Monthly Archive: August 2013

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Plantronics Voyager Legend UC Bluetooth Headset

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA few weeks ago I got to talk with the folks at Plantronics. They showed me this neat Bluetooth headset in the Voyager Legend UC. It has the ability to connect up to your computer, smartphone or tablet. Best part – you can have the device connected to two computers at the same time. About the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC The Voyager Legend UC is an earpiece Bluetooth headset that is also a smart headset. you can press a button and speak a command. You can also activate your smartphone’s voice commands, speak to text and more. A CES Innovations award winner, the UC headset can be paired with your smartphone, tablet or PC. For those computers without Bluetooth, the UC also comes with a USB dongle. The UC Legend also comes with 7 hour talk time battery and 11 days...

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How To Move a Stand Alone WordPress Website to WordPress Multi Site with Images

A few months ago I decided to switch to WordPress Multi Site. After reading the updated documentation, I felt the CMS software had matured enough to implement this option. Of course, the implementation was pretty straightforward and I had to do a lot of DNS fixing for the domains that I wanted to bring over – most of them were new websites that I easily set up. However, there are a few WordPress installations on my site that are still separate from MS. The reason why – they were bulky and moving them over might be a major pain. I was right, too. Over the weekend I decided to make one major change to Geekazine – bring the show iPad365 out of Geekazine and onto its own website. That way it can catalog better and I can customize the site for iPad365. However, it wasn’t a great experience....

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Why Kevin Rose Should be the Next CEO of Microsoft

Today, Steve Ballmer announced he will be retiring in 12 months. This was set to a lot of mixed emotion. In this world of high technology, CEOs seem to have a good exit plan – Bill Gates had Ballmer in mind when he retired and Steve Jobs had Tim Cook. Ballmer has no one in mind (that we know of). This could start people worrying about Microsoft’s direction. What Microsoft needs is s thinker. An innovator. Someone that will understand the corporate and consumer ends of technology. That is why I think Kevin Rose should be the next CEO of Microsoft. Why Kevin Rose as CEO of Microsoft? Kevin started early – creating Revision 3, Digg, Pownce and Milk. He has invested in ventures such as Gowalla, Twitter, Foursquare, OMGPOP, Square, Facebook, Chomp and Formspring. Rose took his company Milk and pretty much turned it into Google Ventures where he gets 300 million a year...

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20 Percent of American Adults Don’t Use the Internet

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I put together a panel for SXSW on podcasting. I need your help in getting it accepted. Please vote here. New TWIGG this week as we talk about cops wearing glass and referees wearing glass. Band played twice on Saturday, which really makes for a fun Sunday. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! episode 271 Tech News: It’s not everyday I go off-tech for a story, but this one disturbs me. Teenagers in Oklahoma killed a person “just for the fun of it”. The result, Christopher Lane was killed in what seemed to be a game. They even quoted: ‘We...

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Google Glass is Back – Unboxing of my RMA Google Glass

I have already gone through 2 pair of Google Glass. The first pair – the touchpad died. The second pair started acting wonky, but I believe it was a bad power button. Hopefully this pair won’t burn down, fall over then sink into the swamp. [stock GOOG] The RMA Process of Google Glass There are two ways you can get your broken pair of Glass fixed: RMA (Return Manufacturer Authentication Credit Card Authorization With the RMA – they send you a box, you send the broken pair of glass back. This is all done via UPS ground shipping. So expect the transaction to take as long as 15 business days. Once you get your pair back, you will have to log onto the MyGlass portal and setup the new pair. You will also have to connect to Wifi so you can get the current Glass update (XE8). With...

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Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Chromecast – It’s a Throwdown!

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA few weeks ago, Google came out with their newest streaming media device in Chromecast. An HDMI dongle that plugs into the back of your TV to watch applications such as Netflix, YouTube and more. In the meantime, the Parks Associates just released a report stating Roku has 37% share to Apple TVs 24% in the market. So which one do you want to get? Today, I am going to show you these three set top boxes along with their advantages and disadvantages.Then you can make an informed decision to purchase the set top box of your choice. Other Streaming Media First of all I want to state there are many other set top boxes out there. From Boxee, Western Digital and Sony to even gaming systems PS4, XBox One and Nintendo Wii. Certain DVD and Blu-Ray players also come with...

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Orb Audio Speakers Bring Design, Scalibility

Looking to get some new speakers for the home entertainment center? Maybe you want something in your computer room. Something with performance and something that looks good. That is where Orb Audio comes in. Orb Audio is a modular speaker system that can give you simple or complex sound in your home. You can choose 2 speakers, or get the full 5.1 surround system for high definition movies and TV. Designed in the US, these speakers are no bigger than a softball – yet there is nothing soft about them. Connecting to a receiver, these speakers put out some sound. Starting with the Quick Pack – a two speaker system – you can use these at the computer or for a smaller system. However, if you are going to pay for these speakers, you might just get the subwoofer to round out the sound (although I figure the...

