Monthly Archive: February 2010

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-28 0

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-28

In a new social experiment, every Sunday at 11:59 PM, everything I posted on Twitter will show up on Geekazine. This will include updates and retweets. It is a test, so if you see any issues, let me know. First thing it looks like I need to do is make this post look a little prettier. Posted ‘Configure Backup with Mozy’ to blip.tv: http://blip.tv/file/3250319 # @Bwana nice video: RT I uploaded a YouTube video — Announcing Techpodcasts.TV! http://youtu.be/BuNB_PRb8hA?a in reply to Bwana # #POLL Should Apple Be this Aggressive with App store Applications http://bit.ly/geekpoll – #Podcast starting soon. http://www.geekazine.com # #PODCAST starting in mere minutes (Broadcasting live at http://ustre.am/mD4) # @johnobeto where? http://www.geekazine.com # At social media club Madison kickoff meeting #smcmad #madisonsmc # @douglasawhsport are u coming to bocarh? in reply to douglasawhsport # Installing #Slackware #Linux, Part 3: Target Drives http://bit.ly/cKZZmk # Posted ‘Talking to several...

BookSwim.com: Online Book Rental Through Mail, Interview: Eric Ginsberg – Quickcast 1

BookSwim.com: Online Book Rental Through Mail, Interview: Eric Ginsberg – Quickcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou might be a Transumer. You might have Netflix or Blockbuster for your online movie rental. You might even have Gamefly for your Game rental. But how about your online Book rental? Well that is the business model of BookSwim – an online Book rental system. Simply choose your plan, choose from the large library they have and get the books in the mail. No late fees – return at any time through the pre-pay envelopes. The next book will arrive shortly. In this Quickcast interview, we talk with Eric Ginsberg – a teacher, musician and librarian that brought over some great ideas of online book rental to life months after BookSwim was created by George Burke and Shamoon Siddiqui. We talk with Eric and discuss the reasons why someone would use BookSwim as opposed to an e-reader, buying or just going...

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 5:  Finishing Up 2

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 5: Finishing Up

This is the fifth of series of posts on installing Slackware Linux. The previous parts: Part 1: Considered why some persons find Slackware difficult to install. Part 2: Partitioned the hard drive for a clean install, as opposed to an upgrade or a dual boot installation. Part 3: Formatted the swap drive and target drive and pointed the computer to the source media. Part 4: Installed the operating system and included software and configured LiLo (the Linux Loader). This post looks at the final steps of configuring the system.

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 4: Installing Software and Configuring LiLo 1

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 4: Installing Software and Configuring LiLo

This is the fourth part of a series on installing Slackware Linux. Part 1: Considered why some persons find Slackware difficult to install. Part 2: Partitioned the hard drive for a clean install, as opposed to an upgrade or a dual boot installation. Part 3: Formatted the swap drive and target drive and pointed the computer to the source media. Now it’s time to put Slackware on the box.

How to Bump, Madison WI. Social Media Club Kickoff Party 0

How to Bump, Madison WI. Social Media Club Kickoff Party

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDuring the party – I got to talking to part of the board of directors at the Social Media Club – Madison, WI. chapter. Jessica Binder is the party planner, which we started talking about events. I (in my infinite wisdom) didn’t have a business card to give her. I noticed she had an iPhone, so I suggested we “bump”. She did not know what that was, so we setup and configured the application. During that time, the chair of MadisonSMC – Marlena Deutsch stopped by to find out what was going on. She, too did not know about this iPhone application. Therefore, we installed and setup her device with the software and collected contact information. Marlena did ask a great question – is there a field to put in Twitter info. I did a quick scan, but could not find any other...

Madison Wisconsin Social Media Club Kickoff Party 1

Madison Wisconsin Social Media Club Kickoff Party

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn Wednesday, the Social Media Club Madison chapter held their first kickoff meet at the Brocach by the Capitol. About 125 were in attendance as the board of directors was introduced. We met one another and learned a lot about how everyone can work together. The sponsors of the event created gift bags for the registered guests. Each table had products and a sign that said either Facebook, Flickr, Twitter or YouTube. You had to sit at each station and write out how you would promote the products on your given Social Network site. However, with the larger turnout, it was more difficult to move around, therefore I am not sure if they got the response they expected for that social game. I went through the crowd and talked to a lot of Social Media and PR people. I ran into...

