Dr. Bill.TV #449 – Audio – “The Security for the Holidays Edition!”

Dr. Bill gives us ten things we can do to stay safe on the Internet and on-line this Holiday Season! Our sponsor this week is IPVanish VPN, your best way to stay safe on-line! Go to www.DrBill.TV/VPN to get a great discount!

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10 Steps to PC Safety!

PC Safety1) Patch, Patch… PATCH!
An unpatched machine is more likely to have software vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Turn on automatic updates, and allow them to update your machine, and reboot, afterward.

2) Install protective software.
There are a number of free anti-virus software packages. I recommend BitDefender Free.

3) Choose STRONG passwords.
Strong passwords use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters, or a multi-word pass-phrase. Create a unique password for each on-line account, NEVER re-use a password! LastPass can manage all of your passwords for you – and it’s free!

4) Back up on a regular basis.
Scheduling routine backups can protect you from the unexpected. Always keep a few months’ worth of retrievable backups. Keep one backup on-site, and one in “the Cloud.” EaseUS Backup is free!

5) Control access to your machine.
Don’t leave your computer in an unsecured, public area, especially if you’re logged on. The physical security of your machine is just as important as its technical security.

6) Use email and the Internet safely.
Ignore unsolicited emails. Do not open attachments. Be wary of ANY attachments, links, and forms in emails that come from people you don’t know, or which seem “phishy.” Avoid untrustworthy (often free) downloads. Use MailWasher Free to clean your email.

7) Use secure connections.
When connected to the Internet, your data can be vulnerable while in transit. Use remote connectivity and secure file transfer options. Protect sensitive data. Use a good VPN package. I really like IPVanish. Please use THIS LINK to help the show, and get a great deal!

8) Protect sensitive data.
Securely remove sensitive data files from your hard drive, especially when recycling or re-purposing your computer. Physical destruction of drives is the best way! Protect sensitive files using the encryption tools built into your operating system.

9) Use desktop firewalls.
Windows, Mac and Linux computers use basic desktop firewalls to protect your computer files from being scanned. Make sure they are properly configured.

10) Most importantly… stay informed!
Stay current with the latest developments: Follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Read the Dr. Bill.TV Blog!

Dr. Bill.TV #448 – Video – “The Holiday Geek Gift and Bug Zapping Edition!”

Geek Gift List for 2018! Google Home Hub, Nintendo Switch, Oregon Trail Card Game, Death Star Popcorn Maker, Exploding Kittens Card Game, Star Trek ComBadge, Death Star Waffle Maker, Star Trek Pizza Cutter, Schrodinger’s Cat Decision Maker, RIF6 CUBE Projector, FireTV Cube, ZOLO Halo Bluetooth Speaker.

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Dr. Bill.TV #448 – Audio – “The Holiday Geek Gift and Bug Zapping Edition!”

Geek Gift List for 2018! Google Home Hub, Nintendo Switch, Oregon Trail Card Game, Death Star Popcorn Maker, Exploding Kittens Card Game, Star Trek ComBadge, Death Star Waffle Maker, Star Trek Pizza Cutter, Schrodinger’s Cat Decision Maker, RIF6 CUBE Projector, FireTV Cube, ZOLO Halo Bluetooth Speaker.

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Dr. Bill’s Geek Gift Recommendations!

It’s that time of year again! The time when I give you my best finds for gifts for your geeky friend or family member! A lot of these are special Black Friday deals, so check them out quickly! A dozen choices for you to peruse!

Google Home Hub1)
Google Home Hub for $99.00 on Black Friday
$99.00
Out for less than a full month, but on discount for the holidays if you act now! The Google Home Hub is my screen hub of choice for the bedroom, because it doesn’t have a camera, and it can show me the weather while I lay in bed getting the gumption to get up in the morning! Help at a glance. See your life in one view, and get things done hands-free. Google Home Hub helps you make the most of moments at home.

Command your day.
With Voice Match, get your calendar, commute, reminders, and more right on the home screen. You can even watch the news, make a shopping list, and place calls to friends, family, and local businesses.1
“Hey Google, add doctors appointment to my calendar.”

Simplify your smart home.
Voice-control compatible lights, cameras, TVs, and more from a single dashboard. Works with Nest and 5,000+ smart devices from 400+ popular brands.
“Hey Google, show me the front door camera.”

Answers for any moment.
Ask questions and get visual, immersive answers from Google on weather, recipes, local business info, and more. You can even watch helpful videos from YouTube.
“Hey Google, show me how to tie a tie.”

