Paul & Chris sit down and chat about central vacuum and avocados! What more could you want from a host-full show? Well, surprise guest Tina pops in to talk delicious cookies & not-so delicious undercooked cheeseburgers.
Chris is excited for the next episode with author Marty Chan.
Jacob Cook from arkOS is with the guys for part 2 of the discussion on privacy. Jacob says we should trust the investigation techniques we’ve used for years rather than collect everyone’s data. Meanwhile, Paul has a great metaphor for online privacy, the front door of your home.
Trusting websites and companies with our data online is one thing. We also have to trust our friends with whom we share. You send them pictures & information all the time. They could get hacked or use gmail and your data is at risk.
Diaspora is a social network that is decentralized.
GNUSocial is another decentralized social network.
This week Chris wanted to talk about privacy so he and Paul invited Jacob Cook the father of arkOS to talk about the importance of confidentiality and better ways to protect yourself online.
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We discuss the spotted history of online payments where Elon Musk’s Paypal was the only choice. Paul & Jacob prefer using stripe when they are developing.
Jacob tells us there are great alternatives out there for every popular app and service, but there’s a learning curve. arkOS is his answer to having an easy solution for everyone, like apps on the app store.
Speaking of alternatives, Chris and Paul have had success with Baïkal for syncing contacts and calendars.
Chris is excited to try Mumble as an alternative to Skype.
Jacob had a Jolla phone to increase his privacy, but recently moved to a new carrier where it wasn’t supported.
To secure your own sites you can make SSL certificates, but browsers only recognize certificates from a “trusted” authority (in other words a company that takes your money for the certificate). Let’s encrypt is a free service coming in September.
arkOS is about being decentralized, your data on your hardware without having to trust some data center. However, ISPs don’t want you to host your own services and some do not give you a static IP address. So, Skylark was born. arkOS on centralized connection.
There are now data centers using the micro boards like the Raspberry Pi. You can host things on these microservers. Mininodes is one such service.
Special thanks to Jacob for once again coming on to share his time and genius with Paul & Chris. Next episode will be the continuation of the conversation about privacy, sausage and your dXXk pics.
Jen Montes currently works on the animated show Archer. She started out as an illustrator and now develops tools to assist the artists & animators. We talk about federating the web, cats, electrical engineering and jazz hands.
Jen wanted to join us sooner, however the entire team that creates Archer gets together to watch each episode on Thursday nights.
Jen learned Electrical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, was accepted to the Georgia Tech PHD robotics program and built satellites for Boeing. Of course, she never stopped pursuing her creative and artistic passions.
A Tribe Called Quest lied to us about the pronunciation of El Segundo.
Jen says she left Boeing because she was only “pushing desks.” Chris relates that the recent TV show Halt and Catch Fire illustrates her point. Be an intern & fetch coffee at IBM or work at a small firm and get your hands dirty writing BIOS.
Chris proposes re-scripting Archer as a Spanish soap opera, like it’s creator did with Sealab2021.
Thanks to Jen Montes and her cat for taking time in the evening to gab with us. Stay tuned for the next episode to her more from the artist and developer.