Monthly Archive: March 2011

From the Karma Dept.:  Microsoft Accuses Google of Unfair Practices

From the Karma Dept.: Microsoft Accuses Google of Unfair Practices

Turnabout, as reported in the Seattle Times: Microsoft plans to file a formal antitrust complaint Thursday in Brussels against Google, its first against another company. Microsoft hopes that the action may prod officials in Europe to take action and that the evidence gathered may also lead officials in the United States to do the same. It should be interesting to see how this turns out. Google has certainly gotten big–some feel, uncomfortably big. I try to avoid using Google stuff simply so as not to feed them any more information about myself than I already have. I use Startpage for my default search engine, rarely use Gmail (using my Android G1 necessitated a Gmail account), and never use Google Docs. I do use the calendar and occasionally use Google Maps. I don’t refuse to use Google stuff when it is the best alternative because, by and large, they...

part 6: Ramune, Rainarc – Midwest Gaming Classic 0

part 6: Ramune, Rainarc – Midwest Gaming Classic

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Midwest Gaming Classic Continuing coverage of the Midwest Gaming Classic, part 6, we walk a little more of the vendor area. There, I take a taste of Romune – a Japanese soda that can be just as fun to open the bottle. A marble is pushed down into the bottle so you can drink it. We then talk for a bit with Rainarc – a graphic artist that has created her own comic.    

part 5: Interview with Jeri Ellsworth 2

part 5: Interview with Jeri Ellsworth

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Midwest Gaming Classic Continuing coverage of the Midwest Gaming Classic, part 5 we talk with Jeri Ellsworth. I first met Jeri on a uStream chat years ago and we’ve conversed back and forth since. However, this is the first time we’ve met face-to-face, so it was a special event for me. We sat down in a hallway and talked on the camera about who Jeri was and what she’s working on. Jeri and Ben Heckendorn are doing a little side competition called “Pinball wars” where they both make machines and show them off. Jeri’s Pinball machine is pretty interesting. She talks about it’s theme “As Seen on TV” and some other cool projects she’s working on. We reminisce about the C-64 and COMPUTE! Magazine.  

GWP 2011-03-30 #182: Late Night, Jam Packed Show 0

GWP 2011-03-30 #182: Late Night, Jam Packed Show

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFirst take = System Crash. Second try for tonights show went a little better. A Long weekend found for a longer Monday and Tuesday. Because of that, I couldn’t get the show out on the regularly scheduled time. However, I did get some side work accomplished. Testing out Kompozer for HTML. Making plans for BlogWorld & New Media Expo New York. Next week is Building Social Relationships at MadisonSMC. Video of the Midwest Gaming Classic are up on Special Media Feed. Finally, we got a longer show than normal, but testing out a theory. 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 GoDaddy services saves you lot’s of money. Check out Geekazine GoDaddy codes Sponsor:Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month The video portion of this show...

Geekazine Weekly Podcast ep 182 Delayed 1 Day 0

Geekazine Weekly Podcast ep 182 Delayed 1 Day

Because of a small fire that happened over the weekend, I spent all of Tuesday taking care of the issue. The podcast will be recorded on Wednesday morning. Sorry for any inconvenience.

part 4: Ben Henkendorn – Midwest Gaming Classic 1

part 4: Ben Henkendorn – Midwest Gaming Classic

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Midwest Gaming Classic Continuing coverage of the Midwest Gaming Classic, I start in the Pokemon and Mario rooms. Different games throughout time in those genres. But it wasn’t until I got into the Homebrew area where I felt at home. Ben Heckendorn, a.k.a. Ben Heck was showing off not only the Bill Paxtion pinball machine, but also the new “Lost” pinball machine he is building on the Ben Heck Show. Interesting thing is this was the first time we met. For the last year, we exchanged emails back and forth trying to find a place to meet. So when we finally started talking, it was well worth the wait. We talk a little about the pinball machine, a little about the Ben Heck show and a lot about Madison, WI. Beer and cheese. A little beef jerky.  

part 3: Console Museum, Homebrew Club – Midwest Gaming Classic 0

part 3: Console Museum, Homebrew Club – Midwest Gaming Classic

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Midwest Gaming Classic Continuing coverage of the Midwest Gaming Classic, the back area was dedicated as the “museum” of gaming consoles. From Altair to Zeo, the museum had all sorts of machines and even more historic games. You could even play Zork I on a PC. The museum was split into a few rooms – the first one was old console games, the second was games that were “head-to-head” programs. A dark cavernous room held the cult classics and the Atari and Commodore lines (including the joystick I had with my Commodore Vic 20). Finally, one more room with NES, SEGA and XBox consoles. I headed downstairs where I entered into the Homebrew area. There, I met John from NESAsylum.com. He built a side-shooter for the original NES system. We talked for a few minutes on how one could go about...

