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Rod Pyle and Settled in Space

Rod Pyle

Episode 1769

In Space News, three Mars probes are arriving at the Red Planet in the next week. One is from NASA, then there's the Chinese Space Agency, and the third is from the UAE. NASA's Perseverance will have a huge Curiosity class rover, and it will be able to drill and take core samples, which can be returned to earth five years later. It's also going to be looking for fossils and live microbes. 

Are There Any Podcasts About Adaptive Technology for the Elderly?

Boomers...?

Episode 1769

Heather from Kinderhook, NY

Heather wants to know if there's a show for adaptive technologies for older retired people. Leo says that while that would be valuable and we should see more content like that, advertisers seem to want to cater to younger demographics with disposable income. But he hopes that as boomers get older, advertisers will see value in this larger audience segment. But Leo pledges to do something about it.

Why Can't My Macbook Pro Run Zoom?

Zoom

Episode 1768

Penny from Apple Valley, CA

Penny and her boyfriend are both teachers, and they teach people gardening and welding. Both now require distance learning, but they aren't very computer savvy. Will her 2012 Macbook Pro do the job? Leo says that Apple limits what version of the operating system she can update to using that Mac. It's possible that the age would prevent updating to the latest macOS, which Zoom may require. But the 2012 model should be OK. Check out AnyMac.com to see what version of macOS is compatible. 

How Can I Better Control Audio in Google Meet for My Kid's Distance Learning Class?

google meet

Episode 1768

Jessica from Gorham, ME

Jessica is trying to teach some students at home and some in the classroom at the same time. What she's been doing is treating all students as being at home, so they are all logged into Google Meetings. But the problem is, that kids keep forgetting to mute their mics and the feedback is driving her crazy. She would also like to project all the home kids onto the screen so the kids in the classroom can see them.

Huawei Gets Caught Creating Phony Twitter Accounts to Hype Products

Huawei

Episode 1768

Chinese tech giant Huawei was caught this week creating phony Twitter accounts to push their products in Belgium. The accounts consisted of phantom tech reviewers and experts who spoke positively of Huawei products. Leo says while Huawei was only caught doing what all tech companies have done, and while it's against Twitter TOS, they haven't really enforced it all that much. Even the FCC has been caught doing it to push an anti-net neutrality position.

Rod Pyle and Living in Lava Tubes

Rod Pyle

Episode 1767

Rod joins Leo to talk about this week's Space Settlement 2021 conference. One of the things they will be talking about is living in lava tubes left over from the moon and Mars's creation. Many believe that they will be ideal for protecting against radiation and micrometeorite impacts. But others believe the caves would be too delicate and dangerous to risk. They recommend putting robots on the surface that can create berms and walls out of the regolith to absorb the radiation for protection. 

SEC Investigating GameStop Stock Event

GameStop

Episode 1767

In what looks like a revolt of the average joe against the billionaires, the stock market this week was rocked by an event organized by people on REDDIT and other social media networks to buy stock in GameStop and AMC. The stunt turned some into millionaires as the mob action made the stock rise while causing hedge funds who "shorted" the stocks to lose billions. Average people used stock apps like RobinHood to buy up shares and drive up the stock.

How Can I Forward Email to Everyone in My Family?

Gmail

Episode 1766

John from St. Petersberg, FL

John recently bought a domain and created his own email for it. He has different emails for family, so how does he forward them to his central email? Leo says that he can use Gmail or even Microsoft Outlook for free, and then forward everything to there using DNS settings. Then he can use filtering settings to move those different emails into folders or forward them to other email accounts.