Monthly Archive: November 2010

GWP 2010-12-01 #167: OW My Eye! 1

GWP 2010-12-01 #167: OW My Eye!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI put new contacts in this morning, and my right eye decided to have a fit. Therefore, you might notice the eye is a little red – Not to mention the mass amounts of blinking in the episode. First sponsor announced for CES. Luxor Hotel and Suites. Making plans to head to Austin, TX on December 13-15. Sponsor: Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use promo code: Podcast. Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X 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...

Apple iPad Gains in Business Market 0

Apple iPad Gains in Business Market

Bloomberg reports that JPMorgan is going to supply its investment bankers with iPads. This cannot be good news for RIM, the manufacturers of Blackberry, as iPhones are starting to challenge Blackberries in their stronghold of business users. Apple is building on its momentum in the tablet space, leveraging its 95 percent market share to expand from its traditional consumer base into the corporate market as RIM readies a rival device, the BlackBerry PlayBook. The Canadian maker of smartphones is trying to catch up with Apple as banks including Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse Group AG unveil applications for the iPad and Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. consider letting employees use iPhones instead of Wall Street’s 11-year-old device of choice, the BlackBerry. In the early days of personal computing, Apple was dominant because, until the IBM PC came out, they were the only significant player for desktop...

LibreOffice Beta for Windows and Linux 0

LibreOffice Beta for Windows and Linux

LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice. That requires a bit of explanation for those not familiar with open source slang. A decade ago, Sun Microsystems donated the code for their office program, StarOffice, to the open source community as the Open Office office suite. They contintued to develop proprietary components for OpenOffice, while OO took on a life of its own under the terms of a variant of the GPL. Since Oracle bought Sun about a year ago, many in the linux and open source communities have been concerned that Oracle might just ignore Open Office. LibreOffice is a result of that concern. A group called the Open Document Foundation formed, including a number of experienced Open Office developers and has relaunched the open source code under the name of “LibreOffice.” A LibreOffice-branded beta is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Indeed, OO developers have been fleeing...

Sponsor Luxor Joins TPN CES Live Stream, NBC Universal Confirmed. 0

Sponsor Luxor Joins TPN CES Live Stream, NBC Universal Confirmed.

After a few weeks of hard work, we have our first sponsor on board. Luxor Hotel and Casino is a hotel on the strip of Las Vegas. You cannot miss it – It’s the pyramid on the strip. They even have  a light on the top of the hotel if you get lost. The Luxor hosts live shows like Criss Angel, Carrot Top, Bodies… the Exhibition and Titanic – the Artifact Exhibition. Their restaurants include Tender steak and seafood, T&T (Taco’s and Tequilla) and the Backstage Deli. Of course, there is the casino, pool and spa, shopping experience and – as all Vegas casinos have – A wedding chapel. We at the Tech podcast network are happy to have the Luxor as a sponsor to the show content. Of course, more sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks. We also have spots available if you would like to join our...

More Facebook Security Woes

More Facebook Security Woes

The BBC reports that almost 20% of Facebook feeds serve up malware. The malware is coming from various independently-written apps, not from users home computers. From the article: The majority of infections were associated with apps written by independent developers, which promised enticements and rewards to trick users into installing the malware, BitDefender said. . . . These apps would then either install malware used for spying on users or to send messages containing adverts to the users’ contacts. Facebook has a thriving community of independent developers who have built apps for the social network. The vast majority enable users to tweak their Facebook pages, adding widgets, games or extra functions, such as delivering daily horoscope predictions. Facebook says it is working on the problem. I have eliminated most Facebook apps; most of the few I use are Facebook apps, rather than third-party apps. Speaking of Facebook, I...

Headshots via Social Media Club 0

Headshots via Social Media Club

While at BlogWorld & New Media Expo, I stopped at the Social Media Club, where I interviewed Chris Heuer. After the interview, Brian Thatcher took a few head shots. The following is the results from all the head shots on Flickr.

GWP 2010-11-24 #166: Turkeys, Green Screens 1

GWP 2010-11-24 #166: Turkeys, Green Screens

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDuring the show, I’m playing with the Green Screen options – Let me know what you think about it on the video version. The new website theme is up. Still have some tweaking to do, but all looks good. The plan to move the website to a more stable place. Started on the ebook, anyone want to help edit when done? Sponsor: Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use promo code: Podcast. Sponsor: Snorg Tees – Get some great tshirts today Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X Check out the Geekazine Store Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts –...

