The One Off Technology Podcast Episode Preview

The One Off Tech Podcast

I am in the process of creating a podcast which I will soon make available to others. I am working on the research and the episode topics for the show. It even has cover art and an intro.


Here is my planned episode list:

Podcast topics:

Episode 1

“Privacy, smivacy”

Encryption and Privacy

The Constitution on Privacy, Encrypting our phones and our hard drives, At Rest encryption. Back doors to encryption by NSA and FBI, Do we really need privacy or encryption? Does protecting the innocent also protect the criminals?

Episode 2

“Anonymous Browsing isn’t so Anonymous”

Methods for attempting to browse anonymously and why they don’t actually work. The Illusion of Anonymity. #PrivacyLost

Practicing Safe Browsing. The threat of malware and viruses and nefarious websites. How to try to spot the fake website? Tools and add ons to protect you while browsing the web. The death of antivirus. Two Factor authentication

Episode 3

“Rosie, how do I stop this crazy thing?”

Robots and Artificial Intelligence

I want a BB-8 for Christmas

The three laws of robotics,

Is it important for Robots to have Ethics or Morals?

The Turing Test

The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Alan Turing proposed that a human evaluator would judge natural language conversations between a human and a machine that is designed to generate human-like responses. Blade Runner and Electric Sheep

The Future of the Human Race and our Robot Overlords

Episode 4

“All I needed to know in life I learned from ‘Call of Duty’”

Video Games and education

Video games as war simulators to prepare for Drone wars.

Minecraft and Lego Worlds to teach kids about imagination, building, and doing the impossible.

Episode 5

“I’ll have a Raspberry Pi to go please”

Raspberry Pi, Beagle, 3D Printing, and the age of the MakerBot culture

Reminds me of the Homebrew Computer Club

and ham radio days of old back during the development of Altaris, Apple computers, etc.

Cool projects with small devices

Episode 6

“The New Age of Learning”

The popular concept that we can learn to do anything in this current age. Our Google brains say we don’t have to learn something until we need it. Can we learn anything? It has been said it takes 10,000 hours of practice to get good at something. Can we speed a week in a bootcamp environment and learn how to be programmers using the emersion method, where all we do is eat, sleep, and drink our new skill?

MOOC courses, free classes online, taking classes from different sites such as SitePoint, others to suddenly change careers to become a web or Java developer. The promises, the results, the failures, reality check.

Episode 7

“Look, my medical records on a barcode”

Electronic medical records, EHR/EMR systems, Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare. Will insurance companies use my info against me? What do hackers want with my health records? Hacking Medical Devices

Episode 8

“Do you know where I am? Ask my phone”

Mobile devices, mobile advertising, mobile search, Apple vs Android vs everything else. How did I live without this device? #PrivacyLost Find my phone, find me.

Episode 9

“How to become a Social Media Butterfly”

How to build your own brand and market it using social media

Episode 10

“Look Ma, I am on the podcast”

How to create your own podcast and how this one is made, piece by piece

Bonus Material: The outtakes and what didn’t make the show

What do you think? I would love to hear your opinion. I can be reached via Twitter at @aroyrichardson


Let’s go Crazy

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The after world
A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night
-“Let’s Go Crazy” Prince and The Revolution

Those lyrics seem appropriate. I am not usually one to quote lyrics but as I was starting this entry, well, it seems like that is what I wanted to do. So there.

A couple of people who follow me Tweeted me to ask was I posting at least twice a week to my blog. Sadly no. Thank you for trying to hold me accountable. I have started two or three blog posts about WordPress or social media topics and when I didn’t have the time to devote to them I had to stop and leave them in draft. My posts are often perhaps overly long. I don’t like to tell half the story. I also love to use images to help tell a story or explain how to do something. Teaching others is my passion. So if I can’t cover a topic well, I don’t want to cover it.
Justin Mazza Next chapter in life quote
Justin Mazza Next chapter in life quote
And Life has been happening. I have a “day job” that sadly keeps me away from writing full time. I also teach part time at a technical college. If it paid better I would love to teach full time. That day will come one day. I have kids who need time as they are a bigger legacy than any word I could ever write. I have an awesome wife who puts up with my craziness and who has been going through her own struggles as she has worked hard to help with her mom’s failing health. This involved lots of travel and her being away from home days at a time. So I have tried my best to keep the world running. Sure, the kids may have gone to school dressed as clowns wearing mismatched socks but I kept them fed and bathed. Yes, I can keep the house running but there is a synchronicity between my wife and I. She is the Ying to my Yang. So things do not run as smooth when she is not here.
Holly Victoria Norval Put a bit of yin and yang in you're life
Holly Victoria Norval Put a bit of yin and yang in you’re life
In the end her mom passed away Monday of this week. So now her Mom suffers from her earthly pains no more and is probably seeing her family and other love ones who passed on before in heaven.
And then there is that day job. We just had a change in upper management. Disclaimer Alert: The views expressed by my online persona are my own and not of anyone I am or have ever been employed by. With changes in management there is always uncertainty. Will the new management change things up or will things some how remain the same. There are times when I seek even bad changes because at least that is a change. When the car stops moving forward, when there is no longer innovation, some times bad choices lead down a path to better choices. I certainly don’t seek bad choices but sometimes you have to allow change of any kind in order to allow change of a better kind.
Dilbert Rotate the Tires
Dilbert © 2015, Universal Uclick by Scott Adams
So suddenly the pressure is on to make a good impression. But the funny thing is I have a long track record of delivering the goods. While I may need to adjust my methods to new reporting requirements, I just need to keep doing what I do. I prefer to work behind the scenes and not be in the political machines that every company seems to have. And I try to stay away from politicians as they do not seem to move things forward.