S3E16: Married with Tech

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hey this is roy richardson of the 

one off technology podcast and

 

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this is a very different episode first of all 

as as you might tell it’s not live but that’s

 

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okay i have a very special guest and no it’s not 

alexa she was fun but she’s not here tonight so

 

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well she will be but that’s a different story 

i’m sure she’s going to butt in as we call

 

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her by mistake but anyway so i want to bring in 

somebody this is like one of the most important

 

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people in my life probably the most important 

person in my life and i am excited to have her

 

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on the show uh as a reluctant occupant um anyway 

um and so this is my wife donna richardson how

 

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are you that’s not my indicator that’s something 

i need to edit anyway so donna and i met at a long

 

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time ago a long time ago in a galaxy far away 

and she was on the help desk at the company i

 

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worked for i um met we were friends and um i was 

in the middle of a divorce and once that was over

 

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i’m like you know i really do like that 

donner girl and i like hanging out with her

 

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i think i’ll go ask her out and 

then i’ll ask her to marry me

 

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um and she was so silly she said yes 

i don’t know what she was thinking

 

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don and i both work in i.t for our 

respective companies um i started off

 

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on well i started off as a lowly computer operator 

and worked my way up to server admin and then i

 

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was attached to the help desk and then donna came 

on board with the company she worked for it was an

 

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outsourced help desk and was working for that 

help desk and then when the economy got tight

 

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she left and went to another company 

and worked on their help desk and then

 

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went into server administration and 

now she works for a health care system

 

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so yeah she’s moved on i’m still the 

same company i haven’t changed at all

 

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um so donna and i married we’ve been married 

18 years now and we have four amazing kids

 

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four and the two youngest are ours and 

then the two oldest or also ours but

 

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my from a previous relationship and they’re 

well it depends on you ask but they’re adults

 

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um and then of course we have the two younger who 

think they’re adults but they are not age-wise

 

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and the kids were practically born with ipads 

in their hands they used to joke about xander

 

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being born with keyboard missing and we live in 

a smart house so if you look behind donna she has

 

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a light switch right there on the wall run back 

there somewhere yes vana right there point to it

 

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and um so i mean we have everything 

hooked up to um echo devices

 

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and sorry echo and google devices and so 

we can turn the house on a moment’s notice

 

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so we have everything all right almost to the 

point where they’re just constantly conflicting

 

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with each other that’s true even in the car like 

last night we were coming home and you’re like

 

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oh you know turn on porch light and it did 

and we were halfway up the road still yeah

 

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that’s true why do you want to go in the house 

in the dark but yeah we have an alexa auto and

 

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we have echo dots all over the place well just in 

this room alone just in like the one room we have

 

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an alexa an echo and a google right yes that 

is true and just in this one room we have

 

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probably six different devices that respond 

to it so like the lights on my desk are set up

 

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with uh smart outlets um and so i turned them on 

once george and one’s marcia and i also have ethel

 

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ethos my ring light but she only gets involved 

if i’m doing demonstrations right here on my desk

 

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and i have fred over here yep and 

then we have the office slide above us

 

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which only comes on periodically and then

 

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i know there’s more but that’s enough for the 

discussion but anyway the point being is that

 

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we have a a smart house and sometimes 

that smart house is smarter than us

 

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i think people are freaked out by it like people 

guests that we have come over are a little bit

 

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intimidated by all of the connectivity we have 

here and i think it’s amazing and we have lots

 

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of smart cameras as well we have smart thermostat 

um if i had any more cameras you know you would

 

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think i was doing a just fans channel um so what 

is your favorite thing about the amazon based

 

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devices so that the amazon devices have 

more personality even when she gets it wrong

 

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it’s interesting as opposed to google 

who has a very friendly voice but yet

 

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gets it wrong and it’s just not it’s just 

not she’s just not as nice about it yeah

 

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i like the fact that i can pick up my phone where 

i’m running the alexa app and i can just on the

 

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um for the moment i can set an alarm in the 

kids rooms who all have alexa devices um

 

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or i can turn on music in one of their rooms or 

the room i’m in i can control the lights i can

 

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control all of the devices we have in the 

house controlled by them from my phone too

 

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so yeah i mean and that’s also how i let 

people know supper’s ready so i’ll say hey

 

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announce oh actually i’ll say broadcast supper’s 

ready and it will go out to the whole house

 

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i had the mute echo here because she 

kept trying to get into the conversation

 