New Geekazine.com Theme 0

New Geekazine.com Theme

Last night, the new Geekazine theme went online. There are still a couple glitches, but the new theme was activated and is running full-time. It was a week long process of tweaking and fixing the site. Hopefully you like the new look. Let me know by commenting below or vote in the poll. [poll=”116″]

Adventures in Linux:  Keys to Fluxbox Keys

Adventures in Linux: Keys to Fluxbox Keys

I have often mentioned my preference for Fluxbox as a window manager for my Linux machines. It’s small, light, and fast, and does everything I want. Lately, I have been perfecting my Fluxbox keys file, which manages key bindings (also known as hot keys). Windows users are commonly familiar with a few Windows hotkey combinations, such as ALT-F4 to close a window, or, if no windows are open, exit Windows. ALT-Tab to move from one open window to another. CTRL-Esc to display the menu. CTRL-x to cut highlighted items, such as text. CTRL-c to copy highlighted items. CTRL-v to paste the most recent item from the clipboard. Fluxbox gives me many more hotkeys out-of-the-box (most of which I don’t use), plus the ability to easily reconfigure my keys file, which, like all Linux configuration files, is a plain text file. Creating a keybinding is easy. You have to...

Hulu Plus on Roku 0

Hulu Plus on Roku

Roku officially launched the Hulu Plus application. Sad news is you can only get Hulu on Roku if you pay $7.99 and that doesn’t limit the amount of commercials. Nonetheless, we are one step closer in cutting the proverbial cable cord. The service will hit other boxes like PS3 and XBox360 soon. “We are excited to bring Hulu Plus to all Roku users,” said Pete Distad, VP of Content Distribution for Hulu. “With Hulu Plus on Roku, TV fans will have an easy way to streamto their TVs the shows they love, whenever they want.” The $7.99 price change has given Netflix a run for their money. With a less than 24 hour turnaround for NBC, ABC and FOX content, you can definitely watch the shows when you want. On the other hand, Netflix doesn’t put commercials in movies and TV. The content is uncut and gives you...

GWP 2010-11-17 #165: Goodbye Facebook Friends 0

GWP 2010-11-17 #165: Goodbye Facebook Friends

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWorking on updates – New website look on the way! Got a question? Ask me on FormSpring. Goodbye to some of my Facebook Friends as today is National Unfriend day. Since the announcement, I lost 50 friends. How many more will drop? Sponsor: Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use promo code: Podcast. Sponsor: Snorg Tees – Get some great tshirts today Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X 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...

Partitioning and Sharing My New Drive:  GParted and Samba (Updated)

Partitioning and Sharing My New Drive: GParted and Samba (Updated)

Update 1: After experimenting with the networked drive over my network, I was unsatisfied with the functionality; I could copy to and from it, but I could not delete or rename files remotely. I wanted this functionality because this is drive for backing stuff up from various other computers on the network; there’s nothing on there, like for example a super-secret database, that needs to be protected from network users (both of us) and it’s locked down tighter than a drum from the inner tubes. I fixed this by adding “rw” (for read/write) to the fstab entries (see below) so that they now read “auto,user,rw” instead of “auto,user,” then unmounting and remounting the drives. See below for more on the fstab. Original Post My new two terabyte external USB SATA hard drive arrived Thursday evening. I partitioned and formatted it, shared it over my network; I’m back in...

Facebook’s Email Killer that’s Not an Email Killer 0

Facebook’s Email Killer that’s Not an Email Killer

Today, Mark Zuckerberg announced an expansion of their messaging service. It’s not here to replace email, but to enhance it. However, with opportunity that no one will get any more spam and usability will be easier simply because it’s within Facebook, would you really want to keep your other email account? I personally have more than one email address. That is part of my role. I figure that this will just be another extension to mail collection. Great. The more functionality that gets added, the more people will use it. If there are no privacy issues attached, then expect the masses to gravitate away from their hotmail, yahoo, and gmail accounts. Even businesses might move to the service. Now before you discount that statement: I remember when Gmail started business services and the same thing was said. Now there are companies that ditched their Exchange servers for a Gmail apps...

Blinded by the iHype 0

Blinded by the iHype

I have been seeing more and more stories like this. The Aurora (Colorado) City Council is considering trying out iPads to go green and help save some green. (snip) City officials say it currently costs $710 to print each city council information packet and another $200 per council member to assemble and deliver the packets. It’s happening here in the city and in the state: This year, the General Assembly is initiating a pilot program that will place iPads in the hands of select legislators as an alternative to the more common PC laptops they have been assigned for about the past decade. State lawmakers first received laptops as part of a 1999 pilot program which was extended the following year to provide computers to all 140 members of the legislature. Since then, those computers have been replaced every 3-4 years. Every one I’ve seen justifies spending almost...

