Monthly Archive: November 2009

Madison Tweetup – Dec 2nd 0

Madison Tweetup – Dec 2nd

Geekazine is proud to present the Madison Tweetup – December 2nd at the Dry Bean. Festivities will start at 7 PM and will go until 10 PM or until we choose. Come on down and talk with other local social mediates. Frank Busch (MSB) will be providing the music for the evening. We will be giving away some great prizes throughout the night. Second Harvest Food Bank will have a barrel where you can drop a non-perishable food item. Anyone interested in wanting to help, feel free to contact me at 608-205-4378 or [email protected] Tweetup – a Social Network event where people meet to talk to other Social Networkers. Tweetup comes from Twitter, where “Tweeters” would get together to meet face – to – face. Prize sponsors: Pegasus Games Westfield Comics etc. Vitense Golfland Raven Computers The Dry Bean

“Shop by Phone” for the Aughts 0

“Shop by Phone” for the Aughts

MarketWatch reports that shopping by cellphone seems to have come into its own this weekend: Black Friday saw tremendous use of mobile phones by consumers to zero in on and make purchases, industry data reviewed by Dow Jones show. From a very small base last year, mobile online payments through PayPal surged nearly 650%, said Amanda Pires, senior director of marketing at the online payment service. (snip) Searches from mobile devices jumped from around 5,000 on Black Friday in 2008 to roughly 200,000 this year, said Siva Kumar, chief executive of, a product search engine. I wouldn’t know. You wouldn’t catch me shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving at anything more crowded than a 7-11. At the same time, I can see it. It’s a handy way to do price comparisons and quality checks while on-the-go.

Redlasso Video Aggregator – Blogworld #BWE09 2

Redlasso Video Aggregator – Blogworld #BWE09

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFor bloggers, video content might be constrained to items without copyright. They cannot record a video from TV and post it. Otherwise, they might find themselves in a legal issue. So what would happen if a company brought that content to the bloggers to use? That is where Redlasso comes in. They collect video content from all sources and post it up for you to use. I talked with Gil from Redlasso. He showed me how a content provider can use the content to promote their site. Once you sign up, you choose your region and pick from the videos provided. Then just blog about it. The local news stations are the majority of clips in Redlasso right now. But you never know – you may be seeing a Geekazine video clip in there someday.

Do We Need Whiter Teeth and a Flatter Stomach That Bad? Why You Might Not Want to Click. 2

Do We Need Whiter Teeth and a Flatter Stomach That Bad? Why You Might Not Want to Click.

I have seen these ads for a while on websites. Some are on the side panels, others are pop ups (like this one). Selecting the ad will take you to a website that looks like it’s someone’s personal blog. But the real question is: Are these ads legit, or deceiving? Google has taken a stance to block these ads. They will put websites on notice to remove. Yet ad companies like AdBlade continue to push these ads. One website took me to Beckysteeth dot com. It looked like a personal blog about a woman and her secret to getting whiter teeth. At the bottom was a link to get the products she mentioned. I decided to do a little legwork. I found out that Beckysteeth was registered by GoDaddy, but the registration info was private. They did tell me what the DNS was. Moviecelltones dot com. Their info...

Status Updates and Mad Men 0

Status Updates and Mad Men

I started my career answering hate mail from customers in customer service. Statistics at that time, back when persons communicated by telephone, letter, or even occasionally face-to-face, showed that someone who got bad service would tell, on the average, 10 persons; someone who got good service–that is, someone who got what he or she paid for–might tell one person. Social media may be increasing the reach of negative comments, as Bloomberg reports. A negative review or comment on the Twitter, Facebook or Youtube Web sites can lose companies as many as 30 customers, according to a survey by Convergys Corp. A customer review on one of the sites reaches an average audience of 45 people, two-thirds of whom would avoid or completely stop doing business with a company they heard bad things about, Convergys said, citing its own survey.

Podcast Ep 114 – Smoking by my Macbook 0

Podcast Ep 114 – Smoking by my Macbook

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSZombie car is still waiting for fixin. CES lookin good and we might have a great opportunity. Drupal site is started – looking good. Dec 2nd Tweetup in Madison area. – 14 day Gold membership – 1 month subscription to New Yorker Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: 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) Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) AOL logos MSNBC Takes over @BreakingNews iPhone Worm still Rick Rollin Drobo at eSATA Back Virginia Up JetBib GigaOM on new website ROKU...

