Monthly Archive: May 2010

Category Change: Special Media Feed 0

Category Change: Special Media Feed

In the last 24 hours, I have been cleaning up the categories. The CES 2009 and 2010, HPTF and HP Road show, along with other special media categories have been grouped into one Special media feed. In the next couple weeks, each post will be cleaned up as to properly be fed through any media player, including the RSS feeds. Future video, CES 2011, Blogworld, HPTF 2010, will work through this feed. More cleanup will be forthcoming…

Sharing a Drive on My Network:  IDE to USB to Linux 6

Sharing a Drive on My Network: IDE to USB to Linux

When I moved to Virginia Beach, I junked the IBM PC 300 I had been using as a file server. It was nearly 15 years old. I smashed the 8 GB boot drive with a hammer, wrapped up the 70 GB secondary drive in bubble wrap, and headed south. I was planning to put the drive in my Dell Dimension 4700 running Slackware LInux 13.0, which I had been using as a webserver (the website is now out on GoDaddy), and use that as my file server. When I cracked open the Dell, though, there was no room in the carrier for another drive (it’s already got two). So I decided to investigate IDE to USB converter enclosures. I found a converter enclosure from Dalco. Although the specs made no mention of LInux, I figured it was worth a shot. (For some fool reason, it came with an...

Inside Ford’s Virtual Manufacturing – Ford Tour 1

Inside Ford’s Virtual Manufacturing – Ford Tour

I am no stranger to 3D modeling and motion capture. Thanks to a good friend, I have learned all about it. In fact, he just set up a motion capture studio less than two weeks ago. I saw Motion capture on games, but I never saw it in a different type of production. That is what Ford is doing1 – They are using the Virtual Manufacturing division to test the aesthetics and ergonomics of a car. They can even do it without the car being present. Allison Stephens guides us through the program known as Santos (Jack and Jill). The computer model is used figure out not only if the oil cap is reachable in the car, but how it affects the person who is adjusting it. Santos can help engineers understand the stress of reaching for the oil cap, or maybe something as simple in Getting into and out...

Crashing Ford’s VIRTTEX Advanced Driving Simulator, Sort of – Ford Tour 3

Crashing Ford’s VIRTTEX Advanced Driving Simulator, Sort of – Ford Tour

As a musician, there have been many late-night drives home in where I should have pulled over and got an hour sleep. Drowsy at the wheel is not a good thing – Sometimes I wonder how I made it home. That’s what Ford tests – Stupid people like me who risk an accident just to sleep on my bed. In our first stop on the Ford tour, we visited the Ford VIRTTEX room. What looks like an attraction at Disneyworld, it’s actually a state-of-the-art system that tests drivers who are tired or become distracted by everyday items; tuning the car stereo or looking at your cell phone. Ford then uses that data to make safer vehicles for better driving. VIRTTEX stands for “Virtual Test Track Experiment”. It’s just like being in a flight simulator, in this case your in a Ford vehicle. The large VIRTTEX dome is ontop...

What is in THIS box? 1

What is in THIS box?

Could it be a puppy? Maybe it’s a new carburetor. Not that I need a new one, but it could be. Then again – like Monty Hall says – It could be empty. Nope. It’s a new device we will be looking at. However, I am under embargo to not reveal what this device is until June 3rd. I will say that it can save you from long hours of worrying if things go wrong. More to come…

How the Gcloud Saved My Gbacon (Updated) (Updated Again) 1

How the Gcloud Saved My Gbacon (Updated) (Updated Again)

I have often expressed my skepticism of cloud computing as the answer to life, the universe, and everything. (See Note.) Nevertheless, Google’s cloud saved my bacon today. I felt that it was only fair to tell the story. My Android G1 is broken. Specifically, the touch screen no longer works. I was able to use it with the hardware keyboard, but missed the convenience. So I took it to the local T-Mobile store; the clerk suggested a reset to default. That bricked the phone; the first time it comes on, it displays a message, “Touch the Android to continue.” There is no way to get past that screen with the hardware keyboard. (Stuff breaks; a new phone is being expressed to me and I have a loaner in the meantime.) This morning I got a phone message from someone who has been important in my life; the caller...