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so yeah and one it was kind of a funny story 

for us so our youngest daughter’s name is alyssa

 

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and so we had to change the wake word on the the 

google i mean i’m sorry the amazon devices because

 

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it was setting off alexa and so alexa would jump 

into every conversation that involved alyssa

 

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yeah um and so that was pretty funny so i changed 

it to computer at first and so imagine a two a two

 

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or three year old trying to say computer and she 

couldn’t and it was very frustrating for her so i

 

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finally changed all the devices to echo so but 

i thought computer was fun because it kind of

 

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reminded me of star trek and that’s and that was 

what amazon had in mind when they added computers

 

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one of the weak words so i do wish you could 

customize the wake words on those devices more

 

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um everybody set their own i think that would be 

good yes it’ll be so good well also there for a

 

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while when we had it named one of them named 

alexa and we would yell out to do something

 

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melissa would think we were calling her 

that is true also yes that is true yeah um

 

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but and it’s funny so i’ve been a googler for 

a long time and google’s sent me the first

 

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google mini uh over the years i’ve gotten a lot 

of free devices from google i don’t know how they

 

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have just sent me a lot of free stuff um so i’ve 

gotten like a chrome i got when they gave out

 

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the first chromebooks the uh the cr48s i was so 

excited one of my friends sent me a message hey

 

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i just saw on twitter that you got a chromebook 

i like what oh yeah i saw it on twitter you got a

 

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chromebook because google’s releasing everybody’s 

names out there and they said i saw your name roy

 

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and i thought well this is the only roy i know in 

south carolina so it’s got to be you and you’re

 

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in the technology so it’s probably you and then 

funny enough two hours later ups showed up and

 

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there was my chromebook so it was kind of creepy 

like people keeping up with me so close on twitter

 

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that they know exactly what’s getting delivered 

to my house um but i really love that but anyway

 

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so they sent me a google mini and i was really 

excited about it because my thought was hey so

 

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i’m on my phone and until literally six months 

ago i have been an android person since 2009.

 

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and so it’s very hard to change my world to 

iphone i do like a lot of things about iphone

 

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there’s also a lot of things i hate so i fuss 

about the phone a lot my wife’s probably tired

 

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of hearing that but the point being is that so i 

got the first device i can just say okay google

 

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and google will light up want me to ask 

something but the thing i don’t like

 

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about the google device is that i don’t have any 

questions right now google but thanks for asking

 

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um the problem i have is that the results you get 

on the device are not as good as what you get on

 

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search so i can literally search the exact same 

phrase verbally and then do it on my phone in a

 

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browser on my pc in a browser and no it’s not what 

i want and i think there’s some context missing

 

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and so you don’t get the whole thing 

there so i don’t know what do you think

 

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um there are times when i like to just 

do searches by typing um versus verbal so

 

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but i know you it all comes so natural for you 

like for you things flow with these devices so

 

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much easier than me you know what i mean 

like for me it’s not that it’s not easy

 

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i just don’t have as much fun as you do sometimes 

with it maybe that’s what it is it takes patience

 

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yes yes and it should be easier and it 

isn’t and so you want it to be easier

 

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and i don’t blame you i do too i think 

the devices make it harder in some ways

 

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but yeah i love being able to say echo turn 

on office light and the office light comes on

 

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you know and i do i really really like the 

things that come easy on it and and like i said

 

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you know set alarms the the usage of the devices i 

really like aspects of it but i don’t necessarily

 

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like the concept of always speaking my search 

terms that’s the part i don’t necessarily like

 

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if it’s a bigger discussion and we’re sitting 

around you and i like we do or the kids are

 

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sitting there and we’re having fun with it that’s 

one thing but when i’m doing a serious search

 

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i prefer just to type in my search yeah no i do i 

do i was was gonna say the thing that google does

 

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best for us is timers for cooking yeah it makes 

it so easy i really love that feature about it

 

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also in the mornings i have routine i’ll say good 

morning and it’ll tell me the news and the weather

 

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and i like that so those are things that google 

does well and i enjoy that about it and so

 

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when i got our first amazon device which we paid 

for i’ve got nothing free from amazon now to think

 

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about it why do i like amazon i got to think about 

that what’s happening yeah nothing nothing free

 

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they’ve given me nothing i haven’t 

just said you know let me just send

 

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roy something because google does it why can’t 

we but yeah like google sent me a google tv

 

