Ask Noah Show

The Ask Noah Show is a weekly radio call in show where we take your tech questions or business in tech questions live on the air. The show airs Tuesdays at 6pm CST on and at KEQQ 88.3 FM in Grand Forks ND. It's a free call 1-855-450-NOAH so join us and start on your way to owning your operating system, your software, and technology.


Episode 242: Selling Spyware

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is warning of world in which no phone is safe from state-sponsored hackers. A new version of Plasma Mobile is out, and Valve has released a portable gaming device, running Arch with KDE!

-- During The Show -- 00:30 What Noah uses - Jon


  • Distro - Kubuntu/Fedora
  • DE - KDE Plasma
  • Terminator/Konsole
  • Thunderbird
  • Fastmail (Work)
  • Proton Mail (Personal)
  • MakeMKV/Brasero
  • QMMP MP3 Player
  • KeepassXC (Personal)
  • Bitwarden (Public)
  • Virtual Box/KVM Libvirt
  • Audacity
  • Zoom/Jitsi
  • Sublime Text (Work)/EncryptPad/Joplin/VIM/Kate
  • Gimp (Images)/Inkscape (Graphic Design)
  • Element/Nheko/SchildiChat (The turtle one)
  • Okular
  • Install Method - Flatpak, AppImage, Snap


  • Work - Galaxy S10/iPhone
  • Personal - Nexus 6P with LineageOS
  • Personal Disconnected device - Sony Xperia SailfishOS
  • GPD Pocket on order
  • Play Device - Pinephone

In the Backpack

  • Dual Type-C charger RavPower
  • Apple Type-C charger
  • 2TB External Drive
  • Small tool kit
    • Screw drivers
    • wirecutters
    • Flash drives
  • Portable Battery Pack
  • Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Broadband
  • Noise Canceling Headphones Sony WH1000xm4
  • Emergency Kit
    • Backup Phone (S7)
    • Backup Wallet

Minimal Viable Battle Station

  • Pelican 1620
  • Docking station Lenovo Dock Affiliate
  • Portable Desk
  • 27" 2K Display
21:15 Decentralized Tech - Jay
  • Offline First
  • 0Data
  • Unhosted
  • Web3
  • IPFS
22:45 ARP vs MAC Tables - Octavio
  • MAC Tables
    • Built by "MAC Learning"
    • Snooped
    • Used by switches to prevent HUB behavior
    • Used for switching
  • ARP tables
    • Built with ARP protocal
    • Used for routing
26:45 Pick of the Week

Tauon Music Box

  • Drag n Drop file importing
  • CUE sheet support
  • MOD tracker
  • Network Playback
  • Flathub
27:55 Make Good


  • High Quality, Low Latency, Peer-to-Peer Audio oever the internet
  • New commercial boxes use OPUS codec
31:30 Gadget of the Week
  • Omega Charger
  • World's Smallest 100W & 200W USB-C Charger
  • World's first 200W Gallium Nitride (GaN) charger
  • Quick charge 4 devices simultaneously
  • Estimated Shipping July 2021
34:00 Red Hat To expand Offerings
  • ZDnet
  • Low cost/Free RHEL for education
  • Conan Kudo Link
  • Open to Primary and Secondary Schools as well
38:20 Snowden Spyware / Mobile Phones Pegasus
  • Pegasus Malware Made by the NSO Group
  • Access to
    • Photos
    • Emails
    • Records Calls
    • Secretly Activate Microphones/Cameras
    • WhatsApp Chat
    • GPS Data
    • Calendar
    • Contacts
  • Over 50,000 numbers suspected targets
  • New "zero-click" attacks
  • Tech advancing too fast for normal people to keep up
  • Courts have ruled FaceID/Fingerprints can be compelled

  • Guardian

  • Jul 18th Guardian Article

  • Amnesty Article

49:40 Plasma Mobile 21.07 Released
  • Plasma Mobile Post
  • Join the Matrix room -
52:55 Steam Deck
  • Steam Handheld
  • 4 core, 8 threads AMD APU
  • 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • $399-$649
  • Runs SteamOS (Arch+KDE+Big Picture Mode)
  • Goal: Get every Windows Game working before launch
  • Tech Radar
  • IGN
-- The Extra Credit Section --

For links to the articles and material referenced in this week's episode check out this week's page from our podcast dashboard!

This Episode's Podcast Dashboard

Phone Systems for Ask Noah provided by Voxtelesys

Join us in our dedicated chatroom on Matrix

-- Stay In Touch --

Find all the resources for this show on the Ask Noah Dashboard

Ask Noah Dashboard

Need more help than a radio show can offer? Altispeed provides commercial IT services and they’re excited to offer you a great deal for listening to the Ask Noah Show. Call today and ask about the discount for listeners of the Ask Noah Show!

Altispeed Technologies

Contact Noah

live [at]

-- Twitter --

  • Noah - Kernellinux
  • Ask Noah Show
  • Altispeed Technologies

Support Ask Noah Show


 2021-07-21  56m