TekThing

By TekThing

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You'll find something useful in every episode of TekThing: product reviews, how-tos, breakdowns on the big stories, and interviews with best experts around!
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Download Episode 173Subscribe To TekThing on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------New Google DIY AI Kits! “Google launches updated DIY kits for AI voice & vision w/ edu focus, available at Target.” Target?!? Both the AIY Voice Kit v2 and AIY Voice Kit v1.1 include a Raspberry Pi Zero WH and pre-provisioned SD card to make getting your AI on easier. Deets are at developers.googleblog.com! (You can sign up to find out when they they ship at aiyprojects.withgoogle.com) (Is Target the new Radio Shack???)Grillbot Automatic Grill Scrubber Is Grillbot's tiny barbecue grill cleaner worth the $90 price tag? Does it really leave your grill clean and ready to go??? Watch the video for our review and to see the Grillbot in action! TrailKeg Pressurized Growler You love getting growlers from your local brew pub, but they go flat in 24 hours. And they don't stay cold. Enter TrailKeg's Pressurized Growler, which adds a tab and a C02 regulator to an insulated gallon growler. Does it keep liquids cold for 24 hours and fizzy for days???? Watch the video! (BTW, you might be able to use TrailKeg's lid with the growler you already own!)Best Digital Meat Thermometer There are amazing folks that can time steaks with a clock or their eyeballs... but that isn't us. ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 is the gold standard of digital thermometers for the grill and kitchen, but it costs $100. We've been using the $25 Lavatools PT12 Javelin for years... but The Wirecutter just turned us on to ThermoWorks ThermoPop, and it might be our new favorite. Find out why in the video!Coleman 70-Quart Xtreme Cooler Patrick's old cooler was a hot mess. (There's something wrong about heading to town to buy ice halfway through a 3 day weekend.) Coleman's 70-Quart Xtreme Cooler is a huge step up, and keeps ice cold for days! ATSC 3.0 Next Gen Broadcast TV Explained Last week's talk about TV antennas led to a bunch of questions about Advanced Television Systems Committee 3.0. That's the next gen broadcast TV standard. We discuss what it could do for you at home (and on your smartphone or tablet!), why broadcasters want it, if you'll need a new TV, tuner, or antenna, when you can expect it locally, and more in the video! Do Something Analog A bunch of our friends were out on a bike party bike ride last week... and during a break, one of them caught their foot on a cable, tumbled, and fractured their tibia. Which had us thinking... it can be a LONG time between dialing 911 and somebody showing up. So do something analog, find your local chapter of the Red Cross and get certified for CPR and First Aid. Learn a new skill. Save the life of somebody you love!------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5 for the studio space! Grab some Hak5Gear and check out the security and privacy podcasts at hak5.org.SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
April 13, 2018
Download Episode 172Subscribe To TekThing on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------TunnelBear Update Yes, TunnelBear was bought by McAfee. It's still the only VPN with a third party audit. More thoughts in the video! Z-EDGE Z3 dashcam vs ROAV Dashcam C2 Traffic and car break ins are -crazy- in the bay area. Shannon takes a look at Anker's new $60 ROAV Dashcam C2 to see if it outperforms her current $130 Z-EDGE Z3. Full review and video from both cameras -day and night- in the video! Audeze Mobius, Mr Speakers Voce, Monoprice Amps! Patrick headed down to CanJam Socal last weekend, and has a quick review of Audeze Mobius Gaming Headset, some love for Mr Speakers Voce and Aeon, news about Monoprice's latest Monolith planar magnetic headphones and new Liquid Spark headphone amp by Alex Cavalli, Ultimate Ears new bulletproof SuperBax cable, and more! Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 Our buddy Mubix, of the most excellent Metasploit Minute - the break down on breaking in - and a fine way to learn about Metasploit... for all y'all curious about pentesting and security asked me, "So what kind of speakers should a normal human like me buy?" There are a lot of good things to say about a pair of SONOS Play:1 speakers in stereo... but first check the review of Elac's new Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers in the video and think about buying an amp!Best TV Antenna? "I need an OTA antenna for my house. Any suggestions?" writes Michael O'Neal from the SolopreneurHour and Beginner Audiophile Podcasts. First check your address against antennaweb.org and see what your TV tower situation is! Then consider ChannelMaster's $20 Flatenna, ClearStream’s $40 Eclipse, or, the mother of all antennas, Channel Master’s Smartenna+, $89.  Thanks Hak5 Thanks to Hak5 for the studio space! Grab some Hak5Gear and check out the security and privacy podcasts at hak5.org.Do Something Analog Like take a ride on a San Francisco Cable Car!!! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5 for the studio space! Grab some Hak5Gear and check out the security and privacy podcasts at hak5.org.SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
