Monthly Archive: October 2009

#BWE09 – Touring Zappos 0

#BWE09 – Touring Zappos

On the first day of Blogworld, I headed to South Hall, got my badge, then – since I didn’t have the full pass and couldn’t watch sessions on day one – sat outside talking to the people to see what was going on. I ran into Brett from Mashable, Marla and Liz. They were congregating, talking about going somewhere. I thought it was just going to lunch at first, but when the Zappos bus showed up, I knew there was something more. Zappos sells shoes online. They also sell other items like handbags, clothing and housewears – but they are known best for the shoes. So it was exciting to see a company that relies solely on the internet to build their business. After all, many other companies started with a physical store. On the bus I met a lot of great people. Ryan – from Hubpages –...

A sad day – Ending relations with Mevio – Eastbay Sponsor 0

A sad day – Ending relations with Mevio – Eastbay Sponsor

This will be the only time I talk about this: Two weeks ago while attending Blogworld – New Media Expo 2009, I went to upload my video content to TVazine – hosted by Mevio. The uploader didn’t work. After trying to get a solution from the online forums, I was told that the person who could help me was not in the office and I wouldn’t have a solution until “the weekend, maybe later”. Because of this issue, I lost out on 4 days of video content. I had put some of it up on geekazine.blip.tv. That uploader was working just fine. I took a week off from producing video content. The decision was made earlier this week and I had begun moving content. I am not sure if I will put up past episodes on blip.tv just yet. Certain videos will be up there, like the “Window7...

Podcast Ep 110 – The Best Podcast to Date 2

Podcast Ep 110 – The Best Podcast to Date

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhy this will be my best Podcast to date… Videos are coming out like yummy cake donuts. Fatburger. Congrats to Wendy on the Thrill around the World. Windows 7 is sitting on side taunting me. Take the Raw Voice listener survey Audible.com – 14 day Gold membership – www.audiblepodcast.com/geekazine 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 and PS3 Non-Latin Character Domains Buh-Bye Geocities Infographic: Connectedness Carol Bartz at CES Google Wave App Store...

The Band: Playing at Full Compass Grand Opening 0

The Band: Playing at Full Compass Grand Opening

I don’t show off my other passion too much on this site, but I thought I would give you a taste of what I do when I am not being a Social Medeite. I am in a band calle the “Trailer Kings” and we play all around the Midwest. This video was shot last week at the studio of the new Full Compass Campus. They had a live web event over the weekend and we were part of it. We did 5 songs – This one: Mary Janes’ Last Dance by Tom Petty. Enjoy!

#BWE09 – the Blogworld Fatburger Challenge 0

#BWE09 – the Blogworld Fatburger Challenge

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI like a good burger. When I get a burger for free, I am all over that. That is, unless I am then turned into a Zombie. But I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soo…. uuuuhhhhh….. brainssssss….. Anyway – I participated in many events at Blogworld. One that was really fun to do was called the Fatburger Challenge. I have never had a Fatburger, so I was really stoked on this. 1/2 lb of meat on a bun with lettuce, tomato and all the fixins. I felt like this is a challenge for me. Therefore I signed up. It’s like I was the 12th grader competing in the 2nd grade spelling bee – I had no doubt I could finish this meal and still have room for more. Twelve of us sat at a table with all the social mediaites...

Close Encounters of a Vistarious Kind 0

Close Encounters of a Vistarious Kind

I had my first hands-on encounter with Windows Vista today. A friend asked me shoot the trouble between his Vista laptop and his HP F380 Deskjet printer. Man, am I glad I use Linux.

Yahoo Rebounds–in the Stock Market 0

Yahoo Rebounds–in the Stock Market

Bloomberg reports that Yahoo’s profit is up and–this is the key to the stock news–they “exceeded expectations” (am I the only person who wonders where Wall Street gets those expectations we keep hearing about in the financial news?): Yahoo! Inc., owner of the No. 2 U.S. search engine, reported an increase in third-quarter profit after cutting costs by paring jobs and jettisoning businesses. The shares rose 4.8 percent in extended trading. The only time I went to Yahoo in the past year was to look at it for a post I wrote here a little while ago. A close reading of the story indicates that Yahoo’s financial performance seems to have more to do with cutting expenses than it does with improving the product. It looks to me that this has a lot to do with numbers and not much to do with Yahoo’s product which is, behind...

