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Options January 1, 2018: Best practices for tech in 2018 - with Mark & station manager Ken

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This week, Mark and station manager Ken Freedman talk about best practices in tech for 2018. Speaking of getting prepared, here's a comic to start off 2018.

As for the above photo of Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Olson wrote this on June 21, 2016:

• Camera covered with tape
• Mic jack covered with tape
• Email client is Thunderbird

Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg for showing us good security tips to guard against surveillance capitalism!

From last week's special holiday episode:

Here's the list of games I recommended (re listener Lawrence's request).
Sony PS4: Rocket League, Overwatch, Nier:Automata
Nintendo Switch: Super Mario Odyssey, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
XBox One: Cuphead
Pretty much any platform: Spelunky, Minecraft, Roblox

Also, during last week's episode I read the AI-inspired fake Harry Potter chapter by Botnik.org, but here's a better-sounding reading (thanks to Webhamster Henry).

My tech reading in 2017:

I got through 12 tech-related books in my reading in 2017, to help prep for Techtonic (and two Skeptech events) - including Uproot, an excellent book by next week's guest (and former WFMU DJ) Jace Clayton, aka dj /rupture. Shown below, in no particular order:

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:02pm listener james from westwood:

Happy New Year, Mark and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:03pm listener james from westwood:

My Twitter feed, and the two baristas/bakers at the donut/coffee place I visited this morning, were all abuzz w/ Black Mirror Season 4, by way of entertainment-oriented technofear (or technofear-oriented entertainment).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:05pm -Ken:

Hi everybody
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:06pm -Ken:

@listenerjames, I'm halfway through the new season of Black Mirror.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:06pm geezerette:

HNY, Mark !
L James!
Ken !
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:07pm JakeGould:

I tried playing “Animal Crossing: Pocket Campsite” for a day or two. Some good aspects and cute world, but the underlying message is you—as the player—need to get stressed out running errands for animals who won’t be your friends unless you do things for them. Ugh!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:07pm Webhamster Henry:

Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:07pm northguineahills:

Howdeee-OOOs techtonicoreinos!!!
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:08pm Fuzzy:

Zuck doesn't do Windows either, apparently.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:09pm listener james from westwood:

@Ken: Have only seen one ep, Fifteen Million Merits, from the 1st season. Def. want to see more but boy, that one snagged in my flesh. (First learned of it when Scott played the version of the Irma Thomas tune in the episode.) Always impressed when a piece of media can affect me like that for so long.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:10pm -Ken:

That gorgeous Irma Thomas tune from Fifteen Million Merits plays a big role in Episode 3 of the new season (4).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:10pm Webhamster Henry:

I like pictures of bookshelves and piles!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:11pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Techtroids. Remember one of the early shows where I mentioned my Nest thermostat? I had no heat this morning and when the tech from my heating oil company arrived this afternoon, he quickly determined that the thermostat was faulty. The Failure of Technology.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:13pm -Ken:

Oh man, @KenfromHP - avoid using smart home devices!
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:15pm JakeGould:

I don’t understand “smart” home devices like thermostats. What actual benefit does someone get other than ability to remotely control stuff like that?

Solutions require problems, and all of these “smart” devices are solutions to non-existent problems.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:16pm listener james from westwood:

Last thing I need in my environment is a bunch of different nanny devices chattering at one another about what they think reality is in my house! And yet the definition of "nanny device" is growing broader each year.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:16pm Phil with the phone:

Happy new year all! Phone # is 201-209-9368
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:16pm Phil with the phone:

Black Mirror spoilers will be hung up on immediately
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:17pm JakeGould:

“Phil with the phone” is the best handle.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:20pm Phil with the phone:

@JakeGould Thanks! *finger guns*
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:21pm steve:

Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:21pm Fuzzy:

4dm1n! has a good mix of upper, lower number and special characters.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:23pm Mark Hurst:

To throw someone off, choose "baseball" instead of "football" (kidding, don't use sports at all!)
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:23pm herb.nyc:

