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!

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July 31, 2021 71 min

Have a bunch of stuff that you aren’t using anymore and would like to get rid of? Well, you could have a yard/garage sale, post signs all over town, or pay for an ad in the classifieds…but that’s not very efficient, OR TECHIE! But, have no fear…the Brothers have you covered. Check out this week’s episode as Alan and Brian (yeah, just the two of them…they dropped the ball on getting a guest) discuss how to get rid of the junk in Ala...

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He did it! Rob Dickerson (VP of Retail Sales @ DeFeet, a cycling apparel company) put in his tour of duty on Brothers in Tech by being a guest for 3 episodes/topics, and now he gets the pay-off…the BiTS episode! Check out this week’s Brothers in Tech as we provide our suggestions of the latest in technology for the home. This week we present a service (which will actually save you money…if you qualify), an app (which won’t cost...

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July 16, 2021 55 min

You might be thinking…isn’t camping the place where I am trying to get away from technology? Well, you are probably right, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great technological advances in the camping world that you should be aware of. In this week’s episode, we welcome back Rob Dickerson (VP of Retail Sales @ DeFeet, a cycling apparel company) as we continue our series of topics to help you make the most of your sum...

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July 9, 2021 51 min

In this week’s episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers decide to take a short break from having guests to respond to some questions/comments we have received from our listeners over the past few weeks. We discuss To-Do apps, home automation/tech, and Windows 11…as well as discuss whether Chris in Michigan is a bit delusional, a friend of Alan’s, or both. Either way, we are crossing our fingers that they were not a wealthy prospec...

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July 2, 2021 53 min

Whether you are tired of sitting in traffic, annoyed with rising gas prices, looking to shed a few pounds, or just eager to get outside…it is a great time to get on a bike! And, who better to give the Brothers a rundown of the latest in cycling tech than Rob Dickerson (VP of Retail Sales @ DeFeet, a cycling apparel company). From e-bikes, to clip-in pedals, to cool accessories, Rob gives a great overview of what you need to kno...

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June 25, 2021 50 min

It’s summer, summer, summertime! And what says summer more than…lawn care? Well, it may not be the most exciting part of your life, but have no fear…there are some cool tech advances that might make the job a bit more efficient. In this episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers (well…Brian) review some of the advances in lawn care equipment and irrigation along with guest Rob Dickerson (VP of Retail Sales @ DeFeet). And Alan…we...

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June 18, 2021 73 min

Apple recently held its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) and announced a number of interesting new advancements to the MacOS, iOS, and iPadOS software lines. But, are any of these advancements worth getting excited over? The Brothers (and ONLY the Brothers in this episode!) discuss the highlights of the announcements, and what they may mean to your computing experience. Oh, and Brian finally learns what the “I” in iOS...

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Well…we couldn’t find anyone else to join us for the Brothers in Tech BiTs episode, so we begrudgingly brought back Chad Austin (entrepreneur, musician, photographer/videographer, drone pilot, etc @ www.chadaustin.com). And, he lived up to our expectations! J Check out this week’s Brothers in Tech as we provide our suggestions of the latest in technology for the home. A device, a service, a show, and even a Pentagon report?…thi...

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June 4, 2021 52 min

With Apple’s recent announcement of lossless and spatial audio availability in their Music service…there seems to be a lot of confusion as to the current advancements in audio capabilities, whether you can take advantage of them, and whether you would even notice the difference.  The Brothers, along with the help of someone who knows his way around a sound board (Chad Austin, www.chadaustin.com), provide an overview of the key audi...

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May 28, 2021 50 min

What is that flying above your head? A bird? A plane?  Nope, that is an unmanned aircraft…and you are probably going to start seeing more and more of them. Are there things you need to know before going out and flying a drone? In this episode of Brothers in Tech, Alan and Brian are joined by an expert on drones and drone piloting, Chad Austin (www.chadaustin.com) …because, well, they really didn’t know anything about it. Even if yo...

