January 2018


MobileViews Podcast 238: GRC InSpectre, NUKEMAP, laptop lifespan, & more

Jon Westfall and I discuss a non-point upgrade for Android 8.1.0 for the Pixel 2, Project Fi quasi unlimited data, GRC InSpectre, NUKEMAP, user interface design assumptions, JS Paint – MS Paint web-based clone, and laptop life spans.

  1. Surprise Android 8.1.0 update (48MB) – even though I already run 8.1.0
  2. Project Fi quasi-unlimited data
    Steve Gibson GRC InSpectre Meltdown/Spectre checker – Windows only
  3. NUKEMAP
  4. IT may be that people wrongfully believe that if something is very important, it must be well designed. Human Factors Engineering discussion. Other examples: NY Blackout in 1977, Laser radiation accident.
  5. JS Paint. Web MS Paint clone.
  6. Discussion: How long should a laptop last? Jon’s work laptop is nearly 2 years old but is “State-of-the-art” (Surface Pro 4). His MacBook Pro is nearly 3 years old, but shows no signs of stopping. And Austin Evans on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmP8QZZ6QjE) has breathed surprising life into a 2009 white Macbook (1 TB of SSD, 8 GB of RAM, runs High Sierra).

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 237: Missile in Hawaii anyone? w/guests Ricky Li & Don Sorcinelli

Hawaii missile warning 20180113

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall are joined by Ricky Li and Don Sorcinelli. They discuss the tech and communications associated with the false Hawaii missle warning on Jan. 13, 2017, the impact of Meltdown and Spectre, and was there anything interesting announced at CES?

  1. Starfish Prime July 9, 1962 Nuclear test 900 miles west-southwest of Hawaii.
  2. Meltdown/Spectre remediation:

  3. Ref: Wired.
    In a Tuesday update, for example, Microsoft said that consumer devices with processors from 2015 or earlier running Windows 7, 8, and 10 would be more likely to exhibit slowdowns. The company added that, “Windows Server on any silicon, especially in any IO-intensive application, shows a more significant performance impact when you enable the mitigations.”

    This means that millions of Windows PCs and servers around the world, even those that are just a few of years old, could get noticeably more sluggish—as much as 20 percent slower in some cases. Intel also published benchmark and user data on Wednesday, which similarly shows deeper losses for older generations of silicon.

  4. WHY RASPBERRY PI ISN’T VULNERABLE TO SPECTRE OR MELTDOWN
  5. Google Project Zero: Reading privileged memory with a side-channel
  6. Chrome OS devices and kernel versions. This table lists the status of mitigations for CVE-2017-5754 (Meltdown) for each Chrome OS device.
  7. Google Cloud: Answering your questions about “Meltdown” and “Spectre”
  8. Microsoft: Understanding the performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown mitigations on Windows Systems
  9. But, no patches for AMD based PCs. CSO Online
    Apple: About speculative execution vulnerabilities in ARM-based and Intel CPUs
  10. CES???

  11. Ricky’s pick for the weirdest thing of CES: The sous vide dish washer (YouTube link)

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MobileViews Podcast 236: Melting HP batteries, Android app store adware, Alexa powered glasses, QNAP

Jon Westfall and Todd Ogasawara (that’s me) are back for the 10th year of the MobileViews podcast.

  1. Meltdown/Spectre: Whythe Raspberry Pi is immune. RaspberryPi.org
  2. HP melting batteries in laptops released in the past two years
    ars technica
  3. Adware, again, in Google Play store Android apps
    Android Headlines
  4. Vuzix Alexa powered glasses? $1000? Talk to your glasses in public? CNBC
  5. Jon’s setup now: QNAP backup unit “off-site” to sync with in-house QNAP.
  6. What is Todd’s 2018 “Thing-a-day” challenge?

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MobileViews mini-podcast 31: Hello 2018! Thank you to 2017 cohosts & panelists

Happy New Year!

Here’s what’s in this mini-podcast:

  1. Thank you to my ComicsViews co-host, Jay Stone, and MobileViews co-host, Jon Westfall.
  2. Thank you to our MobileViews 2017 guest panelists: Paul Lawler, Ricky Li, Frank McPherson, Sven Johannsen, Don Sorcinelli and Ryan Ozawa.
  3. Comments on my 2017 doodle-a-day project using an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and the Procreat and Tayasui Sketches Pro apps
  4. Some thoughts on what we might discuss in 2018 – the 10th year of this podcast!

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