Brothers in Tech

Brothers in Tech

Do you find yourself serving as the go-to "I.T." person in your family? Or are you someone that tends to call other family members for technical support and would rather learn things on your own? Brothers in Tech is a weekly podcast focusing on home technology and provides help to the “default family IT person”. Hosted by Alan & Brian Jackson, a new topic will be discussed each month (main episode) followed by 3 weekly “deep dive” episodes (the B-sides) with additional information. Whether you are the person who everyone calls for tech support, are the person who is doing the calling, or simply interested in technology…this podcast is for you!... Show More

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October 16, 2020 45 min

After listening to the first 3 episodes of our Audio series (which we know you have!), you have lots of ideas of how to obtain and listen to digital music…but maybe you are inspired to create your own? In the final deep-dive into the Audio series, the Brothers discuss what you need to enter the world of digital music creation. Although there is admittedly not a lot of musical talent between them (unless you count playing power chor...

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Looking for a new home audio system, or wanting to find a way to bring your coveted stereo system into the digital age? This episode is for you! In the 2nd deep-dive of our Audio series, the Brothers discuss solutions for enjoying your digital music at home…with great sound. Plus, you get to hear why Apple’s HomePod reminds Alan of a toddler? Apple lovers might need to listen to the explanation before they send hate mail.

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Now that you have listened to our first show in the Audio series and are ready to enjoy your new music service…it’s time to look at the options for enjoying your tunes! In the first deep-dive into the world of audio, the Brothers discuss the various methods for personal listening, including an overview of the booming world of headphone technology. From over/in the ear, to noise cancellation/transparency, to Apple’s new spatial tech...

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September 25, 2020 101 min

Still listening to you 8-track player in basement? Trying to record all of your favorite songs off of the radio? Wait…are you still listening to the radio? It may be time to step up your music game by using a music service. In the first episode of the Audio series, the Brothers discuss (and discuss…) the current state of digital music, and introduce the main music service options. Oh, and Brian has a rant about how today’s youth wi...

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September 18, 2020 93 min

So, you have listened to our first 3 episodes on digital video and have created some high-quality video clips, right? Well, now it is time to work some magic and turn them into the polished product. Check out the final deep-dive of the digital video series where the Brothers discuss software, process, & tips for video editing. Listen close, as Alan has some nuggets of wisdom that could save you a lot of time and heartache in th...

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Want to take your video to the next level…or simply don’t want to fill your phone with footage? A dedicated camcorder, DSLR, or professional video camera may be the right move for you. In the second deep-dive into the world of digital video, the Brothers discuss the benefits of using a dedicated camera as your video camera as your capture device, and also share some tips for improving that experience. Oh…and Alan learns how to add ...

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September 4, 2020 81 min

Can you create quality videos with your camera phone? Yes! Can you improve the quality of those videos with some additional steps and equipment? Absolutely. In the first deep dive into the world of digital video, the Brothers discuss tips for creating better video with your phone. Listen for some great advice from Alan in this episode…and for Brian to try not to screw it up.

In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions):

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    August 28, 2020 90 min

    OK…so Brian had his opportunity to show off on the Photography series...now it is Alan’s turn. Whether you are looking to simply capture family memories or create a video work of art, this one is for you! In the first episode of the digital video series, the Brothers (well…Alan) provide an overview of helpful video terminology and formats to get you project started.

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    So, you have taken some great photos on your camera or DSLR….now what? In the final deep-dive into the topic of digital photography, the Brothers discuss management of your photos/photo library, including:

    ·      Organization

    ·      Storage

    ·      Sharing

    ·      Editing

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  • Brian’s Pick = Photoscape X (Free, Mac or PC). A really nice desktop photo editing app that delivers a lot of ...
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    If you are interested in jumping into photography more seriously, you may want to consider a DSLR (stand-alone digital camera)...and listen to this episode!  Learn about the types of DSLRs, pros and cons of using a DSLR compared to a mobile device, and the accessories (e.g., lenses) that can help to take your photography to the next level.

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  • Brian’s Pick = Pluto Remote Trigger...
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    Want to take great photos, but don’t want to invest a lot in camera equipment? Today’s phones can be used to produce great images, if you know how to use them. In the first deep-dive into the world of photography, the Brothers discuss the ins and outs of mobile photography, and why Alan has given up on the standalone camera.

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  • Brian’s Pick = Moment mobile cases and lenses.  Pr...
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    July 31, 2020 88 min

    Interested in photography as a career, hobby…or just hoping for better pics for your social media posts?  We have you covered.  In the first episode of the Digital Photography series, the Brothers discuss the distinctions between mobile and “traditional” (i.e., DSLR) photography, and what factors may make you want to proceed with one over the other.

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  • Brian’s Pick = B&H Ph...
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    So, you have listened to the episodes regarding email features and technologies…but now you need to get down to work. In the final deep-dive into the world of email, the Brothers discuss the philosophy and workflow strategy of GTD (Getting Things Done), as it applies to email.

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  • Alan’s Pick = Getting Things Done: A book (yes…an actual book) by David Allen with strategies/tips ...
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    Want to completely change the way you approach email? Or, prefer to burn email to the ground and start new? In this deep-dive into the world of email, the Brothers discuss some unique alternatives that are on the market, and give a peek into the future of digital communications. Alternative services discussed include:

    ·      Hey

    ·      Spike

    ·      Slack

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  • Alan’s Pick = Lunch Tra...
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    Although all email clients will let you create, view, and reply to emails…there are some exciting features that newer apps are beginning to implement that you might want to give a try. In this deep-dive episode, the Brothers discuss some of the common problems/issues that we have with traditional email, and some of the new features that are working to solve them, including:

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    July 3, 2020 63 min

    Email. You may love it…you may hate it…but you almost certainly have to use it. In the first episode of their new topic, the Brothers discuss the pros, cons, and future of the popular communication medium.

    In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions):

  • Brian’s Pick = Microsoft Outlook Mobile: You may have experience with Outlook on your computer (which might not have been a pleasant one), but if you haven’t checked out O...
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    After talking about your more traditional computer systems - like Mac and Windows - in previous episodes, the boys turn their attention towards a unique computing platform called the Raspberry Pi. Alan describes some of it's interesting uses and what makes this type of computer very interesting, although not necessarily for everyone.

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  • Alan’s Pick = RiseVision: A digital...
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    Megabytes? Gigabytes? Terabytes? The numbers can be daunting. In this deep dive into the world of computers, the Brothers try to make sense of the specifications that you should know if you are looking to purchase a new machine, including:

    ·      Processors

    ·      RAM

    ·      Hard Drive

    ·      Ports

    In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions):

  • Alan’s Pick = MacTracker: An app (Mac only, free) that will provide you all sorts...
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    So you are thinking of buying a new computer? Now that you have learned about the various form-factor options (episode 6.0), now it is time to think about what operating system (OS) is right for you. In the first deep-dive into the world of computers, the Brothers discuss the pros and cons of the major OS options: Windows Mac Chrome Linux In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions): Brian’s Pick = Fantastical: An ...
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    June 5, 2020 83 min
    A technology show that hasn’t talked about computers yet? Well, the Brothers have never been much on conventional thinking…but we figured it is about time we talked about the foundation of your home technology. In the first episode of their new topic, the Brothers discuss the various form factor options when you are considering buying a new computer: Desktops Laptops Tablets Phones In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Sugges...
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