Monthly Archive: May 2009

Week In Tech History – 6-01-09 – Icahn vs. Yahoo 0

Week In Tech History – 6-01-09 – Icahn vs. Yahoo

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a 30 day free trial at It was an interesting week of poising as Yahoo and Carl Icahn butted heads over the impending proxy battle for sale of Yahoo to Microsoft. Yahoo was doing everything in it’s power while Icahn made some general statements about CEO Jerry Yang. As the week went on, the mud started to fly. Yahoo started the volley – but not by Yahoo’s choice. A court document was unsealed in where it outlined the plans for Yahoo to create a plan to pay workers if a takeover happens. Yahoo was going to provide “100 percent equity acceleration for everyone.” A claim that Yahoo might not be able to cover, depending on how the proceedings went. In the meantime, Carl Icahn stepped up his campaign by making public his plans...



It’s not the newest news, being about two weeks old, but it’s fascinating. Scientific Blogging reports on the St. Andrews Air (STAIR) Battery, which has the potential to smooth out the delivery of electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind or solar, removing the peaks and valleys that happen when the wind dies or the sun sets. Read the report here. The battery uses oxygen from the air to help it do its work, giving it a smaller footprint than other batteries, which are completely self-contained. There’s a neat diagram at the link. An excerpt is below the fold.

Bing, Bang, Bust 0

Bing, Bang, Bust

It’s almost impossible to look at any news site without seeing another puff piece for Microsoft’s newest attempt to become a player in internet search, Bing, which, according to the link, is coming soon. I unhesitatingly predict that it will be the Cuil of 2009. Remember Cuil?

Finish the Strip – Bitstrips 0

Finish the Strip – Bitstrips

This week I thought I would do something different for Bitstrips: A Caption Contest. It all started when I got the weirdest text message on my phone. I searched the Acronym database for what it could mean, but was stumped. Sometimes I think people are TOO lazy. Nonetheless it got me thinking – what would be the strangest SMSA (SMS Acronym) that you could get. Would you lol or say wtf?

Installing Windows 7 on Ubuntu 9.04 – TVazine 4

Installing Windows 7 on Ubuntu 9.04 – TVazine

VPC and VMWare are two great programs that allow me to do a lot. Windows, Linux and in some cases, Mac (although there are still legal issues with that). VPC is great because then you can have your computer loaded up with more than one Operating system and be able to get work done. I have installed Ubuntu on my Windows machines, but when I heard that Windows 7 will have a VPC-XP feature; I thought to myself – “Can XP be run in a Virtual environment within Ubuntu?” Then I thought even more – “Can Windows 7 run in an Ubuntu environment?” My question got answered quickly – Even better is that it was a program that worked similar to VPC. VirtualBox OSE is a Virtual PC program that works in the x86 environment. It is a program developed by Sun and can be installed in Windows,...

Facebook data cost: Over Twenty Million – Quickcast 0

Facebook data cost: Over Twenty Million – Quickcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a 30 day free trial Josh Chandler is a regular contributor to Recently, he wrote on the financial standings of Facebook. He has graciously offered it for Podcast conversion. If you have a blog or article that you would like featured on the Quickcast, drop me a line at 608-205-4378 or Geekazine at gmail dot com. “Facebook spends between $20 million to $25 million alone on the space that houses its servers”according to reports from a recent article, this comes as reports today from wrote that, the world’s most popular social network is receiving potential offer of a $200 million stake from Russian investment firm “Digital Sky Technologies“. Now, it’s hard to tell where all this data consumption is taking place, one would suspect it is within the photo storage...

Phishing Trips 0

Phishing Trips

The New York Times warns of a rash of phishing attempts on Twitter. Read the full story here. An excerpt (emphasis added): Facebook is no longer alone in its troubles. Twitter is also becoming a target of phishers. The last few days have seen a slew of Twitter phishing attacks, possibly orchestrated in a chess-like multi-move plan that resulted in three sets of victims and, very likely, some seedy profits. (snip) In a smooth move, the (phony–ed.) site’s address was (notice the double “v” and single “t”), likely an effort to reassure anyone who glanced at the address bar. In his podcast, Jeffrey routinely warns listeners to take care and pay attention if they check out a website he has not yet personally had a chance to vet (and to let him know if you find something off key about it). That is always wise advice.

