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Tao of Tech - Ep. 10.1 - A brief Fathers Day Message
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June 20, 2010 10:29 AM PDT
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A brief message from the Tao of Tech on Fathers day 2010

Tao of Tech Ep. 10 - Fathers Day Geekery
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June 16, 2010 11:05 AM PDT
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Episode 10 of the Tao of Tech is all about inexpensive fathers day gifts for the geeky dad in your life.

Media card readers

External unit - Transcend TS-RDP8K for $12.99. It's a USB powered external card reader. Supports 19 card types. http://bit.ly/bRH2iX

Internal unit - Koutech IO-RCM621, which goes for $19.99 http://bit.ly/b2gHtK it supports more card types than the external card reader. fits into a 3.5” drive bay and provides you an extra USB 2.0 port in front of your PC.

Extra cables are great to have lying around, so go somewhere like www.monoprice.com and pick up a few different types/lengths. You can pick up SATA cables, HDMI cables, or USB cables for around the same price.

Wire Management - Jumbo Adhesive-Backed Clips (3-Pack) $1.99 at Radio Shack! http://bit.ly/9J2lUD Great for wiring your PC case!

USB Drives – an 8 GB Patriot for $22.99 http://bit.ly/ciN9TS then go over to www.portableapps.com and install Portable Apps to the USB drive, supercharging it!

LED Flashlight $14.00 http://amzn.to/bJPbdS Denali 3 pack of LED Flash lights (run on 3 AAA batteries)

Swiss Army Knife http://amzn.to/aWTWvR $33.00 Victorinox Swiss Army Soldier Knife. I've had the same Swiss Army knife for almost 20 years - every geeky dad should have one too.

Swedish FireSteel http://bit.ly/dxafj8 $15.99 You will want a fire to keep you warm in the upcoming zombie apocalypse - trust me. While your at www.thinkgeek.com check out their t-shirts too, they have some great gaming/unix/windows graphic t's.

BOOKS
Deamon – Daniel Suarez http://amzn.to/cELI2s
Zombie Island (and 2 other books) David Wellington http://amzn.to/9H8g4R
Dead Hunt – Kenn Crawford http://bit.ly/dcQOJC
Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff http://amzn.to/cN4IHl

DVD – The IT Crowd http://amzn.to/9ptsZz

Episode 9 - WWDC 2010
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June 12, 2010 08:10 PM PDT
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This week on the Tao of Tech it's all about the iPhone 4! Apple's WWDC conference kicked off on June 7th with Steve Jobs unveiling the iPhone 4 to the world. In this show I go over all of the major announcements made in the keynote address.

Some handy links
Full video of Steve Job's 2010 WWDC keynote address http://bit.ly/bk7ABk
I watched the keynote address on the GDGT live blog http://bit.ly/di5roz
Apple's iPhone 4 main page http://bit.ly/bTTReC
Information on the iOS4 NetFlix app http://bit.ly/dq8gXD
A more in depth look at the iPhone 4's Retina Display http://bit.ly/aGr3II
Retina Display by the numbers http://bit.ly/99LVpP
Apple's iAds page http://bit.ly/c6UxwU
More info on iAds http://bit.ly/8YTB6i
Apple FaceTime video's http://bit.ly/aAHUwF
iPhone 4/iOS4 release information http://huff.to/9oMkH8

Tao of Tech Ep. 8 - Miscellaneous Tech Ramblings
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May 31, 2010 08:43 AM PDT
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We're back to the tech talk this week on the Tao of Tech. I've titled the show Miscellaneous Tech Ramblings because I discus several different topics this week.

First, I do a review of the Plantronics GameCon 777 Surround Sound Headset. I had to replace my old headset, and picked up the GameCon 777 as the replacement. Check them out here http://bit.ly/cRjT4j

I had some hands on time with the 3G iPad recently, and I share my thoughts about the device this week. Was my original assessment correct, or was I blown away by he iPad? Listen and find out.

Have you played Angry Birds for your iPod touch/iPad yet? If no, check out my assessment of the game. For more info and screen shots on Angry Birds, check out their website http://bit.ly/agI2F6 or do a search for Angry Birds in the Apple App store.

