Monthly Archive: July 2011

Are You Addicted to Google+ (Google Plus)? 2

Are You Addicted to Google+ (Google Plus)?

Hi. I’m Jeffrey Powers and I’m a Google+ addict. I was in a hangout last night that was going pretty well. We were talking about developing in different program languages. But there was a point where I stopped talking and listened (I guess I was getting tired). After 20 minutes of listening, I knew that it was time to turn off from the computer altogether. But I didn’t. Instead, a new friend jumped on and I stayed another hour. When I finally did get off hangout, I got up and noticed that those pesky dishes didn’t get done. I remembered that I filled the sink with soap and water, then filled the pans to soak. I grabbed a quick snack and sat down, looking at my email. Since it was GMail, I noticed the alerts (someone either friended me or responded to posts). That is what sucked me...

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Roku 2 Set Top Box Changes the OTT Game, adds Angry Birds [Unbox Me]

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEver since I got my Roku last year, I was completely sold. This set top box was the David to Apple’s Goliath (Apple TV). The prices matched Apple’s and the content was plentiful – It even had content Apple didn’t. Now, it’s taking the game one step further. By making this into a gaming system. Adding Angry Birds to the line-up, you can now play the game on the big screen. But how will this stack up? Unbox Me is brought to you by: Tech Assitance in a Flash try secure and reliable Goto Assist Express Today! Size Does Matter, if it’s smaller The first noticeable difference is the size.  From 5″ x5″ to 3 – 3/8″ square (which is smaller than Apple TV), the Roku 2 could be placed closer to a TV set. The puck-like shape connected to HDMI, composite, USB and micro SD cards. The...

Fun in Comics – Comic Life 2 Turns You into a Character [Review] 0

Fun in Comics – Comic Life 2 Turns You into a Character [Review]

I enjoy being able to create comics. Of course, I have talked about Bitstrips in the past and also about GoAnimate! for video cartoons. But I have found a program that will let me make comic pages using pictures. That is called Comic Life 2. I can take pictures as I go, or use existing photos. Put in a couple effects and I have a comic look to myself. Add a speech balloon, adjust for size and where my mouth is and write what I want to say. Create multiple pages, like if you were making a comic book. Post to Facebook or another favorite Social Network. The parent company – Plasq – has versions of Comic Life for Windows, Mac and iPad. There is also an iPhone application that lets you caption pictures. You can get those programs right from the App Store.  

Geek Smack! #194: Password Vulnerability with OSX Lion using Firewire 1

Geek Smack! #194: Password Vulnerability with OSX Lion using Firewire

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSwww.thegeeksmack.com – Thanks to all that watched and commented on the Lion OSX Multitouch tutorial. There will be more in the future. Check out the Social Media Breakfast video also – It’s on a local bank doing Marketing Contests. New “Into the Cloud” segment, too! Note for those who receive the email – I am switching out to Google Groups. You will be getting an invite this week. The Techpodcasts group has created a document to find out who our fans our – Please add your name! Geek Smack Sponsor board! Tech Assitance in a Flash try secure and reliable Goto Assist Express Today! Sponsor: Carbonite.com 15 Day Free Trial. Get yours today at Carbonite.com! Sticher: Sign up, download and you could win $100 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)...

Captain America stirs up more anticipation for The Avengers 0

Captain America stirs up more anticipation for The Avengers

This is it, the last of Marvel’s single superhero focused movies that started way back in 2008 with Iron Man in a attempt to bring them all under one universe and set up The Avengers. So how does Captain America, a hero that could be argued is nothing more than a walking flag stand up to the other giants that have come before him? Plain and simple, this movie is fantastic. The movie’s pacing is absolutely brilliant, giving us plenty of time with pre-super serum Steve Rogers to learn what is behind the iconic Captain America. We are given a show of what a good and courageous person he is and why he was chosen above others who were much more qualified for becoming the first super soldier. That doesn’t mean this movie is without it’s action. From moments after Steve Rogers is injected with the serum the...

