Monthly Archive: May 2008

Is my website worth it? 2

Is my website worth it?

“103,288,431 websites with nothing on…” It’s the Bruce Springsteen song with a different twist. Of course when Bruce performed that song in 1992, the general populous wasn’t on the internet. I would make a guess that the majority didn’t even know what the internet was. Of course that all has changed. We use the internet everyday to buy, sell, inform, rant, rave, rate and surf. The number at the beginning of this article is the amount of websites that are active on the internet today. Over half a million were registered today while 338 million were deleted and about 350 thousand either expired or were transferred (stats from Domaintools.com). While the average person surfs about 5-20 websites in a sitting, where do they go? Better yet, will they ever see your site and for how long?

Update Attempt 0

Update Attempt

Just wanted to let people know that I was working on the site trying to get a plugin to work. It failed miserably and so I removed it. I am looking for a good plugin to push my friendfeed data without a Javascript widget. If you know of one, let me know. I also noticed that the WP-supercache was not working right. I tried to disable and it still wouldn’t update the site. I ended up disabling and deleting the cache files. Great program, but it really needs to understand when an update happens. I would post something, then go to the homepage and it wouldn’t be there. I tried to post a page, then delete and the page stayed. Not cool. Speaking of Pages, I added a Feeds Page. Let me know if it’s helpful or not.

Slice of MacBook Air – Bitstrips Friday 0

Slice of MacBook Air – Bitstrips Friday

There have been some claims that the edge of a MacBook Air is so sharp it can slice and dice. This week we look closer at this….

Thoughts on Windows 7 1

Thoughts on Windows 7

I understand that Microsoft needs to move forward with their Operating Systems. What I don’t understand is all the hype that Windows 7 is getting. Especially for something that won’t come out until possibly 2010. I remember sitting at my desk on the Windows 95 support team (yep, I worked for but never was employed by Microsoft) previewing an alpha copy of “Nashville” – technically it was suppose to be Windows 96, but the OS was revamped and then scrapped for 98. All I could think of while playing with the browser was “Why when 95 was doing so well?”

Episode 35 05-28-08 0

Episode 35 05-28-08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHTML clipboardMissed a Couple – Playing with Widgets – Rock Band – Other Writings – Fish & Dog Update – 3rd PC – Live Show Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Buy an iMac – Apple.geekazine.com Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry

What the Phoenix can tell us 0

What the Phoenix can tell us

Remember when you looked at the moon and your parents said “Yep, that’s made of cheese”. Well, maybe it’s a Wisconsin thing – I’m not sure. However I remember hearing stuff like that as a kid and wonder what the moon actually had on it that could help us. It’s cool to be able to do the same thing for Mars. With the Phoenix making the “Perfect touchdown”, we might just get a glimpse of a planet so close, yet so far away. And maybe even answer the big question – is there really Amazon Women on Mars and when will they attack?

This week in Tech History – 5-26-08 0

This week in Tech History – 5-26-08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHistorical tech items we talk about: The tabulating machine Fire Extinguishers H-Bomb First Jukebox Wang Computers Steve Jobs Charles Geschke Jello Plasma

No More Coffee – Bitstrips Friday 0

No More Coffee – Bitstrips Friday

I went to my favorite coffee shop today and found it was closed down. I couldn’t believe it… So I wrote a strip about it.

It’s the End of the DVD As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) 0

It’s the End of the DVD As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThat’s great, it started with video tapes, movies in the home at 8, Lenny Bruce is still not afraid. I remember when we got our first VCR. It was a Betamax and we had some of the coolest movies. Of course, the Beta went the way of the do do bird. Then it was VHS. Come and almost gone. Now it’s the DVDs turn. Earlier in the year the big question was “Who was going to replace DVD’s: HD DVD or Blu-Ray?” Now we know that answer – but does it matter? Blu-Ray players really haven’t been selling like hotcakes and if you have one, you know that it’s not the fastest thing on the planet. The ultimate irony is that Sony owned Beta and lost to VHS. Now Sony won with Blu-Ray, but will...

Episode 34 5-21-08 0

Episode 34 5-21-08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHTML clipboardNew Webpage design – More work – Need Notebook – Writing more – Winner of iPod/Zune Contest On this day: First Public Aquarium(1853), Star Wars: Ep 5(80), Atari7800(84), OSX Ships(01) Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Buy an iMac – Apple.geekazine.com Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry

LIVE SHOW – 5-19-08 0

LIVE SHOW – 5-19-08

2 hours of great information. We talked about a lot of great topics. Hour 1: Browser Plugins, Website, HTC Tilt, Hackintosh

Your New Site Design 2

Your New Site Design

Last night I implemented the new design. It’s using the Gabfire template with some major tweaking on this end. It was a result from all the great feedback you guys gave over the last few months. I worked pretty dilligently over the last few weeks to get this page together. The most noticable difference is the load time. It was important to get the page to load faster. This new template is more organized and I’ve noticed the difference. There are still a few tweaks I need to work on but the general result is what I intended. I hope you like the new look. Feel free to comment on it – Good or Bad. Dorkazine will go through a similar redesign – for now it’s still on the old look.

This Week in Tech History – 5-19-08 0

This Week in Tech History – 5-19-08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSItems Discussed: IBM 701 Star Wars and more Star Wars (movie releases) First Flights of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart Atom Bombs MySQL ToySmart.com Disney and Mickey Mouse

New looks on Your Favorite Webpage. 0

New looks on Your Favorite Webpage.

