Monthly Archive: August 2009

TPN Roundtable #51: URL Shortners, EC2, Bitnami and Artisteer 0

TPN Roundtable #51: URL Shortners, EC2, Bitnami and Artisteer

This month’s Tech Podcast Roundtable talked about the web, websites and shortners. It was a great hour of information for those that want to set up new websites. Jam packed full of information on Cloud computing, template setup and linking. Andy McCaskey started things off with Amazon EC2 – a program that ties with Amazon S3. He also talked about BitNami, an Open Source Application Stack. Great items to create quick websites. I got on next and talked about Artisteer – a program that generates Templates for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and ASP.NET templates. I walk viewers through all the ways you can customize your Template, then ways you can tweak the files so you can take ownership. Finally Todd Cochrane talks about Shorty – a URL shortner program. He talks about TCO on your website and how these systems can give you all that and a short URL...

Woofer – the 1400 character Twitter 2

Woofer – the 1400 character Twitter

*NOTE* after posting a “Woof”, I noticed that it only asks for a username. You could easily start posting as someone else. This needs to be fixed. *NOTE 2* After posting, I was corrected in the TV show I was thinking of was called the 4400: Not 1400. This is my attempt at a Woofer. I am giving this a try. It sounds like it’s a challenge to think of 1400 characters to write about. But I am optimistic that I can do this without struggling for things to say. So the real question is “Why woofer”? Why do we need to think about 1400 characters or more? Well why not? In this world of 2 word responses, It’s different to be able to think about how to write a few paragraphs. Remember when you had to do this for school? So who will use Woofer? It’s tough...

iPhone Unlocking has commercial software to unlock your 3G and 3GS 1

iPhone Unlocking has commercial software to unlock your 3G and 3GS

I was perusing the web when I ran across this site – iPhone unlocking Ltd. The site features a program called “iPhone Unlocking”. For $24.95 you can unlock your iPhone 3G and 3GS phones.The program claims you will be able to: Vnc Client iPhone to interact with remote computers No loss of features or functionality Beat iPhone the music studio in your pocket Enable Video Recording Lifetime Updates and Support Enable GPS 100’s of Free Applications Enable Rss Feed Enable MMS messaging Enable instant messengers Use Installer.app The site offers a money back guarantee and full customer support. iPhone unlocking software has not been pursued by Apple lawyers, but most unlocking software has been free to download. Now that a company is asking for money to unlock your phone, this might change the scope. The company claims to have unlocked over 1 million iPhones worldwide.  The company also...

Quickcast looking for people to interview 0

Quickcast looking for people to interview

The Geekazine Quickcast is looking for companies that would like to be featured in a 20 minute interview. If your tech company has a new product, or if you would like to talk on technology as a whole, feel free to email [email protected] or call 608-205-4378

Adventures in Malware 0

Adventures in Malware

I was looking for a defunct website at the Internet Archive and stumbled across a place that had squatted on the name of the site. That page redirected to one of those fraudulent sites that pretends to scan your computer for malware so it can trick you into buying their anti-malware product. Most of the time, their product is actually more malware. I clicked “Cancel” scan and it pretended to scan anyway while popups cascaded. One give away was that the phony scan’s progess bar moved faster than a scan from a local disk could have done, let alone a scan over the net (and I have used internet AV scans from reputable vendors such as Trend Micro and Symantec). It then told me that I had oodles of trojans, viruses, and other assorted baddies on my C:\ and D:\ drives. This box runs Ubuntu Linux with Fluxbox....

Conficker Update 0

Conficker Update

The New York Times reports that it’s still out there and still mutating. So far, it’s continued to spread, but otherwise has given no sign of doing anything else. The Times claims that the AV researchers are impressed by the quality of the engineering that continues to go into Conficker, but that they still have no idea what it’s supposed to do. They think it must have some purpose to warrant the amount of energy that has been used to improve and propogate it. Excerpt below the fold.

6 ways to Multitask better. 0

6 ways to Multitask better.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI Can Walk, talk and chew gum at the same time. I can pat my head and rub my belly. Heck, I could even do all five things at the same time and still listen to music. That is multitasking. The question is: Is it changing the way a think and can I fix it? A study from Stanford University came out this week that told us we might not be that great a multitasker. It is also suggested multitaskers are not focused. They polled 100 students in where they gave them one of three tests. In one test, they told them to focus on the red rectangle and tell them where it was. The “Heavy” Multitaskers – Those that do 5-6 things at once – did not do that well in the task. They did even worse on the other tests....

