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KIT Episode 26: Professionalism - in the IT Industry and Our Media

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 09/25/2019

Episode 70 - VC Funding, Crypto Currency, and Splinternet show art Episode 70 - VC Funding, Crypto Currency, and Splinternet

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Topic 1: Tech VC funding down and moving sideways (not up) due to the pandemic. Funding for new ventures is being affected by the recession and the circumstances surrounding the pandemic. The change in money makes sense, but the response to social distancing is a new factor the venture capitalists haven't dealt with before. Related Link: Topic 2: Embracing Crypto Currency Bitcoin might not be taking over the world, but some very big financial outfits are building their own crypto currencies. We talk about what's really going on here (embracing blockchain), and more. Plus, of course, our...

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Episode 69 - EU Privacy, Twitter Hack, Ethical Explorer Pack, and the Future show art Episode 69 - EU Privacy, Twitter Hack, Ethical Explorer Pack, and the Future

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Another fun show! Please give us your feedback. And share it if you love it! We start with a couple of major stories and finish with an eye on the future. Topic 1: EU says their privacy laws are not being enforced appropriately in the U.S. To make that point, a random group of hackers broke into a series of Twitter accounts. Question one: Are we doing enough to protect data privacy? Question two: Is it possible to get this right? Can you, as a solution provider, actually do a decent job to protect your clients? Links: Topic 2: “Ethical Explorer Pack” for developers. This is a cool...

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Episode 68 - AI Fights Covid on Mass Transit and Makes Deep Fakes Easier show art Episode 68 - AI Fights Covid on Mass Transit and Makes Deep Fakes Easier

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Topic 1: AI - Take One: Fighting Covid on mass transit In Barcelona's subway system, AI is helping regulate airflows to fight the spread of Covid. Of course, that has implications for other diseases and other mass transit. We discuss what this means for you. Links: Topic 2: AI - Take Two: Creating Fake Journalists to Write Fake Editorials This is the kind of weirdness most of us weren't expecting from Artificial Intelligence. Now, on top of fake picture, fake profiles, and even fake videos, we now have entirely made-up background stories and profiles, with all the details. This affects many...

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Episode 67 - Regulations, Face-Changing Technology, and Social Media show art Episode 67 - Regulations, Face-Changing Technology, and Social Media

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Topic 1: Regulations are real in Louisiana. Now moving to a city and state near you. Also, check out the new page on Facebook: (MSP Regulation and Legislation). Topic 2:Face-changing technology . . . with a nod to what this means for facial recognition. And maybe a quick discussion of Pandora’s box. Can we keep the genie in the bottle? Related Link: Topic 3: Life after the Pandemic . . . Revisit Social Media trying to figure out if (how much) they should limit content ? Of course we have opinions!  

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Episode 66 - Limiting AI, Apples Buys an RMM, and more show art Episode 66 - Limiting AI, Apples Buys an RMM, and more

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Topic 1: Limit AI Research before it happens? Wired reports that an AI algorithm that "predicts" criminality based on a facial recognition is drawing ire. Meanwhile, some AI experts are calling to stop this line of research altogether. Topic 2: Apple buys an RMM . . . Will this affect us? (and Dave notes his predictions along these lines). Note also Amazon’s new use of the term "managed service " with regard to their Honeycode project. Described online as a "managed service" you can buy. See . . . Topic 3: Life after the Pandemic . . . Will we actually get to attend anything in...

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Episode 65 - Future Freelancing, MSP Benchmarks, and Future Agile show art Episode 65 - Future Freelancing, MSP Benchmarks, and Future Agile

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Our sponsor today is PC Matic - Thank you! More info at -- -- -- Topic 1: Coming boom for freelancers? Part of the rhythm of the economy is that economic downturns result in new opportunities. This time, the question is, will this help independent IT consultants? Note: When decision makers are looking for special skills, they would rather hire an outside source rather than train someone in-house - even if cost is not a factor. Related Link:   Topic 2: IT Glue released their 2020 Global MSP Benchmarks. A few notes. Around half (51%) of MSPs saw monthly revenue decreases as a result of...

