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Technically Living - Technology & Life from a husband, father, and moderate geek

Technically Living - Technology & Life from a husband, father, and moderate geek

By Ross Wickman
A podcast centered around technology from a man just trying to find his way in this life. Topics discussed are: Interesting new technology - Maybe new apps, web services, etc. - My views on technology and how it has impacted life and will continue to do so - how we use tech 'in' and 'to' advance our careers - and finally life in general as a husband, father, geek, and entrepreneur.
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Technically Living - Technology & Life from a husband, father, and moderate geek

Geek v. Nerd - Why it's a big deal... to me
I didn't do the greatest job getting in the the differences between the two regarding me personally. However, I take this episode to begin to lay a foundation about me and my passions for topics that will likely be the focus of discussion in this new direction of the podcast. Always considered myself a geek. Never a nerd. To me there is an important distinction. Source for definitions:  Source for infographic:
June 16, 2019
Why I'm deciding to start back up my podcast
In this episode I go over: my reasoning for firing back up episodes of Technically Living where I'm taking it what the new topics will be and most importantly what I won't be doing with it More details about this episode and the host (Ross Wickman) can be found here.
June 9, 2019
21: Feedly - Tools & Tips for Content Collection Part I
This episode is Part 1 of our series on ‘Tools & Tips for Content Collection.’ This series is designed to help you find, organize, and share content that you collect online.  Unorganized bookmarks be damned. Today's tool is a web and mobile app called Feedly. Feedly is a great tool for aggregating data into one location.
July 21, 2017
20: Simple solutions for hiring your first employee | Adam Huber
Dealing with growth in small business can sometimes be difficult. Not being able to take on more clients because you don’t have the time is a good problem to have. However, this probably means you are leaving money on the table and that it is probably time to hire on some help.
July 14, 2017
Tips & Tools for Content Collection
There is an unlimited number of streams to gather content for any interest or passion you may have. How do you collect and manage it all? In the coming episodes, we will walk through the primary uses and benefits of using the following tools, address similar tools, prices, and caveats. We will also share a unique way to use the tools that some may not have thought of.
July 7, 2017
19: Better video for your business | Amos Kittelson
Teleconferencing is usually a huge pain in the rear. What feels like an infinite amount of solutions are available out there for broadcasting and sharing video -- all of them offering a likely chance of technical issues and average quality at best. My guest today has the solution for all of your business's telecommunication needs.
June 30, 2017
18: Pulling up Anchor on Season 2
For Season 2 we will be using an app call Anchor.FM for sharing teasers, clips, and short tips to keep you informed, help build our following and engage with more users. You can find and follow us on Anchor at and the best part is, you can Call-in and ask us questions we can answer on the show or right there in the app.
June 24, 2017
Radio Silence
The Technically Living Podcast is working its way back into your podcatcher. Bare with us as we start spinning backup up. We cannot thank you enough for keeping subscribed or finding us since the beginning of the year.
May 26, 2017
17: The Lesser Known Perks of Amazon Prime Membership
In this episode, I briefly discuss the additional features most people with an Amazon Prime membership might not even know are available to them. The first two are feature enhancements and the rest are some pretty neat additons. Take a listen.
February 3, 2017
16: The Technical Details of Auto Detailing with Adam Huber
Adam Huber of Adam Huber's Detailing talks with us about the software tools and resources that he uses to stay organized in his mobile detailing service as well as keep in touch with and network with his customers.
January 20, 2017
15: Apps For A Great Start To A New Year
Resolutions. Goals. Plans. Routines. Whatever you want to call them, you’ve made them. If you don’t already have some tools to help you start 2017 off on the right foot, you’re in the right place. In this episode, we talk about the dozen or so apps that I use daily to stay organized and productive as well as keep track of fitness goals.
January 6, 2017
Who is Excited for Technology in 2017?