Sony Kindles Competition (Updated) 0

Sony Kindles Competition (Updated)

Bloomberg and Reuters report that Sony plans to complete with Amazon’s Kindle. From Bloomberg: The $399 device, called the Daily Edition, will be available in December, Steve Haber, president of Sony’s reader unit, said at an event in New York yesterday. The model will use the third-generation network of AT&T Inc., the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier. Sony, seeking to rebound from two straight quarterly losses, aims to tap growing demand for digital books and electronic publications. The new reader will be able to hold more than 1,000 e-books, compared with as many as 3,500 for the Kindle. I’m old. And cranky. It’s the Old Man Card. After a certain age, I get to play it and nobody can stop me. (One day, you will get to play it, or play the Old Lady Card, yourself. It is, indeed, a lot of fun the reach an age when They...

Geekazine Podcast Ep. 101 – Jam Packed Full of Google goodness! 0

Geekazine Podcast Ep. 101 – Jam Packed Full of Google goodness!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDay in Tech History is thriving – Roundtable this Saturday – Summer winding down, Music winding down. Important dates to remember: Ep. 150: Aug 04, 2010 – Ep. 200: July 20, 2011 Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. 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) Snow Leopard Aug 28 Steve Jobs is working hard Sony Ebook OneApp Facebook is hiring Nokia Booklet Skank Blogger wants $15M FTC Approves Sprint-Verizon SCO Appeal UK says no Internet for you Virtual Submarine World What Google Voice App? Swiss don’t like Street view II Yahoo’s New Direction iPhone Rhapsody – What I...

Apple-Google Grapple 0

Apple-Google Grapple

The big news from the Apple Orchard today is Apple’s claim that it did not reject Google Voice from the iPhone Apps Store. It’s a leading tech story at Bloomberg, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Guardian. If you are interested in the the iPhone-Google Voice brou-ha-ha, you might get a kick out of glancing at all four stories. They all start with the same piece of information (this is from Bloomberg) Apple Inc. told U.S. regulators that it didn’t reject Google Inc.’s voice application for the iPhone, saying it’s still examining the program because of concern that it co-opts the smart-phone’s software. Google’s application alters the iPhone’s features for making calls, sending text messages and accessing voice mails, Apple said today in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. Then they head off into different directions.

The Little Birdies Can Still Sing 1

The Little Birdies Can Still Sing

“Tweet, tweet-tweet, tweet-tweet,” without paying royalties. The Guardian reports that Twitter’s attempt to trademark the word, tweet, has failed, not because the idea is silly, but because someone beat them to it with . Twitter applied to the US patent and trademark office last month for ownership of the word but the request was provisionally denied on the grounds that other companies had filed for trademarks of very similar words. The authority cited three applications by firms called TweetMarks, Cotweet and Tweetphoto, and said there was a “likelihood of confusion” between the various marks. Now, I can see that trademarking terms such as “TweetMarks,” “Cotweet,” and “Tweetphoto,” because they are made up words meant to identify a specific product, much like “Xerox” and Kleenex.” But it rubs against my cranky old man grain to see someone try to trademark a plain English word that dates back to the...

Copyrights and Wrongs 0

Copyrights and Wrongs

Bloomberg reports that a Colorado photographer, Louis Psihoyos, has sued Apple, claiming that an image used in the iPhone app marketed by i.TV, is his property. He claims, according to the report, that “By commercially exploiting the plaintiff’s copyrighted image in the i.TV application without the plaintiff’s consent or licensure, defendant Apple has damaged the plaintiff while obtaining significant economic gains,” according to the complaint. and seeks more that $2,000,000.00 in damages. My question is, “Why didn’t he sue i.TV?”

How Do You Use Your Cellphone? 0

How Do You Use Your Cellphone?

