Monthly Archive: December 2010

4th Annual Geekazine and Friends 2011 Predictions 0

4th Annual Geekazine and Friends 2011 Predictions

It’s that time of the year again. Time for us all to put on the Turbans and come up with some weird assumptions that we can predict the future. So without further ado, here is this year’s predictions: Paul Muller – Caffination Podcast First the guarantee, The next apple iPad will have a front facing camera. Not too much of leap of faith here on this one but they would be absolutely daft to not do this. Comcast will win its struggle to charge for unequal peering. Which sucks iPhone launch on VZW in Q1, to large press coverage but really will only effect at&t subscriber numbers The probable. Android Devices will outnumber apple iOS devices by June. With the introduction of true iPad competitors in android tablet form. Microsoft will re-release / reintroduce the UMPC concept to a market that now craves tablet devices. Netflix will debut...

GWP 2010-12-29 #171: Last one of the Year 0

GWP 2010-12-29 #171: Last one of the Year

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhat a show we have for you today! Boxes packed, 5 days to CES 2011. Interview spots still available for CES. Then it’s off to Dallas for 2 days. Because of this, I may not record a podcast next week. But I do want to wish you all a great and safe new year. Don’t forget to be responsible in partying this weekend. Sponsor: The New Luxor, Las Vegas Deals Start @ $40.00 best rates guaranteed Sponsor: Get your 14 day Free Trial of Audible Listener Gold to start Listening Sponsor:Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month 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...

10 Movies that Might have been Different if Wikileaks was Around at the Time… 0

10 Movies that Might have been Different if Wikileaks was Around at the Time…

I was at dinner the other night and we started to talk about the rise and fall of Wikileaks. We got on the kick about how this whole story could be made into a movie. However, I started thinking about the movies that were already made – some of them american classics. It posed the question – would Wikileaks have changed a movie plot if it was around at that time? I thought I would highlight 10 movies that might have been made differently – or not  made at all –  if Wikileaks was around at that time. We explore the synopsis and analyze the script for how it would change. Special thanks to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for research information 10. They Live (1988) Leave it to Rowdy Roddy Piper to find trouble through a set of Ray-Bans. A John Carpenter novel, Piper plays a drifter that...

Internet Explorer Vulnerability Reported 0

Internet Explorer Vulnerability Reported

The BBC reports that Microsoft has announced the existence of a vulnerability in all versions of IE. From the article: The bug revolves around the way that IE manages a computer’s memory when processing Cascading Style Sheets – a widely used technology that defines the look and feel of pages on a website. Hi-tech criminals have long known that they can exploit IE’s memory management to inject their own malicious code into the stream of instructions a computer processes as a browser is being used. In this way the criminals can get their own code running and hijack a PC. Microsoft has produced updates that improves memory management but security researchers discovered that these protection systems are not used when some older parts of Windows are called upon. The story goes on to say that Microsoft, while it is working on a fix, recommends using the Enhanced Mitigation...

GWP 2010-12-22 #170: Let’s Have a National Change Your Password Day – Dec 28th! 1

GWP 2010-12-22 #170: Let’s Have a National Change Your Password Day – Dec 28th!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS We had 2 things happen this week at Geekazine – First, a caller tried to give me a credit card number for help over the phone. I appreciate it, but this is not a help line like that. Second, we talk about Passwords. We have a national “Talk like a Pirate” day, why not a national “Change your passwords” day? Therefore, I put the challenge out to you – December 28th. If you haven’t changed your password in over a year, then it’s time to do so. Also on the show,  Happy Holidays from everyone at Geekazine! CES is only 2 weeks away and big changes are afoot. More snow in the Midwest and I’ve been shovelling. What are you going to get for the holidays? Finally, thanks to all the viewers of last week’s 5 Tech things. It was the...

Dell OEM Day in Pictures 0

Dell OEM Day in Pictures

Last week, while at Dell OEM Day, we learned a lot about how 3rd parties use Dell to make their appliances. From servers to full on displays. Redbox, for example, has a Dell appliance inside. Here are some of the photos from Dell OEM Day.

Hands On – Dell Inspiron Duo 2

Hands On – Dell Inspiron Duo

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at Dell OEM day, we got to see Scott Hanson’s new Dell Inspiron Duo notebook / tablet. A pretty nice idea – flip the screen and turn the notebook into a touchscreen device. But the question is if it’s a functional device. The machine we looked at had a ATOM Duo 1.4 GHz N550 processor, 320 GB hard drive (SATA, not SSD), 2 GB memory and a 10″ screen. The weight on the machine was 2-3x that of an iPad. We got to play with the DUO for a short time, but I wasn’t really impressed with the machine. To begin with, I am not a big fan of the ATOM processor. It doesn’t seem to work as well, even as a dual core. I always seem to be waiting if I am multi-tasking. The flip to tablet form takes a...

Did the 3rd Annual Geekazine and Friends 2010 Predictions Come True? 0

Did the 3rd Annual Geekazine and Friends 2010 Predictions Come True?

