Monthly Archive: January 2009

Linux WHATIS 0

Linux WHATIS

Five years ago, I was an experienced Windows user, conversant in all flavors of Windows for home use and in Windows NT/2000/2003 networking, and pretty good with Windows domain networking.Today, I am a raving Linux fanboy, as Jeffrey can attest. What happened? I learned about Linux. Someone I know theorized the other day that the mere fact that Windows 7 is being talked about as the Linux killer, when, five years ago, only the geekier among us had ever heard of Linux, means that Linux Has Arrived. I don’t know if Linux Has Arrived, but I thought it would be interesting to discuss some commonly held myths about Linux and consider how much truth each one contains.

How the Recording Missed the Digital Revolution 0

How the Recording Missed the Digital Revolution

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI want to start by thanking Jeffrey for giving me the opportunity to contribute to Geekazine. I am an avid consumer of podcasts, both new media (such as the Geekazine Podcast) and old media (such as radio shows). I get to listen to all the stuff I like when I have time to do so. This morning, I listened to a fascinating interview exploring the recording industry and how it got that way. You can go here and search for January 28, 2008 or listen to the Podcast here (MP3). Here’s how the program was described on the website:

Monster Hack – Bitstrips 0

Monster Hack – Bitstrips

So Monster.com got hacked again. Although there was no credit card info captured, they did get enough info to call or email you and make it sound pretty darn legitimate. Of course, you are encouraged to log in, change your password (don’t make it the same as your email btw) and check to make sure your information is correct. I have completely changed my resume. Anyone need a Podcaster? This week’s Bitstrips is about the hack. If you notice, Monster had moved on from the Monster “Monster”. Maybe he’s become a disgruntled Monster? Maybe this Monster will take retaliation? HMMM….

When Ubuntu Users Go Rogue: One Woman’s Story of Predjudice. 1

When Ubuntu Users Go Rogue: One Woman’s Story of Predjudice.

The original article on the station:WKOW – ‘Woman blames Dell for missing online classes’. Maybe an antagonizing title as it brought many Dell and Ubuntu users online to blast the TV station and the woman. And why did Ubuntu users do this? Well – this person wanted Windows instead of Ubuntu. The story starts out where the Abbie wanted a laptop for her studies. She bought one from Dell for $1100. The machine came loaded with Ubuntu – which Abbie hadn’t heard about until that point. When she called Dell, they told her that Ubuntu is a great OS and will work well for her. For Abbie, she is not in tune with the computer world as much as a lot of other people are. And rightfully so – I don’t normally rebuild cars, so I don’t know what parts I should use – I don’t build houses,...

Podcast Ep. 70 – 1-28-09 – Monster Truck SPAM and Windows 7 Edition 0

Podcast Ep. 70 – 1-28-09 – Monster Truck SPAM and Windows 7 Edition

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMonster Trucks – Customer Service – SPAM and Windows 7 – FAWM – CES Video Schedule If you like the CES Coverage, please support the site. Use Pod125 at GoDaddy.com Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 25% off with Code “Geek08” 877-654-2265 Get your Future in Order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on Delicious Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com

Week In Tech History – 1-26-09 – Tim McVey Day and MicroYugo 0

Week In Tech History – 1-26-09 – Tim McVey Day and MicroYugo

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoMeeting – Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. It was a year ago Sunday that started what I called the soap opera “As the MicroYugo turns”. Microsoft put on a bid for Yahoo of $31 a share – 44.6 Billion in cash and stock. Of course the news went on til August as Yahoo said no, then Carl Icahn stepped up, Yahoo gave him a board seat, Jerry Yang stepped down as CEO and finally in January of 2009 Yahoo replaced him with Carol Bartz. However, did you know that the day before the announcement, former CEO Terry Semel broke all ties with Yahoo? Some other items of note you’ll hear on the Podcast – It’s Timothy McVey day! The LaMaccia Loophole, Craigslist hitman and Yahoo buys Geocities. The first version of Tetris...

