S3E12: How to apply for Internet Assistance program | Amazon Sidewalk | and Google Privacy?


Chapter 1

Internet Assistance Program aka Emergency Broadband Benefit, 

Did you experience financial difficulties last year during covid such as unemployment or furloughs? Or maybe your children qualify for free or reduced lunch? If you live in the United States, there is a government program to give you Internet fees assistance of up to $50 a month. So say you qualify and you have lower speed Internet, this is a chance to upgrade to a higher speed plan perhaps? Or maybe you are struggling and you just need help to maintain the Internet you have. I will have a link in the show notes. You should go and see if you qualify. This program won’t last forever so the biggest downside is if you upgrade your Internet you may have to downgrade to a more affordable plan when the program stops. In the meantime many states are trying their best to lobby and create plans to help rural areas who do not have what the FCC classifies as broadband which is 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Hopefully we will eventually treat the Internet as a necessity since so many of us use it for everything we do. 



Chapter 2

How many times have you said to yourself? Hey Self, would you like to share your Internet with your neighbors? NO! You don’t want to do that. Your neighbor may be into stuff you aren’t into. Amazon announced several months back that “Sidewalk” their connectivity feature for helping their Alexa and other smart devices connect more quickly to the Internet would be turned on by default on all of their devices. They have also partnered with Tile, the Bluetooth device for helping find things that is shaking in their boots thanks to Apple’s AirTags (which feels like a blatant rip off of Tile’s technology). So Tile and Amazon have partnered to compete with AirTags. But what does this mean? Well basically Sidewalk will slice out a small portion of your Internet bandwidth to dedicate to traffic between Amazon smart devices, roughly 80k per second. So if you have 1.5 meg internet, that might hurt some but if you have 25 meg or more (the FCC’s definition of broadband) you may not even notice or miss it. And Amazon says the traffic will be encrypted and your privacy will be protected. Of course, this is from the same company whose Alexa devices seem to go off randomly and think a lot of what I say must be its key word. If you are paranoid and you have the Alexa app on a smart device, you can turn off Sidewalk. But the potential is eventually IoT (Internet of Things) devices may use this approach to talk rather than having to use Zigbee and other proprietary methods of communication or instead of using your Wifi in a not all that secure manner. So it could be a good thing or a bad thing. Time will tell. If you aren’t paranoid enough to NOT have Alexa devices but you are paranoid enough to be worried, you can opt out of Sidewalk inside the Alexa app by going to Settings, Account Settings, Sidewalk and toggle “Enabled” to Disabled.


Chapter 3

Google learns we may want privacy? Oh, and better protection.

So I mentioned features of Google’s Password Manager in Chrome browser as mentioned during Google I/O. Well, we didn’t talk about it but Google is making TSA aka Two Step Authentication the default going forward and will eventually convince you to turn it on. I highly recommend it. While it is not bulletproof, having to have both the password to your account and then having a code texted to you or using Google Authenticator means it will be extra challenging for hackers to get into your gmail and other Google products. And you will have greater control over your privacy. You can password protect your search history in your browser. That’s right. So you can prevent others from seeing your search history in Google accounts. You will also get more options to delete past history in Chrome. Say, you want your history deleted after three months. Bam, you can easily set it. What it to expire in 24 hours? Sure. Want to protect via a password where you surf on the Internet? You can. 



How to tell Google to delete your history automatically


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S3E7: The Age of Content Creation

S3E7 The Age Of Content CreationSo do you have a podcast? How about a YouTube Channel? Maybe you are huge over on TikTok? Or Instagram or Twitter? You may even be getting followers on Facebook.

During the pandemic something happened. We all went stir crazy and a lot of us started that blog or created that podcast or started posting on a YouTube channel. 

In a Psychology Today article https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-choice/202004/5-benefits-boredom They outlined five benefits of boredom. 

  1. Boredom can improve our mental health. How? But allowing us to turn off all distractions and pull away from our phones and social media
  2. It can increase creativity. How? When we are able to reflect internally and really think about ourselves, it can spark creativity. It allows us to think of things in different ways than what we may have previously.
  3. Boredom causes us to seek novelty as we look for new things to occupy our time.
  4. It motivates us to pursue new goals. Psychology Today stats a 2014 study found that boredom often means we are not doing what we really want to do.
  5. Boredom helps us with our self control skills. Basically if we learn how to deal with boredom we will be better able to handle self control and self regulate ourselves.

I will link in the show notes so you can read more.

The point is, while we were trapped in our houses many of us became bored and we dealt with it in different ways, binge watching Netflix or Disney+ (which saw 100 million subscribers during the pandemic). Or maybe you decided to piddle around the garage, the living room, the office. Maybe you considered starting a podcast or a youtube channel.

