Something You Should Know about Computers

The Good And Evil Of The Internet

December 24, 2015

Interview with William Davidow, author of the book OVERCONNECTED: The Promise and Threat of the Internet




Mike Carruthers:
Few people would argue that the Internet has tremendous benefits.


William Davidow:
But it also made the financial crisis of 2008 much worse, it was involved in Wiki Leaks, it is involved in the loss of our privacy.


William Davidow

Preventing Hackers From Stealing Your Data

November 16, 2015


Interview with Dr. Tim Summers of




Mike Carruthers:
Hackers love the holidays. This time of year there are a lot of ways they can get you to let them into your computer so they can steal your data.


Dr. Tim Summers:
It’s the holidays hackers know that you’re going to be traveling. So they may send you an email that has an attachment that looks like a flight itinerary. You’re very likely to click on that because you’re thinking it’s from Delta.

Dr. Timothy Summers

What's Next in Technology?

August 31, 2015


Interview with John Markoff, author of the book Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots




Mike Carruthers:
How we interact with technology has changed dramatically and will likely tend to do so.


John Markoff:
Where I live and work in San Francisco half the population, I swear to you, is walking around looking down at their palm at their smart phone. I mean they’re just everywhere that can’t be the final stage of human evolution.

John Markoff

How Technology Affects Jobs

August 12, 2015


Interview with Geoff Colvin, author of the book Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will




Mike Carruthers:
As technology allows more and more jobs to be done by machines many people worry that their job is next.


Geoff Colvin:
What’s happening is what technology has always done. Which is revalue skills, some skills become less valuable and some are becoming more valuable.

Geoff Colvin

Internet Problems

February 2, 2015


Interview with Andrew Keen, author of the book The Internet Is Not the Answer




Mike Carruthers:
The Internet allows us to do so many things we could never do before but that’s not to say there aren’t some problems.


Andrew Keen:
The Internet was supposed to be all about innovation and disruption but having disrupted the old economy we actually have larger monopolies and less competition.

Andrew Keen

Computer & Smartphone Tricks - Part 2

January 6, 2015


Interview with David Pogue, author of the book Pogue's Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life




Mike Carruthers:
Did you know that if you have trouble reading small type on a website you can change it?


David Pogue:
It’s the plus key and on a Windows PC it’s the control key too. So control plus and control minus controls the text size. On the Mac it’s the command key the one that looks like a pretzel. So you go command plus, plus, plus and you’ve just made the type bigger.

David Pogue

Computer & Smartphone Tricks

January 5, 2015


Interview with David Pogue, author of the book Pogue's Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life




Mike Carruthers:
Of the millions of people who use their computer everyday a lot of them don’t realize that…


David Pogue:
When you’re on the web and you’re reading just hit the space bar to scroll down the next part of the page instead of using the mouse or the track pad – it’s just so easy to tap the space bar. And people are like you’re kidding I never knew that and it was right under their noses.

David Pogue

The Importance Of Face-To-Face Communication

November 17, 2014


Interview with Susan Pinker, author of the book The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter




Mike Carruthers:
So much of our communication today is electronic yet face-to-face contact turns out to be very important.


Susan Pinker:
Because interacting face to face releases a whole cascade of biochemical events that essentially provides biological resilience not only now but into the future.

Susan Pinker

Is Social Media Dead?

October 23, 2014


Interview with Lon Safko, author of the book The Fusion Marketing Bible: Fuse Traditional Media, Social Media, & Digital Media to Maximize Marketing




Mike Carruthers:
Social media everybody’s talking about social media; Facebook, Twitter and the rest of them as the way to reach people and market products. But things are changing.


Lon Safko:
If it was 3 years ago if I was doing a webinar I could charge 150 bucks and get 100 people there. Then 2 years ago I could charge 50 bucks and get 100 people now I can’t get 50 people even if it’s free.

Lon Safko

Benefits Of Technology

October 1, 2014


Interview with Clive Thompson, author of the book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better




Mike Carruthers:
Whether or not you like or you use computer technology you must admit it has done something remarkable.


Clive Thompson:
People are able to you know when they’re wondering about something or interest in something or passionate to broadcast what they’re thinking about and connect to other folks who they had no idea existed and go really deep with them.

Clive Thompson

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