Trispecs Bluetooth Wearable Sunglasses 1

Trispecs Bluetooth Wearable Sunglasses

Don’t want to wear a Bluetooth headset? Well how about Bluetooth Sunglasses? It’s an MP3 player, a phone headset and a lot more. There are even Prescription ready glasses. All for $199. Todd interviews Trispecs as they show off this innovative headset. – Sponsor GoDaddy – – RawVoice Offers –

1-24-09 – Ramblings – Lots of CES Posts 0

1-24-09 – Ramblings – Lots of CES Posts

Todd Cochrane is heading to Japan, so he’s putting up as much video he can. Therefore, I’ve been putting up all the videos. Add in the Backchannel posts and I’ve doubled the amount of articles on Geekazine for the next few weeks. Nonetheless, I am willing to sacrifice the time to get these videos up. I also started getting back into the swing of things. Bitstrips, Quickcasts and the Podcast. Of course, there was no LIVE Show on Monday due to a very special day of mine. I ended up spending the day celebrating. Although I took the day off, it turned out I had to get some work done. Oh well – it’s all for the cause, right? I did 2 things I never thought I would – I ate SPAM and installed Windows 7 Beta. Last week I got a laptop up and running that I...

President Barak Obama’s Blackberry – Bitstrips 0

President Barak Obama’s Blackberry – Bitstrips

It was a struggle for power, but in the end, the Democrat won this battle – sort of. President Barak Obama got to keep his Blackberry for email purposes. Of course, the security on this device is high – don’t expect to hack into his Yahoo mail. In this weeks’ Bitstrips, we take a look at the Presidents’ Blackberry.

Will Customer Service Suffer from Layoffs? 0

Will Customer Service Suffer from Layoffs?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Citrix’ GotoMeeting – Free 30 day trial – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. You’ve been working at your job for years. You’ve made lots of money for the company and are the most loyal employee they know of. Yet, tough times are ahead and the company decides you are one of the 10% they have to let go to stay afloat. It’s a frustrating thing to have happen, but what are you gonna do? Now let’s flip that: You are at your job and survive the cut, but now you are in the position to take up a part of that person who was laid off. As companies like Intel and Google are looking at trimming the fat, it makes the average consumer wonder – what will our customer experience be without 10% of the workforce?

Krown Sign Language Video Translator – CES 2009 0

Krown Sign Language Video Translator – CES 2009

I took 2 years of sign language, but don’t remember it all that well. I have a book for reference. It does get cumbersome to page through when I have to build a sentence. Still, it would be nice if I had something easy and fun to use. Well now I can! Andy McCaskey interviewed the folks at Krown where they showed us a device where we can get video translation. Just type in the word and get the sign. All for $199.99. Save 10% on your Godaddy.com order using Promo Code "Pod125" VisitRawvoiceoffers.com and use the Promo code "krown" for more info.

Podcast Ep 69 – 1-21-09 – the Inaugural Podcast 0

Podcast Ep 69 – 1-21-09 – the Inaugural Podcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA Historic Moment – RoundTable – CES Video postings – Ubuntu reload – If you liked the CES Coverage, please support the site and get a Domain at the same time. Use Pod125 at GoDaddy.com Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 25% off with Code “Geek08” 877-654-2265 All Show Notes are also on Delicious

FUJI Enviromax Batteries – Disposable and Safe? CES 2009 0

FUJI Enviromax Batteries – Disposable and Safe? CES 2009

First of all, when you say FUJI, you think cameras, right? Well, this is a different company but they have been around for a long time. Todd Cochrane conducts this interview into a new technology that makes disposable batteries safe to throw away. These are not rechargeable batteries. They are Eco Friendly – No Cadmium, no Mercury and no PVC. They are made with “Eco-Friendly Battery Plants”. When I hear that, I think the Professor from Gilligans’ Island putting together a power source using Bamboo, coconuts and palm leaves. FUJI’s approach sounds exciting. If they make a battery that is powerful and safe, then this could be an enterprising technology without having to be stranded on a desert island. Save 10% on your Godaddy.com order using Promo Code "Pod125" VisitRawvoiceoffers.com and use the Promo code "fuji" for more info.