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Here is an AI generated transcript for the podcast. Either I need to speak more clearly or I really talk wrong.





Hey this is Roy Richardson, this is the one on technology, podcast live, and today’s topic is about the age of content creation. I think I take my headphones off. Think I think by now                



I can. I can. I have a feeds us out what’s going on even in transit, so do you have a podcast,                



the habit, a you tube channel, or maybe your huge overall tick, tock                



or instagram or twitter?                



Heaven forbid. He might even be big on facebook, because facebook discovered video recently and so dern pandemic. Something happen. We we all went, stir crazy and a lot of us. I mean really. A lot of us started blogs a week started, create a podcast or you do                



channel or we started blogging every day, and so here we are we’ve gotten through majority the pandemic. Hopefully, hopefully we got to the pandemic and we are all vaccinated up or we’re social. This thing enough to stay away from catching the virus or we headed and we built an immunity to it. And so here we are                



are the golden age of content, creation                



of technology podcast. We’re has ruben patterson each week. They cover topics, news,                



sit back, relax open your mouth,                



you turn a pandemic, we were bored for a while. In fact, our psychology today has an article talks about the five benefits of boredom. First of all, boredom can improve your mental health. How, by allowing assaulted her off all distractions,                 



the turn off our phones to get away for social media and just have time and then second of all, it can increase creativity. How well were able to inflict real reflect on ourselves internally,                



then we really think vr sales. I could spark creativity, we get. We like our minds you to wander if, if we’re not constantly bombarding it with information than our minds get to wander, and we have new ideas that we might not normally have and so good stuff, and then it also causes us boredom.                



Third thing is epic: boredom causes us to seek the novelty to seek his ass. We look for new things, act, power, tab. You know it’s not really. I mean near when I’m bored I’m trying to find the next thing that next thing this can you retain me and you? It also motivates                



us pursue new goals, because when we’re bored, then you’re gonna, two thousand fourteen study psychology. Today, if they was mentioned that they found the boredom often means that we’re not do what we really want to do, and so here I can are very fit there. With the pandemic, lots of people had opportunities to can reevaluate themselves                



s a figure out what really made sense for them and last boredom also helps with our self control skills. And basically, if we learn how to deal with boredom, then we fear f, troll how self regulate.                



This is a one of technology podcast and I am warehouse ravages than at each week as much an intro                



yeah. We talk about tech topics in the news and how they affect you. So I assume links and show notes. I cannot take forceful about the theo                



about boredom the fat fat. Things forbid if it’s boredom case your interest than that, and so the point is, is we been trapped in our houses in minneapolis became bored and we we dealt with it in different ways. We began binge watching netflix or dizzy, plus dizzy plus grew over a hundred                 



man. Subscribers                



turn a pandemic. It’s it’s like sneaking up on netflix, which has about two hundred million subscribers and a week we’ve been washed everything netflix has a or maybe even pedaling, around your garage or your apartment or your living room or your office and maybe started doing crave. Endeavors you been new arts, air                



and that kind of stuff and save even find different things, and I to quit. Do that same thing? It’s what caused me to revamp a podcast. There had been offline for over a year,                



a few less world of yo, the first two seasons of the podcast who are were back season three. This is episode seven and I’m really excited I’m like this is great. I want to do the podcast again, I my my juices craved were flowing and I’m back in the mix and apart                



gaskin and I wanna say thank you. Thank you so much to all the people there have been describing him up. I guess I may I would have thought you would go dormant and people are subscribing. So, thank you so much read this. The audio of this podcast is available on apple park. Yes, of course, google podcast                



did sure spotify and amazon                



during the pandemic. I went and started back toward working on my podcast, but I also got excited to get my youtube channel backup rang again and after last month I have been participating in elite, a challenge and, and leader word is laugh every day april and they have                



have a challenge oftentimes in august as well live every day in august, and so I’ve been doing yeah, I decided two weeks ago or so three weeks now I would just do my podcast life and then I would do the audio take that audio and supplier cut it down                



then released that neil daria from this to their momma. Let you go crazy. Why                



I’m an analyst this has been our fun and listening out dirt appear to tell him. Also I’ve been doing a lot of research and reading different sources. I’ve been watching lots of. Ah here are shown candle videos on you, they’re their own advil watch a live stream pros.                