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but to be fair you are kind of the king 

of some weird thing where you win devices

 

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get free stuff well that’s true i 

think that um devices are drawn to me

 

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maybe maybe there’s there’s something about 

that something about me causes devices

 

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i have won a lot of computer gadgets and devices 

i don’t win money i but i can win uh watches

 

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so you’ve won an ipod back in the day you 

won you an apple watch and they were newer

 

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yeah when they were newer um didn’t you get you 

got an ipad i did win an ipad yes i helped was

 

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they didn’t give them to me though 

this was just contests that i entered

 

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and won um or a set of circumstances that things 

just fell in the line and i won i won um this bb-8

 

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i’m sorry no yeah it’s bb-8 robot yeah yeah 

i entered a twitter contest and won that um

 

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yeah i probably have some other stuff 

yeah yeah there’s been lots of things

 

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i i don’t know how that works i’m told i should 

play the lottery but i you know there’s i don’t

 

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know the odds are not ever in my favor with the 

lottery probably it’s just it’s just you know

 

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yeah it’s just a weird thing but you know and i do 

love my device i have a habit i have an addiction

 

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for gadgets i’m always looking for the gadget 

that does the next thing i have gone through a

 

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long series of fitbit watches i have always been 

a fan of fitbit um but as i got serious on running

 

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fitbit didn’t fit the bill and um but 

fitbit has great customer service i’ve had

 

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several devices fail and they just send me 

another one and so the customer service that

 

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fitbit’s really good from that standpoint um 

though i’ve gotten sent more devices because

 

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devices failed than probably should yeah yeah um 

but i don’t do anything i’m not using my devices

 

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hammers or anything i’m actually fairly i’m i 

keep the boxes for every device i get i have

 

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this thing i don’t know why i like keeping the 

pretty box i love boxes that open really nicely

 

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um if you’ve seen my mac mini unboxing video 

i’m very methodical and opening it makes me

 

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crazy when i see the kids just rip into 

things like no don’t do that let’s let’s

 

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open it gently i want to like peel back you 

know peel back and just and and open things

 

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i don’t know why i don’t know it’s a quirk it’s 

me but i like to keep the boxes around until

 

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i know the device is going to function fine 

and then at a later date i will get rid of it

 

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maybe later a year later it’s going to be a 

year later probably but yeah but yeah you know

 

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i like the devices too i think over 

the years you’ve gotten me to need

 

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so it’s easy to spoil ourselves 

with devices yeah i mean bill gates

 

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had this really automated home smart home a long 

time ago and i’m like man i want that and so

 

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these devices brought that capability in reach 

and there are so many knockoff companies making

 

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smart outlets that you can easily connect the only 

downside is that i have like 14 different apps for

 

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every device i even have a smart power strip from 

apc which unfortunately has to have its own app

 

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but i like that i can actually name each one of 

the usb plugs on it and and have devices come on

 

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so how much of the population do you 

think understands smart home devices

 

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and how to use them and are actually building them 

like yeah we fully engaged and we have this house

 

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wired up but we’re both in i.t backgrounds or 

i.t careers with i.t backgrounds so we have that

 

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comfort and that knowledge but people that aren’t 

with that technical background don’t understand it

 

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don’t know how to even find out about it yeah 

well i think most people so the the alexa and the

 

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lex and the google mini devices are the gateway 

drug to smart devices um when when i got our when

 

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we got our first google mania the first thing i 

thought like there’s got to be some way to use it

 

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to do something here and so then once the really 

expensive smart atlas started following price

 

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it started with a belkan our kmart was going out 

of business and they had a belkan on the shelf

 

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that was like 14 bucks it normally was like 60 

something i’m like oh i want the smart outlet so

 

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i bought it yeah brought home and that was the 

first device that i paired up with the google

 

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the mini but then when we got an echo device oh 

i think we bought something and the first echo

 

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device was a freebie that came with that i don’t 

even know what it was but the first one but i

 

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liked the amazon device better because well it had 

more personality and it legitimately seemed like

 

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it wanted to learn and so a lot of customization 

and and google has that but they don’t make it as

 

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easy and i know that the whole purpose of the 

amazon devices is to get you to buy more stuff

 

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i mean that’s google’s plan too but google 

doesn’t have as many products to sell you the

 

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echo device the amazon device is always trying 

to say oh something you buy is available or you

 

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just bought something a month ago and you’re 

probably about to run out like gummy vitamins

 