Odds are, you don’t really know. Researchers conducted a study involving giving persons cellphones containing spyware (they weren’t spying–the users knowingly participated in the study). The BBC report is here). They found that persons’ perceptions of what they themselves do diverge wildly from they actually do. A snippet:

Geekazine Podcast – Episode 100 BABY! 0

Geekazine Podcast – Episode 100 BABY!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS100 – a look back at the Podcast – Thanks to Frank for helping out – Summer of Podcasts Winners –  New Computer install – ASUS M4A78t-e with Phenom II X4 – 945 – $50 GC given away, open call for more email. My ultimate disgust with Starbucks & AT&T WiFi. – Not too impressed with Tweekdeck for iPhone – Day in Tech History growing fast Important dates to remember: Ep. 150: Aug 04, 2010 – Ep. 200: July 20, 2011 Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. New GODADDY CODES – $7.49 Domains = Podname150 – 10% off hosting = pod150 – 10% off all products = blu150 – $5 off orders of $30 or more = podsave150. Save 15% on all orders at Eastbay with code AFZINE15 & 20% on orders...

100th Podcast taping – Win $50! 0

100th Podcast taping – Win $50!

Just so you know, I will be up on uStream tomorrow for the 100th episode of the Geekazine Podcast. Don’t forget to send your email in by tonight for a chance at $50. If you have any news you would like to contribute to the show, feel free to call 608-205-4378 or email [email protected] The 100th Geekazine Podcast should be a blast!

Week in Tech History – 8-17-09 – 3G issues in iPhone 2.0 0

Week in Tech History – 8-17-09 – 3G issues in iPhone 2.0

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotoassist Express – Get a 30 day free trial of this great software. Just a reminder – this will be the last “Week in Tech History” produced. Please add “Day in Tech History” to your RSS or iTunes. A new segment will fill this spot shortly. After Apple ‘s release of iPhone 3G, people were noticing connectiviy issues. This was due to the Infineon chip within (the chip that governs the 3G). It would ultimately cause the cutout. Apple quietly tried to resolve the matter, but eventually they had to just simply let people know what is going on. Steve Jobs sent out a letter saying “I’m sorry” and announcing how they are going to fix the problem. This is one of many different articles within the Geekazine Quickcast.’

Bing!  Bang!  Bust!  Loyalty vs. Novelty Dept. 0

Bing! Bang! Bust! Loyalty vs. Novelty Dept.

An interesting juxtaposition of opinions this weekend, showing how two persons can look at the same stats and draw almost-opposite conclusions: At the New York Times (link here), Miguel Helft claims that Bing! really doesn’t have far to go to catch Google, now that Microsoft has inked a deal for Bing! to be the engine for Yahoo searches, if Bing! and Yahool stats are viewed as a single entity. A nugget: ComScore found that for the combined Yahoo-Microsoft, “searcher penetration,” or the percentage of the online population in the United States that uses one of those search engines, is 73 percent. Google’s searcher penetration is higher, but not by that much: at 84 percent. Meanwhile, Reuters (link here), using the same report as the Times, reports that Google users are exceptionally loyal: Yet Google searchers conduct an average of 54.5 searches a month — about double the number...

Driving Test 0

Driving Test

At Scientific Blogging, Kimberley Tyree, who field-tested Mars Rovers for NASA, describes what it’s like to drive one. Read it here. Making driving Spirit more difficult than the average rover is the fact that commands take up to twenty minutes to reach her, and as long again for the results of a drive command to be returned to Earth. (Can you imagine trying to free your 4-wheel drive on Earth with that restriction?!) Plus, due to satellite limitations, Spirit’s drivers can only communicate with her twice a day. While Spirit can be told to drive to a certain location, such as a given bearing and distance away, due to wheel slippage, obstacles or other factors, the rover may end up in a slightly different location than expected. If multi-step navigational commands are sent at one time, and the first step is off, the final result may be quite...

Walls and Gardens and iMusings 0

Walls and Gardens and iMusings

This morning, Jeffrey wrote an excellent post on the iPhone and Apple. I have to confess that I don’t always read his posts, mostly because I never miss his podcast and there’s often overlap between what he writes about and what he says, but I read this one all the way through, then went back to a couple of parts of it. I do not have an iPhone and have no interest in one. I have several friends who have them and I agree that they are really neat gadgets, but I do not see that the increased functionality is worth either the price of the device or the cost of signing up with Southwestern Be–er, Cingula–er, AT&T. I’ve been with my current provider for almost a decade because they give me good value for the money (as well as excellent tech support and customer service the few...

