TekThing 10: Lost Your Phone? Now What?! The Best Free VPNs, FreeNAS vs. Drobo, and MacBook News!


What do you do if you’ve lost your Android device? We’ve got some help finding a good VPN from @Lifehacker, subwoofers, FreeNAS, and new tech from Apple! All that and more, on TekThing.
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What to do when you lost your Android device:
Android Device Manager: https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager
Google Authenticator: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.authenticator2&hl=en

Rapid Fire Round!
@mininessie tweets “@patricknorton @verge do either of you know of a good electronics backpack for cellphone laptop and more around 30-40 dollars”
GoRuck: http://www.goruck.com/
Urban Operator: http://www.tacticaltailor.com/urbanoperatorpack.aspx
Amazon Basics Laptop Backpack: http://amzn.to/1wv0ZeR

@renefcbwong0012 tweets “can freenas replace my drobo n give the same features as drobo?”
FreeNAS: http://www.freenas.org/
Drobo: http://www.drobo.com/

@ScottDulgarian tweets “Which Subwoofer for 0? polk 550wi, SVSPB1000, Velodyne impact or other? using B&W inwall”
Bowers & Wilkins: http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Speakers/Custom_Installation/CI_Series/In-wall-subwoofers.html
Hsu Research: http://www.hsuresearch.com/subwoofers.html

VPN’s with Alan Henry
@Omar_Rasool tweets @tekthing “What are some of the best free VPN’s?”
Alan Henry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/halophoenix
Lifehacker: http://lifehacker.com/

Love the show,
In your latest issue you had a user ask about playing the same audio to two different Chromecasts from one pc. This can easily be done using a piece of software called Airparrot 2. Also you can stream the same video feed to multiple Chromecasts with this software or something different to each one. I am currently testing this as a cheap solution for digital signage and have displayed to 5 tv’s simultaneously.
Hope this helps.
Christopher
AirParrot 2: http://www.airsquirrels.com/airparrot/

@bogointeractive tweets Would you still build your own machine or buy prebuilt. I ask this as my Dell is crapping out.
TekThing episode 3: https://youtu.be/fDE1BRkyjPY
Shannon’s Gaming Rig: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xqqMK8

Setting Up a Smart DNS Proxy – Is It For You?

smart dns proxy serviceIf you don’t know what a smart DNS proxy is, it’s a special type of service that allows Internet users to view websites that are restricted in their area. The DNS proxy server acts as an intermediary between the restricted website and the device that’s accessing the computer. It tricks the website into seeing that the website is being accessed from a non-restricted geographic location.

A smart DNS proxy service is NOT for free, however, it’s not terribly expensive either. If you live in a country that gives you access to all your favorite websites, you won’t ever need this server. However, if you’re a US military service man who has been drafted to Korea, for example, where you won’t be able to access sites like Netflix, you will need to subscribe to such a service.

When you subscribe to a smart DNS proxy service, a computer is connected to the proxy server located within an approved location to connect to the website. Unlike VPN or Virtual Private Network, a smart DNS proxy is not encrypted and does not change the IP address of the computer. It only alters the device’s DNS and reroutes it to a DNS of another location.

With a smart DNS proxy service, you don’t need to install any software or third-party application. Once you change the DNS of your device, you can immediately gain access to the blocked website. This service is also not limited to one device. You can set it up across a network of devices like smart phones, smart televisions, wi-fi ready gaming consoles, and computers and laptops.

So, if you’re wondering if a smart DNS proxy server is right for you, you should ask if there are any websites that you like to check out but are restricted in your area.