Monthly Archive: October 2010

K9 Mail for Android Phones 0

K9 Mail for Android Phones

I recently ran into problems with my G1 Android phone’s email client–not the Gmail client, which I rarely use, but the one for other email accounts. A message got stuck in the outbox and would not upload; it then acted like a stopper and every message subsequent to that backed up behind it. (I didn’t notice it for a while because I use the messages primarily to send snapshots to my persons.) I was also unable to delete messages from the outbox. I searched the web and learned that this is is not an uncommon issue. The only reliable solution seems to be to delete the account and start over. I also found several recommendations for k9mail, which is available at no cost in the Android market. I installed it last night. I’m not going to attempt to review it, but only to mention some features that have...

Welcoming Old Sponsor Back – GotoMeeting 0

Welcoming Old Sponsor Back – GotoMeeting

About a year ago, Citrix asked Geekazine to switch over to GotoAssist for their campaign. It fit in what we were doing over here. However, they asked us if we could switch back to GotoMeeting, and we were very happy to oblige. After all, they all are awesome programs. GotoMeeting is the best at online meetings. For Mac or PC and even for the iPad, GotoMeeting is what Geekazine chooses for online meetings. We use it for TechPodcasts and the monthly TPN Roundtable. Of course, supporting GTM means you are supporting Geekazine. I appreciate that. The best part is we are increasing the free trial to 45 Days! Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and don’t forget to use promo code: Podcast. Welcome back, GotoMeeting!

Turn Blog into eBook – BookBrewer Partners with Borders – @blogworld 2

Turn Blog into eBook – BookBrewer Partners with Borders – @blogworld

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou might have started a website or blog thinking that eventually it would get really popular and you can sit back and watch it grow more. But did you ever think about taking that blog and actually putting it in an ebook? Examples like Best of the Dating Dad by Eric Elkins show that you can take what you have written and turn it into something new. A perfect example to a session I held earlier that weekend about Expirable vs. Evergreen content. Jeffrey Powers talks with Dan Pacheco, CEO of BookBrewer. They talk about what is needed to turn blog posts into an ebook. Finally, how to get it on a major brand like Borders or even Barnes and Noble.

Bug Labs Announces AT&T Partnership and 4G Module 0

Bug Labs Announces AT&T Partnership and 4G Module

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile out at 4G World, we ran into the guys at Bug Labs. They are gearing up for Bug Labs 2.0, but more important, the 4G module they are working on with AT&T. Bug Labs is a modular device for developers and those that want to have more from a mobile device. Interchange cameras, screens, keyboards, touchpads or just make your own device. Android will be soon available on the device, too. We talk with Mike from Bug Labs about the great modules and how to develop for the device using the Von Hippel module. The device was increased to 600 MHz and a streamlined display. We go through the list of modules and Mike shows us the FCC/CE certified products from GPS to 3 MP cameras.

GWP 2010-10-27 #162: Podcasting During Midwest Hurricane 0

GWP 2010-10-27 #162: Podcasting During Midwest Hurricane

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s been a wet week here. Winds blowing hard – rain getting down in the Geek studio. Still, the show must go on! Halloween is Sunday and I don’t have a thing to wear. What should I go as? We also talk a little more about CES and I am looking for someone with MediaWIKI knowledge and also a publicist! Sponsor: Snorg Tees – Get some great tshirts today The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! Check out the Geekazine Store 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...

Internal Social Networks with Brainpark – 4G World 0

Internal Social Networks with Brainpark – 4G World

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSome companies embrace open social networking. Some decide to ban it. Others really have no choice – they must keep it off the network for legal reasons. But what if you can have a privatized social network in your company that actually helps you? Step in Brainpark Brainpark is a social network and an internal helpdesk. It’s an answer queue and a company directory. Connecting with Outlook, it also makes searching for employees easily. Don’t expect pictures of that great party the other night. Don’t expect relationship statuses. Don’t expect friending options. DO expect a better communication within your organization. Ask a question, Brainpark will point you in the right direction.

Firesheep:  Security Exploit as Firefox Plugin

Firesheep: Security Exploit as Firefox Plugin

Now anyone can have L33t HaX0r skilz. A Firefox extension called “Firesheep” automates hacking your wi-fi connection if you are using public wi-fi. Here’s an excerpt from the Guardian’s report: Firesheep, though, has an easy-to-use interface and, perhaps most importantly, a cute name. Surely this can’t be a “cracking tool”? It wasn’t released by someone going by a name like ‘dEvILSp0RN42’. It doesn’t feature white text on a black background. It has well-thought-out and literate documentation. To use it, you simply install it into Firefox and click a few buttons. One minor additional step, installing WinPcap, is required for Windows users. You can watch a demo on YouTube (I was unable to embed the video).