This last week I saw an interesting trend. Various websites I visited all of a sudden looked different. They ditched their old design and brought a new look to their WebPages. Even here at Geekazine, we are a few days away from introducing a new look. So why did everybody choose this time to change? I remember back when the web was in its infancy, I read an interesting article where they asked the question – When is the best time to redesign your site? They suggested that if you redesign it too much too quickly, people will start to get turned off and decide to travel elsewhere on the information superhighway. However, sometimes a redesign is what’s needed to bring more traffic. Moving items in a “More ergonomical” fashion might give a site a better ease of use, therefore people will choose your site over the competitors....

Evolution of Man – Bitstrips Saturday 0

Evolution of Man – Bitstrips Saturday

It’s a special Bitstrips because this one hits true to most geeks. Thanks to mnyassh for letting me use it.

Who Bought who this week? HP, EDS, CBS, CNet 0

Who Bought who this week? HP, EDS, CBS, CNet

A lot of tech companies traded like a high stakes poker game. Of course this is not unusal for companies to buy other companies – It is interesting to see who bought what. It makes for the big question: Will the new parent company keep their new child or will we see it in a dumpster next week? Let’s start with the big one: HP buys EDS. On Tuesday, HP laid down 12.6 Billion to purchase Electronic Data Systems. This is a move to catapult HP into a position to compete with IBM’s markets. Created in 1962 by Ross Perot – the Billionaire that ran for President in 1992 (and took about 18.9 percent of the vote). Ross Started EDS after departing from IBM. His first big contract was in computerizing Medicare Records from the Government. In 1968 EDS went public and shares went from $16 to $160.

New iPhone coming – Bitstrips Friday 0

New iPhone coming – Bitstrips Friday

Maybe someday I’ll get to sit and talk with Steve Jobs. Until then I’ll have to make up the interview in my head. Because there has been talk of the new iPhone coming out on June 9th. Also there has been talk of Apple getting the gamers with a new handheld system. So I just had to ask Steve….

Small Crisis Averted – iPod / Zune Giveaway status 0

Small Crisis Averted – iPod / Zune Giveaway status

Today I was working on the site and the delete button jumped up and bit me! OW! We had a small issue, and I had to restore the backup database. There were a couple tables that were restored from the weekly backup. There should be no data loss, but if you signed up for the site this week, you may have to do it again. Speaking of signups – Some have been asking about the iPod – Zune Contest info. According to the rules I set up (found on the Giveaway Rules Page) I will be choosing a winner today. I will email that user and they will have 7 days to respond. Once a winner is acknowledged, I will post the results. NEWay, thanks for being a part of the site and participating in the contest. I have taken your information to heart and will be using...

Dude? Where’s My Cell Phone? We don’t leave home without it. 1

Dude? Where’s My Cell Phone? We don’t leave home without it.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS10 years ago I walked into the local dealer and picked up my first cell phone. I believe it was a Nokia 920. My work cell was a Motorola Clam Shell, then I believe a Nokia 720. I then got a 5100 series, followed by a 6300 series. 2 years ago I purchased the Razr3, and now I have an HTC 8125. 5 cell phones in 10 years. Throughout those times I have called, texted, surfed and played the occasional game of Bubble breaker. My phone has been by my side all this time. So has my wallet and keys. But which one would I want the most if I had to choose one? IDC and Nortel Networks did a study to find out what is more important – your cell phone or your wallet. 38 percent of over 2000 people polled...

Episode 33 – 5-14-08 0

Episode 33 – 5-14-08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNow Micrahoo FREE! Site redesign – New Camera – Live Show and Talk Shoe – Job Hunt – Email Calendar scam. On this day: George Lucas (44), Skylab One (73), dBase III (84) Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Buy an iMac – Apple.geekazine.com Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry

LIVE SHOW – 5-12-08 0

LIVE SHOW – 5-12-08

OK, so Hour 1 Tanked as I tried to get TalkShoe to work. Hour 2 is the meat and potatoes, so we’re talking about that. We discuss Digg, Smartphones, Blackberries and building a computer.

This Week in Tech History – 5/12/08 0

This Week in Tech History – 5/12/08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSItems Discussed this week: Printing Press Albert Einstein George Lucas Apple Microsoft IEEE AMD CentOS Nintendo

Do We Need Comcast to Cap Bandwidth Usage? 0

Do We Need Comcast to Cap Bandwidth Usage?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt would be interesting to see how much bandwidth I go through a month. Uploading shows, ustream channel, downloading software updates and media content.  All of it legally. There are some that decide to use their internet connection without abandon. They download movies, music and computer programs without legally paying for it. I have seen many downloading 4 to 5 items at a time, which at gigabytes at a pop, it’s a lot of data that passes through. And with programs like bittorrent, not only does it download the items, but it turns your computer into a “Seed” in which others can use to pull from. Comcast is working on a model to cap bandwidth per month. For some it won’t be noticeable. For the internet Zealot, they might find it tougher to work and...

Episode 32 05/07/08 0

Episode 32 05/07/08

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPosting the Show – Computer Fixin – Site redesign – TCT Podcast Guest – Live Show Monday 7PM EST – Need a Job –  On this day: Millionaire calculating machine patent(1895), Gary Kasparov wins game 4 of 6 vs. IBM Computer (1997), Intel PII releases(1997), Rolling Stone 1000th issue(2006) Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days atGoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. No credit card needed. Buy an Apple iMac – Go to Apple.geekazine.com 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

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