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

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Google and the New York Times. There's talk that Google might want to buy the New York Times. No, not a copy of the paper...the whole company. It's a really bad idea...and keep in mind that I say that as a person who has long wanted to be a newspaper publisher.

Google Flu Trends is a good example of what Google does best -- it collects and aggregates lots of neutral data and putting it into a convenient format for the reader. That's what the Google ranking methodology is all about. The New York Times, on the other hand, has been making deliberate editorial decisions since 1851.

Antivirus software. If you haven't run a good antivirus sweep and anti-spyware sweep in a while, visit our page full of free programs and give them a run.

Alternative Internet browsers. If you're using Internet Explorer for your Internet browsing, take our strong recommendation that you start practicing with some other browsers, like Firefox and Opera. You never know when some new security hole is going to pop up and we'll have to tell you to abandon one of those browsers for a while...for your own safety.

Get your security updates. Bad news from Secunia: Almost a majority of computer users are running a dozen or more insecure programs. Yikes!

The past of the future. Or the future of the past. A batch of fake vintage ads (ads for today's products, but as if they were being sold decades ago) really brought to mind just how much we take for granted the ways in which technology keeps making life better all the time. We may have ups and downs in the economy, but we don't lose the technology we create -- nor the things we learn from using that technology. So even if your retirement portfolio is looking a little beaten-up right now, remember that we still have lots of ways to get ourselves out of the economic (and other) troubles we get ourselves into.

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