Monthly Archive: June 2009

Weekly Podcast Ep 93 – 7-01-09 – Summer of Podcasts Edition

Weekly Podcast Ep 93 – 7-01-09 – Summer of Podcasts Edition

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSummer of Geekazine contest comes to a close – Summer of Podcasts starts right up. New Video intros being made – Wanna help? Where is my Staple Gun – the new studio. Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones Save 15% on all orders at Eastbay with code AFZINE15 & 20% on orders $75 or more at Eastbay with code AFZINE20 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) Firefox 3.5 Released Mind Reading Wheelchair – But not a mind of it’s own. Back to the Walkman – Can old tech stand up to new? Windows 7 Upgrades – SP1...

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick 2

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick

You might remember the products. You might remember the hype. Then, you are tooling down highway 41 years later and all of a sudden you think to yourself – “Hey, whatever happened to…” Failed ideas. Maybe it was a great idea, but wasn’t made right, or design errors brought it down. Maybe it was just a bad product. Well, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see if we cannot repeat these errors again. Oh yeah, why 16? Well because we could. The Computer Watch: Whether it was the Ruputer, the MSN Direct ‘Smart’ Watches, the Timex Data Link Watch or another gadget watch – BTW – I remember having a “Transformers watch”. It was awesome! Still, the Dick Tracey style communication watches, the “Computer on a wrist”, never really hit it off. I even remember a watch that gave you directions. You would put in the...

New Sponsor – Eastbay and Footlocker 0

New Sponsor – Eastbay and Footlocker

Thanks for viewing this article. However, we no longer offer codes for these vendors. You should still visit their websites and mention you saw this from Thanks. Geekazine is proud to announce a new sponsor on Geekazine and TVazine. Eastbay and Footlocker. We have worked hard in the video area and these guys have stepped up to help us out. Best part though is that YOU get to save on this. We have some special codes you can use to get all your footwear at great prices. In IT, I know that great footwear is an important thing. I also have wider feet than most. That is why I am very critical on my shoes.  They say you should change your shoes twice a day to keep your feet – and back – in comfort. Yet, we (at least guys) wear our shoes until there is nothing...

Week in Tech History – 6-29-09 – buys 0

Week in Tech History – 6-29-09 – buys

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a 30 day free trial July 4th, 2008 – The company that used to be called “Ask Jeeves”, but is now officially announced they acquired the Lexico Publishing Group. The LPG is a company that built a series of reference websites. Most notably and The transaction was an all cash one, and undisclosed. Other items in Tech history this week: Hotmail is launched, AOL buys Mapquest, the eBay Baby, in 2001 the P4 1.6 was released at $294 and a lot more in the Geekazine Quickcast

Amazon Cuts “Associates” over Sales Tax Legislation 1

Amazon Cuts “Associates” over Sales Tax Legislation

Bloomberg reports that Amazon is cutting ties to associates in states that are moving to up the sales tax ante. The story is a little murky, but it appears to involve blog and web ads on third party sites. I think this is what is going on: Say I have a blog in North Carolina. Someone visits my blog and sees an ad for an Amazon product and clicks through to the Amazon mothership in Seattle. North Carolina wants a piece of the pie, not because I live in North Carolina (I don’t), but because the ad I clicked on was in North Carolina. Amazon thinks this is probably unconstitutional. I suspect they have a case. It’s like North Carolina’s charging me sales tax me for buying something because I happened to see it advertised on a billboard in North Carolina. The full story is here. Another take,...

So, Naturally, the First Thing I DId Was Break It 3

So, Naturally, the First Thing I DId Was Break It

Then I fixed it. The new laptop arrived Friday afternoon. I spend Friday afternoon and evening doing basic configuration and Saturday fine-tuning it.

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go? 0

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go?

Busy Week Thanks for coming to the site. We had another great week – busy week. It was a lot of fun and really productive. Post – HPTF Of course, we went to Vegas the week before to cover the HP Technology Forum Expo. Andy McCaskey, Kara Karsten and myself were working hard with interviews, product reviews and more. This week was planning to get some of the videos out to you. So far, we’ve posted the HP POD video on Friday and have a lot more coming soon. Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale This is what really took up the majority of the week. The last month I have been working hard in getting prizes together. Now it’s time to put a contest together. That is where the Summer of Podcasts comes in. Each week, Podcasters will be giving out codewords during their shows. We will...

