Monthly Archive: September 2009

Podcast Ep 106 – Podcasting on a windy, cooler day 0

Podcast Ep 106 – Podcasting on a windy, cooler day

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt got windy this week. We got a new contest at Podcastmadness.com and the Podcast Awards start Oct. 4. I’m moving stuff from the storage locker. Finally, I’m not happy when I tried to cancel a program – I’ll tell you why. I’ll also tell you about the video capture program that isn’t suppose to capture video, according to customer support… Day in Tech History Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. GoDaddy for $7.49 domains use podname150 – 10% off hosting use pod150 Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Use code “Geek” for 10% off! 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) Apple 2...

I can’t cancel an account because your office is closed? 9

I can’t cancel an account because your office is closed?

**UPDATE 2** Geekazine has no affiliation with Rhapsody. Certain comments have been coming in to cancel Rhapsody accounts, which I have no power to do. You can continue to leave the comments to cancel the online service, but they will go unanswered. Thank you. **Update – I called the number today to cancel the account. It was an automated voice that then said “To cancel, press 1”. That THEN directed me to a prompt that said: “We now cancel accounts online. To do that, go to http://www.rhapsody.com/cancel”. They couldn’t keep that prompt on during the evening? How about changing the website? ** I went to close an account for a service I don’t use anymore. After hunting for the “Cancellation” option, the site said I have to call a non-800 number to cancel. But what was really disappointing is that upon calling, the message said I had to...

TPN Weekly Guest spot: Recorded 100% from iPhone 0

TPN Weekly Guest spot: Recorded 100% from iPhone

This week I am the host of TPN Weekly and I created an interesting show. It is all done from my iPhone. Part from the headset, part from the mic right on the iPhone. I even record a section where I pull the audio from my podcast rig to the iPhone. I did it to show anyone that says “I don’t have time to record a podcast” or “I don’t have the equipment to record a podcast”. I even put out a challenge to those that want to put out a 10 show podcast. Check out the Podcast at Blog.techpodcasts.com:

Text-Driving Big Trucks 0

Text-Driving Big Trucks

Near where I used to work, there was a truck stop that threw a great breakfast. One day when I was driving in, not from home, but from a summer camp where my now-ex-wife was working as camp nurse, I was running early so I swung in for a real breakfast. That’s when I realized how times were changing in the trucking industry. Fully half the truckers had their laptops fired up downloading or uploading manifests. The New York Times reports that it has now reached the point that many truck tractors, in addition to being fitted with GPS’s (old news) are also fitted with miniature computer screens and keyboards for communicating with headquarters. And truckers, just like the rest of us, carry cellphones. And the trucking companies fear that laws against cellphone use and text messaging while driving will cut into their style. They are trying to...

How Your Thumbdrive Is Like a Black Hole 0

How Your Thumbdrive Is Like a Black Hole

Scientific Blogging explains how a black holes are like memory chips, so the next time you say your data went down a black hole, you may be closer to the truth than you think. Follow the link to see what this has to do with cats. An excerpt:

Remote Control Beetle 0

Remote Control Beetle

Reuters reports that researchers can now control a beetle in flight using microprocessors and remote controls. See the video here. (Warning: There’s a short commercial before the video.) Wile E. Coyote could have used something like this.

Need Help in Panasonic Living in HD Contest Entry 0

Need Help in Panasonic Living in HD Contest Entry

I need your help. I am participating in a contest to become a part of the Panasonic Living in HD contest. I posted a video (shown below), but I need those of you to vote for me in the contest. This contest could mean a lot for how Geekazine produces content. More information to the site, more opportunities to review and discuss new technologies. Please visit and vote (by commenting) at: Living in HD – Why it’s important to me, Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine

Tweet a Phone Call 0

Tweet a Phone Call

The Guardian reports that telephony is coming to Twitter with the help of a company called Jajah.com: This is how it works: To make a call you send a tweet with “@call @username” in it, where the ‘username’ is the twitter name of the person you want to call. That will initiate a free two-minute call, which Jajah.com says is the equivalent of a tweet. The Twitter users need to follow each other and both be Jajah users as well, although their phone number won’t be revealed. The service will be rolled out in the United States tomorrow. Me, I’ll stick with Ekiga.

Podcast Ep 105 – Was not H1N1 for I am better today. 0

Podcast Ep 105 – Was not H1N1 for I am better today.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe long last weekend of summer – Yesterday’s unscheduled day off – New sponsor: Mozy.com Day in Tech History Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. GoDaddy for $7.49 domains use podname150 – 10% off hosting use pod150 Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Use code “Geek” for 10% off! 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) Netflix Winners 3G Microtel Depp leaves Pirates 22nm Intel chips by 2011 Cureton next NASA CIO Push for iPhone GMail Enable MMS on iPhone Dell and Perot Health –Facebook retiring beacon –Facebook and Neilson Space Foosball Paypal Developer Challenge MySpace Twitter Bug Labs Wifi Base eBay for Teachers...