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um so we have a gummy vitamin addiction we must 

talk about in another episode but yeah um so it’s

 

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like oh no you you probably gotta be running out 

of this vitamin that just let me know i’ll add

 

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to your sharpen card you know so i literally have 

to turn off that feature where it will let me buy

 

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things through the dock because i don’t like that 

because there’s no parental controls well and it

 

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these smart devices get a lot of bad publicity 

there for a while around that very thing the

 

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accidental shopping the kids ordering stuff 

and i think that probably hurts some of the

 

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adoption of them yeah because the kids took to 

them they figured out oh i can do this with this

 

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device and mom and dad never figured out so 

they didn’t know to turn that off and and so

 

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i mean you’re absolutely right how many houses i 

think everybody i think there’s a large percentage

 

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i would say probably 30 percent of people have 

echo or google devices if not more i mean you have

 

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your phones it’s even your phone can be a smart 

device in the mix because you can run the alexa

 

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app you can run the google assistant app you can 

use siri see apple has what’s called home kit and

 

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they do have some smart speakers but they never 

jumped in the level that google and amazon has but

 

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apple’s play is that they’re more geared toward 

your privacy and so i mean there’s been things

 

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google and amazon are technically always listening 

because they have to listen for their awake word

 

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and so there’s always a brief recording before 

and probably a brief recording after amazon for

 

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example and google both now have a feature where 

after you ask a question it kind of listens around

 

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to see if there’s a follow-up to that 

question before it goes back to sleep

 

0:21:53.840,0:22:00.960

the other big thing i have found to be very 

useful on the using the app on the phone is

 

0:22:02.000,0:22:08.000

when we’ve been out we’re away and the kids have 

been with babysitters or whoever here at home

 

0:22:08.800,0:22:19.680

and been able to through the phone do a drop in 

on one of the alexa echo devices and actually

 

0:22:19.680,0:22:26.800

carry on a verbal conversation with the kids 

through the device while not in the same house

 

0:22:27.680,0:22:32.160

yeah yeah no that’s very cool i like being able to 

do that for my phone as well it’s like hey how you

 

0:22:32.160,0:22:38.080

guys doing everything okay you want to bring pizza 

home you know that type of thing yeah i mean and

 

0:22:38.080,0:22:44.320

you can order pizza through the device i don’t 

but you can but but i don’t because you can add

 

0:22:44.320,0:22:49.760

skills and routines to the devices to let you do 

cool things like that okay let’s talk about skills

 

0:22:51.200,0:22:58.240

because you know one of our favorite skills is 

the sleep sounds sleep sounds i love having the

 

0:22:59.280,0:23:05.920

echo in the room in the bedroom and being 

able to play sleep sounds of various

 

0:23:09.280,0:23:14.960

yeah i do like that i gotta find 

let’s see i gotta show you this

 

0:23:17.040,0:23:23.920

this is this is my uh let’s see here’s the 

latest okay so i’m gonna share my screen

 

0:23:23.920,0:23:27.680

you’re gonna wind up with two cameras because 

hey i’m gonna goof this up but that’s okay

 

0:23:27.680,0:23:33.280

all right hey there’s two of me all right all 

right this spreadsheet so i have an alexa skill

 

0:23:34.240,0:23:42.560

every time a song is played on our alexa 

devices it gets recorded to a spreadsheet um

 

0:23:43.600,0:23:50.720

on my google drive so amazon and then we’ll 

play we’ll play together um i there’s no

 

0:23:50.720,0:23:56.720

telling what i’m going to see here so i’m sorry 

if something i don’t know about the kids played

 

0:23:56.720,0:24:03.520

is going to show up here like i don’t remember 

playing this when did we play that i don’t

 

0:24:03.520,0:24:11.360

know it says we played it yesterday at 11 42 

a.m i don’t remember that but i can’t oh huh

 

0:24:14.000,0:24:18.480

but it could be it could be i’m capturing every 

time the kids play songs too i don’t know we’ll

 

0:24:18.480,0:24:23.120

get to find out what the kids are into i had 

some crazy notion that i was gonna do something

 

0:24:23.120,0:24:27.840

go ahead i’m sorry no that’s because we 

weren’t home at that time were we but that’s

 

0:24:28.400,0:24:37.120

seventeen so yeah well well yeah it’s 17th right 

yeah so my my goal i was playing around with

 