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May 21, 2021 34 min

There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding Apple’s recent introduction of App Tracking Transparency in iOS 14.5. Who’s tracking me, and when? What will you gain (or lose) if you disable tracking? And, most importantly…will this have any effect on the hair product ads that Alan receives (and appreciates)? In this episode of Brothers in Tech, we welcome Chad Austin (yes, THE Chad Austin…entrepreneur, musician, photographer/videog...

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After a full month of engaging contribution by Mary Margaret Baker (Creative Director @ Jackson Creative), it is now time for the payoff…the BiTs episode, or in her case, the SiTs (Sister in Tech Suggestion)! Check out this week’s Brothers in Tech as we provide our suggestions of the latest in technology for the home. An app, a service, and hardware…this episode has a little something for everyone. 

Have any feedback for the Bro...

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Virtual reality, or VR, has been around for a while but is mostly known for gaming... and now Augmented Reality, or AR, is starting to emerge as a technology people are experiencing. But what exactly are the differences between VR and AR, and why is Brother in Tech Brian so excited about the future possibilities of AR? The Brothers welcome back their sister, Mary Margaret Baker, Creative Director @ Jackson Creative, to the sh...

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April 30, 2021 63 min

Likes, mentions, networking, and pictures of cats wearing hats. Social media has it all…but is it a good thing? To get to the bottom of this (or at least spend some quality time debating…as siblings do), the Brothers welcome back an expert in all things social media (Mary Margaret Baker, Creative Director @ Jackson Creative) to the show. Mary Margaret provides a compelling argument as to why we need and should use social media,...

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April 23, 2021 50 min

Although we appreciate all types and brands of technology, it is no secret that the Brothers are deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem (aka, fan boys). So, when Apple announces new products…we have to discuss!  The question is, what does our Sister in Tech think about it? Check out the latest Brothers in Tech as we welcome Mary Margaret Baker (Creative Director, Jackson Creative…and our actual sister!) to the show to discuss what ...

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Ahhhh…the BiTs episode. What a great and creative name, BiTs (Brothers in Tech Suggestions). Wonder who came up with that? Oh yes, that was Brian…and he loves to remind Alan of it any time he can. For this episode, we give guest Mike Geraci (Digital Media professor, Pacific University Oregon) the pay-off for his hard work on the previous three episodes by being a part of this month’s BiTs show (man, what a great name…)! Check out w...

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April 9, 2021 34 min

Technology continues to race forward at an incredible pace, and the Brothers are typically happy to be along for the ride. But, while it is easy to see all the good that can come from faster tech evolution and development, there are also some dangers that we should keep a close eye on. On this episode of Brothers in Tech, friend of the show Mike Geraci (Digital Media professor @ Pacific University Oregon) breaks out his tin foi...

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April 3, 2021 45 min

Passwords? Passwords? We don’t need not stinking passwords! Well, actually we do... and sorry to tell you, Password123 is no longer a good one. So, what should you be doing to keep your information safe online, should you be using a password manager, and what the heck is two-factor authentication? Check out this episode of Brothers in Tech as the brothers (along with the help of Mike Geraci, Digital Media professor at Pacific Univ...

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March 26, 2021 55 min

The popcorn, the stadium seating, the big screen. Oh, movie theaters…how we have missed thee. The last year has forced us to make a number of changes in our life, and many have chosen to try and replicate the cinema experience at home. In this episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers welcome fellow tech enthusiast Mike Geraci (Digital Media Professor @ Pacific University) to discuss the ins and outs of how to set up your own h...

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It is what you wait all month for…it’s the BiTs (Brothers in Tech Suggestions) episode! The Brothers, along with returning guest Chris Frye, perform a little show and tell with some tech that they think you should check out. This episode has a bit of everything…an app, a service, and a device…free, minimal costs, and a chunk of change. Check it out and let us know what you think! 

Brian’s Pick = Netgear Orbi Mesh Network ($200-6...

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