|| Tech House || Episode #004 – Big Tech stands up for Strong Encryption

Padlock on keyboard
Padlock on keyboard

Photograph: Lasse Kristensen / Alamy/Alamy / The Guardian.

Hey ho,

Despite being badly behaved from time-to-time the big tech companies are standing up to renewed government calls for weakening encryption to “help fight terrorism”. Listen in to find out what you can do to help.

Dr H.

|| Tech House ||
Your guide to technology, security and free software.
Episode #004

|| Tech House || Episode #003 – How Google tracks you

Big brother Google

Source: http://donttrack.us/

Wasssuuuppppssssss Internets!!!

Yet another installment of Tech House with James from Up Again on RDU 98.5 FM. Who’s looking over your shoulder? Big brother Goog’s maybe? Well, what are they doing and how can you avoid being tracked?

Dr H.

|| Tech House ||
Your guide to technology, security and free software.
Episode #003

  • 5 Minute IT Pro Tip #3
    • https://duckduckgo.com/bang
      • !w – Wikipedia
      • !sp – Start Page – Googles search results without being tracked
      • !di – dictionary.com

|| Tech House || Episode #002 – Free, Libre and Open Source Software on RDU 98.5 FM

Thanks Douglas Adams for the sage-like advice. www.douglasadams.com/creations/hhgg.html
Software being freed :D

Source: http://blogs.itpro.es/danialonso/que-es-el-software-libre/

Hey World Wide Wicked Cats,

James from Up Again on RDU 98.5 FM kindly hosted me on his show again. This time we talked Free, Libre and Open Software. It’s a big complicated topic we managed to have some good dialogue. Check out the audio and show notes below for further explanation.

Dr H.

|| Tech House ||
Your guide to technology, security and free software.
Episode #002

Free, Libre and Open Software

  • What is Free, Libre and Open Software?
    • Free and Libre Software is defined by 4 freedoms:
      • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
      • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs.
      • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
      • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits.
    • What is Open Software?
      • Is code that covers some of the 4 freedoms but it can also be used in closed or proprietary software
  • Why does it matter?
    • Privacy
      • If you’re using a proprietary IM app and the maker says there’s no NSA backdoors in it you have to take their word for it. If it was free and open and you had the ability you could inspect the code for yourself.
    • Security
      • If you’ve had a proprietary pacemaker implanted and bad guys find bugs in the code they could physically threaten you. If the code was free and open the wider tech community could find the bug and responsibly advise the maker before the bad guys could use it.
  • Examples of Free, Libre and Open Software include:
    • Firefox Web Browser
    • Linux – the program which controls the hardware that all Android phones use
    • Signal – an iOS and Android app that allows you to easily send and receive encrypted text messages and phone calls