part 2: Pinball, Pynball – Midwest Gaming Classic 0

part 2: Pinball, Pynball – Midwest Gaming Classic

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Midwest Gaming Classic Continuing coverage of the Midwest Gaming Classic, I moved to my favorite part of gaming. Pinball machines. I am fascinated with everything about pinball. I walk through the Arcade, seeing a lot of the games I grew up with. Older and newer Pinball machines all in one room. Of course, there were also console games. My favorite one was Sinistar. I ran into Jon from Pynball – a website that helps you find old machines. Whether you want parts or want to buy one outright, Pynball is a full listing for you to search through. BTW – If you want to find your favorite Pinball games from years past, there is a database over at impd.com  

Midwest Gaming Classic pt 1: Wandcrafters 0

Midwest Gaming Classic pt 1: Wandcrafters

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Midwest Gaming Classic While down at the Midwest Gaming Classic, I started on the vendor floor to see all the cool items you can purchase. Video games, Pinball machines, parts for machines, game consoles and more. Old consoles, game swag and more. I ran into Carol, from Wandcrafters. They make wizard’s wands. Using a lathe, Carol has expanded the process to keychains, magnifying glasses and more. They even had some pens made from cell phone boards. Wandcrafters has also created wands out of antlers that were shed. She sticks mostly to wood for her designs. This is the 10th anniversary for the Midwest Gaming Classic.    

Successful Podcasting: Is There a True 7 Step Formula? 0

Successful Podcasting: Is There a True 7 Step Formula?

Today, a friend (@accarrino) posted the following tweet. It was from Mashable’s writer Brian Casel (@casjam). The name of the article was the 7 Tips for Launching a Successful podcast. But all of a sudden it sparked emotion out of me; I got peeved at this article and more peeved that it was on Mashable. 7 Tips for Launching a Successful Podcast http://on.mash.to/gT4Gdo /cc @stwo @[email protected]@roanhouse jon accarrino I read through the article, it made 7 points. While some of the points made sense, I felt this article told me nothing. Here is what it said in a nutshell: Choose a Topic you are Passionate about Brand Your Podcast Format and Structure Plan Your Content Record, Broadcast and Edit Grow Your Audience Monetize Your Podcast I’ll tell you two things. First, if these seven points were true, I would be a podcast rock star. Second, half the “Successful” podcasters don’t...

Installing CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 4:  Reboot 1

Installing CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 4: Reboot

This is the fourth part of a series. Part One – Installing CentOS goes through the initial installation and settings of the Virtual box. Part Two – Installing CentOS talks about how you should configure the Hard drive. Part Three – Finishing the Install covers the other choices made during installation. After I rebooted and logged in with the root password that I created during installation, CentOS presented me with a dialog for fine-tuning choices, most of them related to its mission to serve as a server. Authentication–In a network, there are several different methods for managing passwords and rights. Firewall–adjust security levels, white and black lists, and the like. Keyboard Configuration–that is keyboard language choice. Network Configuration–choose network interfaces in a machine with multiple interfaces. System Services–choose services to run at startup. Timezone Configuration–select timezone. X Configuration–set multiple monitors, display resolution, and the like. I selected “Exit,”...

Dropbox Turns into Social Network with Frenzy for Mac 0

Dropbox Turns into Social Network with Frenzy for Mac

Dropbox is a Cloud service that allows you to place and retrieve files wherever you are. Since it’s inception in 2008, Dropbox has been a great way to share pictures, documents and more. But I never expected it to become a Social Network, too. Frenzy is an application for Mac OS X (what, no Windows?) that sits in the menubar and monitors the Dropbox shares. You add your friends to your lists. When you share a file, they can get notified. When they share or update a file, you can get notified. You can even update statuses and find out what is going on with the friends or colleagues in your network. Frenzy is a great option for those Small businesses that need to share files and communicate, but don’t want to do that through Facebook or Twitter. The Reality is: Frenzy will be a great way for...

Installing CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 3:  Finishing the Install 1

Installing CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 3: Finishing the Install

This is the third part of a series. Part One – Installing CentOS goes through the initial installation and settings of the Virtual box. Part Two – Installing CentOS talks about how you should configure the Hard drive. Now that the hard drive configuration is set, CentOS asked about networking. I accepted the defaults through the three dialogs. First, to configure the adapter. Second, to choose between DHCP or static ip address. Third, to select the computer name. I felt lazy, so I left it blank; had I named it, I likely would have named it mackerel or flounder or blowfish, since I name my computers for sea creatures. Next, CentOS asked me for my timezone. As is common in Linux distributions, time zones are identified by major cities, not by GMT +/- questions. After that, it asked me to establish a password for the root (administrator) user:...

