Monthly Archive: August 2010

GWP 2010-09-01 #154: We Give Away Some Wicked Headphones 1

GWP 2010-09-01 #154: We Give Away Some Wicked Headphones

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDon’t you love Thunderstorms? We just had one that knocked out the power and internet for about 30 minutes. The smell in the house is superb! I did not go to San Francisco – I’ll explain about it on the show. It has been an interesting couple days and the push for the video Day in Tech History has begun. Also going to be joining up with Mignon Fogerty for a session at BlogWorld & New Media Expo. The new newsletter goes online next week! Got a favorite T-Shirt? Did you make it? Let me know and I’ll wear it on the show! Find out how you can win a pair of Wicked Headphones BlogWorld & New Media Expo – Sign up now, save money! The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS...

Tech Podcasts Network to CES2011 – Big Changes 0

Tech Podcasts Network to CES2011 – Big Changes

For the 5th year, Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central, Andy McCaskey of SDRNews and myself will once again decend on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to see what 2011 has in store. However, from the great response of our live stream event at NBC Universal stage, we have been working hard to put together a proposal to actually stream from the floor. The 10×20 booth has been approved. We will be putting together proposals for sponsors and getting gear together to push content as we see it. The floor interviews will still happen. We still have to uphold our quality content and give you an inside look to the coolest new gear. For those that might be working with a company that needs great exposure, let us know and we’ll show you how CES 2011 coverage can work to your advantage.

Opposition to Openness:  Obstacles to Open Office in Government IT

Opposition to Openness: Obstacles to Open Office in Government IT

I have been working on a presentation on XAMPP for my LUG meeting Thursday–just a basic introduction about what it is, what it does, file structure, and a few utilities. I have finished the take-away handout, though I’ll probably fine-tune it over the next couple of days as I discover the typos that spellcheck missed. I will work on the slides next–most of the show will be live demo from my laptop, but I have decided to use a few slides. (I didn’t need an outline, because I know the topic very well, so the handout is doubling as my outline.) I note that what a lot of people do is design their slides first, then build the presentation around them, which is completely backwards and which is why many persons say that powerpoint is evil–presenters let the medium, a piece of slideware, drive the message, when, in...

Will Clearwire’s A-la Carte pre-pay 4G Service Bring Customers? 1

Will Clearwire’s A-la Carte pre-pay 4G Service Bring Customers?

When I was in Vegas in June, I had the opportunity to use a Clear 4G card for the week. It was nice – $50 for the week and I didn’t have to suffer from hotel speeds – especially since the hotel charged $14.95 a day to connect ( Which would have cost $90). Today, Clearwire announced a new pricing plan, which would come to $5 a day – $50 a month. The service is called Rover – It’s the first “Pay as you go” 4G plan. You can connect with one device, like a laptop, or for $149.99, you can get the rover puck – their hotspot alternative. You can then connect up to 8 devices and would be perfect for connection to iPhones or iPads when there is spotty 3G and WiFi service. If you want to buy the USB dongle, that will cost $99.99. “Simple,...

“Like Nowhere, Dude”:  A Guide to Facebook Places

“Like Nowhere, Dude”: A Guide to Facebook Places

Not my guide. I have been busy with other stuff and haven’t logged into Facebook so I can decline the privilege of telling people where I am. I have no interest in Facebook Places, Foursquare, or any such service. It’s not that I worry about persons knowing where I am. I’m more concerned about persons knowing where I am not–like knowing I’m not at home and my few possessions are free for the taking. It falls into the Asking for Trouble Department, as far as I can tell; my motto is, “Enough trouble will come your way without asking for more.” For persons who might want to experiment with Facebook Places, the San Jose Mercury-News has a guide describing privacy and other settings. Here’s a bit of it: Under Facebook’s default settings, everyone you list as a “friend” will be able to see where you’ve checked in. But...

