Tech Review Roundup: Spring 2018

Tonight on GeekNights, we review a number of different tech items we've purchased recently. USB Cables, the LG Style smartwatch, the Synology + Series NAS, The WD 4TB Passport Wireless Pro, various wired and wireless headphones, and some other miscellaneous tech. In the news, an Uber self-driving car killed a person, and there's a lot going on with the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach.

Tech News Roundup: Spring 2018

Tonight on GeekNights, we bring you a tech news roundup for spring 2018! Coin miners are still preventing you from buying a GPU, unauthorized clients were pirating Spotify premium features, multiple LTE vulnerabilities have been announced, Youtube enables live captions, some interesting things are happening with Twitch subscriptions, Twitter's (completely justified) bot purge outraged the far right, Rhode Island wants to charge state citizens for free speech, some ridiculous drama occurred around TLS certificate security, desktop sales continue to fall, and Flash is rapidly coming to an end.

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M.2 and You

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the M.2 form factor and what it means for you. See also: NVMe. In the news, US states are working to protect net neutrality even if the federal government has gutted it, Uber may have sinister long term plans for self-driving car ownership, the Hawaii missile alert was more than just a bad GUI, and Best Buy was still selling CDs.

Four of our recent appearances are live on youtube! PAX Unplugged 2017 - Learn and WIN: Carcassonne, PAX South 2018 - Balance in Game Design, MAGFest 2018 - The 40 Tabletop Games you Need to Play, and Judge Anime by its Cover - Winter 2018!

Scott's Crashy Computer

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the crashiness of Scott's computer. In other news, we're back from back-to-back MAGFest and PAX South (there is video from our PAX South and PAX Unplugged panels), after the longest hiatus in GeekNights history, Microsoft finally adds ssh support (RIP Putty), video cards are overpriced thanks to a pyramid scheme, the socio-tech divide grows ever wider, and there may well be no real correlation between stock price and security breaches.


Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about one of the most ancient topics in our fanbase: headphones. Earbuds are also included. What kind of headphones should you buy? Are more expensive ones actually worth it? All will be revealed. For reference, Rym uses these guys as the GeekNights monitor headphones.

In the news, HP can never be trusted again thanks to bundled malware, Apple had a ridiculous and embarrassing vulnerability allowing trivial root access, and the next GeekNights Book Club book will be Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey.

Buying the Right Tech

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider how one should choose the right technology. Need a new NAS? Trying to decide which video card to buy? Do you really need a 4k monitor? My NAS Research and this episode can help guide you through the process. In the news, Pokemon Go killed some people, a crazy spreadsheet ostensibly models New York transit, and we'll be live at both MAGFest and PAX South 2018!

IME, Intel, and You

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the potential dangers of IME, Intel's hidden full MINIX OS in your CPU. In light of a demonstrable exploit via JTAG over USB, it's a serious concern. In the news, Firefox Quantum is ridiculously fast and Amazon dips into ad-supported video.

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