GWP 2010-05-26 #140: Podcast Winners, Carol Bartz Dropping Bombs, Notebooks Getting Better 1

GWP 2010-05-26 #140: Podcast Winners, Carol Bartz Dropping Bombs, Notebooks Getting Better

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSmall change to the format of the show – Aug 4th will be at 150 Shows! We draw 2 Podcast winners for the 2nd Summer of Podcasts contest.  Detroit was a success, lots of new stuff for your cars. Memorial Day means a lot of music gigs, but I did write a new song! Last week of the X510 DataVault Contests: Gottabemobile Sponsor: Backup Now, Backup Often, Backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Use code “Geek” for 10% off! $50 a Year for Off-site Backup. Sponsor: Solve technical issues faster with GoToAssist Express. Try it FREE for 30 days. All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious To add cool items next week link on Delicious – geekazine podcast 141 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts –...

Facebook and the Meaning of “the Default Is Social” 0

Facebook and the Meaning of “the Default Is Social”

Facebook’s privacy practices continue to be in the news. The BBC reports that Mark Zuckerberg has promised to simply the privacy controls. Meanwhile, Aditya Chakrabortty, writing in the Guardian, reminds us of why this stuff is important by recalling this story: In summer 2006, AOL did something unprecedented in the history of the internet: it published a database showing what 658,000 members had searched for over three months. A mammoth exercise, this was also one of the most uncynical ever undertaken by a billion-dollar company – AOL shared the information for free, in the hope it would help researchers understand how people were using the web. It was also scrupulous about the confidentiality of customers. All subscriber details were scrubbed out, so that a login such as LimpCourgette223 became drab old User 338765. The only thing left was a list of 20m search terms. Except that list, coupled...

Five Ways to Get Your Twitter or Facebook Noticed (or at least, not annoying) 0

Five Ways to Get Your Twitter or Facebook Noticed (or at least, not annoying)

Recently, I have been seeing some really annoying posts on Twitter or Facebook. With Twitter, I see a lot of cryptic @ and # messages and with Facebook – well, some of them are just annoying. There is a group out there whose title is the same 5 words repeated 15 times. So when someone likes the group, I see: Joe Somebody likesI wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool-I wanna be cool (I made that group up because the group that I see has a profane word in the title – That, and I don’t want you to like that group…) If you want your Twitter or Facebook posts noticed, here are...

Bringing Back Old School 0

Bringing Back Old School

Remember the Commodore 64? Most of us feel very fond and nostalgic towards it. If the Commodore was reborn in 2010, it will probably look like Commodore USA’s Phoenix. The Commodore Phoenix looks like how a Commodore should: a thick PC-in-a-keyboard, not that it isn’t attractive. I deeply desire it. The keyboard all-in-one form factor has been missing from the market for some time and Commodore USA is a nice throwback to the brand. No, this isn’t the same company that made the Commodore back in the day. They’re licensing the Commodore name from Commodore Gaming, but as far as we’re concerned, the spirit lives on. Their entry level model will run $695 with an E7500 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB or RAM, a 160 GB hard drive and Ubuntu, though you can just pop in a Windows disk and get that installed. Then, there’s the Asus...

Venter Institute Creates Synthetic Life 0

Venter Institute Creates Synthetic Life

This is not tech, but it’s certainly geek. From Agence France-Presse via Raw Story, something Victor Frankenstein dreamed of, which dream ultimately destroyed him–fictionally speaking, of course, since Victor Frankenstein was a character in a novel. This is not in a novel. It’s just one cell, but it is the first artificially-created living cell. US researchers have developed the first bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome, in a breakthrough which may pose philosophical and scientific questions about the bid to recreate life. “This is the first synthetic cell that’s been made,” said lead researcher Craig Venter, as the discovery was unveiled. “We call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of chemicals on a chemical synthesizer, starting with information in a computer.” Here is a link to the article at the J. Craig Venter Institute website. Here is...

Twitter Malware “Funniest Video” Attack 0

Twitter Malware “Funniest Video” Attack

Beware of tweets telling you that haha this is the funniest video ive EVER SEEN! The Guardian reports that a malware attack using that tagline is spreading through Twitter. Following the link installs keylogging malware designed to capture user names and passwords for online banking sites. The Guardian story links to an F-Secure page which has dozens of sample tweets pushing the malware. The malicious URL is a bit.ly link. The story also includes this hint–this is why I decided to post about the story: If you need to check the final destination for a bit.ly URL, it’s easy with bit.ly links: add a + to the link you’re offered (eg http://bit.ly/b6Z3BC+, which shows the statistics for the URL for the dangerous site).

Special Report: Dearborn Michigan for Ford 2011 Event. 0

Special Report: Dearborn Michigan for Ford 2011 Event.