Win an Epson Artisan 700 – Summer of Geekazine Contest

Win an Epson Artisan 700 – Summer of Geekazine Contest

Contest has closed. Thanks to all participants. This month we are giving away an Epson Artisan 700 printer. This is a wireless printer /scanner with CD/DVD printing capability. Here are all the options: 4 in 1 Print / Copy / Scan / Ultra Hi-Def Photo Up to 38 ppm, photos in as fast as 10 sec1 Auto Photo Correction; preview on LCD Professional quality CD/DVD printing Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking Scan and restore faded photos Ultra Hi-Definition photos last 4x longer than photo lab prints Print personal note paper & greeting cards There are three parts to this contest. Follow on Twitter – @geekazine Comment below with your twitter name In the next few weeks, during the Quickcast – Week in Tech History podcast (published on Mondays), I will announce the third requirement. Check out the latest quickcast on this – we give you the 3rd step –...

Too Much Texting Is Not the Cause of Dumbness 0

Too Much Texting Is Not the Cause of Dumbness

Dumbness is the cause of too much texting. It never fails. When something new comes along and catches the attention of the Younger Generation ™, armchair shrinks appear with papers and telly vision interviews (before that, it was Marconi’s Magic Box; before that, Chatauquas; before that, drums) claiming that “It (whatever it is) is ruining our youth. Gasp. Horrors. (Book contract?)” Read the story here. An excerpt:

Podcast Ep 88 – 5-27-09 – Last Week Here 0

Podcast Ep 88 – 5-27-09 – Last Week Here

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week in this place. I ate a lot of Brats this last weekend. Goodbye to friend ‘Supergirl’. Show Prep on Google Docs. Still need an iPhone App developer. Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Lenovo S12 on ION Kumo or Bing – Microsoft in a transition The 10 TB Disc – All your music and movies on a DVD Win 7 Netbook Strategy Rethought iPhone Painting on cover of New Yorker Hulu LIVE – Dave Matthews Concert is the first Aneesh Chopra CTO – Senate approves Apple Accepts Eucalyptus –...

Twitter Bots Need to be Stopped 1

Twitter Bots Need to be Stopped

I use Twitter a lot. I wanted to stay informed, especially from friends. I decided to port all direct messages to my cell phone. That way I didn’t have to install a Twitter client. At first that was great – I could respond to people I need to talk to. That has all changed with the Twitterbot. Now, if I “Follow” the wrong person, I get a direct message: Thanks for following me. I hope to talk to you, but in the meantime: here is a free gift hllp:// I am not impressed – In fact, I am downright annoyed. You want to get unfollowed by me? Then all you have to do is send me a bot like that. I’ll unfollow you in a heartbeat. I don’t mind @replies. But the direct replies are the ones that go to the cell phone too. I am glad someone...

Geekazine Partners with Mevio – Launches 0

Geekazine Partners with Mevio – Launches

Geekazine has been working with different vendors since inception in 2007. With Podcasts being part of the Techpodcast network, the video had a uncertainty to it. That all has changed as we are now working with Mevio to produce Geekazine video content within. In preparation, we have launched – the official website for all Geekazine video. Within the next couple weeks we will be ramp up video content. We will be producing more video reviews, interviews, and backchannel content to show what it’s like at each event. Mevio hosts great shows like, Cranky Geeks, Mevio Tech (with Sumi Das) and other hosts of Mevio Men, Mevio Women and Mevio Music. The official press release: Fitchburg, WI 5-26-09: Geekazine has been known for their views in technology. The Geekazine Podcast and Geekazine Quickcast (including ‘Week in Tech History’) have been in production since 2007. Now, Geekazine has...

