Monthly Archive: September 2010

iDoctors 0

iDoctors

They will be idiagnosing you with their iPhones. More than 500 medical students at the University of Leeds are being issued with iPhones which can access online text books. The smartphones have applications providing students with reference material and prescription guidelines. They will have to return the phones when they leave university.

Madison Social Media Club Foursquare Pub Crawl Entertaining, Educational 2

Madison Social Media Club Foursquare Pub Crawl Entertaining, Educational

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn Wed, September 29th, 2010, the Madison Social Media Club held their first Foursquare pub crawl. Included were 4 venues that were big Foursquare stops in the Madison area. Logans, State Street Brats, Ian’s Pizza and Barriques. We started by an Intro with Wendy Soucie, followed by a little education of Foursquare and how to obtain badges by Marvic. Then it was off to talk with people, eat, drink and check in. It was an interesting night that was spawned by the social networking application. We were able to see everyone that checked in and added them as friends. I didn’t receive any new badges (because I had most of the ones we could get). I did meet some new peers and talked a lot about Social networking. Ian’s Pizza was the most interesting stop of the group. Between open mic...

GWP 2010-09-29 #158: Video Gremlins Attack! 0

GWP 2010-09-29 #158: Video Gremlins Attack!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWell, every now and then the gremlins strike. This week was my turn. I had to re-take part 2 of the audio. But sometimes doing the same thing twice is a good thing, right? The next couple months, we hit 3 years old. A special gift came from Google as the page rank went to 5. I think all the BlogWorld stuff is done – what a schedule and it’s only a week away. Looking for a WordPress Theme Developer. Contact me at [email protected] or 608-205-4378 Two weeks and no new Twitter for me! 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...

Geektoberfest: 31 Days of Geek Posts 0

Geektoberfest: 31 Days of Geek Posts

For the month of October, Geekazine will be creating posts with the “Geektoberfest” category. The page will be cataloged on the Geektoberfest page on Facebook – along with other bloggers posting to Geektoberfest. If you want to participate: Let me know. “Like” the Facebook community page and I’ll add you as an admin. Then post your “Geek” stories up on Geektoberfest.

Want a Viral Video? Get it Banned! 0

Want a Viral Video? Get it Banned!

In retrospect, Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold” remake video with Elmo from Sessame Street that got banned was really not that questionable. I mean, we’ve pretty much allowed shorter skirts since the 1960’s. The song was reworded as a friendship, as opposed to sex. Yet this video – which really wasn’t that great and most likely forgettable in one week – became viral in only a couple days. Why? Because someone felt it was too racy and pulled it. So because of that, everybody has to see what is so bad about this video. It also became fodder for comedians and skit shows. Those like Saturday Night Live. Katy participated in a skit called “Bronx Beat”: one of those segments that I normally ignore because they always seem to be over the top and have little thought in them. But Katy comes out as Maureen Dichico, a teen who “Blossomed”...

Updating Internet Privacy 0

Updating Internet Privacy

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft, Google, and other firms interested in providing computing services in the cloud, have testified before Congress urging that the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act be updated. At the time that law was passed, email was a new and wondrous thing used by only a few. Generally, only academicians, researchers, and government employees had access to the internet. Text email, newsgroups, telnet, and FTP were the means of access. The net provided transportation, but storage was usually on local servers. Privacy protection for locally stored data was stronger than for information in transit or at remote servers. From the article: The law provides different levels of protection for electronic messages, he said. E-mails stored for less than 180 days have more protection than older messages. A document stored on a PC’s hard drive has greater protection that a similar item saved on a “cloud,” he...

Cyberjustice:  The Raisley Case, a Cautionary Tale 0

Cyberjustice: The Raisley Case, a Cautionary Tale

Philadelphia Inquirer has a story of a bizarre cyber-feud. It’s a story of involving dirty tricks, impersonation, divorce, broken families, and, ultimately, a likely jail term. An excerpt: The two reclusive computer experts staged their vicious fight on a cyberspace battlefield, each intent on the other’s destruction. One, who has built a career out of creating false Web personas, lured his adversary into an adulterous “affair” with a fictitious online lover, a humiliating hoax he broadcast across the Internet. His target, a software programmer formerly of Western Pennsylvania, retaliated by unleashing a worldwide computer virus. But it was a short-lived victory for Bruce Raisley, 48, who had lived in Monaca, near Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, a federal jury found that Raisley’s vengeance turned criminal when he launched a program that directed about 100,000 computers to attack websites that republished stories detailing his sad saga, . . . The internet...

Special Guest: TPN Weekly #72 – TV is Dying! 0

Special Guest: TPN Weekly #72 – TV is Dying!

I hosted TPN Weekly, a weekly podcast by different Techpodcast members. The topic this week: TV is Dying! I go into detail on what is happening in the TV space and how television is changing as we speak. A-la Carte television will be here before you know it. Items discussed in the podcast: Sling Media Hulu iTunes Boxee Roku Apple TV ivi TV is Dying on Blog.Techpodcast.com – Audio of the show

GWP 2010-09-22 #157: Android is a Fad 2

GWP 2010-09-22 #157: Android is a Fad

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week has been a productive one! I just got word this morning that the 5 Tech Things Boxee Application was accepted. I put down the video for the Day in Tech History. Helped finalize the BlogWorld & New Media Expo schedule. Stick around, because after the podcast, I have to record a TPN Weekly. One week and no new Twitter for me! 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 – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry...