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWell, I headed out to Michigan to meet with Ford and check out the 2011 Ford vehicles. I hoped onto Delta flight 1622 for the event. Got into Michigan at about 4:45 and headed over to the complex in style… An Oldsmobile… Got to the Dearborn hotel where I was greeted at the front door. Ran into Todd Cochrane as I was checking in we talked for a minute, then I went to check in. They gave me my materials and I took my bags to the room. McGuffey complex, which is a small walk down the block. Still, it’s a historic walk. The introduction dinner was really nice. I got to talk to Tom Torbjornson from America’s Car Show. That is when I started to feel slightly out of place. Nick Barber from IDG was the other tech person I...

Google Gobbles Wi-Fi, Germany Wants the Recipe 0

Google Gobbles Wi-Fi, Germany Wants the Recipe

Bloomberg reports that Germany is demanding to see Google’s Streetview code after learning that Google’s Streetview vehicles were collecting wireless payload packets. An excerpt: “We need to see the used software to understand what was really saved,” Johannes Caspar, the data-protection commissioner of Hamburg, said in an interview. German regulators are investigating how cars Google employed to drive around taking pictures for Street View ended up with private data from Wi-Fi networks that weren’t password- protected. Google said yesterday it deleted data mistakenly gathered from Wi-Fi networks in Ireland and was reaching out to do the same in other countries. Meanwhile, Google continues to maintain that this was an accident (there is no evidence otherwise). From a report in the Guardian: Speaking at Google’s annual Zeitgeist Europe forum yesterday, Schmidt dismissed the description of the discovery as a “crisis” and would not say whether any member of staff...

GWP 2010-05-19 #139: Monster Show, Google Snooping is good, Flash or HTML5? 1

GWP 2010-05-19 #139: Monster Show, Google Snooping is good, Flash or HTML5?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSVery productive week – Summer is shaping up well. Podcasters – sign up for the 2nd Summer of Podcasts contest by May 24th and you could win a Blogworld Expo pass. Heading to Detroit in 24 hours. Congrats to our winnter for the Data Vault. This week’s X510 DataVault Drawing: Absolutely Windows Sponsor: Backup Now, Backup Often, Backup Off-site with Mozy Home Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Use code “Geek” for 10% off! Sponsor: Solve technical issues faster with GoToAssist Express. Try it FREE for 30 days. All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious To add cool items next week link on Delicious – geekazine podcast 140 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Mozy Boosts Speeds, External Option! Hotmail...

Another Malware on Facebook Alert 0

Another Malware on Facebook Alert

The moral to this story is don’t click a link just because you can. The Guardian warns: If you get a posting on your Facebook wall telling you “this is without doubt the sexiest video ever! 😛 😛 :P” which seems to be accompanied by a video titled “Candid Camera Prank [HQ]” then don’t click on the video: it’s a lead-in to malware. It installs adware called “HotBar,” a “toolbar” that inflicts ads on you depending on your surfing habits. It may also do other bad stuff in the background, according to this Microsoft document linked by the Guardian. There is nothing new about HotBar; what’s new is transmission via Facebook. The weakest link in computer security has always been the nut behind the keyboard. This thing seems to work like one of those old Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express trojans, such as LoveBug, that installed itself on...

“Drive by Wire” Security Questioned 0

“Drive by Wire” Security Questioned

The BBC reports that a team of researchers from several different universities have compromised the “Electronic Control Units” that control almost every system in modern automobiles. The ECUs are scattered thoughout the vehicles’ system and controlled by the central CPU. From the story at the link: In one attack, the team transformed the instrument panel into a clock that counted down to zero from 60 seconds. In the final seconds the horn honks and as zero is reached the car engine shuts off and the doors are locked. Thought the tone of the story is somewhat breathless by BBC standards, a close reading shows that we probably don’t have to panic about a surprise stealth attack while exiting the freeway. Direct physical access to the vehicle’s dataport is required. If you’re driving down the street with a bad guy in the footwell of the passenger compartment of your...

Winner: Data Vault x510 2TB with Storage Works – Norbert Davis 1

Winner: Data Vault x510 2TB with Storage Works – Norbert Davis

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMurphy’s Law comes in. I ran the test and it worked fine. I think it was because I had a wireless connection to the desktop running wirecast. Nonetheless, we ran a contest and gave away Data Vault x510. I then fixed the issues with the video and went on with the show. Our winner for the Data Vault: Norbert Davis The video will be up shortly. I was able to get the process to run and got the Data vault backing up. I will have a bit of splicing to do. Congratulations. Data Vault Recovery In the video, we went through the Recovery disk of the x510. This is what you need: A computer with a Network card Ethernet cable Data Vault Some prep before you run the recovery. Turn off all Anti-virus and Firewalls. Turn off your Wireless, too, for we...