New Sponsor – Mozy 0

New Sponsor – Mozy

Geekazine is proud to be sponsored by Mozy online backup. This is a way to backup your computer to an off-site location and preserve your data. I know I have a lot of personal information including podcast recordings that need to be protected from damage, theft or failure of the computer. If you use code “Geek”, you will get 10% off your order of Mozy and Mozy Pro.

QOTD 0

QOTD

Nigel Shadbolt, professor of artificial intelligence at Southampton University (UK), at the Oxford (UK) Social Media Convention: “Normal people think, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But engineers think, if it ain’t broke, it has no features yet.”

Close Encounters of a Viral Kind (Updated) 2

Close Encounters of a Viral Kind (Updated)

(Update at the end.) There’s some malware circulating around Facebook in bogus messages with subject lines like “Wow! Are you really in this video?” I received an email from a friend of mine this morning that contained a forwarded Facebook message: Could you check this out? AVG says it’s a dangerous Trojan Horse virus. Not sure what that is, but don’t want it. (snip signature) [Redacted] sent you a message. Subject: Wow! Are you really in this video? “:) http://www.facebook.com/l/[redacted]:[redacted]” The colon in the web address is significant; more on that later.

TSO: Twitter Search Optimization and how it can work like SEO 0

TSO: Twitter Search Optimization and how it can work like SEO

Most have heard of SEO – search engine optimization. It seems to be a common phrase nowadays. Every now and then I even hear ads on the radio that promote SEO because it is a viable thing for anybody’s website. The better it is searched, the more traffic that can come to it. However, there is another trend that has been creeping up. The same ideals, but this time In the microblog field. Something that could easily be known as TSO – or Twitter Search Optimization. Some practice this new ideal and others are even really good at it; but no matter what – if you are ignoring TSO, then you are ignoring a lot of new readers, listeners or viewers. Take a look at this 140 character statement: @geekazine #Twitter #network tool. We are a #blog #podcast and #news site. Check out the #website http://www.geekazine.com (#Geekazine) What...

A Chip Down Memory Lane 0

A Chip Down Memory Lane

Reuters has a slide show on the evolution of the laptop. It’s fascinating. Start here. I remember the first laptops I used. I was on a campaign to convince my boss to buy me a laptop because I was traveling frequently and wanted to be able to call my local BBS’s from the road. The IS department had a couple of laptops to lend out for business travel. They had DOS 3.1 or 5.0, modems, DisplayWrite3, and a few other programs on them.

Adventures in Shooting Trouble 0

Adventures in Shooting Trouble

So, as soon as I leave town for a couple of days, my website goes off the air. Nothing, not even a 404 when I try to hit it. Just a timeout. Since the pictures and most of the other media I link to in my posts here are all there, it took those with it. When I try to ssh into it, ssh times out.

Are Computer Security Folks Missing the Biggest Dangers? 0

Are Computer Security Folks Missing the Biggest Dangers?

Possibly, argues some persons interviewed by the New York Times. Attacks against operating systems are decreasing in favor of attacks against vulnerable programs and against websites. This is no surprise. Computer security–indeed, most security–follows a “catch-up” model: assess what’s going on and defend against it. As defenses improve, attackers naturally move on to different targets. I used to work for a company that manufactured physical security products, primarily anti-theft and access control software and hardware (I was in the access control support and training function). It was accepted within the company that security could not keep persons from stealing; it could only keep them from stealing from you. When you buy a better lock, the bad guys will just go down the street till they find a house with a weaker lock.

Geekazine Podcast Ep 104 – The day that almost made me stop podcasting 0

Geekazine Podcast Ep 104 – The day that almost made me stop podcasting

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe fun of Banking that almost made me loose my spirit of the Podcast – 1 month to Blogworld. Day in Tech History Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. GoDaddy for $7.49 domains use podname150 – 10% off hosting use pod150 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) Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet Facebook Voicechat Facebook at 300M Console Free Guitar Hero WiMax Expands Government Cloud Computing Deploy 7 Now Adobe Buys Omniture II New Turn to Search – Bing Visual Google Updates QOTW – Do you think visual search is the next level? YouTubin: MyFreeCopyright III Internet Peaks at 11 PM Internet will Rise...

