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DC Talks Podcast

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For weekly deep conversations about tech, family, budgeting and how it all ties together for the modern family come hang out with me everyday as we break down the latest news.


The Bliss of /e/ OS – The UnGoogled Android | DC Tech Talks Podcast - Ep. 38
Sep 19 • 28 min
One of the biggest factors I take into consideration before purchasing an Android phone is if it is supported by 3rd. party ROM’s. Previously I’ve run devices without Google Apps after installing LineageOS, which had significant speed and battery…
Nostalgia and Rose-Colored Glasses for Blackberry
Sep 14 • 30 min
On the blog this week was… Admitting my continued love of Blackberry and if physical keyboards on phones are worth it. Blog is on ObscuredNarration.com right now. This podcast allows me to go deeper on this topic. For some time, I’ve been fixated on…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - Going all in on Joplin Notes - May 9, 2019
May 9 • 13 min
Its time to talk about the next weekend project and this time I’m talking all about notes apps. Actually, I’m talking about my favorite notes app called Joplin. I lay out why I love Joplin and why I switched to it from Google Keep. Links Replace Your…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - Going mobile without the console - May 7, 2019
May 7 • 15 min
After much internal debate I pulled the trigger on a mobile device for my increasing travel. This is the normal process for me: Pick out the most expensive device and slowly talk myself out of it. Research the hell out of a used device and never purchase…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - Standing Up for Human Cashiers - May 6, 2019
May 6 • 16 min
Week off after traveling for my 9-5 but right back to the deep news and today is all about Walmart and their new A.I. store. This video is all about context and how having cashiers who understand human context. I’m not much of a fan of the Amazon Go…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - Tech Hoarding on the Road - April 25, 2019
Apr 25 • 8 min
Its time to check in with the last weekend project and I’ve got to admit… I’m a serious overpacker when it come to travel. I do have a couple recommendations and a look forward to our next weekend project. YouTube-DL…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - It’s time to switch… To Firefox - April 23, 2019
Apr 23 • 10 min
The browser wars are back! Firefox rescued the internet from the Internet Explorer takeover in the early aughts. Now its time for it to return and fight the new browswer… Chromium. With everyone making a Bling/V8 browser, from Brave to Edge and Opera, its…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - An Ode to Disco Dingo - April 22, 2019
Apr 22 • 13 min
With the release of Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo, the whole internet is celebrating… Okay, that’s probably an overstatement. But this is a good day for computing in general. Considering the competition I give an ode to Ubuntu 19.04 and the freedom it brings.…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - What a Week for Linux - April 18, 2019
Apr 18 • 16 min
I have been sick all week and it was best that I didn’t subject you to my nasally voice. But there was so much tech stuff happening this week, particularly around my favorite tech thing… Linux! Between a Linux Tech Tip video for gaming, Lutris with a new…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - Airsonic setup and the next weekend project
Apr 11 • 9 min
Its weekend project time and I’m fresh off an easy install of Airsonic as my new music streaming server from last week. In this episode I recap how setting up Airsonic went, why Old Man Dominic likes it and our new weekend project. Grab your tech go bag…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - How Portable is Your Data - April 10, 2019
Apr 10 • 10 min
Since the Google Stadia announcement, Google has been ripped for its lack of long-term support for its products. Its clear for me that its not if a product dies but if its data is portable. How easy is it to move to a new service? This isn’t exclusive to…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - DNA Companies Working With The FBI: That’s How They Get You - April 9, 2019
Apr 9 • 10 min
Yesterday’s silliness about getting Taco Bell delivered during a fire alarm was fun but today is a serious topic. In this episode of the DC Talks Daily podcast I give my opinion about DNA services working with the FBI and the possible implications. This…
DC Talks Podcast Daily - High School, Taco Bell & Postmates: A Tech Story - April 8, 2019
Apr 8 • 11 min
After a successful setup of my music streaming server over the weekend I instead detail an amazing story from my local high school. If you had to stand outside for hours during a fire alarm, would you be BRAZEN enough to order Postmates? My daughters high…
DCTP Daily - Weekend Project Time!
Apr 4 • 8 min
Its the end of the week for the podcast and I want to start a new trend. From now on each Thursday I’m going to offer a weekend project to complete. This could be setting up a new server or doing something IRL. Each week this is a chance to come up with…
DCTP Daily - Being indifferent to specific walled gardens
Apr 3 • 7 min
Exclusives for gaming has been a thing for a long time. Although I’ve been hard on walled gardens all week I’m kinda soft on gaming exclusives. In this episode I really try to convince myself gaming exclusives are bad but for me I’m already on an…
DCTP Daily - The Worst Kind of Exclusives
Apr 2 • 12 min
You know what the absolute worst scenario is for exclusives? When both subscriptions and hardware are paired to make the ultimate pain in the ass. In this episode I express my fears of what could happen with Apple’s new News+ service gets exclusives that…
DCTP Daily - Going All In on Self-Hosted Chat
Apr 1 • 15 min
After SEVERAL weeks of being on a hiatus (finally wrapped the Miami Vice podcast!) I’m back with more hot takes and permanently back for these daily podcasts. To kick things off this week I spent some time over the weekend really thinking about Brian…
9 - Making Responsible Decisions
Feb 6 • 6 min
All this talk about saving money, owning physical media and finding free ways to stream has me thinking about making budget decisions. Sometimes we feel shame when we have to cut our budget so deep, but its okay. You’re making the right decision. In this…
Give me discs or give me death!
Feb 5 • 15 min
Following up from our conversations last week I take a look at the classic question: Physical or streaming? For me, which is a personal choice, its physical media. In this episode I defend my position but still see why streaming is so popular. The key in…
7 - The humble library
Jan 30 • 10 min
Everyone is busy signing up for streaming services and buying ebooks they’ll never read. You know who’s got your back? The library. You know who doesn’t judge you? The library. You know where its cool to hang out on the weekend with free wifi? The…
6 - You Know its free, it has Alf
Jan 29 • 9 min
More and more places are giving away free TV shows and movies as an ad-supported service including IMDB, Roku, Pluto TV (who got recently acquired) and even Plex. Today I’m taking a look at the high level view of these services and what it means to people…
5 - It’s the whole point of cable
Jan 28 • 8 min
Hi pals, I am on the road today so I have a road show. Being on the road has me thinking about streaming services including the plethora of options, cost and of course the KonMari effect on owning versus streaming. All of that is coming up this week.…
4 - Where are all the feature phones?
Jan 24 • 8 min
Last episode of the week and today we’re looking at feature phones. Across the world there are many versions of feature phones but its mysteriously difficult to find one here in the US. There are lots of flip phones and even a few Android Go devices.…
3 - Smarten up my dumb house
Jan 23 • 6 min
At CES there were a number of home assistant devices announced. What caught my eye were devices that adapted dumb devices and added smart assistants. Today lets discuss how these adapters can make it easier for more people to adopt the tech, get…
2 - I love Stories and this is where to put them
Jan 22 • 9 min
Stories were all the rage in 2018. They showed up on all Facebook properties (take that Snapchat!), Skype (don’t worry, they’re gone now) and even YouTube. Stories have a place on social media, they’re just not being used in the right places. Today I make…
1 - Read your text messages, you animals
Jan 21 • 13 min
After more than a year away, I’m back with my first podcast episode. This show will air 4x/week (Mon. - Thurs.). To kick off the week lets talk about how many unread text messages y’all have. I toss around a few ideas why there are so many unread…