Computer Insider Show #2018-7

Today on Computer Insider, we’re going to talk about eBook readers. Judy got one for Christmas, and I had rather stupidly assumed that loading books would be as simple as copying files from one device to another. No so. As it turns out, the companies who sell the readers and also deeply involved in the selling of books, so they’ve set things up to be somewhat awkward in the loading of books onto the various devices. The eReader we purchased came equipped with Wi-Fi, so we though that this should be a no brainer. Making a long story short, after several day of connecting, examining directory structure, connecting to Wi-Fi networks, and so on, we gave up and called customer support, the source of all knowledge. As it turns out, moving books you already own to a new device raises the issue of digital rights and the pirating of books. As a solution, most of the companies have integrated their eReader with Adobe Digital Editions, a free software package that checks to make sure you actually have permission to read the book.  Once installed, the process of connecting and copying eBooks was a simple task. So if you’ve hit the brick wall of trying to install and use some piece of software, don’t be a coward, pick up the phone and call for help.

Thank you for joining is for this edition of Computer insider on 102.9 Whistle FM. The show is broadcast weekdays during the morning news at 6 and 9, as well as at 4:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon. You can reach us by email at bob@computerinsider.org. I’m Bob Pritchard.

Computer Insider Show #2018-6

Today on Computer Insider, we’re going to talk how to make sure that you’re getting the most from your Wi-Fi at home. For the vast majority of us, our Wi-Fi originates in the router that the cable company supplies when we order our internet service. Typically, the installers will look for an easily accessible location near where your cable comes into your home, called the debarkation point. Over the years, most of the installations in my house have been in the basement near the fuse panel. This is probably not the best location, as it’s a long way for the Wi-Fi to reach second flood bedrooms, and other important locations, like the front and back yards. When I moved here to stouffville, I had the cable company install the internet modem near the TV on the main floor. This greatly increased the signal strength in the master bedroom and back yard, but no so much the front yard. To resolve this problem, we purchased a third party high end router which has really increased both the reach of speed of our Wi-Fi at home. If you have areas that need to have a better signal, you can add in a Wi-Fi extender or, perhaps a better solution is to purchase a hydro adaptor which will let you move your network around the house using your power lines.

Thank you for joining is for this edition of Computer insider on 102.9 Whistle FM. The show is broadcast weekdays during the morning news at 6 and 9, as well as at 4:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon. You can reach us by email at bob@computerinsider.org. I’m Bob Pritchard.

Computer Insider Show #2018-4

This is Computer insider on 102.9 Whistle FM, your daily look at the technology that is making our daily lives more productive and more enjoyable. We look at everything from tips on getting the most out of your smartphone, to cutting the cord, to smart homes and the impact of technology on cars and appliances. I’m Bob Pritchard

Today on Computer Insider, we’re going to talk about winning the battle of the smart phone. Just in case you missed Smartphones are here to stay. About 3 out of 4 of use a smartphone, and that’s a huge jump from 2011 when only about one in three of us used one. So why the big jump? Well it’s simple. Smartphones do lots of things that consumers like, beyond making phone calls. With current technology phones, you always have a good camera close at hand, which is not only handy for taking pictures, but also for taking notes. Remember the day when you would scribble down class or lecture notes in a workbook. Now a quick shot of the blackboard, and you’ve got it forever.

Another reason for the explosive growth of Smartphones are the numbers of really cool apps that are available to consumers. Have a look at your phone and see if you have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and who knows how many others. Not only have we engaged these apps in mass, but the apps have changed to take advantage of better hardware and bandwidth. When I was first doing the TV series, our dream was to do live TV driving around in cars. Today, it’s so commonplace that we don’t even notice when someone does it.

The trick to mastering your phone is to become familiar with the apps you have. Pick on and spend a few minutes every day for a week figuring out what it does and how it works.

Thank you for joining is for this edition of Computer insider on 102.9 Whistle FM. The show is broadcast weekdays during the morning news at 6 and 9, as well as at 4:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon. You can reach us by email at bob@computerinsider.org. I’m Bob Pritchard.

Computer Insider with Bob Pritchard Show #2018-3

This is Computer insider on 102.9 Whistle FM, your daily look at the technology that is making our daily lives more productive and more enjoyable. We look at everything from tips on getting the most out of your smartphone, to cutting the cord, to smart homes and the impact of technology on cars and appliances. I’m Bob Pritchard

Today on Computer Insider, we’re going to talk about cutting the cord. It’s tough to get real answers of just how fast this is happening as the companies who own both the cable and phone companies also own the radio and television stations, for the most part, who report the news that would in an open fair market talk on these activities, but alas, not in this country. If someone were to go on air and proudly announced that by 2021 almost half of the households in the country will have dumped both traditional phones and kicked cable TV out, there would be an almost immediate job opening at the station.

Last year consumers cancelled traditional cable TV service at a much faster rate than previously expected. US reports say that 22.2 households cut the cord on cable, satellite or telco TV service, that’s an increase of 1/3 from 2016. Ouch. That’s got to hurt the corporate pocket book. 33% from 16.7 million in 2016 — the researcher now predicts. It’s also opened up a new category, “cord-nevers”, people who have never subscribed to cable TV. There are 34.4 million of them today.

Overall, 196.3 million North American adults subscribing to traditional cable, satellite or telco TV services this year, down 2.4% compared with 2016. By 2021, that will drop to 181.7 million, a decline of nearly 10% from 2016. The number of cable viewers 55 and older will continue to rise over the next four years, while for every other age cohort the subscriber tallies will decline.

Thank you for joining is for this edition of Computer insider on 102.9 Whistle FM. The show is broadcast weekdays during the morning news at 6 and 9, as well as at 4:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon. You can reach us by email at bob@computerinsider.org. I’m Bob Pritchard.

Computer Insider Show #2018-1

Show #2018-1 Script

This is Computer insider on 102.9 Whistle FM, your daily look at the technology that is making our daily lives more productive and more enjoyable. We look at everything from tips on getting the most out of your smartphone, to cutting the cord, to smart homes and the impact of technology on cars and appliances. I’m Bob Pritchard

This is a rather auspicious day as this marks the first show of 2018, marking the start of our 32-year of producing technology shows. I launched the series back in 1986 on a now-defunct national news network called CKO here in Canada, and later grew to be broadcast on Rogers’s news stations across the country, Corus Radio, and nationally in the States on The Business News Network. Later I launched a television show that ran on CTV, and now here we are adding Stouffville to our long list of broadcast partners.

The fundamental goal of these shows is to help you find your way through the minefields and pitfalls of using the tools of today so that you can better understand the technology that you are probably using every day. When we first launched back in 1986, the challenges of the day were helping consumers understand that technology was for everyone and not the exclusive toy of a few backroom techies. That computers were a massively enabling tool that we all would adapt to. Today the challenge is that we have so much technology that we tend to underuse and overlook basic concepts that are not only making our lives more difficult but costing us hard cash as the companies who distribute the products and services we use, have a vested interest in keeping us in the technology dark. We’ll change all that by telling you the way it is, with current information and suggestions. Enjoy. It’s a fun ride.

Thank you for joining us for this edition of Computer insider on 102.9 Whistle FM. The show is broadcast weekdays during the morning news at 6 and 9, as well as at 4:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon. You can reach us by email at bob@computerinsider.org. I’m Bob Pritchard.