New iPhone Worm 0

New iPhone Worm

The BBC today reported that there is a new iPhone worm which attacks jail-broken iPhones, as did the Rickroll worm in Australia last month. This one is malicious, not just annoying, and targets Dutch customers of ING Bank: It is specifically targeting people in the Netherlands who are using their iPhones for internet banking with Dutch online bank ING. It redirects the bank’s customers to a lookalike site with a log-in screen. The worms work because they target the root password for the ssh (“secure shell”) function, which becomes vulnerable when the phone is jailbroken; many iPhone users, even those with jail-broken phones, probably don’t even know what “ssh” is, because it’s a Unix/Linux thing. I use ssh frequently, often several times a day, to avoid getting up and walking into the next room to do something directly on another computer, but my passwords are not in the...

Unboxing the Epson Artisan 810 0

Unboxing the Epson Artisan 810

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe pull out and set up the Epson Artisan 810 All in one Printer. This is a fully functional copier / printer / scanner / Fax. We set up the printer to the network and make a couple print samples. **Before we start, I have to say that this device was sent to me by Epson and does not influence my review of the product. It is part of the giveaway on Podcast Madness this month. The Epson Artisan 810 has a few great features to it. The 3.5″ LCD touch panel allows you to move around easily. The 700 didn’t have the touch screen, which was frustrating. This one is a lot easier to handle. The Artisan 810 runs on the Claria ink system. That means the six toners give high-quality reproductions. The ink system is said to help reduce...

iRobotic 0


Scientific Blogging reports that researchers at Keio University in Tokyo have developed an iPhone app for controlling robots. An excerpt: “Walky” takes advantage of an iPhone or iPod’s touchscreen to create an intuitive interface that requires virtually no learning. Your fingers simulate the robot’s legs: a walking motion using the index and middle fingers makes the robot walk, tapping the screen makes it jump up and down, and a flicking motion with one finger elicits a kicking motion. Watch a video here. I wonder whether Isaac Asimov is amused.

Zemanta – Finding content for your blog – Blogworld #BWE09 1

Zemanta – Finding content for your blog – Blogworld #BWE09

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you have problems finding extra content to fill your posts – especially pictures – then you might want to try Zemanta. No, it’s not a medication to treat any cholesterol or depression. Well, you might be less depressed if you use Zemanta, though. Zemanta will take your post and add more content. Whether it’s a related link or a picture that is out on the internet. Zemanta plugin for WordPress, Movable Type, Joomla and Drupal, will give you options for the keywords you post. In this video I talk to Tilly from Zemanta about the great little plugin. She talks about price points (FREE), how the program works and how you could get more traffic. Dorkazine is running Zemanta right now.

Boot Shill 1

Boot Shill

When I saw this story reporting that Google’s Chrome OS, now under development, will boot in seven seconds or less, my [TIRADE MODE] switch went to the on position. The price you will pay for this fast boot is not having anything on the computer. From the description, it sounds like WebTV on steroids: True to Google’s Internet-pedigree, the Chrome OS resembles a Web browser more than it does a traditional computer operating system like Microsoft Windows, matching Google’s ambition to drive people to the Web — where they can see Google ads. (snip) Netbooks running Chrome OS will only be able to run Web applications and the user’s data will automatically be stored on the Web in the so-called cloud of Internet servers, Google executives said at an event at the company’s Mountain View, California headquarters on Thursday. If this is true–and it is consistent with all...

Outbrain – Related Content for your Blog – Blogworld #BWE09 0

Outbrain – Related Content for your Blog – Blogworld #BWE09

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe all are looking for ways to put more meat into our posts, while helping with SEO. Search Engine rules state that within that algorithm, the more links we have, the better. Therefore, linking to related information – especially from within your own site – is a key to ranking better. Outbrain is a program that lets you do just that: link to information that relates to the article at hand. It takes your keywords and puts related links on the bottom of the post. It can be internal or external links, completely controlled by you. We talk with Kate from Outbrain about how this system works and any other particulars involved.