Why Blockbuster doesn’t Get It. Get on Roku, Boxee, iPad, Kiosks! 1

Why Blockbuster doesn’t Get It. Get on Roku, Boxee, iPad, Kiosks!

Yesterday I read that More Blockbuster stores are closing. Blockbuster is falling – with a losing 2010 and not a very great first half of 2011. Yet Netflix and Redbox seem to be doing pretty well. I don’t get it – Doesn’t Blockbuster see the writings on the wall? More important, why are they not on a platforms that work, like Roku or Boxee? I remember when Blockbuster gobbled up local retailer Doorstep Video (they actually delivered movies like pizza), then Video Station. A little company from Texas really put the screws to local video retailers. If you wanted a video, pull that Blockbuster card out of your back pocket. But the movie environment changed. I also remember 2002, I had a Netflix membership for 6 months. Their disk system was horrible – when I did get a new DVD, 2/3 of the time the disk skipped or...

How to Install OSX Lion – New Features: How to use MultiTouch Trackpad 0

How to Install OSX Lion – New Features: How to use MultiTouch Trackpad

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn Thursday, OSX Lion was released by Apple. It was the first time you couldn’t get a physical disk to install – you had to download from the mac app store. Therefore, I go through the installation process, what you might want to do to prepare for it and install. We then look at some of the great new features in OSX Lion. Updated mail and address book. The implementation of LaunchPad and Mission Control. But more interesting, the use of multi-touch trackpad features. I go through all the motion features and how they can be used. I also show you how to use Launchpad and more.

Marketing, Policies and Contests – How a Bank is Using Social Networking – Social Media Breakfast 0

Marketing, Policies and Contests – How a Bank is Using Social Networking – Social Media Breakfast

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPlanning a good marketing strategy on social networks is a way to connect with community. Some are taking their marketing to the levels of giving away great prizes. Businesses are seeing the opportunities with using social media to build community. Stephanie Byrnes works for the State Bank of Cross Plains. She has been spearheading a couple contests in the community – including contests that involve not for profit corporations. During this half hour, Stephanie will be touching upon: History – Why Social Media to do this? Bank Compliance – Reputation and Social media policy Banks and Social Media Contests – Running of and issues regarding (including cheating) Video is also available through YouTube – Marketing, Policies and Contests It’s interesting to hear what a bank has to do to use Social Networking. They must follow guidelines set by FDIC to keep...

Geek Smack! #193: Byte is Back, Dualing Jedibots 1

Geek Smack! #193: Byte is Back, Dualing Jedibots

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSwww.thegeeksmack.com – Another episode, another group of changes. Last week’s sound wasn’t quite up to par. I have adjusted some microphones and hope it to sound a lot better. Cool news as I just got the Google Music Beta invite and YouTube is increasing ad share! The Techpodcasts group has created a document to find out who our fans our – Please add your name! Geek Smack Sponsor board! Tech Assitance in a Flash try secure and reliable Goto Assist Express Today! Backup with Mozy, use code “Geek” for 15% off! Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month Sticher: Sign up, download and you could win $100 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 audio version  Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter – Plurk – Myspace – About.Me – Facebook Group Day in Tech History – 5 Tech Things You...

Google+ man – a Geek Smack! Short 0

Google+ man – a Geek Smack! Short

The newest Geek Smack! short is Google+ Man – a play on Google+. It’s a play on the old video game using Google+ and Facebook Characters.