Podcast Ep 109 – Last day in Vegas 0

Podcast Ep 109 – Last day in Vegas

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSClosing Blogworld New Media Expo – Why there was no video – National Listener Survey – Living in HD issues. New Sponsor Day in Tech History Audible.com – 14 day Gold membership – www.audiblepodcast.com/geekazine 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) Roku bound Congrats on #BeatCancer Apple Retail Stores Report Card Droid Does Searching Google Voice Microsoft Retail II OnStar Stops car chase Virgin America Free Wifi Firefox Plugin issue Yahoo Lap Dance QUE...

Maybe Panasonic and LivinginHD should read their own rules 0

Maybe Panasonic and LivinginHD should read their own rules

A few weeks ago I submitted a video for Living in HD – a contest presented by Panasonic. It’s the chance to get some free gear and also get some insider info from Panasonic. The submitters were suppose to upload a 2 minute video on what they would do with the products and why they should be picked. I did enter and I didn’t get picked. No big deal – that’s happened before – I’m not bent out of shape for that. However, I checked out the 10 entrants involved and I have to ask myself – Why didn’t half of these get disqualified? Let’s look at the rules. 4. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS/CLEARANCES: (a) Commercial Must Meet LivinginHd Technical Requirements For Uploading. It must be color. Recommended formats include WMV, AVI, MOV, and MPG. The Video should not exceed two minutes. All Videos must be tagged with #LiHDInsider. That...

#bwe09 day 5 – the unofficial post blogworld 0

#bwe09 day 5 – the unofficial post blogworld

Well, whereas most people were getting on planes and shuffling home to their families, some of us stayed the extra days to enjoy the sites, sounds and warm weather. That, and it was a special deal if I left on Tuesday instead of Sunday. The day started at 10 am as I woke up from a very hard sleep. I shuffled downstairs for a little while because the local fox affiliate had the Giants game on. Of course, I wanted to watch a bit of the Packer game. By halftime, I knew this game was done, so I went back up to my room to nap and work. It’s an interesting multitasking function for you need mad skills to do it. Nonetheless, I finished uploading pictures and blog posts from the previous day. The afternoon was mostly sight seeing. I walked down the main strip and back. It’s...

#bwe09 day 4 – Anthony Edwards first tweet 0

#bwe09 day 4 – Anthony Edwards first tweet

Got up. Showered. Shaved. Walked to convention center. Then I woke up. The opening keynote jumped us into gear. A panel of Andrew Edwards,Robyn Antone, Mark Gross and Jermaine Durpri. The subject: Celebrities and Social Media. Really great discussion about how they look at social media. Anthony Edwards promoted his efforts in Africa. Jermaine talked about how he talks with people until they show that ended with Anthony Edwards making his first tweet ever. Took in some sessions. Flash animations was a great show. We learned how to make the podcast lively with flash video. Different approach to casting. Cali Lewis was next as she talked about video cameras and green screens. She, along with her producer Neil, showed off the cameras they use and how they produce video for Geekbrief.tv. The day then took me to walking the floor and talking to various bloggers and casters. That...

#bwe09 day 3 – the expo begins 1

#bwe09 day 3 – the expo begins

Started the day on a down note, the phone had some problems. A call to AT&T fixed the problem, but it made me late getting things going. Add to that a problem with uploading video last night and a show that is still in the prep area. Oh well, life doesn’t stop, so it gets left behind for now. Get to the hall to the keynote with Richard Jalichandra from Technorati. He tala about the state of the blogosphere. Basically, where we are in blogging and where we are going. Richard showed us the increasing numbers of bloggers and where they come from. He then says something that got me into new media to begin with.. One thing that still hits hard today. Be Passionate. Next up: the panel keynote – the death and rebirth of journalism.Brian Solis, Joanna Drake Earl, Jay Rosen and Hugh Hewitt are on...