Hi all, happy Newark! Can tech help us w medical uses? I read of an app that lets you aim yr camera at yr eyeball and a dr, perhaps 1000s of miles away, can examine you. Or nanorobots that get injected into you, and it can do things. Good things, I hope. (Or sexy things)
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:23pm Phil with the phone:

relevant xkcd: www.xkcd.com...
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:24pm Fuzzy:

A modern password cracker would crack that xkcd password in seconds.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:24pm northguineahills:

I use words from different languages together w/ the letters interspersed w/ random characters and cases interspersed.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:25pm northguineahills:

(I said too much)
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:25pm dale:

Damned If You Do Damned If You Don't - 23
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:26pm Fuzzy:

Mnemonicize a passage from a favorite poem or book, use that as your master passphrase in Lastpass.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:26pm Fox:

I use full names of people whose parents were hippies.
"Soliel Moon Frye"
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:27pm dale:

speaking of fmu transmitter sites...mt hope still sounds like ABSOLUTE SHIT. i'm not complaining ken, just saying.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:28pm Ike:

I liked Colbert's suggestion from a couple of years ago for a master passphrase: 1000fishbutts. Of course since he said it on broadcast TV, probably a lot of people use it, so that's out. Never mind.
  Mon. 1/1/18 6:28pm ALF of Hip Hop Slam:

Hey there Ken! Happy New Year! I love ALL the tips you are telling the listeners. Good stuff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:28pm -Ken:

@dale - 90.1 audio is down due to cold - we're on audio backup.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:29pm herb.nyc:

Nice pw ideas, ken. I like "frank burns eats worms", and I'll change to "ken Freedman eats worms". Oh, plz delete.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:29pm JakeGould:

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (HAHAHAH! Wilco hipsters get hacked)
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:30pm dale:

otay - thanks. i knew you wouldn't abandon us.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:30pm Webhamster Henry:

Also, since you need hundreds of passwords, it's best that they differ for each site, so a password manager is pretty useful there.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:31pm northguineahills:

I keep all of my passwords in my head. I use a rotating series of permutations based on the service.
  Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:32pm yippie:

damn ken you ate a whole city
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:32pm dale:

someone who knows klingon probably has good passwords.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:32pm Fuzzy:

Lastpass password databases are encrypted/decrypted locally on the client computer with the passphrase (so make sure you use a good passphrase.)
  Mon. 1/1/18 6:32pm Obamula420:

great passwword tip, get yourself a copy of Keepass or LastPass
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:32pm Webhamster Henry:

But what's really bad is there are no standards for password content: some sites demand that your password conform to their idea of password diversity, others are loose, and then there are many which limit the number of characters you can use, which is in fact the best way to make a secure password.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:33pm JakeGould:

Base all of your passwords on the DaVinci code.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:34pm Webhamster Henry:

Ideally you would use pass phrases (really long passwords with spaces in them), and/or two factor authentication.
  Mon. 1/1/18 6:34pm herb.nyc:

About 1986 we bought $35,000 large NBI word processing system (used 12" floppies). I was sorta the admin guy and I started deleting old accts. One was by user Mr Sun. On my first guess I got his pw, sun.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:34pm JakeGould:

Anyone remember the “I Love You” email/virus?
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:35pm Fuzzy:

Yes, 2FA should be more widely known and used.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:35pm JakeGould:

“Obama is Sending Working Moms Back to School and Gifting Them Free Bath Bombs! Click Here for More Info!”
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:36pm Phil with the phone:

@Dale now changing my password to "Qo'noS_Bat'leth"

Also we're still taking calls at 201-209-9368!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:36pm Webhamster Henry:

Then there are those guys from "Microsoft" that tell you your computer has a virus.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:37pm dale:

i'll bet there are passwords using 'pon far' out there.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:37pm Fuzzy:

www.wfmu.org "Not Secure"
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:37pm dale:

'freedman security solutions'
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:37pm Ken From Hyde Park:

They cracked the Nigerian prince scam.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:38pm JakeGould:

Anyone lose some Bitcoin? Email your social security number and mother’s maiden name to claim it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:38pm Webhamster Henry:

