Headphones

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!

Batteries

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble battery. Portable power is better than it's ever been, but it has a long way to go. In the news, web sites are stealing your CPU cycles to mine cryptocurrencies and Portugal sees the true dystopia of lost net neutrality.

Tonight is also the eve of the 12th anniversary of GeekNights. From our very first public episode in 2005 to today, we have done 1,180 episodes to date. This does not include the beta episodes we created workshopping the show.

We released both our PAX West 2017 panel - The Rage of the Quitter - and our first new episode of Judge Anime By Its Cover on youtube! Notice it's two separate channels: Rym and Scott. You should subscribe to BOTH!

Tech News Not-Roundup

Tonight on GeekNights, we don't do a tech news roundup, but we basically do a tech news roundup based on suggested topics from the listener. We will possibly alter the format of the Monday show, so let us know your thoughts. In the news, Intel Launches 8th Generation Core CPUs, back up your files, and IOS 11 has a cop mode.

The GeekNights Forum is amazing, and you should join it! We will be back for our 42nd PAX Panel in a couple weeks! The next GeekNights book club book is The Fifth Season!

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AV Tech for Panels and Public Speaking

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the AV tech used in panels and other public speaking scenarios. Just in the last few years, some important things have changed (e.g., you can no longer rely on presenters OR venues having VGA).

In the news, vile people continue to plague tech company staff, Hyperloop is (rightly) held up by regulation, LastPass is raising prices, Lenovo is moving to stock Android for all its phones, and radio navigation returns to prevent a Battlestar Galactica situation.

The GeekNights Forum is rockin', and you should probably join it!

Build vs Buy

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the problem of "Not Invented Here" and how to decide if you should build or buy. In the news, RAM is getting faster, Optane blurs the line, and Firefox drops support for ALSA. GeekNights will be live at Zenkaikon!

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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