Monthly Archive: July 2010

Zombie Cookies 0

Zombie Cookies

I don’t concern myself too much with browser cookies, because I’m pretty conservative in my browsing habits. I spend most of my browsing time at legitimate news sites and blogs–I don’t care if the Denver Post or Project Gutenberg leaves footprints behind on my browser and my hosts file blocks most of the sites that like to drop tracking cookies. Also, since I moved to Linux, I’ve drifted away from alt.comp.virus, where the discussion is not limited strictly to viruses, but may address to any form of possible security issues (maybe I’ll resubscribe). Consequently, I had not heard of “zombie cookies” until I saw this story on the BBC website; a privacy activist has filed a lawsuit against a number of websites, including Hulu and MySpace, for using a type of Flash-based cookie that can recreate itself after being deleted: . . . the lawsuit, brought about by...

ATM Hijack Hijinks 0

ATM Hijack Hijinks

A staple of shows such as World’s Dumbest and Most Shocking are scenes of lamebrain crooks trying to tow ATMs from convenience stores. That’s a pretty stupid crime from the git-go. When I worked for a manufacturer of security hardware and software, I got to know a lot of folks who work for security retailers, big and small, including retailers that also installed and maintained ATMs. If you can get away with one without leaving your bumper (and license tag) in the convenience store parking lot, you have a box with a computer on top and a safe with two-inch-thick steel and concrete walls in the bottom. Joe Yokel is not getting into that safe. Getting into the computer may be another thing. The San Jose Mercury-News reports that a security researcher has discovered several flaws in the security of stand-alone ATMs (the story specifically states that the...

The Speed of Light inside the Box 0

The Speed of Light inside the Box

Intel has announced a chip which uses the transmission of light to move data between devices at a cost competitive with existing components found inside of gadgets. This effectively brings fiber-optics to the level of being used within and between consumer devices, as contrasted with its current infrastructure use. Intel has already been working on a fiber-optic patch cable for connecting home gadgets at 20 times current speeds; this new development will potentially increase current speeds by fifty times. The Silicon Valley dot com website (part of the San Jose Mercury-News) describes it as follows: But the chip it unveiled Tuesday, which sends data via four lasers, can hit 50 gigabits per second. And that’s just the beginning, according to (Intel CTO Justin) Rattner. By adding a few more lasers, the company expects to be able to boost that to perhaps 1,000 gigabits, he said. At that rate,...

GWP 2010-07-28 #149: Tonight There’s Gonna be a Jailbreak 0

GWP 2010-07-28 #149: Tonight There’s Gonna be a Jailbreak

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS*NOTE: The video for this episode did not record. Audio only this week folks!* One more episode to 150. 2nd Summer of Podcasts contest July prizes drawn on Sunday. I am heading to Nashville, but I cannot tell you why yet. Looking for Video / Audio bumpers. If you have a business or show, just send me an audio or video saying: Hi. This is {your name} from {your show/business} and you are on Geekazine! Video to geekazine at Gmail dot Com Need some clue on YouTube and linking accounts. Can you help? I will wear your T-Shirt. BlogWorld & New Media Expo – Save up to 50% by signing up now The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X Sponsor: Solve technical issues faster with GoToAssist Express. Try it FREE for...

Library of Congress:  Jailbreaking iPhone Not a Copyright Issue 0

Library of Congress: Jailbreaking iPhone Not a Copyright Issue

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday I learned that the Librarian of Congress is required every three years to clarify requirements of the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) (primarily, I gather, to take into account changes in technology). The latest update, issued today, included a ruling that copyright cannot be used to prevent purchasers of smartphones, including iPhones, from jailbreaking them so they can install applications not approved by the manufacturer. The Bloomberg report indicates the reasoning for this is that jailbreaking for this purpose is not to duplicate or steal anything, but to promote interoperability. From the Bloomberg report: Owners of Apple Inc.’s iPhone can unlock the device in order to use applications not authorized by the company, the U.S. Library of Congress said. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington added the practice, described in the ruling as “jailbreaking,” to a list of actions that don’t...

WordPress Support for PHP4, MySQL4 Ending 0

WordPress Support for PHP4, MySQL4 Ending

Sometimes it’s time to move on… For all you Bloggers that are on the popular blogging software, WordPress announced support will be ending for PHP4 and MySQL4. For WordPress v. 3.2, they will support PHP on v. 5.2 and MySQL 5.0.15. It doesn’t mean you cannot use PHP4, but you might have to do some re-coding. There are significant upgrades for PHP5. There are some plugins that are requiring PHP5 to work (CAPTCHA plugins, for example). The security is also increased. It’s good to hear that they will be moving on. In the meantime, if you have a WordPress site, you might want to make sure your server provider can make the switch.