Play your favorite songs.
Use your voice to play your favorite songs, albums, artists, and music videos from YouTube Music. You can also listen to Spotify and Pandora. All available free.
“Hey Google, play some jazz music.”

Relive your memories.
Use your voice to show any picture youve ever taken in Google Photos. And with Live Albums, always view the latest photos of loved ones.
“Hey Google, show me my photos from Hawaii.”

1 Calling available for US and Canadian domestic calls only, not including 911 calls and premium numbers.


Nintendo Switch2)
Nintendo Switch Game System
$299.00
The GameMaster’s favorite game platform is ready for you this season! Now that you can view YouTube, play games, even with other Switch users, why wouldn’t you get it? Not only would I get it…. we did… for the GameMaster last year! And, he HIGHLY recommends it! Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Switch dock, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R), and Two Joy-Con strap accessories. One Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Switch AC adapter.


Oregon Trail Game3)
Oregon Trail Card Game
$19.99
Nostalgia for us older geeks! Formally an eight bit game for old PC platforms, the Oregon Trail game is now a board game! Players work together to move along the trail, fording rivers and playing Supply Cards to overcome calamities.

Playing Time: 30 Minutes or Less

Number of Players: 2-6 Players

Manufacturer’s Suggested Age: 12 Years and Up; level of difficulty: Intermediate

Level of difficulty: Intermediate


Star Wars Popcorn Maker4)
Star Wars Death Star Popcorn Maker
$49.99
Because Geeks love Star Wars and Popcorn, of course! Pop some corn and watch the original trilogy while eating your popcorn! That’s no moon, it’s a popcorn maker from a galaxy far, far away!

Popper heats with hot air, creating bright and fluffy popcorn you can season however you’d like. Machine makes delicious popcorn in minutes.

The top half of the Death Star conveniently doubles as a fun serving bowl.

Put it on display when not in use – makes a great addition to your Star Wars collection!


Exploding Kittens Game5)
Exploding Kittens Card Game
$19.99
Yes, this game is weird, but also VERY geeky! Cats, goats, explosions…what more do you need? Hologram ensures Authenticity. Exploding kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. Family-friendly, party game for 2-5 players (up to 9 players with 2 decks) This is the most-backed project in Kickstarter history and all cards feature illustrations by the oatmeal. Includes 56 cards (2.5 x 3.5 inches), box, and instructions. This box, like 99.99% of boxes, does not Meow.
Skill level: Beginner


Star Trek Bluetooth Combadge6)
Star Trek Bluetooth Combadge (Half Off)
$39.99
Half off!! Come on, you know you want to answer your smartphone from your combadge! We’ve had a screen-accurate prop replica ST:TNG badge in our closet for a while. The only thing it was missing was the ability to emit the classic communicator chirp sound effect when we pressed it.

And then we found out an audio company is making a fully-functioning officially-licensed communicator badge. Behold the Star Trek TNG Bluetooth® ComBadge. It hooks up to your phone or device via Bluetooth® and has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling. Once connected, one touch answers/ends calls, plays/pauses audio, or accesses Siri, Google Now, or Cortana. And, of course, a touch plays that classic communicator sound effect. Warning: you’re going to want to keep the micro-USB charging cable handy right after you receive this, because making it chirp is well-nigh irresistible.
And don’t forget to sign off, “[Your name here] out.”


Star Wars Death Star Waffle Iron7)
Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker
$34.99
“Come to the Dark Side, we have waffles!” This is an indirect omage to the old Geek Culture movie “Hardware Wars!” And, I am not sure the maker even knows it! The secret of the Death Star was that it looked like one thing, but it was technically another. It looked like a moon hanging there in space, but we know that secretly it was actually a space station. Waffles are a lot like that, too. They look like dessert, all covered with strawberries and whipped cream and chocolate chips and powdered sugar and syrup (well, maybe not all of those at once), but they’re technically breakfast. Booyah.

If you’re ready to make your kitchen explode with awesome, you need a Death Star Waffle Maker. Plug it in, warm it up, and pour the batter onto the non-stick cooking plates. In just minutes, you’ll have golden, delicious waffles, good enough to destroy a planet for. Well, a small one, at least.

And if one side turns out a little funny with bubbles or you overcook it and there’s a Dark Side, just flip it over. There’s a Concave Dish Composite Beam Superlaser indentation on both cooking plates, so you’re covered. And both sides have pockets for your tasty toppings. Just keep in mind when you break out the syrup that it’s likely to do its own version of the trench run.

