7 episodes

Can't get enough of The Computer Exorcist Show? Neither could we!
The Computer Exorcist BONUS SHOW is hosted by author and tech guru Marc-Anthony Arena, with lots of special guests. Consider this the after-show party where we can expand upon some of the topics discussed on the main show.
So what's it about?
We're here for the 99% of intelligent, successful people in the world who feel helpless with technology. We de-mystify the concepts, scams, and scandals in the computer industry, all in Plain English. While most "computer geeks" just do obsolete virus scans, we'll discuss The Four New Threats and how to avoid them.
Instead of a one-dimensional "techie" show, we take a well-rounded approach, discussing the potential impact of technology on society and mixing in people from a variety of fields.
"Not the usual stuff you hear on air" - Matt, listener


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Can't get enough of The Computer Exorcist Show? Neither could we!
The Computer Exorcist BONUS SHOW is hosted by author and tech guru Marc-Anthony Arena, with lots of special guests. Consider this the after-show party where we can expand upon some of the topics discussed on the main show.
So what's it about?
We're here for the 99% of intelligent, successful people in the world who feel helpless with technology. We de-mystify the concepts, scams, and scandals in the computer industry, all in Plain English. While most "computer geeks" just do obsolete virus scans, we'll discuss The Four New Threats and how to avoid them.
Instead of a one-dimensional "techie" show, we take a well-rounded approach, discussing the potential impact of technology on society and mixing in people from a variety of fields.
"Not the usual stuff you hear on air" - Matt, listener


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    "60 million tons of e-waste"

    "60 million tons of e-waste"

    I have to admit I scheduled this interview before I realized it was Earth Day... but hey, it worked out really well!
    In this episode we interview Cassidy Putney of Impact Earth Roc, a new waste management company that does things a bit better. Today we talk about:
    AI trash cans that take themselves to the curb
    Throwaway HP printers floating in the oceans
    Sonos speakers, Apple AirPods, and HP ink cartridges that are designed to stop working after a certain date
    "Smart cities" where Toyota monitors your health with robots, vs. "Dumb cities" whose porous concrete roads absorb water in order to prevent floods
    The 60 million tons of e-waste that is estimated to be discarded in 2021 alone
    and finally: 1950s washing machines that will outlive all this stuff!
    Thanks to SMSHNG HRTS for the rockin music, and as always thanks to Gotham Podcast Studio.


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    • 1 hr 48 min
    They make Star Wars cuckoo clocks?

    They make Star Wars cuckoo clocks?

    Our snarkiest special guest Dr. Mike returns to help Marc lambaste the tech industry... In this episode, we invent the word Techxit to describe liberation from deceptive Cloud services, we call Microsoft "The Cat in the Hat" for sending out update attacks that fix one thing and break 10 others, and bask in the nostalgia of 90s swap-meet computer shows, replete with Big Gulps, old Toyotas, and awkward teenagers. Oh yeah, and we balk at the existence of Star Wars cuckoo clocks.
    Bonus bonus content: Now included at the very end is a sound test/outtake you're sure to enjoy if you're from western NY.


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    • 2 hr 1 min
    The guy who invented the laser printer was laughed out of Rochester.

    The guy who invented the laser printer was laughed out of Rochester.

    We're back for a new season!
    In this episode we discuss the lives of Gary Starkweather (inventor of the laser printer), Tony Fadell (inventor of the iPod and Nest), and Coach Bob Bradley (inventor of being nice to people instead of having Twitter wars).
    Special guest is printer expert Pete Skidmore and music from the very talented guys of The Funeral Portrait!

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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Electric cars are made of conflict metals - featuring Udochi Okeke

    Electric cars are made of conflict metals - featuring Udochi Okeke

    In tonight's episode, the brilliant psychologist and computer programmer Udochi Okeke joins us:
    We talk about her latest projects, which include writing a dictionary and resurrecting an ancient African alphabet.
    We then discuss how the traditional idea of decentralized communities are always going to be more effective than modern cities full of lonely cloud-worshipping people.
    Finally, we explore how electric cars and smartphones rely on conflict metals - so you might want to think twice before you throw your week-old iPhone in the garbage.
    Thanks to N-Dub City for the epic music!


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    • 1 hr 59 min
    "Automatic Headlights Don't Work" with car expert Andrew Eaton

    "Automatic Headlights Don't Work" with car expert Andrew Eaton

    Today we continue our discussion from the main show about resisting technology in cars. Unfortunately, the extreme arrogance, condescension, confusion, complexity, and unreliability of the computer industry is spilling over into the car industry (for example, the Tesla Mobile App, which requires Cloud permission before you can unlock your car!). We discuss how automatic headlights, automatic braking, wireless keys, and other stupidity are scaring people so much, that they're now walking into dealerships asking for stripped-down models. We also speculate on rumors of a possible Corvette SUV, how the average person can buy exotic cars as an investment, we talk about a company that sells completely custom cars using 3D printing, and why last year's BMW is always better than a current year's model. Thanks to Startisan for the music!
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    "We turned out just fine for the most part" with Dr. Mike

    "We turned out just fine for the most part" with Dr. Mike

    This is the second episode of The Computer Exorcist Bonus Show!
    Friend of the show Dr. Mike calls in and co-hosts tonight, as we delve into some articles that were too lengthy to get into on the regular show.
    Hope you like tangents! We go off on a lot of them as we delve into the tech industry's bad attitude, HTC smartphones that aim to decentralize your data (instead of suck all your photos away from your phone and then wipe them out when you forget your password, like Apple does), and a Wired mag article about realistic robots. It's all here, including some "garbage plate" references...
    Hope you love it!

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    • 1 hr 40 min

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