A Funny Thing Happened at the Madison iPhone Users Group – PWN the Compass 0

A Funny Thing Happened at the Madison iPhone Users Group – PWN the Compass

Not sure how we got on the compass application. Must’ve been talking about the rock climbing application that was out there. At any rate, Clint was not sure if his compass was right, so they set the phones side by side. That is when the hilarity ensued… The compasses began to change around. If we moved one phone to the other side, the numbers would change. One would say 183 degrees and the other would say 318 (for example). If we moved one iPhone around another, we could cause it to show the interference. Didn’t know that digital compasses could have magnetic polarity issues. What was the easiest trick was to take one iPhone and hover over the other one. You can see the craziness ensue. However, we also noticed that Clint’s iPhone was a little off balance when he switched over to Maps. It would point him...

Quickcast – Five things the FTC should ask Apple about iPhone. 1

Quickcast – Five things the FTC should ask Apple about iPhone.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express get a 30 day free trial Quickcast RSS – Subscribe via iTunes I love my iPhone. The 3GS has finally got the touch screen right. I can use it without feeling like I am fumbling or fat fingering keys. While the advances are nice, I still have to wonder how Apple can get away with some of the things they do to make me use their stuff. Rejecting competing applications and not giving users a choice to remove apps, all seems to be a recipe for non-competitiveness. Will they continue to get away with it, or will the FTC and EU finally step in? Well if they do, these should be 5 questions they should ask. Skype. iBoobs. MyShoe. Obama Trampoline. Google Voice. What do these apps have in common? They were banned by the Apple...

Why Is Twitter So Vulnerable? 0

Why Is Twitter So Vulnerable?

The New York Times reports that another DDOS attack took down Twitter yesterday evening. (Having no interest in Twitter, I wouldn’t know first hand.) The story is here. The article also considers why Twitter is so vulnerable. The expert* they interviewed theorizes that Twitter’s network infrastructure has not kept up with its popularity. Most large sites have more complicated networks and use several providers to ensure they have stay online. But Twitter uses only NTT America. “It might not be hard to take Twitter down, just looking at the way they designed the network,” Mr. Lyon said. “You just have to take little parts of NTT down and the whole thing crumbles.” Mr, Lyon goes on to describe Twitter’s network infrastructure as “very amateurish.” At the same time, it bears noting that, despite its rise in usage, Twitter does not make money, and building a network more resistant...

Geekazine Podcast Ep. 99 Tech Podcasts – Floating on the Internet 1

Geekazine Podcast Ep. 99 Tech Podcasts – Floating on the Internet

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS1 away from 100 – Madison Non Profit Day – Thanks to all on Summer of Podcasts. Winners will be contacted soon – Other giveaways – The Newest Podcast in Geekazine: the Day in Tech History – The New Computer is Ordered and Coming. It includes: ASUS M4A78t-e with Phenom II X4 – 945 Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Save 15% on all orders at Eastbay with code AFZINE15 & 20% on orders $75 or more at Eastbay with code AFZINE20 Click here for Free Industry Resources! Special Shout to Raven Computers for all the work they do for me. 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 –...

Winners of Summer of Podcasts Contest 0

Winners of Summer of Podcasts Contest

This is the full list of winners for the Summer of Podcasts Contest. We ran a contest in July and gave out codes during our shows. Today, Jeffrey Powers announces all the winners in the contest. Jeff also tells you about anyone that wants to participate in the next contest coming very soon.

Week in Tech History – 8-10-09 – Switching to Day in Tech History 0

Week in Tech History – 8-10-09 – Switching to Day in Tech History

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotoassist Express – Get a 30 day free trial of this great software. For the last year and a half, the Quickcast has been running a podcast every Monday reviewing the past history of Technology. The show has been a fun one, but for the last couple months I felt it needs it’s own space. Therefore, WITH will be spinning off into the Day in Tech History – a Daily look at the Historical events in Technology. WITH will continue on. For the first couple weeks, we will continue with the same format. Afterwards, WITH will take a new shape, highlighting one historical event and how it plays on events today. It should be a new, powerfully informative look in the IT industry. Information for this weeks’ WITH: Smithsonian is established Netscape Lawyers send a letter about Microsoft...

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