Cavium Networks – HD Wireless 0

Cavium Networks – HD Wireless

How would you like to pump data from one source to multiple receivers? How would you like to do it and receive zero latency from it? How would you like to see this from a wireless perspective? Andy McCaskey talked with the folks at Cavium Networks to discuss their technology for wireless HD viewing and multi-casting – ultimately eliminating the wires to go from your Blu-ray to your HDTV. Most importantly: Do all this with zero latency and high quality picture. Save 10% on your Godaddy.com order using Promo Code "Pod125" VisitRawvoiceoffers.com and use the Promo code "Cavium" for more info.

Week In Tech History – 1-19-09 – Apple Commercials 0

Week In Tech History – 1-19-09 – Apple Commercials

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoMeeting – Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. You might remember the famous 1984 Apple Mac commercial, but do remember the commercial the year after? Lemmings. Apple became the biggest one with their 1985 commercial. It made people upset seeing the commercial of blindfolded businessmen walking off a cliff. As the 1984 ad was yeilded as the best, the 1985 ad was yeilded one of the worst for Apple. Other items for this week, LISA, Disney buys Pixar, SuSE Linux Desktop Office, NeXTStep 3.0 and a lot more. That includes something special that happens in 1972… Of course, check out the Quickcast Podcast for all the events.

CES 2009 – Blaupunkt – Internet Car Radio 0

CES 2009 – Blaupunkt – Internet Car Radio

Save 10% on your Godaddy.com order using Promo Code “Pod125” Visit Rawvoiceoffers.com and use the Promo code “Blaupunkt” for more info. It’s not a show with Ashton Kutcher catching celebrities off guard, but Ashton could possibly be on this someday. Are you a fan of Internet radio? Would you like to see IR in your car? Well Blaupunkt might be for you. Andy learns more about this product. Although this product is not coming out until the 2nd half of 2009, it is something to really look forward to.

Ramblings – 1-17-09 – Catch Up From Trip 0

Ramblings – 1-17-09 – Catch Up From Trip

It’s interesting how much work I not only had to catch up on, but also the work I created. The CES trip was fabulous – it took me to a place I have never been before. In all reality, I have never wanted to go to Las Vegas. The sounds of a casino can get annoying after a while for me. Yet, it really wasn’t as bad as I thought. We stayed at the Monte Carlo – which I have to say I was not impressed with at all. Todd is campaigning the fact that the $14 – a – night internet connection was not great. While I agree with him, I had some other issues that really make me want to not stay there. I actually changed rooms during the stay. The construction of their Civic Center was annoying (which I know is not their fault, but...

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Sure Microphones SE-115, USB Microphone X2U, USB PG42, PG27

Todd Cochrane interviews Matt at CES Unveiled about Sure products and Sure Microphones. Included was: Sure SE-115 Single Driver Earphone 2nd Generation Dynamic MicroDrivers Integrated Mic and 3-Button Remote Multiple Eartips Carrying Case Included Shure USB Microphone X2U (Zero Latency Monitoring) $129.00 XLR to USB Adapter Supplies +48V Phantom Power 1/8″ (3.5mm) Headphone Output Microphone Level Adjustment Tri-Color Peak Indicato Shure PG42 USB (Vocals) and Sure PG27 (Instruments) -15dB Pad Voice-Tailored Frequency Response Cardioid Polar Pattern Also, Jeffrey plays with the PG27 and PG42 mics at CES itself on the Backchannel:

The Art of Business Cards 0

The Art of Business Cards

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Citrix’ GotoMeeting – Free 30 day trial – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. I just got done with all my business cards I collected throughout CES 2009. It was interesting to see how many people I connected with this last week. Some were PR agencies, some were bloggers, others were just contacts. Then there was the group of people that I call “Colleagues”. People like Robert Scoble, Andreu Edwards, Joel Evans and Helena Stone. Even the co-horts of Andy McCaskey and Todd Cochrane – all of these people make my Business Card list. The Art of Business cards seems to be the same as it has been in the last 50 years. In fact, the most disappointing thing was when I approached a person and they said “I just ran out of cards”.

