Monthly Archive: February 2009

Goodbye SITEL 1

Goodbye SITEL

My brother called me today to let me know that SITEL – the place where I got my tech start – is closing the Madison office. While SITEL is not what it used to be, it still brought a lot of memories in the late 90’s for me and a lot of other techs in this area. It wasn’t Sitel when I started there. It was called “Softmart – ETG”. They were looking for a bunch of people to work on a contract supporting an exciting new Operating System called Microsoft Windows 95. I wasn’t one of the original phone staff, but I did get in there on the next round. This was the most memorable job I had. It was always a community atmosphere – everyone was helping everyone else out. In return, the call stats showed positive results. We hit 100% customer support for our call...

File and Network Browsing in Debian Linux and Gnome 1

File and Network Browsing in Debian Linux and Gnome

As a little explanation, I specify Gnome in the title because, with other Linux desktops, there can be other file managers. They all do pretty much the same thing, but they can look different. Fun Fact: Google runs on Linux. If you have never used Linux, I think you will find browsing your files and home network looks a lot like what you are used to. In a Linux interface, as in Windows, there can be several ways to start a program. To keep this simple, I will show only one. File Browsing with Nautilus: The Gnome file manager is called “Nautilus,” I think because it goes under the surface. To start Nautilus on Debian, go to Applications–>System Tools–>File Manager. The File Manager will open to your home folder (a folder and a directory are the same thing. The word “folder” came into use because it described the...

Debian Linux Desktop Tour 1

Debian Linux Desktop Tour

Here’s a quick tour of the default Debian desktop. This is the Debian 4 v 5 desktop, but I looked at some screenshots of Debian 5, which just came out, and it doesn’t seem to have changed much. This is not a HOWTO. It’s the highlights of WHATIS. For a detailed description of the contents of Debian, you can go here. If you have never tried Linux, what I hope you will conclude after looking at the rest of the post is, “This isn’t so different from what I’m used to after all.”

3M – PICO Projector – CES09 0

3M – PICO Projector – CES09

If there was one thing that rang true this year at CES, it was you don’t need a bulky setup to make a presentation. Data on a smartphone connected to a handheld projector could get your point across in a matter of minutes. All you need is a strong battery. This time we talk with 3M and their work with the technology. It was the first stop in the Main hall. Todd Cochrane gets a demonstration on how 3M does PICO projectors and what is in store. Save 10% on your Godaddy.com order using Promo Code ‘Pod125’ Visit Rawvoiceoffers.com and use the Promo code ‘3M PICO’ for more info.

UClick Has Garfield minus Garfield App for iPhone 0

UClick Has Garfield minus Garfield App for iPhone

Here may be another Application that could be downloaded, then collect dust. It’s an Application to get the popular cult comic: “Garfield Minus Garfield”. It’s a comic where Dan Walsh removed Garfield from all the comic strips. Therefore we see Jon pretty much talking to himself. What started as a humorous bit between friends turned into a big item and rebirth of the popular comic strip. Jon will now mostly be standing by himself saying things that are even more funny when there is not a cat nearby. Uclick provides humor, comic strips, manga, graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and other content for desktop, web and mobile phones. The company also produces crosswords and other puzzles.

Podcast Ep 75 – 2-25-09 – Mardi Gras Edition 0

Podcast Ep 75 – 2-25-09 – Mardi Gras Edition

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSJury Duty over – Last Snowfalls – Dell Upgrade – Laptop WiFi – Mardi Gras – Web pages – Frank installing Debian Linux – Finally fed up with AT&T If you like the CES Coverage, please support the site. Use Pod125 at GoDaddy.comTry GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 25% off with Code “Geek08” 877-654-2265 Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on Delicious

Debian Linux Web Install III:  Installing and Configuring the System 0

Debian Linux Web Install III: Installing and Configuring the System

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMost of the work of the Debian installation is done. There are a few loose ends before we can walk away and let the computer do its thing.

Debian Linux Web Install II:  Partioning and Formatting the Hard Drive 1

Debian Linux Web Install II: Partioning and Formatting the Hard Drive

This is where experienced Windows users can find themselves on foreign territory. The phrases “C drive” or “harddisk 0” mean nothing to Linux. Linux can read and write to Windows file systems (FAT, FAT32, and NTFS) but cannot run on them. Accordingly, the hard disk must be set up in a way that Linux understands. Almost all the distros I’ve tried walk you through it very gently; my personal favorite, Slackware, does not. It asks you to use either Linux fdisk or Linux cfdisk to do it manually. Being used to DOS fdisk, that bothered me not.