Alteva, Microsoft Communications Server for Small, Medium Business 0

Alteva, Microsoft Communications Server for Small, Medium Business

When I first read about Unified communications, I was working for a company that had a Nortel phone system. The idea was simple: If you get a voicemail, listen via the email client. If you got a fax – same thing, you get it in email. At the time, the process was expensive to convert. However, nowadays it’s getting easier to have these options and utilize them for your Small to Medium Business (SMB). That is where a company like Alteva steps in. Creating a SMB solution for a business that doesn’t necessarily have an office. Giving you a way to conference at home and on the road. Alteva is one of many companies that are using Microsoft Communications Servers with SharePoint web services. By using this system, you can share documents and other items through the SharePoint web portal. This can be with clients, internally with other...

GWP 2011-03-16 #181: Internet Up, Website Down, AT&T Buys T-Mobile 1

GWP 2011-03-16 #181: Internet Up, Website Down, AT&T Buys T-Mobile

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSApparently whilst doing the podcast, GoDaddy had 2 Legacy servers go down. Live.geekazine.com was down the whole time I did the show. Seems to be the norm last couple weeks – last week was the internet.  I’ll be heading to the Midwest Gaming Classic this weekend. Working on a Business plan for Geekazine. Also looking for 1 person to report on mobile devices. This will be a pay position. Check out the local reality music show Project M. Finally, I installed the Wibya Toolbar as a test. What do you think of it? 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 GoDaddy services saves you lot’s of money. Check out Geekazine GoDaddy codes Sponsor:Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month The video portion of this show...

Install CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 2: Configuring Hard Disk [How To]

Install CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 2: Configuring Hard Disk [How To]

Part One is here. Once the language and keyboard are selected, CentOS examines the hard drive. In my case, the hard drive was empty unallocated virtual space: Next it displayed a confirmation dialog. Had I had more than one partition, as I might have if installing to a real machine, as opposed to a virtual one, it would have allowed me to select which partition to blow away. In this case, only one selection was possible: This was followed by yet another confirmation dialog giving me one last chance to back out. After that, CentOS offered me a chance to review and modify the partitioning layout. I selected “yes,” not because I intended to modify anything, but so I could have this screen shot: CentOS and Fedora use a Logical Volume Management (LVM) scheme for partitioning. The top three lines identify the logical volumes. No, I don’t understand...

Installing CentOS in VirtualBox [How To] 3

Installing CentOS in VirtualBox [How To]

This is the first of several posts on installing CentOS in VirtualBox. Even though I am using a virtual machine, the same procedure would apply to a full computer installation. I mentioned CentOS in my series of Fedora posts: It is a free implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). I decided to mess with CentOS because I have decided to study for Red Hat certification, which requires me to know RHEL backwards and forwards and CentOS is the closest thing to RHEL without a licensing fee. I’ve spent much of the last week buried in a book about Red Hat certification (if I actually take the test, I’m betting I’ll be the oldest person in the room, but that’s another story). Although it is billed as an enterprise OS, CentOS is also quite easy to configure for personal use. This picture shows the settings of the virtual...

Donate to the Red Cross Safely Promo – Go to RedCross.org 0

Donate to the Red Cross Safely Promo – Go to RedCross.org

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYesterday I got an email talking about the Japan Earthquake. Of course, it talked about a company that helps deliver the message to help your fellow brother in Japan. It then had a link that said it went to the Red Cross, but the link inside was a completely different url. Therefore, I decided to make a 20 second promo talking about these dangers. These emails turn out to be scammers phishing for money. Unfortunately, they can get thousands of dollars before the emails stop. It can be a profitable business. That is why education is the most important in stopping this travesty. If you don’t click on it, you don’t get scammed. I had no doubt if I was to click on that email link, it would have went to a site that looked like the Red Cross. If I would...

GWP 2011-03-16 #180: My Most Challenging Show Yet 1

GWP 2011-03-16 #180: My Most Challenging Show Yet

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt all started with a long day at the proverbial office. One meeting turned into 6 and I didn’t get out until 8 PM. No biggie – I’ll just do a late show. Only problem was when I got home, there was no internet. An area outtage was reported by Charter. With no internet, I couldn’t put a show together, let alone record. I talk about what I did to make this show happen. I do have to apologize to the neighbor that I pilfered his/her internet to at least get this uploaded. 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 GoDaddy services saves you lot’s of money. Check out Geekazine GoDaddy codes Sponsor:Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month The video portion of this show is...