Week in Tech History – 5-25-09 – Comcast Hacked 0

Week in Tech History – 5-25-09 – Comcast Hacked

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Citrix’ Goto Assist Express – Get a 30 day free trial May 29th 2008 – Comcast had a different type of attack. This one opened the eyes to how our records in ICANN were being handled. The infamous “Comcast Hack” was where hackers did not attack the servers themselves, but they found a way into Network Solutions and changed the DNS of the webpage. Once the DNS is changed, the homepage would then redirect to servers of their choosing. Other historical notes – The Woodstock of the web. We also heard about the first computer patent and the Dell computer fraud. This is all on the Podcast

Ramblings – 5-23-09 – Bratfest 0

Ramblings – 5-23-09 – Bratfest

Just got done playing Bratfest – a weekend of music and sausage to raise money for various charities. All the bands donate their time and our band was no different. We had a lot of fun and it was officially our first big stage show of the season. I am packing. Moving to a new place – TBD. Yep, in 5 days I have to be moved out of my place. The finalization on the new diggs is not set, but these things work themselves out. Podcasts will go on as scheduled and so should ‘Week in Tech History’. The video is getting a new home. is where you can get all the Geekazine Video. We have signed up with Mevio to host all our video. Once I get new digs, we will be putting up a lot more. TVazine is the newest part of the Geekazine...

Gumblar Virus 0

Gumblar Virus

The Guardian reports that there’s a new kid in town, and he’s breaking windows via the Google. The story is here. A computer virus that targets Google users is mutating rapidly, turning it into what some are calling the biggest threat to online security today. The worm, known as Gumblar, attacks computers through vulnerabilities in some version of Adobe’s PDF reader and Flash player software. Once it infects a victim’s PC, it silently redirects the user’s Google search results to sites that download more malware onto the machine or allow criminals to conduct “phishing” attacks to steal login details for banking, social networking and websites. The worm spreads from infected website. The story recommends the Unmask Parasites tool for scanning a site; I just scanned my own site and it came up clean.

DR(u)M Beats 0

DR(u)M Beats

Victor Keegan, writing in the Guardian, wonders how the music industry can’t get with the program and figure out how to make money in a digital era. Read the full story here. Of course they are making money–just not as much as they think they should be making. According to the artilcle, music industry profits were up last year. Here is an excerpt:

Moving – Bitstrips Style 0

Moving – Bitstrips Style

This week it’s all about packing and moving. Got the living room all straightened out. The Kitchen was easy. The bathroom just needs to be cleaned. But what could be left? OH YEAH. The computer stuff. It becomes an interesting ritual of what I am going to keep and what is going to Goodwill. Computers themselves are not accepted there, so I have to find other means for them. Really, the best thing is to strip them and dispose of them in a proper mannor. I thought at one time of turning motherboards into things like art and clocks, but then I realized with all the harmful chemicals on a motherboard, would that be wise? Plus I would have to take time to build clocks and I really don’t want to do that. The most interesting thing is the cables. You know – you needed that one special...

Phone Home, Home Phone 0

Phone Home, Home Phone

Contrary to prognostications, the wired telephone is not dead. One of my kids does not have a physical phone line and relies only on the cell, but the others are still wired. And so am I. If the cell phone’s dead and the cable is out, I want the security of that landline in case I ever have to make that 911 call I hope I never have to make. And many persons live in areas or circumstances in which relying solely on a cell is just not possible–signals are too weak and spotty, the geography is hostile, the home security system works best with a land line (I know you can get systems that work via the internet or cell technology, but, even so . . .). The New York Times reports that extra bells-and-whistles developed first for cell phones are starting to find their way into...

Podcast Ep 87 – 5-20-09 – Packing Up 0

Podcast Ep 87 – 5-20-09 – Packing Up

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTwo more weeks before I am in a new diggs. At least my Dell memory finally arrived.  I need some new headphones. Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on Delicious Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Napster Slashes Prices Duke Nukem Sues No More Firefox Tabs? Palm Pre on Track – June 6th College Students Choose Mac Windows 6.5 on Track iPhone Push App Store = 20-45 Million Publish on Scribd Facebook OpenID Internet at 500 Billion Gigabytes JOTW – Three lead programmers of Google decide to jump ship and apply at Yahoo. They tell Yahoo they have the...