Fretlight Guitars – Video Review 1

Fretlight Guitars – Video Review

This week for TVazine, we go through a review that I thought was all but lost. A couple months ago, a hard drive crashed and with it – a few of the video reviews I did early on that were not published yet. However, I do back up systems, and found that this video was saved in a backup I did the month before. It was a copy that I already edited down, so I couldn’t put it into 720 format, but I was able to do a little tweaking on it. I also am playing with some new title intros, so let me know if you like the new intro. In the meantime, we review the Fretlight guitar – a special guitar that connects to the PC via USB, then lights up the fretboard to direct you on how to play certain songs. This guitar is great...

POD Datacenter – HP Technology Forum 2009 0

POD Datacenter – HP Technology Forum 2009

During the week, we learned about how HP has worked on putting a Data Center in a place you would not normally expect. A Shipping POD. Shipping containers have been used for years to send items overseas. Cars, boats, heavy equipment, or if you’re packing your house, put it in a POD and move it. More recent PODs have been promoted as the next generation in moving. Instead of a moving truck, you load up the POD and call the the company to pick up and drop at the desired location. Even this year, I have seen local Fireworks tents have a POD next to them to lock up all the fireworks. Yet HP has a different use for them in Datacenters. If your server room runs out of space, or maybe you are building or reconstructing. You could even use this HP POD in an emergency situation....

Guest Appearance on PC/Mac Smackdown 0

Guest Appearance on PC/Mac Smackdown

So Cal and I were having lunch the other day and he says – “Why don’t you come on the show”. I say “Why not?” He says “Yeah, why not.” and I say “Ye… wait. I have to get more Pizza Hut Buffet Pizza.” Then we go get some more Pizza. Nonetheless, that evening we got together and talked on many topics in the PC/Mac Smackdown. We talked about the iLiver, Morro and Netbooks. Cal and Rachel do a great job in this show and it was a lot of fun. There was a lot of items we didn’t talk about on air, but you get the idea. Also, you should Razz Cal about getting a Dell Mini 10v.

Contest Announcement: Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale 0

Contest Announcement: Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe July contest will be a little more involved than we normally do. However, it will be a blast as we are involving many different podcasters to join in to the Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale. Here is the official press release: Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale set for Month of July Podcasters are joining together to give away a lot of great prizes in the Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale contest. All you have to do is listen to win. Madison, WI June 27th 2009  — announces a new contest for Podcasters called “The Summer of Podcasts”. It will involve several podcasters during the month of July and will end on August 9th when we draw winners for the “Podcast Carnivale”. On July 1st, head over to We will give you a few podcasts to listen...

“Battery Died” 0

“Battery Died”

David Pogue discusses manufacturer’s claims of the longevity of laptop batteries in the New York Times. The post is here. It’s worth a read. He discusses how the “tests” of laptop battery life are in no way connected to how persons use laptops. A sample: Another problem: Unlike CIPA’s camera tests, the MobileMark test protocol doesn’t reflect real-world use. Consider, for example, the screen. It’s the most power-hungry component of a laptop, so specifying how bright it is during your test is extremely important. Well, the MobileMark test specifies that you have the screen set to 60 nits (a brightness measurement). Not to nitpick, but at full brightness, the screens on modern laptops put out 250 to 300 nits. Read the whole thing to see the extent of the disconnect between how you and I use our laptops and how manufacturers “test” battery life.

DTV Conversion in the US is Over. Now is it Time for Digital Radio? 2

DTV Conversion in the US is Over. Now is it Time for Digital Radio?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotoassist express – get a 30 day free trial. Well, the US did it. Analog TV is no more. Hail to Digital TV. More channels, better reception and all still over a pair of rabbit ears. However, we’re not totally done with the Digital conversion.  As we ramp down on television, we might have a harder time with this one – Radio. Each country has their own Digital conversion, and as of now, only 7 countries are fully digital on a television signal. The US went digital on June 12th, 2009. We were suppose to go digital on February 17th, but it got pushed back when some stations were not ready to comply. The UK goes 100% digital by 2012 and Japan will go in 2015. And of course, there are still some stations that are on an...