We are starting off 2017 the way the podcast was originally intended. We will hopefully be having interviews of people just like you using technology in their life, family, and business. In future episodes we will discuss with guests the tools they use currently or want to use in the future as well as possibly hash out an issue or frustration they are experiencing at the moment.
December 28, 2016
14: Phishing and Social Engineering
This time of year your email inbox gets filled with invoices, receipts, and shipping notifications more than any other time. Because of that, you are much more likely to receive SPAM and other bogus emails that are 'phishing' you to click on links and provide information to inappropriate actors.
December 16, 2016
13: Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Services
Last week we had the amazing opportunity to travel to Las Vegas for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent Conference where across 3 casinos there was training, workshops, certifications and so much more. All the sessions and training were specific to one of the many offerings Amazon has in their AWS package. It was hard to really get the most out of the conference cause there was so much information to learn and sessions to attend.
December 9, 2016
Top 5 Apps for Travel
Travel can be stressful. There are hundreds of apps you could use to manage agendas, trip itineraries, and sight-seeing plans. I just spent the week in Las Vegas at AWS re:Invent (more on that later) and I used 5 apps to keep my trip organized and know where I needed to go and what I should be doing for nightlife.
December 2, 2016
Snapchat Spectacles
Video is getting it's second wind. 'Is getting' is already a little past-tense but Snapchat (or Snap Inc.) is taking it to a new level and they are doing what Google failed to do. And that is make wearable technology cool and fashionable.
November 22, 2016
12: Make Your Computer More Secure in 10 Minutes
Imagine for a moment your computer never getting a virus or bogus software installed. Imagine buying a brand new computer on Black Friday or Cyber Monday and 5 years from now it running almost as good as the day you bought it.
November 18, 2016
11: Your Digital Life Held Hostage By Ransomware
Do you have $100, $600, or $1000 to pay for the release of the files on your computer? Are you even aware that all your important files, photos, and videos could be held hostage at any time? If you don't take the steps now, once it happens the only option you have is to pay or say goodbye to everything stored on your computer.
November 11, 2016
10: Massive Internet Outage. Attack On The Internet of Things (IoT)
On October 23rd, 2016 "Half the Internet" went offline.
October 28, 2016
Why would the 'internet' go down?
'IT' happened again. Not because of this week's episode (at least I don't think so) but a big piece of the internet went unresponsive today because of systems with bad or default password configurations. Way more information than I can share in one episode but that is why we are here. We are here to break down all the pieces that can cause such a mass orchestrated attack and help protect you from them as much as possible.  Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do about what happened yesterday but you can prevent your home devices from taking part in the attacks.
October 22, 2016
9: Good P@$$w0rDs? No one wants my info... Right?
As an individual you might wonder “Why would someone want my information?” or “What could a hacker get out of having access to my account?” The truth is, it’s nothing personal 99% of the time. Nefarious people (hackers) might find your information as a result of a recent breach of a major service provider or they may be targeting an organization through a Phishing Campaign, Social Engineering or a vulnerable website. The damage that can be done with a single set of usernames and passwords is paramount. In this week's episode, I run down a few reasons why it's more than just access to an account you have and share some tips and tools to help you generate better passwords. Password meters Hacked/Affected account lookup Used to show how easy it would be to hack other accounts if you use the same password everywhere Password Keepers & Creation Tools Historical Password Posts Everyone needs a change sometimes - Comrade Technology April 2014 It's Time to Go Green - Comrade Technology July 2015
October 21, 2016
Yahoo Security Breach
There is light at the end of the tunnel I promise you. However, for the next couple years yet we are all going to be stuck with having to remember a bunch of passwords for a whole plethora of accounts. Some of which we only access once or twice a year. October is National Cyber Awareness Month and in this week's episode, I will share some tools and tips on setting great passwords, using different ones on each site, and most importantly discuss why it is so important to follow all these standards for password creation in the first place. I GET IT. You're sick of all this security talk. Why can't companies figure it out and protect your information better?  That is a really good question. ...and I don't have a solid answer for you. For instance, at the end of last month (Sept 22nd) Yahoo! announced that upwards of 500 million of their accounts have been stolen in a hack. The sickening part is they could have been taken 2 years ago and Yahoo! is just now announcing it.