Plixi Brings Photos to You – @BlogWorld 0

Plixi Brings Photos to You – @BlogWorld

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOnce known at TweetPhoto, the newly branded Plixi is a site that lets you share photos around the web. Plixi will share photos with social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Foursquare and many more. While at BlogWorld & New Media Expo, I talk with Rodney about the new design and what Plixi can do. You can friend, tag and take webcam shots. You can even make events that people can put photos into.

Huge New Cyber Test Bed

Huge New Cyber Test Bed

Science 2.0 (Scientific Blogging renamed) reports that Northrup Grumman has opened a huge test facility for cyber-security in the UK. The cyber range will be used for emulating large complex networks and for conducting cyber experiments and assessments of infrastructure survivability and assurance within a safe and controlled experimental environment to evaluate their resilience to cyber attacks. The UK cyber range has been designed to be federated with other cyber ranges anywhere in the world to create the capability for large-scale experiments to be carried out beyond the scope of a single facility. I think that the international cyber threat is over-hyped. It’s not that I think it doesn’t exist, but I question the reported magnitude. I suspect that many of the events reported as attacks are nothing more than random, as opposed to targeted, port scans. This article, though it is dated, explains them well. A scan...

Stitcher’s Rachel Eaton Talks Podcasts on Mobile Devices – @blogworld 0

Stitcher’s Rachel Eaton Talks Podcasts on Mobile Devices – @blogworld

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNo, this version of Stitcher is not a sewing machine. This is a great application for anyone who is an podioholic (Podcast aficionado). If you have a smart phone and you listen to podcasts, then you should have Stitcher on your phone. Stitcher lets you get your favorite podcasts quick and easy – Just load up the phone, find the shows you want to listen to and mark as a favorite. It will then put those shows into your aggregator. There are many new features coming to Stitcher, but most important, we announced the Geekazine Choice Podcasts – a Channel you can go to find all the shows that Geekazine listens to. Stitcher is a free platform for your iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, Android and with the Active Sync in Ford vehicles. It doesn’t sew leather, but it definitely can keep you informed.

Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint Network – 4G World 1

Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint Network – 4G World

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe walked upstairs to the Sprint booth where we ran into Meleah. She was showing off several Sprint products, including the Galaxy Tab – a 7 inch tablet. It runs a 1 GHz Hummingbird ARM processor and the Android OS. The tablet has front and back facing cameras and comes in 16 and 32 GB models. The Galaxy Tab only does WiFi and 3G, but with the Sprint Overdrive, you can get access wherever there is service. The Overdrive serves as a mobile 4G hotspot for your tablet, laptop and other devices. Meleah didn’t mention prices, but there will be a subsidized price with purchase of a mobile plan. With a 7 inch tablet, you could put the device into a shirt or Blazer pocket. You can have it on your person but it doesn’t have to be in your hands....

10 Things I Learned From @Blogworld Critique a Podcast Panel 0

10 Things I Learned From @Blogworld Critique a Podcast Panel

Last week I held a great panel of content creators who critiqued 4 shows during BlogWorld & New Media Expo. The panel – consisting of Steve Garfield, Rob Greenlee, Mike Cioffi and Mignon Fogerty – critiqued the good and bad. The idea was to improve not only those shows, but also make people think about their own podcasts. The panel made some great observations. It definitely made me think about my shows. I broke it down to 10 areas of focus. I can then work on each area within the next few weeks and improve my podcasts. In turn, people will interact. Here are the 10 things you might want to also consider to better your show: Audio is Important I have done this, too. You bust your butt getting the video done. You are running out of time, but the audio is not that great. You work...

Chris Heuer Talks Social Media Club, Jeff Gets Head-shot – @blogWorld 2010 0

Chris Heuer Talks Social Media Club, Jeff Gets Head-shot – @blogWorld 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been a member of the Madison Social Media Club since it’s inception. It’s interesting to see what types of people go to the meetings, for they are not geeks. This is topic I bring to the table with Chris Heuer (@chrisheuer) – Founder of Social Media Club. We talk about how SMC was founded and who would benefit from the club. I then partake in the free Head-shot. I have a little fun with the photographer.