Fluxbox on Debian Linux (Updated) 1

Fluxbox on Debian Linux (Updated)

I’ve described installing Debian before, here, here, here, and here. By default, Debian installs with the Gnome desktop; other choices can be made at installation. Still other choices can be made later. (Try changing your desktop on Windows–you can change the wallpaper and some of the icons, but that’s about it. You can’t change the whole thing from one to another.) I’ve used Fluxbox on Slackware Linux for quite some time; I decided to get it running on Debian. Here’s the result.

Geekazine Podcast Ep 92 – 6-24-09 – Contests Galore 0

Geekazine Podcast Ep 92 – 6-24-09 – Contests Galore

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBack from Vegas and still going – The new Guitar – Summer of Podcasting Contest – Will be on Random Reality – My Local Interviews – Updcate to Google Voice. 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) Steve Jobs Back – 1 million iPhones sold. iLiver doing well. CardStar for iPhone – No more KeyCards Poor Psystar – Apple is goin for the throat Nokia and Intel – Partnership for a Smartphone Motorola Android – Razr Smartphone coming? Antivirus will come out – Named Morro – Bet your bottom dollar that Morrow...

Week in Tech History – Bill Gates Steps Down from Microsoft 0

Week in Tech History – Bill Gates Steps Down from Microsoft

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSbrought to you by GotoAssist Express. Get a 30 day free trial We announce the 3rd step in the Summer of Geekazine contest June 27th – William Gates officially hands the keys over to Steve Ballmer and goes on his retirement. Well, sort of. Bill announced that he will be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft and letting Steve Ballmer take the reins. He will have interaction with Microsoft. After all, it is his company. Lots of other cool historical events from Atari, Commodore, Microsoft, Apple and IBM within the podcast

Paypal Knows 0

Paypal Knows

The New York Times reports here that Paypal compiles dossiers in advance of applications for membership. That’s why it is able to approve new applications so quickly: Mr. (Scott) Thompson (president of Paypal) said risk management had been the key to the company’s success. Even before it was purchased by eBay, PayPal was willing to let individuals selling on eBay accept credit cards, when banks and eBay itself found that concept of trusting someone who appeared out of nowhere over the Internet too frightening. (There is greater potential for fraud by a seller than a buyer, because someone could sell a lot of stuff then disappear without shipping it.) What PayPal has learned is that the Internet actually reduces risk, Mr. Thomson said, because it provides so much information to identify potential fraud artists. “If it’s a fraudster, you can’t find footprints,” Mr. Thompson said. “They go out...

Ramblings – 6-21-09 – Las Vegas 1

Ramblings – 6-21-09 – Las Vegas

Day Off – Sort of A late Ramblings this week as I decided to stay offline last week. It was a long week and I was playing all weekend. It has been a while since I last took more than 24 hours off a computer, so that is a big feat for me. HP Tech Forum I had a fun time talking and working with Andy McCaskey and Kara Karsten with SDRNews. We had such a blast. We also put forward the mobile interview booth rig. We call it the “MacGyver” rig. Nonetheless, it was connected to uStream and we were able to conduct a few interviews for the event. Check out all the info on the Twitter log at #HPTF. Great to meet some new bloggers: Shane Pitman of Neowin, John Obeto of AbsoluteWindows. We had a great week along with Halley, Tom, Calvin and Rebecca from...

Day 4 and Show Wrap Up – HP Tech Forum 2009 0

Day 4 and Show Wrap Up – HP Tech Forum 2009

The show ended with a big bang – well, not that big bang, but we were close to being that philosophical about it. With the Closing Keynote including Dr. Michael Kaku about what we could see in years to come. How Moore’s law is about to come to an end and we need to run on the Atomic level. The video shows the dismantling of the show floor as I walk through the day. Thanks to Andy McCaskey, Kara Karsten, Shane Pitman, John Obeto, Becca Taylor, Halley Claire, Tom Augenthaler, Calvin Zito and everyone else that was part of this great week.

