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: Computers

A technology show that hasn’t talked about computers yet? Well, the Brothers have never been much on conventional thinking…but we figured it is about time we talked about the foundation of your home technology. In the first episode of their new topic, the Brothers discuss the various form factor options when you are considering buying a new computer:

Brothers in Tech: Topics Revisited

Although it is quite rare for them to ever admit they were wrong or had changed their mind on something…for their 21st episode, the Brothers decided to revisit some of their earlier topics to see if they still stand by their earlier thoughts

Brothers in Tech: Back-Up – Deep Dive #3: Network Attached Storage

Looking for a complete backup and storage solution for the home? A NAS system may be exactly what you need. Although it seems like only one of them was really prepared for this final deep dive of the backup series, the Brothers discuss the ins and outs of a NAS system.

Brothers in Tech: Back-Up – Deep Dive #2: Online Cloud Backup

Although we don’t want you to have your head in the clouds…it may be a nice place to back-up your data. In the second deep-dive episode regarding data backup, the Brothers discuss the options for creating and maintaining an online backup, including: Functionality, Speed, and Price.

Back-Up – Deep Dive #1: Local Backup Options

So, we have convinced you that however boring it might be (unless you are Alan), you need to have a solid backup strategy. What are the software options for making this happen? In the first deep-dive episode regarding data backup, the Brothers discuss the options for creating and maintaining a local backup

Brothers in Tech: Back Up

Well, now that you have taken the advice from our previous episodes and are working towards “going paperless”…you are going to have a lot of important digital information you need to protect. How can you assure you don’t lose that data? In this episode, the Brothers start a new topic by discussing the ins and outs of data back-up, including:

Why should you back-up?
What data should you be backing up?
Theory of back-up
Types of back-up
In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions):

Brian’s Pick = Google Photos: A great (free) way of automatically backing up the photos from your device (phone, tablet) and being able to creatively search them.
Alan’s Pick = iCloud Drive: Paid service for Mac users that can automatically back-up/store data for multiple users in your household.
Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Email info@themesh.tv

Brothers in Tech: The Internet in Your Home – Deep Dive #2: Internet Tips & Tricks

Having some issues with your home internet? Speeds not up to the level that you are paying for? In the final episode of our Internet topic, the Brothers provide some of their favorite tips and tricks for troubleshooting and enhancing your network. Tune in and see how “the student has now become the teacher”…

In addition, the “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions):

Brian’s Pick = Mesh Routers: Both brothers strongly recommend a mesh router for your next network upgrade.
Alan’s Pick = Activity Monitor: Applications that are not only helpful for determining what applications are running on your computer but also what applications might be sucking up your bandwidth.
Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Email info@themesh.tv.

The Internet in Your Home – Deep Dive #1: WiFi

Working from home can certainly emphasize the importance of a strong wi-fi network. In the first deep-dive into the world of home internet, the Brothers discuss the basics that you need to know in order to create and get the most out of a wireless network

Brothers in Tech: The Internet in Your Home

As many of us transition to working from home, internet access is a premium. In the main episode of their fourth topic, the Brothers discuss provide an overview of internet service, including types, costs, speeds, and most importantly…what is needed to stream from Netflix.

Brothers in Tech: Going Paperless – Deep Dive #3: Workflow Ideas

In the final deep-dive of the “going paperless” topic, the Brothers some workflow options for scanning, storing and organizing your digital information.