Producing a Podcast with Sony Acid Music Studio, WordPress 0

Producing a Podcast with Sony Acid Music Studio, WordPress

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA listener asked the question: How do you produce your Day in Tech History Podcast? A very good question. Jeffrey Powers shows the process he uses to put the show together. Using Sony Acid Music Studio, he creates a template, places the daily audio and adjusts levels. Jeffrey also shows how he uses WordPress and a plugin called Duplicate post to create the template for the Day in Tech History. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to send them through geekazine at gmail dot com or call 608-205-4378 Audio Version: Produce a Podcast with Music Studio

$35 Indian Tablet?  Not Really 1

$35 Indian Tablet? Not Really

No, it’s not going to be on sale for $35.00. The Guardian reports that the Indian Ministry of Education has announced a “laptop” for students at a cost of $35 dollars. There is short demonstration video at the link. The $35 refers to the cost of the components, not to a price point, a detail that a lot of news sites seem to have overlooked. The story quotes India’s human resource development minister, Kapil Sibal, as saying: “We have reached a [developmental] stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything,” he told a news conference in New Delhi. The Guardian story includes no speculation as to the final retail cost. Indeed, as this is a project of the Ministry of Education designed for students, there may well be no plans to make it commercially available....

Starship Troopers 0

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers is a great piece of science fiction. I am, of course, talking about the book, not the movie which was a joke. (The movie is worth watching in a Robert-Heinlein-will-smite-them-from-the-grave sort of way.) The star of the book was not any of the characters; the star was The Suit. Our suits give us better eyes, better ears, stronger backs (to carry heavier weapons and more ammo), better legs, more intelligence (in the military meaning…), more firepower, greater endurance, less vulnerability. A suit isn’t a space suit – although it can serve as one. it is not primarily armor – although the Knights of the Round Table were not armored as well as we are. It isn’t a tank – but a single M.I. [Mobile Infantry] private could take on a squadron of those things and knock them off unassisted… The Suit didn’t make the cut for...

Open-Sourcing the Cloud 0

Open-Sourcing the Cloud

I’ve expressed my skepticism of cloudy hype several times. I can summarize it as, “Use the cloud if it serves a purpose better than anything else can for you, but don’t use it just because you can.” (The primary legitimate purposes I can see include collaboration across time, space, and platforms, and off-site back-ups.) Cory Doctorow is famously on record as warning to take the hype with several pounds of salt, pointing out that profit making companies want to woo us away from, say, purchasing an additional harddrive, for which we pay once, to purchasing storage in the cloud, for which we pay monthly or weekly. (Steve Lessem posted a counterpoint to Doctorow’s article.) Last week, I heard someone involved in “cloud Computing” asked what it is; he said (I cannot guarantee that this is an exact quote, but it’s on target), “I don’t know. No one knows....

GWP 2010-07-21 #148: Sunburned but Still Going. 1

GWP 2010-07-21 #148: Sunburned but Still Going.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week of resurfacing. I got a little bit of a sunburn this weekend. Talking about retooling the mailing lists. How I just booked Taylor Hicks for a night in Wisconsin and set up a new ticketing system. 2nd Summer of Podcasts contest Had some work done, site was down, but now back up. New hard drives are being installed. Move to Geek Bar underway for 150th show on Aug 4th. Need some clue on YouTube and linking accounts. Can you help? I will wear your T-Shirt. BlogWorld & New Media Expo – Save up to 50% by signing up now Sponsor: Solve technical issues faster with GoToAssist Express. Try it FREE for 30 days. Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! All shows are on Delicious Episode 147 Hotline – 608-205-4378 –...

That HP x310 Data Vault Saved My Butt Last Week… 0

That HP x310 Data Vault Saved My Butt Last Week…

7-21 editors Note: Small mistake on verbage. It said backing up is detrimental instead of Fundamental. Thanks to Tom for pointing it out… A few weeks ago, I noticed a small problem with my system. A hard disk issue was afoot. I made some quick changes and got back to stable, while I waited for replacements. However, I did back up with Mozy and I also backed up on the HP x310 Data Vault. Then, it happened. Disk 1 went down. The new disks were here and being prepped, so when it happened, I had to make a quick change. Especially since I had a phone meeting in an hour. I swapped the drives out, reinitialized and got the missing drives back. I then did the restore through Windows Home Server. Within an hour, all 600 gig of active data was restored. The best part was the speed. An...

