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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 832: WiFi Magnet

One "flaw" in current smartphones: they prefer WiFi even when it results in a lower-quality experience for the end user.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 831: Drink The Weed Killer

Some douchebag from Monsanto gets on a news program and says their weed killer is safe enough to drink. Someone calls him on it. Hilarity ensues.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 830: TV Born Compromised

In an earlier episode I talked about an interview I saw of Rod Sterling from 1959. I watched it again and am amazed at just how prescient he was about how television was being influenced by advertisers. I wonder what he'd think of today's Internet.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 829: A Podcasting Loser

According to Howard Stern, I'm a loser because I podcast rather than attempt a radio career. I don't want a radio career, so who cares?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 828: TouchTone™

I like a good logic puzzle game put pair it with a compelling story where you're uncovering a secret plot along the way? I'm in. Yes, the pro NSA rhetoric is thick in said story, but, relax. It's just a game.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 827: Imperfect365

The Perfect365 "selfie" app is just the next logical extension of women wearing makeup. Personally I don't like the resulting pictures but then again, I'm not all that into makeup either.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 826: Theft of Pennies

Homeless people have it hard enough without getting arrested for charging their mobile phone, thereby "stealing" power. You know how much power we're talking about? $0.25 for a whole year. That's worth four police officers to arrest someone for?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 825: Don't Blame The User

My buddy Kellman write a great piece about how we shouldn't always blame the user for security incidents. I agree.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 824: Windows 10 Everywhere

Microsoft wants everyone to upgrade to Windows 10. They'll let you do it for free when it ships in the summer, whether it's a legitimate copy or not (but if it's not legit, you'll eventually ha e to pay). They're also planning to let some Xiaomi phones currently running Android upgrade to Windows 10 too.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 823: Uncarrier 9.0

T-Mobile did yet another Uncarrier event, announcing new business plans, the end of "limited time offer" plans, and a new "we'll pay your switching costs" deal.

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. Nowadays, I sit in my virtual office and write about what I'm interested in, which includes: computers, telecom, VoIP Service, mobile phones, and many other forms of shiny gadgets.

Some other projects I'm doing include: PhoneBoy's Security Theater, where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, and PhoneBoy Speaks, a daily podcast where I discuss whatever technology and security issues are on my mind.