April 5, 2018
Download Episode 171Subscribe To TekThing on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------GPU Prices Are Dropping!!! You can see it on CamelCamelCamel... but they're still nearly 2x MRSP! On the upside, you can actually find a new GPU to buy.Is It Safe To Buy Used GPUs from Miners? Alex posted on Facebook, "what's your thoughts on purchasing GTX gpu's that were used for mining? Worth the gamble for the price mark down vs new or refurbished?" Does mining 24/7 trash video cards? Can the transistors in your GPU (or CPU) wear out? Are some cards safer than others??? We talked to an Etherium miner (that runs 76 GPUs!) and an industry expert to answer this one. Check the video! Is This VPN Any Good??? Two questions we -constantly- get are, "What VPN should I go with?" or "Is XYZ VPN a good one?" It would take us years to review every VPN option. Performance might be vastly different in your area. Worse yet, even if a VPN says they're not logging any data, who knows if they're telling the truth? How do you pick? We have our favorites (watch the video to find out!), but you should definitely check out TheBestVPNs 100+ VPN Logging Policies, and watch our helpful guide to figure out what's important when you're shopping for a VPN! (BTW, Restore Privacy has a great introduction to “5 Eyes“, “9 Eyes“, and “14 Eyes”!)Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS & How You Can Try It! Terry, aka @GothamHeightsTX tweets, "What are your thoughts on the news of 1.1.1.1? Is there an easy way for a newbie to set up 1.1.1.1?" We explain what your Domain Name Service is, why you might want to change it (Google and OpenDNS are popular), why Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 is probably the most privacy friendly DNS (and is pushing for even better DOH security), DNS speed, and if 1.1.1.1 will make your Internet faster... Domain Name Speed Benchmark was the tool we ran in the video! Mr Speakers AEON Flow, 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear Salvador tweets, "Patrick, I have $800 that I can use to purchase headphones and I was wondering if you could give me some ideas I like the planar magnetic I was thinking of Mr Seakers AEON." Patrick says, "If there's a better headphone for $800 than Mr Speakers ÆON Flow, I don't know what it is," explains why, and for everybody foaming at the mouth at that price, offers options from $16 and up, from Monoprice's 8323 Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear, to Sony's MDR7506, 1More's Triple Driver In-Ear, Grado's SR80e, Audioquest's NightHawk Carbon Semi-Open... and drops in a fast first look at 1More's new Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones! Do Something Analog Like Bryan, who writes, "I did something analog last Sunday, I hiked over a mile to the top of the bluffs near my home south of Denver to watch the sunrise and eat my breakfast. I took a panoramic photo of the Rocky Mountains." Gorgeous photo Bryan! Check to video to see it! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5 for the studio space! Grab some Hak5Gear and check out the security and privacy podcasts at hak5.org.SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
March 29, 2018
Download Episode 170Subscribe To TekThing on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Fix Facebook Security Fails!!! Facebook is under fire for their part in the data 50 million users ending up at a firm called Cambridge Analytica. Shannon's got a complete breakdown of what happened on Threatwire. Right now, let's talk about how to secure or outright delete your Facebook account!Best 4K TVs for Gaming @GarryFL tweets, "Hi Patrick & Shannon. Long time fan here since DL.TV. Can you please discuss what would be a good 4k tv to game on via a pc and or console. Thanks!" We explain why it's a tough time to buy a new 2018 TV, what to look for, input lag (and how much is too much), and rtings.com's excellent input lag testing, deals on LG's B7 and TCL's P607, and more in the video! pfSense or UniFi Security Gateway??? Randy tweets, "@TekThing What would be the benefits of replacing my pfSense router with a Unifi Security Gateway, other than the ability to manage it