Author: Jeffrey Powers

Avatar Hotel in Santa Clara, CA Walkthrough to see How Geeky it is

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn a recent trip to Sunnyvale, CA, we stayed at the Avatar Hotel – a themed hotel that screams geek. But was it geeky? Was it even a hotel? Hotel vs. Motel – What’s the Difference? According to the dictionary, a Motel (or Motor Hotel) is a place where the room doors face to the outside. A Hotel is where rooms are down a hallway. Now while the Avatar has doors going outside, the whole area is enclosed in a security gated area. While the security is better than a Motel, and the Avatar has more amenities, it still falls under that classification. But you make your own judgement. What Makes the Avatar Hotel Geeky? When you walk into the lobby, you are greeted with little wind-up toy robots. One even has a look of a certain orange-ish faced president. All...

Datrium DVX Open Converged Build Day

Want to know more about Open Convergence? Want to be able to install a DVX into your data center? That is where Build Day Live comes in. We’re in Sunnyvale, CA at Datrium to install the DVX into our vSphere environment. As always, we’re here all week dry running the installation to find out what works and what doesn’t. Then we wipe the system clean and install in front of your eyes. Our friend Keith Townsend (CTO Advisor) is also here to interview the execs, so you get the full picture. About Datrium Datrium focuses on Open Convergence for private clouds. They coined the term to break free from Hyperconvergence, due to how they address limitations in virtual infrastructure. Open Convergence allows for high-performance apps to get the resource it needs, while giving customers an easier budget to work with building their systems. About Build Day Live Build...

Geekazine on Wirecast Live

I was a guest on WirecastLive – the live show highlighting Wirecast Users and Live streamers. Host Andrew Haley and I talked about my start in Livestreaming, along with some tech topics. I break out my Google Glass to reminisce about previous live shows I created. We then turned direction and looked at Wirecast 8. We talk about the features of the new software. We also answered questions the audience had about the software, gear, and more. I would like to thank Andrew and Debralee for having me on (and making me look good).

Sonos One is your Alexa, and soon Google Home, or Siri with Spotify

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSmart speakers have come into our homes in the last year. Something that can play music, become a hub for your other smart devices, and even be a personal assistant. Sonos One is a speaker that not only connects with Amazon Alexa, but is focused for the music lover. With 50 music services available, Sonos One allows you to play music, podcasts, and other audio right from the unit. Attach your Amazon account, and say “Alexa, tell me a joke”. Multiple Sonos devices in different rooms can enhance your experience. You can even mix in services with the Echo series, although you might lose out on some of the music services if they are not skills. Sonos One Can Be Part of Your Sonos Theater System Sonos Play and One devices are pairable, to create stereo sound. If you purchase the...

Storyblocks – Video, Audio, Graphics Footage for your Video, Podcast or Website

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are looking to progress your website, your videos, or your podcasts, then adding high-quality stock footage can be the jolt you need. Stock items can help tell a story with content you either might not be able to get, or don’t have time to make on your own. It doesn’t diminish your vision – but instead may help others engage with your content. Storyblocks is split into 3 parts: Videoblocks – High quality video stock content. From 1080p and 4K content, to 360 VR, After Effects stock, background video, and more. Audioblocks – From background music, loops, sound effects, and other audio gems. Add stingers to enhance the mood of your show, podcast, and more Storyblocks (formerly Graphicstock) – High quality images, illustrations, and vectors that you can use to help tell your story. Perfect for inspirational Instagrams, creating...

Build Day Live: HPE SimpliVity 380 Build Day

I will be joining Alastair Cooke once again for another Build Day Live, as we install SimpliVity 380 into his network. This is a live series where we come to the company and walk through an install of hardware into our infrastructure. Our goal: Deploy a 3+2 with Federation 2 cluster. Install VM instances, talk backup, do a DVP deep dive, and much more (as time allows). It is awesome that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has invited us back to build a SimpliVity box. We’ve been here since last week working on strategy, and going through a dry run to make sure we have everything in place for the stream. We have Brian Knudtson, Marcel Guerin, Richard Greenwalt,and many more joining in on the conversation, and support knowledge to make this all go smooth. Of course, Becca Taylor is helping us with much of the support needs, and...