GWP #127: Rough Start – Full Video, Audio Podcast Recordings Available! 0

GWP #127: Rough Start – Full Video, Audio Podcast Recordings Available!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA little rough start as I started to use the uStream Producer for the video. Too many balls to juggle for now…Sat. Feb 20th @ 10:59 P.M. Paul Edward Powers entered the world. Congratulations to this weeks Winner of Diskeeper 2010 – LeonChan, we will give another away next week. FAWM coming to an end. Need help in getting a new Heil Boom PL2T. Madison Social Media Club Kickoff Party. My time on Google Buzz. Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Day Pass $9.95 $69/Month – $660/Year Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month!Use code “Geek” for 10% off! $50 a Year for Off-site Backup. All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious To add cool items next week link on Delicious – geekazine podcast 128 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes –...

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 3: Target Drives 0

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 3: Target Drives

Yesterday, we looked at using cfdisk to partition the hard drive (this morning, I changed to the title of that post to make it more accurate). Today we will look at formatting drives and selecting the target drive for the installation. We left off yesterday by exiting cfdisk and returning to the command line. To enter the installation program, type “setup” at the command line and press enter.

Social Media Club: Madison WI. Chapter 1

Social Media Club: Madison WI. Chapter

I have met many a Social Media Club members from around this great nation. About a year ago, I toyed with starting the Madison chapter, but we already had a great community in Web608. However, a group has officially created the Social Media Club of Madison and their first kick-off party will be on Feb 23rd. Good Morning! Just wanted to let everyone know that we have scheduled our first kick-off event for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 23 from 5:30-7PM at Brocach Pub on the Square. We have the whole upstairs reserved with music, swag and drink specials. Event details are located here: http://madisonsmc.eventbrite.com/ I hope to see you there! Please spread the love in any way you can!!! Best, Janie — Janie Winston Network Administrator (membership) Social Media Club of Madison This should be a great time and I encourage anybody in the area to check it out...

Geekazine on BagelTech BIG: Glow in the Dark Toilet Paper 0

Geekazine on BagelTech BIG: Glow in the Dark Toilet Paper

I went on the show “Bageltech BIG” this last week. I joined Ewan Rankin, Troy King, Sarah Jane and Andy McCaskey to talk about news and cool stuff. Bageltech News is a daily rundown of news in IT and Bageltech BIG is a weekly show with a panel. Big topics were the Schools Laptop privacy issues, MWDC, Flying police drones, RFID on phones, Who owns Lindsay Vaughn and weekly picks. A fun hour of discussion between the four of us. You can check out Bageltech BIG here:

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 2:  Partitioning the Hard Drive 6

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 2: Partitioning the Hard Drive

Update: I changed “formatting” to “partitioning” in the title to make it more descriptive. This is the second of several posts on installing Slackware Linux. The first post is here. Before installing Slackware or any operating system, you have to have the installation media. I use CDs because some of my computers are old enough that they do not speak “bootable DVD.” For most Linux distributions I try, I simply download *.ISO files and burn CDs from them. Almost every DVD/CD burning program includes the ability to burn CDs from *.ISO files, but sometimes you have to hunt around a bit to find it. (If you haven’t burned from an *.ISO file before, read the burner help file; all that copying the *.ISO to the CD does is give you a backup of the file, not a usable disk. I know; I’ve done it even after I knew...

How to Configure the Mozy Backup 0

How to Configure the Mozy Backup

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the last couple months, we have been talking about online backup through Mozy.com. It is a great way to take your pictures and audio off-site. That way if you have a fire or theft, you do not loose your data. It’s not the fastest thing in the world – but the more data you have, the longer the initial backup will take. Also, it is dependant on your internet connection – The initial upload took 4 days for me. They counter it by compressing the file before uploading. It encodes, then uploads the file using 128 bit Encryption. The Data Centers are SAS70 and ISO certified. You can change how fast or slow the update can take by moving the slider during backup. One thing I would love to see on the program would be a “Pause” button. While I...

Ford Ranked Among Top Innovative Companies by Fast Company for Ford SYNC 0

Ford Ranked Among Top Innovative Companies by Fast Company for Ford SYNC

When we saw what Ford was doing at CES 2010 with the SYNC system, we were impressed. Well, it goes without saying that not only were we impressed, but the Fast Company was, too. They put Ford on the Top Ten “Most Innovative Companies” in mobile technology. Actually, it’s #5 on the list: Google Apple Amazon HTC Ford Evernote Qualcom Clearwire Foursquare Intermap This is the first time an automaker has been featured on the Top 10 Mobile list. The honor goes to Ford from their work of with SYNC and the MyFord Touch driver interface. Collaborating with many different mobile device manufacturers, as well as software app developers and network providers. One of those providers is Stitcher – a content provider of Podcasts and Internet radio over the iPhone, Android, Palm and Blackberry. All of Geekazine’s Podcasts are available on Stitcher. Other programs are Pandora, OpenBeak, Inrix,...