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Where Should Blackberry Go?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I was interviewed on newspaper and TV this week for my Google Glass. Right after, the second pair broke. My diagnosis was a bad power button. Second pair off to Google. Also passed the 4 year mark on Day in Tech History. 1,500 episodes is coming up fast. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365   Geek Smack! episode 270 Tech News: Windows 8.1 -The updated Microsoft OS will be released in October Facebook Gets Speech – Facebook acquires Speech recognition company Mobile Technologies Apple Event – Apple’s September 10th event will focus on iPhone LG Stunt Injures 20 – LG thought...

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HP Storage Tech Day: Software-Defined Storage, StoreVirtual, StoreOnce VSA Deep Dive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this third part of the HP Storage Tech Day, we learn more about Software-Defined Storage, then we deep dive into StoreVirtual, StoreOnce VSA and Storage Management – OpenStack Integration. All of these focused on SDS strategy. Dale Degan started by talking about StoreVirtual. He talks about the example of the new style of IT – control, data services and physical hardware to give you a programmable automation system and rich storage services. HP has been watching what is in the market and they found people are asking how they can re-use equipment or squeeze a little more out of this new system. That is where Software Defined Storage comes in. Something that is Hypervisor independent. Along with SDDS you have service refined storage – multi-tennant, virtualized that becomes unpredictable in determining storage. John Shields came up and talked about StoreOnce Backup...

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Appearance on Channel3000.com – Madison Residents Start Using Google Glass

I was interviewed on WISC-TV 3’s and Channel 3000 about Google Glass. I sat with Michelle Li and we went over what Google Glass, how to use it, what to expect from it and more. Jennifer also helped out on the interview with a spouse’s insight. If you are wondering what Google Glass is, this segment is a great explaination. If you want to know more, check out How To Use Google Glass

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HP Storage Tech Day: StoreAll, Express Query and Storage Research at HP Labs

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this second part of the HP Storage Tech Day, we learn more about StoreAll, Express Query and Storage Research at HP Labs. Richard Jacobik started us off with StoreAll and Express Query. Richard talks about how much unstructured data is out on the Internet. He notes that unstructured data is 85% of world’s data today and growing at 60%. That means with unstructured data if there was a big crash, a lot of information could be lost. Economics, protection and extraction time are the main points behind HP StoreAll storage. Hyperscaling, structure, ultra-fast search and scale down costs for data stored over time are part of this solution. Jacobik continues on with the family of servers and architecture StoreAll contains. Kimbery Keeton joined in to talk about Storage-related research. Since 1966, HP has been building innovation, StoreOnce being one of...

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Now is A Great Time to Get Deals for New Gadgets: Back to School

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Back from California and the Nth Generation Symposium. Also back from Disneyland. Amazing week meeting new people and learning about Flash storage. Jennifer got me a new office chair (since mine is falling apart slowly). We also spent some time at the pool before I bore down to create all those videos from the week before. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! episode 269 Tech News: Washington Post Bezos Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post for $250 million Lab Grown Burger – Hamburger grown from a lab grown stem cells. Cost – $325,000 Surface $100 Off -Microsoft adds another $100...

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HP Storage Tech Day: 3PAR StoreServ Deep Dive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn July 29, 2013 – HP’s Calvin Zito offered a storage day in Anaheim CA before the Nth Generation Symposium. We spent the morning of the Tech Day deep diving into 3PAR StoreServ. The first 30 minutes is from Calvin as he talks a little about his life at HP. Pretty amazing how he grew his career while staying in his hometown of Boise, ID. Vish Mulchand took over the 3PAR StorServ Deep Dive. Vishdiscussed the key initiatives to support 3PAR and a Storage Solid State Strategy. With the 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage, you can support up to 120 SSD, 4BTB Raw capacity. Siamak Nazari came up to drill down flash technology. Siamak talks about the HP 7000 series and how flash enables new possibilities. He goes over the 3PAR approach to working with Flash by using processes like Autonomic Cache...

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Google Glass at Disneyland or the 41 Year Old Disneyland Virgin

Last week I had a great opportunity to not only cover a conference, but also fulfill a life-long dream – go to Disneyland. Since I have grown up in the Midwest, doing something like Disneyland was a pipe dream. I knew eventually I would get there – which I finally did last week. At first I thought it was going to be a one-day experience. However, one of the bloggers at this conference also worked for Disney and was able to get a few of us in during the evenings. Therefore, my first experience was on Monday. We watched the Fantasmic show at 10:30. Of course, we got to experience the Disneyland Mall, with lots of stores and cool treats. The LEGO store was really fun to experience. You can get a LEGO creation or just build something new from the wall of LEGO. My first impressions of...

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