Google Toolbar in the Dock?

Google Toolbar in the Dock?

Bloomberg reports that someone is suing Google, alleging that the Google Toolbar reports information back to the Google mothership. The complaint, filed in federal court in San Jose, California, claims Google has misled users who download the software, used to search and browse the web, to believe they can disable features that transmit personal data to the company. The case, which seeks class-action, or group, status, was filed on behalf of Jason Weber of Brooklyn, New York. The case is Weber v. Google, 10-05035, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. I went to the court website, but couldn’t find it on the docket; either I gave up too soon (one of my lawyer acquaintances tells me those aren’t the easiest websites to navigate) or it hasn’t made it to the public area of the website yet. Google’s terms of service, linked in the story, state that the...

GWP 2010-11-10 #164: 3 Years of Geekazine! 1

GWP 2010-11-10 #164: 3 Years of Geekazine!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOfficially 3 Years of Geekazine (on Sunday). I bought a TV and Roku this week. BTW – Don’t go to Best Buy for a Roku. Working on 2 new show ideas. CES is forming very well, new sponsors joining us, talking with NBC Universal. Our live stream will definitely be the one to watch. Sponsor: Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use promo code: Podcast. Sponsor: Snorg Tees – Get some great tshirts today Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X 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...

Adventures in Reloading Linux 1

Adventures in Reloading Linux

I’ve been wrestling with my file server for most of the past five days. I decided to upgrade the OS from Slackware 13.0, which was running like a charm, to 13.1, primarily hoping there might be drivers to better support my new 17″ monitor which I picked up for 40 bucks from a fellow who hadn’t even unpacked it from the shipping carton. First, just for the experience, I tried to do an in place upgrade, which, with Slackware, is a manual, not an automatic process. (Since the computer is a file server that usually just sits there and quietly serves, I usually just blow away the OS and reinstall.) I went through the instructions carefully and rebooted, then realized, after a couple of glitches, that, like a dummy, I had mixed the 13.0 CD 2 in with the 13.1 CDs (there are three installation CDs and an...

Don’t Forget to “Fall Back” – Clocks Back 1 Hour on Nov 7th 0

Don’t Forget to “Fall Back” – Clocks Back 1 Hour on Nov 7th

If you live in an area that observes Daylight Savings Time, then it’s time to change the clocks. Fall back; Spring forward. Since it’s fall, we take it back one hour. You get an extra hour of sleep (unless you’re up until the rooster calls), as 2PM on Sat. Nov 6th becomes 1 AM. Need to figure out how your VCR, microwave or stove clock gets set? Check out a handy little site from Retrevo, which shows you how to set your clock back. For those of you with an iPhone, Europe had a problem with DST. The clocks didn’t set the alarms right. Therefore, you might want to have an alternate standing by Monday morning. Have a great weekend of fun and don’t forget to fall back. Otherwise you’ll be at work way too early on Monday.

Could Search Social Media Optimization be a thing of the Future? I Hope Not 0

Could Search Social Media Optimization be a thing of the Future? I Hope Not

I was pretty complacent today. That is, until I read an article today that just got my blood boiling. It all spawned on a simple comment: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) will become Social Media Optimization (SMO). Oh my god! Why in the world would we want that? Granted, we can get new information from Twitter and Facebook easily. Friends report on stuff and pass it along. That works great for I can be informed AND find out what people are doing right now or who’s in a relationship. However, to search on this data? I don’t think so. There are so many reasons why. First of all, it wouldn’t be SMO – it would be SSMEO (Search Social Media Engine Optimization), or just SSMO. Secondly, SSMO would have a shelf life of 7 days at the most. The amount of people reporting on the same thing would make...

GWP 2010-11-03 #163: Too Much Coffee for Me 0

GWP 2010-11-03 #163: Too Much Coffee for Me

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI think I drank too much Coffee. Either that, or I was just trying to fit in everything I need to get done. Next week – 3 Years of Geekazine! I am expanding my writing skills and working with Demand Media. The focus in the next 30 days is for blog more. I will also be looking for Bloggers to do 250 word blogs for Geekazine. Sponsor: Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use promo code: Podcast. Sponsor: Snorg Tees – Get some great tshirts today Sponsor: Backup Now, backup Off-site with Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month! Code “Geek” for 10% off! The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X Check out the Geekazine Store Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune...

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