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Lab Rats was one of the very first video podcasts on the Internet, launched in October 2005 by technology journalists Sean Carruthers and Andy Walker. Originally launched as an offshoot of the work Sean and Andy were doing for G4TechTV Canada's "Call For Help," the long running show has evolved to become a clear and understandable exploration of technology, making it easy to grasp for the beginner and expert alike.
|1||VideoYour Password Sucks - Lab Rats||The weakest link in your security is generally your own password strategy. People choose really weak passwords out of laziness, or because they're easier to remember than good, hard-to-guess passwords. Sean and Andy show you some||7/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoSave Your Favorite YouTube Videos - Lab Rats||If you spend a lot of time on YouTube and want to keep videos you love for future use, there is a way to extract them so you can save their content. Andy and Sean show you their faves.||6/26/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoTaking Google Drive for a Spin - Lab Rats||There's now a cloud storage solution from the mothership, Google. It's called Google Drive, and you can get to it by going to drive.google.com - you sign in with the same Google ID you use for Google + and Google Docs. Sean and An||6/19/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoTaking a Slurp of Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Lab Rats||The newest version of Android is called Ice Cream Sandwich, and it's got a number of features that make it particularly ice cream sandwichy. Andy and Sean go through a few of the new features, on the Sony Tablet S and the Acer Ico||6/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoCISPA Demystified - Lab Rats||The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a proposed law in the United States, which would allow for the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and certain technology and manufacturi||6/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoTop Five Dropbox Tips and Tricks - Lab Rats||Dropbox has become an incredibly popular cloud storage tool for both individuals and businesses. After you sign up for a Dropbox account, you can install it on your various devices, and share content between your machines. You pro||5/29/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoEpisode 300 Spectacular - Lab Rats||Lab Rats has now been at it for 300 episodes - it's time to celebrate! For this episode, Andy and Sean are joined by students from Daniel Beylerian's computer science class from Trenton High School in eastern Ontario. They ask que||5/22/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoFive Tips for iOS 5 - Lab Rats||Looking to get more out of iOS5 running on your iPhone? Andy and Sean have a few iOS5-specific tips that will help you unlock the power hidden in your phone!||5/15/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoBeyond Instagram: Photo Apps for the iPhone - Lab Rats||iPhone photo-sharing app Instagram was recently the big buzz when Facebook bought it for one billion dollars. Never mind the cashola, though...what's Facebook going to do with those pictures? If you're looking for alternatives to||5/8/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoAndroid State of the Nation - Lab Rats||What's up with Android anyhow? This mobile operating system is growing in popularity, and there are tons of devices out there sporting Android...but it's a bit of a fragmented market, since everyone seems to be running different v||5/1/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoReviewing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Lab Rats||Microsoft has made the consumer preview release of its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system free for download. It's optimized for tablets, but it's also what you'll use on your desktop machine. Andy and Sean take a look at Windo||4/17/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|13||VideoWhat's New with the New iPad? - Lab Rats||Don't call it the iPad 3 anymore - it's just being referred to as "the new iPad" by the powers that be. But what's so new about it? Sean and Andy take a look at the features in Apple's new tablet, describe what they do, and discus||4/17/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|14||VideoGet Your Music from the Cloud - Lab Rats||Sean and Andy give you a quick overview of the pros and cons of getting your music from the cloud.||4/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
For newbies only
Just what we don't need: another podcast that makes a lame attempt at explaining technology using cute analogies. The episode files are huge (100+ MB) and take forever to download even on a broadband connection, the presentation is flat (leave the comedy to comedians), and, worst of all: commercials. A thimbleful of knowledge in a ten-gallon bucket. Use Wikipedia instead.
You have to remember that these guys are dealing with a wide range of viewers. As a former teacher myself, I understand the concept of teaching to the lower end of the class while also throwing in a few higher end details through the course of a lesson. That's what Sean and Andy seem to try to do. If they went over the top with techno-babble, people would be complaining that they should make things easier to understand. The humor is so-so, but it's all in good fun and you can tell these two have a solid working relationship. Overall, I'd give this show a solid B+. Download a couple of episodes, try it out, and see what you think. I'm hardly a tech newbie, but I've learned a few things from the dozens of episodes I've watched.
Labrats is the best tech podcast there is. Yeah it takes a while to donload but its worth it. So make sure to subscribeif you like tech,cats or tech jokes.