Debian Linux Web Install I:  Setting Basic Options 2

Debian Linux Web Install I: Setting Basic Options

Debian is one of the oldest Linux distros and has a reputation for not releasing an update until it is rock-solid stable. In the web install, a small image is burned to a CD and the bulk of the software is retrieved from the web, so that the computer must be connected to the internet. This post and the next one will walk step-by-step through the installation, with lots of pictures. I decided to do this because I realized that many persons have never installed an OS; it’s easier than you think. A Linux install typically involves at least two and maybe three steps: 1. Setting basic options. 2. Partioning and formatting the hard drive. 3. Installing and Configuring the System (I know. I said that a Kubuntu install was next, but it was not to be. If you’re curious, you can see why at the end of...

Week In Tech History – 2-23-09 – Newton is Discontinued 0

Week In Tech History – 2-23-09 – Newton is Discontinued

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week in tech history in 1998, Apple announced it would discontinue the Newton OS and handheld. Steve Jobs said in a press conference that Apple would be focusing on Macintosh computers. Other interesting notes in Tech History this week – There are 8 days of tech history – Stage 6 shuts down, Netscape goes Open Source, Netscape is discontinued. Intel introduces the PIII processor and “Gigabyte” – a female Belgium hacker is arrested. She hacked to show the public that girls can be hackers, too. Brought to you by GotoMeeting – Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts.

Podcast Ep 74 – 2-23-09 – Special ‘Jury’ Edition 0

Podcast Ep 74 – 2-23-09 – Special ‘Jury’ Edition

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSJury Duty – FAWM – Recording Machine & slight Buzz If you like the CES Coverage, please support the site. Use Pod125 at GoDaddy.comTry GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 25% off with Code “Geek08” 877-654-2265 Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on Delicious

Ramblings – 2-22-09 – Quick Thoughts before Jury Duty

Ramblings – 2-22-09 – Quick Thoughts before Jury Duty

This weekend has been a whirlwind. I’ve been working on some new items and I went out of town yesterday. I also had to figure out what I am going to do this week. Tomorrow I have to report to Jury Duty. I may be out for 4 hours, I may be out for 4 days. God forbid I may be out for 4 weeks. While I don’t think it will be the extreme latter, I have to make preparations if I am out for more than a couple days. That means the Podcast may not happen on Wed. Therefore to suppliment, I am planning a mini-podcast for Monday. Add to that the Quickcast. That means a lot of work on a Sunday. Not that I mind. I enjoy doing this WAY too much. FAWM is almost complete. I’m at 13 songs and the 14th is a collaboration...

Vocus Announces It’s Growing Workforce 0

Vocus Announces It’s Growing Workforce

Vocus is a provider of on-demand software. Forbes recently named Vocus one of America’s 25 Fastest Growing Tech Companies. The company works on a “Web based software suite”. “We are actively searching for highly motivated employees across all areas of the business as we grow both revenue and profitability in 2009.” says Cal Shilling, vice president of Human Resources. Vocus is located in Lanham, MD. No mention whether these jobs require relocation. You can check out Vocus’ Main Website here: http://www.vocus.com Read the Press Release Here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/vocus/hiring/prweb2126754.htm

Getting Linux 0

Getting Linux

If you want to try Linux, here’s how to get it. Some may think this post is very elementary geek, but I have two thoughts in making it. We were all newbies once. Even the most experienced and expert Windows home user may have never installed an operating system from scratch.

Yay! Yugo (Yahoo) Finally Doing Something! 0

Yay! Yugo (Yahoo) Finally Doing Something!

For a while now, I have been really critical about Yahoo and their business practice. The drop in stock, the internal fighting – followed by the new CEO and 1 month later, nothing to really talk about. If I was an investor, I would be up in arms. The other day, Yahoo finally showed something positive. In this post, Yahoo is going to bridge the search with advertisements. What does that mean? The ads will finally coincide with the content on the page. That might bring more clickthrough and more revenue options for not only Yahoo, but also the webmaster that hosts the ads.