Digital Disinfectant

Digital Disinfectant

New opportunities in the internet world. The Boston Globe tells of consultants who are making a career enhancing and, in some cases, cleaning up, clients’ digital images–images as in PR, not as in pictures: Michael Fertik knows all about how online searches can damage reputations. The 2005 Harvard Law School graduate founded ReputationDefender four years ago because he didn’t like how young people’s online behavior could be permanently recorded on the Internet and haunt them later. “People were losing control of their digital selves, and there was something fundamentally un-American about that,’’ said Fertik, 31. “I don’t think the random product of a Google machine needs to define your life.’’ For a fee that ranges between $10 a month and $1,000 a year, the Redwood City, Calif.-based company works to counteract negative reviews, comments, or blog entries for clients. I found the article fascinating. What offended me about...

GWP 2010-08-25 #153: Ford Edge Drive Thoughts, Going to San Fransisco 1

GWP 2010-08-25 #153: Ford Edge Drive Thoughts, Going to San Fransisco

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBack from Nashville, I can finally tell you about my Ford Edge 2011 drive. Tried to get video ready yesterday, but my production computer died. A new Power Supply and fan later, everything looks like it’s working, but still going to run a backup recorder just in case. Getting ready for the trip out to San Francisco next week. It should be a fun trip out to VMWorld. Got a cool T-Shirt you want me to wear? email me and I’ll wear it on future shows! BlogWorld & New Media Expo – Sign up now, save money! 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 30 days. Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek”...

Handy Dandy Video Size Conversion Chart

Handy Dandy Video Size Conversion Chart

Have you ever visited a blog and seen video embeds that exceed the size of the column and overlap one of the sidebars? It truly is quite unattractive. I have optimized my blog for a screen that is 800 pixels wide. I did that because, when I started it, 800 by 600 was still not unusual, though 1024 by 768 was becoming more common. I have kept it that way because, with the advent of netbooks and tablets, I think it’s still wise to maintain a convenient width for small screens. My main column is 550 pixels wide and the sidebar is 250 pixels wide. I consider 450 pixels to be the optimal size for a video in my world. Many video sources, such as YouTube, offer a selection of dimensions, but the selection is often limited and widths of 500 or fewer pixels are seldom options. You...

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 4 – Amy Marentic on Who will Buy Ford Edge 1

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 4 – Amy Marentic on Who will Buy Ford Edge

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The final part of the Ford Edge video is Amy Marentic talking on who will buy the Edge, a Crossover or a brand new vehicle for that meaning. With 27 competetors, the Ford Edge is the oldest and the most purchased. 70% are loyal to buy a new Ford. Another statistic is that Edge growth is up 33%. Amy notes that this vehicle is one women love to drive it. She also goes through the key purchases and features. Alan then took the mic and talked about where we are driving. This is part of the Geekazine Special Media Feed – Feel free to subscribe to this RSS for great special events.

Tweeting Influentially

Tweeting Influentially

Hewlett-Packard researchers take a look at what makes Tweeters influential in Twitter terms. They conclude that the best measure is not the number of followers someone has. It’s his or her knack for getting followers to retweet their original tweets: To automatically identify influencers, the authors devised an algorithm called the IP Algorithm. This algorithm assigns a relative influence score and passivity score to every user: “Passivity” is a measure of how difficult it is for other users to influence him or her “Influence” depends on both the quantity and quality of the user’s audience The paper concludes: “This study shows that the correlation between popularity and influence is weaker than it might be expected. This is a reflection of the fact that for information to propagate in a network, individuals need to forward it to the other members, thus having to actively engage rather than passively read...

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 3 – John Schneider on Ford Edge 2011 Change 1

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 3 – John Schneider on Ford Edge 2011 Change

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Part 3 of the keynote was from John Schneider. He showed us what was on the inside. With a steering wheel that looks like a joystick and a full voice recognition program inside, you have a fully responsive vehicle. John talks about My Ford Touch, with navigation even on the standard model. Sync services will include optional access to mapquest, google, stocks, music and even your horoscope. The car itself can turn into a mobile hotspot. Plug in the 3G, 4G or EVDO card and you can connect your laptop, phone and more to the service. With Sirus Travel Link, SD card integration and more, you will be able to drive somewhere and not interrupt what you do on the computer. This is part of the Geekazine Special Media Feed – Feel free to subscribe to this RSS for great...