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 1:  Intro 5

Installing Slackware Linux, Part 1: Intro

For some time now I’ve wanted to write a post on how to install Slackware Linux. I even had a bunch of pictures taken and kept getting distracted, then a new version came in the mail. I’ve finally sprung the time to set it up and will devote several posts to installing and configuring Slackware Linux. About Slackware: Slackware is the oldest named Linux distribution. It is also supposed to be the “most Unix like.” I cannot speak to that because I’ve never used Unix. I can say that in the Unix user group in my new area, my first impression is that most of the old Unix heads seem to be using Slackware. Indeed, Slackware is venerable enough in the short history of Linux that it has given its name to a family of distributions, which are described as Slackware-based, Debian-based, or Fedora-based. (Of the ones I’ve...

Buzzwhacked:  Frank’s Google Buzz 0

Buzzwhacked: Frank’s Google Buzz

I Buzzed the other day. The little Buzz bubble was there on the Google Maps on my Android phone and I succumbed to temptation and replied to someone else’s Buzz. I think it shall be my one and only time. I am thoroughly underwhelmed. As I punch the little bubbles on the map, I find myself learning who’s stuck in traffic, who’s ordering pizza, who’s lonely for companionship (that buzz was really no one’s bizz, especially accompanied by a picture of the lonely person in question). And, frankly, the fact that Google Maps shows the geographical location of Buzzers (Buzzists? Buzzites?) does sort of induce a case of the willies.

Google Buzz vs Friend Feed vs Facebook vs Twitter: Who will Replace Who? 1

Google Buzz vs Friend Feed vs Facebook vs Twitter: Who will Replace Who?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week when Google Buzz came out, all the Social Mediates jumped on board like the last boat of the day starting to leave the dock. Instantly, we saw everyone posting “I am Buzzing”, and others rebuilding their Social Media lists. The big names pretty much dominated the Buzz. But it did become an opportunity for a new name or two to get in there. And – as far as I know – Ashton Kutcher is not on Buzz.. Yet. Two big questions people had about Buzz in the first week – Is Buzz like which Social Media Micro Blogging device, and which one is Buzz going to replace? In this video, we look at Google Buzz, Friend Feed, Twitter and Facebook. Jeffrey talks about what Buzz is close to and gives answers to these two questions. What do you think? Will Buzz replace...

GWP Ep #126: We Talk Windows Mobile 7 on the Podcast 1

GWP Ep #126: We Talk Windows Mobile 7 on the Podcast

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCES videos are up and now it’s time to focus on other things. Got the 6th song done for FAWM, putting together a new client website and working with another on updates. Sportazine is now in production. We are giving away another copy of Diskeeper 2010. Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Day Pass $9.95 $69/Month – $660/Year Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month!Use code “Geek” for 10% off! $50 a Year for Off-site Backup. All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious To add cool items next week link on Delicious – geekazine podcast 127 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) App Store Alliance: AT&T Shooting itself in the Foot? Apple Bans iPhone Hackers Google Nabs Aardvark Sling Player...

Lexware Labs Sleep Cycle: Can I Learn, Sleep Better? 0

Lexware Labs Sleep Cycle: Can I Learn, Sleep Better?

Apparently there is a new iPhone application out there that lets me monitor my sleep cycle by simply sleeping with the iPhone at the corner of the bed. The application is called Sleep Cycle by Lexware Labs. It is currently a $0.99 app in the iTunes store as an introductory offer. The application is simple: Set the alarm for your wake time. For me, I don’t usually set an alarm – When I want to get up, I wake up. Nonetheless, I did setup the alarm for testing sake. I set the iPhone on the corner of the bed. They say you need to plug in the device to maintain power, but I am not ready to sleep with 115 Volts sitting by my head just yet. I had the phone charged up, so I left the cable on the computer. It did go through about 50-60% of...

January Roundtable #56: iPadio, Backupify: TechPodcasts Roundtable 0

January Roundtable #56: iPadio, Backupify: TechPodcasts Roundtable

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSJanuary’s Roundtable was another great event. Todd Cochrane was your host for the TechPodcasts Roundtable. Jeffrey Powers talked about ways to podcast via a mobile device. He introduced Mark Smith – CEO of iPadio.com -We provided TPN updates from CES by phone right from the show floor, in audio podcast form. Learn how the technology from the UK Company spearheaded coverage of the disaster from Haiti a few days after CES. Mark even used the iPadio service to also stream out his portion of the discussion to his followers. Andy McCaskey introduced Rob May from BackUpify.com. Backupify offers a way to safely back up all of the social media data that you have stored in the cloud – such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Gmail. It’s in beta right now, so if you want to try it for free, you can...

