Tech Anarchy Episode #9 – Steps to Prepare for an Ice Storm

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Synopsis

Tim Harris and Jennifer Ruggiero talk kind of exciting yet scary tech news, and help you prepare for an ice storm with a few cool tips and tricks.

In the News

  • FBI’s search for ‘Mo,’ suspect in bomb threats, highlights use of malware for surveillance

    “FBI’s elite hacker team designed a piece of malicious software that was to be delivered secretly when Mo signed on to his Yahoo e-mail account, from any computer anywhere in the world, according to the documents”

    Resources

    • http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/fbis-search-for-mo-suspect-in-bomb-threats-highlights-use-of-malware-for-surveillance/2013/12/06/352ba174-5397-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_story.html

      I worry more about people high up inside the national-security state using their insider knowledge to help take down a politician.”

    • http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/11/the-surveillance-state-puts-us-elections-at-risk-of-manipulation/281232/

      splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the wind”

    Resources

    • http://www.dailycensored.com/jfk-one-cias-greatest-hits/

  • FCC postpones spectrum auction until mid 2015

    The forthcoming auction aims to pay TV broadcasters to give up lower frequencies, which will be bid on by wireless cell phone carriers like AT&T and Verizon, but also by smaller carriers who are eager to expand their spectrum property.”

    Resources

    • http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/12/fcc-postpones-spectrum-auction-until-mid-2015/

  • Separating Hype from Reality on Amazon’s Drones

    The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy, all the reliability, all the systems you need to say, ‘Look, this thing can’t land on somebody’s head while they’re walking around their neighborhood,’ ” he said.

    Resources

    • http://www.technologyreview.com/news/522121/separating-hype-from-reality-on-amazons-drones/

  • Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation

    After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.”

    Resources

    • http://www.news.wisc.edu/22370

  • Android “Brightest Flashlight” app with over 50m downloads silently sent user location and device data to advertisers
    Resources

    • http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/dec/06/android-app-50m-downloads-sent-data-advertisers

  • This crime-predicting robot aims to patrol our streets by 2015
    Resources

    • http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57614255-76/this-crime-predicting-robot-aims-to-patrol-our-streets-by-2015/

  • Apple and China Mobile set to launch the iPhone on the world’s largest network
    Resources

    • http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2013/12/05/apple-and-china-mobile-set-to-launch-the-iphone-on-the-worlds-largest-network/

Steps to Prepare for an Ice Storm

  • Use solar!

    Prepare by installing Passive Solar Water Heater
    Charge your Electronics with Goal Zero Nomad 13 Solar Panel

    Resources

    • http://powerfulproducts.com/goal-zero-nomad-13-solar-panel.aspx?gclid=COysj7uZobsCFeHm7AodZwgAKw

    • http://shop.solardirect.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_74_78_108&products_id=1399

  • Power Tips

    • Generator – obtain for power outages
    • Hybrid owners: use your hybrid’s battery as a generator during power outage
      -Obtain 1000 watt inverter
      -Connect inverter to your Hybrid
      -More info: google.com/#q=using+hybrid+as+a+generator
    • Hand Crank Chargers
      -SOS Charger – a hand-winding generator that will charge your smart device via USB: soscharger.com
      -Pocket Socket – hand-winding generator to charge your devices: k-tor.com/pocket_socket.php
  • Data Backup

    Be certain to have backups of your data. In the event of a bad storm or natural disaster, you might lose all of your files. We suggest you perform:

    • Onsite Backups
      -Backup to an external drive
    • Offsite Backups
      -Monthly backup to an external drive and store offsite with a trusted individual
    • Cloud Backups
      -Perform a nightly cloud backup of your files
    • Mozy: mozy.com
    • Carbonite: carbonite.com
    • SOS Online Backup: sosonlinebackup.com
    • Dropbox: dropbox.com
      – Box.com
  • Don’t be too quick to power up tech around the freezing point

    Make sure your tech is freeze resistant iPhone and other smartphones have reported issues at or around 23 degrees Farenheit

    Resources

    • http://www.techhive.com/article/249134/sub_zero_weather_can_your_smartphone_stand_the_cold_.html

    • http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-TG-820-Freeze-Proof-Camera-Red-V104060RU000/dp/B007J7J120

  • Smart Device Tips

    • Emergency text alerts
      -Media access (television, radio) & data might be limited. Stay connected via text alerts during this time.
    • Banking apps
      -Access and manage your banking from your smart device in the aftermath of a storm.
    • Insurance apps
      -File claims using your Sprint smart devices, quickly setting the recovery process in motion.
    • Emergency service apps
    • Device contacts
      -Organize your contacts so you can reach them quickly.
    • Device charger and battery
      -Obtain for use during power outages.
    • Device camera
      -Utilize smart device to captures images of your belongings prior to the storm.
    • Ziploc bags
      -Store devices in Ziploc bags during wet conditions.
    • Social Network Utilization

    Follow family, friends, as well as the National Hurricane Center, FEMA, local police departments, etc. on Facebook, Twitter, and Google

  • Smartphone Applications
    WEATHER/ALERTS

    • AccuWeather by Accuweather.com – FREE
    • Disaster Alert by Pacific Disaster Center – FREE
    • Google Public Alerts by Google – FREE
    • Hurricane by American Red Cross – FREE
    • Storm Shield by Scripps Media, Inc. – 4.99
    • Tornado by American Red Cross – FREE
    • Weathertron by Keming Labs – 0.99
    • Yahoo Weather by Yahoo – FREE

    First AID

    • Army First Aid by Double Dog Studios – 1.99
    • First Aid by American Red Cross – FREE
    • Health Hotlines by National Library of Medicine – FREE
    • ICE by Sera-Apps – FREE
    • ICE (In Case of Emergency) by Minute Apps LLC – 1.99
    • ICE Standard by About The Kids Foundation – FREE
    • ICE Standard – Auto Edition by About The Kids – 0.99
    • Pet First Aid by Jive Media LLC – 2.99/3.99
    • Pocket First Aid and CPR by Jive Media LLC – 1.99
    • WISER by National Library of Medicine – FREE

    Shelter/Survival

    • FEMA by Federal Emergency Management Agency – FREE
    • Red Cross Shelter View by VisionLinc, Inc.– FREE
    • SAS Survival Guide by Trellisys.net – 5.99

    Flashlights

    • Flashlight O by iHandy Inc. – FREE
    • Flashlight SOS FlashText by ssdevapp – FREE

    Scanners

    • 5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite by Smartest Apps LLC
    • 5-0 Radio Police Scanner by Smartest Apps LLC – 1.99
    • Police Scanner by Police Scanner Radio – FREE
    • Police Scanner+ Free by Rego Apps – FREE
    • Police Scanner+ by Rego Apps – 1.99
    • Police Scanner Pro by Berobo – 4.99

    Location

    • Life 360 Family Locator by Life 360– FREE
    • Reunite by National Library of Medicine – FREE
    • Sprint Family Locator by Safel
  • Prepare with the Farmers’ Almanac

    “Based on his observations, Thomas used a complex series of natural cycles to devise a secret weather forecasting formula, which brought uncannily accurate results, traditionally said to be 80 percent accurate. (Even today, his formula is kept safely tucked away in a black tin box at the Almanac offices in Dublin, New Hampshire.)”

    Resources

    • http://www.farmersalmanac.com/long-range-weather-forecast/north-central-us/
    • http://www.almanac.com/content/history-old-farmers-almanac

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