This week on the podcast we’re talking about the scam that is speed reading, taking a pay cut to work the job you really want, and getting rid of telemarketers. We’re also answering your questions about anonymity online, streaming video from your home to your hotel, and starting a podcast.
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News and Top Stories
- Google Launches Add-ons to Supercharge Google Docs and Sheets: Google has announced new add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets—tools to help you do more in your documents and spreadsheets. For example, you can now print address labels with the Avery Label Merge add-on or create customized mailing list emails with Merge by Mailchimp.
- Amazon Prime Is Raising Its Price to $ 99 a Year, Is Still Awesome: Amazon Prime, the awesome service from Amazon that gets you free two-day shipping and access to their streaming library, will go up from $ 79 to $ 99/yr in the US effective April 17th. It’s still probably worth the cost.
- US Court Shuts Down DVDFab: A US Court, at the behest of movie studios, has ordered the shutdown of domains related to DVDFab, one of our favorite DVD and Blu-ray ripping tools. For the time being, DVDFab reps say you can get around it by going to the company’s Japanese website. Read more and see the full injunction over at TorrentFreak.
- How to Take a Pay Cut for a Job You Actually Love (and Survive): Not too long ago, I jumped ship on an office job and career that was great, but not my passion. I took a huge risk to follow my dream, and learned a lot of lessons along the way. If you’re thinking about following your dream or doing what you love, here are some tips to keep in mind before you do it, and some of my mistakes to learn from.
- The Truth About Speed Reading: Speed reading has long been a skill peddled by supposed experts, and recently a slew of cheap apps claiming to teach the technique have put it back in the spotlight. So, let’s take a look at the claims of speed reading and if it’s really possible to read 1,200 words a minute.
- I’m a Telemarketer. Here’s How to Get Rid of Me: I’ve worked for a telemarketing company for two years and made a lot of unwanted calls. I have to keep making them because most people don’t know how to get rid of us, but the right approach can make all the difference. Here’s how you can get rid of telemarketers like me and save us both a lot of time.
Questions and Answers
Indecent Exposure asks, “After Snowden has posted how serious it is to be anonymous on the internet I’d like to improve mine. However is my VPN enough and what are the good ones. Should I be using Tor. And what is SSL. With all of that is that enough or am I missing something.”
Generally speaking, the things you have to do to remain completely anonymous online aren’t worth the trouble. It’s better to judge by circumstance. For example, you really only need to use HTTPS when you’re transmitting sensitive data. VPNs are good, but you want to make sure you use a good that’s trustworthy.
Tony asks, “I’ve heard Dachis mentioning that he uses his Roku while traveling. I was wondering how to use it at a hotel that requires you going to their website and accepting their terms of service to use their WiFi? Is there a trick for this? I haven’t tried this for over a year, but was frustrated when I attempted this in the past.”
Ryan writes, “I’ve recently been asked to host some Google Hangouts. In addition, I’d love to expand the reach of these Hangouts by turning them into a podcast on iTunes. Here’s the problem: I’ve never used Google Hangouts and I’ve never made a podcast. I’ve looked up some things online but I find a lot of contradictory advice and, as people who do this regularly yourselves, I was wondering if you could offer some help. I’ve been told by some it’s very easy, I’ve been told by others it’s very complicated. I’ve been told you need a headset, I’ve been told it’s not necessary but a good microphone is. I’m interested in everything from what cameras and mics would be good to how best to take live questions to how to get the audio and/or video from Google Hangouts and load it to iTunes for the podcast. I have a Windows 8 computer I’d be working from.”
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