Yearly Archive: 2009

2009 in Twitter Posts 0

2009 in Twitter Posts

Here it is – Every single tweet I sent this year. Reverse chronological order and doesn’t include Dec 31. It’s amazing how much data I gave out for free. And now it’s all here. Enjoy! @WISCTV_News3 Biggest was MJ, but I point to the Emergency Broadcasttweets, which caused Techradium to file patent infringement on26 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to WISCTV_News3 @chrisheuer Never heard about invite for #lenovo #CES event. Let me know if I can put that on the schedule. Thanks. -j32 minutes ago from TweetDeck Fone FUD – Geekazine 2010 http://bit.ly/7i7yB8 about 2 hours ago from TweetMeme @LindsayG awesome! Let’s do another video shootdown this year!about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck @karlwireless indubitably #ces – here we come!about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck @LindsayG well good luck on that. See you next week at #ces ?about 4 hours ago from TweetDeck I suppose to bed early. Tomorrow is a long day including looking at new camera for #CES backchannel. Don’t know if the #AIPTEK will sufficeabout 12 hours ago from TweetDeck @JohnAtkinson Where the heck are you flying...

Fone FUD 0

Fone FUD

MarketWatch reports that, according to Roel Schouwenberg of Kaspersky Lab Americas, Android and iPhone handsets will be the next target for hackers. Kapersky is a leading manufacturer of anti-virus software. (Full disclosure: I have used Kapersky products for years and found them reliable. I have Kapersky on this Linux box even as I type.) Interestingly, the article also states: It is not clear why people who can disrupt operating systems do so. The reason is not likely to be to make money, although handsets are being used more and more often for banking and financial transactions. Attacks on widely used software are as often as not committed for political purposes or to disrupt global business or government systems. Hacking into Android or OSX probably does not satisfy any of those aims, at least for now. Indeed, I believe that one reason that smartphones have not been subject to...

Podcast Ep 119 – Last Show of the Decade! 0

Podcast Ep 119 – Last Show of the Decade!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCES 2010 is days away. Will be playing the Blue Moon New Decade. The new Laptop is working great – 2009 in review on TPN Weekly – Thanks to Andy McCaskey and Todd Cochrane for being great friends. GoDaddy for $7.49 domains use podname150 – 10% off hosting use pod150 Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Use code “Geek” for 10% off! Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious To add cool items next week link on Delicious – geekazine podcast 120 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) iPhones in New York GSM Encryption hacked Did you Get an EBook for Christmas? Firefox Delays Nokia vs Apple on Patents Did...

Santa Brought Me a New Phone, Part II 1

Santa Brought Me a New Phone, Part II

By default, the phone is limited to installing applications from the Android Market. It seems to be similar to a Linux package repo (or “repository”): The phone maintains a database of installed programs. When I tap to go to the marketplace, it compares that database with the market place database and tells me which files are already installed.

I Hosted TPN Weekly Ep 37 – Year in Review 0

I Hosted TPN Weekly Ep 37 – Year in Review

This week, I was the guest host of the Techpodcast Network TPN Weekly – a weekly show from the members of TPN. I reviewed all the happenings at Techpodcasts, played some promos and talked about whats coming in 2010. I also created live video on ustream on the event. To check the post out: TPNW-2009-12-28 #37 TPN Year in Review and Last show of the Decade

Santa Brought Me a New Phone 1

Santa Brought Me a New Phone

A G1. I’ve spent the last couple of days messing with it. Santa did good. I like it and figured others, who may have seen one but not actually messed with one, might like to know a little more about it. This model has both a hardware keyboard and a touch screen with a software keyboard; it is 3G and wireless capable. Setting up the phone requires setting up a Google account and automatically turns on Gmail. I have no desire to use Gmail, but I figured, “Hey! I can use a throwaway account!” and went with the flow. I quickly got four welcome messages from the “Gmail team.” (They will probably be the last Gmail messages I get.) It also includes access to Google Docs, but regular readers will know I also have no interest in that.