I’ve been watching a impartial geek. Also think media impartial geek last year in pros will watch all those course. I was kind of something happened between laughter pros and dave. They have foster and so he’s gone off on his own and very much follow david he’s due it’s really cool stuff out. I’ve loria I gollum they’re great,                



so I have no bone to pick any of those um                



but he’ll different things and people are looking for. How can I turn my podcast or I can turn my life streams in two? No source of income and saving people think wow. I can magically become a youtube star. Indian people just go                



watch my video and I know from personal experience that you’re. Currently it is my third live video for this channel and I’ve done views and pass fact. I have one crazy video that has fifteen thousand plus views, and then I have another video that has five thousand views, but then I must most movies are few                



somewhere between eleven, the house and a hundred plus, and so it’s yeah. It’s a challenge here, trying to ah yeah. I want to deftly make contact before a watch and a lot of things on my youtube channel are tutorials, and so I’m gonna be publishing a lot more. Those and us be                



are recorded content and that my laugh streaming, but this is my life’s dream, and                



so, when you go through like the leader challenge, for example, we each day has a different challenge and you have to go through and find talk about. The things that make you you                



yeah loria says you, uniquely you you’re trying to make a video that is lynn. Uniquely you, this news show personality, share your facial expressions. I like the taco, my hands hello there. How you doing is a vague idea of us not making you crazy.                



I talk with my hands. I do and then year the face, expressions, inflections away, say things way too excited or not, and I am excited because this whole process has been so amazing, so we’re new introduction, video, hey my name, is view bro richardson                



yeah and I was stiff as a board when I did that first, video for delete a challenge, and now I have opened up a lot more, an know and I’ve gotten worse know. The leader chao has led me to finally break down and hit the record button because I had been fearful. I have been trying                



perfect everything. If you look at my set up, I have literally you would think my hobby was collecting things to be alive streamer, as opposed to actually being a live streamer, because I’ve got lights, bring lights, soft boxes, I’ve got to give different know. I                



I’m investing in a new computer immediately. My mac book pro is seven years old. Okay, I have been using it right now. I’m doing have used it. I pushed it literally when I get ready to do this. I have to shut the hell every program this now since                



in order to free up memory and free up cpu and get this done so I’m excited because I’m getting ready, get a mac mini and in later upset I’ll talk about watch as a mac mini over may be waiting for the new imax, which will be available for sale this week on the thirtieth of those people that are at I do.                



I love the colors. I will get a purple one.                



I just thought the purples was awesome looking and I would have done that, but it didn’t make sense because I’ve invested so much in different pieces, and so                



I can’t make the jump to that yet,                



but a mac mini will get me where I need to be, and allow me to do video, editing and streaming and use my fair software, which is e cam laugh, which is what I used from allow streaming or mac. If I were our pc, I probably v mix, I try to bs. No bs crashed a lot, it’s a guy                



good program and if you are with their budget, oh bs is definite waco and so there’s so many people out there now on youtube, who are releasing videos to tell you how to be a you tuber had each of first, our subscribers um you how to do thumbnails, which is something I’ve got work on a very weak                



with illness may say bath. There get some hints for me, I’m open form and you there are joke this. It’s literally the age of consecration. You can’t just take your phone and record vs here. I’ve been doing some streams on                



facebook use. My phone calls me on the phone. Facebook were it out because I like to do landscape mode. It’s really important me landscape mode. For some reason, I don’t know why I get so crazy about that little new box in thing that you give you to your phone and proof in in portrait mode, and so                



yes, that’s that’s where I’m at and yeah I’m near slowly been collecting pieces of gear to try to have a great string me set up a missing a high end. Camera and a camera have to wait because I have to get consistent in putting our county                



went to justify figure a way to spend that kind of money, and so now here is that you have done this and- and I really want to do my best at this and so- and the rain different books um of, for example, I read the hook point brendan king                



hi talks about how to cover the hook point, how you bring people in to usher caught it. He had a book how to have had to get a million subscribers or of like that out there somewhere. I basically I’m gonna go out craig video hype, it up big time and get a man subscribers                



and, I                



think, that’s cool, but I don’t know that. I want amazed subscribers                



I’d rather have a thousand people that really dig my content in in grow organically                



and and that’s what I would prefer to do and then also um also read: let go back powerfully and pat flynn a low power plant. He just did three hundred sixty five days of live streaming every day. He would come on and they’ll laugh string for about an hour and a half any alarm. Hats, some really                



excellent content. Any I q and a sessions any worked at the whole thing in it, put a lot of work into trying to accomplish that year in a big fan of of path flynn and just really enjoyed that journey with him and a catching catching a lab. When I up to eighty, sometimes I’d go back a watch. If the topic                



is that thumbnail, that thumbnail and that title or what pull me in as of now watch this episode, I’m while occupying watch every pamphlet, video, it is always the thumbnail and the title that bring people in to get them to watch the videos and so really awesome that                



it’s a good book by the way, I’m also I am of the books I read of of read. Now you tube should secrets by sean o’connell anna bends. You travis,                



oh, that hurt my feelings little bit because it say: oh well, you shall record videos for people within ten years of your age, I’m like well, I don’t think so. I think I can appeal to a bigger bigger audience, and so that may be challenged and maybe the challenge, because my topics are usually                



relevant and things are happening in the news and um I work in I t abernathy a long time. I were very hard to be tech savvy and keep up with less risk technologies, and so this one ensure that another book that I’m reading right now is the you two formula by darryl eaves                



that book. If you are youtube, content creator is amazing. First of all, you may not know this, but then I met this in the last episode.                