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 2 – Elaine Bannon on History of Ford Edge 0

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 2 – Elaine Bannon on History of Ford Edge

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPart 2 of the keynote brought up Elaine Bannon. She discussed the changes between the 2010 and 2011 Ford Edge. She also went into some interesting facts about the interior sound of the vehicle. Interesting to note the strides Ford made on the Interior quietness and the full design changes, implementing Sony’s sound system into the car. Elaine brings out some great information on this new design and how new items like the improved PowerTran system are implemented. This is part of the Geekazine Special Media Feed – Feel free to subscribe to this RSS for great special events.

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 1 – Frank Davis 1

Ford Edge Drive Keynote Part 1 – Frank Davis

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNashville, TN – A group of reporters decended to Nashville to drive the new Ford Edge. I was one of those people. And while I cannot tell you how the car drives (we are under Embargo until Monday, Aug. 23rd), I can report about the rest of the 1 day event. I got in about 10 AM, in which I met other reporting crew. We piled into a Ford (no surprise, there) and headed to the Factory – an event Hall in Nashville. This was a floor with 5 stations so we could learn about this car’s partners: Nuance, Sony and Telenav. The main Keynote consisted of 4 Speakers: Frank Davis, Elaine Bannon, John Schneider and Amy Marentic. We split the session up into 4 parts. In this first video, you will listen to Frank Davis talk about the growing popularity...

Death of a Podplayer

Death of a Podplayer

My podplayer is dying. The “lock controls” switch has broken. I think it has actually physically broken, so that, when I move the button on the side of the box, the controls do not lock. I can’t start it and put it in my pocket, because moving around manipulates the controls. As a short term fix, I dug out a belt-case I bought a while ago, put it in the case, and put the case in my pocket. This worked fine for a while, then it didn’t. Getting in and out of my truck one day, my pocket manipulated so many controls that the software locked up at 1: 04 p. m. I could not even turn it off. It remained 1:04 until the battery died sometime early the next morning. Upon recharge, it worked again; I’m listening to it now, while waiting for the new one to...

GWP 2010-08-17 #152: Early Show as I Head to Nashville, TN 0

GWP 2010-08-17 #152: Early Show as I Head to Nashville, TN

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s an early show for I am heading on a plane in less than 12 hours to go to Nashville. I can’t say why right now, but I can tell you there is some cool opportunities I will be partaking. The studio is going along swimingly – well, almost literally swimmingly. Got a cool T-Shirt you want me to wear? email me and I’ll wear it on future shows! BlogWorld & New Media Expo – Sign up now, save money! 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 30 days. Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune...

Facebook “Dislike Button” Scam

Facebook “Dislike Button” Scam

The BBC reports that another rogue application, this one offering a “OFFICIAL Dislike” button, is wandering about Facebook. At this point, it doesn’t seem to do anything but be annoying, but its creators did not respond to inquiries. When users click on the link it prompts them to install a rogue application, which does not function as a dislike button. Once a user has given it permission to access their profile, it updates the user’s page with a link and a message: “I just got the dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!!” (snip) The scam finally points users towards a Firefox add-on that installs a “dislike” button. The Firefox add-on is a separate thing that is directly available through Firefox. I find that I am logging into Facebook less and less often, usually when I want to respond to or send...

Friday the 13th’s Double Rainbow Connection 0

Friday the 13th’s Double Rainbow Connection

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOK. I don’t know what prompted me to do this, but after getting about 10 hours of very heavy rain and finding that the Geek Studio has a crack in it’s foundation, going outside to see the double rainbow was relaxing. The neighbors were in awe to this calm after the storm. It just got me singing. Therefore, this is a verse of my best Kermit rendition. I would say it’s the only time you will hear it, but this is the internet – It will be played again and again…

Net Neutrality:  Three Commentaries from the Week

Net Neutrality: Three Commentaries from the Week

Net neutrality has been in the news this week because of Google’s and Verizon’s attempt to take matters into their own hands. (I know that my phrasing, “take matters into their own hands,” is pejorative. See the Note at the End.) Now that that’s out of the way, I read three columns this morning that I found interesting. Anyone interested in a quick primer on the subject could get one by reading these three pieces. Jemima Kiss, in the Guardian, defines net neutrality and rounds up the arguments for and against it. Here is her definition: Net neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic – content, platforms, and websites – should be treated equally by the networks that deliver them. The internet today is, mostly, a level playing field. We pay a fee to have access to the internet. Web services pay to host their content and...