Old, New (Netbook), Apple and a Blue (Microphone) 0

Old, New (Netbook), Apple and a Blue (Microphone)

To prove that you don’t need a powerful computer to podcast, I brought along my old Gateway Solo. It’s a PIII, 550 mHz laptop. The others were amazed of the older technology. Therefore, they decided to pull out their computers and compare size. An Apple enthusiast and a EeePC Netbook owner – Tom from YourDaily. We put all three together to compare. The one picture includes the Blue Snowball Microphone. It was the monthly Podcast Meeting.

IOLO – System Mechanic 0

IOLO – System Mechanic

Computer Slow? Need a Tune-up? Well Andy McCaskey talks with Julia from IOLO about how to clean up your computer so you can get more use from your machine. Save 10% on your Godaddy.com order using Promo Code ‘Pod125’ Visit Rawvoiceoffers.com and use the Promo code ‘MECHANIC’ for more info.

Half of Charges Dropped against Pirate Bay 0

Half of Charges Dropped against Pirate Bay

I don’t do music file sharing. Getting more music than I already have doesn’t interest me, but the Pirate Bay trial certainly has much larger implications for contemporary copyright enforcement across the board. Read the full story here. See the Pirate Bay Wikipedia entry here.

Ticketed for Texting 0

Ticketed for Texting

A 14-year-old girl gets a $298.00 ticket and has her cellphone confistcated for texting in class. In other words, she has been charged with a crime. Read the full story here. There is, as any parent would know, much more to the story.

Geekazine Podcast – Ep 73 – 2-18-09 – Mobile Phone Edition 0

Geekazine Podcast – Ep 73 – 2-18-09 – Mobile Phone Edition

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGood Luck Dan – FAWM – CES Video – Small Site issue – Turn A Blog to a Podcast Episode – Show Sponsors 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 Put Your Financial life in order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on Delicious

Week in Tech History – 2-16-09 – Who Owns ‘iPhone’: Cisco or Apple? 0

Week in Tech History – 2-16-09 – Who Owns ‘iPhone’: Cisco or Apple?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe answer – Both Cisco and Apple own the name iPhone. Cisco acquired the name when they bought InfoGear Technology. Apple was granted the trademark in Australia and Singapore. The two companies agreed to ‘Share’ the trademark since this conflict arose. It’s a great example of internet sharing, wouldn’t you say? Other Tech history was that Popcorn was first introduced to the Pilgrims, the Legend of Zelda is first released, Yahoo stops using Google and Apple.com is registered. Borland, NCR and Computer Shack are some other history items on the Podcast today. Brought to you by GotoMeeting – Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts.

Turn Your Blog Post Into A Podcast 0

Turn Your Blog Post Into A Podcast

Geekazine is looking to expand the Geekazine Quickcast – a Podcast produced multiple times a week including ‘The Week in Tech History’, ‘Get Certified’ and ‘1 Topic’. Each show is listened to by many every week. I am looking for individuals that Blog on technology and want to give their Blogs a new medium. By being part of the Geekazine Podcast, you will also introduce the Geekazine audience onto your site. Simply contact Geekazine of which Blog you would like to turn into an audio version and I will do the rest. I will review the blog and see if it will fit with the Quickcast. If you are interested, please drop a line. Official Press Releases: http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200902/1234811297.html

Ramblings – 2-14-09 – Happy Valentines Day 0

Ramblings – 2-14-09 – Happy Valentines Day

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Ramblings. With all the videos and other things happening, I’ve just been running out of time. Still, we need to ramble every now and then… First of all, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day. Hope the day is full of love and happiness. I found out the CES videos have been tweeted by CEA – the company that actually puts on CES. Because of that, more people have been checking out the video. Thanks to all that have been coming to the site. I am missing the LIVE Show, but in another way glad I took the month off. Lots of stuff happening so I can focus on the new items. As for FAWM – I have written 9 songs. While I’m having fun, I haven’t found that “Breakout song”. Maybe this year is going to...

“Facebook ‘Em, Dano” 0

“Facebook ‘Em, Dano”

I have recently–maybe three months ago–joined Facebook. A friend of mine asked me to do so because of some interests we share. I find myself enjoying it more than I expected to. That’s why I found this article in the Guardian about the future of Facebook interesting. Apparently, the younger set in the U. K. already think that Facebook is old-fashioned. From the article:

Charter Communications To Go Chapter 11 0

Charter Communications To Go Chapter 11

Charter has announced that it will be filing for bankruptcy by April 1. Story here. It caught my eye because they are the cable provider where I grew up. There’s precious little detail, other than a quote of an optimistic statement from the company saying that it was certain it would survive reorganization after restructuring.

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