0:24:37.120,0:24:41.600

with the data science and the r programming 

language i’m like you know what’d be really cool

 

0:24:42.160,0:24:49.440

is to go and find how many times a song was played 

i i just wanted to like what’s my top 10 list of

 

0:24:49.440,0:24:55.760

all the songs amazon plays for me what are the top 

10 songs yes i could take the spreadsheets and put

 

0:24:55.760,0:25:01.920

them all together and sort them but that’s not 

teaching me r and so i would that i thought that

 

0:25:01.920,0:25:07.840

was fun of course it’s easier to do with python 

trust me do data science for python r is nice but

 

0:25:07.840,0:25:12.960

you can do so many things with python r is the 

way to go no python’s the way to go r is okay

 

0:25:15.440,0:25:20.480

i just felt the need to say that i don’t 

know why so what’s your favorite thing to

 

0:25:20.480,0:25:24.240

do with the gadget so you talk about the sleep 

sounds we we use those those are really cool

 

0:25:27.200,0:25:33.760

so babbling brook is our favorite it 

is white noise for the dogs because

 

0:25:33.760,0:25:41.920

our big dog will bark at anything and so we 

play white noise to drown out the sounds of

 

0:25:41.920,0:25:48.880

like the possum the raccoon that come up on 

our porches and it works it does work um but

 

0:25:48.880,0:25:53.760

he’ll bark at everything else so i don’t i don’t 

think if anybody comes up on the porch that we’re

 

0:25:53.760,0:26:00.560

gonna miss it because he’s gonna freak but if 

they’re louder than a raccoon or opossum yeah so

 

0:26:01.920,0:26:08.800

yeah i do i just like having the devices available 

just for the miscellaneous things like we’ve

 

0:26:08.800,0:26:15.680

talked about yeah and and even though we all 

have iphone iphones now i was the last hold out

 

0:26:15.680,0:26:20.160

because everybody in the house went iphone way 

before i did so like i said i didn’t get one

 

0:26:20.160,0:26:26.960

until this year um my job provides me with a phone 

and i said well we’re going to go iphones and so

 

0:26:27.600,0:26:34.400

that’s how wide open won i had a samsung galaxy s8 

that i really loved i’ve had some amazing phones

 

0:26:34.400,0:26:42.000

over the years and then there was a phase where we 

both had like uh android phones she had i had the

 

0:26:42.000,0:26:48.400

uh she had the droid i had the droid two and she 

had the droid r2d2 it was a star wars themed phone

 

0:26:49.200,0:26:53.920

that was such a cool phone i loved it it had all 

the star wars sounds and i can go you know r2d2

 

0:26:55.680,0:27:04.240

yeah that’s my interpretation of a r2d2 

sound i’m sorry okay but yeah and then

 

0:27:04.240,0:27:09.200

i like the fact when i was using google maps 

on it um your your car was an x-wing fighter

 

0:27:11.440,0:27:18.400

i don’t know i liked it we have friends 

that would love it so yeah um so anyway

 

0:27:18.400,0:27:24.160

yeah and and so that’s that’s our life 

you know all the gadgets that we get

 

0:27:24.880,0:27:30.800

and play around with and now i get asked to 

do a lot of tech reviews and so people send

 

0:27:30.800,0:27:37.760

me gadgets and i’ll review them um sometimes they 

don’t like what i say but i review them anyway so

 

0:27:38.480,0:27:44.160

um because yeah i’m gonna be honest about 

it if it’s something i believe in i’m gonna

 

0:27:44.160,0:27:51.200

say this is something i like i personally use 

and we do like alexa and google devices they

 

0:27:51.200,0:27:59.520

yeah and then we have tp-link light switches 

all over the house we have lots of belkin stuff

 

0:27:59.520,0:28:04.720

and a couple of knockoff companies uh 

genevieve and that type of thing and then

 

0:28:07.120,0:28:13.680

yeah so we have three rooms things like this and 

i haven’t thought about it until just now there

 

0:28:13.680,0:28:23.200

are three rooms in this house that have both 

an echo and a google device in it that is true

 

0:28:23.200,0:28:26.640

that is true we have an echo and 

a google device in the bedroom

 

0:28:27.200,0:28:33.600

we have an echo echo multiple echo 

devices and a google device in the office

 

0:28:36.800,0:28:44.720

the living room has a google nest mini because 

we use it to watch the cameras um so that’s

 

