Practical Geek podcast

By Barry Link

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Useful tech advice for frugal Canadians.
Feb. 23, 2017
We look at standing desks, including two office workers who've come up with their own cheap solution to an often expensive proposition. We visit a village in B.C. that bought a drone and wrap up with another instalment of You Can't Get It in Canada. Barry Link hosts.
Jan. 17, 2017
In this episode, I discuss what I've learned from months of using Netgear Arlo and D-Link cameras in my home. My conclusion: although they can be fun and useful, you might not want or need a camera at all. Listen to find out why. Also, another segment of You Can't Get It in Canada.
Dec. 14, 2016
Amazon Prime Video is no replacement for the loss of Shomi in the online video streaming space in Canada. But maybe that's not the point of the service.
Nov. 21, 2016
Are you prepared for Black Friday? What about your holiday tech shopping list? Guests Tyler Orton and Brittany Whitmore parse out Black Friday with me and provide advice for tech consumers about what to expect this week, whether Black Friday is worth it for tech and what products you should avoid. You can save big on PC peripherals on Black Friday, and 4K TVs are now reasonably priced. Gaming consoles should also see competitive pricing as could devices like the Surface Pro. But give up on buying the new Nintendo NES Classic. And be wary about jumping into still developing product categories like drones and VR or declining markets like tablets. Barry Link hosts.
Nov. 17, 2016
The Google Chromecast has been my champion for months as the best budget streamer for Canadians. If all you want is to put Netflix or YouTube on your TV, this was the device to get. But now Roku has introduced the Express, which is $5 cheaper than the Chromecast. And it includes a remote. Is it enough to unseat the Chromecast? Let’s find out.
Nov. 3, 2016
We talk to two people who keep old devices running long after they’ve been rendered obsolete by new products and abandoned by their makers. Why do they that? Because sometimes, upgrading to a new device is the wrong thing to do. We meet an iPod Classic fan and a devotee of BlackBerry's abandoned Playbook. And we have our What I’m Playing segment, the teen edition.
Oct. 21, 2016
What would you do if all the technology you rely upon in your daily life suddenly stopped working? We talk to Patrick Blennerhassett, whose latest novel examines that scenario and what it means for our increasing dependency on technology. Then we talk with Stream Queen Cayley Dobie about the death of streaming service Shomi and what it means for Canadian streaming service fans.
Sept. 22, 2016
Roku and VMedia have partnered to provide what looks like Canada's first straightforward and legal live TV streaming package online. It's basically a skinny cable package available through a Roku streamer with no contracts or subscriptions to a cable service. It's a big development for cord cutters in Canada, so I tested it out to see if it's worth it for you.
Sept. 9, 2016
This episode is the second part of our two-part series on cord cutting in Canada in the second half of 2016. We discuss my suggestions for the devices, apps and services you should consider when cutting the cord. But first we talk with an old friend of the show about how he just cut the cord and why.
Sept. 1, 2016
As thousands more Canadians consider cutting the cord, we present part 1 of our fall update to the cord cutting scene in Canada. We once again talk to Sean Whitehead, owner of Kutko Canada, about the devices and services he recommends, the current state of Netflix, what he thinks about new American offerings like SlingTV and CBS All Access and whether unblocking services still have value.

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