Your Internet Activity May be Traceable Even Through a VPN

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Netflow data refers to IP network traffic that can be collected as it enters or exits an interface. Using this aggregate data, it’s possible to trace network traffic even if a person uses a VPN. Internet service providers sell this information to third parties.

At a high level, netflow data creates a picture of traffic flow and volume across a network. It can show which server communicated with another, information that may ordinarily only be available to the server owner or the ISP carrying the traffic. Crucially, this data can be used for, among other things, tracking traffic through virtual private networks, which are used to mask where someone is connecting to a server from, and by extension, their approximate physical location.

Measure Your Broadband With New ‘FCC Speed Test App’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

As part of its Measuring Broadband America Program, the FCC announced the release of a speed test app. The information collected through the app will help to inform the FCC’s efforts to provide improved coverage information to the public. “We expect that some of the information collected through the app will be incorporated into the Commission’s broadband data collection systems, including challenges to provider-submitted maps and our collection of additional crowdsourced data.”

Measure Your Broadband With New ‘FCC Speed Test App’

Wi-Fi, NAS, and More — Mac Geek Gab 837

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

How do we know it’s time? Because The Answer plays and we know you’ve asked us the question! That’s right, Dave and John have answers to your questions about Wi-Fi, NAS, iOS 14, and much more! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things along with your two favorite geeks!

Start with The Preposterous, Bow to The Absurd – Mac Geek Gab 801

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

You love the Quick Tips? You’ll love these when you learn about the things you can do with window edges, copying screenshots, picture-in-picture mode, and extra options for the Safari Share Sheet. Say THAT ten times fast! Then, move on to learning the least expensive way to stream Apple TV+ to your TV, manage iOS’s varying volume levels, override iOS autocorrect and much, much more. Just press play and join John, Dave, and your fellow MGG listeners in learning at least five new things together!

Augmented Reality, Practical Robots, and Modern Cabling, with John Kheit - ACM 505

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit don their futurist caps and look for the killer app in Augmented Reality. Spoiler: they have different ideas on what form it might take. They also explore the near-term future of practical robots, starting with today’s vacuumbots. They cap the show looking at the slow pace of progress when it comes to modern cabling. Let’s get that Cat 8 and 40 GB/s throughput!

T2-Chip Video Encoding, Mac Mini Ram, 10Gb Ethernet with Jim Tanous - ACM 487

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to talk about his recent testing of T2 video encoding on some new Macs. They also talk about how easy it is or isn’t to upgrade Apple’s newest Mac Mini models. They cap the show with the news that you you should probably be thinking ahead to outfitting your house with some 10Gb ethernet.

Can't Print? Try Resetting Your Printer's Network Configuration

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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There’s a little-known feature of most printer models that’ll let you reset any network configurations to their defaults, which can solve all kinds of communication problems and flakiness in those oh-so-frustrating devices. We’ll talk about it in today’s Quick Tip!

Christmas Morning with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 637

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Everyone got AirPods except you? No worries, Dave and John have you covered with some AirPods alternatives. Otherwise it’s listener questions dominate the show, as usual, with topics ranging from where to store your iTunes Media, network topology, replacements for Dropbox’s missing Public folder and much more. Download today and enjoy!