Heading Spammerifically 0

Heading Spammerifically

Being able to read email headers is a very useful skill. Yesterday morning, a friend of mine had three emails in her business account inbox telling her to go click the link to activate her “My Opera” account. She was suspicious of them, as was I (she has a very good eye for spam and is a careful web surfer–if she isn’t assured of the safety of a link, she won’t click it). Furthermore, despite my best efforts, I cannot pry her away for IE, because that’s what she’s used to; I know that she has never been to the My Opera website. Since I know that My Opera–or any other site, for that matter–doesn’t send emails of that sort to persons who have never visited the website, I told her that her suspicions were probably correct and asked her what happened when she moused over the links–sure...

Announcement: Blogworld Expo – Digital Broadcast Committe 0

Announcement: Blogworld Expo – Digital Broadcast Committe

A couple days ago, I accepted the role as “Track Leader” to Blogworld Expo’s Digital Broadcast Committee. The role is to meet with the committee and plan the tracks for Blogworld New Media Expo. The best part is I will be in some pretty good company. Todd Cochrane from Geek News Central, Jim Lauderback and Cali Lewis from Revision 3 and,  Dave Hamilton from Dave the Nerd, Daisy Whitney from New Media Minute, Rob Walsch with more on the way. Of course, we will be trying to get content that you really want to see and hear. But if we don’t see or hear from you, we can only put on content we would like to see and hear. Therefore, I would like to hear from you. Let us know what you think. If you attend a 1 hour discussion, what would it be on; within the...

Bing!  Bang!  Bust!  A Year Later 0

Bing! Bang! Bust! A Year Later

The San Jose Mercury-News has a long article on Microsoft Bing!’s (or it is Bing’s!?) growth as a search engine a year after its release. Bing! has reached 12.7% of market share, up about four percentage points from its initial market penetration; about half of the subsequent growth appears to have come from Yahoo. The market share results are from ComScore, which reported in February 2009 that Google’s U. S. market share was 63.3% (other market analysts report different figures, so I’ll stick just with one for linear comparisons); the Mercury-News reports that ComScore rates Google’s current share at 62.6%, indicating that, if Google were Bing!’s (I’ll stick with that spelling) primary target, it has missed. Nevertheless, Bing! has gotten Google’s attention. From the Mercury-News: Still, in scoring wins such as becoming the first major search engine to allow people to search the ongoing, real-time stream of posts...

GWP 2010-07-14 #147: Blogworld, iPhone4, Old Spice 2

GWP 2010-07-14 #147: Blogworld, iPhone4, Old Spice

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMore road tear-ups happening. Went to the coffee shop and got yelled at for talking. Officially announce my role at Blogworld New Media Expo, Track Leader of the Podcast group. 2nd Summer of Podcasts contest specific codes are underway. New hard drives came 10 days later. Move to Geek Bar underway for 150th show on Aug 4th. I will wear your T-Shirt. BLOGWORLD New Media Expo – Save up to 50% by signing up now Sponsor: Solve technical issues faster with GoToAssist Express. Try it FREE for 30 days. Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! All shows are on Delicious Episode 147 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter or Plurk...

Guerrilla Marketing Geekazine Weekly Podcast, Day in Tech History – How to Do it? 0

Guerrilla Marketing Geekazine Weekly Podcast, Day in Tech History – How to Do it?

In the last 72 hours, I have been asking “How do I Guerrilla Market the Geekazine Weekly Podcast and the Day in Tech History. I have been trying to figure out the best route without becoming annoying. How do I Guerrilla Market my Podcast? I started by small Twitters to sign up for Day in Tech History over at @dayintechhist. That helped, but I noticed @geekazine lose on it’s followers. Not a big deal because that number seems to fluctuate daily. The average website will say: If you want more listeners, then comment on other sites. That is a great idea, but I have also seen it turn ugly. One or two people start cutting you down because you are promoting your website. Things like “Who do you think you are” and “Great: another cross-poster”. Is Guerrilla Marketing of podcasts a good thing, or annoyance? You will always...

iPads Invade City Hall 1

iPads Invade City Hall

Several cities in my part of the world are buying iPads for city council members. The primary impetus seems to be saving the cost of paper. The Peninsula Daily Press reviews some of the calculations. Williamsburg (Va.) spends about $2,000 a year on printing council packets for regular meetings and work sessions, according to City manager Jack Tuttle. Last year, the city printed 1,716 pages of agendas. Multiply that by 20 for copies used by council members and staff and the total grows to 34,320 sheets, or about 69 reams of paper. While cutting costs is a priority, printed agenda packets will remain available upon request at no charge, said city spokeswoman Kate Hoving. An iPad costs about $600. Buying them for five WIlliamsburg council members is a one-time cost of $3,000, so the computers should pay for themselves in 18 months. The Hampton (Va.) City Council anticipates...