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Episode 64: Facial Recognition, the New Normal, and the 4-Day Work Week show art Episode 64: Facial Recognition, the New Normal, and the 4-Day Work Week

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Special Note: This week's podcast is brought to you by our friends at Third Tier. For more information, visit . Topic 1: IBM and Amazon get out of facial recognition Major companies are backing away from developing and working with facial recognition technology. Issues include both the racial bias and the fact that they are working with police agencies. And then there was another shoe that dropped on the facial recognition topic. Other, older, related links: Topic 2: Let's Ban the term “New Normal” Everything changes all the time. We discuss whether the term "new normal" is actually...

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Episode 63 - Facebook Shops, Lobbying Efforts, and Current Events show art Episode 63 - Facebook Shops, Lobbying Efforts, and Current Events

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Topic 1: Facebook Shops Will you (should you) set up a shop on Facebook? We give our perspective. Related Link: Topic 2: Lobbying by and for the IT Community Should we be lobbying on behalf of the IT Community? What does that look like? We discuss some of the major issues and what we think the (near) future might look like. Who should speak for us? Topic 3: How will we be affected by the current events and unrest, once the dust settles. Again, just our opinion. But we feel that we need to say something. Your feedback is always welcome! :-)

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Episode 62: Classrooms, Chromebooks, and Connectivity show art Episode 62: Classrooms, Chromebooks, and Connectivity

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We have a bit of a theme going through all three of today's topics: Education. Topic 1: Google Classrooms - too meager? In case you haven't seen it, here is "Google Classroom." Google Classroom is super low tech. Is it too low tech? How much tech is needed in order to serve the education market? We discuss design, technology, and intended purposes. Of course this discussion touches on the topic of access to high speed Internet. More and more, true Internet access is becoming a requirement for education. Old link, but we all downloaded it before it became hard to find: Our saved version: ...

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Episode 61: LIVE Podcast - Burrito Delivery, Emerging Tech, and Your Favorite Accelerant show art Episode 61: LIVE Podcast - Burrito Delivery, Emerging Tech, and Your Favorite Accelerant

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Recorded LIVE at the SMB Online Conference! (Conference attendees can see and listen to all four topics in the Conference downloads area.) Topic 1: Where do we stand on burrito delivery? Update on our year-old bet: Will your pizza (or burrito) be delivered first by flying drone or driverless car/robot? Well, that driverless car might have lots of fees attached (see New York Times). And of course industry news is hard to separate from "pandemic" news right now, but workforce slowdowns will affect the pace of technology adoption. Relevant links: Topic 2: Emerging Technology and Digital...

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Topic One: Grrrrr . . .

Topic on Reddit (not a great article, so no link) asked the question, "What jobs have the highest income with the lowest requirements?" Proposed answer is Managed Services!!!

From time to time, some magazine asks the same question and suggests that IT services are always paying well and easy to get into. We are not pleased with this. And, as always, we suggest what we think this means for our industry.

Hint: You need to be a consultant, not an amateur.


Topic Two:

Is it fair to blame a vendor when someone fails to secure their product and finds themselves splashed across news sites worldwide?

Related link:
https://www.crn.com/news/security/connectwise-tool-used-as-entry-point-in-texas-ransomware-attack

Note: “ConnectWise is hardly alone when it comes to falling victim to hackers. Webroot, Kaseya, Continuum and NinjaRMM all have MSPs that have been hit and their products hijacked by bad actors who have flipped ill-gotten credentials to cash.”

Dave rants splendidly on this. This is silly click-bait rather than news. Details inside.


Topic Three:

What are the security implications in the era of AI? Are we entering a dystopia?

The bad guys are now using 1) Knowledge of the managed service model, and 2) artificial intelligence to attack MSPs, the channel, and our clients. They have no reason to stop. It can be pretty depressing!

But of course we have good news - even though it means you have to do the hard work.

All the details inside the podcast!

:-)