Podcast Ep113 – No Whoppers at Burger King? 0

Podcast Ep113 – No Whoppers at Burger King?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStill waiting for the car to get fixed. Cable internet woes this week as I tell you what happened. A lot of video coming out and the switch to Burger King with no Whoppers! Podcast Madness investors. 48 more days to CES! – 14 day Gold membership – 1 month subscription to New Yorker Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: 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) Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Azure on Jan 1 Thanks Jen: Phone Sheep Pirates go...

HP Data Vault – Installing Apache, PHP, MySQL as a Sandbox 0

HP Data Vault – Installing Apache, PHP, MySQL as a Sandbox

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been trying to think outside the box on this install. The HP Data Vault is great for backing up data, but it could easily do more. For instance, it can run as an Intranet, or website Sandbox. In this video, Jeffrey Powers shows you how to configure your HP Data Vault to to run Apache, MySQL and PHP – while continuing to run Internet Information Service (IIS). We talk about configuration to the HTTP and the SSL levels in both sides and how to make them work in harmony. Finally, we show you through a CMS (Joomla) instance how the Data Vault handles both sides. With the Dual core processor and RAID configuration of the Data Vault, this machine could be a quick solution. It could sit on a Web Developers’ desk, or power a small business Intranet, Asset...

The Myth of Computer/Television Synergy 0

The Myth of Computer/Television Synergy

It’s over. The AOL-Time Warner divorce will be final on December 9. At the time of the marriage, I was a loyal AOL customer. I cut my online teeth with Bulletin Boards, so I already knew basic nettiquette when I joined AOL (so I did not pick up some of the habits that made “AOLer” into an online insult). When AOL made the internet available to its users and announced their unlimited-use pricing scheme, BBS’s quickly died out. AOL was not the cheapest game in town, but it provided good value for the money, included newsgroup access, and fought spammers relentlessly. I wasn’t excited about the merger at the time it happened; the underlying concept, that somehow a cable/entertainment company and an online service could benefit each other, seemed off-key. Reading the story linked above, I finally realized why (I’m slow, but I eventually get there). The merger...

Using Windows 7 Speech Recognition. 1

Using Windows 7 Speech Recognition.

All come everybody.  My name is Jeffrey hours.  I am doing well.  How are you doing? Guess what?  I am using the speech recognition in windows seven to make this article.  I do not have to type, or even get out of bed.  All I need is a good microphone, and a lot of patients. It is not 100%, but so far, it has done OK.  There are some things that I’ve actually had to redo, but most of the time it’s my impatience that causes errors.  The best part is all I have to say is the word UNDO, and it will all be undone. I suppose one problem with doing speech recognition is that you don’t learn the mistakes of spelling.  Even while typing in something; whether it be a article, a BLOG, or anything of the sort, I would notice when I make spelling mistakes...

Apple Repels Pystar 0

Apple Repels Pystar

The Guardian reports that Apple has won its suit against Pystar, the company that was manufacturing and selling clones running Mac OS on non-Apple hardware. Apparently Pystar’s modifying the Mac OS bootloader was a significant issue in the ruling, weakening Pystar’s defense: Psystar had claimed that “first sale doctrine” in the US means that the buyer (Psystar) can sell something on, regardless of whether the original owner (Apple) likes it. But the modification – “Psystar then replaced the Mac OS X ‘bootloader’”, to quote the finding of facts – means that first sale doctrine doesn’t apply any more. According to the story, Pystar is already in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Cloud(y) Horizons 0

Cloud(y) Horizons

I have not concealed my skepticism about “cloud computing.” I see only two reason for sticking my data out there somewhere in the care of who knows who, except for off-site backups and collaborative projects. (For anyone who has invested deeply in time or money or both, in websites, software, and data, offsite backups are a good thing.) “Because it’s there” is an insufficient reason for using any technology.