OTT #6: Where to Host Your Videos for OTT Distrobution 0

OTT #6: Where to Host Your Videos for OTT Distrobution

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn Episode 6, we get into the content creation side of the OTT. You have created your videos, now it’s time to send to the world. But where are you going to upload your videos to? In this episode, Jeffrey Powers talks the current news of OTT. He then gets into locations you can look into purchasing space to upload video. The most important thing to note is never put your audio/video where you host your website. It simply cannot handle traffic if a video goes viral. Last thing you need is a website that went down due to bandwidth or visitors. News of OTT: IE9 RTM is now out. Apple iPad2 is out AppleTV gets MLB, NBA Channels Places to look at uploading video: – Blip.tv – YouTube – Limited STB use, though – Host your own, like Amazon EC2,...

Supertooth Disco Dance 0

Supertooth Disco Dance

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSo to do the review video for the Supertooth Disco, I had to do another video – The Disco Dance. This was a 4 minute piece that shows you how wireless this device is. There is no doctoring of the audio other than compression and leveling. The music is coming straight from the Supertooth Disco. The music is from Clear Blue Betty and the song is called “Bulletproof”. Funny thing was I did this video twice, the first time there wasn’t enough lighting to make the green screen work. Every time I did green screen work, I was pretty static. This video had a lot of movement, which made the lighting and shadows act up. The second video was better. Some of the green screen bled through, but I really like how it accented the video. Something to work on in...

Supertooth Disco Bluetooth Speakerbar 3

Supertooth Disco Bluetooth Speakerbar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRemember those boom boxes of the 80’s? Big and bulky, with a radio and tape player. Now, we have smaller devices and thousands of songs on MP3. But our smaller devices really don’t sound better than the big bulky boomboxes. Not anymore. The Supertooth Disco lets you play from your iPod, iPad or iPhone with a speaker system that is portable and easy to hold. The Supertooth Disco is a Bluetooth device that can be charged up, so you have no wires when you use it. If you don’t have Bluetooth on your device, you can connect via a stereo headphones jack. The Disco has a 28 Watt speaker system with 12 Watt Subwoofer. The Disco also has a Ni MH power pack, with standby time of up to 500 hours and up to 4 hours play time at full volume. Get the...

Show Us What Democracy Sounds Like: Wisconsin State Budget Protests 1

Show Us What Democracy Sounds Like: Wisconsin State Budget Protests

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI know – this is not a political website. However, I cannot ignore the protests that are happening around me here in Madison, WI. Last night, The Wisconsin house tried to put a vote to fine the missing Democrats and push the State budget. However, their attempt was met with more protesting. March 10th is going to be a powerful day up around the capitol. People are already getting prepared for the overnight stay. Cars honking around the square to the chant “Show us what Democracy Sounds like”. Snowmen with signs of protest melting in the 35 degree weather. Keep in mind, the last time Madison WI saw a protest to this magnitude, the Vietnam War was taking place. And what is more relevant – Other states are – or will be – struggling with the same issues. Once again, this...

GWP 2011-03-09 #179: I Got Tigerblood, Facebook Puppies 1

GWP 2011-03-09 #179: I Got Tigerblood, Facebook Puppies

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPretty set back week here in Madison, WI. Nose to the grind, got a lot done. Working on some video reviews. Announcing plans for Summer of Podcasts contest this July – August. 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 GoDaddy services saves you lot’s of money. Check out Geekazine GoDaddy codes Sponsor:Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month The video portion of this show is shot using Wirecast for Windows – Also for Mac OS X Snorg Tees: Choose from a wide selection of cool Tees! 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 –...

Projector or LED TV? We Review EPSON EX7200. 2

Projector or LED TV? We Review EPSON EX7200.

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou are looking for a new way to watch TV, play games or present materials. TV’s and projectors are two good ways to watch, but which one should you get? In the Geekazine Review, Jeffrey Powers looks at the EPSON EX 7200 unit *. He goes over the specifications and helps you answer if you should get that projector, or buy a LED TV. Advantages of the Projector: The biggest would have to be portability. Even though LED TV‘s are light-weight, a projector can be put in a case and slung over the shoulder. When you are ready to present, set it up and connect to the source. You can scale the screen from small to extra- large. The screen we shot in the basement was 65″ in a diagonal pattern. You can flip a projector and put it on the...

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