3rd Annual Geekazine and Friends 2010 Predictions 4

3rd Annual Geekazine and Friends 2010 Predictions

For the third year in a row, I have gone out to the industry professionals and asked the question: What will next year look like? This year, I received 120 responses to that question. All with good points about what next year will have in store. As always – we’ll go through the email predictions first, then the TechPodcasters predictions and finally I will round it out with my thoughts for the new year. Then, at the end of 2010, we will tally up the numbers and see if they came true. Just like the 2009 predictions. In 2010, I think corporate collaboration and knowledge management will continue to grow as departmental installs morph into enterprise-wide usage. Once departments see the true value of enterprise 2.0 efforts, the excitement will spread and decision makers will see broader benefit. We will see greater support for platforms and adjacent solutions...

Podcast Ep 118 – Jam Packed Show Before the Holidays! 1

Podcast Ep 118 – Jam Packed Show Before the Holidays!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHey guys. We have a lot to cover, including Ugly Sweater Parties – I was on AllthingsGeek – 12 Days to CES we want to know what YOU want to see! Need a new Laptop – 2010 predictions – Broke my HP Data Vault – Hosting next weeks TPN Weekly – New Server testing going well – I give a response on last weeks’ show comments over Google phone GoDaddy for $7.49 domains use podname150 – 10% off hosting use pod150 Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Use code “Geek” for 10% off! Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious To add cool items next week link on Delicious – geekazine podcast 119 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts –...

Bing!  Bang!  Bust!  TM! 0

Bing! Bang! Bust! TM!

The Guardian reports that several small outfits are suing Microsoft over the name of its Bing! search engine, claiming trademark infringement. Bing! Information Design, based in St Louis, Missouri, launched a legal action last week in a local court – alleging that the multibillion-dollar software corporation “had knowledge of the mark” and “intentionally interfered” when it relaunched its search engine with a new name earlier this year. (snip) In addition, two other companies are also taking action against Microsoft over what they say are trademark infringements: a web-based shopping service called BongoBing and software company Terabyte, which has a product called BootIt Next Generation, or Bing for short. (Bing! Information Design appears to be a graphics design outfit. I guess “information design” is “graphics design” with a good press agent.) The story also states, in the portion that I snipped, that Bing! Information Design did not actually file...

Cell Phones, Open Source, and Security 1

Cell Phones, Open Source, and Security

In his most recent Geekazine podcast, Jeffrey expressed some concerns about open source software on cellphones. I do not share those concerns. The issue is not open source; the issue is the Linux/Unix security model, which underlies the open source cell phone operating systems (“*nix” is sometimes used to refer to Linux and Unix to the extent that they have common traits). That model has proven itself far more secure than any of its competitors over the years.

The iPhone Gets Drafted 0

The iPhone Gets Drafted

The iPhone dons olive drab, according to the Guardian: At a conference in Arizona on Wednesday, US defence company Raytheon announced its plans to launch a new range of military-oriented programs that can turn the popular touchscreen mobile phone into a tool for use in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The first application in its plans, called One Force Tracker, uses satellite positioning and mobile networks to give soldiers constantly updating field maps that track the position of friendly troops and enemy fighters in real time. I was tempted to heap scorn big time, but the story goes on to discuss other ways in which Raytheon has used off-the-shelf hardware for military applications.

Debut of the Geekazine Geek Bar 2

Debut of the Geekazine Geek Bar

I am proud to announce that the Geekazine Geek Bar is now open! On today’s “5 Tech Things you should know” (to be released soon), I introduce the new location for the Geekazine videos. The Geek bar will be the primary spot for video, while certain segments will be conducted at the “Geek Couch”. With the Geek Bar, we now have the ability to do live Skype interviews. The bar will also be used to give reviews, demo products or just have a drink. There is still more additions to this new area of Geekazine. Feel free to comment on what you like and what you don’t.

Windows7 Tip #1 Processes and Compatibility Mode 0

Windows7 Tip #1 Processes and Compatibility Mode

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this screen-cast, we look at Windows 7 64-bit and the Processes therein. We show you how to set Affinity for multi-core machines and how to use the Compatibility mode all the way back to Windows 95 if your program doesn’t work correctly in Windows7 64-bit.