TechSmith – Camtasia – Blogworld #BWE09 1

TechSmith – Camtasia – Blogworld #BWE09

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe have used TechSmith products for a while. The best part of these products is the ability to capture the screen. Camtasia is their most notable item – it will let you record a screen, add a webcam, insert notation and a whole lot more. While at Blogworld, I got to talk to the guys at TechSmith. Troy came on camera and talked about the screen capture software. We discussed how you can use it in your daily video work. Other items in the TechSmith family – Jing: an online version of Camtasia, Snagit: a screenshot software, Camtasia Relay: an appliance for Camtasia, Morae: a marketing tool for your site or product. Further, it can all be hosted on

A Day at the Full Compass campus 0

A Day at the Full Compass campus

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe day after Blogworld, I got a great opportunity to play for the Grand Opening of the Full Compass campus. Full Compass is a full sound and light company for live and recording producers. Their online service sells millions of dollars in equipment a year. My Band – Trailer Kings – got to enter their studio to record tracks for the live event that happened on Oct 23 – 24th. During this time, I took some video of the studio, and pictures of the tour. The following is a video blog about the visit.

Want a Google Wave invite? Here is what you have to do to get one.

Want a Google Wave invite? Here is what you have to do to get one.

**UPDATE** I have awarded the 7 Google Wave invitations. Thanks to all who participated The irony of it all. I have a couple friends saying they don’t have the invite. I can’t give them one because I didn’t get any. Then they get Wave and the next day BAM! I have invites. The stars are lined against me, better get back in bed. Therefore, I have 7 invites to give (I earmarked one already). If you want an invite, all you have to do is comment on this thread. Comment what you want to get over the holidays. No one-liners. Give me a paragraph at least. Tell me why you want the item.And please don’t say “I want Google Wave for the holidays”. Great comments will get their invite right away. Otherwise, next week I’ll give them away. BTW – If someone already invited you to Google Wave,...

Bing!  Bang!  Bust!  Alpha! 0

Bing! Bang! Bust! Alpha!

Microsoft is teaming Bing! up with Wolfram Alpha, according to the BBC. Wolfram Alpha aims to answer questions directly, rather than display a list of links like a search engine. The “computational knowledge engine” is the brainchild of British-born physicist Stephen Wolfram. It will be used to bolster Bing’s results in areas such as nutrition, health and mathematics. The partnership will initially be rolled out in the US. Bing has been gradually grabbing market share from other search engines since its launch in May. Figures from Experian Hitwise suggest its market share in the US rose from 8.96% in September to 9.57% in October. The same story points out that Google is over 70% of market share in the US. I don’t think this is going to help Microsoft conquer Google. Jeffrey reported on Wolfram Alpha when it hit the news a few months ago and I played...

Yubby – Video Agregator – Blogworld #BWE09 0

Yubby – Video Agregator – Blogworld #BWE09

On the Expo floor of Blogworld, we talked with Remco about a cool product called Yubby. Yubby is a system that lets you find, collect and publish videos on your site. With over 30 video sites in the mix, Yubby definitely has an interesting take on how to add video. We found out that Yubby was on the front page of the Blogworld site – you would highlight the speaker and a small video would pop up with them. Pretty impressive in it’s presentation. Yubby is free, but there is plans to make a subscription side which will be relatively low in price.

Podcast Ep 112 – 11-11-09 – I hit a Deer, but the show must go on 0

Podcast Ep 112 – 11-11-09 – I hit a Deer, but the show must go on

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week, it’s Me vs. a Deer – $4077 bullet involved. Also, the talk about CES is ramping up. More sponsors, more people. Revamp of the sidebar – adding more ways to get the show. iPhone reset. Newest Podcast Madness – Artisan 810 up for grabs. Happy Birthday to my Alma Matter Fight Song. LAST WEEK: Take the Raw Voice listener survey – 14 day Gold membership – Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: 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) Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N....

Jaunty to Koala:  Ubuntu Upgrade 2

Jaunty to Koala: Ubuntu Upgrade

I heard that Ubuntu 9.10 (“Karmic Koala”–I take no reponsibility for Mark Shuttlesworth’s choice in names) was out, so I decided to upgrade my laptop. I started the Update Manager, ran the update routine to make sure I was at the latest version of Ubuntu 9.04 (“Jaunty Jackalope”), then clicked the “Upgrade” button, which had appeared coincident with the release. A dialog box appeared listing the steps of the upgrade process and telling me that, if I went all the way through with it, it was irreversible. I clicked to “Proceed.”