It’s that time again. Time to get out the Eggnog and sing holiday carols. Time to put up lights and bells. Time to run to the store and return that gift so you can get the loot. More important, it’s time to see if the crew was correct in their 2010 predictions. For 4 years, Geekazine has been asking people to put on their turbans and decipher what is going to happen in the coming year. The last few sessions have been pretty interesting. Let’s see what happened with 2010’s predictions. And yes, we will be putting together a list for 2011. Therefore, if you would like, feel free to email your predictions to me. Just like the 2009 predictions. In 2010, I think corporate collaboration and knowledge management will continue to grow as departmental installs morph into enterprise-wide usage. Once departments see the true value of enterprise 2.0 efforts,...

Virtual Box:  Installing Arch Linux, Final Notes 1

Virtual Box: Installing Arch Linux, Final Notes

Read Part One. Read Part Two. Read Part Three. Once Arch is installed, you have a bare-bones Linux installation that boots to the command line. At this point, you can configure the system you want using “pacman,” the Arch software package manager, which gets excellent reviews even from folks who don’t use Arch regularly.. Most persons will want to install X (the package of software that allows graphical interfaces to run on Linux, ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) for running their sound card, and a GUI of some sort. X comes with Tom’s Window Manager (TWM), which is quite primitive; you start applications by opening a command or terminal window and typing the command to start the program. Arch’s Unofficial Beginner’s Guide includes very good instructions for building your new system from the ground up. I pretty much copied commands from the Beginner’s Guide to build the rest...

Windows XP in Virtual Box 0

Windows XP in Virtual Box

I’m working on making a video of Arch and Virtual box and having trouble getting my microphone to work (I’ve not yet used a microphone with this computer). I’ll get to the last Arch post tomorrow, but, in the meantime, just for grins and giggles, here’s Windows XP shutting down in Virtual Box inside of Debian Lenny. Behind it is the Gnome Nautilus file manager and behind that is the Opera browser opened to the Linux Questions website.

Virtual Box:  Installing Arch Linux, Part 3 1

Virtual Box: Installing Arch Linux, Part 3

Read Part One. Read Part Two, At the end of Part Two, we had finished preparing the hard drive. Now it’s time to select packages for installation. This is much simpler than it sounds. The selection consists of choosing to install the “base” package or the “base” and “base-devel” (base plus some developer tools) packages. I chose both. Arch next presents a list of the individual items to be installed. If I had, for example, selected the “base” package, I could select additional items from the “base-devel” package at this point. Okaying that screen took me back to the main menu with Step 5: Install Packages highlighted. Pressing enter brings up a dialog informing me that installation will begin; hitting enter again displays a progress window: When this is complete, “Continue” takes you back to the main menu with Step 6: Configure System highlighted. First is choosing an...

GWP 2010-12-15 #169: Back from Austin, Dell OEM 0

GWP 2010-12-15 #169: Back from Austin, Dell OEM

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTwo hours back from Austin TX. I’ll be talking for a few minutes on what OEM is and why you might be interested in what Dell is doing. Also talk about the snow and the winter schedule for Geekazine Podcasts. CES is fast approaching and this 3 weeks will soon be gone. Finally, I will be on the 24 hour podcast this Saturday. Sponsor: The New Luxor, Las Vegas Deals Start @ $40.00 best rates guaranteed 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...

Josh Neland, Franklin Flint on What is Dell OEM 0

Josh Neland, Franklin Flint on What is Dell OEM

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer. In the world of OEM, sometimes you need another company to create software or hardware that will work with your computer. If you buy a new computer, for example, your graphics, sound and video card inside will be from another company. The computer company supports the OEM product as if it was their own. Dell OEM is a Dell computer inside another companies system. Google makes an appliance for companies. The box is branded Google, but the computer was manufactured by Dell. This is not an unusual process. You just don’t know the Kiosk you might be reading, the Red Box you might be getting your movie from, the “Self Check-out line” you are scanning your groceries at is all Dell inside. But most of the time, it is. In this first hour video, Josh Neland and Franklin Flint...

Computers in “Jeopardy,” Coming Soon to a TV Near You 0

Computers in “Jeopardy,” Coming Soon to a TV Near You

No, not that kind of Jeopardy. The Alex Trebek kind of Jeopardy. Rawstory reports that there will be a showdown between IBM’s “Watson” computer and two past Jeopardy champions coming in February. From the report: The competition is reminiscent of when IBM developed a chess-playing computer to compete against chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. The “Jeopardy!” answer-and-question format is a different kind of challenge. It often requires contestants to deal with subtleties, puns and riddles and come up with answers fast. When I was much younger, I would watch the original Jeopardy with my parents. When it returned, hosted by Alex Trebek, the first thing I noticed was that the questions seemed to have gotten much easier. It pretty much fell off my radar except when I was visiting my folks. But I think I shall make a point of watching at least the first one of...

