In-Person Meetings Return In July

Do to the break in COVID infections we the members of the Good-n-Free Software community have the opportunity to meet in-person once again. The meetup will still be on the second Wednesday of each month but do to the Library’s shorter hours at least for now we will be meeting at 4:30pm until 6:30pm. We…

Cloud Platforms, Good Idea?

The debate has been going for years. Is it a good idea to put your enterprise in the cloud? Recently the Microsoft Cloud which a huge amount of businesses need to function to keep operations going has had major outages. Microsoft is not the only one to offer cloud applications: Amazon, Google, IBM, Oracle and…

Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut keys help provide an easier and quicker method of navigating and executing commands in computer software. Shortcut keys are commonly accessed by using the Alt key (on IBM compatible computers), Command key (on Apple computers), Ctrl key, or Shift key in conjunction with another key. The de facto standard for listing a shortcut is listing the modifier key, a plus symbol, and another key. In other…

Google Assistant

Google Assistant is an artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant (similarly to Siri on iOS) developed by Google that is primarily available on mobile and smart home devices. Unlike the company’s previous virtual assistant, Google Now, Google Assistant can engage in two-way conversations. Here are 35 of the best Google Assistant skills

Blocking The Tech Giants

You might have wondered if it is even possible to not use the giant tech companies. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple pretty much control everything. Your computer or phone’s operating system (Windows, OS 10, iOS and Android) are a dominant part of our life. The only way to get around this is to use…

3-2-1 Backup Strategy

The 3-2-1 rule is a best practice for backup and recovery. It means that when you build out your backup and recovery strategy you should: 1. Keep at least three copies of your dataThat includes the original copy and at least two backups. 2. Keep the backed-up data on two different storage typesThe chances of…

Using Wyse Cams Outdoors

Wyze Cams (security cameras) are becoming one of the most purchased products on Amazon. They are great especially when you consider the price, only $19.99 and the free rolling online storage. That said I wish you could mount them outside. One day Wyze will produce an outdoor camera until then there are other solutions.  Wyze…

What is a router?

A router is a networking device that forwards data packets between computer networks. Routers perform the traffic directing functions on the Internet. A data packet is typically forwarded from one router to another router through the networks that constitute an internet work until it reaches its destination node. A router is like a network switch because they connect mutable computing devices to a network but a router…

Could Gallium Nitride Be The Answer?

Gallium nitride (GaN) is a material that can be used in the production of semiconductor power devices as well as RF components and light emitting diodes (LEDs). GaN has demonstrated the capability to be the displacement technology for silicon semiconductors in power conversion, RF, and analog applications. Here’s Leo Laporte with Alex Lidow from Efficient Power…

What’s good about Google TV?

YouTube TV is streaming service that is meant to replace your cable. Forty plus of your favorite networks including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and more. Never run out of DVR storage and record as many shows as you like simultaneously. Watch it all while on the go from your computer, iOS or Adroid device. Watch it…