Google Gobbles Wi-Fi Data 0

Google Gobbles Wi-Fi Data

The street view cars not only shoot the street scene, they turn out the be scene stealers. The BBC reports that a German government audit of data collected by Google’s street view cars revealed that some of the software used in collecting street view data has been grabbing payload data from open wireless networks for three years. Google claims it was inadvertent: Google said the problem dated back to 2006 when “an engineer working on an experimental wi-fi project wrote a piece of code that sampled all categories of publicly broadcast wi-fi data”. That code was included in the software the Street View cars used and “quite simply, it was a mistake”, said Mr Eustace. “This incident highlights just how publicly accessible, open, non-password protected wi-fi networks are today.” Dan Kaminsky, director of penetration testing for security firm Ioactive, said there was no intent by Google. At this...

Facebook Privacy Fazing 0

Facebook Privacy Fazing

Facebook’s privacy practices have been in the headlines this week, not just in the tech world, but also in the main stream press. The New York Times pointed out that the Facebook privacy policy is longer than the United States Constitution (this is hardly a fair comparison–the U. S. Constitution is remarkably short, shorter than constitutions of most of the individual united states). More to the point, the Times also counted up the settings: The new opt-out settings certainly are complex. Facebook users who hope to make their personal information private should be prepared to spend a lot of time pressing a lot of buttons. To opt out of full disclosure of most information, it is necessary to click through more than 50 privacy buttons, which then require choosing among a total of more than 170 options. The BBC today published a brief but helpful guide to Facebook...

American Journey: Social Networking Road Trip to Maker Faire 0

American Journey: Social Networking Road Trip to Maker Faire

I remember trekking across the country in caravan in 1994. I was in the 1978 Ford Fairmont. The poor thing had a hard time in West Virginia, but we made it to our destination. The caravan was 6 cars, with 20 people going cross-country. I wish we would have had Twitter and other Social Networking tools back then. It would have made the trip more exciting. Today, Ford has announced the American Journey 2.0. Two Ford Fiesta cars with customized applications will embark on what is called “American Journey 2.0”. They will drive from Detroit to California to the Maker Faire. The Ford Cars, nicknamed “A.J.” and “UM” will house three applications: One will allow the car to tweet, just like the Mars Rover did during it’s trek. Follow it at @AJtheFiesta. “We believe this is the first time vehicles will be socially connected through the Internet during...

GWP 2010-05-12 #138: Powerful Show with Contest Codes Inside! 0

GWP 2010-05-12 #138: Powerful Show with Contest Codes Inside!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFolks, watch what you post – You never know who’s gonna get in trouble. We still need podcasters for the 2nd Summer of Podcasts contest . Heading to Detroit next week. Should be fun. This week’s X510 DataVault Drawing: Geekazine (That’s us) Sponsor: Backup Now, Backup Often, Backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Use code “Geek” for 10% off! $50 a Year for Off-site Backup. Sponsor: Solve technical issues faster with GoToAssist Express. Try it FREE for 30 days. All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious To add cool items next week link on Delicious – geekazine podcast 139 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Bill Will Reduce Cell Phone Shock EA Online Code to Play...

Quickcast #157: Contests, Contests and Ford 0

Quickcast #157: Contests, Contests and Ford

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYep, this month’s Quickcast talks about the contests of April, May and the summer. If you are a podcaster, then you need to be at the Summer of Podcasts II contest page signing up your show. We also talk about the trip to Detroit for Ford and all the other cool happenings at Geekazine. Sponsor:  14 Day Gold Membership & 1 FREE audio book at Audible – audiblepodcast.com/geekazine

Congratulations to Nancy Jones, Winner – HP 2530p Notebook 0

Congratulations to Nancy Jones, Winner – HP 2530p Notebook

First of all Andy and I would like to thank everyone for participating. We had a good list of entries, which we randomized to separate names (some people entered all the codes at once). Andy drew the number and I picked the name from the list: Congratulations to Nancy Jones Nancy entered multiple times on SDRNews to win. Her multiple entries paid off as she won the HP 2530p Notebook from HP , Ivy Worldwide, SDRNews and Geekazine. Thanks to all who participated. We will have more contests in the future.

GWP #137: We Re-do that Pesky Audio – Now it Works… 0

GWP #137: We Re-do that Pesky Audio – Now it Works…

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSApparently, the download of the podcast went haywire and eveybody downloaded 23 MB of nothing (or static). I have found the problem – a VST file I use to clean up the audio. That file has been sacked and we have a show once again. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher Catch all show notes at the regular location: GWP 2010-05-05 #137: Contact Your Favorite Podcasts, h.264, Apple Antitrust

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