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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 7

April 24th, 2013

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CISPA In-Law

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

Hacked Twitter account of The Associated Press posted bogus report of attack at White House

UK ISPs betray customers, collaborate on government surveillance

Japanese police ask sites to start blocking Tor

What is CISPA?

Once again the government in its infinite wisdom has decided to pursue a highly controversial internet security bill designed to destroy the privacy of its citizens with making law enforcement's job a whole lot easier.

CISPA stands for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

What does it do?

CISPA would allow for voluntary information sharing between private companies and the government in the event of a cyber attack. If the government detects a cyber attack that might take down Facebook or Google, for example, they could notify those companies. At the same time, Facebook or Google could inform the feds if they notice unusual activity on their networks that might suggest a cyber attack.

What type of personal information?

According to the EFF, "CISPA is written broadly enough to permit your communications service providers to share your emails and text messages with the government, or your cloud storage company could share your stored files." Bill sponsors, however, argued that CISPA is needed to keep that data safe, pointing to foreign hackers who have hit U.S. companies in an effort to steal information. The ability to share data about incoming cyber attacks as quick as possible could thwart the improper use of that data, they said.

All without a warrant.  

The personal data acquired under CISPA is done so under the umbrella of cyber security, but once the government has your data they are free to do with it whatever they wish, and you have no recourse.

This bill will effectively give government agencies access to every aspect of your internet life, without oversight or legal president.

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 6

April 17th, 2013

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Bloaty Reinstall

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

This week we talk about Joe's new phone - The Google Nexus 4

Mind Tech News:

OKCupid says it will accept Bitcoin, as currency falls to recent low

Virtual Bitcoin Mining Is a Real-World Environmental Disaster

Windows 8 Plan: Bring back the Start button, boot to desktop

How to fix your slow, bloated Computer.

Microsoft Says:

"No matter how fast or shiny computers might be when they're new, they all seem to get slower over time. That state-of-the-art PC you bought last year might not feel like such a screamer after you install a dozen programs, load it with antispyware and antivirus tools, and download untold amounts of junk from the Internet. The slowdown might happen so gradually that you hardly notice it, until one day you're trying to open a program or file and wonder, "What happened to my poor PC?"

How to fix your computer - don't throw it away, fix it! We'll talk you through the process of backing up your data, formatting your machine and getting it back up and running like it's brand new.

This assumes that there is nothing wrong with the hardware and that you either have a virus or Windows has just slowed down to the point where it is unusable.

STEP 1 - Backing up

Xubuntu 12.04.2 Live CD (32 bit)

Burn using imgburn (burn image)

Or make a USB drive with Unetbootin

Things to back up:

  • c:\users

  • ProgramData

  • Program Files (if you have time/space)

Find the drivers that you need. Go to your manufacturer’s site and go to support/downloads. The most important is either Wifi (Wlan) or ethernet. There can sometimes be several wifi drivers for different cards. Look in device manager in windows or hardinfo (installed and run by opening a terminal and running sudo apt-get install hardinfo && hardinfo) for your wifi card. Intel, Broadcom, Atheros etc.

Other key drivers are chipset, graphics (VGA) and sound (although sound may work without driver)

Make sure you have a Windows disk and licence before proceeding.

Licence usually on the bottom of laptop or case of PC.

“untouched” is a key word.

STEP 2 - Reformat and install Windows

If you are lucky you will have a recovery partition. Look online for which f key to tap then follow instructions. You might want to remove the bloatware after you are finished then move onto STEP 4

Put disk in and restart. Press any key to boot from CD...

If it boots as normal, go into bios (tap one of the f keys or esc or delete) and set to boot from CD or DVD drive.

If you see a recovery partition, stop and try and use that.

If you see System reserved and local disk, delete them both. Then choose unpartitioned space and follow the instructions.

STEP 3 - Install Drivers

Having saved them on your external drive, copy drivers folder to your desktop. Then install them one by one and restart as prompted.

STEP 4 - Windows Update

Most time consuming part.

Auto updates are a good idea but with a new installation you should manually do the updates using Windows update from the start menu. At this point you will probably have to activate your Windows licence which assuming you used the correct version of Windows should go smoothly.