#Bwe09 Day 2 – I got abducted… 0

#Bwe09 Day 2 – I got abducted…

This morning started late. For some reason (maybe the fact I didn’t sleep in 48 hours), I woke up at 10 AM. I don’t normally do that, but what is more interesting is I am in Pacific Time zone. So technically, I slept until noon. I got up, worked on some stats and headed off to the South Hall in Blogworld. I got registered and got a chance to really talk to some people. People like Hope from Windy city social and Rob Walch from Wizzard. Hope was very interesting for the short amount of time I talked with her. She shows me that no matter how many people say there are no more .com names, you can always find a .com to register. The most interesting point of the day, though was I met Marla from d-vin-ideas and Brett from Mashable. Marla asked me: “You wanna get...

Bing!  Bang!  Bust!  Advertising Fail? 0

Bing! Bang! Bust! Advertising Fail?

Sometime during the night, the bit in the story that I mentioned yesterday referring to the reported $100,000,000.00 that Microsoft spent to promote Bing! resurfaced. Here’s the quote: But after spending a reported $100 million to market Bing, Microsoft may now need to find new ways to pump up interest in its search engine. Then I remembered Microsoft’s advertising theme: that Bing! was a decison engine, whatever that is (warning: the site at the link starts playing a multimedia advertisement without asking permission.) And I thought back over my searches the past week. Not a single one had to do with making a decision. Which led me to wonder: Is it that Microsoft’s Marketing Department doesn’t understand how persons use search engines or is it that Microsoft as a whole doesn’t understand how persons use search engines? Or did they just waste a lot of money on a...

Blogworld New Media Expo 2009 Day 1 0

Blogworld New Media Expo 2009 Day 1

The day was long, but well worth it. I got on a plane about 5:10 this morning. The flight would take me to Chicago, where I would have to wait until 8:11 to continue on. However, problems kept us in Chicago a little longer. The plane had some technical glitch that could be fixed by unplugging (something), then taking one from another plane. They kept saying it would only take a couple minutes. …Two hours later… We finally got underway after 10 AM. With a 2 hour time shift, that brought the plane in at about 11:45 AM. Got to the hotel, however, my credit card was not functioning. Apparently the card now wants me to call them and let them know I will be traveling. Not sure why I need a babysitter, but it was a minor setback. Took a walk around the hotel. Extremely close to...

Data Breach, the Old Fashioned Way 0

Data Breach, the Old Fashioned Way

By someone’s losing an unencrypted thumb drive containing the names and addresses of over 100,000 adult education students, according to the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot. The drive was lost track of on September 21 and is probably just lost, but the incident is still going to cost the Commonwealth of Virginia a lot of money before it’s over: The 77,577 former adult education students whose addresses were available will receive letters from the department this week advising them of the loss and the steps they should take to protect themselves from identity theft. The drive also contained data for 25,693 former students whose addresses were unknown. Those who took an adult education course between April 1, 2007 and June 30, 2009, or who passed a high school equivalency test between January 1, 2001 and June 30, 2009, should call the department (Virginia Department of Education) at 877-347-5224 for information...

Bing!  Bang!  Bust!  The Plateau 0

Bing! Bang! Bust! The Plateau

Reteurs reports that both Twitter and Bing! plateaued in September. What growth Bing! has continues to be at the expense of Yahoo, rather than of Google. According to the Guardian, Twitter growth has stalled before, only to recover the next month. (See the second paragraph of this story, which also reports that Twitter has made reporting spam easier by adding a “spam” button to tweets.) But I suspect the novelty has worn off Bing! An excerpt from the Reuters story: After picking up decent market share every month since its June launch, Bing grew its share by a meagre 10 basis points last month. According to comScore, Bing’s share of the U.S. search market grew to 9.4 percent, versus 9.3 percent the month before. Google widened its lead to 64.9 percent share, from 64.6 percent in August, while Yahoo fell to 18.8 percent from 19.3 percent the month...