Why did Google+ Allow Animated GIF (aka Please stop the Animated GIF) 1

Why did Google+ Allow Animated GIF (aka Please stop the Animated GIF)

The animated GIF has been around for years. In early days, it was a way to send moving images in a low resolution format. Sites like Geocities would have tons of animated blinking signs and moving photos. However, it’s 2011 and the animated GIF pretty much looks like a bad picture. So why did Google+ choose to allow animated GIF files on their social network? Better yet, can I stop these things from loading up? Definition of animated GIF: GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. Compuserve introduced it in 1987 that supports up to 8 bits per pixel, therefore creating 256 colors. There are two types 87a (images) and 89a (supporting animation). If you want to read more on GIF, check Wikipedia. How Big is that Animated GIF? Let’s address the first problem with an animated GIF. They can be larger in size. Whereas a jpg is compressed...

More Cheap Video Games – Gamebreak 2

More Cheap Video Games – Gamebreak

Now that the Steam summer sales have been over for a couple of days, I thought I’d give you another round of cheap games to help fill your shelves. If you are looking for more deals, Gamestop is having daily sales on PC games here Cheap Video Game List Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Bioware is arguably the make of some best RPGs since for years. One of their latest series focuses on a science fiction epic that is all about how your decisions are supposed to have a lasting impact not only in the game they take place in, but the rest of the series. Focusing on the great characters Bioware is known for and giving you real head–scratching decisions puts this up there with any of their other games. Mass Effect 2 fixed what some would say was the only lack luster part of...

Geek Smack! #192: What Should be Next Direction for Email, Twitter 0

Geek Smack! #192: What Should be Next Direction for Email, Twitter

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSwww.thegeeksmack.com – The summer is hot and the news is not much. I think it’s all these people playing with Google+. Nonetheless, we will take you through the tech and geek news like it was a powerful news day. BTW – Don’t forget to take my small survey and let me know! Geek Smack Sponsor board! Tech Assitance in a Flash try secure and reliable Goto Assist Express Today! Backup with Mozy, use code “Geek” for 15% off! Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month Sticher: Sign up, download and you could win $100 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 audio version  Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter – Plurk – Myspace – About.Me – Facebook Group Day in Tech History – 5 Tech Things You Should Know – The OTT – Geekazine Special Media Feed Geek Smack! Tech News: Google eReader...

Verbatim Store n Stay USB Drive Size of a Dime 0

Verbatim Store n Stay USB Drive Size of a Dime

I get many USB drives. Most of them get put to the side. Only a couple I end up taking with me. One in particular is the Verbatim Tuff N Tiny drives. It’s small and fits on my keychain. But I may trade up for this one. It’s called the Store n Stay. The drive is the size of a dime and the best part is it could stay in your computer. It can also be put into your car’s USB port and hold four to six albums. You can also plug it into a printer, the side of a TV or even a Roku player with your family pictures. “The low-profile, snag-free design makes it the optimal USB flash drive choice for laptop users who want the ability to transfer, store and share their favorite files on impulse,” said Mark Rogers, Verbatim Product Manager, Flash Memory. “It’s meant...

10 Ways to Make Google Hangout a Better Experience for All 4

10 Ways to Make Google Hangout a Better Experience for All

In the last couple days, the invite feature for Google+ has stayed open, which means we could start seeing an influx of people wondering what this new social network is about. We all want to connect with friends. One great way to do that is through Google Hangout. We can talk with up to 9 others on a single session, which is a lot of fun. However, sometimes it can be a painful experience if someone in the group is moving around a lot or not being courteous to others. So how can we all make our hangouts a great experience? Let’s give you 10 ideas. Create a comfortable environment to Hangout in You might be on a hangout for an hour or more. The longest hangout I was on so far was around 3 hours. Therefore, finding a great place to personally hang out is key to...

Help Kickstart Geekazine Special Media Feed’s Next Season 0

Help Kickstart Geekazine Special Media Feed’s Next Season

When I started going to conventions and other live events 4 years ago, I never expected having so much fun. Packing the bags with heavy equipment, hoping TSA won’t confiscate my luggage, waking up at 7 am and going to bed at 4 am does not sound like a fun job. Spending hours of time editing and posting video, while still trying to keep a literary head also doesn’t sound too much fun, either. But I do like to do it. It brings a level of accomplishment. Whether going out to BlogWorld and getting interviews from social media pros, or attending a local convention like Midwest Gaming Classic to get interviews and demonstrations. So here I am, four years later. Hundreds of videos alone – thousands in joint venture with others. Yet there are so many shows I haven’t covered yet. ComicCon in Los Angeles for 2012, SXSW...

