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Episode 93 - Online Shopping Report, Good News on Cybersecurity, Electricity

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 01/05/2021

Episode 95 - Dude. I need a data center show art Episode 95 - Dude. I need a data center

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Closing in on 100 episodes . . . After a few hiccups on the Internet, we managed to record this week's show. Please support our advertiser! Topic 1: Azure in a box? Microsoft is rolling out data centers "in a box." Earlier, we reported on Microsoft putting data centers on the ocean floor. This containerized project has been in the works since at least 2008. Note: We hereby claim copyright to the phrase, "Dude. I need a data center." Link: Topic 2: Net Neutrality Revived for 2021 Dead? Not at all! With the recent election, the Democratic version of Net Neutrality could see the light of day....

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Episode 94 - Open Source RMM and Touchless Controls of the Future show art Episode 94 - Open Source RMM and Touchless Controls of the Future

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One very serious topic, and two somewhat-lighter topics this week. Please post questions or comments. And don't forget to share with your friends. Topic 1: Open Source Managed Service Tools? Here's a seriously interesting question: Is open source software for managed services a beautiful vision of the future . .. or a nightmare. We have different thoughts on this one. Link: Topic 2: The next interface? Gesture controls. We start with a link to a white paper that lays the groundwork for this discussion. It's a quick read, and very interesting. We also encourage you to Google "computer gesture...

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Episode 93 - Online Shopping Report, Good News on Cybersecurity, Electricity show art Episode 93 - Online Shopping Report, Good News on Cybersecurity, Electricity

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Topic 1: Forrester says US online holiday shopping to reach $173 B Constant question: How much of this is temporary vs. permanent? Have you built a store for your clients? We think this is a great opportunity for IT professionals. Related Link: Topic 2: Is there any good news for MSPs in 2021 Cybersecurity? Predictions include: Cloud misconfigurations will be one of the top causes of data breaches. We’ll see the consequences of employees letting their guards down as work-from-home extends. Legacy security architecture like VPNs will be the weak link for many organizations, and use of zero...

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Episode 92 - End-of-Year show: 2020 show art Episode 92 - End-of-Year show: 2020

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Special show - and video! We recorded a video version of this podcast. You can view it at . Or on YouTube on the Small Biz Thoughts channel (). In this episode, we take a look at technology in the year gone by and what it means for the year ahead. So, we're breaking away from the strict timing and 3-topic format. First up: What's the status of our big pizza/burrito delivery race? Delivery improved on many fronts in 2020. But none of us took delivery of a burrito! No visible progress, although technology is inching forward That morphed to a discussion of how much of the "changes" from 2020 will...

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Episode 91: AI Doppelgangers, Google Outage, and Vaccine Apps show art Episode 91: AI Doppelgangers, Google Outage, and Vaccine Apps

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Heading straight on toward year end . . . and Episode 100. Stay tuned for a December 29th Year-end special. But today's show is also good. Topic 1: AI may help you find your doppelganger. The YouTube video below has a look at the technology involved in AI doppelganger research. You can see right away that this dataset can be used to "crowdsource" the improvement of this technology. Related Links: Mentioned in passing: Google's AI singing blobs. Topic 2: Google went down . . . and the world went down with it. Well, for a short while. Below is a commentary (not news) about the use of...

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Episode 90 - Pandemic Burnout; Modern Data Centers; Uber and Out show art Episode 90 - Pandemic Burnout; Modern Data Centers; Uber and Out

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We're approaching Episode 100. Also planning a big year-end podcast. Always stay tuned. Topic 1: Burnout in a Pandemic World … and What to Do About It Okay. It's been nine months of being shut in. This is getting old. What does that really look like? What the best way to deal with it? We explore. Related articles: Topic 2: Data centers aren’t dead But they’ll never look the same again. Data center in a box becomes reality. Topic 3: Uber Exits the Self-Driving Car Race . . . well, mostly. Kinda. Uber sold off their self-driving department . . . to a company they have a huge stake...

