The WHO Radio Wise Guys
Brian Gongol

The WHO Radio Wise Guys airs on WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa on 1040 AM or streaming online at The show airs from 1 to 2 pm Central Time on Saturday afternoons. A podcast of show highlights is also available. Leave comments and questions on the Wise Guys Facebook page or e-mail them to

We're going to spend a lot of time away from the studio during football season -- WHO, of course, is the flagship station for the Iowa Hawkeyes -- but in the meantime, we'll be offering some podcasts to fulfill your Wise Guys fix.

If you haven't programmed an emergency contact list into your cell phone using the acronym ICE, now would be a good time to do so. "ICE" stands for In Case of Emergency.

Microsoft will be pouring $500 million into building a new data center in West Des Moines. A data center like that probably won't have much of a direct impact on your own computing experience, per se, but there's a good chance that having a prominent technology company like Microsoft here will attract related businesses. It's called the agglomeration effect, and it's part of why we have so many insurance companies here in Des Moines, and why Detroit is home to all three domestic automakers.

Olympic spirit notwithstanding, the Great Firewall of China is still up: The Apple iTunes store was blocked by the Communist government there after people tried downloading a pro-Tibet album.

Dan is upset that Jerry Seinfeld will be a paid endorser for Microsoft. Apparently, Seinfeld always had a Macintosh on display inside his apartment set on his TV show.

If you're having trouble with fuzzy fonts on your computer monitor and you're using Windows XP, you may want to get the Microsoft ClearType Tuner.

We didn't have a lot of time to get to these matters on the air today, but the Obama text-message VP announcement is both timely and technological, and we also wanted to make sure you knew about the threat of an electromagnetic pulse bomb and how it could be worse than a nuclear attack.

While we're gone, keep up with us on Twitter, by text message at 515-745-7887, through our e-mail newsletter, and in our podcast, which will be updated occasionally throughout the football season (even though we won't be on the air most days).

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