from my Unifi Controller?" Answer in the video! https://twitter.com/strra/status/977154813141151744 Better Security For Your Home Network! Our network security maven, Hak5's Sebastian Kinne, has some tips on network security threats and how to mitigate them (especially Internet of Things devices), how to make secure passwords you can actually remember, and more! Patrick’s Beard and Social Media... Simon says "@TekThing Does @patricknorton's beard have it's own social media presence? If not then why not?!" [[laughter]] and answer in the video! Do Something Analog! Like Eric, who writes, "My favorite analog (mostly) activity is working on cars. This time it was my old '97 F150 needing a couple of new pulleys and a water pump while I was in there. Since no one had the special tool I needed I made my own fan clutch tools." Photos of the wrench Eric made from an old mower blade and a pipe, and "the pulley holder is from a piece of flat steel I've had for over 10 years and just keep grind/drilling into different tools" in the video! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5 for the studio space! Grab some Hak5Gear and check out the security and privacy podcasts at hak5.org.SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
March 22, 2018
Download Episode 169Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Is Netflix 4K Worth It??? Michael, aka @cmmanley52 tweets, "Is Netflix really worth the added 2.00 a month more for 4k? Am I really getting 4k content or are they compressing the hell out of it? Thanks" We talk about the new prices at Netflix (It'll be $3, Michael, not $2!) 4K compression for streaming vs. UHD Blu-rays, what speed and hardware you need, and what you can -and can't- find in 4K on Netflix in the video!!!New Studio Setup!!! We've got a time lapse of the new Hak5 studio build, along with information on our new lighting truss, LED lights, (temporary) DIY sound dampening, and more in the show! (Thank you, CableTether.com, for the safety ties for our lights!!!)Hangout w/ TekThing and Hak5! We're having a party March 29th if you're going to be in the Bay Area! Details at hak5.org/oakland!Your Mobile Data Reports!!! We got a TON of responses to the ‘unlimited’ data segment last week! Joe, has as an update on T-Mobile's data cap... which isn't really a cap, and starts at 50 GB per line, not account!!! Speaking of 'not a cap,' Sage is getting well over 100 GB per month, waaaay beyond his cap, and has updates on Sprint coverage. (Tho, frankly, just 'cause the map says the town has coverage doesn't mean your phone works...). The iPhone will work on Google Fi, sort of, as long as you don't mind missing some critical Fi features.Pre-Built PC Warning Ant bought a pre-built gaming PC, and found a few problems. He emailed [email protected], "it saved me several hundred dollars to buy a rig instead of buying each piece myself. All went well except for two or three things." Find out what they are in the video!Do Something Analog Like Brandon, who emailed [email protected], "Zombie run 5k! The proceeds go to charity and you have runners who run from the zombie horde. My friend Sunny and I were zombies!" See what they looked like in the video! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
March 15, 2018
Download Episode 168Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Review The new Pi 3 Model B+ sports a faster 1.4 GHz processor w/ a heat spreader, adds Gigabit Ethernet, along with 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac and promises a 3X bump in networking performance. Benchmarks, a power supply tip, and hands on review in the video! Zolo Liberty+ Earphones We love Anker's cables, chargers, and batteries. How do their new $149.99 Zolo Liberty+ Wireless Earphones hold up? Find out how they sound, fit, battery life, charging, and how well Bluetooth 5.0 works in the video! (More Liberty+ specs!)Are the New Unlimited Plans Worth It??? T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and Google Fi all promise unlimited data for a flat rate. Who's got the best plan? Is "unlimited data" really unlimited? Watch the video to find out! Build Or Buy A New Gaming PC? Jake, aka @Getbackupagain1 tweets "@patricknorton asking for the 15 y/o sitting next to me.  If u were wanting a dedicated gaming pc would you build your own or buy one off the  stock. #neverbuiltone #hethinkshecan" Bet you can guess our answer... watch the video to find out if you're right!Your Backup Tips! Episode 166 was our backup special, and we asked you to share you favorite tools and tips! Thanks for sharing, here's the first batch: @scruffdan tweets "I use @arqbackup for both local and off-site backups. It works very well, runs on macOS and Windows. It backups to multiple cloud providers (including the ultra cheap Backblaze B2), and local drives with ease." @lbdwag tweets, "I'm sure I am not the first to say this, but copying from a client to a Windows file server over a network does require the ability to write to NTFS. That is only a local disk issue (i.e. bootcamp volume while in OSX). #TEKTHING 166"Tom, aka @DinahMoeHumm tweets, “Probably a good idea to buy NAS drives over time from different lots. I had 2 drives die in my Drobo 5N within 2 days. Replaced those & 1 more died. I use dual protection drives.” He adds, “ For backups between systems, I use Resilio Sync”Do Something Analog Like make friends with a sea turtle!!! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