FreeNAS and TrueNAS from IXSystems

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI talked with the folks over at iXSystems about FreeNAS, and TrueNAS, along with their line of hardware at VMWorld. For a SMB, the ability to re-purpose old hardware for something as important as network storage, is a great way to keep costs low. To also have a community of help is an important part. What is FreeNAS With Enterprise-grade features, and an Open source license to create a RAID storage array for backups, replication, and file sharing. You will be able to set it up for internal, or external use. FreeNAS is meant for small home business, or anyone that would like to back up their devices onto one machine. From work documents, to movies, music, and more. You can even share with family and friends. What is TrueNAS TrueNAS is for businesses where accessing information is more critical. TrueNAS...

nVidia Grid, Tesla P40, M10 GPU over CPU Performance

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at VMWorld, I learned more about nVidia’s offerings for server GPUs. Especially in companies where running and working with graphics is important. Instead of installing an expensive desktop at a person’s workstation, the Tesla series of GPU accelerators can give you the horsepower you need. nVidia Tesla P40 GPU With 24 GB of GDDR5, and a memory bandwidth of 346 GB, the P40 will give performance to high-performance need. Each GPU has 47 Tera-Operations per Second, a server with 8 P40’s will deliver the same performance of 140 cpu servers. nVidia Tesla M10 This board allows for up to 64 users at a time, or 128 with 2 boards per server. Utilizing 2560 CUDA cores (640 per GPU), programs such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, Autodesk MAYA, ArcGIS, and more will deliver without buying another desktop machine. nVidia at VMWorld 2017 (the...

First Look at Loop Personal Photo Display

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLoop was a successful crowdfund digital photo frame. While it can show your photos from Instagram, and Facebook, it has other great functionalities that can keep you connected with your family. Let’s go through all the good and bad, then look at the overall picture. The Loop Personal Photo Display is a tablet-sized screen in the design of an old 1960’s television. You know, where the dials changed the channels? Loop presents photos and videos in that same channel format. You can bring photos from Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and soon Google, and Flickr. You can also import items via SD card. Loop also has a camera on-board for you to contact other Loop customers. Therefore, you can have one Loop at home, another at your parent’s house. You will be able to communicate back and forth. Pros: Loop Photo Frame Easily...

NewTek NDI Connect Spark First Look, Setup in Wirecast

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIP video can be easy, and difficult at the same time. Especially if you are trying to record or stream 1080p 60fps. In the last year, NewTek has come out with the NDI protocol, which allows you to send video across an IP network with less pixelation and latency. The Connect Spark was released so you can send any camera video signal – from a Go Pro, DSLR, or even a commercial grade camera – over a network to the recording computer, or even a series of monitors. The NDI Connect Spark This device comes with HDMI or 3G-SDI connections, for whatever video system you use. The box itself can be connected to Ethernet, or a WiFi signal (5G Wifi recommended). Two USB ports and a micro-SD card slot are available for recording from the device. The Spark also allows for...

Cujo Smart Firewall is the Internet Dog that Protects Your Internet’s Front Door

Some of us have the cable company set up our Internet, which we assume as safe. Maybe you also get a Wifi router, which you think you add even more security to your system. But these devices don’t deal as much with security – only to get you online. you need something that will tell you what is coming into your Internet home and even block the bad. That is where Cujo comes in. The more you have connected to your “Smart Home”, the more a device is needed so others cannot use this door to come in. All you need to do is click a link in an email that looks official. Or maybe you get a new device that you instantly connect to your network, and put all your passwords in, thinking it’s safe. Next thing you know, your computers,smart thermostat, lights,smart TV, and many other...

Live Stream at VMWorld with vBrownBag in Barcelona

All this week I will be in Barcelona, Spain with vBrownBag Tech Talks at VMWorld 2017. We had a great show in Vegas, and I am expecting Barcelona to be just as exciting. vBrownBag is an education channel for Enterprise technology. A place for engineers, influencers, and everyday people to get up and present on a topic they are passionate about. These quick-fire presentations will be available on YouTube shortly after production. Streaming will start Tuesday Morning at 11 AM GMT+2 (aka 4 AM EST, 1 AM PST), Wednesday starting at 11 AM, and Thursday from 8 AM.