Android Malware in the Wild

Android Malware in the Wild

The Guardian reports that two instances of malware for Android phones have been reported in the wild. This matters because it means that cellphone malware is moving from proof-of-concept to actual danger. One pretends to be a movie application and sends text messages to sites which charge a premium. The charges then show up on your phone bill. Similar applications were common in the Windows PC environment during the dial-up days. The software is not available in the Android market place and seems to be most common in Russia. Creepily enough, warns users of what might happen at time of install. From the Guardian article: Prior to installation, as required by Android’s application permissions, the “Media Player” asks users to confirm permission for the application to run “services that cost you money (send SMS messages)”. The Android software installation routine includes a warning about what types of information...

GWP 2010-08-11 #151: Get Your Higher Education at Geekazine 0

GWP 2010-08-11 #151: Get Your Higher Education at Geekazine

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHey folks! Hope your summer is going great. I am still working on the new Geek studio. Might be painting the whole back wall for cool ideas with green screen technology. Heading out to Nashville next week, so the show schedule will be a little different. This week we asked if the Internet is replacing the Higher Education System. Is the big University system an obsolete thing? Giving you an opportunity with audio or video bumpers. Just follow this script! Hi. This is {your name} from {your show/business} and you are on Geekazine! Send your video to geekazine at Gmail dot Com Got a cool T-Shirt you want me to wear? email me and I’ll wear it on future shows! BlogWorld & New Media Expo – Sign up now, save money! The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for...

Configuring for Ekiga Telephony 1

Configuring for Ekiga Telephony

I finally got around to configuring Ekiga to work from my new location. Actually, that’s not true. I got around to configuring my new location to work with Ekiga. Ekiga is a free and open source VoIP client for Linux and Windows. It was working fine at my old house, but now I’m on a new network with a new router and I just hadn’t gotten around to configuring the router to allow sip calls. I first set it up when I was in danger of blowing my cellphone minutes calling someone who was using another carrier; more about that later.

Apps in the Examining Room 0

Apps in the Examining Room

When I was a young ‘un, doctors did not like to let patients know that they were looking stuff up. They were trained that patients expected them to be omniscient. After they finished an exam, they would retreat to their offices, whose doors did not face the exam rooms, and look stuff up in big fat books. In recent years, they have moved from the big fat books to big fat internet connections in their offices, but still in their offices. Smartphones are changing that. They are using apps on their smartphones for research and for consulting with other doctors. Silicon Valley dot com gives some examples. Here’s one: Dr. Lee Rogers, a podiatrist and associate medical director at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, recently conducted an emergency 45-minute surgery to save the foot of a diabetic patient while two other specialists, both in Arizona, used iPhone...

Day in Technology History: The Video Version! 0

Day in Technology History: The Video Version!

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe are coming up to one year for the Day in Tech History, so now its time to take it to the next level. The Video version of the Day in Technology History! Every day, JefferyPowers will be your host. He will run down two to three items in History and send you on your way. Of course, the audio version of Day in Tech History will continue to be updated.

GWP 2010-08-04 #150: Milestone Show From the Geek Bar 0

GWP 2010-08-04 #150: Milestone Show From the Geek Bar

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS150 Shows. 2nd Summer of Podcasts contest August trips are coming. Nashville confirmed possible trip to Vegas. Podcasting 101 and Videostreaming101 set. New turns in Taylor Hicks show. Hi. This is {your name} from {your show/business} and you are on Geekazine! Video to geekazine at Gmail dot Com – 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 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 150 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts –...

Fireworks Through iPhone – 1 Photo at a Time 0

Fireworks Through iPhone – 1 Photo at a Time

Over the weekend the band played a local festival in central WI. At 10PM, they had a fireworks show. I did like anyone else – pulled out my iPhone and tried to take a photo. However, with the new shutter speed of the OS4, I realized I could take a few pictures in a couple seconds. So I kept hitting the shutter button. The end result was 374 pictures recreating the fireworks. It worked so well, there are points where you can see the firework climb in the sky and explode. It was an amazing display. Music by Pimps of Joytime – Bonita.

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