March 8, 2018
Download Episode 167Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------My First Multimeter!!! @petebocken tweeted out, "@patricknorton recommend a decent first multimeter? I guess sub $25." For 90% of what I do, something like this $13 Etekcity MSR-R500 is more than enough... find out why in the video! Smart Bulb Battle Philips Hue set the standard, but there are a ton of less expensive A19 bulbs out there... let's look at how the $35 TP-Link Multicolour Smart LED Bulb LB130 and the $30 Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb White and Color compare! Lubricating Computer Fans Matt wrote [email protected], "I have a dozen desktop PCs (don't ask) and each has 3 or more fans.  I would go broke replacing all of the fans that fail. Instead I've been disassembling, cleaning, and re-lubricating the bearings with automotive wheel bearing grease.  In the past year that I've been doing this I've noticed that the fans I've repaired fail again in about 6 months." We've got advice for Matt on why his fans keep failing, what to use to lube 'em (Hint: not axle grease, Patrick uses a Zoom Oiler), and a great guide from TechRepublic on where and how much oil to use!  $13 Mesh Router??? Meet AP+WDS Daniel caught the segment on mesh vs. cheap wifi -remember Steve in Tampa???- and texted Patrick, "Isn't the hand off a client thing? I have a $13 router." Turns out Daniel's pair of Netis WF2419 routers support AP+WDS. Find out what it does, and how you can use it, why at least one of the routers won't be as fast in the video... and why we think you should get an 802.11AC router instead of an 802.11N! (PS -- anybody using a Tenda router???)Do Something Analog Like cosplay your favorite characters… check out the Doctor Who cosplay Shannon caught at Gallifrey One a couple weeks ago! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!----- 
March 1, 2018
Download Episode 166Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------When To Back Up??? @ngageguy tweets, "After my HD failure I tweeted to you not long ago, I would suggest you give your listeners some tips on the importance of the backup of HD’s and what to do if they start to fail." When should you back up your files and data? Watch the video to find out 3-2-1 Backups Explained (And What We Use!) Three copies, on a least two mediums, at least one off site. That's a 3-2-1 backup plan. What hardware do we use? (And how do we backup offsite to Backblaze and SpiderOak?) Watch the video to find out! Arch Mission: Storage for 13 Billion Years?!? Did the Tesla on SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy flight carry the densest, longest lasting storage media ever??? Yes. Yes it did. Brian emailed [email protected], "Can you review or get more information about the Arch Mission Foundation. I am wondering if this will be available for common people." We're fascinated by the Arch Mission, it's goal to "permanently archive human knowledge for thousands to billions of years," and the tiny 360TB glass disks that use "5D Data Storage by Ultrafast Laser Nanostructuring in Glass."Replacing Crashplan's Local Backups Jake's replacing Crashplan. He's got the offsite data storage covered… but says "My current setup uses a few of the Crashplan features that seem to be unique. Along with cloud backup I have Crashplan duplicate the desktop's extra important items to a second physical drive within the machine. I also have my laptop copy itself over to the desktop." We've got options for Jake, from using a Synology NAS or Drobo, FreeFileSync to back up his "extra important items." Viewer Gregg chimes in suggesting Duplicati as an excellent Crashplan replacement... find out more about this open source tool in the video! Imaging Your PC Patrick emails, 'What's the app called to create a backup of a fresh reinstall. After the updates and favorite apps are installed....????" Backup or disk images? Literally a copy of everything on your hard drive? Both OS X and Windows have built in options! Clonezilla is a great tool for imaging OS X and Linux machines. Macrium Reflect Free is a classic for imaging Windows disks, Acronis True Image is an excellent paid option! Got a better tool to image your disks??? email [email protected]!!! Do Something Analog Like Nate the Old School Otaku, who writes, "After moving into my Fiance's place I needed a place to store all of my media so I made some media shelves designed for a snug fit for DVDs. Still have a few more I need to put up to finish getting everything I have out of boxes and onto these shelves. I think they turned out well for not having a lot of the tools I need for cutting wood and instead just having the lumber yard do the cutting for me." Nice work, Nate, they look great!!! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