HP StorageWorks x510 Data Vault Perfect for Any Home or Office 3

HP StorageWorks x510 Data Vault Perfect for Any Home or Office

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEditors Disclaimer: This StorageWorks x510 Data Vault is a review unit sent to me from HP. They asked me to test and report my findings. Although the Data Vault is a review model, my review is based on honest observations. Any questions – please refer to the review policy page for more information When I first pulled this device out of the box, I thought to myself – Wow. It’s not like my last Data Storage device. The last one was 3x the size, held 5 SCSI drives that didn’t even go to 100 GB, had two power supplies and weighed about 100 lbs. I looked like one of those guys in the Worlds Strongest Man Competition trying to haul that puppy up and downstairs when I moved it. All right — Let’s start with the basics. The X510 case doesn’t...

New Site: Sportazine 0

New Site: Sportazine

We are happy to announce another new site in the Geekazine library – Sportazine: for the Sports Nuts in All of us. This is a site dedicated to any sport. Don’t your sport on the list? Let me know and I’ll put it up there. Want to be a contributor? Let me know and I’ll get you on the list. Douglas will be taking care of most of the posts over at Sportazine. Welcome Doug on the team!

Iomega Brings NAS Through USB Drives with the Iomega i-Connect – CES 2010 0

Iomega Brings NAS Through USB Drives with the Iomega i-Connect – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS IOMega i-Connect Wireless Data Station gets in the Network Attached Storage (NAS) game with this new device. It takes your USB drives and turns it into storage over the network. You will also be able to connect USB printers or other devices, and it will turn into a new drive for you to pull from. Andy McCaskey talks with Bill on this great new product from Iomega. The i-Connect Data Station is only $99 and has a 3 year warranty. Of course, it is wireless, so you will be able to place it anywhere you have a WiFI signal. Sponsor:  Get GotoAssist Express free for 30 days and complete the IT Toolbox – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee – Subscribe to the YouTube Channel and Check out Techpodcasts.tv

Energy Monitoring for Appliances From Whirlpool, Direct Energy – CES 2010 0

Energy Monitoring for Appliances From Whirlpool, Direct Energy – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Ever wanted to track your energy consumption? Well, Whirlpool and Direct Energy might have the answer with that. In a test going out to 40 homes, energy retailer Direct Energy will test how these Appliances will save and how consumers react. The system will automatically figure out how to manage the devices. Andy McCaskey talks with Whirlpool about this pilot project and how the system works. Using the Zigbee network, the appliances will talk with each other. The test is being run this year and the system will be launched in stores by 2011. Sponsor:  Get GotoAssist Express free for 30 days and complete the IT Toolbox – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee – Subscribe to the YouTube Channel and Check out Techpodcasts.tv

Whirlpool Announces Energy Monitoring In The Whirlpool Vantage Washer/Dryer – CES 2010 1

Whirlpool Announces Energy Monitoring In The Whirlpool Vantage Washer/Dryer – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Need the Ultimate in Laundry Experience? Whirlpool will be giving you one soon. This Washer / Dryer looks like an accessory to your car, but they are the newest in laundry technology with a Green conscience.Energy Monitoring during cycle selection will be incorporated so your whites get white and your Green stays Green. Andy McCaskey talks with Brandon over this great new idea. This washer/dryer pair won’t be out until mid-year, but it might be something to wait for if you are planning on getting a new one. With auto lift hinges and Eco monitor, you can save money and not have the lid slam down. Sponsor:  Get GotoAssist Express free for 30 days and complete the IT Toolbox – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee – Subscribe to the YouTube Channel and Check out Techpodcasts.tv

iPhone Applications With Products From Sharper Image – CES 2010 0

iPhone Applications With Products From Sharper Image – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS During CES unveiled Todd Cochrane talks with Dan from Sharper Image. They have decided to integrate all their products complete with iPhone applications. Starting with $49 products, you should be able to get some great products. Other phone support will be on the way after the iPhone rollout. Sponsor:  Get GotoAssist Express free for 30 days and complete the IT Toolbox – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee – Subscribe to the YouTube Channel and Check out Techpodcasts.tv

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