Podcast 1816: 4/21/18 Bad Water, MidWest Technology Leaders Conference and Hour of Code

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Show Notes

Hour 1


Victor Pytko and Ed Gardiner

are two filmmakers determined to bring a national health issue to light, no matter what the opposition.  The story begins in a little upstate New York hamlet of Hoosick Falls. But the issue is much bigger, “All across America and the world, people are getting sick, and, in some cases, dying because for the past 50 or so years, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have

water and accumulating, like a time bomb,  in our bloodstreams.”

Want to do something about this vital issue?

Visit this GoFundMe site for more information.

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It’s time to Geek out!!

Is it possible to speed up our internet connection by changing our DNS?

You may have heard of a company called that has a service called It’s a DNS resolver that claims it can speed up and secure your web browsing. A DNS is like a directory that translate a URL into a series of numbers so your browser can get into a specific site. Each time you request a webpage, it requires multiple DNS lookups. Some of the text, some for the images, and some for the video. All these lookups take time and can slow down your browsing experience.
 Now normally your ISP looks after DNS for you, but you can choose a different DNS if you want to potentially speed up your Internet. And some even offer features like parental control to filter content. There are lots of public dns servers to choose from including ones from Google, Cloudflare and OpenDNS. But if you’re looking to find the fastest dns server for your location, try running a benchmark or use an online tool like DNSPERF.

“Cutting the Cord” Just Got a Lot Harder!

Philo, which nixes news and sports for a cut-rate $16 a month, is also unlocking the streaming apps for cable channels like AMC, Nickelodeon and Discovery.

Philo, a fledgling skinny-bundle TV streaming service, is taking two steps closer to its big-league competitors. The live-TV streaming company will work on Apple TV and Amazon Fire TVdevices this summer, CEO Andrew McCollum said last week. An Android mobile app is next on the roadmap.
When Philo launched in November, the TV streaming service worked on Roku, on Apple mobile devices and by casting from a Chrome browser on your computer through Chromecast or any other TV-connected Google Cast. The device support was relatively limited compared with competitors. Adding Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV will be a significant expansion for Philo.
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Show Notes

Hour 2: Live calls and guests

 Welcome to our summer schedule…LIVE from 6-7 PM on WJR 760 AM.

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Tracy-Ann and Rob Palmer joined us in studio to talk about the Midwest Technology Leaders (MTL) Conference taking place on April 25.

Midwest Technology Leaders (MTL) is an exclusive gathering of the Midwest region’s top information executives — those committed to innovation, excellence and results. This is the only Midwest-based IT executive symposium that combines an influential, exclusive audience and access to distinguished speakers, while supporting the advancement of information technology in the region. The symposium is a nonpolitical, cross-industry, annual event, providing a platform to celebrate the achievements of this strong technology community. Together, this group of thought leaders is finding innovative approaches for IT and business challenges.

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Josh Pudaloff, is a computer science teacher at Athens High School in Troy, and he’s also the president of the Michigan Computer Science Teachers Association.  What’s more, Josh spends part of his time helping other Michigan classroom teachers learn to teach computer science, even if they’re brand new to the subject.

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.

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  • DetroitFashionHackathon April 20-22 To Feature Fashion, Design, eCommerce

    Michigan Manufacturing Center To Manage National Cybersecurity Initiative

  • 2018 Michigan Robotics Day

Mike Brennan is back after a well deserved rest in West Michigan following a successful inaugural IoTTechConnect Conference.

Don’t forget that you can catch Mike and Matt Roush for their M2 TechCast every Monday from 2-3 PM EDT on the Podcastdetroit.com Network.

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