Feb. 22, 2018
Download Episode 165Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Patrick Loves Curling @rubrnek tweeted, “#NowListening to the latest @avexcel trying to figure out if Patrick is legit excited about #OlympicGames2018 #curling" Answer in the video! Mesh WiFi vs. Cheap WiFi Router Steve in Tampa writes, "I am moving into a three story townhouse that is wired with Cat5 to most rooms. Need WiFI. Mesh networks cost between $200-400. You can buy a WiFI router for less than $40. Tthe throughput may not be as great as a mesh system and hand off not as smooth, but for streaming Netflix, web surfing, etc. is it really worth it to get the mesh setup (at this point in time)?" Speed and handoffs aren't the only advantages mesh gear like Netgear's Orbi or Eero will offer, and we'd spend at least $90 for a good AC router. Deets in the video! Contour Unimouse Review Contour's new ergonomic Unimouse promises "Comfort In Motion." Does this adjustable mouse deliver? Watch the video to find out in our review! Block Ads With Pi-Hole! Don tweeted @tekthing, “Setup a pi-hole on my raspberry pi a couple months ago and am loving all the crap that it blocks from my home network. Is this the best way to block adds and bad sites?” We explain how Raspberry Pi-Hole works, and its advantages and disadvantages in the video! (We talked about them more in depth in TekThing Episode 121!) CPU Wattage Confusion @MarkCooper tweets: "@TekThing how do more powerful CPUs in the same family use fewer watts? An i5 6600k is rated at 91 watts but the much faster i7 6700 non k is rated at 65 watts?" One word: overclocking. First up, check out About Intel Processor Numbers, a guide to decoding their CPU names.... K = unlocked. We explain why that makes for higher wattage in the video! Do Something Analog Like Papa Len C, who writes, “I've attached a photo of a recent trip to Disney Orlando for your "do something analog" portion.  Have a great week and thanks again for the guidance." You're welcome!!! Thanks for sharing the photos!------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
Feb. 15, 2018
Download Episode 164Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Huawei Mate10 Pro Review Skip the fake reviews on BestBuy, we've got a real review of Huawei's $800 Mate10 Pro, from the performance of its twin cameras (a 20MP monochrome and 12 MP RGB camera), massive 4000 mAh battery, screen quality, and how it compares to Google's Pixel 2 and other flagship Android smart phones! Western Digital’s MyPassport Wireless SSD Review Back at CES we saw WD's new SSD version of the MyPassport Wireless Pro. It’s got built in 802.11AC, so you can move files over it wirelessly, you can serve media from it over Twonky, or Plex, it’s got USB 3.0 so you can move files fast, it’s got the second USB port to charge your phone… but does it save the pictures off your SDCards any faster than the old version??? Watch the video to find out! Enchanted Keyfinder: Sometimes Open Source is Dangerous! Ryo emailed [email protected], "The other day y'all mentioned Magic Jellybean and I wanted to bring up an open-source alternative, Enchanted Keyfinder. I tend to fall for the "open source is always better" fallacy, and have not truly dug into finding differences between the two to find out which is actually better." It deffo works on older versions of Windows, but it couldn't find the key for our Win10 box like Magic Jellybean and Belarc Advisor can. Worse yet, if you download Enchanted from SourceForge instead of GitHub, you might be installing malware. More info in the video! Thermal Paste Drops CPU Temp 50°C! @DerekMoyes caught our conversation about changing thermal paste, thermal grease (also called CPU grease, heat paste, heat sink compound, heat sink paste, thermal compound, thermal gel, thermal interface material ... and tweeted about dropping temps on a problem CPU 50°C by changing it! Thanks for the photos, Derek! Do Something Analog Like rescue a bee from a cold dark corner of concrete!!!------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----

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