Dell OEM Day: We Arrive in Austin, TX 1

Dell OEM Day: We Arrive in Austin, TX

The funny thing about a 1 day conference is you have to really soak up all the sights and sounds in such a little period of time. When you have a good tour guide, you can get all you need in that time. I met up with Geoff Nelson of Ivy Worldwide at the airport. He took me to the Westin, but I got a quick history of the Tech sector in Austin, TX. Dell’s origins, what companies are where and where they used to be. We met up with Sandro Villinger from Geeksroom. After pleasantries, we took in to lunch over at Guero’s. As I say – when in Rome, meet the Pope. In this case, have some good Tex-Mex – which we did. I loved the Queso dip. Sandro wanted to check on boots and a cowboy hat. We checked out a local shop, but the...

Virtual Box: Installing Arch Linux, Part 2 1

Virtual Box: Installing Arch Linux, Part 2

We left the first installment at the Arch installation menu: Menu navigation is by arrow and enter keys–no mouse driver is loaded at this point. Clicking Step 1 takes you to a dialog to select whether you wish to install over the network or from a CD. I chose the CD: Arch displayed a message that the CD had been mounted to a RAM disk directory. Okaying out of that took me back to Step 2 on the main menu: “Set Clock.” Hitting enter took me to the “Date/Time Configuration” submenu: Hitting enter brought up a screen for selecting my region: Hitting “Okay” displayed a similar screen for selecting my time zone (“New York”–most Linux distributions I’ve installed identify time zones by listing a major city within that time zone, not by asking you to calculate where you are in relationship to Greenwich, England). Okaying my selection took...

Virtual Box:   Installing Arch Linux, Part 1 1

Virtual Box: Installing Arch Linux, Part 1

I have wanted to play with Arch Linux for some time, but my test computer is currently non compos harddrive (I took the HDD out to help someone else test a different computer). Using Virtual Box, I have been able to do so. Arch is a “build-it-your-way” Linux distribution. The initial install provides a text interface with the standard multiple desktops, a text editor, and not much else. It’s designed so that the user can then download the graphical user interface and programs that he or she wants, as opposed to accepting the decisions made by others. It is not for Linux newbies, not because it’s particularly complicated–the instructions at the website for building the system are very clear–but because someone new to Linux would likely not have enough experience to know what UI and programs he or she prefers. For example, I prefer Fluxbox for a GUI...

Roku Yule Log: Holiday Channel on Roku 0

Roku Yule Log: Holiday Channel on Roku

Holiday channel not released yet for 2011.  Get ready and get a Roku now. Roku launched their Holiday channel. Within, you can get holiday music, trailers, recipes for holiday food and – of course- a Yule Log. Well, it’s 19 minutes of logs burning in the fireplace. Besides the fact it has to re-download every 20 minutes, it’s not a bad representation of a good winter fire. For someone like me who used to have a fireplace, it really makes me miss it. The holiday radio station is sponsored by TuneIn radio. It features 25 channels of holiday music to listen to. So if you’ve heard enough “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, you can switch it to another station. Flixter has the Holiday Movie Trailers, however, I am a bit dissapointed in it. The first trailer is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The trailer is the Turner colorization commercial and...

Virtual Box:  Creating a Virtual Machine

Virtual Box: Creating a Virtual Machine

Virtual Box is, to quote the Virtual Box website, . . . a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See “About VirtualBox” for an introduction. Virtual Box was created by Sun Microsystems and was acquired by Oracle when it bought Sun. Here is Arch Linux running in a virtual machine (VM). Behind it and to the left, you can see Virtual Box and, behind that, the incidence of Opera I’m typing in right now. I have been mucking with Virtual Box for some time and have finally figured it out. I think. I had it working last week with one problem: I...

GWP 2010-12-08 #168: A Listener Needs Your Help! 1

GWP 2010-12-08 #168: A Listener Needs Your Help!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt the end of the show, I read an email where the listener asks for help getting a disabled friend a used computer. I think we can pull resources together and get him a new machine. What do you think? I also installed Wirecast 4 for 16:9 video, but the problems continue in the program. The audio did not process right. If you watch the video I recorded on uStream, you will hear the same problem. Luckily, I record audio separately, so I can merge the two together.  I also talk about the trip to Austin and CES. Sponsor: The New Luxor, Las Vegas Deals Start @ $40.00 best rates guaranteed 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! Check...

Want to Co-Host a Show? Looking to Start New Content 0

Want to Co-Host a Show? Looking to Start New Content

If you have a computer, a webcam and headphones with Microphone and a desire to be part of a weekly show, Geekazine would love to talk to you. We are looking for 2 people that would like to do a weekly show. They would have to be available on Tuesdays for a half hour. Your show would be whatever you would like to talk about. You will have to agree to be available every week at your specific time for 6-8 weeks. If you are interested, contact me @geekazine on twitter, or geekazine at gmail dot com. Send me your concept idea of what your show would entail.

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