0:28:44.720,0:28:50.560

really cool that might be my favorite yeah i in 

a lot of ways it’s my favorite i kind of wish i

 

0:28:50.560,0:28:57.840

had the bigger one um but i like the fact that 

the mini the small one doesn’t have a camera

 

0:29:02.000,0:29:12.000

i like that one because it sits there on the 

coffee table in the living room and i can it

 

0:29:12.000,0:29:18.960

plays the pictures like from our google photos 

so all the time it’s working like a digital

 

0:29:21.040,0:29:28.160

um i said we can’t find the words we’ll say media 

center how about that frame photo frame it’s like

 

0:29:28.160,0:29:33.920

a digital photo frame which i don’t typically 

like the digital photo frame but on that device

 

0:29:33.920,0:29:38.640

it’s showing like two pictures at a time and 

it’s just flipping through them and we have

 

0:29:39.600,0:29:45.600

thousands of pictures out there so i i really 

like that and i like the fact that i can look

 

0:29:46.240,0:29:52.640

at the nest camera through there yeah if you’ve 

seen a previous episode where i talked about

 

0:29:52.640,0:29:57.840

google photos i still use it even though 

they did away with the the free unlimited

 

0:29:58.480,0:30:03.840

um but i have a subscription to google drive 

so that’s why i’m allowed to can afford to put

 

0:30:04.800,0:30:11.120

a hundred plus turbo 100 plus gig of photos out 

there um and yeah it’s really cool in the nest

 

0:30:11.120,0:30:15.760

to have the pictures of course we also have 

chromecast a google also gave me a chromecast

 

0:30:18.880,0:30:22.960

so we have the chromecast connect to our tv 

and it cycles through our pictures as well so

 

0:30:22.960,0:30:27.920

it’s really cool um and then they recently gave us 

google tv i’ve had some issues with the google tv

 

0:30:28.640,0:30:35.840

um yeah yeah so i hate to bash 

roku i like the roku device better

 

0:30:36.960,0:30:43.440

i like because agnostic so anyway i talked about 

that in episode two but anyway i talk about a lot

 

0:30:43.440,0:30:48.080

of stuff maybe i talk too much what do you guys 

think leave a note in the comments let me know

 

0:30:48.080,0:30:54.640

let me know if you think i talk too much so um if 

you like this video and want to see others like it

 

0:30:54.640,0:31:01.760

please subscribe to our channel um hit the hit the 

bell to be notified when i post a new video are

 

0:31:01.760,0:31:07.440

you asking if they want to see more videos of us 

together well i would definitely be interested to

 

0:31:07.440,0:31:11.200

see if they want to see more vid they’re probably 

going to say i’d love to see videos of donna

 

0:31:12.480,0:31:21.440

he can go so i see that happening nope i see it 

i see it yeah um also i am out on social media

 

0:31:21.440,0:31:27.520

as tech troublemaker uh tech trouble mkr on 

facebook and twitter because twitter would

 

0:31:27.520,0:31:33.920

not let me buy the two extra vials needed to 

make my maker into a full word so yeah there

 

0:31:33.920,0:31:42.320

you go anyway and i also i love when you guys ask 

questions or leave a comment so please do those

 

0:31:42.320,0:31:47.920

things put those things out there i want to see 

them because and i do reply to every comment um

 

0:31:49.120,0:31:55.680

it can happen stranger things can happen you 

never know with you you never know me yeah so

 

0:31:57.440,0:32:01.920

thank you for letting me be a guest 

thank you for agreeing to be a guest

 

0:32:01.920,0:32:08.240

you would not have any you have no idea how much 

bribing i had to do to get her to be here yeah so

 

0:32:08.240,0:32:11.600

she’s like i don’t want to be on 

your show no she’s not going that way

 

0:32:12.400,0:32:16.960

she said it i don’t know she said it in a nice 

way but i don’t remember it still felt the same

 

0:32:18.720,0:32:22.080

nothing to do with you i don’t want to 

be in your dumb web show i want to know

 

0:32:24.400,0:32:30.000

um this isn’t icarly that’s not how the internet 

works now okay um which by the way i carly’s back

 

0:32:30.000,0:32:33.840

out i’m not getting paid to say that and i don’t 

have paramount plus so i can’t even watch it

 

0:32:35.200,0:32:39.360

and and and jeanette crary’s 

not on it so without sam

 