5 Tech Things You Should Know Boxee Application Approved! 0

5 Tech Things You Should Know Boxee Application Approved!

Just a few minutes ago, Geekazine’s “5 Tech Things You Should Know” Boxee application was approved. It will soon be in the repository and will be accessible through your applications. The 5 Tech Things is a show – 10-15 minutes in length – that highlights 5 items everyone should know about. It doesn’t get too technical and gives you a glimpse at what’s happening in the space. Out of the 3 shows of Geekazine, the 5 Tech Things has been the most popular. Because of that, I have been working hard on this show to give you every opportunity to watch it. The 5 Tech Things is not a stranger to Boxee. The video is also available via Blip.tv Application and through the TechPodcasts Application. This will just be a more direct way to get the video. The process for the application is pretty straightforward. Future development is in the...

Kompozer HTML Editor

Kompozer HTML Editor

I’ve been busy updating one of my websites and, after hours of screen time mucking about with HTML and trying to feed my own blog, I haven’t been able to contribute here. But, in the interim, I discovered the Kompozer WYSIWYG HTML editor, which is free, open-source, and available for Linux, Mac, and Windows (I have not tested it in Windows or Mac).

GWP 2010-09-15 #156: The Big Twitter Announcement 1

GWP 2010-09-15 #156: The Big Twitter Announcement

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBefore we began the podcast, found out there was a Twitter event, therefore, we watched the event. The new Twitter.com is coming! My sessions for BlogWorld, I also talk about some new happenings at Geekazine. 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 – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter or Plurk Geekazine Myspace page Be a part of the Geekazine Facebook Group Day in Tech History – 5 Tech...

Are You Ready for iSEO, SiSEO (Subliminal Instant Search Engine Optimization)? 2

Are You Ready for iSEO, SiSEO (Subliminal Instant Search Engine Optimization)?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe’ve had a week to ingest it. Google instant search. You can save 2-5 seconds on your search time. But do we get a whole lot more that we didn’t expect? Let’s say you are searching for Geekazine. Open up Google and as you are typing, you get (for top results): G – Email from Google Ge – Geico Gee – Geeks.com Geek – Geek Wikipedia Geeka – Geekatplay Geekaz – Geekazine Geekazi – Same Geekazin – Same Geekazine – Same 3 years ago when I started this website, I did a google search on Geekazine. It came up with only 2 results. I figured if I was going to work with SEO, I would create my own SEO word. Fast forward 3 years. I would say that Geekazine has done a pretty good job in that. It’s interesting on how...

Energizer Brings Qi (Chee): Wireless Charger for iPhone, Blackbery 8900 1

Energizer Brings Qi (Chee): Wireless Charger for iPhone, Blackbery 8900

In the last two years of going to the Consumer Electronics Show, we have seen our share of charging mats – most notably, Powermat. The idea is simple: place your device on the pad and let it charge. Energizer – in cooperation with the Wireless Power Consordium (WPC) – have developed the Energizer Qi. It is a 2 bay mat to place your devices and let them charge. For it’s release in October, it’s only the iPhone and Blackberry 8900 (with other devices coming soon). You slip on the case and set down the device. Once done charging, you take off the mat. On the mat you will see the Qi symbol. Place the device on the symbol and the device will charge using conduction. First Thoughts The one thing I notice is the case covers the dock. I don’t see a way to charge or sync data...

Winners announced in the Summer of Podcasts Contest II 1

Winners announced in the Summer of Podcasts Contest II

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWinners were selected within the Summer of Podcasts II contest. We had 400 entrants through the 40 participating podcasts. All podcaster prizes and sponsor prizes (except the best produced) podcast were drawn. Congratulations to all the winners. They will be contacted in the next 72 hours.

GWP 2010-09-08 #155: Happy Countdown Day! 1

GWP 2010-09-08 #155: Happy Countdown Day!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOK, it’s not an official day, but at 7:06:54, I am personally celebrating countdown day. That is where we end up with 2010-09-08 at 07:06:54.32. After 7 days of back pain, I am back up (no pun) and running! The Summer of Podcasts contest drawing is Wednesday – who will win? We also talk about the winner of the Wicked Headphones, but the audio was all garbled! 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 – iTunes...

XAMPP Webhosting Package 0

XAMPP Webhosting Package

The XAMPP project produces pre-configured webhosting packages based on Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl for Linux, Windows, Mac, and (early beta) Solaris. Once you have installed it, you have all you need to run a website, including a one using an SQL database, such as a blog, on your local computer, with all the different elements configured to work with each other. It’s intended for development and testing, not for production. When it installs, it is completely without security and without password protection, though that can be changed. After implementing the security, I used it to self-host my public website for three years (eventually, the site’s database outgrew the capabilities of my P4 server and I put it on GoDaddy). I gave a presentation on XAMPP for Linux at my LUG tonight; you can download a copy of the handout (PDF).

Samsung HMX-T10: HD Video Camera That is Stylish, Ergonomic 0

Samsung HMX-T10: HD Video Camera That is Stylish, Ergonomic

There are a lot of handheld cameras out there, but few that can tout being ergonomic. The Samsung HMX-T10 is one of those cameras. With a 20 degree slanted lens, the HMX-T10 allows you to hold the camera without cocking your wrist. Therefore, you can hold the camera up a lot longer to get the baby’s first steps, or to record your buddies band and get the whole song without having to try and switch hands. The camera has a few other features, too. 10x Optical zoom, 5.1M CMOS sensor, image stabilization and 1920 x1080 60i. “The HMX-T10 offers not only a stylish, compact design, but also demonstrates the thoughtfulness and innovation Samsung brings to making movies” said Mr. SangJin Park, President of Samsung Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. “The HMX-T10’s convenient features encapsulates the innovative and easy-to-use nature of our camcorder range, as well as our aim to...

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