Mail clients should absolutely expose all the links that appear in message content.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:39pm JakeGould:

@KenFromHydeark: Nope, they caught one “Nigerian Prince” scammer… And he was an old white guy.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:40pm Fuzzy:

Elliot Alderson uses Proton Mail -- 'nuff said.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:41pm Webhamster Henry:

I have my own domain, with a catchall email address, so I give everyone a special email address for me so that I know I gave it to them. Any email to my "real" email address is treated highly suspiciously.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:41pm Andrew S:

I use protonmail. It is free and seems secure enough. You get about message a day from them but I can live with that
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:42pm dale:

there was an episode of medium that had a nigerian prince who was actually a nigerian prince seeking to dispense money.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:42pm Fuzzy:

Protonmail and Signal would be great if I could convince my friends and family to use them too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:44pm Webhamster Henry:

Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:44pm northguineahills:

I go hours w/o looking at my phone, so my friends and family don't fret if I don't respond.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:44pm JakeGould:

@-Ken: iOS has that exactly functionality under “Do Not Disturb” on iOS 11.2. It’s called “Do Not Disturb While Driving ” under settings.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:45pm Andrew S:

They recently arrested a nigerian prince, he was an elderly man from Louisiana, wasnt Nigerian or a prince shattered my illusions
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:45pm northguineahills:

Wait, weren't we promised Ken in a Santa suit???
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:46pm JakeGould:

Straight from Apple: “With iOS 11, your iPhone can sense when you might be driving and prevent notifications.” support.apple.com...
  Mon. 1/1/18 6:46pm sufferwords:

signal works great
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:48pm dale:

i have a dumb phone, but i'm sure my computer is like an old whore at a sailor's barbecue when it comes to being impenetrable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:51pm Fox:

I wouldn't be able to get anywhere if I didn't use the GPS on my phone.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:51pm dale:

i got an email from my phone/web company that sent me a twelve page user terms and agreement document - it actually had verbiage that said i agreed to not look at anything offensive or pornographic. that's why i HAVE the web!!!!
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:53pm Andrew S:

My computer is a secure as I know how to make it, so probably not that secure but more than most. Passwords are a problem though, I use the same one pretty much everywhere which is just dumb but I dont know of a password manager i trust and remembering any more than 3 passwords and id forget them forsure
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:53pm Webhamster Henry:

Of course the problem in old days was to unfold the map in front of your face while driving.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:54pm listener james from westwood:

Oh hell yes, that dashcam genre is one of my chief insomnia cures. Good to know this exists!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:54pm Webhamster Henry:

It sounds like the 21st century version of "Mondo Cane".
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:55pm dale:

in russia everyone loves to play bumper cars with you and try and extort money - i think that's the reason for the dash cams.
  Mon. 1/1/18 6:56pm medson:

Road Trip
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:56pm dale:

- music by klahm and pussy riot.
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:56pm northguineahills:

what dale said...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:56pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers will have Road Movie so you can come here and have vodka while watching it.
  Mon. 1/1/18 6:56pm queems:

oh god that fucking book
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 6:57pm Ike:

Supposedly dashcams are popular in Russia for legal reasons. If a guy in a rolling office chair rolls out in front of you on the freeway from out of the back of a moving truck and you want to sue him, or if you get sued by him, you gotta have some video!
  Mon. 1/1/18 6:57pm queems:

scared me so much
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:57pm JakeGould:

What book?
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:58pm Phil with the phone:

@dale IIRC it's illegal to NOT have a dash cam in Russia. For insurance and what not.

also we have time for one more call at 201-209-9368!
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 6:58pm JakeGould:

Ahhh… “The Circle.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 7:00pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks Mark & Ken!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 7:00pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks, Ken and Mark!
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 7:00pm Phil with the phone:

Just looked it up, it's not illegal to not have a dash cam in Russia. Apparently there's just a lot of insurance fraud. See you all next week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/1/18 7:01pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone!
Avatar Mon. 1/1/18 7:02pm dale:

2018 will be worse - trump is 'emboldened' by his tax plan passing. we're fucked.
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