Digital Copyright Infringement Award Reduced 1

Digital Copyright Infringement Award Reduced

The Boston Globe reports that a federal District Judge in Boston today cut a copyright damages award by 90% today, from $675,000.00 to $67.500.00. The news story summarized a portion of the judge’s opinion: “There is no question that this reduced award is still severe, even harsh,” she wrote in a 62-page order. “It not only compensates the plaintiffs for the relatively minor harm that Tenenbaum caused them; it sends a strong message that those who exploit peer-to-peer networks to unlawfully download and distribute copyrighted works run the risk of incurring substantial damages awards.” Nonetheless, she said, the reduction also sends a message that the constitutional protection against excessive punitive awards protects not only big corporations in civil suits but “ordinary people like Joel Tenenbaum.” The RCIA is not happy. Details at the link.

A Tempest in a Tankard–WoW Forums To Required Real Names (Updated) 3

A Tempest in a Tankard–WoW Forums To Required Real Names (Updated)

Thanks to Colin in the comments for pointing out that Blizzard has reversed itself on Real ID for its forums. Here’s the link he provided to the announcement in the WoW forums. An excerpt from the announcement from a Blizzard staffer: I’d like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. We’ve been constantly monitoring the feedback you’ve given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we’ve decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums. (About an hour later) Here’s the BBC’s update on the story. My original post is below the fold.

Geekazine Quickcast 159: July 2010 0

Geekazine Quickcast 159: July 2010

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMonthly Geekazine Quickcast. Jeffrey Powers sits down for 10-15 minutes and talks about what has happened in June and what will be happening in July.

Facebook Follies:  More Malware 0

Facebook Follies: More Malware

The Guardian warns of two new major malware attacks circulating via Facebook. The first instance is actually a genuine IQ test, which takes control of your profile and signs you up to a $10 per month premium mobile phone service. If you spot a link along the lines of ‘I’m NEVER texting AGAIN’ in your feed, then be sure to stay clear. (snip) The second rogue has its main intent on becoming viral through your friends. The page ‘99% of people can’t watch this video for more than 25 seconds’ suggests you copy some Javascript code into a browser window to view the video. The story links to a description from AVG of what the first item does; it goes on to warn that no legitimate Facebook app would ask you to copy code into your browser’s address bar. Facebook’s growth has made Facebook a tempting target for...

GWP 2010-07-07 #146: Summer of Podcast Code Inside! 2

GWP 2010-07-07 #146: Summer of Podcast Code Inside!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWell, I had to change the time on the podcast because crews started ripping up the streets today and I am still waiting for parts to the computer. Jackhammers don’t work well on recordings. Social Media Day was a bust for Madison – but I am not worried. 2nd Summer of Podcasts contest specific codes are underway. We have a code for you tonight. Also going to talk about the changes that will happen in the next month with the shows – The move to the Geek Bar. Maybe for the 150th episode on Aug 4? Video watchers get to see the new video intro of Geekazine. Check out the Jabra White Stone I got just now. Also continuing evaluation of Data Vault x310. BLOGWORLD New Media Expo – Save up to 50% by signing up now Sponsor: Solve technical issues faster...

Opera 10.60 for Linux Released 0

Opera 10.60 for Linux Released

Opera released their desktop browser v. 10.60 for Linux on Friday, several months later than hoped. See the note at the end of the post for my theory on the reason for the delay. Last September, I posted a two-part tour of Opera v. 10.0. Part One: Mail, News, RSS. Part Two: Browsing, Preferences, Configuration, File Management. All that stuff is still there. In this post, I’ll take a look a stuff that’s new to Opera 10.60. The first change most persons noticed is that Opera removed the menu bar and added a menu icon to the tab bar; this increases the screen available to the browser window. Clicking the icon brings up the standard Opera menu choices, slightly rearranged, as well as a new choice to display the traditional menu bar.