Podcast Ep 108 – Packing for Vegas and Blogworld New Media Expo 0

Podcast Ep 108 – Packing for Vegas and Blogworld New Media Expo

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSo I thought it was a short show, but my small rant about getting business cards might have changed that. You should hear what happened when I took my business over to Fedex office. I also got my Google Wave invite this week. 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) Search via Goby Google Squared Invite Google Voice Sweeden Dies Cisco buys Starent Pepsi iPhone App Unlock Car 34 MS Patches New HP Probook...

X-Ray Glasses Come Closer to Reality 0

X-Ray Glasses Come Closer to Reality

But forget those old advertisements in Boys Life. Scientific Blogging reports that, by establishing a grid of radio transmitters, researchers have been able to track movement behind walls using radio waves. They are not able to actually see through the walls. Yet. Radio signal strengths between all nodes were measured as a person walked in each area. Processed radio signal strength data were displayed on a computer screen, producing a bird’s-eye-view, blob-like image of the person. They speculate that the technology could be useful in surveillance, hostage situations, and the like.

Screencast – Backing up computer for Windows 7 install 0

Screencast – Backing up computer for Windows 7 install

2GB Totally Free Online Backup! Compliments of Mozy – Use code “Geek” for 10% off other plans In this screen cast, we look at some steps you can take to prepare for your Windows 7 install. The biggest is backing up your data so you can bring it back on the new system. In this system, we look at: Collecting computer information using the Belarc Advisor Drive Imaging software, such as Acronis – for restore point Using an external source like old computer or external drive Off-site backup option in Mozy This upgrade will not be a quick one, as most sites are warning. Some of you may be upgrading the computer, while others will do a fresh install, or parallel install (XP and Win 7 on the same machine). However you do it, these steps will help you keep your data, have a restore point to go...

Add Geekazine to your Google Wave 1

Add Geekazine to your Google Wave

Over the weekend I got my Google Wave invite. Today I got a few minutes to play with this program. I have added some people, but would like to connect with more. If you would like to add me to Google wave, the email is [email protected] I would like to preview a lot more and get more invites.

Geekazine Original – Blogworld Bound 0

Geekazine Original – Blogworld Bound

O.K. I was a little bored tonight, so I put together a song for this next week’s Blogworld – New Media Expo. It’s only a few days away and I am pumped to meet and learn (and relax a bit). Are you going to the show? Let me know. I get there on Wednesday, so we could easily meet up for a “Pre Blogworld drink”. If someone has a guitar with them, I might just pull out the song again. This time with a little bit of practice. After all, I’m a drummer – not a Guitar playing Harmonica hasher…. But for now, here’s an unofficial Blogworld song. If you want to sing along: Doesn’t matter if I got no money. Doesn’t matter at all. I set me a path and now I’m heading down this road. (cause I’m)Blogworld bound – That’s where I’m gonna be. And baby...

Can Anyone Tell Me What This Means? 0

Can Anyone Tell Me What This Means?

I mean this article here, which attempts to equate the development of social networks to a Darwinian process of evolution. Rant below the fold.

Dell To Enter Smartphone Market 0

Dell To Enter Smartphone Market

Reuters reports that Dell is working on an Android phone for the U. S. market to be distributed by AT&T. (They credit the Wall Street Journal with breaking the story.) Smartphones . . . have exploded onto the corporate and consumer market as users increasingly access information and entertainment on the go. Worldwide factory shipments of smart phones are expected to rise to 235.6 million units in 2010, up 27.9 percent from 184.2 million in 2009, according to iSuppli. That is a far cry from a 12.3 percent decline projected for cellphones overall in 2009. But analysts warn that the world’s No. 2 PC maker would face a tough challenge in a market already crowded with competition. On Wednesday, South Korea’s Samsung said it would also begin selling an Android phone through Sprint Nextel’s network. As much as I like Dells–until my son moved out, there were five...

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