New Quickcast Segment – App Wild 0

New Quickcast Segment – App Wild

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is the newest segment in the Geekazine Quickcast called “App Wild”. It’s name says it all – We talk about applications that you can get for your iPhone, Andoid, Palm Pre, Blackberry or whatever device you use. This weeks applications reviewed: Madden 10 Rhapsody Sad Fact of the Commodore 64 application Pandora and Facebook for Android

The Pros, Cons of Working, Playing in the Clouds 0

The Pros, Cons of Working, Playing in the Clouds

“I was just wondering if you wanted to chase this tornado, or if you just wanted to catch the next one.” — Beltzer – Twister (Warner Bros, 1996) Larry Ellison (Oracle’s CEO) was right! The computer/communications industry is really just a huge fashion industry. When Grace Hopper (the Navy’s computing genius) couldn’t explain what was going on inside the Mark I computer to her Navy bosses, she probably drew a soft, fluffy cloud. It’s the way IT people have been explaining their systems to their bosses for years. When all the country’s computers were connected to keep data flowing even after someone dropped the BIG ONE, they drew a cloud.When Microsoft wanted to show they were hip, with it, Ballmer started showing people how the real cloud was going to function. Clear Clouds – MS’s Ballmer probably produced the best picture of cloud computing during an interview with...

A Look at Opera 10:  Browsing, Preferences, Advanced Configuration, File Management 1

A Look at Opera 10: Browsing, Preferences, Advanced Configuration, File Management

I’m not going to discuss how to browse the web. If you needed to know that, you wouldn’t be there. Instead, I shall talk about things specific to Opera.

A Look at Opera 10:  Mail, News, RSS 1

A Look at Opera 10: Mail, News, RSS

Opera v. 10 was released this week for Windows, Linux, and just about every other operating system. Since a lot of persons have never tried it, I thought I’d take anyone who’s interested on a tour of it. This is not an unbiased review. I am a rabid Opera fanboy; I’ve been using it since v. 5 (I think) and gradually have gradually moved more and more of my Internet life to Opera. Nevertheless, I hope it is a realistic review.

Chris Pirillo asks – Are you a Failure? Geekazine’s 1000th post 3

Chris Pirillo asks – Are you a Failure? Geekazine’s 1000th post

So I have been contemplating what I should write about for the 1000th post. I was going through my regular motions: Getting the top 5 things you should know ready. I knew that I would find something, just not when or where. If anything, the 5 tech things would be the 1000th post. Then I stumbled up on Chris Pirillos site: In there he gave the best article I have read in a while. It wasn’t a literary masterpiece, but it did do something that I always say is the best thing to do. Think. When I started Geekazine, I was driven on Passion. I had just finished listening to a speaker at a local 2 day event. She really wasn’t that great a speaker, but she said 3 words that I have stuck with for the last 2 years. Find your Passion. So now this article comes...

999 on 9-09-09 (technically) 0

999 on 9-09-09 (technically)

OK, so I was looking at my numbers just after midnight CST and found out that Geekazine has pushed 998 articles in the last 2 years. That makes this one 999, with the next being 1000. It’s a great milestone that just happened to do so on 9-9-09. And technically there are some still in the lucky / unlucky day (depending on how you look at it). For me, it was just productive. Worked on DITH, rebuilt a club’s sound system, fixed a couple issues on the site, learned a new song for the acoustic show. Downloaded the Apple 3.1 update and Madden10. That’s how I roll. Once again, the next post will make 1000. 100 podcasts, 1000 posts and 2 years of Geekazine coming up in October. Amazing numbers – Hopefully we’ll double those in less time. Of course if anyone wants to contribute to Geekazine, feel...

FBReader:  Open Source eBook Reader 1

FBReader: Open Source eBook Reader

I got a hankering for an ebook reader today. I have one on my cell phone and decided it would be nice to have one on my computer, mainly because ebook readers remember where you left off. Plus I’ve long been a fan of Project Gutenberg and I decided I was wasting too much time with reruns of televison murder mysteries when I could be reading murder mysteries. I Googled “ebook reader linux” and found FBReader, which was designed for Google Android, but also runs on Linux desktops. There’s even a Windows version. It is free and open source.

MadTech Facebook – Getting On 0

MadTech Facebook – Getting On

For more info, visit: http://www.mad-tech.org/events/madtech-facebookgetting-on Do you want to get onto Facebook but don’t know where to start? Well, this day will be for you. It’s the first of a 3 part series on getting your name out on Facebook. It’s about learning how to use Facebook as a tool and get more people interested and involved. Time: September 16, 2009 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Location: Goodman Community Center Street: 149 Waubesa St City/Town: Madison, WI Website or Map: http://maps.google.com/maps… Phone: 608.241.3616 Event Type: user, group, meeting, social Organized By: Alnisa Allgood

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