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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 732: Vitamin D Booth

In the near future, you can get a big Vitamin D boost just by walking into a booth. This is thanks to a Seattle area startup called beneSol that just got some funding to fonish the clinical trials on their revolutionary product.

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Editorial Workflow for Blog Posts

Much like I've automated the workflow for creating podcast episode pages for phoneboy.com using Editorial on iOS, I've also automated the creation of blog post pages on phoneboy.com as well. Not that I write many blog posts here, but now I have a way to craft markdown files in the correct format for Jekyll and get them onto my server where they are turned into HTML files uploaded to the server.

And of course absolutely none of this matters to anyone but me. Still, nice to know I can string the tools together to do what I'd like.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 731: Not Title II

It's been a while since I've seen Jeff Pulver write anything Telecom related, but it was great to see him weigh in on Title II in the Net Neutrality debate with a bit of perspective. Further solidifies my belief competition would solve net neutrality better than Title II.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 730: All SSL All The Time

You may have noticed that phoneboy.com has a little padlock in the URL bar of your favorite browser now. That's because I've enabled SSL (ok, really it's TLS). And yes, it's a good thing even though you send no data to me.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 729: Workflow

Workflow is the new hot app if you're into automating actions on your iPhone and iPad. It is not a replacement for Launch Center Pro or Drafts, but it provides new capabilities in a very visual, accessible way.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 728: Natural Drought

California has been under drought conditions for a while now. NOAA analyzed the available data and concluded the drought was the result of naturally occurring conditions not caused by human activity. Of course those "all-in" on climate change disagreed.

Personally, I think we don't know enough about how the climate works to know for sure one way or the other. Even so, it wouldn't hurt to lower our environmental footprint.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 727: This Podcast Has Not Been Rated

The MPAA movie rating system, despite its prevalence, is entirely voluntary. One theater in particular ignored the "R" rating the Edward Snowden documentary received and declared it "essential viewing" letting anyone in (assuming they had a ticket of course).

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 726: The XfinityWiFi Roach Motel

Chances are, if you have home Internet access with Comcast, you're renting a modem from them. If it has WiFi on it, you're sharing your Internet with every other Comcast customer that comes near your house. Supposedly, you can opt out of this, but for a lot of people, that opt-out process isn't working. It's gotten bad enough that Comcast is being sued over this practice.

My advice: buy your own cable modem without WiFi and save the $10/mo modem rental fee, which Comcast is profiting off to the tune of $300 million a quarter.

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Now Cloudflare Enabled!

I decided to take the plunge and leverage Cloudflare for phoneboy.com. While my site isn't particularly slow since I switched to static files, I figure the extra boost that Cloudflare's content delivery network gives me gives me can't hurt. The ability to enable SSL and IPv6 support will also be nice. Also, I can't argue with the price: free.

Obviously their free plan is meant for little guys like me. They have paid plans that do a whole lot more.

Meanwhile, the only thing the rest of you should notice: quicker loading times.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 725: Ting Goes GSM

It's funny, because I just asked Ting on Twitter when they were going to add a GSM network. Turns out, February 2015. And, according to reports, they're using T-Mobile's network.

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. Nowadays, I sit in my virtual office and write about what I'm interested in, which includes: computers, telecom, VoIP Service, mobile phones, and many other forms of shiny gadgets.

Some other projects I'm doing include: PhoneBoy's Security Theater, where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, and PhoneBoy Speaks, a daily podcast where I discuss whatever technology and security issues are on my mind.