Instant Messaging in 2016

Tonight on GeekNights, we cover a topic that we covered first in 2006: Instant Messaging. The decade that has passed brought great change, and not all for the better. Smartphones entirely altered the landscape of messaging technology, federation died before it ever truly lived, and the world of IM is a fractured mess. Join us for a look at IM 10 years later: we're curious to see how our concerns compare to those of a decade ago.

In the news, Pebble is dead, the smartwatch industry is largely moribund, and malware is fiendishly clever.

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The Big DNS DDOS

Tonight on GeekNights, on our 11th anniversary show, we talk about the big DDOS that hit the US while Rym was in Sydney. In the non-spoopy news, the new Macbooks are underwhelming, and you can be hacked via your microphones and speakers. Don't use OpenDNS to get around DNS DDOSes, but do listen to our show from 2011 on DNS!

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Disposing of Old Tech

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the disposal of old technology. Computers, phones, light bulbs, equipment, that old motherboard box you have full of the extra parts from the last computer you built: everything that you now have to get rid of. In the news, Scott reviews his iPhone 7, and the FCC wants to upgrade the new(ish) emergency alert system.

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Tech Books

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about tech books. As in, the ones with animals on the cover. As a reference or as a teaching aid, they're not entirely obsolete. In other news, Netflix releases its Meridian test/reference footage under the Creative Commons, the Apple II gets an update, and some good camera stuff was announced at Photokina 2016! We also streamed the production of this episode live for some reason.

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Right to Repair

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the right to repair in a practical sense, and how there is no appetite to fix the problem. In the news, Rym got some christmas cheese, Zipcar is dead, Linux Kernel 4.7 is out I guess, Verizon bought most of what's left of Yahoo, and the EU is auditing Apache and Keepass security.

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Talking at Computers

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about talking at computers with the likes of Siri, Google Glass, Amazon Echo, etc... In the news, the legendary Robert Khoo steps down from Penny Arcade and Child's play. He will be missed, and we wish him a hearty GLHF with whatever he's up to after this. Apple has WWDC 2016, where they announced some things.

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HFS+

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about Scott's opinions of HFS+ and case-sensitivity. In other news, del.icio.us appears to finally be on the long grim road toward death, Scott has replaced it with Pinboard, the main danger of Augmented Reality Forks is poop-flavor hacking, and the AP no longer capitalizes Internet.

The GeekNights Patreon is so close to its first goal that Rym is going to publish (soon) the first ever episode of GeekNights: before the October 31 2005 official beginning!

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