Did you know that Australia can now search your electronic devices for Pornography upon entry into the country? Well they can, and do. More details can be found here http://bit.ly/bnR9vT

As is the way of technology, Facebook has updated it's privacy settings to be "simpler" to use after I did a 30 minute show on adjusting your privacy settings. Are the new settings good or bad? You can decide for your self, but here is some food for thought on the topic http://bit.ly/cyGp2c

In a very welcome update, the NetFlix app for the Roku player has been updated to allow for searching and adding of watch instant movies right from the player. Very nice. http://bit.ly/d8aFfL

Find out why I'm so angry at Belkin and Linksys wifi routers

@TRREED made a bitstrip about the Tao of Tech. Check it out here http://bit.ly/cPqetu

Lastly, I hosted the Dead Hunt Q&A show last week. I interviewed Dead Hunt author Kenn Crawford and Renee Chambliss, who narrates Dead Hunt. We spent a good 50 minutes talking about Dead Hunt. I really enjoyed hosting the show, and I think you will all enjoy listening to the show. The Q&A show will be in the normal Dead Hunt feed

Tao of Tech - Ep. 7 - An interview with HG World writer Jay Smith
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May 25, 2010 05:28 PM PDT
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This week I had the privilege to interview Jay Smith, the writer of the podcast audio-drama HG World. Jay and I discussed his writing, the inspiration for HG World, his favorite characters to write for, Mafia Wars, South Park, and the most memorable scene he has written for HG World. Once you finish listening to the interview, head over to the HG World website at www.goodmorningsurvivors.com and tell them the Tao of Tech sent ya!

Stay tuned after the show and listen to the promo for Paul E Cooleys horror novella "Tattoo". Head over to Paul's website http://shadowpublications.com/ for more Feindmaster goodness, or to www.Amazon.com or www.smashwords.com to pick up your copy of "Tattoo".

Tao of Tech Ep. 6 - Facebook Privacy
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May 17, 2010 11:22 PM PDT
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This episode of the Tao of Tech is all about how to lock down your privacy settings in Facebook. After you listen to this episode, your Facebook account will be secure from the prying eyes of 3rd party web sites, Facebook's "instant connections" feature will be disabled, your friends will no longer be passing your information to applications and websites without your knowledge, and you will learn how to make "friend lists" to further your Facebook privacy.

Check out this short video from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org) to help you with disabling the Facebook instant connections feature: http://tinyurl.com/34ootok

After you update your Facebook privacy settings, head over to http://www.reclaimprivacy.org/ and run their handy Facebook privacy evaluation tool. This will let you know if your revised privacy changes need to be fine tuned some more, or if your information is as private as it can be on Facebook.

Don't forget to stay tuned after the show to listen to the promo for Jeremy Robinson's podcast novel "Beneath". Check it out on www.Podiobooks.com here: http://www.podiobooks.com/title/beneath/ or check out Jeremy Robinson's website http://www.jeremyrobinsononline.com/ for more information on "Beneath" and all the other great work he does.

Tao of Tech Ep 5 - An interview with "Dead Hunt" author Kenn Crawford
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May 11, 2010 11:02 AM PDT
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This week on the Tao of Tech I interview podcast author Kenn Crawford, and discuss his book "Dead Hunt". It was a lot of fun to do the interview, so I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I did recording it.

For more information on Kenn Crawford and the work he does, please visit his website at www.kenncrawford.com.

You can follow Kenn on Twitter as well, just search for kenncrawford

Besides being a podcast novel, Kenn's book is also available in paperback at www.lulu.com, or on www.smashwords.com.

Please follow me on Twitter, I'm Twitter.com/markprestash
Please e-mail me with comments at: taospotting@gmail.com

Tao of Tech Ep 4 - Tech Lust and Tech Left in the Dust
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May 01, 2010 02:24 PM PDT
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In episode 4 of the Tao of Tech, your host discusses 2 truly lust worthy tech products (the HTC Droid Incredible for Verizon http://phones.verizonwireless.com/htc/incredible/ and the Boxee Box http://www.boxee.tv/box), 2 tech products he's on the fence about (the Apple iPad http://www.apple.com/ipad/ and the Amazon Kindle/Barnes & Noble Nook, and 1 technology he hopes just goes away - forever (3D - TV). Also an ACTA update, and a promo for the audio podcast drama HG World www.goodmorningsurvivors.com

Tao of Tech Promo
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May 01, 2010 07:44 AM PDT
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The promo for the Tao of Tech podcast

Tao of Tech - Ep 3 - Act Out Against ACTA
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April 19, 2010 02:14 PM PDT
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This weeks show is all about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA for short). I discuss the proposals of the treaty, what effects they would have on you, and how to stop this treaty!

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