Monthly Archive: April 2008

The Race for Energy – Can We Lower Gas Prices? 0

The Race for Energy – Can We Lower Gas Prices?

A barrel of Oil is 42 Gallons – but when refined, the amount of oil is 44.77 Gallons. From each barrel, 43.9% is turned into Gasoline (19.65 Gallons). 22.4% goes to Diesel (10.03 Gallons),

Episode 31 – 4/30/08 0

Episode 31 – 4/30/08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTaxes come back to haunt  – Live Show Monday 7PM EST – Sound – 30 LBS – Win Zune or iPod – On this day: Mothra vs Godzilla (64), Last Episode of Battlestar Galactica(79), Commodore Bankruptcy(80), Tiger Released(05) Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days atGoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. No credit card needed. Proud Member of techpodcasts. Visit www.techpodcasts.com. Call the Hotline – 608-205-4378 geekazine (at) gmail.com  Download the show– Subscribe via Zune – Subscribe via iTunes

Live Show 4/28/08 0

Live Show 4/28/08

Lots of great info in this LIVE SHOW – -We talked with Earl Thibert – a fellow ustreamer and first Handicap Lifestreamer http://www.ustream.tv/channel/earl-thibert-live – Earl asked a question about Sleep Mode on a computer – Video Cards – XP SP3 – PC Anywhere – Garage Salein – Linux 8.04 – Twitter vs. Pownce – PS3 and Grand Theft Auto 4 Hour 1 Hour 2  

Five Years of iTunes 0

Five Years of iTunes

Do you download via iTunes? How about listen to great music, shows and podcasts (like geekazine… hint hint) on the player? Today marks the 5 year anniversary of iTunes – a corner of Apple’s market that had a hand in making the company so popular today. Here is a rough timeline of events in the last 5 years:   Apr. 28th 2003 iTunes Launches May 5th 2003 iTunes hits 1 Million Downloads Oct 16th 2003 iTunes for Windows is launched Dec 15th 2003 25 Million Downloads

This Week In Tech History – 4/28/08 0

This Week In Tech History – 4/28/08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHistory this week includes: First Portable Cell Phone Call Founding of Dell Computers Geocaching Amtrak First Heart Transplant Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger 8 Hour Workday Paris Hilton’s Address Book is Hacked

Happy Birthday, Universe! 2

Happy Birthday, Universe!

According to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, his theory was that the Universe was created on April 27th 4977 BC. Kepler was fascinated with theories of planetary ordering. Kepler did a lot of scientific research and calculations of planetary motion. He also worked in the field of optics – especially the human eye and how it produces sight. Kepler lived from 1571 to 1630. Although some of his theories were later disproved, he definitely inspired many: such as Sir Issac Newton. Some of his theories were based on the idea that the Earth was the center of this Galaxy, not the Sun. Of course the Big Bang theory devised in the 20th century had disproved Kepler’s theory by 13.7 billion years. Still, we need something to hold on to, sing Happy Birthday, wear cheezy party hats and bake a cake over – only so Milton can continue...

Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the Zune or iPod Nano.

Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the Zune or iPod Nano.

Just one last reminder – We are giving away a Zune or iPod nano (You get to choose which) on May 1st – that’s less than a week away. All you have to do is comment on the following page about the site or the podcast – good or bad – and you are entered into the contest. Just go to http://www.geekazine.com/win-a-zune-or-ipod-nano and send me a comment on that page!

Final Negotiations with Yahoo – Bitstrip Friday 0

Final Negotiations with Yahoo – Bitstrip Friday

This week we sit down with Steve Ballmer and Jerry Yang to try and resolve this merger issue. Dr. Eric Schmidt also joins the group. Select the picture to enlarge.  

Change: Permalink Structure 0

Change: Permalink Structure

Permalinks are the names of the file links that take you to the page you are looking for. For a while, we’ve been using a p= page format. Since the move to 2.5, we’ve been doing some updating and decided to change the format of the permalink. Now the pages will linked with a category name, then the title of the article. Hopefully this will give the user a direction. For some, it may cause some confusion and some links may not work. Please let me know via twitter or email (geekazine at gmail. dot com) so I can make adjustments. Thanks for your time and patience.

Webware 100 Winners – Who won, and what’s new. 0

Webware 100 Winners – Who won, and what’s new.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWeb Apps.  Can we live without them anymore? What did we ever do without them? Webware put out it’s top 100 and we’re going to go through them and see what was good, what was bad, and what was… well, you know.. Webware is a site dedicated to watching what is popping up out on the internet. Any application that a web developer puts out will be checked out and reported on by this organization. It’s a good thing, too. There are so many out there, it’s tough to keep up. On April 21st, Webware put out the list of the top 100 apps. There were ten categories, each with ten winners. There were 5000 nominees, and 300 apps were chosen as finalists. Over 1.9 million votes were cast to dwindle this list down to...

Website Update – WordPress 2.5 0

Website Update – WordPress 2.5

Wednesday evening, I made the switch over to WordPress 2.5. It was a fairly painless process and only took about an hour to update. Here is the process I went through (which I recommend if you plan to update your WP site soon) 1. Backed up my whole site. 2. Backed up the Database

TinyURL – what is it and how to use it. 1

TinyURL – what is it and how to use it.

In this video pod we talk about TINYURL The website basically is a re-aggrigator or web links. Everybody has recieved a weblink like whatever.com/?fh=876&sk=9876&whattheheck=y679s&thisistoomuch=0du7…. TINY URL uses an algorhytm to condense the web page to an “Easy for the eyes” link. You can then post the link, email it or whatever. We also talk about the “Preview Feature” so you know what website you are going to before you go to it. TinyURL also has a Terms of Use.