Podcast 68 – 1-14-09 – Back from Vegas 0

Podcast 68 – 1-14-09 – Back from Vegas

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCES – Las Vegas – Coming back to Cold – Major Jet Lag – Quickcast and Reviews If you liked the CES Coverage, please support the site and get a Domain at the same time. Use Pod125 at GoDaddy.com Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 25% off with Code “Geek08” 877-654-2265 All Show Notes are also on Delicious

LIVE Show – 1-12-08 – Brian Slawin 0

LIVE Show – 1-12-08 – Brian Slawin

I didn’t realize how tired I was….. This weeks’ show had Brian Slawin on from Busyevent.com. The beginning brought some technical difficulties. When we got going, we talked about CES, MacWorld, Palm, Nationwide Cell ban and a lot more. Since Brian was in a remote location (as well as my jet lag), we kept the show short.

CES – Day 4 Part 2 0

CES – Day 4 Part 2

The morning edition was a great way to start the CES Day. Being able to upload content and write an article right from the CES floor was exciting. It was also great to meet the people behind the company. I joined back up with Todd and Andy at the Verizon booth. They just finished with HP and an independent company, then we were on the go. I did some back channel on in-win cases and the Aiptek booth (because the camera I used at CES was an Aiptek). From there, we talked with the guys at Clearwire in where we learned on what’s going on with WiMax. The show really started to look like it was winding down as people were starting to pack up. We stopped at the Nokia booth where there were a lot of people watching the N97 demo. From there it was to OOMA,...

Week in Tech History – 1-12-09 – Hello Dave 0

Week in Tech History – 1-12-09 – Hello Dave

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoMeeting – Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Interesting note about Jan 12th in 1997 – It’s a fictional fact – The HAL 9000 computer Production number 3 became operational on that day. It doesn’t go without controversy, as the movie decided to move the date of the computers’ being to 1992. Nonetheless, we can say Good Morning Dave. Other events Dave are Jack Tramiel steps down from Commodore, Apple’s Market capitalization surpasses Dell, Ralph Baer invents the Video game and Macbook Air debuts.

CES – Day 4 p.1 Blogging from NBC Universal 0

CES – Day 4 p.1 Blogging from NBC Universal

Well I didn’t expect this to happen, but when we got to CES today, our first order of business was to interview Jon Accarrino with NBCUniversal. What turned out was not only the interview with Jon, but also Bill Hartnett. We talked about their little Blogger lounge and how NBC has contributed to this new media. Andy interviewed the event on the Primary channel, and I took Backchannel video coverage. The best part is the fact that Jon set me up with a station where I could not only upload the Video in High Speed, but also put up this Blog. Therefore, I am sitting in this comfortable chair connected to a real high speed pipe (300 MB Video was posted in no time flat). Sure beats the 170 minute upload at the Hotel.

CES – Day 3 0

CES – Day 3

Wow, What a day. After 3 days of Grunting the floor, it really catches up to you. I feel good, but at the same time I am completely exhausted. I’m sitting at CNTR STG here which is a Blogger’s port put on by HP. Since the bandwidth at the Monte Carlo is horrible, we have to do our uploads here. I suppose it’s good because this is the place where I’ve met my fellow bloggers. I did something a little different with the Back Channel as I used the X-shot to put the camera about 3 feet in the air. The result wasn’t too bad. I’ll try to get the video up ASAP, but I am still 2 days behind on that.

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