinate Geometry, Arithmetic, Algebra, Grade-level Spelling, and Grade-level Grammar
 
 
Our games will be fun and educational. They are based on the feedback thousands of Blindfold Games fans have provided.   Students will be able to enjoy
the games on all popular devices: mobile phones, tablets, netbooks, PCs and Macs.
 
The games will be built as a collaborative effort between game designers and curriculum experts, such as teachers of students with visual impairments,
orientation and mobility specialists,  and vision rehabilitation therapists. When using a game, student progress data is stored in a cloud-based infrastructure,
easily connected to most IEP systems.
 
Our plan is to develop and market these educational games as part of a sustainable business that will have a long-term positive impact.


Thanks for your support.

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IOS 11.4 is now out

Hi all,

This apple vis article talks about IOS 11.4. Some interesting new features we have. I’ll see about getting my phone updated. Please feel free to talk about this one and let me know what you think.

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