. . . and I Just Got a GPS 0

. . . and I Just Got a GPS

Just my luck. The Guardian reports that the GPS satellite system is developing cracks in the foundation. The satellites are aging and may start to fail before they can be replaced. The full story is here. Now, I don’t care all that much. I like maps. I bought the GPS with credit card rewards points as a toy. But what are all the kids who can’t read maps and can’t plot a course going to do? An excerpt is below the fold.

Wolfram Alpha Results for Geekazine 0

Wolfram Alpha Results for Geekazine

I thought this was cool to show. I have been checking out the Wolfram Alpha search. While “Geekazine” did not return any results, “” came back with some interesting facts. For instance, I know where my data is stored. I know how many people come to the site. It’s pretty intense, including this image map below of the hierarchy to Geekazine Wolfram Alpha is not as much of a search engine but more of an “Informational Database” – or as they say – “Computational Knowledge Engine”. I suppose it’s a sort of Encyclopedia.

Week in Tech History – 5-18-09 – eBay Baby 0

Week in Tech History – 5-18-09 – eBay Baby

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Goto Assist Express – 30 day free trial May 24, 2008: they claim it was meant as a joke, but people didn’t take it with a grain of salt. The couple put their baby up for auction. 1 euro was the price, which at the time was about $1.57 US. eBay – who already had a policy of no sale of human beings – took down the listing and suspended the account. What was worse was the child was taken and the parents were investigated for child cruelty. Eventually the charges were dropped and the parents got their little bundle of “Buy it now” back on July 4th. Other events of WITH: T. Boone Pickens puts in a ton of money into Yahoo after Carl Icahn issues a proxy battle. We also found out about the first idea...

Moving, Moving – Ramblings 5-16-09 0

Moving, Moving – Ramblings 5-16-09

Well, this week I started getting everything in order. The packing is going pretty well as I did almost nothing yet… Kidding. I packed away all the promotional and review items, then started getting all the computer stuff straightened out. However, it’s tough to pack computers when new ones are coming in. It’s a startup side project that I am working on where we are looking for older – yet still useful computers. We need older P4’s at least 1.8 Ghz in speed if you have any lying around. Dell machines preferred because of their ability to turn on at certain times. Otherwise, it’s been a pretty laid back week. Podcast went well. Been talking to a new sponsor that could bring more to the video section. If you haven’t checked it out, I recreated the Duke Nukem character on Bitstrips. I did a full video demonstration and...

Copyrights and Copywrongs 0

Copyrights and Copywrongs

This looks interesting: The New York Times reports that RealNetworks is squaring off against the recording industry on copyrights and digital media. Read the full story here. The proximate issue, as the lawyers say, would seem to be, “What constitutes ‘fair use’?” An excerpt: The Seattle-based company is accusing the studios and the (DVD Copy Control) association of violating antitrust law by illegally colluding to stop consumers from making “fair use” copies of their DVDs and to prevent competing DD products from hitting the market. The association manages the technical specifications and security features of DVD discs.

Duke Nukem – Bitstrips 0

Duke Nukem – Bitstrips

This week I take Bitstrips to a new level and give a proper send off for the game Duke Nukem. 3-D Realms closed it’s doors last week. Although I don’t think it will keep the next version of the Duke Nukem franchise down (After all, Take Two Entertainment still owns rights to it), it will definitely add to the “Wait” time of the newest version of game. We’ve been waiting since 2001. Duke Nukem was best known for Topping Year end Vaporware lists of Duke Nukem Forever as the “Game that never was”. There was some resurgence this last year, but that all ended when 3D Realms said they will be closing the company due to the economy. Therefore, in tribute, we give you the Duke Nukem: Bitstrips style. Better yet, here is the video on how I created the strip.