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Episode 89 - Fighting Inequality with AI, Cheap Energy, and Episode 89 - Fighting Inequality with AI, Cheap Energy, and "Edge" Opportunities

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Looking forward to Episode 100! As we close in on the end of 2020, we are also fast approaching our 100th episode. Thank you for following us, sharing our podcasts, and giving us the big thumbs-up. Topic 1: AI Reveals Racial Inequalities in NYC We've talked about the layers of bias within Artificial Intelligence, and the impact of human bias on the creation of AI. So this topic looks at using AI to find bias inside existing databases. It's very meta. Topic 2: Growth in renewable energy finally takes off. I think we all know that various electrical generating systems have become cheaper, but...

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Episode 88 - Robo-job Apocalypse Delayed; NATO Publications; and Facebook Algorithm show art Episode 88 - Robo-job Apocalypse Delayed; NATO Publications; and Facebook Algorithm

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Announcement: Killing IT Podcast is available on Audible / Amazon podcasts. If you have an Audible account, just search for “The Killing IT Podcast.” Direct Link: Topic 1: The Robo-job Apocalypse is Being Delayed. We've covered this story from several angles over the last years. Turns out robots are adding more jobs than they are taking away. Robots are affected how much people get paid, not whether they have jobs. Link: 1 big thing: The robo-job apocalypse is being delayed Topic 2: A great resource to explore - NATO's research on evil actors in worldwide technology. Start with the...

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Episode 87 - Proctored Exam Overkill; Smart Cities to Watch; and Video Games that Are Good For You show art Episode 87 - Proctored Exam Overkill; Smart Cities to Watch; and Video Games that Are Good For You

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A bit of wisdom from Dave on marketing: If you are only buying a sure thing for marketing, you are LAST. Note: This space is available. YOU could be advertising here. Topic 1: Modern "Proctored" Exams are creating excessive anxiety. Cheating-detection companies made millions during the pandemic, and now students are fighting back. (This was originally a Washington Post article, but you need a subscription to read it there.) You should read at least some of this article to get the gist of what's going on. Aside from over-doing distrust, the over-use of technology is making the system worst....

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Episode 86 - 3D Printing, AI Analysis of Reddit, and Bias in Facial Recognition show art Episode 86 - 3D Printing, AI Analysis of Reddit, and Bias in Facial Recognition

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Topic 1: 3D printing that makes sense. We have covered 3D printing several times. Now we get to report on some seriously cool applications. Medical applications are some of the coolest applications for 3D printing. 3d Printing is moving out of the "emerging" phase and finding some real uses in the real world. (See story #3) Topic 2: AI Analysis of Reddit users. Here's an interesting use of AI. The folks over at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) analyzed the words and moods of writers on Reddit over time. They found some interesting shifts in personal emotions over time. We look...

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Topic 1: Forrester says US online holiday shopping to reach $173 B

Constant question: How much of this is temporary vs. permanent?

Have you built a store for your clients? We think this is a great opportunity for IT professionals.

Related Link:

https://go.forrester.com/blogs/2020-us-online-holiday-sales-online-holiday-sales-will-reach-historic-levels-despite-uncertainty-from-covid-19/


Topic 2: Is there any good news for MSPs in 2021 Cybersecurity?

Predictions include:

  • Cloud misconfigurations will be one of the top causes of data breaches.
  • We’ll see the consequences of employees letting their guards down as work-from-home extends.
  • Legacy security architecture like VPNs will be the weak link for many organizations, and use of zero trust network access is likely to accelerate in 2021.

Link:

https://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/Cybersecurity-Predictions-for-2021-144487.aspx


Topic 3: 75% of electrical capacity growth expected to be renewable for the next three years

Solar, Wind, and Water power are growing dramatically - without regard to political points of view. Coal dominates the power source being retired.

This actually matters, going forward.

Link:

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/12/21/solar-wind-74-6-of-expected-us-power-capacity-growth-in-next-3-years-charts/

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