Podcast Ep 117 – AT&T is Killing my Charter Connection! 0

Podcast Ep 117 – AT&T is Killing my Charter Connection!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAT&T Internet is killing my service and I’m not on AT&T. 24 hour podcast was awesome. 19 Days to CES, we have some great interviews lined up. New Format changes, Basement Geek Bar going well and new Server up and running. Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. GoDaddy for $7.49 domains use podname150 – 10% off hosting use pod150 Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Use code “Geek” for 10% off! All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) 10 Movies on Blu-Ray Gaming 20 Years ago First Mobile Adult store Batmobile Limo ASCAP Goes after Guitar Hero Privacy of Text Messages on Employer Phones 64 GB NAND Android hits 20,000...

Facebook Privacy Settings 1

Facebook Privacy Settings

There was an uproar recently when Facebook changed its privacy settings routine. This proves one thing: There is an uproar when Facebook changes anything. Most of the uproar seems to have been that the new default settings are, in the opinion of many, biased towards making more, rather than less, available to “Everyone.” Even the ACLU and the EFF joined in, as this report in the Vancouver Sun points out. I find the critics’ reaction a bit over the top. The critics seem to assume that Facebook users will accept Facebook’s suggested defaults, which do in my opinion make the settings far too liberal. Maybe many persons will, but, frankly, I think that is their problem, not Facebook’s. Somewhere along the line, folks who use computers need to also use their heads and realize that the internet is a public place. The New York Times today had a...

MyPRGenie – Create your own Press Release Channel – Blogworld #BWE09 0

MyPRGenie – Create your own Press Release Channel – Blogworld #BWE09

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe world of PR is still a distant one for me. There are many things I need to learn about how to utilize this method to bring in more readers. I have worked with a few sites, but never thought of creating my own PR site for Geekazine. Enter in MyPRGenie – They are a site that lets you create your own PR channel to be sent to over 4,000 newswires, as well as multiple social networks like Facebook and linkedIn. With a custom pricing plan, you can setup a free plan, to a fully featured plan for only $99. In this video, Holly explains how MyPRGenie works and how you can set up your own PR channel.

Hour 15 – 24 Hour Podcast 0

Hour 15 – 24 Hour Podcast

The following is my segment for the 24 hour podcast. Todd and I talk about CES, the Day in Tech History, the Podcast Awards and the weather. After our discussion Todd talked to Peter Cox and the Litopia podcast.

Cellular Antics:  Nokia and Apple Lawyer Up 0

Cellular Antics: Nokia and Apple Lawyer Up

They have been negotiating for a couple of years over licenses based on Nokia’s claim that Apple has appropriated Nokia technology for the iPhone. Now it looks as if negotiations are either breaking down or being taken to a higher level. First, Nokia sued Apple. Now Apple is suing Nokia. The Guardian reports: In October, Nokia – which makes almost four out of every 10 mobile phones sold worldwide – sued Apple in the US courts, alleging that its popular iPhone infringes 10 of its patents. The case is unlikely to come to court until the end of 2011. (snip) The patents which Apple alleges Nokia has infringed include one relating to the ability to plug a mobile phone into a computer with a USB cable, one that relates to teleconferencing applications, one connected with the iPhone’s energy saving features and several relating to the technical workings of...

3rd Annual 24 Hour Podcast

3rd Annual 24 Hour Podcast

The 3rd Annual 24hr Podcast will kickoff at 11am EST, and like years in the past we have an exciting line up of guests. This years charity is Ronald McDonald House Charities and we ask that you Donate a Few Dollars. Featuring Special Guests, Open Lines, and Special Events! At 4pm Eastern the 4th Annual Christmas Tech Podcast Round Table will be presented. At 8pm Eastern the 5th Annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards Ceremony streamed live in conjunction with 24hr Podcast. Throughout the entire event we will have some cool social experiments and stimulating talk. To Participate Watch the Live Stream and chat online during the show right here at Geek News Central. If you want to contribute to the conversation, you can connect to our Talkshoe Live Discussion or call into the show via Skype at +1.724.444.7444 Call ID: 10832 If you are a scheduled guest please...

