Brothers in Tech

Hosted ByAlan Jackson & Brian Jackson

Whether you are the person who everyone calls for tech support, are the person who is doing the calling, or simply interested in technology…this podcast is for you!

Do you find yourself serving as the go-to “I.T.” person in your family? Or are you someone that tends to call other family members for technical support and would rather learn things on your own? Brothers in Tech is a weekly podcast focusing on home technology and provides help to the “default family IT person”. Hosted by Alan & Brian Jackson, a new topic will be discussed each month (main episode) followed by 3 weekly “deep dive” episodes (the B-sides) with additional information. Whether you are the person who everyone calls for tech support, are the person who is doing the calling, or simply interested in technology…this podcast is for you!

Your Hosts

Alan Jackson:
 Alan Jackson (the older brother) lives in works in Hickory, North Carolina as the Strategic Director of Jackson Creative and Jackson Insight.  Alan specializes in creating marketing campaigns and resources for a variety of clients as well as consulting on marketing research and satisfaction surveys.  In his free time, Alan runs a film society and annual film festival in Western North Carolina.  Alan started his technology journey at a young age, learning to program in BASIC on an Apple IIE and being one of the first people in his area to use and master the original Macintosh.  He earned extra lunch money by drawing pictures of superheroes in MacPaint and selling printouts to friends for a quarter each, officially earning him the title of the nerdiest kid at school.  Alan has always enjoyed learning new technologies and helping others incorporate tech into their everyday home and work lives.  Oh, and he is definitely the favorite child… no matter what his siblings suggest.

Brian Jackson:
 Originally from Hickory, North Carolina, Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) currently lives just outside of Portland, Oregon where he works a professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University. Academically, he is a “motor behaviorist” (studying motor skill learning and performance) who has used his passion for technology to research the use and effectiveness of a number of fitness and learning devices. He is a former coach (tennis), craft beer connoisseur (well…at least a consumer and admirer), and competitive dart player (yes…darts). Although admittedly deeply connected/invested in the Apple ecosystem, Brian enjoys finding, researching, and critiquing all types of new and creative technology solutions…and consulting others on educational and home technology practices (including trying to correct any mistakes that Alan has made with family advice). Oh, and he is definitely the favorite child…no matter what his siblings suggest.


All Episodes

Brothers in Tech: Going Paperless – Deep Dive #2: Converting Paper Documents

In the second deep-dive of our “going paperless” topic, the Brothers discuss converting current paper documents to digital format

Brothers in Tech: Working from Home

To help with the transition that many of you are facing of having to work from home during the COVID-19 crisis, the Brothers are sharing some tips for making that transition as seamless as possible in this bonus episode.

Brothers in Tech: Going Paperless – Deep Dive #1: Creating Non-Paper Documents

In the first deep dive into the “going paperless” process, the Brothers dive into the ins a and outs of creating new documents…including hardware, software, and considerations.

Brothers in Tech: Going Paperless

Feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in your home or office? Looking for a way to organize all of those documents you have lying around? Although it may feel like a daunting task, there are some great technologies that can help. In this introductory episode, the Brothers introduce the what, why, and how of going paperless.

Brothers in Tech: Digital Assistants – Deep Dive #3: Automation

In the final deep dive into the world of Digital Assistants, the Brothers discuss a program that allows you to enable creative integrations between your assistant and other products/services:

Brothers in Tech: Digital Assistants – Deep Dive #2: Skills and Actions

In the second deep dive into the world of Digital Assistants, the Brothers discuss some of the “skills” that you can enable to get the most out of your assistant.

Brothers in Tech: Digital Assistants – Deep Dive #1: Hardware

In the first deep dive of the Digital Assistant topic, the Brothers discuss a number of hardware options for accessing your digital assistant.

Brothers in Tech 2: Digital Assistants

In the first/main episode of their second topic, the Brothers discuss...

Brothers in Tech: Deep Dive #3 – DIY Options

Now that you have information about live TV streaming services (Episode 1), digital media players (Episode 1.1), and other movie/content services (Episode 1.3)…are there other options for getting our TV/Media fix? In the final of three “deep dives” into the topic of Streaming Online Television, the Brothers discuss a couple of DIY options.

Brothers in Tech: Deep Dive #2 – Movie Services

OK, you have learned about how to stream live TV content (Episode 1) and the equipment you need to do so (Episode 1.1)…but what about accessing additional content? In the second of three “deep dives” into the topic of Streaming Online Television, the Brothers discuss movie/content (non-live) services.