Honestly, there’s no need to waffle. You know you want it!


Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter8)
Star Trek NCC-1701 Pizza Cutter
$24.99
I have one! You need one! Of course you do! (Of course, it IS the Enterprise, so I have never actually used it to cut pizza! Respect.)

Star Trek Pizza Cutter – This Pizza Cutter is in the shape of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Cut Pizza Boldly – The Star Trek Pizza Cutter has its mission to explore strange new pizzas, seek out new toppings and cheeses, and boldly cut pizza where no man has cut before.

Stainless Steel – The pizza cutter is a laser-etched stainless-steel blade with a zinc-alloy chromium-plated body. Not dishwasher safe, hand wash only.

Dimensions – Blade diameter: 4″. Total length including blade: 8.5″. Weight: 10 oz.

Officially-licensed Star Trek Collectible – This is officially-licensed Star Trek collectible, and a ThinkGeek creation and exclusive.


Schrodinger's Cat Decision Maker9)
Schrodinger’s Cat Executive Decision Maker
$28.55
How else would a geek oriented executive make decisions? Helps you make tough decisions! Schrodinger’s Cat will give you an answer – Alive or Dead. A great gift!

Schrodinger’s Cat will help you make tough decisions! If you’re having trouble deciding between things often, then Schrodinger’s Cat can help. With this Schrodinger’s Cat Executive Decision Maker, just ask the cat a yes or no question, slide open the door to watch the cat magically fluxing between life and death.

If the cat ends up staying alive, then the answer is yes! If the cat comes back dead, though, then your answer is no. The almighty Schrodinger’s Cat Executive Decision Maker has spoken!
Go and do its bidding. Meow. The Schrodinger’s Cat Executive Decision Maker measures about 5 3/4-inches wide 4 1/4-inches deep x 4 1/4-inches tall.

Require 3x ‘AA’ batteries, not included. Ages 14 and up.


RIF6 CUBE Mini Projector10)
RIF6 CUBE Mini Projector – 2 inch Portable Handheld Projector
$174.99
Wow. I really DO want this one! How cool is this? (Yes, it IS expensive, but look at what you get!)

ULTRA PORTABLE PROJECTOR SCREEN – This 2-inch mini projector lightweight, portable and can be easily carried for a movie theater experience at home or outdoors. This pico pocket projector is equipped with a built-in rechargeable internal battery that lasts up to 90 minutes

COMPATIBLE with HDMI DEVICES – This small handheld and wireless projector is designed with an HDMI cable port to mirror out your smart phone, computer, laptop, gaming console, or TV screens. It also comes with a built-in speaker and a headphone jack

MULTIPLE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS – Unlike other digital cube projectors, ours is powered with a wide range of inputs where you can play high-resolution videos, movies, slideshows, music and office text files directly from a USB flash drive or micro SD card

CLEAR FULL LED DISPLAY – Vibrant LED light projection with full 50 lumens lasts up to an incredible 20,000 hours and displays a video screen size of up to 120 inches. Whether on the bedroom wall at home, or office board room for business presentations, you’re guaranteed an amazing experience

COMPLETE with ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES – 2 x 2 x 1.9 inches mobile projector has a flexible mini tripod with bendable legs to help adjust projection angle and keeps your projector stand stable. It also comes with a remote control charger, USB and HDMI connectors.


Amazon Alexa FireTV Cube11)
Amazon Fire TV Cube
HALF OFF – $59.99
Again, HALF OFF! You KNOW you need it! Great for Cord Cutters, and at this price, a real deal! Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa. From across the room, just ask Alexa to turn on the TV, dim the lights, and play what you want to watch. With far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, and beamforming technology, Fire TV Cube hears you from any direction. Enjoy hands-free voice control of content—search, play, pause, fast forward, and more. Plus control the power and volume on your TV, sound bar, and A/V receiver as well as change live cable or satellite channels with just your voice. Fire TV Cube has a built-in speaker that lets you check the weather, listen to the news, control compatible smart home devices, and more—even with the TV off. Fire TV Cube is always getting smarter with new Alexa skills and voice functionality.

Experience true-to-life picture quality and sound with access to vivid 4K Ultra HD up to 60 fps, HDR, and the audio clarity of Dolby Atmos. Enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills. Get over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more. Access YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, and more websites with Silk and Firefox browsers.

An Amazon Prime membership unlocks thousands of movies and TV episodes including “Thursday Night Football” and Prime Originals like “The Big Sick” and “Sneaky Pete.” Now includes all-new Alexa Voice Remote with power and volume controls.


