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Joshua Lowcock publishes a weekly email, called Last Week in Digital Media. The newsletter summarizes the latest news in digital media, marketing, and technology of the week. The email newsletter has been published for over several years.

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The Last Week in Digital Media Podcast has been retired. It was beta-tested in 2018 using a text-to-speech service.

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Guide: Making your Traditional Watch a Smart Watch

I love traditional watches. I'm not a collector and don't have a luxury watch collection, but I can happily browse the window of a watch store or a counter display for hours without a complaint. It doesn't even need to be a luxury watch. It doesn't matter if it's automatic or battery-powered. If it's a traditional watch, I am happy. That said, I can't help be a little jealous of smartwatches. The ability to get call notifications features, track your heart rate, or control your music discretely from your watch is something I would like in a traditional watch. I'm ...
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Tip: Verizon G3100 Compatible Network Switch

I was an early adopter of the Verizon G3100 router and as a WiFi mesh router, it's great. However, you're limited to only 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports. This can be a bit limiting because in a smart home it doesn't take much to run out of ethernet ports.  We have a smart TV, a console, a smart hub, and an Apple TV and boom - no more spare ports. This is where a Network Switch can come in handy (and this has nothing to do with Nintendo). I'm sharing this in the hope it helps others. Best Verizon G3100 Network ...
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Works! How to Fix for Dell G7 Over Heating – Dell G7 Cooling Advice

Important I am not affiliated with Dell and this is my personal experience with overheating issues on the Dell G7 17". I am not paid by Dell and bought the Dell G7 17" outright myself. If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or consider buying my non-tech book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! In our home, we have a 17" Dell Gaming Laptop. It's one of Dell's G series gaming laptops, the step before you go to Alienware. It has great specs for the price but is prone to overheating ...
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How To: Setup Raspberry Pi with PiVPN, WireGuard and NoIP.com

Important I am not affiliated with any of the products and companies listed in this review, and this is my personal experience. I also can't provide you with technical support if you get stuck. If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! Background The Raspberry Pi is a great sub-US$100 device that offers great value for hobby projects and educational purposes. In this review, I'll share my experience and instructions for setting up a Raspberry Pi with PiVPN using NoIP.com, a free Dynamic DNS service. If you need a ...
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Opinion: Free Reach, Fact Checking and Platform Responsibility

Twitter’s decision to flag one of President Trump’s tweets with a fact-check has set a precedent for how social media companies can and should respond to false information published by accounts with significant audience reach. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, to his credit, took responsibility for the decision. It’s important to call out that Twitter’s decision should not be cast in the context of freedom of speech. The rules are and have always been different for private companies, particularly those with terms of service (ToS), as XKCD so eloquently points out. To some extent, the issues that are now playing out for the platforms are ...
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Tip: List of Public DNS Servers

Important I am not affiliated with any of the companies or DNS providers listed. This information is shared "as is". If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! This is yet another list of Public DNS Servers. I know there are more than enough guides out there but decided to publish this one because I feel there's some useful advice that I can share. Public DNS Speedtest There are several factors that determine DNS speed, some of which are out of your control. If you want to benchmark DNS ...
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Works! Fix Chrome is Managed by your Organization (in 3 steps!)

Important I am not affiliated with Google or Chrome and this is my personal experience. This requires some basic technical capabilities and being comfortable using regedit. If you are not comfortable doing this, do not proceed as I don't provide technical support, accept liability, or a warranty.  If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! Personally, I no longer use Google Chrome but it's the only option in my office. But back when I did ...
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Works! How to Setup Dynamic DNS and Port Forwarding on Verizon G3100 (Tested! Works)

Coming Soon! I'm writing up the draft at the moment. There are a lot of steps. Overview This is tested and works! This is how to setup a Dynamic DNS and do Port Forwarding on the Verizon G3100 using NoIp.com also known as No-Ip.com. This is particularly useful if you have home security cameras, alarm systems, web server, or some other device you want to access remotely. The overview of the steps are as follows: Create an account on NoIP.com. You can use the free version of NoIp, but it's worth paying the $25 a year if you need it ...
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