0:32:40.160,0:32:44.560

is it still carly i mean i know 

i like carly i like friends yeah

 

0:32:47.360,0:32:51.040

i can’t think of the brother’s name what’s 

the older brother’s name i don’t remember

 

0:32:52.560,0:32:56.000

i should know you know because we were funny 

enough we were talking about spaghetti tacos

 

0:32:56.000,0:33:00.080

the other night we were going to serve 

the kids we have done spaghetti tacos

 

0:33:07.120,0:33:09.840

our younger ones don’t like 

sauce saucing or spaghetti

 

0:33:11.120,0:33:17.600

i gotta have salsa mine the youngest doesn’t 

even like spaghetti that’s true that’s true

 

0:33:18.400,0:33:23.040

so but the other two the other two loved 

it it was awesome yeah yes that was that

 

0:33:28.720,0:33:34.960

i can’t believe i can think of his name so 

anyway because his brother the actor is on

 

0:33:34.960,0:33:42.320

sliders not spencer but the gentleman that plays 

gary trainer yeah yeah slider’s not on anymore

 

0:33:42.320,0:33:46.400

but you know it’s on one of those channels 

now i just saw it recently flipping channels

 

0:33:47.120,0:33:56.560

so yeah all right well so i think that 

about wraps our show up uh we kind of talked

 

0:33:56.560,0:34:02.320

some about how technology kind of affects our 

household and our mindset and how we are insane

 

0:34:02.320,0:34:07.040

um we are wait did i say that loud i don’t think 

that’s supposed to just happen in my head with the

 

0:34:07.040,0:34:13.280

voices let’s be our secret it’s supposed to be our 

secret so anyway thank you so much for watching

 

0:34:13.280,0:34:17.360

donna thank you so much for coming on the 

show i’d love to bring it back on another time

 

0:34:18.000,0:34:22.400

um so at a later date i’ll do it 

sporadically so it seems more like an event

 

0:34:24.480,0:34:33.040

for me and for her to just be an ordeal but but 

it’ll be an event and and so yeah cool beans

 

0:34:33.040,0:34:39.280

thank you so much all right bye don’t forget 

like and subscribe like and subscribe hit that

 

0:34:39.280,0:34:50.400

bell all right thanks for watching and cue intro 

music the outro music cue music let’s do this

 

0:34:53.280,0:34:54.960

maybe not that one how about this one

 

0:34:57.280,0:35:02.640

wow i’m not hearing the voices in my 

head oh that’s cause i gotta turn out wow

 

0:35:06.240,0:35:15.840

bye see you in the funny papers

 

0:35:20.320,0:35:29.840

and it just fell like that just it 

was over like that what do you think

 

S3E15: Update Google Chrome NOW!!!

Update Google Chrome NOW S3E15 Podcast

Chapter 1

Update Google Chrome Browser NOW!!

If you run Google Chrome on Windows 10, you need to update it NOW. Seriously. If you run Google Chrome on Mac OS, you need to update now. There is a serious vulnerability and hackers are eager to take advantage of it. Here is a quick review on how to update Google Chrome browser in Windows 10 and then I will show you how on Mac OS.
Then we will talk about updating Windows and Mac OS in general. You need to be running at least version 91.0.4472.114 of Google Chrome browser to be safe from this hack on the WebGL. It is the API for talking to JavaScript.

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The best way to protect yourself from all of the attacks that are happening these days are two things, 1)Keep your OS up to date on every device whether PC, Mac, iPhone, or Android. Sadly Android is so fragmented it rarely gets updated like it should.
Next you need to run Antivirus. If you are running Windows, Microsoft Defender comes with your OS and as long as you allow it to update, it will do a decent job. If you are really paranoid though, you need to buy Antivirus such as McAfee Internet Security or Norton 360 Deluxe (though Norton is complicated and has a password keeper that is cool but confusing). Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is also a good option as long as it is Windows. On Mac my experience with Bitdefender has been horrible. It slows Intel based Macs to a crawl. I know Tom’s Hardware suggests it but my experience doesn’t match theirs and I am not getting paid to say anything good about any of these products.

Chapter 2

Fake Amazon Reviews

So you may not know this but often times here we are buying everything Amazon is selling on Prime day and you are probably looking at the reviews. But often the reviews are fake. 

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/spot-a-fake-review-on-amazon

You can visit the following website and paste the link for the item to find out what they say about the reviews on an item.

https://www.fakespot.com/analyzer