Mark Zuckerberg Announces Skype Video Calling in 150 Umms or Less 2

Mark Zuckerberg Announces Skype Video Calling in 150 Umms or Less

Today, Mark Zuckerberg announced Video Calling with Microsoft’s new acquisition in Skype. However, Mark’s presentation wasn’t that of a Steve Jobs (nor does it have to be). Nonetheless, a good presentation is important. We look at what Zuckerberg did wrong and how to fix it.

Geek Smack! #191: Google+ vs Facebook – Fight of the Century 0

Geek Smack! #191: Google+ vs Facebook – Fight of the Century

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS www.thegeeksmack.com – This week’s episode of Geek Smack! Happy post- 4th of July all. Hope you had your share of burgers and blowin stuff up. It’s been a thin weekend of news because everyone has been salivating over a new Social Network. Still, we have a full show of Smack for you, so here it is. Do you like the new format? Take my small survey and let me know! Geek Smack Sponsor board! Backup with Mozy, use code “Geek” for 15% off! Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month Sticher: Sign up, download and you could win $100 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 audio version Subscribe: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry...

Drawing Lines in the Sand: Google+ is Not Facebook. At Least Not Just YET… 1

Drawing Lines in the Sand: Google+ is Not Facebook. At Least Not Just YET…

There are a lot of people that snapped up the Google+ invite when they had the chance. It’s right now mostly made up of Tech-savvy and Social Mediates.  Since it’s introduction last week, there has been a lot of Buzz about it (no, not Google Buzz) – Some have even made the statement that they are moving to Google+ from Facebook. That may not be the best move right now and we’ll talk about why. The Google+ Project Google+ was created to compete with Facebook. Who are you and what are you doing with audio, pictures and video. Google+ is (right now) a social network. People sharing items back and forth with others, people commenting and giving a “+1” (compared to the Facebook Like button). Google+ big difference is how you catalog your friends. You can put them into circles, from the 4 categories they give you (Family, Friends, Acquaintances and...

Cheap Video Games for the Summer drought – GameBreak 2

Cheap Video Games for the Summer drought – GameBreak

During the summer months it’s rare to see a game release that interests you enough to make the purchase of a full priced new game. So many of us are left with little to nothing to do during that time. Replaying the same game we’ve played four times already or just waiting for fall for the good games to come out again. Here’s a few good games that could help keep you entertained and inside during those hot months. For more great deals check out the daily sales that are going on today, July 1st through July 10th on Steam here. Cheap Video Game List Demon Souls (PS3) One of the toughest games in recent memory, Demon Souls allows players to experience old fashion dungeon crawling at its finest. You slowly make your way through this punishing game, picking from one of its ten classes going through beautifully...

Tim Westergren: How Cars Changed Pandora (and vise-versa) – #fordtrends 0

Tim Westergren: How Cars Changed Pandora (and vise-versa) – #fordtrends

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs part of Forward with Ford, we stopped by the Filmore in Detroit for dinner and a show with the band “The Head and the Heart“. Before the show, Tim Westergren took the stage. Tim is the Founder of Pandora. Tim started by talking about the future of radio. He continued on how he was driving down the street in his own car. He mentioned how he was enjoying the station of music. All of a sudden he realized he was listening to Pandora. “I realized in that moment – it was a bit of an epiphany…” Westergren states. ” I was in a car and listening to radio; it was radio, it wasn’t my personal collection of music, it was coming through the stereo speakers of my car. I didn’t know what was next – it was a radio-like experience...

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