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November 3, 2020 :06: Happy Election Day : Quarantine Meeting #35

Hello tech-heads,

I hope you guys had a good Election Day (that spanned till the end of the week.) Regardless of who you were rooting for, one has been selected. Now, as the president-elected, has suggested, we need to find ways to heal and come together. This is a time for us to find our commonality. Let’s look for common ground and go forward with the concern for all of us.

That said, this is podcast about technology technology is what we discussed last Tuesday. As is typical, here is the list of topics that were of discussion in our last meeting.

Today’s meeting covered the following topic:

TV Recommendations:

Book Recommendations: The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness, and American Dirt.

Music Recommendation: Banned From Argo” is a filk song written and originally recorded by Leslie Fish, released in 1977 on the album Solar Sailors, and later as part of various compilations (Star Trek Comedy: The Unofficial Album; Dr. Demento’s Hits From Outer Space, etc.) It won the 2003 Pegasus Award for Best Classic Filk Song.[1]” – from Wikipedia. Listen on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/bJjQGfqoDqM

Website recommendation:

The Impromptu intro:  The intro was personalized and beautified with special attention by Viviana and myself. it is only available on the podcast.


Reoccurring Themes

Our meeting’s YouTube video is available at: https://youtu.be/IZ-ICrCtRe4

We have returned to Tuesday meetings at a new start time of 10:00am. We will continue our virtual format with online meetings in Google Meet.

Currently, we are using the Google Meet code: [rgb-rrgc-gqp] for our weekly meeting. This code will probably be the same for next meeting. Check our blog sccClub.org for notifications when in doubt.

The Google Meet is scheduled on Google Calendar. If you want to be on that calendar invitation, then provide me your Google account id. Also, provide me with your email address, or follow the appropriate accounts to see a reminder sent out by email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and WordPress on the day of our meeting.

A CHALLENGE: Can you design a phrase or dialog to trigger and execute a smart speaker commands, while masquerading as conversation? #speakerhacker – Any command execution counts, for example: play a song, get the weather, turn on/off a light. The goal is to covertly execute the command with conversation. We’ll play with our speakers and check back in next week. (see article: Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.)

Special thanks to all of you that have been helping in my endeavors. The things I am doing would not be possible without your support.

Remember, you can always show your support by taking a moment to go on YouTube and iTunes to review, like, and subscribe. When you do this, it gives our efforts greater exposure and this is as valuable, and as appreciated as any contribution. (don’t get me wrong. I could always use some money. hahaha.) Thank you.

I am always looking forward to our next meeting. Feel free to ‘prep me’ ahead of time with any topics you would enjoy discussing.

Everyone take care and #techOn!
Scott Stimson, headNerd at International Computer Solutions (internationalcs.net)


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this podcast is related to a blog post found at: https://www.sccclub.org/podcast/november-3-2020-06-happy-election-day-quarantine-meeting-35.

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