Computer Guys & Gal

Computer Guys & Gal

It's the first Tech Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means. . .

It's summer and The Computer Guys & Gal are 'going mobile.' We find get updates on the best tech gadgets to go; find out how mobile is changing the entire computing industry; and answer your questions.


John Gilroy

WAMU Computer Guy; and Director of Business Development at SolutionsDevelopers

Allison Druin

WAMU Computer Gal; and Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland

Bill Harlow

WAMU Computer Guy; and Hardware & Software Technician for MACs & PCs at Mid-Atlantic Consulting, Inc.

Summer Tech Tips

Allison: Protecting Your Laptop in Hot Weather
Top 8 Tips
To ensure you can use your laptop on the go—keep in mind you should never leave that laptop in the hot car. With temp changes wait a few minutes for the laptop to accommodate to the temp before starting to use it. Be careful of humidity (anything over 80%) will start to do damage to the innards. And pack your laptop wisely to keep it safe.

Bill: Geo-tag Your Vacation Photos
If you're familiar with Eye-fi, you know they make SD camera memory with Wi-Fi support, enabling you to export photos wirelessly. Some of their newer cards offer geotagging. It works by using Skyhook's technology which looks for any wireless hotspots broadcasting a signal and sees if it's a hotspot with a known location. It's not perfect, and don't expect it to be useful in the middle of nowhere, but if you're vacationing in an urban area, it can work pretty well.

Items Discussed on Today's Show

Apps and Gadgets

  1. WIKI-how
    Allison's favorite is "How to have safer online holidays"

  2. Cameras with a GPS should make geo-tagging all the easier

  3. Dad's Grill App

  4. Know Your Ice Cream Drip Rate App

  5. Once you have the sunblock on - then it's time to read!

Privacy and Facebook

  1. Facebook Position Statement

  2. Graphic of Facebook Privacy Changes Over Time

  3. Facebook vs. the Cops

Apple, Microsoft and Google

  1. Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech

  2. Apple's Worldwide Develops Conference is right around the corner

  3. The iPad: From startup to one million a month!

  4. Keep in Touch with YouTube & Google Moderator

  5. Google Bans Use of Microsoft Windows Company-Wide

  6. Why not a Kindle AND an iPad?

Smartphones, Web T.V., and Radio on the Internet

  1. Android OS 2.2 brings Flash Support and Speed

  2. Google TV brings the web to the TV

  3. Will the Internet Kill the Radio Gods?

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