Monthly Archive: September 2012

Record Shows on your PC with Hauppauge Win-TV DCR-2650

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been very busy these last few weeks and have missed a lot of TV. In the past, I would have just shrugged it off and possibly caught it through On-Demand or HuluPlus. Before I left, I set up a Hauppauge Win-TV DCR-2650 to a Windows PC running Windows Media Center and recorded all my favorite shows. About the Hauppauge DCR-2650 Win-TV device The Hauppauge is a unit that connects your cable to a machine running Windows 7 and Media Center. The unit requires an M-Card, which is a card you can get from your cable company (for a rental fee). The DCR-2650 features a dual tuner mode so you can record one show and watch another. Simply connect your coaxial cable to the DCR-2650 unit. Connect the USB cable to the computer and install the driver software. You will...

Fast Approaching Geek Smack! Season 5

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS A little tired due to a lot of moving this morning. I’ll talk about it on the show. I got my iPhone5 in the mail early on Friday. I was excited to get this going, but had some issues with the transfer. Now the phone is loaded up and ready to go. Even did the first iMovie this weekend with excellent results. Get 20% off with code “Geekazine” at Zagg Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) Download the audio version  Subscribe to the podcast via: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine –  Geekazine Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! episode 237 Tech News: iPhone5 Shortage – Brawl at Chinese plant? What do you mean? I got mine! Lightning Shortage – Many reasons why there is a shortage. Don’t lose your Lightning cable! Facebook Voting...

iPhone 5 Unboxing – Comparison to Nokia Lumia, HTC, 3GS

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got the new iPhone this morning, so I went on a Google Hangout to show it off. I grabbed my previous smartphones to make comparison – the HTC 8125 (my first smartphone), the iPhone 3GS and Nokia Lumia 900 (which I had over the summer). I compare how I used the smartphone then and now. Unboxing the iPhone5 I first unbox the iPhone 5, then compare to the older phones. This one is longer and thinner than the HTC, but compared in thinness to the iPhone 3GS and Nokia Lumia. Pretty interesting. The phone is comparably lighter than all 3. Accessories to the iPhone 5 The iPhone 5 comes with the new style earbuds and Lightning charger cable. I didn’t get any extra cables or converters. Overall of the iPhone 5 I will definitely be putting it to the task....

iPhone 5, Mark Zuckerberg, Videos Galore!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Well it’s been over 1 months since the last Geek Smack! It’s been a wild month as I went to drive a car, VMWorld and TechCrunch Disrupt. Now I am back and revitalized to bring you a Geek Smack! episode. Lots to talk about! Get 20% off with code “Geekazine” at Zagg Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) Download the audio version  Subscribe to the podcast via: Feedburner – Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine –  Geekazine Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! episode 236 Tech News:   Twitter Rolls Out New Look – Does this new design look good to you? It’s just a picture on top of your Twitter… Internet Explorer Breach – Watchdog warning of a big hole in IE 6,7,8 and 9. Suggests to switch browsers until fixed. Apple Event Roundup –...

Full Interview: Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Arrington

While at TechCrunch Disrupt, I got the opportunity to watch the fireside chat with founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and CrunchFund founder Michael Arrington. This is the first time Zuckerberg has spoken since Facebook went public (so when Facebook went public, Facebook went private). I have taken a few key moments out of the video for you. In Hindsight Would You Do Anything? We are going to do things we think to build value over the longterm. Over the next 3-5 years the biggest question on everyone’s minds is how well we do on mobile. We’ve been in this quiet period for the last 6 months since right up to we started the IPO. A lot of stuff has changed. 6 months ago on mobile, we launched our new set of apps, so we were still in a pretty bad place. Apple hadn’t announce the iOS integration and...

Photos from TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012

This week was a long one, but a lot of fun. I met many companies that have some interesting startups. A good mix of videos along with learning more about being a startup or investor. I got to see Kevin Rose, Mark Zuckerberg, Biz Stone and Evan Williams speak (amongst others). I saw old friends and met new ones. It’s been a fun week. I tried to take photos every chance I could. Here is the photoroll of my trip to TCDisrupt.

