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Block Spam Calls, Budget Gaming Laptop Review: Acer Aspire Nitro 5, Dual Boot Windows and Linux!

Acer Aspire Nitro 5 Budget Gaming Laptop Review!!! Block Spam Calls – You Don’t Need An App! Dual Boot Windows and Linux!


1:39 Block Robocalls!!!
Dan tweets, “I’ve seen a lot of apps that say that they can help block spam/robocals on mobile wondering what you thought about them thanks.” We discuss the FTC’s and Scam Alerts, spam blocking by your mobile carrier, apps like Nomorobo, Robokiller, and Hiya, and the free tools we use to fight the flood of scam calls we don’t want!

11:41 Acer Aspire Nitro 5 Budget Gaming Laptop Review
Looking for a budget gaming laptop? Shannon got hands on with Acer’s Aspire Nitro 5 Core
(Model AN515-53-55G9, which packs an Intel Core i5-8300H and Nvidia’s GTX-1050Ti) full review in the show. And heads up: this $850 laptop is on sale at Best Buy right now for $679! What do you give up compared to a $1500 gaming laptop? Watch the video!

23:23 Dual Boot Windows and Linux
Frank emailed, “I want to dual boot a windows laptop. Where should I start? What programs do you suggest? What distro?” Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Element OS are great distros to start with, System76, Dell, Origin, and Gigabyte all offer Linux (or Linux friendly) laptops, OMGUbuntu is a -great- place to learn,
We talk running distros off a USB (live boot!) to try ’em out without installing. Help for Frank, and -anybody- that wants to start using Linux in the video!

32:06 Oh, There is a paperclip in there
Turns out there -is- a bit in iFixit’s Essential Electronics Toolkit Patrick can use instead of a paperclip when I’m resetting a router I’m testing. (For the eighth time in two days…) Also, @iFixit has a sense of humor!

33:30 Thanks Hak5
A big Thank You to Hak5 for the studio space! Check out the security and privacy podcasts at, and check out the superior pentesting and USB automation tools over at, like the beloved WiFi Pineapple Tetra!

WiFi Pineapple

34:09 Do Something Analog!
A few weeks ago @SimonZerafa did something analog involving a vulture and a raptor… now he tweets out, “An early birthday treat for Joseff. This time Dolphins! :- 20 miles off shore around the ‘Smalls’ Lighthouse in Pembrokeshire :–)”


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