PC Mike Podcast 21: Oh No! I’ve Been Robbed!

The PC Mike Techcast has taken a few weeks off, but not by choice – it was because a couple of thugs stole PC Mike’s tech gear at the very start of a cross-country RVing adventure.

It only took a few minutes, too.

The bad guys took computers, cameras, recording equipment, and more, essentially turning what was supposed to be a quick dinner into an endeavor costing thousands.

It was bad but thankfully no one was hurt. It could’ve been worse.

So it’s on with the show, starting with Mike’s recap of the burglary and how preparing ahead of time helped lessen the impact somewhat. Among other things, Mike mentions:

  • How his dash cam provided crucial evidence about the crime to police. Here’s more about what he uses (Read more)
  • The importance of backing up assets using services such as Dropbox and Evernote
  • How a program called Find My Mac (part of Apple’s iCloud offerings) can help track down a Mac
  • How a program from Orbicule called Undercover also can track down and see who is using your Mac
  • The importance of a password manager like LastPass

Also in this episode, Mike talks about the best time to send a Twitter message, Apple’s response to the Confederate flag debate, Office for Android, and apps for summer.

More shownotes from episode 21 of the PC Mike Techcast:

Tech News of the Week: When to Tweet, Apple Responds, Office for Android

Study Reveals Best Time to Tweet: A new study finds a disparity between when people are most likely to read Tweets (posts on Twitter) and when most Tweets are posted. (Read more)

Apple Responds to Confederate Flag Debate: Apple has removed games that include the Confederate flag in light of the public debate of how appropriate it is for use (Read more)

Office for Android: Microsoft has announced the official launch of Office for Android (Read more)

Apps of the Week: Summer Safety Apps to Avoid Overheating, Sunburn, Dehydration

In PC Mike’s report for NBC-TV this week, he takes a look at three great apps to make sure you stay safe in the summer heat and sun.

First, if you’re going to be working or engaged in other physical outdoor activity when it heats up you need the OSHA Heat Safety Tool. The recently updated app allows users to calculate the heat index for a specific location and see risk levels for the day. Users also can set up the Heat Safety Tool to get reminders about drinking enough fluids, when to take breaks, and monitoring for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. The app is free for iOS and Android.

The Ultraviolet app is specific to offering skin protection from the sun. It provides information about UV index levels for a specific location and goes further by recommending sun protection gear and reminders of when to reapply sunscreen. Ultraviolet is free for iOS.

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And don’t forget to stay hydrated. For iOS, get Waterlogged. For Android, get Water Your Body. Both are free and work pretty much the same by providing you information about how much water you’ve had to drink and how much you should be drinking based on variable such as age, weight, and gender. You can get alerts, too, so that you know when you’re due for some more.

Check PC Mike’s report for TV by clicking here: https://youtu.be/cMhQqjx_ZnI

Online Learning – Free Trial for PC Mike Listeners

I get asked a lot about finding online courses for learning how to use photography software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom CC, which are both on my recently updated list of tech gear. I talk about how I benefited from taking online courses as well as a special deal available only to PC Mike Techcast listeners at pcmike.com/lynda, where you can even try it free for 10 days and see if online learning works as well for you as it has for me. By the way, they have more than 3,300 courses to pick from – including more than 100,000 video tutorials – in subjects ranging from photography, video and audio to graphic design and web development. With Lynda, you can get:

– Unlimited access to all 3,314 courses – more than 100,000 video tutorials
– Learn new software and stay up to date

Listeners of the PC Mike podcast can get a free 10-day trial. Try any course. Start your trial now and see what you can learn. Just go to http://pcmike.com/lynda to get the free 10 day trial.

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About the Author:

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.
  • Chris Cooling

    I always wonder what people mean when they say ‘their banking information’ in on their computer. Surely you are not allowing the browser to remember your password…if you remain logged into LastPass I see the immediate concern…one reason I do not allow LastPass to remember my banking login or my Google identity.
    Other than perhaps seeing WHAT bank you use in your browser history…are you storing banking information in a spreadsheet or something?

  • Dody Dunning

    How valuable was it to you, Mike, to report your robbery to the police? Your webcam may have recorded valuable evidence, but it may well be that it will be of no or limited use to you – or anyone else. The stolen materials, even if found, will not be returned to you because they’re evidence and will be impounded, probably for years. Functionally you’ll never get them back. Learning how to prevent another robbery may be of use to you and to us, but the police report may not.