Winners of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 Hackathon: LiveBolt

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNot only are the guys from LiveBolt people I know, they’re also from my hometown of Madison, WI. Known as “Snowshoe” the guys re-developed their check-in fab idea to become a virtual key for a door. This could be a system to let someone in the house, or maybe a hotel key system. The authorized smartphone would load an app, then place it on the dongle at the door. This would cause the door to authorize and unlock. LiveBolt was part of the new hardware addition they created for this year’s hackathon. Many different hardware vendors presented today, including one that poured margaritas when you asked Siri to. It was a great time with over 150 hacks presenting every 60 seconds. Lots of new hackers that could turn their ideas into companies. Congrats to the runners up: Auctopus and Heatdata.  

TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 Hackathon

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year I got to spend time with the hackers at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 hackathon. Hundreds of coders got together – some didn’t even know each other until this afternoon – to make the next big program. I got to talk to a lot of great start ups. This includes Snowshoe, a company that comes from Madison, WI (my hometown). I know about their product and was really excited to hear they are pitching tomorrow in the hackathon. Another group of coders were making a system to replace those discs you get at a restaurant with an app on your smartphone. When your table is ready, you get a signal to come up to the front counter. There was even a group that was using margaritas for a drinking game. It was a very fun time and I got to...

Photos: TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

It’s a big day for some coders as they are creating the next big thing at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 Hackathon. Hundreds of geeks on their macbooks and notebooks coding for APIs from the sponsors. Microsoft, Google, Amazon are all at this event, along with some unknowns: dotCloud, Pearson , Twilio, OpenTok, GREE and many more. What is a Hackathon? Coders come in to join forces (or go it alone). They have until 10:30 on Sunday to get their new app done. Groups present their projects the next day in front of the judges and possible VCs and Angel Investors. More photos will come up on this page as the day progresses.

HP Tech Cast #6: Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn Tuesday, Microsoft officially launched Server 2012 to the public. This was a low key launch with a landing page with keynote videos. After, we got on HP Tech Cast with a few bloggers to talk about the “Cloud OS”. Calvin Zito joins me with bloggers John Obeto, Jason Lopez and Hans Vredevoort. We talk about Virtualization capabilities, storage, and the new ReFS file system.

Micron SSD for Enterprise Solutions

While at VMWorld 2012, I talk with Micron and take a look at an SSD technologies. Micron created a PCIe drive that is meant for server blades. These SSD drives are hot-swappable and have a throughput of 3 GB/s (vs. 500 MB SSD drives). Best part is these drives are hot-pluggable. This helps improve performance by supporting a better infrastructure. This brings flexibility to a server room. Dell came out with a PowerEdge blade that supports these SSD drives.

Whiptail: Flash Storage Array Solutions

Whiptail is a complete solid state storage arrays. They have two versions – Accela and Invicta. With a flash storage array, they put together a software solution to some key deficiencies to NAND flash. Whiptail works with Micron to help make the array. Totally optimized storage solution with software, especially the write experience. These two units bring in a RAID 0,1,5,6 or 10, have a bandwidth of up to 1.9 GB/s and take a power consumption of under 200 W.

HP TechCast 5: From VMWorld

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis episode of HP TechCast comes from VMWorld 2012. Calvin Zito and I sit down to talk virtualization, cloud computing and more. Joining us are: Brent Sullivan (VMWare liason to HP) Brent Allen (HP) Janice Owens (Emulex) Gagan Bhatia (HP) Jacob Van Ewyk (HP)

Acer: AC100 Small Business Server with Four Bays

This is a perfect device for a small business or a company that has a remote office. The AC100 is a four-bay drive server that allows you to backup computer, hold and transfer data, or do other tasks you may need around the office. The server is Energy Star efficient, and can have Windows, Linux or another server loaded on the AC100. It can come preconfigured in RAID 0,1,5 models. I talked with Michael from Acer at VMWorld 2012 about this server.  

Kingston Technologies: SSDNow E100 Enterprise Class SSD, Memory

Kingston was at VMWorld 2012 talking about their SSDNow E100 line of Solid State Drives (SSD). The race for SSD is on, especially in a virtual environment. Being able to rely on SSD drives as they switch from one virtual project to another can be crucial. I talk with Mike from Kingston about these technologies. We talk about the speed and savings an Enterprise SSD solution could have. For instance, it could increase database performance by 91%. SSDNow is available in 100GB, 200GB and 400GB increments. In a 24 blade system, that could give you over 4.5 Terabytes of data.