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October 17, 2020 :03: That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles : Quarantine Meeting #32

Hello tech-head clubbers.

Glad you could be with us again this week. This one has taken quite a bit to get out. I feel I need to find something to blame for the delay so I’ll blame the artwork. I spent a ridiculous amount of time on the artwork for last meeting. It’s the culmination of many screwed up ideas. From the conversations we had in our last meeting; specifically about the mayor of Anchorage and his recent resignation. But that’s not all. I also got some of our conversation in there in a GIMP produced pictorial metaphor. I hope you all enjoy it.

As well I hope you enjoy this recording of the San Carlos computer club. We had a large meeting of people both in our Google meet and on YouTube. Between the two streams we had 18 people. Our conversations drifted all over the board. I tried to track of them all, and what follows is the best I could do.

Today’s meeting covered the following topic:

TV Recommendations:

The politician (Netflix), Star Trek: Lower Decks (CBS All Access), Comedians in Cars getting coffee (Netflix), Doc Martin (seasons 1-9 on AcornTV; seasons 8-9 on Netflix).

Website Recommendations: https://www.iptorrents.com/login.php

The YouTube video is available at: https://youtu.be/6mBA5e7fV6U.

We are currently 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.

Reoccurring Themes: 

NOTE #1: The Google Meet is scheduled on Google Calendar. If you want to be on that invitation, then provide me your Google account id. Also, provide your email address, or follow the appropriate accounts to see a reminder on the day of our meeting sent out by email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and WordPress.

NOTE #2: 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.)

[UPDATE for NOTE #2: currently no success, Bill and Cheryl have been experiencing random activations, but haven’t been able to reproduce their conversation. I too have had a few random triggers, but also cannot determine the dialog to set it off.]

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.

Still in the Kitchen Cooking intro was personalized and beautified with special attention by Viviana and myself, but it is only available on the podcast.

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.

Can’t wait till next week!

Everyone take care and #techOn!
Scott, 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/october-17-2020-03-thats-the-way-the-cookie-crumbles-quarantine-meeting-32.

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