computers

DreamWorks Animation

Your average animated film today looks a lot different from Snow White or The Jetsons, and it's all due to the computer animation techniques we use today.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with a Dreamworks animator and a look at the science that makes the silver screen computer animation work.

Guest: 

Wikipedia Commons

The NSA’s monitoring programs are no secret anymore. But assuming you’re not someone with nefarious plans for national security, what does that mean for  online privacy?

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we talk cybersecurity with expert David Fidler about how governments are responding, the long-term fallout from the Snowden case, and how far the U.S. needs to go when it comes to ferreting out the terrorists among us.

Felipe Micaroni Lalli

Most of the time, hacking isn't the first word you want to hear coupled with technology. At Hackovate, a legion of computer-savvy gurus are using their powers for good.

Now that Disney and Nintendo have decided to offer free WiFi, can we expect to find it throughout the land?

A Russian computer security firm says it has discovered that about 600,000 Apple computers have been infected with a "Flashback Trojan" virus.

Now, before we move on, you should know that the company making the announcement is Dr. Web, which sells anti-virus software that will protect a computer against that kind of virus. It's also important to note that many of the parties weighing in are part of a security community that makes money off selling anti-virus software.

The tablet computer is one of the most popular tech gifts this holiday season, and according to a new survey, within three years, there will be 89.5 million tablet owners in the United States. That's right: nearly one in three web-connected Americans will own one.

Computer Guys: Patent Law

Oct 10, 2011
orangesparrow / Flickr

There's a lot more to that One-Click buying button you see on Amazon.com than just easier online shopping. Behind the scenes, lawsuits rage and those who develop new technology scramble for patents. For this show, the Computer Guys, George Costelle and Thos. O'Brian, stop by and are bringing along Jim Kernell, a Patent/IP attorney.

 

Using Technology To Travel

Sep 19, 2011
Ed Yourdon / Flickr

If you have a smartphone, it probably goes everywhere with you… but, what if you’re leaving the country? Can you charge your iPad in Costa Rica? And much will your mobile phone company charge for roaming in Malaysia? Join the Computer Guys as they search for the best ways to avoid technology snafus on your travels abroad.

Computer Guys: The True Cost of a Computer Virus

Aug 15, 2011
stuartpilbrow / Flickr

Today on the show, we ask the Computer Guys to tell us everything they know about how we can protect ourselves from a computer virus, and exactly how much that should cost. Is free antivirus software more expensive than the paid version? Where can you get a reliable rating of the various anti-virus products, and what devices need protecting? Is there an anti-virus pill you can take?

Virtual Desktop Computers

May 12, 2011
David Shaughnessy

Today’s show includes a segment on how Boulevard Brewing Company deployed virtual desktop computers throughout its brewhouses.

A virtual desktop computer is like a conventional computer, with a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. But the computer unit itself (the part that stores files and runs programs) isn’t located near the peripherals. Instead, it’s housed in a data center. This allows computer hardware to be used more efficiently, because one server computer in a data center can function as several “virtual machines.”

Virtual Desktop Computers

May 12, 2011
David Shaughnessy

Today’s show includes a segment on how Boulevard Brewing Company deployed virtual desktop computers throughout its brewhouses.

A virtual desktop computer is like a conventional computer, with a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. But the computer unit itself (the part that stores files and runs programs) isn’t located near the peripherals. Instead, it’s housed in a data center. This allows computer hardware to be used more efficiently, because one server computer in a data center can function as several “virtual machines.”