Episode 30 – 4-23-08 – Weekly Podcast 0

Episode 30 – 4-23-08 – Weekly Podcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSUpgrading Cable – Live Show Monday 7PM EST – Upgrading Website – Win Zune or iPod – Firefox 3 On this day: Artificial Skin (1981), IE 2.0 Mac (1996), Dark Side of the Moon after 741 weeks finally left charts (1988) Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days atGoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. No credit card needed. Proud Member of techpodcasts. Visit http://www.techpodcasts.com/. Call the Hotline – 608-205-4378 geekazine (at) gmail.com  Download the show– Subscribe via Zune – Subscribe via iTunes

Live Show Video – 4-21-08 0

Live Show Video – 4-21-08

The Live Show happens every Monday night @ 7 PM. http://live.geekazine.com. DirectorMatt21 showed up and we talked about a lot of subjects: CSS YUI Most Annoying Music Setting up blog for Video Bitstrips Hour 1 Hour 2

This week in Tech History- 4-21-08 0

This week in Tech History- 4-21-08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSItems Discussed: The Mouse was created DNA Double Helix was discussed IBM PC was introduced Hubble was launched The First Trojan Horse

Twittering with Scobleizer 0

Twittering with Scobleizer

Sorry for the late strip, was with a client all day. Earlier in the week I had a Twittversation with Robert Scoble. It went something like this:  BTW: Not all comics are meant to be funny. Just poignant.

Can your Laptop Battery Really Explode? 6

Can your Laptop Battery Really Explode?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Galaxy Note 7’s? The story of Exploding laptops is not a new one. The Lithium battery in your notebook expands to the point where it breaks the encasement. Dell, Sony and IBM ended up recalling a series of batteries to prevent computer loss. Today scientists announced they had made a solid, non-flammable polymer to replace the liquid electrolyte that is used to make the batteries. The science is new, and wont see the light of the public eye for 3 to 5 years, mainly because the polymer needs work to hold a longer charge. However, will this help the laptop not explode? A few years ago I dealt with an issue in desktops where they would either start acting quirky or stop working altogether. The result was what they called “Exploding Caps” – the Capacitors in the machines would expand due...

Episode 29 – 4-16-08 – Weekly Podcast 0

Episode 29 – 4-16-08 – Weekly Podcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTaxes – Donations – Live Show Monday 7PM EST – Fish – Revamp of Geekazine – FrontPage On this day: Zoom Lens: 1947 – Betamax announced: 1975 – Commodore PET: 1977 – Photoshop 7: 2002 Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days atGoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. No credit card needed. Proud Member of techpodcasts. Visit http://www.techpodcasts.com/. Call the Hotline – 608-205-4378 geekazine (at) gmail.com  Download the show– Subscribe via Zune – Subscribe via iTunes

Live Show Video – 4-14-08 0

Live Show Video – 4-14-08

The Live show is done for this week – here is what you missed. Don’t worry, though. We’ll be back next Monday @ 7PM EST to talk tech. http://live.geekazine.com Hour 1 Hour 2

Jennicam – Real Lifecasting on the Web 10 years later 2

Jennicam – Real Lifecasting on the Web 10 years later

Ten years ago, Jennifer Ringley started a website in where she placed cameras around her house and let them go 24/7. No matter where she was, what she was doing, Jennicam was to be there, too. The site started on April 14th 1998 and went almost non-stop until Dec 31, 2003 when Jennifer moved to CA. But before she closed shop, Jennicam made a big impact with video on the web.

This week in Tech History- 4-14-08 0

This week in Tech History- 4-14-08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotomeeting.com. Get your 30 day free trial. Some of the items we talk about on the show this week: Albert Einstein Passes Pocket PC Launched Jennicam started Osbourne Executive Rolex Hacker Terraserver.com

Would you like to contribute to Geekazine?

Would you like to contribute to Geekazine?

I am looking for people that are interested in submitting Geeky articles to the site. Whether it be small blurbs about what’s going on or longer articles outlining something, I welcome all submitters. All submitters will be compensated for their work. Email me at [email protected] for more info.

WiFi Everywhere – Even at State Parks? 1

WiFi Everywhere – Even at State Parks?

 I have 5 great spots I go to if I need to get out of the house, get something to eat or drink and surf the web. Yes, 2 of those spots serve alcohol, but it’s not about the drinking. It’s all about getting out of the house and working. Of course, WiFi is important to only a select few that like to take their laptops out and work or surf while having a bite to eat. With more people switching to mobile devices – whether a laptop, smartphone or Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) – people want to know where they can go to get connected. Even if it means just getting directions, checking over the hours of a store you want to visit, or just checking your email – from home or the office.

Mr. Bitstrips Comic Creator 5

Mr. Bitstrips Comic Creator

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOK, so sometimes I go a little overboard. But it’s fun. This is my newest BitStrip based off the popular light beer commercial. Let me know what you think…. Audio for this strip is Below.

Digg Labs – Watch the people surf. 1

Digg Labs – Watch the people surf.

I have to admit, I have sat there and watched the Diggs happen. Little graphics showing how people are surfing the Digg Website. Either the Stack option, the bigspy, pics or even the arc. What am I talking about? Well, over on Digg.com you have Digg Labs (http://labs.digg.com) . The Labs are a great way to see who is selecting what. It also gives you an idea how popular a story is in a graphic way. The Stack, Swarm and Arc options show a graphic interface, while the bigspy just pushes text down the screen – the bigger the text, the more popular the article. The pics can be interesting to watch. It may take a while if nobody submits a picture with the article. Not as exciting at the arc or stack, but it does have some merit. All in all, it’s pretty cool to watch. Just...

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