Wirecast 8 First Look, New Features Explained

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTelestream released Wirecast 8 Studio and Wirecast 8 Pro to the public today. Many new cool features, and some enhancements to the software switcher. We’ll look at all that Telestream has fixed, updated, and changed. Get Wirecast Here. Check out the Slideshow Wirecast is a software video switching program that allows you to create broadcast quality shows using your computer. You can create scenes, overlay graphics, and switch to other scenes with the press of a button. You can also record, or stream to Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Livestream, uStream, and many more services using the RTMP protocol. So what is new? Wirecast Updates the Render Engine Creating new scenes has been improved with new tools that will help you resize, rotate, and even embellish your scenes. A new Z-Rotation has been added so you can flip video around. If you have...

First Look: Vegas Pro 15 by Magix

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMagix has rolled out an update to the popular video editor Vegas Pro, adding in new features including an interface type, which will allow for theme color changes. Along with new updated codecs for 8th generation Intel core technology, and nVidia graphics. This will be the second update since Magix has acquired the software from Sony. Render Faster with nVidia Graphics,  Intel Skylake, or Intel KabyLake Processor One of two major updates is to the main codec of Vegas Pro, utilizing Intel 8th generation Core processors with Intel® Quick Sync Video (QSV) technology. 8-bit HEVC/AVC decoding and encoding will be accelerated with Skylake processors, and 10-bit HEVC/AVC encoding and decoding for Kabylake processors (or better). Also, nVidia cards with the Fermi architecture will get a boost in processing. A NVENC template will appear if your system has the card. This helps...

First Look: Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAny podcaster or musician out there knows – the better the audio, the better chance people will give you. Adding in something that you might not expect can bring some great results. Next thing you know, people are asking you how you made it sound so good. That is where a program like Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac comes in. With a version for Mac and one for PC, you can bring in tracks, or even whole songs, and get all the bumps and bruises out. You can re-organize thoughts, and even extract samples for other projects. Even if you have a multi-track editor or movie creator, a program like Sound Forge Pro allows you to take time away from the whole project and focus on one bit. Most video and audio editors will have a function in the settings...

Is Hulu Live TV Worth the $40 a Month? I Install on Different Platforms to Test

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTVoIP (Television over IP) is really gaining momentum. So much that your cable company might be your Internet provider only and you’ll have many options to choose from. Hulu wants to be one of those to deliver live tv, and they put together a great plan so you can start watching right away. It does come with some limitations, though. What is Hulu Live TV? Hulu.com has added 55 channels which you can stream at any time from your devices at home. Starting at $39.99, you will get favorite cable channels from AMC to USA. In some locations, you will also get local stations. The channel lineup is dependent on where you live, so check with the channel lineup in your zip code. Advantages of Hulu Live TV You can watch on many different devices. It’s in Beta, so more options...

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New Geekazine T-Shirts Now on Amazon Store

I have some great news as I partnered with Amazon to sell some of my T-Shirt designs. I have offered these shirt in the past through other vendors. All of these T-Shirts are updated versisons, along with some new ideas. Each shirt is cotton (100% for solid colors, blend for heather grey). They are machine wash cold, and lightweight. Double needle sleeve and bottom hem so they don’t wear out too fast. The shirts are also in Kids, Women, and Mens sizes up to 3XL. The T-Shirts on Geekazine Merch Store – Best Geek Porn The Best Geek Porn Shirt is for you content creators out there. It’s a fun twist to being a content creator. The OGD – Obsessive Geek Disorder If you have OCD for your Geek obsession, this shirt is for you. Wear it with pride, but make sure all your storm troopers are lined...

TNP USB-C Hub Adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe TNP USB-C Hub is a dongle you can add to your Mac or PC. It adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging or using another USB-C device. I’ve been using with my HP Elite X2 laptop for when I need a Ethernet connection, 2nd monitor, or extra USB device. Ethernet is a 1 Gigabit and transfers data very well within my network. Sometimes I need the wired connection for video and screen-sharing. Ethernet connections have a lower latency, and less chance of getting bumped off the network if too many wireless devices are connected. In connecting to my Vizio M50 4K TV, I had no problem getting the 2160p signal the monitor can produce. I can then use my x2 to present, or watch a video online or one I created. The Elite X2 also has one USB-C...