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes – Moving Servers 0

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes – Moving Servers

Well, as Geekazine grows, we have to accommodate for it. In the last 60 days the site has seen a decent amount of traffic. However, for this smaller server, it can’t handle the load. Therefore, within the next few days, Geekazine will be moving to a new server. Something I’ve been contemplating doing, but at this point, I have no real choice anymore. Because of this, you might see some down time from Dec 13-15th, 2009. Although the site is down, you can get to all the Podcasts – they reside on a different server. You can get them through iTunes easily. Thanks to all who have visited Geekazine. More important – Thanks for making me move to another server. Because of that, I know the sites’ popularity is growing. Jeffrey Powers

5 Tech Things Ep 18 – La La 0

5 Tech Things Ep 18 – La La

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI thought it would be a cool idea to do the 5 Tech things outside. After all, there was 17 inches of snow and 5 degrees – not to mention the studio is being re-done. Unfortunately, the mic battery was going and all I g– wa- stat-c for 15 minutes. Therefore, I pulled what I can and filled in the rest. Next week, there will be a new battery in the mic. Brought to you by Audible – Get a free audio download and 14 day gold membership Facebook Privacy changes AT&T Data Crackdown Apple La La New Google items Google scammers

Did the Geekazine 2009 Predictions Come True? 1

Did the Geekazine 2009 Predictions Come True?

It’s that time of year again. The 3rd annual Geekazine yearly predictions are coming in. People are letting me know what they think will happen in 2010, along with my thoughts. But before we get to 2010, we want to see how well we did for 2009. So here it is: Last years’ predictions and what actually happened. Green Technology –Green IT will continue to be a focus for the enterprise, not only because of green issues, but also because of the cost of power. For the first time, businesses are really looking at their energy consumption and examining where they consume energy in the network. To reduce energy costs, enterprises will focus on virtualization in the data center and on Power Efficient Ethernet (PEE). Metroethernet in WAN – We will see a move to metroethernet and managed services. This is already happening in EMEA but we will...

Bitstrips – Creating Comics online – Screencast 0

Bitstrips – Creating Comics online – Screencast

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been an avid Bitstripper for the last year and a half. Recently, I have been making efforts which causes me to not be on the site as much. Nonetheless, when I get some down time, I will spend it making a new comic. On Dec 4th. Bitstrips came out with a new builder and added more items to their builder. In this screencast, we go over the items added and show you a little bit about creating a character and a comic. We also talk a bit about Bitstrips for Schools – a site for teachers and students.

Podcast Ep 116 – A Day of Snow, the Truck is back and a sad situation in town 0

Podcast Ep 116 – A Day of Snow, the Truck is back and a sad situation in town

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSnow? Where?!? A very sad ending to a very bad week – The Truck looks good, but… – Visual changes and the Video Bar – Win $20. Audible.com – 14 day Gold membership – www.audiblepodcast.com/geekazine 1 month subscription to New Yorker Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. GoDaddy for $7.49 domains use podname150 – 10% off hosting use pod150 Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Use code “Geek” for 10% off! Click here for Free Industry Resources! All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Mac Chrome Google Open DNS Google Goggles Realtime Google Dragon on iPhone Dell Makes $6.5 M on Twitter PS3 Updates Seagate Pulsar Star Wars Ballcap Zero...

Bing!  Bang!  Bust!  In Real Time 0

Bing! Bang! Bust! In Real Time

The New York TImes reports that Google’s real time search beats out all the others: The new type of results are well-integrated, unobtrusive, diverse in contents and formatted simply. It appears to be a job very well done. It’s hard to believe that neither Yahoo nor Bing have created an experience anywhere near as compelling. There is a demo here. According to the story, real-time search in Bing! presents a tag cloud from Twitter (a big help to those of us who do not tweet), while Yahoo, well, Yahoo is lost in the wilderness calling “Yoo-hoo.”

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