Farhad Manjoo, State of the Art columnist for The New York Times, is on the show to explain why ONE monitor is actually better than TWO. Don’t agree? You'd better listen. Plus we reveal our very first Twitter posts.

Daily Tech News Show - Mar

Daily Tech News Show - Mar. 20, 2014


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  • Thank you FirstTech: The St. Paul Pioneer-Press’s Julio Ojeda-Zapata reports the sad news that FirstTech in Uptown Minneapolis will close its doors March 29th. FirstTech was the first retail outlet for Apple computers in the late 1970s when the store was known as Team Electronics. The store celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2012 but could not compete with national vendors and the Apple Store itself.

News From YouEdit

  • habichuelacondulce pointed us to the CNET article about Twitters new FirstTweet feature. In celebration of its 8th birthday tomorrow, Twitter has a tool at that lets you see yours or anyones very first tweet. April 17, 2008 Farhad, you let us know it was national high five day!. — Jan.7, 2007 I was “Sitting at the CNET booth at CES”
  • tm204 pointed us to the PC World article about HP’s plans to start making 3D printers. CEO Meg Whitman, speaking to shareholders said the two big problems with 3D printers are speed and quality, particularly the surface of the substrate. Whitman said the company has solved these problems with 3D printers and will make a big announcement about them in June.

Discussion Section LinksEdit

Pick of the DayEdit

Hey Tom-
Since you are accepting PotD suggestions, I wanted to throw my hat in the ring. I highly recommend that everyone keep an off-site backup of some kind, and I have done a lot of homework and recommend Backblaze very highly.
There are lots of ways to keep an off-site backup (Mozy, Carbonite, Crashplan, Transporter…even Dropbox or the recently discounted Google Drive). But for me, Backblaze is the best balance of cost, security, and ease of use.
I pay $5/month for unlimited backups, and I definitely get my money’s worth. I have an external Drobo holding over 100,000 photos and videos, plus the usual cadre of music and documents and whatnot. It is currently 2.1TB of stuff, and Backblaze never bats an eye.
In a nutshell:
- $5/month unlimited
- Data is heavily encrypted on your machine before transmission and storage
- Incremental backups (roll back as far as a month if a file gets deleted or damaged)
- Lightweight, install-and-forget client for Mac and Windows
- Backs up the whole computer by default (you don’t have to pick folders or keep your stuff somewhere specific)
- Free Internet restores (from anywhere) as zip files, or get mailed a USB drive or hard disk for a fee.
Thanks for keeping up the good work…Drew (audio listener since BoL)

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