October 18, 2016
8: Pay Friends and Family with a Single Click
We've all been there, having to pay someone back for that soda they bought you or for picking up the dinner tab because you actually did forget your wallet. Maybe you left it in your other purse - who knows? The fact is you owe someone money for something and you just assume get it taken care of immediately.
October 14, 2016
7: Hide Yo Kids. Hide Yo Wi-Fi. (Wireless Security)
Protecting your home wireless network is paramount. Keeping prying eyes and rogue devices off of your personal internet connection is no doubt important but did you know how you have your network configured at home could be affecting how secure you are when you are staying in hotels or enjoying a latte with a friend at your local coffee shop?
October 7, 2016
Meerkat Gone. Time for Houseparty...?
Apps come and go.  Great ones are a dime-a-dozen but sometimes when a great idea hits the market only to be pushed out by the big guys you get a little bummed out. Meerkat shutdown this last week. I used Meerkat right away and they pretty much got squashed by Twitter's Periscope.  I'm Guilty! I switched to Periscope too. But now I'm asking for forgiveness and trying to make it up. The creators of Meerkat took all their skill and know-how and created a group video chat app called HouseParty and it can be downloaded here (iOS) and here (Android)
October 4, 2016
Technical Labor Day
No Excuses! I slacked off this week and I didn't get a full episode recorded. However, I am excited to announce that I have some great high-quality episodes in the works leading into the end of the year. In this episode I list a dozen or so apps that I highly recommend you give a download and try out while traveling locally by car or flying somewhere as well as some apps to use while at your destination. Getting There - Travel by car: Waze - uses Google Maps and adds some helpful features to your travel maps, including police and accident locations as we traffic congestion and nearest gas stations - Travel by Air: App In The Air - free app for importing your airline information. Will help you keep on time with travel updates for when you should be at the airport, checked-in, through security and boarding. Will even help you communicate and get all your text messages while traveling internationally. - Tracking Family: Life360 - a great app to use to track family and friends temporarily while on travel. If you need to have a car in your motorcade drop off for a while, no big deal because they will be able to see where you end up during the whole duration of your trip. One the Way - Field Trip - Learn about history and fun tips in your current location - Ingress - Pick a side and stick with them to battle around the world for property and landmarks. - Pokemon Go! - Gotta catch them all... That's all I'll say about that one. Where to eat - Yelp - discover great locations and venues for activities, food, and drink - Swarm - Make every place you eat or visit a game and earn rewards for doing so. - Foursquare - My personal favorite. Find shops, restaurants, and venues in your location and they the best tips from those who have been there before. Making memories - Prisma - Artificial Intelligence for your photos. Turn every photo you take on vacation into a fun work of art. - Snapchat - Use fun holiday and location filters to add some spice to sharing your fun weekend pictures with family and friends. - Google Photos - You are going to need a place to backup all the amazing photos you take so do me a favor and listen to this week's Tech Tuesday Tech Short and learn about Google Photos and why you need to be using it. // via GIPHY Thank you all! For all the listens and share. Our download and listener count is on a steady incline and I owe it to all of you for your support. We do this for all of you and we can not do any of it without you.
September 3, 2016
Google Photos
NOTICE: I apologize for the background noise. I was out enjoying a little outdoors myself while recording this Tech Tuesday Tech Short on Google Photos. Almost everyone I know complains about running out of storage space on their mobile phone. Some people have a lot of messages they could get read of or a couple apps they don't use anymore that they could delete, but the majority have a ton of photos. This Labor Day holiday you no longer have to worry about not having space on your phone to save that candid photo that you take while on vacation.  Everyone should be using Google Photos - and have the app installed on their iPhone or Android device. This is such an amazing tool and you will not regret installing it before you head out for one last long summer weekend.