You tube is the world’s second largest search engine, so people do searches on youtube, all town, trying to find specific videos                



and there’s, like millions of searches every day on you tube trying to find videos about split, a specific topic, or you know the celebrity or whatever your whatever you’re into and so to me, that’s wow army, and so the thing about the youtube algorithm in this book goes in there                



detail about. Is that when you upload a video it das sexy video I’ll give you example. If my video has a stop sign in it,                



you youtube. Isn’t I used to think that youtube just went to description in the thumbnail and and set up the algorithms like that, but no, it goes so far beyond where, if you have us a stop sign                



in your video and semi deserts search for stop sign                



if your video is had if iraqis your video may come up, even though you may not mention the word, stop sign anywhere in your video, but because youtube is literally going through and analyzing your video frame by frame and finding out. What’s really in your current it, I mean really                



going through your videos frame by frame and fannie. I was in your content, and so this book is born. Oh man, you you’ve, gotta, read it. It goes into great detail, am now a sexual. It tells me how to to relief format. My channel had a bill, my channel, how to do keyword, searches and so                



yeah. I’ve gotta start thinking about that process and if I really want to be scientific about it in I’m a science guy, I realize be scientific about my processes and help us all together, and so I’m going to analyze the video and go through and then the other part. The book says is that we should go and found basically                



ten other you tubers, who do content, that’s similar to yours and take a look: how do the thumbnails, how the air videos and what all they do, that makes people watched his videos and you- and you know all like the old videos. You are like the vs on the last thirty to forty five days and why’s that, because our take                



dst change em, who just gone through a pandemic, so you may be in the things that you aren’t into before the pandemic. Like, for example, you may have a new thing: black cheesecake I’ve got eight fourteen flares a cheesecake. This is really important me with a year ago may on every tweet.                



I know that sounds crazy to this off the cuff said negative or nose was dry really are they were tight? So the point is is that this is a perfect time to be a content creator. If you are in the podcast space,                



spotify boat, anchored out fm,                



then so you can go and progress for free or anchor there are some limitations. Are some fixes catches. I recommend reading the fine print. Oh, it’s kind of a grey area where you actually own your podcast. If your personal ankara, film, theoretically, you do but the concern there is death,                



you might not end near you’ve. Got people are joe rogan, where spotify paid them paid him crazy amounts of money for him to be exclusive to spotify, because they’re pushing hard in the park airspace and last week or week before when apple made their announcements on the twentieth yeah.                



That was dead glass. We are with me today. You will apple made their announcements. They announced that people will described the podcast. So, as a pod, castor, you can set up a scripps, a subscription model on app on apple to samsung and apple, where people very forceful you had to pay twenty bucks,                



and then people can pay to subscribe to your podcast                



or they can be members, and you have exclusive content that only they get to hear. That’s not gonna be available anywhere else, and                



you know it makes ways for you to have an income stream may well, maybe maybe not nearby, but some people who for side hustles were gonna do outside of my day job that earns me some extra money while, for example,                



I’ve set up a buy me a coffee page because I won’t erase mind, buy a nice mirror less camera. To add to my you tube set up so that I can actually do better quality right now, I’m relying on some large tech, nine. Twenty cameras are seen on twenty cameras. They work well                



good, but you can’t do for k. You can’t do sixty frames per second,                



nothing. I wanna do sixty frames per second of all cape out yeah, I’m not I’m not running. This is the owner and jogging hey. Come watch me java inferno, my my aren’t her front of my camera. This is not the content that needs a new, truly high, end video, but it I want to have                



quality video                



mac. Peter was insane. I have quality video for you.                



There are watching. I also am a perfectionist and I wanna have the best quality possible for you.                



I don’t need the highest end of cameras. I just need something better than a web cam, but, like sean carroll says you gotta, you gotta hit that button. You can hit that button, a hit, recording and go record, and so that’s really important me now. If you’re enjoying this video, I would really appreciate if you are                



scratch, my channel,                



I’m going to come out lot more tutorials, that’s really what I’m wearing really get arrogant or ring the bell. He won’t be notified when I come out with a new video, so my plan is to do each week. This way in the in re, released audio content from this is my podcast                



and so yeah good times, and ah                



that deter ah imagine by the way. I am again as as thinner amro richardson. This has been one off tax packet and that’s it you look for me alone.                 



I am out there. Man, man, twitter and such handle is a richardson a on twitter. I am on instagram as a richardson. Some dad be the hero, richardson,                



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