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


all your appliances belong to us

(that headline was inspired by an anonymous person)

Samsung Fridge

Before you read this, read this:
The smart TV surge has been a concern of mine for some time. I was worried about this on two fronts, 1)Your TV may never get a software update and so many new or improved services never reach your TV 2)Security. Wouldn’t it be great if your TV was hacked and began showing hard core porn to your little ones right in the middle of their Blue’s Clues episode?

I once stayed in a cheap motel (long story as to why) with a microwave with the front glass with a hole in it, the bathroom painted black and cold concrete walls, and when I turned on the TV, I was shocked to find it only got one channel and I picked just the right moment to turn the TV on. Arg!

So what becomes of your smart device that is hacked? You don’t have any options currently for any type of firewall and/or anti-virus as part of the OS that runs on our devices. The average person is not going to know how to program their Internet routers to block certain ports to help try and prevent such an attack. And how about those who have placed cameras on their Smart TVs to Skype with others. Your camera could be turned on when you least expect it. Do these devices store personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and gasp, your credit card number(s)? Say the next big thing is the fridge that can order what you just ran out of?

The day will come and with NSA’s tricks up their sleeve, it is only a matter of time or it may be too late before people who are even less trustworthy than the NSA gets a hold of the latest hacks that allow them to take over any device.

Please don’t Internet enable my toothbrush. I don’t need it to go insane and try and attack me. I won’t be buying that one.

Are you ready for the hackers?

#hackers #smarttv #FUD