TIA Prepares Kickoff with Live, Virtual Tradeshows – 4GWorld 1

TIA Prepares Kickoff with Live, Virtual Tradeshows – 4GWorld

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTIA is working on an Event in Texas for people to learn about “Inside the Network“. Sustainability, security, reliability and more. They wanted attendees to be a part of the event even before it begins. Therefore, they have created a “Virtual Tradeshow”. A Web 2.0 site, using social media, companies have a fully branded booth where they can choose avatars and many different widgets. Everything but the swag and candy you can collect at the live event. I talk to Taly Walsh, VP of Sustainability, Intelligence and Networking Industry Association. We go over the format that focuses on inside the network. The Virtual trade show is free. Sponsors will get a free booth in the Virtual tradeshow.

GWP 2010-10-20 #161: After BlogWorld, 4GWorld, Apple Live Event 2

GWP 2010-10-20 #161: After BlogWorld, 4GWorld, Apple Live Event

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBack from BlogWorld & New Media Expo and 4G World. Lots of new cool videos coming out soon. I did win an Apple TV. On the heels of the Apple Live event for iLife 11. Now it’s back to work! Sponsor: Snorg Tees – Get some great tshirts today The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! Check out the Geekazine Store 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 Things You Should Know – Geekazine...

4G World 2010 – Highlighting Wireless 3G/4G Technologies 0

4G World 2010 – Highlighting Wireless 3G/4G Technologies

Last week I was asked by Roger Bindl of Viodi to come down to Chicago IL and help create content for 4G World – a convention coordinated by the Yankee Group. The week long event highlights the wireless world we are living in. With new products from many companies you may and may not know. We learned about products that can help you detect dead spots in your area. We learned about how to send large amounts of data over the air. We ran into old friends, like Bug Labs – who debuted a new 4G module to their mobile modular system and Sprint, which debuted 2 new laptops and the Galaxy Tab – a new tablet on the Sprint Network. It was a great day of learning about the technologies of Femtocell, mobile 4G – WiMax and LTE. We even got to talk to the FCC about...

Social Media Clubhouse Walkthrough – @blogworld 0

Social Media Clubhouse Walkthrough – @blogworld

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDuring BlogWorld & New Media Expo, the Social Media Club hosted another Clubhouse. Just like SXSW, the club had guest VJ’s and hosted events during the weekend. I arrived on Friday to the house with Mike Cioffi and Marc Chambers of the Low Budget FM show. The house was closed up and the cab just left. We were a bit concerned being off the strip, but then the bus showed up. A party came through. We walked through the house, which was pretty impressive. The house had 3 hot tubs, a waterslide, wade pool, game room and more. While the main house looked small, the other buildings on the premesis made for a spacious house with privacy if needed. I spent some time in the game room with Jim Lauderback and Coleen Kelly, along with Mike Rotman, producer of the Kevin...

Rum Runner Bar, Pinball Hall of Fame, Rain in Vegas – After @BlogWorld 0

Rum Runner Bar, Pinball Hall of Fame, Rain in Vegas – After @BlogWorld

It’s officially Sunday Funday, and I was not going to sit up in my room watching twitter go wild with quotes like Thanks @blogworld. Getting ready to board the plane. Goodbye, Vegas. Before I left, I found about a place where I can watch the Packer game in Vegas. Rum Runner is a small bar south of the strip on Tropicana that hosts Packer fans. I decided to go there to start. I didn’t know I was so close to the Pinball Hall of Fame or Liberache Museum.  RAWK! Rum Runner – Packer and Badger Bar. I started at Rum Runner – a bar filled with Wisconsin spirit. About a mile or so from the strip on Tropicana, this little bar / restaurant looked like the bars of the 70’s. Paneling on the wall, yellow lighting, pool tables. It was also decorated in Green and Gold – along with...

Tweaking Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.10 on a Dell Mini 9

Tweaking Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.10 on a Dell Mini 9

I recounted the installation yesterday. I am not a big fan of desktop environments. I also don’t like the “remix” style desktop, with the huge icons and the automatically maximized application windows (see the pictures in yesterday’s post). I use my netbook as a small laptop, not as a big padtop. I commonly run at least three applications, sometimes more, and prefer a standard interface in which I can easily switch between applications. My first tweak was to download and install the wicd network manager (commonly pronounced “wicked”). It far outperforms the default Gnome Network Manager. Wicd loads more quickly and is more reliable. In particular, at least on this netbook (I’m using it right now), Gnome Network Manager did not want to connect to a wireless network unless I also used the Gnome desktop. If I restarted the computer, I would have to start up Gnome, connect...

Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix to a Dell Mini 9

Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix to a Dell Mini 9

For some time, I’ve been thinking of updating my Dell Mini 9 netbook. Unlike my laptop, the netbook has not automatically made on-line version updates available, so it was still at version 8.04. Everything has been working fine, but there was more to this than a geeky urge to tinker. There were several software packages I wanted to upgrade but which were not in the Ubuntu v. 8.04 repositories. It seemed easier to redo the whole thing than to do them individually. First, though, I wanted to do some testing to verify that my wireless would work. The netbook has Broadcom wireless, which is historically problematic in Linux. I downloaded the Ubuntu v. 10.10 netbook remix *.iso file to my laptop and burned it to a CD, then I hooked up one of my external CD/DVD drives to the computer and rebooted. During the BIOS check, I told...

BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2010 Day 2 0

BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2010 Day 2

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe second day of BlogWorld & New Media Expo really showed it’s evolution in the new location of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention center. The Expo floor opened and felt more structured from last year, because the room was the perfect size. Each booth had something going in it. The Sony booth had a contest to re-stack plastic cups. The World Record coffee cup is in the back and you can get a free headshot from the Social Media Club. I ran into Leo Laporte, who was there for the day. He was covering the expo floor. It was good to talk to him for the brief time. My track started up and my duties were beginning. Rob Walsh did Podcast 101 and Steve Garfield lead Video Podcast 101. We had stats about podcasts, how to choose sponsors, Vlogging and more....

Day 1 BlogWorld & New Media Expo 0

Day 1 BlogWorld & New Media Expo

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe first day of BlogWorld & New Media Expo was powerful. This is the day to learn as companies like ProBlogger and ReBlogWorld, as well as the medical and military tracks bring out content and learning to all members. The Keynote sessions by people like Scott Stratten, then a mid-day keynote with Brian Solis and Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice). Finally an interesting closing keynote from Rohit Bhargava and Doug Ullman about how the Livestrong bracelet evolved. I spent a good day talking with people. I sat with Mignon Fogerty to get ready for our session on Friday. Ran into Steve Garfield, where we looked at how the Kodak Zi8 cameras can be used for getting quick content. I ran into a couple Madison – local new media people. I said hi to old friends and met a bunch of new...

Track Leaders Walkthrough at @BlogWorld 0

Track Leaders Walkthrough at @BlogWorld

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe group got together after everyone got in to BlogWorld. We talked about strategy, our roles and more. Rick Calvert then took us on a walk through to show where everything is. I took out the Kodak and shot some backchannel video on the walkabout. Fun fact: There are about 3000 attendees this year.

GWP 2010-10-13 #160: Heading to BlogWorld 1

GWP 2010-10-13 #160: Heading to BlogWorld

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLess than 12 hours away from heading to BlogWorld & New Media Expo. Been working all day, so my verbal dyslexia is really showing. I get a little candid about my GoDaddy account. But I have a cool special announcement about what I will be doing at BlogWorld for charity. I talk about it more in the show, so take more than 10 seconds to listen to it… Sponsor: Snorg Tees – Get some great tshirts today The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! Check out the Geekazine Store Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher You can catch me...

Rescuing Windows:  Trinity Rescue Kit

Rescuing Windows: Trinity Rescue Kit

Update: Added link to MVPS hosts file website. My friend’s daughter’s VAIO Windows XP laptop has been giving her fits–it’s slowed to a crawl–so I volunteered to take a look at it. Norton 360, which was installed on the machine, told me that everything was okay from a malware standpoint. It turned out to be mistaken. The first things I did were fairly routine: I installed Service Pack 3, which the Windows Updater told me was waiting and ready for installation. I downloaded, installed, and ran Spybot S&D, which found 300 and removed 300 items of spyware, mostly tracking cookies. Spybot also created a HOSTS file, which I later supplemented with entries from the MVPS hosts file. I downloaded, installed, and ran Lavasoft Adaware Free, which found and removed only a few items, but identified one as a major Trojan. Then I decided the try the Trinity Rescue...

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