Pure Storage Build Day with vBrownBag Live Stream

This week I’ve been in Mountain View, CA. I have been working with Alastair Cooke and vBrownBag giving value to Enterprise tech company Pure Storage. On Thursday, July 20th, starting at 12 PM EST – 9 AM PST, we will be conducting a Build Day, What is Pure Storage Build Day This is an event where we install a device into our test infrastructure. Our system simulates a Data center with minimalist hardware. We will be installing an M50 Flash array into the vBrownBag Corporation. We will install our VM environment onto the array. With time, we will also be upgrading the device to an M70. Within 4 hours, we will do the installation, upgrade important areas of the center, and finalize for production. Things to Think about on Installation Types of networking connections into the infrastructure. 10 GB Fiber is recommended How to plan the upgrade When...

Blackmagic Web Presenter for Live Streaming First Look

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBlackmagic Design sent me a web presenter and ATEM Television Studio HD to test out and assess. I’ve been excited for this unit ever since NAB when I interviewed Blackmagic. Within an hour, I was hooked on the web presenter and all it can do. What is the Blackmagic Web Presenter This is a box that will let you use your DSLR, GoPro, or prosumer camera to send video to YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, and many other online sources. The box also has the ability to switch between two video sources – even if the resolutions are not the same! That means if your GoPro is at 720p and your other camera is at 1080p, the web producer will switch without issue. I connected my iPad, then switched it to my iPhone, the device brought back up the signal and continued on....

TBD Broadcasts Internet Based Video Content to Over the Air TV Channels

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf there was a channel on air that brings YouTube and other Internet creators forward, would you watch it? TBD believes you will. I sit down with Kyle Hill to talk about TBD, which markets it’s available in, and how you can watch it online. TBD is at VidCon! Come to our booth in the industry lounge and hang out. We have stuff to give you! #TBD #WhatsNext #VidCon2017 pic.twitter.com/3IMpZrJOLT — TBD (@TBD) June 23, 2017 Check out TBD.Com to watch the channel live, or check out the many great shows, such as TableTop, FailArmy, Emma Approved, and more.

Stikbot Stop Motion Animation Figurines and Sets for Video Creators

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThere are a couple different ways to create stop-motion animation: The 24 frame – move characters ever so slightly style, and the 1-2 second record style (where you are not looking for fluidity). Whatever your style, Stikbot has a way to get you into this genre. It was so easy, I made my own animation within seconds at Vidcon! What is Stikbot Stikbot is a series of characters that can be posed in many ways. Using plastic bodies with an elastic cord running through legs, arms, and head – along with suction cup hands and feet – you can pose your characters in different ways. Make small or bigger moves to simulate the animation. What Do You Get with Stikbot There are many different types of products, from the main studio – with 2 characters and a chroma-key background – to...

The VR180 Video Owl: Recording Stereo 180 Degree VR

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at Vidcon, I ran into Mark W. Gray, and his daughter, Fiona, along with a very interesting owl. It is not really as much a prop as what it can do – create stereoscopic VR180 Video. YouTube Announcement at Vidcon – VR180 Last week I reported on YouTube announcements. One announcement dealt with VR180 (video link queued up for you). This is a form of video where you only see the front side of 360 video. Just like if you were there. Looking behind you won’t matter, as you see nothing past the first 180 degrees. For creators, this allows a focus on the important content – an interview being conducted, a race being run, band playing, etc. Stereoscopic VR180 If you own a VR unit such as Google Cardboard, Oculus, or another headset, you will be able to set...

Prynt Pocket Helps Print Out iPhone Photos with Augmented Reality

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDigital photos are easy to store and care for, but not as easy to display. A printed photo can be put into a scrapbook, on a wall, or just given to friends. That is where Prynt comes in. With a thermal-based printer you can attach to your phone, you are able to take photos right away, with an added Augmented Reality bonus. The Prynt Pocket This is an adjustable iOS device that allows your iPhone 5 and better to connect and print out any photo on your phone. You can also import photos from other devices to have printed onto the Pocket. The Prynt Pocket adjusts to the phone so you can dock in. A small cartridge filled with the ink-free paper will create photos in Black and White and Color. Within 30 seconds, a print will be ready for you!...

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