August 30, 2016
6: The Thing That Stores the Stuff on My iPhone: Understanding the 'Cloud' (2 of 2)
This is Part 2 and the wrap-up of the question - What is the cloud? We recap what was talked about in last weeks episode as well as try to give a very high-level overview of what cloud services can do for us in our everyday technology exchanges.  In this episode we discuss: - The 3 types of cloud platforms (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS) - How pieces of cloud services can fit into each of those platforms - Scalability and Productivity - Arguments against cloud computing - How to secure and have backups of your data in the cloud - and tips on how to create and use secure passwords There are countless cloud apps and software services you can use. Getting a grasp on the right ones for what you need can be difficult. So much so that you may never know where to start. If you want some short and simple tips to help you become more familiar with technology please join our newsletter and you will receive a short email every Tuesday with some quick tips you can take action on immediately. If you can't wait that long contact us here and we can get started right away answering your questions.
August 28, 2016
Snapchat Memories
This week's Tech Short is about SnapChat memories. If you aren't using SnapChat yet, now is the time to get started. If you have used it before you may be interested to know some of the amazing features SnapChat is now offering with their addition of 'memories.' Take a quick listen and see what you think.
August 23, 2016
5: The Thing That Stores the Stuff on My iPhone: Understanding the 'Cloud' (1 of 2)
Cloud computing revolutionized the way we use our technology. We touch multiple cloud services on a daily basis but might not understand how you are using them? Are you using them to their fullest potential? In this part 1 of 2 series we discuss: - What the cloud is - Where the cloud came from - Where it is located - Who can access the cloud - and some of the services that are available
August 21, 2016
4: A Day In A Life Surrounded By Technology with Zak Fick
Zak Fick is here to talk with us about his view of what life will look like 5 to 10 years into the future. We discuss an entire day from waking up to your coffee starting, not at a scheduled time, but because you actually got out of bed; all the way to how dinner is delivered to your family at the end of the day. EPISODE CORRECTION:  Zak graduated from the University of Sioux Falls (not the University of South Dakota as I mistakenly mention).
August 14, 2016
3: Quick Tip For Getting Paid Mobile Apps For FREE
PRE-RELEASE EPISODE UPDATE: I had a misfire recording this weeks episode and need to apologize. The tip mentioned in this episode is only available on iOS but I'm not bailing on Android users two weeks in a row. Go here to get all the details on getting paid apps for FREE on either platform: I've got a couple real nice treats in this really short episode. One of them is getting paid mobile apps for free. These aren't just any apps either; you might want to actually use these.
August 7, 2016
2: Those Default Apple Apps Made Simple
Roughly 20% of us use them and unfortunately, they are littered with things we don't want or don't use. They just take up precious space that we could be using for our photos or music. In this episode, I'm talking to iPhone and iPad users about all the apps that come loaded on iDevices, rather you want them or not. I explain some of the best uses and unique tips to add productivity and organization to your everyday life. You do not need an Apple computer to get the benefits of all the Apple Cloud services. The trick is just making sure you use those default apps correctly.
July 31, 2016
1: Free Tools For Creating Online Presence
Without free tools, services, and resource some of the most amazing content published online today wouldn't exist. I believe everyone should be able to have a place online to share their knowledge and build a following in their own corner of the internet. In this first official episode of the Technically Living Podcast, I go over the best free tools to get started creating online. The best part is, if you have a smartphone, you already have all you need to get rock'n. Let's dive in! TO GET A FULL LIST OF THE FREE RESOURCES TALKED ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE PLEASE VISIT: ==================================================== Receive episode notes, links to resources mentioned and exclusive information not mentioned in episodes by joining The Technically Living Newsletter. To connect with Ross Wickman visit any of these links: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Snapchat Music:
July 24, 2016
Introduction To The Technically Living Podcast
In this first episode, I introduce myself and a potential future co-host as well as discuss the future expectations of the show and what you can expect to get out of the Technically Living Podcast.
July 17, 2016