Pictures of Day 4 – HP Tech Forum 0

Pictures of Day 4 – HP Tech Forum

Well, the day started out with interviews, then more interviews, then a keynote and now we rest until tonight. But there are some great pictures of the day, therefore, here is the rest of Day 4. The Closing Keynote pictures are with the respected post.

DR(u)M Beats 0

DR(u)M Beats

From Bloomberg: Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group and other record labels were awarded $1.92 million in the retrial of a Minnesota woman accused of swapping music over the Kazaa Internet service. The federal jury in Minneapolis said Jammie Thomas-Rasset, 32, of Brainerd, Minnesota, should pay $80,000 for each of the 24 songs that were swapped over the Kazaa, including “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls and “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ‘n Roses. The first time the case went to trial in 2007, a jury awarded $9,250 per song, or $222,000.

Closing Keynote Live Blog – HP Tech Forum 2009 0

Closing Keynote Live Blog – HP Tech Forum 2009

HP has a great closing session for you. Master of Ceremonies: Bill Sales: VP – Industry Standard Servers – Americas Mike Klayko: CEO – Brocade Rob Helm: Director of Research on Microsoft – Independent Analysis of MS Tech & Strategy. Tom Kilroy: VP – GM Intel Digital Enterprise Group Dr. Michael Kaku: Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics, City University of New York. —- 3:20 PM: Event Starts. Bill Sales introduces and tells participants whomever guesses the registration attendance can win backstage passes to the Beach Boys in the evening. 3:30 PM: Mike Klayko from Brocade takes the stage. Mike starts off talking about Roz Savage and how Brocade supports her efforts. He then talked about the acquisitions they have made. Data Center Transition is the next subject. The cost change in the last year was dramatic. Standards will change to put everything into the cloud. Convergence will...

Take the TCO Challenge – HP Tech Forum 2009 0

Take the TCO Challenge – HP Tech Forum 2009

TCO stands for Total Cost of Ownership. One of the big points at the HP Technology Forum was how much money you can save if you update your servers. With the new designs and smaller, cooler archetectures, you can reduce your Data Center and the power and heat it expells. Andy McCaskey talks with John Pickett about the TCO challenge – how much you will save with newer systems. How much will you save? If you have a big system, you could save enough to golf with 3 friends at Pebble Beach everyday for 42 years. John shows a program you can run from home to see what types of savings you may get.

Day 3 – HP Tech Forum 2009 – Wrap Up 0

Day 3 – HP Tech Forum 2009 – Wrap Up

Day 3 went fast and hard. We got to the interview booth and we were interviewing right away. The one-on-one walk by interviews were also being recorded. All in all, it was a great day. We learned about Cooling and Heating elements. We learned about a program that could find free nodes on a network and use them. We found a program that could make legacy equipment obsolete. We even learned about OM3 Fiber that is 10 times better than OM2. Here is the full video. Thanks to Andy McCaskey, Kara Karsten and Shane Pitman for all their great work.

Day 3 – HP Tech Forum 2009 0

Day 3 – HP Tech Forum 2009

Well, we survived another day and are ready for the upcoming barrage of interviews and video: 8 AM: Planning Meeting Halley Claire joined us and we talked about Blogging and Marketing. 10 AM: Got the Booth set up for interviews with Brian Ignomirello and Chris McCall. Shane Pitman of NeoWin 11:30 AM: Tons of Video Uploading 12:30 PM: Lunch 1:30 PM: Walking the Expo Floor. We talked with many of the vendors around the conference and their products from Rack mount storage to Fiber cabling and even software Programming. Andy, Kara and myself did one – on – one interviews with each vendor. 4 PM: Expo closed until the Reception. We went over to Conference room I for appetizers and live music. Came back in and recorded a couple videos and the wrap up. 6 PM: Interviews with Shane Pitman and Halley Bass. Went over and did some...