After it says it has finished and you reboot, run Windows Update again. You will have to do this MANY times before it is genuinely up to date.

STEP 5 - reinstalling your programs

Basics I install are:

Firefox or Chrome

VLC

Flash

Adobe Reader

LibreOffice

AVG or Security Essentials

STEP 6 - Restoring your data

Good idea to scan your backup. Good idea to have another copy of your backup on a separate disk in case the AV deletes something you need.

Then restore your documents and desktop files.

You can restore your program data. Each program puts it in different places so you will have to look on Google for each case. Particularly annoying programs to restore are Outlook and iTunes. To steal a phrase from the excellent Mintcast, “your milage may vary”.

That’s it. Use the money that you saved by not going to a computer shop to subscribe or donate to Mind Set Central.

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 5

April 9th, 2013

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It Just Works!

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

U.S. Air Force designates six cybertools as weapons

Wikipedia editor allegedly forced by French intelligence to delete “classified” entry

Anonymous Taunts North Korea

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All about the Mac.

This week Gareth talks about his love affair with the Apple Macintosh Computer.

Mac’s just work.  No fuss, no BS, it just does what you need it to do, and really well.

People love their Macs.  How weird is that?

People hate, or tolerate their PCs

But, People love their Macs

Gareth's Mac Desktop running OSX, Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Google Chrome and a Terminal Session.

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My Mac Desktop

Pros:

1. Just Works

2. Easy and Intuitive to use

3. Ready to go out of the box (edit movies, photos, create music, podcast)

4. Rock Solid Hardware / Software

5. Vast Software Library

6. Unix ‘box’

7. No Legacy, always moving forward / Innovation.

8. No Viruses Issues - It’s Unix, and Windows is a bigger target

9. OS Flexibility - Run pretty much any OS on Apple hardware

Cons:

1. Expensive

2. Proprietary Hardware / Software

Links:

Apple

Apple Macintosh

Mac OS X

OS X Wiki

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 4

April 2nd, 2013

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Bitcoin Boom!

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

ORGCon North - Open Rights Group conference in Manchester

FBI Pursuing Real-Time Gmail Spying Powers as “Top Priority” for 2013

“Can I resell my MP3s?” redux—federal judge says no

 What is Bitcoin?

This week Joe talks in depth about the new cyber-currency bitcoin.

Bitcoin Software Here

Bitcoin FAQ Here

Bitcoin Wiki Here

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 3

March 27th, 2013

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VPN Yo!

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

1. UK ISPs Start Blocking KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy

2. Twitter sued £32m for refusing to reveal anti-semites

3. Microsoft accused of locking out Linux in EU antitrust complaint

Big Thanks to the Linux Outlaws for giving us a mention on Ep 303!

VPN - What is VPN and Why you should use it.

On this weeks episode we present a brief overview of the VPN protocol and how it works.

We also discuss some of the reasons and situations of when and why you should consider using VPN.

VPN Links:

VyperVPN

WiTopia

StrongVPN

iPreditor

ProXPN

Mac VPN Server Solutions

Free - Terminal

OS X Server

iVPN

Oh, and here's that DNS service we talked about on the show: http://www.unblock-us.com/

Until Next Week...

 

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 2

March 21st, 2013

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Defenestrate your Computer

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

1.  Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer sentenced to 41 months for exploiting AT&T iPad security flaw

2.  Richard Stallman’s Birthday

3.  Two clicks for more privacy

 Why Linux?

Ever wondered what Linux is, or thought about using it?

If the answer is yes, this this weeks episode is for you.

What is Linux ?

1.  Technically GNU/Linux but most people just call it Linux. (http://www.gnu.org)

2.  Alternative to Windows or Mac OS X. Runs on most hardware, including old Macs (PowerPC).

3.  Runs most of the internet including Google, so we all use Linux every day.

4.  Android has a Linux kernel.

5.  It’s free as in speech, meaning it is open source and can be modified and distributed freely.

    Many different distributions.Many different desktops.

Joe's Linux Desktop

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joedesktop

Links:

Ubuntu Linux

Linux Mint

Xubuntu Linux

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