ZOLO Bluetooth with Alexa Speaker12)
ZOLO Halo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Smart Speaker with Alexa
$19.99
Alexa AND a Bluetooth/WiFi speaker for your PC, Tablet or other Bluetooth or WiFi connected device! Oh yeah! Superior Audio: Professionally tuned 5W high-excursion speaker and bass port deliver exceptional sound quality and rich bass from Halo’s miniaturized body. Alexa Built-In: Voice-activated Alexa functionality with over 10000 life-enhancing skills. Stream audio and music services (including Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Audible ); Check news, traffic, and weather; find answers; control smart home devices; and shop with your voice. Multi-Room Sound: With simplified Wi-Fi connectivity, link up to 6 Halo speakers simultaneously for house-wide audio and Alexa communication. Bluetooth Connectivity: Not only a Smart Speaker, Halo works as a stand-alone high-fidelity Bluetooth Speaker!


Dr. Bill.TV #447 – Video – “The I’m Just So Confused Edition!”

Dr. Bill discusses Windows 10 Pro users seeing activation issues, Disney’s new Netflix rival will be called Disney+, YouTube arrives on the Nintendo Switch, the Alexa App is now available in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10, GSotW: 4K Video Downloader!

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Dr. Bill.TV #447 – Audio – “The I’m Just So Confused Edition!”

Dr. Bill discusses Windows 10 Pro users seeing activation issues, Disney’s new Netflix rival will be called Disney+, YouTube arrives on the Nintendo Switch, the Alexa App is now available in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10, GSotW: 4K Video Downloader!

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Geek Software of the Week: 4K Video Downloader!

4K DownloaderThis is a great Free Utility that works really well!

4K Video Downloader

“4K Video Downloader allows downloading videos, playlists, channels and subtitles from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and other video sites in high quality.

Enjoy your videos anywhere, any time, and of course even when you are offline. Downloading is simple and straightforward: just copy the link from your browser and click ‘Paste Link’ in the application. That’s it!

Save entire YouTube playlists and channels in MP4, MKV, M4A, MP3, FLV, 3GP. Subscribe to YouTube Channels within the application and get latest videos automatically downloaded.

Download annotations and subtitles in .srt format or embed ones for single video or entire playlist in one click.

Download video in HD 1080p, HD 720p, 4K, and 8K resolution and enjoy the high definition videos on your HD TV, iPad, IPhone, Galaxy Edge and other devices.

Direct transfer to iTunes
Get videos and songs downloaded directly to your iTunes library and enjoy them on your iPhone, iPod or iPad anywhere you go.

Support all popular video sites
Download video and audio from Vimeo, SoundCloud, Flickr, Facebook and DailyMotion, Tumblr, YouTube Gaming.

3D video download
Download video in 3D format, you will find a small special icon among available formats after video parsing. Everyone should try watching live shows and cartoons in 3D, it’s a one of a kind experience.

360° videos download
Videos created with a camera that simultaneously records all 360 degrees of a scene, change the viewing angle by dragging video with the mouse and enjoy this mind blowing novelty.

Smart Mode feature
Activate ‘Smart Mode,’ apply preferable settings to all further downloads and get videos and songs downloaded easier and faster.

In-app proxy setup
Setup proxy servers settings right from the application to download videos that are blocked in your region.”

YouTube is Now Available on the Switch!

YouTube on SwitchMy son, the GameMaster, loves his Nintendo Switch, and he loves to watch YouTube. This announcement should make him happy!

YouTube arrives on the Nintendo Switch

TechCrunch – By: Jordan Crook – “Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles since launch, with plans to sell another 20 million this fiscal year.

That said, Nintendo hasn’t seemed too focused on building out its portfolio of non-gaming apps.

Thus far, only Hulu has managed to get aboard the Switch train. But today, YouTube joins the mix. Switch owners can download the YouTube app here. Also of note: the YouTube app on Nintendo Switch supports 360-degree video.

Given Nintendo’s portfolio of Switch-compatible games, including Zelda, Super Mario Odyssey, Pokémon, and Fortnite, YouTube’s integration with the console makes sense. Both the Switch and YouTube skew toward younger demographics.

Part of the reason that it’s taken so long for streaming apps to make their way to the Switch is because of Nintendo’s focus on growing its gaming library for the console.

‘We’ve said that other services will come in due time,’ said Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo’s chief operations officer, in an interview from last month. ‘For us, we want to make sure that we continue driving the install base for Nintendo Switch, continue to have great games for the platform.'”

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